I went dairy-free about a year and the half ago, except I havenâ€™t been completely diary-free. Iâ€™ve given up everything except milk chocolate bars. I donâ€™t eat them often but every once in a while Iâ€™ll have a bar. Iâ€™ve tried a few dark (dairy-free) chocolate bars and Iâ€™m slowly weaning myself off those milky delicious bars.
This was an impulse check-out item purchase; I was in line at Bosa Foods waiting to be checked out when the bright red packaging beckoned. I was a little hungry and for $1.99 I figured it wouldnâ€™t hurt to try it.
Kras is a Croatian chocolate manufacturer thatâ€™s been in business since 1911 and Dorina is the brand name. Kras has a popular Choco Bar (or BonbonniÃ¨re, as itâ€™s also fancily called) that every chocolate lover who happens to be in Zagreb, (Croatiaâ€™s capital) should visit.
The bar I got was the 3.5oz milk hazelnut bar, it turned out I wasnâ€™t as hungry and didnâ€™t eat it until days later.
My mom took one look at it and asked â€œwhat is that?â€
â€œChocolateâ€ I responded
â€œWhy canâ€™t I read whatâ€™s on here?â€ she asked turning it over
â€œItâ€™s Croatian chocolateâ€ I said
She says in a dumbfounded tone â€œWhy would you buy Croatian chocolate?â€
I have nothing, and she walks away shaking her head mumbling â€œCroatian Chocolateâ€¦â€
Itâ€™s pretty basic rectangular bar with sectioned squares, comes wrapped in the standard foil and has bright red packaging on the outside.
The taste is rich, creamy and sweet, reminiscent of a Ritter bar. What surprised me was that the hazelnuts werenâ€™t whole or in chunks. Instead there were tiny pieces of hazelnut speckled heavily throughout. I didnâ€™t enjoy that aspect of the bar, maybe itâ€™s because Iâ€™m used to huge chunks of nuts in chocolate bars. I felt there was something lacking with the tiny pieces and it had an annoying way of getting stuck in my teeth.
For $1.99 I probably would have bought it again if I werenâ€™t giving up milk chocolate bars for good. Itâ€™s slightly better stuff than your average bar of chocolate and the taste isnâ€™t bad.