I’ve done plenty of reviews of new companies recently on here, including my first forays into reviewing crisps, but today it’s back to a tried and trusted company of mine- Frey. The Swiss chocolate makers have churned out a succession of great bars of chocolate, some of which I’ve rated incredibly highly. This is my penultimate review of the chocolates they sent me last year, and it’s from their Chocobloc range- the Chocobloc Air.
I’ve had this a seriously long time. So long in fact, that in the time since Frey sent it to me, two other bloggers (Grocery Gems and Kev) have actually bought the bar themselves and written reviews of it. This bar is slightly different to the one they both reviewed though, as this is a larger 70g product. It’s the same idea though- ‘fine aerated milk chocolate with almond-honey-nougat’.
In other words, this is the same concept as their other Chocobloc bars I’ve reviewed- the Orange, White, Dark, and Milk but with a twist. The twist is obviously that the Chocobloc Air is Frey’s take on aerated chocolate. This is a Wispa but with the welcome addition of their nougat too.
The Swiss don’t seem to have anywhere near as much aerated stuff on sale as we English do. In fact it seems more of a British and American gimmick really. I’ve no idea why that is; perhaps the Swiss just approach chocolate in a different way to us and see it as ‘not to be messed with’.
This Chocobloc Air looked very similar to the Chocobloc Milk to begin with- boxed in a nice, secure package and then wrapped in a foil inner. It even smelt the same too; super-light and very inviting milky chocolate… typically very Swiss in that regard.
It wasn’t until I snapped the bar in half that the fundamental difference was apparent- a you can see in the photo above, the outer appearance is of a totally firm milk chocolate, but when broken down you can see the thousands of tiny air bubbles which make up the inside of the bar. As well as that, you’ll also be able to see the little flecks of white which are the pieces of almond-honey-nougat.
The milk chocolate in this Chocobloc Air is Frey’s standard milk chocolate which I’ve been impressed by in the past. Once again it tastes very nice here, with strong dairy notes as is usually the case of any Swiss milk chocolate. The outer layer of the bar is firmer giving each piece an initial ‘bite’ to it, and then after you sink your teeth though that comes the aerated aspect.
I thought the aerated part of the Chocobloc Air was done exceptionally well. The taste is quite similar to a Wispa initially, as this bar is more about milk and sweetness than it is about a strong chocolatey flavour. It shares the same lightning-quick melt as the Wispa too (because of the air bubbles, the milk chocolate melts much faster in a warm mouth) but it’s smoother and more lush than its Cadbury’s counterpart.
The nougat brings a slight chewiness to the Air after the aerated milk chocolate has melted away, and that is when you’ll get some intense honey flavour too.
I thought Frey’s Chocobloc Air was an excellent bar of chocolate, and probably one of my favourite Frey produced bars that I’ve been able to review. Their attempt at aerated chocolate (this is my first try of their Air stuff) is successful. You get a little firmness from the outer chocolate coating and then the velvety melt of the aerated stuff too. Coupled with the slight chew of the nougat, that makes the Chocobloc Air a little more filling than most aerated bars tend to be as well.
As far as I’m aware, Toblerone haven’t actually ever brought out an aerated version of their famous product and to be honest, I think Frey have beaten them to it with this Chocobloc Air. This has all of the flavours of a Toblerone but with a cool aerated twist. I definitely prefer the lighter and less dense nature of this bar compared to a Toblerone and most of my family (who tried this too) agreed with me.
Luckily I was sent this by Frey, but I also think these bars are available in 99p stores which is where Katherine at Grocery Gems found hers. Keep an eye out- these are real good.