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Review: Bellarom Fruit & Nut
Bellarom Fruit & Nut
Posted: 15 January 2015
Bellarom Fruit & Nut is extremely cheap chocolate, perhaps the least expensive chocolate I've ever reviewed on the Chocolate Republic.
Superficially, these bars are a find. They're cheaper than readily accepted confectionary garbage you'll find on the discount rack at a typical grocery store, and yet the back label shows a list of what look to be quality ingredients you'd expect in a decent chocolate bar.
If you have no taste in chocolate but love devouring all the same -- and you live in Europe near any of Lidl's 10,000+ stores -- Bellarom has your name written all over it.
price/gram: USD 0.008
Cocoa %: 33
A friend of mine whom we'll
call Bald A recently went back to Canada, stopping off in
the UK to see his dear old pop. Bald A's pop, also bald by
the way, has a second wife, and one of the rituals they both
hold dear is eating bars of Bellarom chocolate with tea and
scones in the British countryside.
Bellarom? What the hell
Yep. Never heard of it.
Never saw it on a signboard. Never saw it in a
discount bin. Bald A's bald dad's second wife
raved about it, so
Bald A brought back to Thailand about a third of
two different 200 gram
bars for me to sample.
There's a reason I never
heard of Bellarom before. Bellarom seems to be sold,
though perhaps not exclusively, in a discount German
supermarket chain called Lidl with thousands of branches
scattered around Europe. Don't live in Europe?
Never been in a Lidl? Then there's a good chance you
wouldn't have ever laid eyes on a Bellarom.
Bald A handed the Bellarom
bars to me plus two others for 'safekeeping' at the end of
November. "We'll sample them later -- together," he
said. Bald A values my taste in chocolate and beers,
you see. I didn't wait long in sampling a snippet
alone within a week, worried that my visiting father-in-law
might discover the bars in the refrigerator and eat them
before I got a chance to taste them. He did this once
with Madecasse bars, and I had to re-order them,
expensively, from a web site in the USA. It was all
the more painful to do so because my father-in-law can't distinguish a
Valrhona from ... well, a Bellarom.
This is not good chocolate.
It would have actually been perfect for my father-in-law.
It's also extremely cheap chocolate, perhaps the least
expensive chocolate I've ever reviewed on the Chocolate
Republic. Bellarom bars make the
Ritter Sport bars
you'll find at 7 11's look expensive at one-third
the price! Let me state
for the disclaimer that I had no idea how inexpensive Bellarom bars were before I tasted them, so its cheap price
tag did not bias me in any way about how blase the bars
Superficially, these bars are
a find. They're cheaper than readily accepted confectionary
garbage you'll find on the discount rack at a typical
grocery store, and yet the back label shows a list of what
look to be quality ingredients you'd expect in a decent
chocolate bar. The Fruit & Nut contains sugar, 19%
raisins, cocoa butter, 13% whole roasted hazelnuts, 11%
dried cream, cocoa mass, dried whey, emulsifiers, and
vanilla flavoring. And it's a bar containing 33% cocoa
solids, very respectable for a milk chocolate variety.
A bar cutting obvious corners would have reduced the cocoa
butter to the absolute minimum, substituting crappy and
cheaper vegetable oils in the process. And/or
included paltry amounts of the fruit and nuts. While
Bellarom isn't chock a block full of antioxidant fruits and
protein-rich nuts, I've tasted many a bar which is much
stingier with the fillings.
I mean, there are no crystal
clear ways I can slam this Fruit & Nut bar except for one:
it's a dirt cheap bar with all the right ingredients which
still tastes cheap. I'm kind of slamming the bar
for being itself. What should I be expecting at these
There's no debate that this
chocolate isn't a winner in the taste department.
Plenty of other reviewers seem to disagree with me. I
read reviews where people proclaimed it was the best
chocolate they've ever had. I think Bellarom's
miniscule price tag combined with its average delivery
convince people they've discovered the holy grail.
It's like stumbling upon a $1.99 all-you-can-eat pizza
buffet. You'll cut the establishment a lot of slack
when you're almost getting the pizza for free.
And so it is I have cut
Bellarom Fruit & Not a lot of slack. In the past, I've
deducted points from a tasty bar because I thought it was
too overpriced. Here, I grant Bellarom extra points
for offering a bar that, while mediocre, doesn't cost you
and arm and a leg (or even a pinky) to indulge in.
If you have no taste in chocolate but love devouring all the same -- and you live in Europe near any
of Lidl's 10,000+ stores -- Bellarom has your name written all over it.