District One: Rare Harvest Cashews in Milk ChocolateSamantha: I think I expected more nuts. I mean, they’re in there, but they’re chopped so finely they don’t add much to the taste. Also, I’m really curious as to what makes them rare. It’s still tasty, though. Aaron: Something to note is that the bars are quite thin, so there’s little room for filling. The cashews are so finely chopped that they’re barely noticeable and certainly don’t add much flavour. Disappointing as milk chocolate and nuts are a wonderful combination. Molly: The back of the bar says the cashew is “the diamond of the nut industry” and goes on to explain how rare and difficult they are to harvest – a very clever way to infuse “luxury” into this chocolate bar. It’s very tasty milk chocolate, with fine bits of cashews sprinkled throughout. I think I got a lot more nuts in my bar than Sam and Aaron as mine were visible and definitely noticeable.
District Two: Fire Roasted Caramel and Pecans in Milk Chocolate
Samantha: Had a good laugh over “fire roasted” caramel. I hope they really were back there standing over giant fires, stirring great vats of caramel. This was, however, pretty exceptional – the caramel is delicious. There’s a subtle pecan flavour, but I didn’t come across any pecan pieces.
Aaron: Good quality caramel with a tasty and moreish burnt flavour. The pecans are there in spirit only – something I was initially dismayed by, but I’ve gotten over it. The pecan notes are subtle but complement the overall sweetness nicely.
Molly: Delicious. Caramel and milk chocolate – hard to go wrong here. And it’s stepped-up by the roasted, slightly toffee-ish flavor.
District Three: Arabica Coffee and Crystal Salt in Dark ChocolateSamantha: This was GOOOOD. There’s no fake coffee flavour. It legitimately tastes like coffee. I was surprised by how good the addition of salt was, too. Really liked this. A contender for my favourite.
Aaron: Coffee flavouring is usually a warning sign but this seems to be the genuine article. The ground coffee taste works exceptionally well with the deep cocoa while the salt adds a perfect contrast without being overwhelming. Definitely a bar I’d buy. Molly: This is fantastic. Unique and interesting, with a great subtly crunchy texture that makes you feel like you’re eating coffee grounds, but in a GREAT way, not in a “crap, my coffee filter is shot” way. If you like coffee and chocolate together, you’ll adore this one.