“ Brand: Thorntons / Type: Bar „
The other day my flatmate/bestmate had been out shopping all day long. She bought me back some lovely stuff from Thortons including this and I was delighted (particularly at the huge box of chocs she had indulged me in! (Yes I do have a great mate and I know it lol!) However I wasn't really very pleased to see this if I'm all that honest. Not only am I not a dark chocolate fan, I'm not a marzipan one either but when I ran out of chocolate this was all that was left naughty wise for me nibble on so I had no choice, besides its not nice to turn your nose up at a gift eh? Lol
The plastic wrapper is gold and brown in colour , matt, with a small photograph of the chocolate to one end of it and I am told that it is Thortons 'The Art Of The chocolatier', Almond Marzipan Bar, Smooth Dark Chocolate. On the back of the wrapper other information given includes ingredients and allergy advice, there is a nutritional chart given, the best before date is clearly stated and contact details for Thortons are given. It's a nice looking wrapper this one and of course informative as it needs to be.
The Bar Itself:
No weight is stated on my bar at all. I can say though that is about 4 inches long and not very thick at all, dark matt chocolate with a thin squiggle of milk chocolate that looks like it has been dribbled over it haphazardly but it looks a great quality chocolate bar, just smaller than I expected. The dark chocolate is actually very nice indeed, particularly against the marzipan filling, I think marzipan with a fluffy and thick marzipan centre that's incredibly sweet and infused with a high dose of almond flavouring would probably been sweetness overkill!
For me however the chocolate saved this and that is odd coming from someone who really isn't into dark chocolate at all but I found it rich and bitter and simply full of flavour. The milk chocolate was pretty much there for decoration I think but look enticing enough The marzipan though light and fluffy was far too sickly for me sadly and after consuming it I did feel a bit ill!
At about 80p a bar I think although it is a small bar this is a decent purchase really. It's an adults purchase this one and if you like the sound of it then try it as it is fantastic quality but for me far too sweet!
Nutritional Information Per Bar:
Of which sugars: 24.0g
Of which saturates: 2.9g
Available in Thortons and some supermarkets that sell a small collection of Thortons chocolates.
I am always on the lookout for something treaty and sweet, and after having a particularly nightmarish shopping trip with my two babies (spawn of satan!), I felt I deserved a treat, that or valium, and as they don't sell that in Wilkinson's (I did check though!), I decided this was the way to go!
The product I will now review is - ""Thornton's almond marzipan bar".
These bars have been available for purchase from the main Thornton's shop for many years, but this was the first time I had noticed them for sale in Wilkinson's, at a much cheaper price than I remember!
The bar itself is around 3" in length, and is a thinnish rectangular shape, this being encased in it's own double ended sealed packet, with the obligatory Thornton's logo on it.
When removed from the packet you are faced with said bar, smothered in very dark chocolate and with a very distinct scent of almond being noticeable.
Now I love marzipan, being able to eat the stuff that you buy to roll onto cakes, straight from the block, though of course it does inevitably make me feel sick after the first pound of it!
What I bit into was far from the almond marzipan that I am used to!
The chocolate covering was thick and bitter as all good dark chocolate should be, but the centre was almost fluffy, like it contained coconut alongside the marzipan, it wasn't unpleasant, just not what I was expecting at all.
The almond taste was there in spades and this is what saved it for me, but this is not something I will go out of my way to buy again.
The nutritional information is as follows -
24.0g of which sugars,
2.9g of which saturates.
Allergy advice states that this contains nuts, milk and soya, but is suitable for vegetarians and is made to a gluten free recipe.
For more information visit - www.thorntons.co.uk
Price wise this cost me 53p, not bad at all but as I said earlier not something I will be buying again.
Thanks for reading x
I've always loved marzipan. As a child I hated Christmas cake, but had to be stopped from peeling all the icing and marzipan off it...in fact I'm such a marzipan nut that I have actually been known to buy giant blocks of cooking marzipan and just eat bits of that all day! (I promise you, Thorntons Marzipan Bar is a far, far superior experience!) I usually go for Ritter Sport Marzipan, but they're such big bars and I can always scoff the lot, so when I noticed these rather smaller offerings in my local corner shop, I thought I'd give them a go in an attempt to curb my greed and save my waistline.
Everyone knows Thorntons, don't they? Begun in 1911, by Joseph William Thornton and his 14 year old son, they're now something of a staple chocolate shop, found on just about every high street and offering everything sweet and naughty from huge iced chocolate figures to bags of kiddy chocolate buttons. They are a cut above other chocolate brands, though, so unfortunately the prices tend to reflect this. I'm not sure if Thorntons are branching out, because I did find this bar in the independent corner shop just across the road to me, but either way, you won't have to look too far before you come across a Thorntons shop.
