Co Op Truly Irresistible Dark Chocolate with Raspberry
I do love The Co Op. They're always bringing out new and interesting products, such as the Rhubarb and Custard Milk last year, and more recently Unicorn Themed Ice Creams. As well as those they've also launched this new limited edition Truly Irresistible Dark Chocolate with Raspberry, a Single Origin Fairtrade bar. Containing 54% cocoa solids and described as "rich and fruity with sweet raspberry pieces, made with carefully selected Peruvian cocoa" it contains 2% freeze dried raspberries and costs just over £1.50.
Opening the sleeve the chocolate was foil-wrapped, which is always a good thing in my book! The blocks looked smooth and glossy with The Co Op's Truly Irresistble logo printed on each piece.
Snapping a piece off, the freeze dried raspberries were very evident embedded in the chocolate, and certainly looked more plentiful than the 2% listed in the ingredients.
Turning the block over they were very visible on the underside of the bar, too; so it's safe to say this wasn't going to skimp on raspberry flavour.
And it certainly didn't - this is a very fruity bar indeed and I absolutely loved it! I'm generally a fan of The Co Op's dark chocolate anyway, it has a nicer flavour profile compared to Lindt or Green & Blacks in my opinion, and their Dark Chocolate Orange bar is far superior to Lindt's Orange Intense (plus is dairy free!). It's the perfect rich chocolate to pair with tart raspberries - every square of this was delightful, and went down a real treat with a cup of coffee. It's just the right level of sweetness, anything darker would have been too much and anything sweeter would overshadow the raspberries.
Overall, this is a fantastic limited edition bar from The Co Op and I do hope it sticks around for longer than just Summer! I think it could be improved even further by adding some other berries and thus making it a "Summer Fruits" bar...now that would be a treat indeed. But that's just my wishful thinking for ya! ;)
If you're dairy free or vegan do seek these treats out, although, if you're highly sensitive to dairy please be aware that it's made in a factory that handles milk ingredients.
9 out of 10.
Ingredients: Cane sugar, Peruvian cocoa mass, cocoa butter, freeze dried raspberries (2%), emulsifier (soya lecithins), flavouring.
Nutrition Information (2 squares): 108 Calories, 6.5g Fat, 11g Carbohydrates, 9.6g Sugars, 1.3g Fibre, 1g Protein.