Apple chocolate – what more could you want?

Whittaker’s Hawke’s Bay Braeburn Apple with Vanilla in White Chocolate

Hawke's Bay Braeburn Apple with Vanilla in White Chocolate
It’s about time a New Zealand chocolate producer created a chocolate that contains apple.  For a country that grows and exports a lot of apples, we don’t do much with them.  Last year I visited Tasmania and sampled Apple Mead, Apple Ice-cream & Apple Chocolate.  Maybe I am just not looking in the right places over here in New Zealand.(see note below). 
Hawke's Bay Braeburn Apple with Vanilla in White Chocolate
Whittaker’s is in my opinion the best chocolate produced here in New Zealand.  I don’t include boutique chocolate makers such as Bennetts of Mangawhai in this decision as they produce chocolates as opposed to chocolate (very nice chocolates too as we purchased a mixed selection last time we were up north of Auckland).

These blocks are marketed as the artisan collection and come in a 100 g block.  The block is divided into 10 large thin squares much like the Lindt Excellence 100 g blocks.  There was this one time in the supermarket and we were stocking up on our stash of chocolate and a fellow customer told me I had to buy Lindt chocolate as it is the best you can buy.  When I queried if it was better than the Whittakers 5 roll refined creamy milk chocolate, she said she didn’t know as she hadn’t tried the Whittakers one.  So how can you proclaim something to be the best in the world when you haven’t tried some of the contenders for that title???.
Hawke's Bay Braeburn Apple with Vanilla in White Chocolate
Anyway, enough said on that subject.  One of my friends got her hands on a block of the Apple chocolate before I could – her comments were that it smelled like Playdoh.  And she’s right, it does smell like Playdoh.  Mr L says he can even smell it using the smell buds in his mouth.  Hmmm, ok.  The Anster said it was very nice but he had no idea what flavour it was meant to be.  My verdict – well, I am not a fan of white chocolate but ……… I am sold on the crunchy bits of apple and the hints of pure Heilala Vanilla.  I am glad they didn’t muddy the taste of the apple by including cinnamon.  I like this chocolate – thanks Whittaker’s for making an apple flavoured chocolate.  Now for a coffee one please??

I have since discovered that Kapiti do a Spicy Apple Crumble ice cream.  It is available only as ‘scoop’ ice cream – ie at ice cream shops rather than as tubs in a Supermarket.  So next time I see an ice cream shop welling Kapiti Ice Cream I am going to try the apple ice cream, then I’m going to try the Fig and Honey flavour, and after that perhaps the Affogata one.  Hmmm, I think I need to have a chat to our local ice cream parlour and see if they can stock Kaipiti Ice Cream as there are too many flavours to try in one sitting (Lemongrass & Ginger, yummmm or After Dinner Mint.   Definitely too many to try in one sitting.

Note: the Nelson Pear & Manuka Honey chocolate is also really good.  I have been back to buy more Apple & more Pear but the stocks have run dry.  I need to take a better photo of the actual chocolate…… so I’ll keep trying.  For now we have the Waikato Green Aromatic Oolong Tea flavour to test.

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