24 May 2013
Kingdom Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Centre @Waitrose
I spotted a range of chocolate in Waitrose that I had never seen before, all in bright quirky packaging. The Kingdom Chocolate range is described as "Modern British Chocolate" featuring "British Creativity". There are lots of interesting flavours to choose from, such as Dark Chocolate & Orange Marmalade, Dark Chocolate & Lemon and Lime Centre, Milk Chocolate Rhubarb & Vanilla, but I plumped for the Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Centre.
The 100g bar is made with quality all natural ingredients, including a 34% minimum cocoa solids chocolate that is ethically sourced in Uganda from the Cocoa Development Project. I love the fact that the list of ingredients doesn't run into paragraphs or include any scientific sounding additions!
I was surprised when I cut into the bar that it was solid chocolate all the through. From the name "Peanut Butter Centre", I was expecting there to be a more obvious separate layer inside.
The centre of the chocolate does have a slightly different texture to the rest, almost like a dense praline. The flavour of the chocolate is absolutely delicious, with rich cocoa notes indicating a quality product. The peanut butter flavour is very subtle, it's more of a salty kick after the initial milk chocolate flavour has subsided. This is quite a restrained version of a peanut butter flavour, with 90% chocolate and 10% peanut butter, compared to the over the top flavour usually found in American chocolates. Overall, it's a very delicious chocolate but don't expect a massive amount of peanut butter flavour.
Ingredients: Milk Chocolate (Sugar 38%, Cocoa Solids 34%, Milk Powder 27%, Natural Vanilla Extract & Emulsifier; Soya Lecithin) 90%, Peanut Paste (10%) & Salt.
Grocery Gems Verdict: Kingdom Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Centre
RATING: 8 out of 10.
Buy them again?: I would try more from this range.
Nutrition (100g): 560 calories, 10g protein, 44g Carb, 40g sugars, 38g fat.