It’s no secret that white chocolate isn’t really my thing. I sacrifice myself at its altar occasionally, for the reader. But it’s always far too sweet and somehow too needy (eat me, eat me!). There have been really good white bars – Solkiki’s So Woke, was a recent example. – and I’d eat them, but usually I wouldn’t choose white. Yet I hoped that one day, the perfect white bar would present itself.
And then it happened. I had contacted Dormouse chocolate saying I’d like to order some of their bars, but I was just too lazy to choose, so what three bars did they recommend? And one of the ones they recommended was the 38% Toasted White (with criollo/trinitario beans from Madagascar and with a conch time of 48 hours. I love this level of detail. If you’re going to nerd out about chocolate, you need to know everything) because it was ‘a classic’.
I was reluctant to hand over £6 for a 70g bar of white chocolate, which I would probably taste one square of but, thank the Lord, I did.
Dormouse chocolate bars are wrapped in beautiful paper wrappers – you could wallpaper a room with them, and give yourself diabetes, if you bought enough of them. The foil inside has that perfect, nostalgic crinkle crankle to it. The chocolate is a dark tan colour due to the toasted milk used. And then the taste – smooth, creamy, biscuity, caramelly and all those other adjectives that make you want to eat eat eat. Amazing and delicious and sweet, yes, but in a grown-up way. Perfection found.
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