You’re probably starting to know the drill now regarding Frey’s Chocobloc range. It is a series of flavoured bars similar to the Toblerone, and after the Dark, Milk and Orange varieties, I’ve got their white chocolate version to review today on day 4 of Frey Week. I can’t believe tomorrow is the last day of Frey Week by the way…I guess time flies when you’re eating chocolate.
So, as you might well have already deduced from the name, this is ‘fine white chocolate with almond-honey-nougat’. I think Toblerone have released a white chocolate flavoured edition of their own range this Christmas, so I’d be intrigued to hear from anybody who tries that bar how it rates. If you get the opportunity, then drop me a line via this site/email and let me know!
I’m aware that I’ve mentioned it just about every day this week, but immediately after reading the description of this bar, my thoughts turned to Frey’s sublime White Chocolate Almond bar. The white chocolate on that bar was out of this world and probably my favourite EVER white chocolate. It is the only bar on here to get rated a 9 out of 10, and I was hoping that the Chocobloc White would be able to replicate it in some way.
There isn’t much to say about the packaging which I haven’t already said- it’s excellent from Frey and very tasteful. The white chocolate itself has a slight tinge of caramel brown to it rather than the snow white colour that stuff like Milkybar chocolate is. I wouldn’t go as far as yellow, but it is closer to that than snow white.
White chocolate is something that I’m still a bit undecided on in general. I’ve got such fond memories of it (most people probably have, I don’t think anybody comes out of the womb loving 100% cocoa dark chocolate!) and the child inside me always jumps at the opportunity to try the white stuff. But so often, it’s absolutely crap. So I WANT to love all white chocolate, but it’s difficult to do with some of the rubbish on the shelves!
I never know how to eat these Chocoblocs. I’m going to let you in on a secret…I’m a pretty well behaved guy. I wash my hands after going to the bathroom, I hold doors for people, I say please and thank you like it’s going out of fashion. But whenever I pick these Chocoblocs up, part of me wants to just gnaw into them whilst holding the whole thing in my hand like a hot dog. I KNOW that the socially acceptable thing to do is to break off a little piece, but there is something about the shape which just demands to be schnarffed. I think it could be because the shape and size are kind of similar to a hot dog. So far I’ve resisted the urge to do so. I don’t think I’l be able to indefinitely!
Frey’s Chocobloc White heightens this temptation further by smelling absolutely sensational. Their white chocolate is beautiful. It’s very unusual, in that it smells buttery! I know that ‘buttery’ isn’t an adjective you’d normally (or ever!) associate with white chocolate, but Frey manage to make it smell extremely buttery indeed. And it’s great!
So, I decided to act like a gentleman once more and snap off a clean piece to eat.
The white chocolate is velvety smooth in melt, and every bit as good as Frey’s white chocolate which I ate before. It’s wonderfully creamy in flavour and even though it’s extremely sweet, it doesn’t give you (or didn’t give me anyway) that throat burning sensation that the sickliest stuff always seems to. Alongside the creaminess is a touch of vanilla and caramel too. It really is excellent.
The bottom part doesn’t quite work in combo with the white chocolate though for me. The chewiness of the nougat is a cool texture to contrast the firm chocolate, but the honey flavour and the slight sweetness from the nougat make the bar as a whole just a little too sweet for my tastes.
Frey’s Chocobloc White certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted in terms of sweetness. If you like your chocolate dark and rich, then this is without doubt the wrong bar for you. This is all sweetness and light. The Swiss company’s white chocolate is an absolute knock out again, and reaffirms its position as my favourite ever white chocolate.
The downside is that the combination of the almond-honey-nougat doesn’t quite come off in my opinion. It just makes the product ever so slightly too much. The Chocobloc White as a whole is nice, but I’d much rather just a plain old bar of Frey’s White chocolate myself- it really is THAT good.
Tomorrow is the final day of Frey Week. I would say it has been hard work thus far, but that would quite patently be lying. And I don’t lie, because I’m a gentleman remember!