Hammond’s Pecan & Caramel Piggy Back

Imagine a giant chocolate turtle and you’ve got Hammond’s Pecan & Caramel Piggy Back. They are huge – half an inch thick, solid, and a real handful. Great taste, great balance of caramel and nuts, great to chew on.

Incredibly hard to find, but worth looking for.

Hammond’s milk chocolate peanut butter cup

This looks like a posh version of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. It’s a huge cup with a massive amount of solid but relatively flavourless chocolate wrapped completely tasteless peanut butter. It’s so solid it’s hard to bite into. And it’s not cheap. So I don’t think I liked it.

Lindt Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts

I really thought this would be better than Lindt’s Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts, which I really wasn’t wild about.

Unfortunately, it’s not. It’s the softest dark chocolate ever (and I thought dark chocolate was usually firm, if not brittle?) and the taste is unpleasant with a not particularly nice aftertaste that I’m struggling to describe. Give it a miss.

Green and Black’s Organic White Chocolate

Far too sweet and far too soft – melts almost instantly in your mouth which I find unpleasant. Short sweet after-taste. You can buy better, but unfortunately this is really the most common “premium” white chocolate bar in the UK.

Ritter Sport White Whole Hazelnuts chocolate bar

I should like this – I think – but I don’t.

I don’t think Ritter’s white chocolate is particularly nice – it’s far too crumbly and falls apart when you chew – and the crunchy roasted whole hazelnuts feel more like rice crispies in the mouth than solid nuts.

Lindt Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts

The combination of milk chocolate and hazelnuts should always work but this time it really doesn’t – and it’s the fault of both parties.

The milk chocolate is too smooth and too soft and insubstantial, and the hazelnuts are chopped into fragments, rather than whole and the have no texture and little flavour. Avoid.