As you might expect from an upmarket chocolate bar, the Almond Marzipan bar is wrapped in a lovely swanky-looking, matt-feeling wrapper with a luxurious-looking pic of the bar itself - it's a world apart from cheapie shiny chocolate bars. It's 45g, so not a particularly huge offering, but at the same time one bar is perfect for a little treat and not absolutely shocking in terms of calories (198 calories in it and over 7g fat per 45g serving). Okay, I know it's a lot, but it's better than chowing down on a whole family-sized Dairy Milk bar!
The wrapper comes off easily to reveal the bar itself, which is oblong and dark chocolate covered, perfect as I think the slight bitterness of plain chocolate goes well with the sweetness of the marzipan. The coating of chocolate is, as you would expect, good quality (smooth, definitely bitter and not greasy at all) and fairly thin; for me that's a plus as I don't want too much thick chocolate interfering with the filling. The marzipan is pale cream in colour and excellent quality, not dusty or dry as marzipan can sometimes be, but really soft, moist, rich and almondy - you can feel the little bits of ground almond in it, giving it a lovely grainy texture.
As I've said, I do like Ritter Sport Marzipan, but Thorntons Almond Marzipan bar just takes the edge over Ritter due to how much actual marzipan you get - in the Ritter bar there are lots of small squares each with a bit of marzipan, which is nice but a bit irritatingly tantalising, plus I think the chocolate far overpowers the marzipan ; I much prefer one big chunk to lots of little ones.
The Thorntons marzipan bar is definitely a grownup chocolate experience - it's got just the right amount of bitterness and creaminess to make it a very delicious adult treat, but it's probably not sweet or gooey enough for kids (unless you happen to have strange marzipan-addict kids, of course! I certainly was one myself :) In terms of nuttiness, I'd say this bar gets it spot on, and I'm not even much of a nut fan (Whole Nut? Bleurgh). Marzipan should definitely be sweet, but come on, it's made of almonds, if it hasn't got a bit of nuttiness to it, then there's something wrong!
Unfortunately, it's really expensive - 85p for a really quite slight, 45g bar is a ridiculous price. Not so long ago it used to be 69p, so that's a huge price hike and it's not even as if you get more for your money now. I understand that you have to pay for quality, but 85p just seems far too much to pay for such a small bit of chocolate, particularly as I'm a poor student and can't really afford it (ssssh!) Either way, I like these so much that every so often I give in and have one as a treat, but I can't help feeling guilty about all the wasted money!
Overall the Thorntons Almond Marzipan Bar is a superior choccy bar for all you marzipan freaks out there, but as it's calorific and expensive it's probably best kept as an occasional treat if you don't want to break the bank - or your trousers!
I went into Thorntons yesterday to buy my mate a birthday pressie and while I was there I brought myself a few of their bars of chocolate as a change from Cadburys or Galaxy. The one I've just eaten was a yummy almond marzipan bar and I wish I'd brought 2 of them because I could eat another one right now!
The bar is a lot smaller than most chocolate bars but because it's pure marzipan inside it feels a lot bigger because of how sweet and filling the chocolate bar is.
The marzipan tastes dead fresh and is so yummy that it reminds me of when I used to buy blocks of marzipan and eat them in the cinema because I didn't like popcorn! It's loads nicer than block marzipan and is softer with a delish smooth but bitty texture that melts in my mouth a bit, but I can never leave it that long and end up chewing it to release the flavours better!
The marzipan is coated in dark chocolate and this chocolate is gorgeous. It's smooth and creamier than most dark chocolates and goes sooooooo good with the sweet marzipan, there's a bit of bitterness in the chocolate but I'm glad about that because if the chocolate was sweet then I reckon the bar would be too sickly over all.
I love how high quality this chocolate bar tastes, most marzipan chocolates are very dusty I think but this one has got a creamier texture that made my mouth water with every single bite. I reckon it's the combination of the sugary marzipan and the slightley bitter chocolate that make it seem so luxurious because there are a few marzipan bars about at the minute but none of them are quite as good or tasty as this one.
It cost about 70p and even though it's only a small bar it's worth it for the delish taste of Thorntons without having to eat a whole box of chocolates, not that that would be a problem the mood I'm in today!
I discovered these bars when I first followed the weightwatchers diet several years ago - the reason being that they were only 4 points, and so I could fit one into my daily points allowance quite easily, thereby allowing me a guilty pleasure without jeopardising my weight loss progress.
I no longer follow any diet plan, but I do still occasionally pick one of these bars up, in the knowledge that it won't do me too much harm!
Available singly at Thorntons shops, these can also occasionally be found in smaller supermarkets, although in larger supermarkets they are more likely to be found in multipacks. A single bar at Thorntons is 69p which I feel is pricy for a bar of chocolate, but a multi pack at a supermarket doesn't work out much cheaper, with 3 bars for £1.99 bringing the price per bar down by less than 3p.
