When I first discovered Montezumas a few years back, the first thing I bough from their shop was a series of Great British Pudding theme chocolate bars. Both tasting and reminding me of these delicious classics, this range immediately became my Montezumas favourite.
You can buy the 100g bars individually for £2.49 or as a pack for £13.49. The flavours include Eton Mess, Spotted Dick, Lemon Meringue, Apple Crumble, and Summer Pudding.
I love the packaging of these bars, with the Union Jack printed across the cover. The chocolate itself is wrapped in tin foil for freshness.
The bars are moulded with a unique design. First the
traditional squares that are easily to divide, and then a smooth slab at the end with the brand name engraved. When additional elements, such as fruit and nuts are incorporated, this can ruin the aesthetics, and make the bar look a bit messy.
On my most recent purchase, I was faced with that dreaded 'new recipe' label printed on the cover. So often I find that these new recipes are never as good as the old ones. Unfortunately my fears were confirmed. I do not know what changes were made, but they no longer have quite the same texture flavour of the puddings they are named after.
The Summer Pudding with raspberries and blueberries fares best, as it is still reminiscent of the fruity, juicy dessert. The Apple Crumble contains delicious freeze dried apple pieces, but the shortbread biscuit, does not have the 'crumble' I was looking for.
The Eton Mess gives off a delicious scent of strawberries, and has crunchy meringue pieces. It tastes nice, but not as good as it was before.
The Spotted Dick was once my favourite, with it's raisins, and custardy flavour. But the addition of hazelnuts, which are not traditionally in a Spotted Dick, was a let down for me.
My least favourite has always been the Lemon Meringue, mainly because it is the only one that uses dark chocolate. I like dark chocolate, but I felt this one was too bitter when next to the lemon.
The bars still taste great, don't get me wrong, but they are not the wonder of the original recipe.