The Candy Review: Marks & Spencer Lemon Mousse White & Dark Chocolate Bar – Looking for A Sweet Citrus Kick?
Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to candy. It’s hard to think of anyone who doesn’t love sweeties of at least some type or flavour – but that type can vary widely from person to person. So what’s your (sweet) poison? Nougat, nutty, pralines, fruit ‘n’ nut, liquorice, fruit gums, fruit jellies, mints, coffee-flavoured? (Perhaps not that last one, unless you have unusual tastes. I refer you to the ‘Revels’ ads of a few years back on Youtube.)
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One of my own favourites, and a pretty common taste if ease of finding it on confectionery shelves is anything to go by, is citrus, and especially citrus chocolates. Lemon, orange – even chocolate limes – they’re all good. Very, very, very good! One example of this yummy flavour combination I’ve come across recently is Marks & Spencer Lemon Mousse White & Dark Chocolate Bar. It’s part of Marks’s new (well, new to me at any rate) range of confectionery. How does it shape up against competitor tangy citrussy chocs and sweeties?
I will admit I found it to be pretty damn hard to criticise. The lemon mousse filling is solid and creamy. I hate a candy bar mousse filling that’s squishy and chemical tasting, naming no names. (Thorntons!) As far as citrussy flavouring goes, in this bar it’s pleasingly intense, a real kick. (Although possibly it’s taken a little bit too far, overpowering the blander, smoother taste of the chocolate itself. I’m being a little too pernickety here! The chocolate itself is very nice too, both the white and the dark a better complement for the citrus taste than milk choc would be.
Can I truly say that this is the best lemony candy bar at this price point (sixty pence) around? Maybe currently. If Sainsbury’s hadn’t discontinued their very similar product that was available a few years back, then I reckon the decision would have been more difficult. The citrus flavour of that bar was more subtle (but still pleasing) and the texture of the mousse and solidity of the chocolate coating even better.
Still, that’s what retailers do: they get you hooked on a product and then they cut off your supply! It’s happened to me innumerable times: it could happen again. If you like lemon-flavoured candy, maybe you’d better go out and grab one of these bars while they’re still selling them!