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Whittaker's Peanut Slab 
Posted: 28 September 2010  Doug's Chocolate Republic  8.0 
Whittaker's Peanut Slab  The chocolate is rich enough, the peanuts plentiful enough, and the quality high enough that if I do pack a half kilogram on from these, I can justify to myself how I got carried away while I'm fasting to lose the extra weight.
Avg price/gram: USD 0.02   Cocoa %: 33  Size: 50g  New Zealand chocolate 
       


I was going to wait until later to review these treats from Kiwi Land, but trusted Australian buddy Dave, who bribed his way into my heart with a number of chocolate parcels from Down Under, just sent me a fresh package, and it arrived today.  It was mainly packed with these 50g peanut slabs. 

Whittaker's a is a bean-to-bar manufacturer based in Porirua near Auckland.  From what I've been told, the Whittaker's products grow on trees along with the kiwi fruits over there.  According to Whittaker marketing materials, the company has "had a passion for chocolate since 1896."  Passion for something doesn't always equate to knowledge about its manufacture.  I know people who've had passions for donuts since 1980 but they still can't produce a donut.  That passion doesn't necessarily mean that they know how to manufacture donuts though.  I've had a passion for kiteboarding since 2007.  I can't make a kite or a board.

Fortunately, Whittaker's passion does translate into the production of very decent chocolate.  Their milk chocolate blend features plenty of cocoa solids, almost as much as some lower tier manufacturers' dark blends.  And they don't skimp on nuts.  Their peanut slabs contain a minimum of 35% peanuts.  That's a far cry from the chocolate peanut bar of my youth, Mr. Goodbar.  You had to get out a magnifying glass to find a peanut in their blend.  In 1992, Hershey changed the recipe to include more peanuts -- that is, to start including peanuts for a change. 

Whittaker's Peanut Slab is a damned good snack on the fly.  Too good, in fact.  My parcel arrived today and five of the slabs are already gone, and I can't use the excuse that any of them were stolen.  The chocolate is rich enough, the peanuts plentiful enough, and the quality high enough that if I do pack a half kilogram on from these, I can justify to myself how I got carried away while I'm fasting to lose the extra weight .

The peanut slabs haven't made major inroads into the world's key chocolate markets yet.  Chocoholics in Thailand require mates Down Under to send them their fix.   Whittaker claims to currently sell its products in Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, and in New Zealand shops in the UK..  I found mention of the products entering Taiwanese 7-11 shops in 2008.  This was such great news for a tiny nation renowned in joking circles for its sexual relationships with sheep that I'm sure the Prime Minister of New Zealand announced the fact on national television.

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