Thursday, 27 May 2010

Bollocks to Baking: Hope and Greenwood chocolate bars


We've already written about the old-fashioned loveliness of Hope and Greenwood and their worthy claim to being 'purveyors of splendid confectionery.' I'll admit that on my visits to their shop I've always been a bit overwhelmed by the prettiness of their sweets to pay much attention to their chocolate bars. I won't be making this schoolchild error again.

A couple of the bars arrived with me on Monday tea time, when it was really, really warm. I decided to devour them at great speed 'before they melted'. In fact they were just too tasty to stop scoffing.

Chocolate lovers should try out the Blackforest Cherry gateau bar. The bar itself with its white and plain chocolate swirl looks almost too good to eat. Luckily I didn't let that stop me as it was a great sweet treat. The black cherries that inspire its name give it a taste a bit like the Green and Blacks Cherry bar but less sweet. That's a good thing in my book.

The Lemon Drizzle bar was also very pretty, with a white chocolate base decorated with scrawls of plain chocolate and candied lemon peel pieces. However, pause first if you're considering buying this for a chocoholic. It tastes truly scrumptious, like lovely lemony milkshake or sorbet or indeed lemon drizzle cake. Despite the large cocoa content, it just doesn't taste so 'chocolatey'. That really didn't bother me - your fondness for it will depend on how desperate you are for that chocolate hit.

Both bars come in a darlingly dotted box decorated with Hope and Greenwood's distinctive logo. They cost £4.99 each so, yes, perhaps too pricey to devour in one sitting (no matter how hot or greedy you are). But oh so scrummy.

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