Nelson Pear and Manuka Honey in Milk Chocolate by Whittaker’s

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Nelson Pear and Manuka Honey in Milk Chocolate is a second fla­vour in Whittaker’s Artisan Collection. To ensure top-qual­ity products, Whittaker’s is a ‘bean-to-bar’ man­u­fac­turer. This bar uses their ‘5 roll refined creamy milk chocol­ate’, mix­ing it with ‘pieces of Nelson grown pears and a hint of nat­ur­ally har­ves­ted Manuka honey from Mossop’s Honey of Tauranga’. Pears grown in Nelson, a city on the South Island of New Zealand are known for their suc­cu­lent qual­it­ies, while Manuka honey is touted as hav­ing anti-bac­teri­al properties.

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A sweet fruity note escapes on the pack­aging for this chocol­ate. The first taste, though, is a creamy milk chocol­ate, which quickly melts to expose the gen­er­ous chewy pieces of Nelson pear soaked in Manuka honey. The pear pieces provide an inter­est­ing tex­tur­al con­trast to the smooth­ness of the milk chocol­ate, although I wouldn’t be able identi­fy pear as the fruit used without the pack­aging, which is the case with many fruit fla­voured cocoa-based chocolates.

Overall, it’s a very sweet chocol­ate exper­i­ence from first bite through to the after­taste. The intense sweet­ness of honey togeth­er with the nat­ur­al sweet­ness of pears where the cocoa con­tent of the chocol­ate is rather low (33%) cre­ates a sweet-on-sweet-on-sweet exper­i­ence without the much needed relief found in the bit­ter notes of dark­er chocolates.

This bar of Nelson Pear and Manuka Honey in Milk Chocolate by Whittaker’s was 100 grams. It was pro­duced in New Zealand and gif­ted by fam­ily vis­it­ing from Auckland, New Zealand in 2016.