Undressing Barú – Chocolate Review

Undressing Barú – Chocolate Review

I had been waiting with anticipation for my Barú delivery and when it did arrive I was positively hopping up and down.  It was like the best Christmas present ever arriving from Santa.  My family thought me absolutely mad but then they are not a chocoholic like me!

I must thank Sarah from Sarah’s Little Kitchen, without her I would not have known anything about Barú.

In my package I gleefully received the following:

  • Barú – Our Most Fluffy Marshmallows Ever -Dark Chocolate, Fleur De Sel Caramel
  • Barú – Our Most Fluffy Marshmallows Ever -Dark Chocolate With Red Berries
  • Barú – Our Most Fluffy Marshmallows Ever – Milk Chocolate
  • Barú- Dreamy Chocolate Hippos – Milk Chocolates, Honey & Almond
  • Barú – Dreamy Chocolate Hippos – Dark Chocolates, Forest Berry Caramel
  • Barú – Chocolate Fluffy Marshmallow Bar – Milk Chocolate & Crunchy Cashew Crispy
  • Barú – Chocolate Chai Latte & Figurines

All were taken out like prizes and paraded around the room, children’s mouths were dribbling before they finally found a temporary resting place displayed on my kitchen table.

Yum, oh boy, which one, where and when, that was what was going through my head.  Now I am rather a chocolate snob, I have my favourites that I regularly buy which I won’t name, but there was that anticipation, will this be up to scratch, will it come close.

I was rather distracted first of all however by the cute pictures and slightly demure 80’s colours used, a touch of retro perhaps?

So in the above you can see that we tucked in to both the Barú – Our Most Fluffy Marshmallows Ever -Dark Chocolate, Fleur De Sel Caramel & Barú – Our Most Fluffy Marshmallows Ever -Dark Chocolate With Red Berries.

I was very excited about the whole prospect of having marshmallow inside and being a sea salt and caramel fan it was a no brainer for me, that was the first one to work it’s way in to my mouth and my childrens, which now on hindsight seems a waste!  😀

I have to say that the marshmallow was a taste delight in that it tastes nor has the texture of the marshmallows you buy in supermarkets.  It is lighter, fluffier, tastes fresh, organic rather than synthetic.  There was stiff competition between which would disappear or melt first on my tongue, the chocolate or marshmallow?  I had to sample it a few time to find out that in fact it was equal.  They seemed to pair up and disappear in unison very nicely.

The caramel and sea salt gave that extra edge to the dark chocolate which had a light punch but was smooth.  The red berries did a similar job as did the sea salt but bringing out a slightly different taste, highlighting the ever so slight bitter taste of the dark chocolate which was chased up briskly by the berry infusion.

Then for the less adventurous but equally those of you who love chocolate there was the Barú – Our Most Fluffy Marshmallows Ever – Milk Chocolate, this one still had the chocolate versus marshmallow melting with equal pleasure upon the tongue, the chocolate being almost creamy in taste, lovely yum!

I took the one with the berries to the Pain Management Clinic deciding to get some feedback from others.  This being a chocoholic was very hard for me to ‘share’ and I felt almost Saintly afterwards having done so.

There was slight wariness firstly as to why I was handing chocolates about, looks of suspicion arose, then even more looks of wariness as the marshmallow content.  I guess grown-ups might think this isn’t the most sophisticated thing to mix with chocolate for adults.

However, once treats were popped in mouths, eyebrows rose and multiple glimmers of delight shone from eyes.  They all liked the mix and remarked how well it worked together.

The only two questions I got where, where can I get this?  Which is a good sign.  If you live in the UK, the answer to this is: The small boxes of marshmallows are available in Waitrose – we are also listed in Harvey Nichols and Wholefoods for instance – plus independent retailers.

The second question was, is this suitable for vegetarians, I am afraid not folks and no sign for it to be as of yet!

The Barú- Dreamy Chocolate Hippos – Milk Chocolates, Honey & Almond was my absolute favourite.  Judging by the packaging I thought it must be for children and had an instant “urgh this won’t be as good as adult chocolate” viewpoint!  However, I was wrong, I don’t know the target audience for this particular piece, but my opinion is that it is too good for children, LOL, keep all chocolate for adults I say!  The chocolate was creamy again being milk chocolate, the tiniest bits of almost and caramel popping out of the slightly soft interior as it melted on the tongue, leaving a lovely lingering after taste.

