Perugina Tablo "Fondente"


The big mystery about this bar is in one of the words I found on the package "fondente". When I first saw the wrapper for this bar, I assumed that fondente meant fondant in Italian. I assumed that this bar would have some kind of creamy fondant centre or something like that. I tasted the bar and it was just chocolate, nothing more. So, I decided to look up the word “fondente”, as it turns out it means "melting". This was even a little more mysterious because I really didn't find that this bar melted particularly more or easier than any other chocolate bar I’ve eaten before.

So right off the bat, I was a little perplexed about this bar, it had no fondant in it, and it didn't seem to melt any better than other chocolates. You'd think that utter confusion might disappoint, and make me dislike this bar, but it didn't, at least in the long run. I have to admit that I was a little confused at first, and I really wasn't paying attention to what this bar had to offer. After a few bites though, it really started to come together.

The chocolate in this bar is spectacular, dark yet smooth, melted just perfectly in my mouth (but not more than other bars I’ve eaten). The shape of this bar is fascinating as well, it's as if merged a chocolate bar with a donut. The holes in each square really allowed for the bar to melt in my mouth with great ease. Sure I wasn't getting as much chocolate per square, but at least it was obvious, and the shape really made the chocolate melt well in my mouth… Wait a minute, I get it, it’s called fondente not because the chocolate itself melts better in your mouth, but the shape of the bar melts in your mouth.

This is a fine Italian chocolate bar, with a way too clever concept.