The Bonnat family have been making chocolate in Voiron, France for over 130 years. It was current head Stephane Bonnat’s parents, Raymond and Nicole Bonnat who pioneered Bonnat’s first single origin bars in the 1980’s. Stephane has continued his parent’s tradition and the company now works with 35 different plantations worldwide to produce their bars.
With a cocoa content of 65% this truly is a dark milk bar. The milk still gives the chocolate an extra sweetness as well as producing and overwhelmingly smooth and creamy mouth feel. The cacao for this dark milk chocolate bar is hand chosen in the east Javan city of Surabaya. The intemperate climate on this large Indonesian island means that, as with Papua chocolate, the beans are dried using large open fires. The result is a chocolate infused with a little hint of smoke. ‘Smokey’ is a flavour you might more likely associate with barbecues than chocolate, but we find the almost savoury notes blend perfectly into this rich and buttery dark milk chocolate.
A classic dark milk chocolate bar that is a must for those who like their chocolate smooth and creamy, but without too much added sugar. When we tasted this bar, we detected a slight smokiness throughout and some subtle hints of nuts at the finish. It is a remarkably mellow bar, with generous proportion of cocoa butter and milk giving this undeniably rich bar a wonderuflly creamy flavour. However, as this is a dark milk chocolate, this bar gets much of its sweetness from the natural sugars of the milk and the cocoa plant. In fact, when compared to mainstream milk chocolate, it actually contains relatively little added sugar.