The Barú – Dreamy Chocolate Hippos – Dark Chocolates, Forest Berry Caramel was a favourite for my husband and a very close runner up for me.  It had a far more grown-up taste, the Forest Berry Caramel being quite strong, in equal competition, almost a touch more than the milk chocolate it was infused within, very lovely, gave the taste buds a bid of a workout!

I have made this lovely chocolate drink twice now.  What I will say is, it isn’t like the quite sickly overwhelming chocolate powders one can get.  It does taste of chocolate like a tempting treat, ie just enough but not too much, you can have more!

There is also a hint of chai, but what I liked most was the fact there was a slight hotness, like pepper but not.  You wouldn’t want to taste pepper in your chocolate, so don’t let this put you off, it was a pleasant feeling, not hot like a curry, just a slight warmth on the tongue, coupled with chocolate and the chai, oh yum.  I think this is a grown-up chocolate, my children preferred the sickly stuff whereas I definitely preferred Barú’s chocolate chai drink mix.

I saved this one until last seeing as it was the biggest and enjoyed it with a cup of tea!

This was the Barú – Chocolate Fluffy Marshmallow Bar – Milk Chocolate & Crunchy Cashew Crispy.  I forgot about the cashews and they gave me a little surprise.  The chocolate has a light delicate flavour to it, the marshmallow melting on the tongue, making you believe you can munch it all up but then you come across the cashews which texture wise are quite hard in comparison to the marshmallow, stopping that moment where the marshmallow melts and nothing else seems to matter.  The cashew rears it’s head to say hello, personally this is the only one I would not buy again.  I loved the taste but found the cashews a little hard and not so comfortable to eat.

Baru Chocolate

Baru Chocolate

Summary of Barú – Would I buy it again?  Yes I would, my kids loved it and I loved the taste, the subtleness, the obvious quality and the marshmallow theme, wonderful!

If you want to find out more about Barú then click here: Barú Website.

I am also featuring this in Fiesta Friday’s #65 post.  I just know there will be plenty of chocolate fans there after having seen months and months of wonderful chocolate recipes, you might want to go and source out some Barú now. xx

© Justine Nagaur

  24 comments for “Undressing Barú – Chocolate Review

  1. April 24, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    Sounds very good. Typically I like just plain extra-dark chocolate, but some of these sound tempting.

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    • April 24, 2015 at 4:14 PM

      oh you found my review, yay i thought you might like it, honestly i think you would be tempted by these 😀

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  2. Olivia
    April 24, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Now my mouth is watering!

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    • April 24, 2015 at 4:14 PM

      hehe, I will miss my Baru until i find a shop that sells some hehe x

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  3. NotAPunkRocker
    April 24, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    The chocoloate hippos…OMG…too cute and yummy looking!

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    • April 24, 2015 at 4:14 PM

      oh yes and i know you like your chocolate, you should see if you can find some and try it, we shoudl have done a swapsees

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  4. April 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    You love your chocolate, Justine, and I know how to make you a happy camper. 🙂 Have a great weekend. Lucky you for Baru.

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    • April 24, 2015 at 4:14 PM

      haha thank you and yes your right oh my i was hopping with happiness!!! x

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  5. April 24, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    I’m now craving for chocolate..
    Aaargh!
    Nice writeup… Like it a lot! If only I can eat your photos! 🙂

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    • April 24, 2015 at 4:13 PM

      haha you made me laugh, you might choke if you ate my photos, eating the real thing much better lol x

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  6. April 24, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    The moment I saw Baru in your post, I instantly remembered Sarah, too. 😀 These are making me to hungry and I badly want to try all of these. Thanks for doing another review, Justine. Happy FF. xx

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    • April 24, 2015 at 4:12 PM

      hah thank you, you really should try them, they are marvellous 🙂 x

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  7. April 24, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    OMG this is amazing! I’ve never heard of this before but I have got to try it while I’m here. This is the best review. Yum! Yum!!! X

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  8. April 24, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    You made the marshmallow one sound so delicious! I’ve never heard of this company before, but thanks for sharing. Your review was so thorough! Happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

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    • April 24, 2015 at 9:47 PM

      thank you and hopefully you will get to try some, someday, they are delish! xx

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  9. April 26, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    I LOVE chocolate. What a great assignment you took on! My hand is in the air volunteering for the next one.

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  10. April 27, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Sounds like you got a nice selection of treats there. Happy FF#65!

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