Beryl's Bittersweet doesn't need the blame for poor taste placed upon the use of an unorthodox sweetener. This chocolate, I'm sure, is just as "heavenly" (by Malaysia's lower heaven defining standards) without the sugar as it is with. Heaven in this case consists of a waxy mouthfeel and a tangy back note. Let's say this is the fourth class standing room only area of heaven. When you're this far back and can barely hear or see the stage, you're better off with first class cushioned seats in hell, even if it is a little warm over there.
price/gram: USD 0.023
Cocoa %: 41
Beryl's fine chocolates are
"heaven in your mouth" boasts the company's advertisements
and web site. Beryl's business execs should wind
up going to hell for propagating those lies. Okay, so
maybe the company isn't lying. The Beryl's web site
maintains that "at Beryl's, it's all about delivering the
best chocolates in Malaysia." Malaysia doesn't enjoy a sublime reputation as an Asian
chocolate manufacturing powerhouse. Beryl's being the
best in Malaysia doesn't mean on a world stage that it has
to be very good -- and it isn't. Beryl's chocolates
could be heaven, by Malaysian standards, in your mouth.
The Malaysian population consists of Buddhist Chinese,
Muslim Malays, and Hindu Indians. There's great room
for interpretation what heaven means in this country.
I was minding my own business
at the local Gourmet Market where my wife was hunting for
some dumpling wrappers, and this brand caught my eye.
The wrapping was nice, and the price was reasonable.
When I noticed it was a product of Malaysia, my jaw dropped
in dejected fashion, but I vowed to put my preconceived
biases aside to judge this bar. That is hard to do.
The Cadbury bars made in Malaysia are the worst Cadburys
I've ever had.
I knew I wasn't in the
presence of greatness immediately. Knell's Law
of Ingredient Omissions dictates that if you're going to
leave the cocoa solid content off the bar's wrapper, then
you've got everything to hide. But Beryl's couldn't
hide its 'secrets' when the bar got imported to Thailand.
The Thai import label reveals all, and for a bittersweet
bar, in the upper 40's or higher in cocoa solid percentage
count for the better bars, Beryl's scores low immediately. The signs were bad before the very first bite!
I would've been happy to have
tasted Beryl's chocolate using sugar, so that any negatives
I may have highlighted on the taste scale couldn't be blamed
on an alternative sweetener. No such Beryl's were to
be found in this marketplace. For the Camior
Light range, Beryl's uses isomalt, a sugar alcohol
containing half the calories of regular sugar. I could
find no fault with the isomalt. It was a reasonable
sugar substitute, just like other sugar substitutes I've
tried recently in other chocolates, a more convincing sugar
substitute than a sweetener like stevia, which leaves a
noticeable and distinct aftertaste.
Beryl's Bittersweet doesn't
need the blame for poor taste placed upon the use of an
unorthodox sweetener. This chocolate, I'm sure, is
just as "heavenly" (by Malaysia's lower heaven defining
standards) without the sugar as it is with. Heaven in
this case consists of a waxy mouthfeel and a tangy back
note. Let's say this is the fourth-class standing room
only area of heaven. When you're this far back and can
barely hear or see the stage, you're better off with first
class cushioned seats in hell, even if it is a little warm
Avoid; and if unavoidable,
later disavow you've ever tried it. My official stance
now is that I was drunk when I selected it off the shelf.
Beryl's from Malaysia makes bittersweet chocolate with isomalt in their Camior Light range.
Do you like bittersweet chocolate? Do you like Beryl's from Malaysia? Beryl's is at the forefront of
Malaysian chocolate containing any kind of isomalt. See chocolate republic with Doug of Doug's Republic