Wawel are a Polish company and I’ve reviewed a few of their chocolates before.
Polish chocolate bars are sold near enough everywhere in the UK now and all the supermarkets and smaller shops near me are rammed full of either Wawel or E.Wedel chocolate bars. Asda had a huge display on the end of the world food aisle pushing four new Wawel chocolate bars, the two I’ve got to review today and two which didn’t really appeal to me – though most people on my Twitter at least would disagree – ordinary dark chocolate and a filled peanut butter bar.
Fresh & Fruity
Milk chocolate with jelly.
This was the first bar to catch my eye. It’s a 100g bar with nice thick squares as seems to be standard for Wawel, no 89/90g mucking about like Cadbury! I was suprised opening the wrapper that I couldn’t smell chocolate at all – not even a tiny whiff – the only thing to be smelt was a fruity jelly.
I tried a square which had no jelly pieces first though there was a gap where some must have been before I’d snapped it off. Strangely it had no chocolate flavour at all (the packet has stated in bold that this bar contains vegetable fats as well as cocoa butter, I wonder if that contributed) instead, it just had a hint of jelly like taste to it. It really didn’t taste like chocolate.
I picked this bar as I thought it would combine two of my loves – chocolate and jelly bean/sweets. But no these aren’t jelly sweets at all, they’re actual lumps of jelly! Not only did they have a weird texture, as in where’s the custard to go with this wobbly jelly texture, but most had absoloutly no flavour. In the photo above you should be able to see two different coloured jellies, the red had a nice fruity flavour but most of my pieces were the clear/white jelly which was plain.
So add the wibbly wobbly jelly on a plate texture, the mostly plain flavour of the jelly and the complete absence of chocolate taste and it all adds up to an unimpressive bar.
I had one square with no jelly and none that seemed to be touching it and the chocolate had a little flavour there, quite milky and creamy but nothing I’d go out of my way to buy.
Cocoa Mousse Limited Edition
Chocolate with cocoa filling (28%) and chocolate filling (20%)
Like when I opened the Fresh & Fruity bar the chocolate scent took a back seat, instead of awful jelly there was a delicious cocoa smell this time round.
I broke a piece of just chocolate off to see if this one had any flavour and pleasingly it did. It’s 55% so not very dark but not too sweet or milky and was perfectly tasty alone.
The cocoa filling is the star of the show though, I know mousse is in the name, and it’s described as filling but this was so thick it was almost like a paste – and for once I didn’t refrigerate the bar so there’s no chance of it thickening up because it was cold. It has a beautiful rich cocoa flavour, I wish I knew what they used I’d like to buy a tub of purely that!
There’s also a chocolate filling, if you look carefully in the photo you’ll be able to see two different colours in the paste centre. To be honest it takes a back seat to the cocoa flavour and blends in with the actual chocolate but it does add some sweetness that I didn’t notice when I tried the chocolate alone.
Overall the bar is fairly sweet but the cocoa filling is what stands out the most. It’s such an intense, creamy, rich flavour but manages to stop short of being too much which I think is due to the sweeter chocolate filling balancing it out. Polar opposite to the Fresh & Fruity bar!