Monday, 5 November 2012

Prestat - Almond, Sea Salt on Milk

Before diving into a bar of Prestat. I thought I'd just talk about the historic Essex town that is Burnham-on-Crouch, as I believe it deserves a little mention.  As you would imagine sighted on 
the banks of the River Crouch (in the Dengie 100 Peninsula) there is a very large sailing community and the town boasts at least 4 yacht clubs including the Royal Corinthian which is one of the largest structures that can be found along the quayside. It was built in 1930 by Joseph Emberton. The growing popularity of sailing meant that boat building and sail making industries quickly sprung up. 

The town has a large number of important historical buildings dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries including the White Hart where the notorious pirate the Fiddler was caught. He was later hung in chains and executed and left to rot in a place now known as Fiddlers Point, Greenhithe.  

Looking for a great place to eat, no pun intended, then you should visit the Contented Sole restaurant in the High Street which I highly recommend. Just over the river you can see the village of Canewdon, a village that is reportedly the most haunted place in the UK.


Ok, moving swiftly on from one old sea dog tale to a sea salty chocolate tale. I know that was bad....enough of this malarkey I hear you shout!

I can't believe that I've never tried chocolate from Prestat before. If their eye catching and barbie colouring is not enough to grab your attention then I can only assume are colour blind.

75g - Roasted Almond, Sea Salt and Milk Chocolate

Prestat has been making chocolates for royalty, nobility and stars of the stage and screen for over 100 years. Interestingly, for such a well established company, they are also committed to trading fairly and buy their cocoa from Africa to make this bar. Hit the link here to find out more about this amazing company.

This is a 35% milk chocolate and the overall presentation of the bar is not particularly shiny and it has a fairly 'soft' mouth feel about it. The mix of salt and crunchy, roasted almond nibs is just right balanced off against the sweetness of the milk chocolate. The chocolate is bit light in flavour but I imagine the sugar content has to be high to balance off the sea salt. This bar is so moreish and good value for money at £2.20/75g or £2.93/100g and deserves a high score of 7/10. Click here to buy on line from Tesco.

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