Sunday, 3 August 2014

Banana chocolate tasting

This is the blog post you have all been waiting for.  The inhabitants of Baboon HQ have been exhaustively tasting banana chocolate products to find the best ones for you.  Usually @JezzerBear is the official chocolate taster.  However, we agreed that this particular project needed primate input.

We had never really thought about banana and chocolate until Mini-Kolo/Jackson visited the chocolate museum in Cologne with @bijntje, @fuzziestFreyer and @F_is_for_Fred.  He found banana chocolate in the exhibition and the shop.  So we thought we really needed to find out more about this.

All the baboons and our humans were involved in the tasting, but we needed a tasting panel to manage each product.  We had five products.  Well actually we had four but Mini-Kolo had also tried some banana chocolate that he bought in Cologne, hence he has an empty wrapper here.


We started with Little Tony.  @TourGuide Ted had given me some of the new Cadbury's banana caramel chocolate and Little Tony presented this product to the panel.  As with all the products, all the baboons tasted it.  It is based on Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate, with which all of our British readers will be familiar.  You get the familiar Cadbury's chocolate taste and it has pieces of banana caramel in it.  It was interesting.  The taste was very nice, but you do have to watch out for the banana caramel, let it soften in your mouth, other wise it can be rather hard on the teeth, especially for humans.  Tony collected opinions and the baboons and people thought it was very nice.  Highly recommended!!

Thierry is pictured with this product, because he is so photogenic, but actually I presented it.  It is the Brocks Chocs Banana Chocolate bar.  This is a mid priced product, over £2 a bar.  It is a very dark chocolate with a banana flavour.  We liked this, at first it just tastes like dark chocolate, the banana taste comes later.  The baboons liked it, one human liked it more than the other.  Overall a smooth product with a pleasant bananary after taste.  Highly recommended!!

Jack presented Prestat Banoffee Truffles, described as bananas and toffee with a whisper of coffee.  This is one of those special product for a special occasion, as it costs between £11 and £12.  Biteing into this product gave a very pleasant banoffee flavour.  You could tell it was banoffee and not plain banana.  The baboons loved this product and one of the people did too, the other person found it a little sweet.  We felt it was one for a special occasion.  Highly recommended!!
Our supermodel baboon Thierry presented a banoffee pie bar from Gnaw in Norfolk, England.  This is another banoffee product.  Again, when you put it in your mouth it tastes of banoffee rather than plain banana.  We baboons and one of our humans really liked this, but the other human also found this one a little sweet for him.  It is worth bearing in mind that he doesn't really go for very sweet things or white chocolate so take his opinion if you feel the same way.  Highly recommended!!
 Jackson/Mini-Kolo can tell you about his bar, and only he, one of our people and @LeroySealion actually tried it.  We don't blame them for this as this was a snack they had on the flight home.  Over to Jackson, try to sound grown up Jackson!

The manufacturer is shokomonk, a German company and the bar is Bananasplit.  It was white chocolate with darker pieces in it.  The overall taste was really nice and even Leroy, who is a lion and therefore not such a banana eater as we are, really liked it as well.  We would have got hold of more but we can only get it in catering packs of about 50 online.  I don't see the problem with that but the humans didn't get it.  Our person liked it very much as well.  It was a real treat, when our people go to Germany again we will get them to buy some for us all to try.  Highly recommended if you can get it!


All of these products were nice and which you choose depends on what you like, what the occasion is and where you are.  For British readers Cadbury's is easy to get, we have seen it in most sweet shops and convenience stores now.  The banoffee products and Brocks Chocs we bought online, through Amazon although there are other outlets.  The shokomonk we highly recommend to our German friends.  We would have all of them again.

We hope this will help you make a decision.


  1. I wish we had cool stuff like that here in the US! *sigh*

  2. Great blog, as always Kolo. I'm not a fan of bananas at all so I'm going to avoid all of these, but it's interesting to read about the nuances between the different bars!!

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  4. meowza iz hates nanananas but the Herz wuz rill intristed. Herz say cadbury's iz good but we nevar saw nananana kind so herz iz gonna look arownd. also i duzn't think we haz banofee anything accept we saw recipes fur bannoffee pie. iz it nanananas an caramel or wat? Grate post we luvs tayste testinz.

  5. Page suddenly said Publishing before I finished comment! Was trying to say this is great work by Baboon HQ, & Thierry can't wait to try banoffee

  6. Pawsome werk my pal..I haz put in an order wiv Saynsberries….

  7. Great review of banana chocolate! I'll post a link on my blog.
    Jeremy Bear

  8. we bought some moo-free chocolate with bananana chips on (yes on, not in!) - for perry babooony - that was also very nice