“ Brand: Asda / Type: White „
I recently popped into a local Asda to pick up a few bits and spotted their white chocolate bars with strawberry pieces. I was spending the evening with my Mum so thought I would take a bar round for us. Its from the Chosen By You range and costs 50p for a 100g bar.
The chocolate is sold in a black and red wrapper which displays the Asda Chosen by you logo at the top. On the front of the bar there's a picture of a pile of chocolate full of strawberry pieces with a couple of strawberries beside it. Apart from informing the customer that this is White chocolate with strawberry pieces that's all there is on the front of the bar.
The back of the wrapper gives all the usual nutritional information for those who wish to read them, ingredients and allergy warnings stating that the product may contain traces of peanut and sesame oil. it also advises that the chocolate contains milk and Soya. The chocolate bar is suitable for vegetarians and Asda state it contains " no artificial colours, flavourings or hydrogenated fat" It sounds almost good for you until you read that this little 100g bar contains 548 calories and 32g of fat! Never mind though the strawberries must make up for some of that.
When opened the chocolate looks just like your average white chocolate bar apart from the fact that it has a slight pink tinge to it. The top is smooth and its not until you turn it over that you see the little pieces of strawberry in it. The chocolate bar smells sweet and delicious and I have to say is really jam packed with fruit.
Asda's white chocolate with strawberry pieces is delicious, the chocolate tastes rich and creamy, and whilst its very sweet the little chunks of freeze dried strawberries are very fruity and tangy and compliment the chocolate perfectly, there's plenty of these chewy fruit pieces in each chunk of chocolate too. I do sometimes find white chocolate can be too rich and a bit sickly but this isn't, the strawberries take that strong sweetness away. It would have been very easy to consume a whole bar in one sitting but my common sense ( or diabetes) prevailed and I controlled myself.
I will definitely be buying another of these chocolate bars. Asda, in my opinion, have hit onto a winner with these.
Although I'm not a huge fan of white chocolate, I do indulge occasionally when sugar cravings strike. I've found that I like it best when it is combined with other flavours. So it was that I decided to try Asda's White Chocolate with Strawberry Pieces. At just 50p for a 100g bar, it seemed like good value for a rather sophisticated-sounding confectionery item.
When I opened the wrapper, my first impressions were not too favourable. The chocolate bar was off-white with a pinkish hue and had a somewhat dusty rather than glossy appearance. It didn't look particularly inspiring and I was expecting it to taste like cake covering. Although smooth on top, the underside was rough in texture and you could clearly see the freeze dried strawberry pieces embedded in the chocolate bar. It reminded me of a Dairy Crunch bar with all the knobbly bits, except these knobbly bits were bright pink. Overall, it was a rather strange looking chocolate bar to behold. It almost looked like some kind of exfoliating bar from Lush with its bumpy surface. It didn't smell that appetising either. It had a sickly sweet, rich aroma which I presumed was the cocoa butter. It reminded me of a Caramac bar, without any smell of strawberries coming across.
Somewhat warily, I broke off a square of chocolate and popped it into my mouth. This is where things began to improve. As I ate this square of chocolate I found myself rotating it around in my mouth, alternating between the smoothness of one surface and the rugged, crunchiness of the other. The contrast in textures was rather enjoyable. The chocolate was voluptuously creamy and not gritty or powdery as it melted and the freeze dried strawberry pieces didn't feel too sharp to my tongue, but were light and crisp without being hard and overly chewy. I've heard people complain that eating freeze dried berries is like chewing cardboard, but that wasn't the case here. They didn't stick to my fillings or get lodged between my teeth. It was a bit like eating strawberry flavoured Rice Krispies encased in white chocolate. The chocolate was sweet and mellow with a buttery, vanilla taste but the tangy sharpness of the strawberry pieces counteracted the usual tooth-aching intensity which I have come to associate with white chocolate. I loved the way the freeze dried strawberry pieces hydrated in my mouth and released such a fruity flavour. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised how much I appreciated this white chocolate treat.
A 100g bar provides a whopping 548 calories but even I can't eat a whole bar on my own. One of the good things about white chocolate is that its richness means that you are likely to be satisfied with just a couple of squares. I was glad to see it contains no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat and is suitable for vegetarians but - let's not beat about the bush - it's a chocolate bar and it's not supposed to be virtuous. (And no, I'm sure you can't include the strawberries in your 5 a day!) Admittedly, white chocolate is probably the most unhealthy type of chocolate you can eat. I should also point out that this chocolate bar is not suitable for nut allergy sufferers or those intolerant to milk and soya.
Would I recommend it?
If you like white chocolate, definitely, yes. Even if you think you don't, you may find this is a combination that really works. The contrast between sweet/tangy and smooth/crisp reminded me of eating a summer fruit pavlova or Eton Mess. I like to have a cup of coffee with mine as this also helps detract from the cloying sweetness. I do have quite a sweet tooth and I accept that, even with the addition of the tart strawberries, this may be too sweet for some people. I certainly think that it tastes like something far more classy and expensive than a 50p Asda chocolate bar. I note that it contains cocoa butter as opposed to vegetable fat, which is found in some inferior brands of white chocolate, so it seems decent quality. I imagine that, if you wanted to, you could grate it over ice cream or vanilla yoghurt and it would probably be rather nice, although it's not something I've tried personally. It does leave your teeth feeling as if they've been coated in sugar though, so you may want to give them an extra good brushing when you've finished. I like it, but for the sake of my dental bills I don't intend to buy it too often.