Recently I was at the Milk Market in Limerick City and my boyfriend and I popped our heads into a pop-up chocolate store there; Wilde Irish Chocolates. All of the products are handmade in Tuamgraney, Co. Clare.
I’ve been trying to eat more healthily (doesn’t always work out) and choose the vegan option when I can. I spotted a jar of dark chocolate praline spread on the counter and to my great surprise it was actually vegan! The ingredients are sugar, hazelnuts, cocoa mass, vegetable oil, cocoa butter, emulsifier, soya lecithin and natural vanilla.
Normally dark chocolate products are a given vegan option but for some reason as a spread I thought it would be more difficult to come by.
I paid €4 for the jar, which given its size (185g) seems steep but I was too intrigued to check my bank balance. As it turns out, a little goes a long way with this spread. It reminds me of those Belgian seashell chocolates with the praline filling. It is so good on toast as a cheeky side to your breakfast. It smells so good too, the kind of good that could drive you to eat it with a spoon.
Top tip: don’t keep it in the fridge! You’ll never be able to spread it. That’s the one downside, for a spread it can be pretty unspreadable. It fine on toast because it melts and that’s how a little goes a long way but I can’t imagine having it cold on bread would be too easy. Cold on the spoon is just fine though!
It may taste a bit differently to different people too. My mother thinks it has small hints of orange, like Terry’s Chocolate Orange, which is odd because that’s not one of the ingredients. But as far as I’m concerned orange chocolate is not a bad thing either.
I’m not often in Limerick anymore when the Saturday market is on but I will be sure to stock up on Wilde Irish products the next time I am there.