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Home / Doug's Chocolate Republic  /   Review: Amadeo Solo Milk Chocolate with Raisins

     
Amadeo Solo Milk Chocolate with Raisins 
Posted: 23 July 2012    6.0 
Amadeo Solo Milk Chocolate with Raisins The milk chocolate has a decent mouth feel, but it's too sweet.   Amadeo Solo Milk Chocolate with Raisins is a bar that does the minimum . . . literally. European Union regulations stipulate that for chocolate to be classified as milk chocolate, it must contain a minimum of 25% cocoa solids and 14% milk solids. Hmmmmm. Those are exactly the amounts EDBOL uses in their Amadeo Solo Milk Chocolate with Raisins.   
Avg price/gram: USD 0.014   Cocoa %: 25  Size: 100g  Poland
       


Chocolate from Poland.  Isn't Poland best known for kielbasa and pierogis?  Bet you didn't know that many Italian cooks migrated to Poland during the sixteenth century and made a great impact on the cuisine.  How does that relate to chocolate?   This is a big leap, but I'll take it.  In 1980, a Polish confectionary factory named EDBOL began operations.  Then, according to their own web site, "the next decade brought about intensive growth at the company," while they claim they maintained only the highest standards.  Skip ahead past the sales spiel, and EDBOL slips in that all their products are sold under the family brand name of Amadeo. 

Poland in 1980 during EDBOL's initial operations:  Communism is fully entrenched.  Glasnot and perestroika are a half decade away.  EDBOL at that time would have had few (probably zero) export markets in the West, One would be fair to question if any of the products they were churning out were any good. By 1990, the famous chocolate company, Amedei, is founded in Tuscany.  A year before, Poland holds its first democratic elections and continues to open up to the West.  Is it too much to assume that sometime in the mid-1990's, Poland, eyeing nearby Italy as it did centuries earlier, 'borrowed' the Amadei brand name by changing just the last letter?   Amadeo and Amadei are so close in name that when this parcel arrived courtesy of Aussie Dave, I first thought he'd gifted me the very famous exclusive Italian chocolate. What do you think?  Coincidence? I should put this another way, since you may have neither heard of Amadeo or Amedei. If an 'established' chocolate company appeared tomorrow selling chocolates under the family brand of Hersheo or Cadbura, would you still think the selected name a coincidence? 

Post Communist Polish chocolate is edible.  With Poland now in the European Union, it has to be. The modern EU-version of EDBOL chocolate, with a 15% raisin content, can hold its own with any bar you'd pick up in a local 7-11 shop, but not against its namesake.  The Amadeo milk chocolate has a decent mouth feel, but it's too sweet.   Normally in a bar, I'm not fond of raisins.  Here, the raisins are cut up so fine, my biases against raisins did not surface.  Overall, Amadeo Solo Milk Chocolate with Raisins is a bar that does the minimum . . . literally.  European Union regulations stipulate that for chocolate to be classified as milk chocolate, it must contain a minimum of 25% cocoa solids and 14% milk solids.  Hmmmmm.  Those are exactly the amounts EDBOL uses in their Amadeo Solo Milk Chocolate with raisins.   Major league slugger Amadei would use only cocoa butter.  All the fine players do.  Amadeo uses cocoa butter and vegetable fats to keep the costs down.  Knowing Amadeo ain't batting in the big leagues, we expect nothing less.         

This is not fine chocolate and does not aspire to be.  It's the Polish equivalent of the German Ritter Sport Alpine Milk in terms of quality. If a chocolate renaissance is on the way in Poland, don't look to Amadeo Solo as the harbinger.              

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  The chocolate republic features Amadeo Solo milk chocolate with raisin bits from Poland. This is Polish chocolate which meets the minimum European Union standards. Amadeo Solo from Poland rips off the name of Amadei without delivering the quality. What can you expect from post Communist Polish chocolate?