Today's Zotter Saffron and Pistachios milk chocolate bar was a well-balanced, sweet celebration of flavors. The bar was filled with (as advertised) a golden-colored, saffron-infused pistachio marzipan center that was soft and moist without being too gooey-sweet.
The flavorful center was held firmly in place by the milk chocolate coating. It offered an enjoyable, sweet and upbeat flavor on a cool, April morning.
Could I taste the saffron,* given the sweetness and other ingredients? Happily, yes!
And the blend of saffron, vanilla, cherry brandy and chocolate made this a festive, "happy" bar. The ground nuts (pistachios) helped balance the sugars.
Ingredients: Organic cane sugar, organic marzipan (organic almonds, organic sugar, organic invert sugar syrup), organic cocoa butter, dry whole milk, organic cocoa mass, organic rice syrup, pistachios (4%), dry skim milk, milk, butter (cream), organic raspberry vinegar, organic cherry brandy, dry sweet whey, organic anise, organic dark brown cane sugar, organic soy lecithin, organic vanilla bean powder, salt, organic saffron, organic cinnamon.
Allergen-related information: Contains milk, almonds, pistachio, soy.
Manufactured on equipment that processes other tree nuts, peanuts, eggs and sesame.
* Saffron, the pricey spice, harvested from purple saffron crocus flowers, has a very slightly earthy floral, green, slightly sweet, almost grassy-buttery flavor. Words don't do it justice. It adds a bit of heaven to desserts and savory dishes.