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Whittaker has a dark chocolate with orange called zestful dark orange from New Zealand. It's New Zealand chocolate and the chocolate republic reviews it with Doug from Doug's Republic

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Whittaker's Zestful Dark Orange 
Posted: 5 October 2010  Doug's Chocolate Republic  3.0
Zestful Dark Orange When I checked the Whittaker web site today, I found that this bar was no longer listed in their product line. I wish I could claim exclusive honors for being the man who got this mistake deported from New Zealand.
Avg price/gram: USD 0.018   Cocoa %: 47  Size: 250g  New Zealand chocolate 
       


Whittaker's does it again with their Zestful Dark Orange bar.  What I mean by "does it again" is put another attempt on my life.  Their Rum & Raisin bar was the first attempt.  So bad was that bar that American POW's in Vietnam said they'd prefer Vietnamese water torture techniques to be performed on them over being subjected to another bite of that rum(less) raisin blight. 

Whittaker's Zestful Dark Orange is a more honest effort at killing innocent consumers.  There really are plentiful chunks of crystallized orange peel in this one.  Some, like myself, would say too much orange.  I think there are more oranges in one of these bars than some orange groves in central California.  And if you haven't learned by now from reading reviews at Doug's Chocolate Republic, more isn't always better. 

Whittaker's 47% bittersweet base is good, but it's not that good solo.  It needs something magical to counterbalance the bitter notes of the chocolate.  Orange and raisins might have been the balancing act this chocolate needs, but not in the form in which Whittaker's stuffed them in.  The raisins in the Rum & Raisin death bar and the orange in this bar are just too chunky, the flavors too powerful.  I am not in love with orange in my chocolate, but I have had bars where orange added a unique scent and flavor to the final mix.  Try Green & Black's 55% Maya Bar to know what I'm talking about.  The best chocolates I've ever eaten which used fruit in the combination used the fruit in the background, not the foreground.  This Zestful Orange bar is, you might say, too damned zesty to go down smoothly, the only orange bar in existence that you could accurately call a lemon. 

it just didn't work.  Of all the Whittaker's bars Aussie Dave sent me, this and the Rum & Raisin stayed in the refrigerator for weeks.  The combo, as is, was not a match made in heaven.   

When I checked the Whittaker web site today, I found that this bar was no longer listed in their product line.  I wish I could claim exclusive honors for being the man who got this mistake deported from New Zealand. I cannot. Plenty of New Zealanders must've lost their lives first before Whittaker's discontinued the Zestful Dark Orange for society's greater good. May all who died, vomited, or lost sleep from coming into contact with this bar be given a moment of respectful silence.

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