Thursday, March 11, 2010
Fry's Orange Cream Bar
First, my thanks to Cinabar at Foodstuff Finds for sending me this bar to review. Be sure to check out her blog!
For the one person left in the universe who somehow may not have heard my repeated proclamations: I love the combination of orange and chocolate. I love orange and chocolate the way Bert loves Ernie. (Well, maybe not quite that way...)
Fry's Orange Cream bar is a domed bar of dark chocolate with orange fondant filling. The bar itself is stark and unadorned; basically a no-frills look. At the same time, there is something very "Danish Modern" about its appearance. (I do think it's weird that the bar is imprinted with "FRY" instead of "FRY'S.")
When you break off a segment, the chocolate snaps cleanly and the bar gives off a strong smell like orange scented sugar -- and I mean that in the best possible way. It's actually a really delicious aroma. (Let me just mention, in this context, that this is going to be a really difficult review.)
The orange fondant tastes fantastic. It's really zesty. It's as if Fry's had squeezed fresh oranges right into the fondant. I really can't think of a better tasting filling I have had recently. The texture only slightly grainy, and a little sticky. I think that's a good fondant texture.
The issue is that it is REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY SWEET. I am not saying that my blood sugar actually shot up 50 points, but my throat is still burning and my teeth ache. Being the incredibly sane person that I am, I of course kept eating. As you get a little more into the bar it does seem to level out, but ow!
What I've noticed with all of the filled UK candy that I have had so far is that it always seems to be sweeter than its American counterparts -- so I have to wonder if I think this bar is overly sweet because it really is, or because it's just not what I'm used to. In any event, I really loved the fondant and wished that there were more candies with such a vibrant filling.
The chocolate is "meh." It's a dark chocolate; which is always great with orange. This chocolate is just mediocre. It's waxy in texture but it does have a nice snap. It's not complex. Beyond mentioning that it tastes deeper than equally middle-of-the-road milk chocolate, there's really not much to say about it.
Be sure to check out Jim's review here, and Cinabar also has a review on her site.
Gift from Cinabar of Foodstuff Finds.
210 calories per bar.
May contain traces of nut and dairy products. Suitable for vegetarians but not vegans.