Chocri White Chocolate with Fruit
It’s been awhile since I did one of these! A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by a lady called Carmen from a company called Chocri, who, according to her, “is a German startup that allows the customization of chocolate bars”. So basically, it’s a build your own chocolate bar, what a great idea!
I’ve had so many bars where I’ve felt little tweaks, removing one thing or adding another would make it just right, and here we have a company who gives you the opportunity to make whatever bar you like. The way it works is that you pick your chocolate base – white, milk or dark – and then you can add up to five toppings. They range from various fruits, nuts, spices, grains, decor and “extras”, which are things like gummi bears, flavoured chocolate drops, toffee, etc.
Each topping has its own price, to lace your bar with strawberries will cost you an additional $1.10, to then add mango cubes to that would be an extra $1.20, and so on. I won’t lie, these bars aren’t cheap, the bar that I chose here would in practice cost you $12.85.
When you pay that kind of money, you expect quality, and these bars look the part. The chocolate is fair trade and organic, though there’s no mention of the ingredients (can you get organic gummi bears?). The packaging is quite nice, like most fair trade companies they use a cardboard box with the chocolate inside a plastic wrapper within the box. The open design also allows you to see exactly what your bar looks like.
So, let’s talk about this bar. The title would have been far too long to mention everything I have here, but this is a white chocolate base with strawberries, banana chips, blueberries, sour cherries and cranberries. My idea was that the white chocolate base would be great for a fruity, summer-esque bar. As you can see the banana chips are huge, dominating large portions of the bar, with everything else thrown in. You certainly get what you pay for here, as they make full use of the space available to give you as many ingredients as possible.
The bar is quite thin, but long. On the underside there are breakable squares, though with so many ingredients it’s hard to actually snap a piece off, so I just snapped it where it felt appropriate.
It tastes great. The banana chips are very crisp, and the sour cherries and blueberries are quiet soft and a little chewy. It perhaps didn’t need all the ingredients I added, as I’m not sure what the cranberries offered, though the strawberries definitely gave it a great taste.
Overall this was everything I hoped for it to be. The white chocolate is nice, fairly ordinary which is all I needed it to be, and the fruit all mixed together tasted great. If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a budding chocolate maker or want to give someone a very personal chocolate gift, then I recommend playing around a little bit.
P.S. Chocri have not yet opened up their online shop so orders cannot be made until January, though I will be sure to update you all when this happens.