Omnom – Black N Burnt Barley
Is this the world’s first “Black Chocolate Bar” made with white chocolate? We think it might be so! And as Kjartan, Omnom Co-Founder notes this bar is one of those fortunate accidents.
Omnom has never been afraid to work with bold flavours, provided that they’re true to the brand. They also make a white chocolate bar that’s flavoured with liquorice which is super popular across Scandinavia. In this bar, Omnom’s choice of inclusions reflect their pride in their Icelandic heritage, and their love of a good beer.
“We had a white chocolate with the inclusion of malt and crunchy cocoa nibs. The recipe was ready, the packaging was ready. We were all set of launching it and then something happened. Something unexpected. It was one of those moments that you dream of. A new ingredient was introduced and the whole project was scrapped. We had some friends from the local breweries visiting and they left us some of their ingredient: a toasted barley, almost burnt.
“We added to our then malted white recipe and something magical happened. Within minutes of tasting, we knew we had stumbled on something new. It was wonderfully toasty, grainy, almost coffee-like, burned toast-like. In the kitchen you really strive for one of those Eureka moments and we just had ours. We set to experiment more and weeks became months. Before we knew it, a whole year had past and our bar had gone from being white to black. Several layers of ingredients had been introduced before finally finding our unique flavour. We went from a simple idea of a white chocolate to having the Omnom black chocolate bar.”
The bar contains three critical, and unique, ingredients that are combined with fine white chocolate to create a bar with a crunchy texture and intriguing malty and charcoal like taste
- Burnt Barley: A well-roasted malted barley from Germany, usually used in brewing Porter and Stout beers, with a strong flavour of coffee, toast and bitter cocoa.
- Lava Salt: The Lava Salt is from Saltverk, Icelandic seasalt company, and gives the chocolate the right balance against the sweetness. This lava salt has been processed using activated charcoal, and it is this ingredient that gives the bar its dramatic appearance.
- Popped Barley: The popped organic Icelandic barley is from Móðir Jörd, popped and covered in chocolate, sprinkled on top of the bar.
When you unwrap this bar, the first thing that strikes you is the colour – it is jet black. As you break off a piece, you notice that its studded with an inclusion. As the bar melts, there is a clear malted note, and a subtle saltiness that is a pleasing contrast to the sweetness of the white chocolate. The pieces of popped barley that are sprinkled across the surface give a slightly chewy crunch to this bar. It’s fair to say that, to date, we haven’t tasted anything quite like this. With our first piece, we were being tempted to try something unusual, but it was the delicious, well balanced flavours of the bar – and its pleasing texture – that had us reaching for another piece soon afterward.
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Weight 60 g Type of Chocolate Maker Maker Country Icons Ingredients
activated charcoal, barley malt extract, Cocoa Butter, Icelandic milk powder, Organic cane sugar, organic Icelandic barley, polishing agent, roasted barley malt, sea salt, sealing agent, sunflower lecithin (E322)
9 reviews for Omnom – Black N Burnt Barley
February 17, 2021
It truely is a dusgusting chocolate bar there is no balance with the flavours , sulphurous ( I imagine this is the lava salt) salty, and burnt are the 3 main flavour profiles. This bar is the pinnacle of pretentiousness and I feel a little ashamed that I fell for it!
January 25, 2021
Wow! this was so different and absolutely gorgeous. Don't be put off by "black and burnt"...it's really with trying.
November 26, 2020
Great tasting bar, really unusual taste, combines sweet, salty and bitterness and all are balanced very well.
October 12, 2020
What an unusual taste! I was pleasantly surprised. The initial scent didn’t bode well, but it’s so silky and melts away, with a lovely treacly caramelly sweetness. Very nice.
July 11, 2020
June 17, 2020
This was a surprise. The idea of burnt barley had me a bit apprehensive, but it is a really nice nutty flavour with depth. Not what I was expecting at all. You get a nice creamy finish of the white chocolate. I am not a big fan of white chocolate, but this worked well for me. will be buying again.
January 2, 2020
Uniquely wonderful! I fell in love with Omnom's Coffee + Milk chocolate bar on the first bite (inside Reykjavik airport). I found the coffee flavour (thanks to Reykjavik Roasters) and the smooth texture to be just heavenly unique. I have been regularly ordering the Coffee + Milk bars and promoting it to my friends and family as one-of-a kind chocolate bar. And now Omnom gave us this - Black N Burnt Barley chocolate bar! I don't even know how to express my surprise and delight upon tasting this wonderfully unique chocolate bar. It's astonishingly delicious, very unique and original in looks and taste. Now I'm torn between this and the Coffee + Milk bars and I fear that I'll just have to indulge myself and regularly order both bars. Thanks to the creative staff at Omnom for continuing to surprise and delight chocolate lovers like myself. Thank you also to Reykjavik Roasters for continuing to supply their delicious coffee beans to Omnom. And lastly, many thanks to Cocoa Runners for making Omnom chocolate bars available to people outside of Iceland.
February 14, 2019
Really unusual and unique bar of chocolate in both look and taste. But well worth investigating.
July 18, 2018
Energy 2490kJ/599kcal Fat 43g of which - saturates 26g Carbohydrates 45g of which - sugars 39g Protein 6.4g Salt 0.91g
- Cereals containing gluten, milk
- Cocoa butter, organic cane sugar, icelandic milk powder, roasted barley malt, organic icelandic barley, barley malt extract, activated charcoal, sea salt, sunflower lecithin (e322), polishing agent (glucose syrup, e414, palm fat), sealing agent (ethyl alcohol, e904, coconut oil)
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