So, of course, when you are paying premium prices, you expect premium quality.
This is a small bar, when compared with the size of other chocolate bars, such as dairy milk, galaxy etc, being about an inch wide and three and a half inches long, with a depth of about half an inch. It comprises, simply, of almond marzipan, coated in dark chocolate. Simple, and delicious. The marzipan is quite sweet, but it does not have the claggy artifical sweetness of some marzipan, and this is complemented by the bitterness of the dark chocolate.
As I look on the packet for additional information, though, it does say on the front that it is "smooth dark chocolate" but on the back it says "delicious dark chocolate, finished with milk chocolate".......now, in all the time I have been eating these bars, I have never noticed any element of milk chocolate, and I can't recall seeing anything "milky" in the one that has not long since been consumed. Perhaps I will have to buy another one later today......just to check out the dark/milk situation.........
The chocolate isn't that thick, but even for a dark chocolate freak like me, that doesn't seem to be a problem.....there is obviously just enough to give me the appropriate release of happy chemicals.
At 69p, it is perhaps not the cheapest bar about, but it is certainly a whole lot better quality than many of the confectionary currently on the market, and I feel that once in a while it is worth paying the premium for.
Nutritional information - it doesn NOT contain hydrogenated fat. Hurrah!!, but it does contain nuts, milk and soya. It is suitable for vegetarians and for those following a gluten free diet - hurrah again!!
Each bar provides 198 calories and 8.2 grammes of saturated fat.
Whether it is still only 4 weightwatchers points, I don't know - and really, I no longer care, but I DO still like the thought of a guilt-free chocolate treat!!
I must say that i do like these, i am a big fan of marzipan, and if you are too, then this is a lovely chocolate bar. Off the top of my head i cant think of any other chocolate bars which utilize marzipan to it potential like this. Although it isnt the cheapest, its not too bad considering it is thorntons, and it doesnt leave you too sickly.
However, as i am a big fan of marzipan, and i am guessing you are, thus why you have come to look at this review! Here are some other marzipan related loves of mine!
Firstly, A block of marzipan! you cant get much better than this, just sit there and eat it, usually a whole block will last me a few days, which isnt bad for how much you pay for it. It will only be available at supermarkets i imagine as it is supposed to be for cooking! Anothr thing i like to do is melt some chocolate, and dip the marzipan in, which is lovely! you can even role the marzipan into balls if you want, and cover them, to make them a bit more classy!
The other thing i recommend is Ammaretto (best with diet coke), which can be used with alot of things to give a marzipan taste - see my reviews on ammaretto and ammaretto and honey ice cream!
I was in Thorntons looking at the Easter eggs yesterday and I noticed a display of chocolate bars on the counter. Me and my daughter both like marzipan very much but I never see marzipan chocolate bars any more except for those Ritter ones which do not taste of proper marzipan to me. I brought a few Almond Marzipan Bars for me and some to give to my daughter to enjoy.
I think it is quite a small chocolate bar but it is packaged to look bigger because the paper is very loose on it which makes it look like I was buying a bigger bar. I was happy to see the chocolate coating on the marzipan bar is dark Thorntons chocolate because dark chocolate is my favourite and I think it goes better with marzipan than milk chocolate. The chocolate is quite thin except at the 2 ends where it is thicker. The chocolate tastes good quality and I can tell it is proper Thorntons chocolate and not a cheaper one made in an inferior quality to fob off on the chocolate bars. It is very rich and has a lovely chocolate flavour that is typical of Thorntons chocolate. I like the way it melts onto the marzipan when I put the chocolate into my mouth and it is easy to break a little piece of the chocolate off the bar so I can taste it without the marzipan.
The marzipan part of the chocolate bar is very sweet as all good marzipan should be. It has a lovely fluffy texture that melts slowly in my mouth. It tastes of proper marzipan and not the cheap slab of artificial marzipan that Ritter use in their bars. It tastes to me like home made marzipan even though it probably is produced by the vat full to make all these chocolate bars. I can definatly taste the almonds used in the marzipan and it is very smooth.Together the chocolate and marzipan are perfect because the sweetness of the marzipan is toned down a little bit by the slight bitterness of the smooth dark chocolate and the 2 different tastes are lovely together.
Every 45g bar has 198 calories in it and over 7 g of fat so for the size of the bar I think there must be a lot of sugar and fat in it. I do not mind this though because marzipan cannot be made in a light version because it has lots of nuts, sugar and eggs in it when you make it at home and they could not make it without using these high calorie ingrediants. It costs about 60 for every bar from Thorntons and I think some of the big supermarkets also sell a small range of these bars.