I bought this quite a while ago as I was eager to try Zotter’s white chocolate. Many of the classier and more high-brow companies don’t offer white chocolate at all and it’s often sneered at in artisan chocolate circles for not actually technically being chocolate as it doesn’t contain any cocoa solids. But Zotter produce this White Chocolate Walnut Brittle, which is good for two reasons; 1) I can try their attempts at a white chocolate and 2) nut brittle is a bit of a personal favourite of mine.
Zotter are the famously crazy and zany company, but this is a very regular bar with no hidden surprises- what you get here is ‘white chocolate filled with walnut brittle’. Zotter are an Austrian company and as most of the best brittle I’ve ever tasted has come from Austria and Germany, I was really looking forward to trying their brittle in this bar. In fact after their super Butter Caramel bar which I reviewed a couple of months ago, it would be fair to say that my expectations were sky high.
Like with the Butter Caramel and all of the other Zotter bars that I’ve reviewed, this came in a 70g, single block. No pieces, no patterns- just a solid rectangle of chocolate. I like that myself- it’s almost as if Zotter are saying ‘look, just eat the chocolate. You’ll like it…we’re so sure that we don’t need to do anything fancy with it.’ It shows confidence in the product to me, which in turn inspires MY confidence in both the company and the product.
After saying all that of course, I do also have to remark on the stunning packaging and aesthetics to the outer wrapper. I’ve always complimented Zotter on the way in which they package and present their produce, and the White Chocolate Walnut Brittle was no different. The unique and totally different ‘alternative’ wrapper design is cool, and the gold coloured foil inner gives the bar that extra pizzazz. It is a different price range and category to mass produced stuff, and it feels totally different too- opening this up is part of the experience whereas opening a Mars Bar or something is just an unavoidable hassle.
The white chocolate, as you can see from the photographs of the bar, is obviously very different to the majority of white chocolates I have come across in the past. It has that same yellowy tinge and beige colour that some of the more premium white chocolates have had that I’ve seen. And it smells sensational. Not so much because of the white chocolate, which is surprisingly understated and lacking in the aggressive sugar notes that most white chocolates have. But because of the enticing-more savoury- notes from the walnuts and almonds that make up about 16% of the bar.
The melt on the exterior layer of white chocolate is luxuriously smooth. There isn’t a single bit of graininess to it…it just slowly fades away on your tongue. And as it lacks the same intense sweetness of most white chocolates, it means that it is much less sickly allowing you to eat far more of it in one go without feeling sick. Hooray!
The void usually filled by terrible sugary crap is instead filled with the two nutty elements. You do still get some creaminess as well as some lovely vanilla hints, but it is the flavoursome walnuts and almonds that dominate the bar. The toned down white chocolate combined with the semi-savoury and semi-sweet nut brittle is a lovely combination and the two parts work together very nicely.
As with most things, the White Chocolate Walnut Brittle wasn’t quite perfect. In this instance, whilst the flavour of the white chocolate and brittle was absolutely spot-on, the brittle lacked crunch. I, like most people I suspect, like my brittle extremely crispy, but that was absent here meaning that the bar suffered from a lack of texture. But that’s the only real negative really.
The only thing stopping Zotter’s White Chocolate Walnut Brittle from challenging for a 9.0 rating in the highest echelons of TheSnackReview’s archives is the missing crunch from the brittle. It needed to be more…well, ‘brittle-ee’! (Yeah, I’m making up words.) But that is a minor criticism and whilst this bar doesn’t achieve a 9.0, it certainly carries my recommendation.
The nut flavour is packed into the bar, and the white chocolate was very good. Still behind my favourite ever white chocolate on Frey’s White Chocolate Almond bar but still one of the best white chocolates I’ve eaten. The nuttiness really complements the white chocolate and they amount to a delicious, if ‘unbrittle-ee’ bar of chocolate.