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Review: Amadeo Solo Milk Chocolate with Raisins
Amadeo Solo Milk Chocolate
Posted: 23 July 2012
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
price/gram: USD 0.014
Cocoa %: 25
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
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
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.
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?