One of the occasional perks of running a site like this is that individuals and companies send the odd thing for review. Well normally it’s just a bar here or a bag of something there. Having read my review of the Dark Lemon and Pepper bar which I bought whilst on holiday however, a very kind and generous man from Frey called Marc sent me some of their range to take a look at. Now it’s always nice to receive sample chocolate, but Frey sent me a relative treasure chest! There were so many shapes and sizes, colours and flavours that I’m going to be able to introduce you guys to some chocolate that I’d never previously even heard of before never mind tasted!
So, first up, it’s Frey’s White Almonds Supreme. The language, unsurprisingly given Frey’s Swiss identity, was in French and German on the packaging. This was a huge positive for me- a lot of foreign products I’ve reviewed have been Italian, Spanish, Greek and even Russian. However I have actually studied German before which meant I could understand everything on the packaging. This was good news because I actually knew what I was eating!
The White Almonds Supreme is described by Frey as ‘white chocolate with whole almonds and caramelised almond’. Having tried their Dark Lemon and Pepper bar, this was at virtually the other end of the flavour spectrum- away from the dark and slightly more unusual flavours, and towards the lighter more conventional ones instead. That said, white chocolate and almonds is still a very different alternative to anything on the British shelves as far as I’m aware. I don’t recall ever seeing a white chocolate almond bar for sale although maybe some readers might have?
The first thing to note was that this bar was CHUNKY. In the photo above, the bar on the left (which will be reviewed in the future…a prize if anybody can work out what bar it is specifically!) is a regular 100g bar of chocolate whilst the bar on the right if the White Almonds Supreme. This 180g package is the same length and width of the conventional 100g bar, but nearly twice the height as you can see. This means that each piece is HUGE in comparison to most other bars!
Before I get too much into the bar itself though, I should probably mention Frey because they’re not so well known in England. They are the number 1 chocolate company in Switzerland (quite some achievement given they hold Lindt as their rivals) and have just celebrated their 125thanniversary. I was staggered by these two facts- I’m still confused as to how a company could be so successful on the continent, and have been around for so long…and yet be virtually unheard of in modern day England.
A little research gave me the answer to this question. Frey had previously traded significantly with England (as well as France, Germany and other European countries) but after the 2nd World War, found international business harder to conduct because of restrictions on sugar importing. This effectively forced Frey to withdraw from the export industry and focus solely on the domestic Swiss market.
With that brief history lesson over, back to the bar in question today. The outer packaging was of a very high quality in my opinion. Mirroring Lindt’s presentation style, there was a simplistic but nice looking design on the cardboard box, with a foil sealed wrapper around the chocolate itself to ensure freshness. The very solid feel of the box in my hands, coupled with the splash of gold colour on the design, gave this a classy feel which fitted in with the ‘supreme’ range from which it comes. The design and packaging is definitely well done by Frey here.
After tearing open the foil, I was greeted with the sight above. This thing was loaded with almonds and looked fantastic. The white chocolate was a slightly unusual colour; more of a light caramel colour rather than the absolutely snow white coloured versions that most companies tend to sell. From the front of the bar, the chocolate appeared perfectly shaped and moulded…but flipping it over revealed the generously portioned and randomly distributed almonds.
It smelt nice; very much what you’d expect from its outer appearance. The dominant smell was of very creamy white chocolate with a caramel edge to it. I would say that it was similar to a Caramac bar but that is a bit of an insult to the White Almond Supreme which, which all due respect to Caramacs, is in a different league in terms of quality. Alongside the white chocolate sweetness, there was plenty of nuttiness as well; warming and intense. As a bar, it smelt very appetising to me.
I received two bars of this, and both disappeared very quickly after my family got at it. (Well, in particular me and my Dad, who briefly tried to claim that the chocolate had disappeared/vanished into thin air… before coming clean and asking me if there was anymore lying around!) Normally I try and build a little suspense in my reviews, but you’ve probably already worked out from the passion with which I’ve written up to this point that it’s an outstanding bar of chocolate from Frey.
The bar broke with a tremendous snap which is quite rare with white chocolate, which is often ‘waxy’ and rather limp. The white chocolate itself was lovely and one of the best white chocolates I can remember eating. The flavour was intensely creamy but also had a caramel flavour to it verging on butteriness. It really is nice when white chocolate has genuine flavour to it over and above just sugary sweetness…and that’s exactly what this bar delivered.
There are two different forms of almond in play as well. The first form is, as is very evident from the photos, ordinary whole almonds. These large nuts offer a very savoury crunch, which gives the bar a beautiful texture and also stops the white chocolate from being too dominant. Too much white chocolate will always create a sickly product; the whole almonds balance that sweetness and creaminess well here.
On top of the whole almonds, there were caramelised almonds too. Now I’d eaten caramelised almonds before when visiting Christmas Markets in Germany and I knew how delicious they could be. I’m delighted to say that Frey pulls them off very nicely; the combination of sweetness and nuttiness with that crackly consistency works brilliantly. As a wider point, if you’ve never had the opportunity to eat caramelised nuts before, make sure you do if you get the chance- they’re delicious but sadly never around in England for some reason.
Overall, Frey’s White Almond Supreme is, simply put, a seriously good bar of chocolate.
All three of the flavour aspects are done extremely well; the chocolate in particular standing out as one of the best I’ve ever eaten and actually even better than Lindt’s super white chocolate which I’ve tried before. Alongside the excellent white chocolate, Frey have managed to product a bar which has a delightfully nutty flavour, both from the whole almonds and the caramelised ones too. They taste delicious and have a great texture as well.
There is more to come from Frey but one thing is for sure, regardless of their other products, this is from Frey’s Supreme range, and, as the highest rated chocolate bar on this site, supreme it is indeed.