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70% Cocoa Mint Crisp
Marabou 70% Cocoa Mint Crisp
Posted: 3 February 2011
I like the idea of going beyond a standard dark mint bar and turning it into a mint crisp. But my overall assessment of the dark mint part of the bar is not kind.
price/gram: USD 0.028
Cocoa %: 70
By the time I sank my teeth
into this one, I'd already sampled
Marabou's Polka and
70% Cocoa. I
wasn't greatly looking forward to it.
The Mint Crisp contains the
same 70% dark chocolate blend as the 70% Cocoa, and like that bar, the ingredients are
listed in Swedish, Danish, and Finnish. The bar's name is in English and on the back near the ingredient listing
is a catchphrase in English: "Marabou Premium -- made of carefully selected cocoa beans of the highest quality to
get a delightful taste experience. Dark Mint -- enjoy the pleasures of full-bodied 70% dark chocolate with a
fresh taste of mint in a size only for you." It's only for me because I'm sensible enough not to share this
quality chocolate with anyone I'd call a real friend
What gives this bar its crisp, is 'krokant', which means brittle, as far as I can tell. The brittle
is listed at only 8% content. Interestingly, there was no content listed for the mint. The word for mint in Swedish and Danish is the same
as in English, and I couldn't see mint listed as any of the ingredients, so I think it safe to conclude that there's hardly any, if any and/or
the taste of mint is due to completely artificial flavors. Kraft Foods owns the Marabou brand. Would you be so shocked to find Kraft
substituting chemically synthesized flavors in its food goods?
I like the idea of going beyond a standard dark mint bar and
turning it into a mint crisp. Nice work, Kraft!
The addition of the crisp boosted my rating of this bar
slightly. But my overall assessment of the dark
mint part of the bar is not kind. It's not great dark
chocolate, and the mint flavor is anything but intense.
Remember, too, that this is not a regular Marabou bar.
This is Marabou premium, meant to be the outstanding range,
and outstanding was not the first word which came to mind as
I ate it. Now I know why they come in 30
gram bars. It's small enough that you'll finish it
before you toss it.