I love when something totally new arrives in our subscription boxes. This month we got to try Japanese white chocolate for the first time in the form of a lovely big bar of Lotte Ghana, which may sound silly considering white chocolate is hardly a Japan only product but hey. It’s still a new thing. This chocolate is Japan only, so it’s new to us 🙂
We got this bar as part of our December Oyatsu Box, you can see what else we got here.
The packaging is pretty simple, though the recipe ideas on the back look super cute! I’ve read that Ghana is a popular choice for cooking/baking, but I don’t think it actually is cooking chocolate. It definitely tastes like eating chocolate at least.
I’m glad they included a big bar, there’s plenty to share around (or, of course, nibble at yourself).
The chocolate itself looks gorgeous, lovely and rich and creamy. It’s awesome that it has both thick edges and thin centre pieces to get the best of both worlds, if you’re odd like me and like that sort of thing.
Taste is where this bar truly stands out, I was surprised at just how much flavour is packed into this chocolate.
The first thing that hit me was the familiar smell of Milky Bar. At first, the only thing I really noticed was the sweet creamy Milky Bar taste I know and love. Score! That’s pretty much the only white chocolate I like in the UK, so this was definitely a similarity I was glad to find 🙂
After that, the flavour became more complex. There’s a hint of caramel that reminded me of Caramac bars. So, at this point we’ve got a Milky Bar crossed with a Caramac bar. I know I know, I’m name dropping other products more than usual, but it’s the best way I can describe the taste.
Finally, you get a hint of dark, bitter cocoa. Real, dark chocolate-esque cocoa flavour in pure white chocolate? How they managed that I have no idea. I found myself looking for specks of cocoa to explain the flavour, but no. Baffling. I love dark chocolate though so I’m not complaining!
Overall I think this chocolate has a very rich and complex, constantly changing flavour. For being rich, it is no way sickly sweet (in fact, it isn’t very sweet at all) and thanks to the subtle changes in flavour from one bite to the next, it isn’t in any way cloying either. Very good, very morish, very decadent. I can definitely believe the claim of ‘premium’ cocoa and milk having been used to manufacture this chocolate, even though it seems to me that half the snacks in Japan make the same claim :p
This white chocolate is another 10/10 for me. I loved the flavour and the clean, simple feel to the packaging. I’d definitely recommend this as a starting point if you’ve never tried Japanese chocolate before 🙂