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Toasted unsweetened coconut smothered in our smooth dark chocolate.
Remember coconut rough from your childhood? We think we have captured this perfectly, we take unsweetened coconut and toast it until its just golden and mix it through our creamy chocolate for the perfect mix. We made it into a bar but kept being asked for a bigger size so here it is. Share pack in a 150g resealable pouch.
May contain traces of peanuts and other tree nuts. Contains milk and soy.
As a kid, I quickly discovered that chocolate + coconut = taste heaven for me. It was on a trip to the US and a chance encounter with a Bounty Bar that did it, and since then I have loved that combo far more than each alone - a true synergistic experience for me. Over the years I have come across some really good examples, and more than a few disappointing ones, so I think I know what I am talking about when I say that for me, this was included in the list of "better than most" Coconut Roughs.
I really liked how the bits were not moulded into pretty, uniform bits. They were clearly broken from a larger slab, and that gave every piece a unique character, but an equally short lifespan in my mouth. Even with my sensitive teeth, they were so easy to eat. I even managed, with intense self-control, to let one of them slowly dissolve in my mouth, releasing the flavour, and small bits of coconut, over the span of about half an hour. If you can manage to do that yourself, I highly recommend it. It is something quite delightful.
I would have used these as ingredients in something else, but they were just too good, and I couldn't bring myself to risk experimenting with them and having it fail. So, a very pleasant snacking-treat for me for a week or so, and then, that dreadful moment when I realised that the bag was empty. Alas, poor chocolate... I knew it well!
Overall, one of the best hand-crafted Coconut Roughs I have come across, and I certainly hope to see it succeed and become a favourite for many, many others.
As soon as I opened this packet, I regretted that I had invited three of my friends to help me to taste it. Two of my favourite flavours - coconut and proper dark chocolate - combined in a wickedly deceptive, very ordinary looking collection of pieces. They look home made and not especially appealing, but the first bite tells you how truly delicious they really are. Reluctantly, I stopped drooling over my piece, tipped the rest of the contents on to a plate, and offered it round.
It was interesting to see their reactions. One of the three, a woman in her late fifties, had been keen to try this confectionery because she had memories of going to the movies in Invercargill with her mother. They used to buy a packet of chocolate rough to eat while they were watching, and my friend remembers this fondly. She had not tasted chocolate rough since, but she had clear recollections of how it tasted. She said the main difference was that the product she remembered was made with milk chocolate rather than dark, and the pieces of coconut were bigger and not so evenly distributed. However, she did say that this version was very pleasant (and to prove it, she took a second piece!)
The other two had different impressions. One, who has a partial denture where his front teeth used to be, was pleased to find a nut product that he could chew. He said that the coconut was so fine it did not need to meet his teeth at all; he could suck the sweet until it vanished down his throat. This was a real plus for him as he has problems eating very hard food or food that is too big. He liked the way that this product was already broken into pieces, and that he could break (or cut) a piece in half if necessary. He loved the flavour and said he would buy it again.
The third tester said he could imagine it grated on top of a cake. His suggestion was that the cake could be covered in cream and then the chocolate grated liberally on top. That way, you would have the flavour of the chocolate and the coconut jazzing up a plain cake and adding interest to it. He also said he thought it would be nice grated on a pavlova. However, he also liked the pieces just as they were, describing them as "melt-in-the-mouth delicious".
Personally, I really like this product. In the end I was glad I had invited others to help me as the entire packet disappeared with the four of us all eating the contents, and I fear if I had not invited them over I might have been tempted to eat the lot on my own!
This has definitely been my favourite variety of the four that were available to review at the time. Potentially because it is the product that comes the closest to simple chocolate. Toasted coconut mixed with chocolate. Properly mixed too, not layered like other bakery coconut roughs that sometimes have a biscuit base. This is purely the chocolate coconut mix.
The packaging is a simple resealable foil pack with a clear face so you can see the product. The product is broken into pieces similarly to how the cashew brittle variety is done, so you get a lot of variety in the size of the pieces; some pieces may be double the size of an M&M, while others are larger than your thumb. So some may need to be further broken down to make it easier to break.
The product has 270 calories per 50g serving (the packet has 3 servings), though I personally had much smaller servings myself. The chocolate is reasonably rich, and tastes slightly darker than what you would get from a cadbury bar. Personally, I've had the packet for over a week, and am happy snacking on one or two pieces at a time, so I'm not too concerned about the calories.
The chocolate is reasonably solid, so it isn't messy at all to handle, which is another plus. The packet is rather narrow, so I don't want to have to reach into a sticky packet to reach pieces at the bottom. With many servings, and a richness that leaves you satisfied, this product is an ideal treat.
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