Sometimes I lose things. Sometimes I forget things. Today, I’m reviewing a bar which was a victim of both of those events! I bought Montezuma’s Treacle Tart bar back in about July at the height of British summer and Olympic fever. I then contrived to lose the fecker for more than 6 months, before it randomly reappeared as if by magic underneath a mountain of university work and books.
Miraculously, the 100g bar was A) still well in date and B) still in perfect condition. Which is remarkable really, because it has been sat on by five or six politics textbooks since I bought it and they are about 1000 pages long each. So regardless of what this Treacle Tart bar tastes like…it is already hard as nails. The Rocky Balboa of chocolate.
This is from Montezuma’s great British puddings range, much like the Eton Mess bar I took a look at last summer. If you’re not British and you’ve never come across the treacle tart before- Google (or whatever search engine you use) it…it won’t be a waste of your time. I love them and they are a pub classic here in England. Montezuma’s aren’t trying to replicate the exact taste with this bar though- just capture the essence of it by using similar flavours. The bar is ‘Venezuelan milk chocolate with toffee and hazelnut nibs’.
Normally you won’t find products looking like this in Britain. We’re not an unpatriotic nation but we prefer to laugh at ourselves whilst being quietly proud rather than waving the flag around willy nilly like other countries do. So the Union Jack colour scheme used here really does stand out as a result- there aren’t any other bars on the shelf akin to this. I remember that I bought it from Waitrose but can’t remember the exact cost…Montezuma’s tend to retail at about £2.20 I think.
It’s a nice job from Montezuma’s with the design and packaging as a whole- even with the Olympic induced patriotism now dead, the Union Jack appearance is very appealing and the foil inner wrapper is a nice touch giving the bar a little extra class. Montezuma’s logo is cool too- I’m convinced that they’ve stolen it from Harry Potter though…doesn’t it have a Hogwarts/wizard kind of vibe from it? No? Ok, maybe that’s just me then.
The bar is predominantly made up of a dark-ish looking milk chocolate but lightly speckled with brighter nibs of colour. It was a complaint of mine with their Eton Mess bar, a sister product of this Treacle Tart variety, that the chocolate had been slightly too strong and had killed off the other flavours. By the looks of things, the weighting was better here with plenty of nibs in each piece.
It smells delicious. Not exactly like a treacle tart as it didn’t have the same overbearing sweetness that you get from using golden syrup…but excellent none the less. The toffee is plentiful and has that butterscotch-esque edge to it, whilst the chocolate has character to it; Montezuma’s is slightly richer than most milk chocolates but still more than sweet enough for milk chocolate lovers.
The chocolate has a great snap, and even more impressively so given how long I’ve had this bar and how it might have been exposed to some serious temperature shifts between the summer when I bought it, the autumn and now in the middle of a nasty winter.
It tastes as it smells- Montezuma’s milk chocolate is ever so slightly more cocoa heavy than many rival milk chocolates and has a delightfully smooth melt to it. I’d probably go as far as saying this is one of my favourite ‘supermarket available’ milk chocolates…it’s creamy and smooth much like Galaxy chocolate, but in place of the sickly sweetness of Galaxy is a hint more richness instead. Very nice.
Then you get simultaneously get a terrific combination of the burnt sugar from the toffee- which is almost smoky and very warming- as well as the crunch of the hazelnut nibs which don’t taste of much but do give the overall bar much more texture. The crunch is kind of like the pastry element of a real treacle tart I guess.
Overall, I really did enjoy Montezuma’s Treacle Tart bar. The toffee flavour is excellent and does a good job of representing the sticky, gloopy golden syrup in a treacle tart, whilst Montezuma’s milk chocolate was very creditable and a cut above most others available at the £2-£2.50 price mark that one of these will cost you.
It obviously isn’t a treacle tart. It’s a bar of chocolate which is inspired by the treacle tart and therefore is milk chocolate with a twist. And that is done very impressively for me…I was aware that I wasn’t eating an actual treacle tart (although eating this has made me want a slice now!) but I was conscious that this was much like a treacle tart. Which is all that Montezuma’s are trying to do.
I ate this about 30 minutes ago before I started writing the review. And I’ve still got the toffee flavour on the tip of my tongue as I’m currently typing. That has to be a good sign! This is recommended and you don’t find too many better bars around for a couple of quid in England.