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Review: Whittaker's Dark Orange
Whittaker's Dark Orange
Posted: 23 July 2012
I did review a Whittaker orange bar, way back in October 2010. It
was an atrocity. The only obvious difference I could see between the
old version and this one was that Whittaker's had upped the cocoa content from 47% to 50%. The October 2010 disappointments returned -- an unbalanced orange back taste and a lack of cacao to cover it all up.
price/gram: USD 0.019
Cocoa %: 50
My wife and I were walking
through the gourmet market at a major shopping mall in town.
My eyes drifted to the bottom row of the chocolate aisle.
Could my eyes be deceiving me with the glint of a gold wrapper?
Was it now possible to find Whittaker bars in Bangkok?
In days past, Aussie Dave
posted me Whittaker bars from Australia. 95% of the
Whittaker bars reviewed on this site are due to his
generosity. The Bangkok variety available was so
limited that any new Whittaker reviews will also be due to his generosity. The Bangkok
gourmet outlet stocked, in 50 gram sizes,
almond golds, fruit
& nuts, cashew nuts
and creamy milks,
all of which I've reviewed. (This did not stop us from
purchasing all of the above in large quantities). There
remained only one bar in the lot I had not previously
sampled in its present incarnation: the Dark Orange.
Now let me back up for a
minute. I did review a Whittaker orange bar,
way back in October 2010. This bar was then known as
the Zestful Dark Orange
and remains, to date, one of the lowest ranked bars I've
ever reviewed. It was an atrocity. For awhile, I
thought my review had made the world a better place to live
in when I noticed Whittaker's had removed this
travesty from their web site. Could I really delude
Chocolate Republic wielded that kind of power?
Whittaker's just removed the bar in order to retool it.
Had the bar really changed? Did
I even want to know about it?
Imagine re-meeting someone who'd abused
you in the past, insisting to you s/he'd changed and wished
to start the relationship afresh. Your first instinct
would be to see them as they were and perhaps (and probably)
still are. Old psychological wounds would be reopened.
Depending on how abusive the relationship, your mind would
be tormented anew and a breakdown could result. Was it
worth that price for me to re-review this loser?
obvious difference I could see between the old version and
was that Whittaker's had upped the cocoa content from 47% to
50%, as they've done with their entire bittersweet range.
This minute change is like a child molester becoming a
priest and saying he found the Lord, when he's really just
done that to secure a new and respected venue to scope young
Tears in my eyes, my hands
shaking from the psychological trauma, I bought a few Dark Oranges
so as to confront my deepest fears directly. Summoning
strength from within, my wife whispering in my ear that
everything would be okay, I took my first bite. The
October 2010 disappointments returned -- an unbalanced
orange back taste and a lack of cacao to cover it all up. I
breathed in and out furiously to forestall any mental
Fortunately, what didn't
return in this version were large chunks of oranges,
punishing my mouth with every chew. Whittaker's took
those out. Probably a cost saving implement, but the lack of
those vile dry oranges in every morsel was an improvement.
A big improvement, no. Let's be frank. Whittaker's
previous version was such a monstrosity in the chocolate
world that doing almost anything, including cessation of the
bar's manufacture, would have yielded improvements.
There's an on adage which states that a leopard can't change
his spots. The Zestful Dark Orange of yore put on a
mustache and got a nice tan. Stripped to the core,
this bar is just a slightly more attractive child molester.