Back in January news broke that Tayto were selling their own brand of chocolate at their Tayto Park in Ashbourne Co. Meath. The only question on anyone's lips upon hearing this was "What, is there crisps IN the chocolate?"
There wasn't. But look what the cute hoors have gone and done now...
I put this picture up on the Feeding time... Facebook page yesterday evening and the frenzied reaction to it was pretty much split down the middle between people dying to try it and people absolutely disgusted by this unholy union.
But obviously first and foremost what everyone want's to know is what's it like and is it nice.
Well it's not revolting as I was expecting. I thought I'd be spitting it out and passing the rest on to some unsuspecting mug.
I'll try to make this as concise as possible.
- The chocolate isn't the best, but I wasn't expecting much on that front.
- The crisp pieces are a small step up from dust but still plentiful enough (7% apparently) so that you can hear a little crunch in your mouth.
- The overall experience is like eating a bar of chocolate with crispy pieces in it, kinda like a Golden Crisp or similar but with much much smaller bits, while the after-taste of a chocolate and crisp binge is being dispersed into your mouth as if by magic.
Third line down in the ingredients, Tayto Cheese and Onion!
But this is where it misses the point. That after-taste is a gentle (shameful to some, not me) reminder of what you've just eaten, in this case a bag of Tayto and a bar of chocolate, except you haven't. Crisps and chocolate are delicious together, whether you're a crisps before chocolate person (like me), chocolate before crisps or you eat both at the same time. It's an experience that can't be replaced. Not that this is what Tayto are trying to do here; I've just never wanted the taste of chocolate and crisps in my mouth without actually eating them, anyone who has gotten a shift off someone who's just after eating this combination can attest to this.
The bar is a novelty and nothing more in my opinion and it seems that Tayto don't seem to be marketing it as anything but that; They're playing up the 'Limited Edition' tag and it would be wise for them not to expect much repeat business.
Give it a try but you'll back to the old reliable bag and a bar in no time.
Hopefully this be the last of Tayto's chocolate experiments although if I spot a Turkish Delight infused with Prawn Cocktail crisps they will be getting another 99c out of me.