Thursday, February 07, 2008

Villars Praline Noir Eclats de Cacao

This is the second chocolate bar I've eaten from the Swiss chocolatier Villars, the first was a Dark chocolate bar. Unlike the 72% cacao content of that bar, this one has only a minimum of 50%. But it makes up for flavour in other ways, it has a Praliné filling and caramelized cocoa beans. The ingredient listing is fairly good, sugar, cocoa beans, almonds, cocoa butter, butter fat, caramelised cocoa beans (5%), cocoa powder, whole milk powder, skimmed milk powder, sweet whey powder, dried malt extract, soya lecithin as an emulsifier and flavours.

How does it taste? Pretty good, the caramelized cocoa beans are crunchy, providing a contrast to the sweet praliné filling (but it's better to chew the bar squares, melting them in your mouth will leave a small pile of crunchy pieces - or maybe you like that). I think that ultimately, it was too sweet for my tastes, but not bad.

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