Not that I don’t already sound like a broken record (OMG, I’m dating myself. How many people actually even know what a record player is?!) but I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m not a big fan of chocolate. My big kid likes chocolate and I do concede to occasionally liking chocolate but quite often, I’d rather skip it for something savoury.
I have this friend who found a phenomenal deal on Brookside chocolates. If you know the Brookside brand, you know it usually costs at least $4 for a bag. Well, my pal went to a store and found them on sale for $2 which means I scored myself a free bag of Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit Crunch. She tells me she loves it and that I must try it and that I’ll love it too.
Well, here we are. I’ve got a bag in my hands and she’s begging me to try it. Fine, fine, fine….
Let’s hope she’s right.
Product Review: What ingredients are in Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit Crunch?
Here are the ingredients that went into making Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit Crunch:
Dark chocolate (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, butter fat, alkalized cocoa powder, soya lecithin, salt, natural flavor), chocolate fudge (cane sugar, modified palm kernel oil, whey powder (milk), buttermilk powder, cocoa powder, soya lecithin, salt, natural flavor), sweetened fruit juice piece [fruit juice from concentrate (filtered water, pomegranate juice concentrate, blueberry juice concentrate, raspberry juice concentrate, apple juice concentrate, cranberry juice concentrate, acai juice concentrate, lemon juice concentrate), cane sugar, rice and/or apple syrup, maltodextrin, pectin, malic acid, natural flavor, sodium bicarbonate, ascorbic acid, citric acid], sweetened dried cranberries (cranberries, sugar, sunflower oil), rice crisps (rice flour, sugar, barley malt extract, salt), whole grain oats, graham nuggets (milled corn, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, wheat starch, honey, baking soda, salt, natural flavor), confectioners glaze.
Um…is it just me or is that an onerously long list of ingredients for one bag of chocolate? Granted, I get that the list would be long since it’s a fruit crunch with a lot of different components but still, it’s a long list.
I mean, for the dark chocolate, I get that there should be sugar and unsweetened chocolate but does it really need the soya lecithin or natural flavour? I mean, it’s already got sugar and chocolate! Likewise, I don’t know if this needs the modified palm kernel oil?
Man, my head spins just looking at that long list. Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s chocolate but I’ve also seen some other really tasty chocolates made with only a handful of ingredients so for me, this is a little irritating.
Taste Test: How does Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit Crunch taste?
Let me cut to the chase and say I understand why my friend would like Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit Crunch. It truthfully tastes good. For someone like me who has very little hopes for chocolate, Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit Crunch actually works for me.
The Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit Crunch has a lot of little dark chocolate covered bits with many different textures. Some are crunchy because of the rice crips while others have a chew because of the fruit juice chunks. When you combine the different textures, Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit Crunch is pleasing to the palate and isn’t as sweet as some of the other chocolates I’ve tested.
You can see by the image I’ve included that the chocolate pieces are quite small and I kind of like it that way. Each piece offers a different punch of flavours and textures and I think this works because dark chocolate was used so that its bitterness could complement and round out the flavour profile.
Yes, it’s true, Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit Crunch does taste quite good. I actually like it which is rare. Having said that, I don’t intend to polish off the entire bag in one sitting. That’s just not me. A bag of almonds? Oh yeah, I could go through it all in one sitting. Chocolate? Nope.
The Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit Crunch honestly really is very tasty. I’m just puzzled by the extensively long list of ingredients that is used in it. I get that it’s chocolate and falls into that ‘eat in moderation’ category but I can’t help but feel that a few of those ingredients could have been omitted and we wouldn’t even notice a difference in the taste!
As for my pal? Thank you for sharing this bag of Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit Crunch with me. I did enjoy it (and yes, you can have the rest of it back).
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