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Classic after dinner mint chocolate made with real peppermint oil, not artificial flavourings, to leave a true peppermint flavour. Perfect to put on the table after a nice meal. Made with layered semi-sweet and white chocolate.
Packed in re-sealable pouches that can be re-used before cleaning and putting into soft plastic recycling. Batches are broken by hand into assorted sized pieces.
I was intrigued by the name of this product so before I had so much as opened the pack I googled "bark" and "confectionery" as I am one of those people that just has to know new things! I discovered that a bark is a product which contains unevenly layered chocolate, usually a combination of white and dark rather than milk chocolate. Because the pieces are broken rather than cut into uniform pieces, the end result looks like the bark on a tree with its different layers. Now that my curiosity was satisfied, I was ready to open the packet and taste it!
I don't like milk chocolate at all so I was delighted to see that this product combines white and dark chocolate, both of which I do enjoy. Add in the peppermint element and you end up with an after-dinner mint par excellence. No, on second thoughts, after-anything! The pieces are so delicious that I had a second as soon as I had finished the first. That was enough for the moment, but I was looking forward to having more later on.
I then shared the packet with one adult and two children. We had a moment of panic when Mr Nine took a piece that was bigger than Mr Seven's, but we managed to soothe their feelings by swapping Mr Seven's piece with another that was a little bigger. (Their mother got the grubby rejected piece from Mr Seven who had already licked it. The perils of having a packet of unevenly sized goodies!)
Having sorted it all out and ensured that everyone had a piece, I asked for feedback. I had already tasted it so I knew I liked it, but my friends were equally positive in their comments. They all said it had a good chocolatey flavour, but they could taste the peppermint as well and the overall combination meant it was not too sweet. Both the boys have quite sophisticated palates so they tend to prefer more adult-type treats. They all had a second piece without any prompting. How surprising!
We had a few pieces left so decided to have it for dessert as an ice-cream topping. We chopped the pieces into small bits and scattered them over vanilla ice-cream. The adults added a dash of Baileys as well while the boys got extra chocolate, so everyone was happy. It made an incredibly decadent dessert and something we plan to have again some time. The price of the chocolate means it is going to be an occasional treat rather than an everyday purchase, but for a special occasion it would go down well.
I would love to have a photo of the product to show you the size of the pieces, or the marbling of the chocolate and peppermint, but alas, the packet was empty before I thought to take a picture. I guess that's really the only testimonial you really need to the quality of the product. Did I check the nutritional information or the size of the packet? Not at all. I just had a piece and next thing you knew the packet was half empty and was subsequently finished the next day.
But let's look at the other information anyway. Coming in a clear resealable pouch, the packaging is simple but effective. No need for photos of the product, when the entire packet is clear, there is no hiding what you are getting. The packet weighs in at 150g, the equivalent of about 3 Snickers bars, which is good because the nutritional information tells you that the packet holds 3 servings (whoops, only 2 for me!). With 30g of sugar per 50g, this is certainly a high -sugar product, but it's chocolate, so no surprises there.
What is the surprise is that instead of just using the safe option of milk chocolate with peppermint flavours, or a simple dark chocolate (because dark chocolate is the best chocolate to have with peppermint), they have actually combined dark chocolate, with white chocolate, and peppermint oil. The dark chocolate they have used doesn't have over 70% cocoa solids like other dark chocolates (it has 20%), but it does lack the whole milk powder that is present in the white chocolate. So we actually end up with three flavours marbled together which creates a slightly different flavour within each piece.
As is their process, the bark is broken up into pieces, rather than being set into a bar or having a standard size piece, which ensures that each piece is unique in flavour and shape. The peppermint oil creates a refreshing flavour, that cools the mouth down, and reminds one of those brisk winter mornings, while simultaneously clearing the nasal passages like a whiff of Vick's Vaporub.
While I am a glutton with one hell of a sweet tooth, I should also mention that the darker chocolate does also have that feature where it satisfies more than milk chocolate. There were many times where after a couple of pieces I felt good and didn't need to eat more. If I had put the packet away somewhere, then it certainly would have turned into 10 servings per packet. But as I left the packet next to me as a watched a movie, it just disappeared as I habitually consumed everything within arms reach.
Disappointed to hear that this is a temporary product. Hopefully, I can get my hands on some more before they stop producing the batch. But I imagine it won't be long before they bring it back again.
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