Eton Mess is a dessert that seems to be growing in popularity at a very rapid rate. Just a few years back I hadn’t really heard of it as a pudding, and now it appears on menus everywhere from posh restaurants through to being available at my local all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet. I guess it is its simplicity (just crushed meringue mixed with cream and strawberries) that make it such a popular choice, that and its unmistakable summer flavours.
I’m not the only one that has noticed Eton Mess going up in the ratings as Thorntons have been inspired by its ingredients too and have made this Limited Edition white chocolate bar based on its flavours.
When taken out of its wrapper the bar is very distinctive with its pink stripes over its white chocolate. You can see the lumps in the chocolate coating showing where the meringue chunks were trapped underneath.
I broke the bar in half and discovered that in the very centre was a strawberry mousse with a line of strawberry sauce laying through this. It was surrounded by white chocolate, and, as suspected, uneven pieces of meringue.
When I tasted the chocolate I was suitably impressed. Those of you with a sweet tooth, please step this way. The rich strawberry jam was packed with sweet fruity flavour, and the parfait just enhanced this. There was a lovely creamy flavour from the thick mellow white chocolate soothing it. The texture from the meringue added a lovely light crunch and really did feel as though the Eton Mess experience was being recreated in a bar.
I loved the textures, with the softness of the mousse, the firmness of the thick chocolate and the crunch of meringue giving it a complex but interesting consistency. The flavour was summer in a bar, with its zingy hit of strawberry and its smooth white chocolate adding a much needed creamy taste.
The bar may look a little small, but with its rich flavours it really is the right size. I loved it, but please bear in mind my insatiable sweet tooth. I’m certainly going to be picking up a few more of these, as I thought they really were the perfect summer bar.