The other week I was walking home and spotted a Lidl supermarket. I do not usually shop in Lidl, but I needed a few groceries, so popped in. I was really just going for fruit and veg, but when the first shelf confront me as I walked in was filled with chocolate, there was little chance of me ignoring it.
The first selection of Lidl chocolate I saw looked almost identical in packaging to Dairy Milk. At half the price of a Dairy Milk bar, I decided to give it a go. Upon getting it home, the subtle differences begin to reveal themselves. The pattern on the surface of the bar is ridged instead of smooth, and there is no mention of a pint of milk in every 227g. This is noticeable. While the taste is very similar, it does not have the creaminess of Dairy Milk.
The next bar is Fairglobe. As you can probably guess from the name, it is Fairtrade chocolate; you might expect the price to be a bit higher in that case, but in fact it was still below a pound.
Made from 32% Ghanian cocoa beans, it is a light milky treat, but very thin. This means that it melts in the mouth very quickly, but also breaks up very easily to. When I opened the package, it was already broken up into pieces.
My favourite bar from Lidl was Ballarom Fruit & Nut, which is a thick 200g bar consisting of raisins and whole hazelnuts.
The front of the bar has an elegant mould, but turn it cover, and you will see an impressive number of hazelnuts.
Bellarom is in partnership with the Rainforest Alliance, meaning it not only protects the environment, but also the welfare of the farm workers.
The final selection is J.D. Gross, which has a fine range of dark Ecuadorian chocolate at 70% & 80%. The 80% is extremely rich, earthy, and lingers in the mouth. While not overly bitter, the thickness makes just one or two squares sufficient. Anymore and it starts getting sickly.
The 70% comes with a choice of caramel pieces or orange pieces. While I can't help feeling that the latter tasted a bit artificial, and the texture a bit like gummy sweets, the crunchiness of the caramel was excellent, and the sweetness worked as a good contrast.