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Whittaker in New Zealand makes tasty milk chocolate with cashew nut. YOu been to New Zealand? New Zealad bar in question is the cashew nut with 30% milk pwder. Full of rich New Zealand chocolate. The Chocolate Republic goes to Porirua to investigate. Read Doug at Doug's Republic

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Whittaker's Cashew Nut 
Posted: 3 October 2010  Doug's Chocolate Republic  8.0 
Whittaker's Cashew Nut You'll wind up with more cashew nuts in your mouth from a 250 gram feast of this bar than you would in a dish of chicken & cashew nuts from your local Thai restaurant.
Avg price/gram: USD 0.018   Cocoa %: 24  Size: 250g  New Zealand chocolate 
       


I have been ripped off too many times to count when it comes to nuts in chocolate bars. I'm simply nuts about nuts, and most chocolate manufacturers are nuts for leaving out generous amounts of nuts in their bars. Nut exclusion breeds ill will.  I'd forgotten how miffed I used to become about the lack of nuts because I'd gotten so used to nut-less nut bars.  Just as we've grown accustomed to taxes creeping up year by year, so we expect nut content to be reduced in an even greater proportion to the point that a nut bar will be called as such only because it contains a single nut. 

New Zealand plays by different rules.  New Zealand is a tiny isolated nation, with less than 4.5 million people.  It makes sense that in a tiny isolated place, locals would demand good chocolate with loads of nuts. If they didn't get it, they'd emigrate in droves. The Cacao Drain is well documented in economist circles: citizens flood out of nations with low cacao/low nut content chocolate bars and surge into nations with high content. Nature abhors a vacuum. New Zealand plugged the Cacao Drain hole before it got too large. 

It's only relatively recently that I've had experience with cashew nuts in my chocolate bars.  In the USA, this just isn't a mainstream combo.  American children of my generation had just peanut and almond bars stuffed down their throats.  Macadamia, cashew nut, and Brazil nuts stuffed into chocolates were never seen on my side of the railway tracks. I saw them only after I went abroad.

For the record, I like, but do not love, cashew nuts on their own.  Almost on a lark, I tried a cashew nut chocolate bar of one brand or another and was surprised how much I liked it.  I preferred cashew nut in chocolate to both peanut and almond, another example of how one particular chocolate combo can taste superior to another even if one doesn't prefer the individual ingredients.  By the time Aussie Dave got this bar into my hands, I was already sold on cashew nuts in my chocolate.   

Whittaker's does not use their standard creamy milk chocolate blend of 33% coca solids, 30% milk powder, as the base, an already rich milk chocolate that'll go down the drain pipe with pleasure.  Nor do they use the 33% base with less milk powder that's found in the Peanut Slab and the Whittaker's Peanut Block.  The Peanut Slab contains only 18% milk powder.  The cashew nut has its own proprietary milk blend consisting of 24% cocoa solids and 22% milk powder.  Call it a compromise between their standard creamy milk and their peanut milk.    The final product is a creamy enough chocolate jam packed with a minimum content of 27% cashew nuts, but not too creamy or rich to drown out the already rich flavor of the hazelnuts. 27% in the mouth is more than it sounds on paper. You'll wind up with more cashew nuts in your mouth from a 250 gram feast of this bar than you would in a dish of chicken & cashew nuts from your local Thai restaurant.

Don't be shy about making a pig of yourself on this one.  You'll be hard put to find a tastier bar with cashew nuts.  

Note:  This formula was later revised to 33% cocoa solids and re-reviewed here and a movie made about the comparative taste test.


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  Whittaker in New Zealand makes tasty milk chocolate with cashew nut. YOu been to New Zealand? New Zealad bar in question is the cashew nut with 30% milk pwder. Full of rich New Zealand chocolate. The Chocolate Republic goes to Porirua to investigate. Read Doug at Doug's Republic