Essy & Bella Eton Mess Gourmet Chocolate

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Ingredients – Cocoa butter, Rice powder (rice syrup, rice starch, rice flour), Sugar; Marshmallows (glucose fructose syrup, sugar, water, dextrose, carageenan, maize starch, hydrolized soy protein, flavouring, colour: titanium dioxide); Freeze dried strawberries; Colour E129.

I really wanted to like this product because it is so rare to find vegan/dairy free white chocolate (see our review of Polar Dream for another similar product), and I just couldn’t.  It managed to be both bland and too sweet simultaneously.  I think the balance was wrong.  There needed to be more strawberries (or better yet, raspberries) so that the tartness of the fruit balanced with the sweetness of the marshmallows and the richness of the cocoa butter.  Finally, the inclusion of E129, which, according to the packaging, may have an adverse reaction on the activity and attention in children, is unforgiveable.  This was really unexpected in a premium product that is marketed as gourmet chocolate.

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