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Heidi White & Hazelnuts 
Posted: 6 May 2013    4.5
Heidi White& Hazelnuts from Romania Heidi's White & Hazelnuts is white chocolate with caramelized hazelnuts.   The taste doesn't make a strong impression. Honestly, it's the kind of chocolate you eat, enjoy it for what it's (overpriced) worth, and can then recall no distinguishing characteristics to set this bar apart from the immense competition, much of it better and cheaper.   This almost describes my Australian friends' assessment of whorehouses in Vietnam.   
Avg price/gram: USD 0.041   Cocoa %: 29 Size: 100g   
       


Former Communist and gypsy vanguard, Romania, provides a safe haven to Heidi Chocolat, manufacturers of some of Europe's 'finest' chocolates, if you believe Heidi's own PR.  Come to Heidi's for "the chocolate side of life," they boast.       

Heidi's Milk & Almonds bar, the first Heidi bar I tried, wasn't bad.  But me forgive me for thinking that when I pay that much per bar, I should expect something more on par with above average Belgian or Swiss chocolates.  Heidi talks a good game of expanding all around the world, using the most premium ingredients, all the usual b.s. every other manufacturer mouthes, without actually being able to deliver anything amazing.      

Heidi's White & Hazelnuts is white chocolate with caramelized hazelnuts.    Heidi is equally as generous with the hazelnuts here as they are with the almonds in their milk chocolate bar -- 20%. Milk solid is the typical 20% you'd see in a white chocolate bar.   The taste doesn't make a strong impression.  Honestly, it's the kind of chocolate you eat, enjoy it for what it's (overpriced) worth, and can then recall no distinguishing characteristics to set this bar apart from the immense competition, much of it better and cheaper. This almost describes my Australian friends' assessment of whorehouses in Vietnam.         

Were Heidi spitting these Romanian chocolate bars out during Communist times, the Eastern bloc would've been in raptures.  I tried some Commie Romanian chocolate back in the late 80's, and it was detestable.  Heidi would've been sitting pretty circa 1987.  However, the passion for Heidi's chocolate journey began in 1993, and it wasn't until 1996 that Heidi started manufacturing chocolate bars.  By then, Romania and many of its other former Communist brothers, though not formally admitted to the European Union yet, had opened up to trade with their Western European counterparts and good imported Swiss chocolates were not unknown.       

There is no reason Eastern Europe can't be a bedrock for fine European-style chocolate-making … someday.   Heidi though won't be playing any role in that possible future Eastern European chocolate renaissance.  For now on a trip to Romania, stick to the supposedly hot women and a boat trip down the Danube.               

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  Heidi is chocolate from Romania. White & hazelnuts is white chocolate. This is a wholesome Romanian chocolate bar.