Friday, 29 August 2014

August 29th: Lizi's Granola Low Sugar

Kcal 501 Fat 27.1g Fat(sats) 4.2g Carbs 45.2g (per 100.0g)

Having just committed ourselves to finding the best chocolate cereal out there the @ChocMission team have suddenly taken a liking to any breakfast cereal they can lay their eyes on. One of the new product announcements that recently caught our eye was this Lizi's Granola Low Sugar which The Grocer magazine reported to be launching in Asda, Waitrose and Sainsbury's. We loved the Belgian Chocolate 'On-the-Go' Lizi's Granola so we were delighted when we got the chance to try this low sugar version.

We received a few packs of this new low sugar variant in Lizi's normal sized 500.0g pouch bags. The packaging looked tremendous and with the matted foil material cutting a look that was both prestigious and assuring of freshness. The back of pack blurb told us this Low Sugar variant had been created to fulfil the needs of those who place an emphasis on 'healthy eating' and 'those who want to minimise their sugar intake'. You can find out more about Lizi's Granola Low Sugar on their website HERE

The above photo shows you what a typical serving looks like poured into a bowl. You will see the wealth of seeds and nuts amongst the oat clusters - this was no coincidence this was the same for every single bowl we ate. It was all these different nuts and seeds that made the taste so interesting and full of different flavours. Almonds, hazelnuts, coconut, cashews, walnuts - all of these nuts could be detected at different times - all forthcoming with woody, savoury fresh nutty flavours. The seeds were a less prominent taste wise but they further added a delightful crunchy mouth feel to ensure they had a more than worthy contribution. As with most granolas just a small bowl made for a decent, satisfying breakfast - expect to get 10-12 servings from each pouch.

Overall we think it's a real win for Lizi's when we say this 'Low Sugar' variety tasted every bit as good as any other granolas we have tasted recently. The quality of the nuts, seeds and oat cluster more than make up for the lack of sugar. The depth of variety offered by each of those elements means that the total taste is still packed full of different flavours and makes each mouthful a different experience. If you are someone that needs to monitor the amount of sugar you intake then this is a real non-brainer - you need to try this cereal! Highly recommended for any granola lover.

8.0 out of 10

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

August 27th: DeBeukelaer ChocOle

Kcal 486 Fat 20.0g Fat(sats) 12.0g Carbs 69.0g (per 100.0g)

It's always exciting to see a whole new brand turn up on our supermarket shelves and that is exactly what we've got here with these NEW De Beukelaer ChocOle biscuits. To call them biscuits is a bit of a stretch, biscuits sticks would probably better describe what is on offer here. The packaging tells us that they are originally from Germany and that for ChocOlé DeBeukelaer is sourcing 100% UTZ certified cocoa and thus supporting sustainable cocoa farming .. marvellous now more importantly what do they taste like!?

We managed to find both varieties of ChocOle on sale in Tesco on a rather nifty 'BOGOF' deal. Both the milk and dark variants came in cool looking 75.0g cylinder tubes, each containing 25-30 biscuit sticks within. Aesthetically they looked like slightly thicker, twisted versions of your standard Pocky and Mikado - quite pretty it has to be said. We opened both packets at the same time and were pleased to be greeted with pleasant chcolatey scents emanating from both.

We tested these accompanied by our mid afternoon coffees so the team was more than looking forward to their well earned pick-me up afternoon choccie biscuits. Comparing them to the likes of Pocky and Mikado the team liked the fact that the sticks were more substantial and their extra thickness made them overall a more satisfying proposition. Taste and texturally there wasn't that much to distinguish them from the aforementioned. In terms of the chocolate quality both were really middle ground chocolate offerings. The milk variety were a slightly sweeter proposition to the dark but in truth the dark sticks were really still pretty tame in terms of their cocoa volume. One thing that was noted about the biscuit sticks is that some of the taste testers said they didn't taste as buttery or salty as Pocky and thus weren't as flavoursome.

Overall these De Beukelaer ChocOle are a fine alternative to the original Pocky or Mikado sticks but if you are hoping they are going to set your biscuit stick world alight I'm afraid you may be left a tad disappointed. Don't get us wrong these are nice enough biscuits to crack open amongst friends and they do have that addictive 'just one more' element to them that make them an attractive proposition to anyone who likes the odd chocolate biscuit. If you can catch these on the same BOGOF deal it's worth giving them a try - be sure to let us know what you made of them over @ChocMission.

7.3 out of 10

Tuesday, 26 August 2014


Magnet, the kitchen expert, has launched the fourth and final installment of its Rococo videos with a delicious recipe you’ll be passionate about.

So if you’re planning on holding a party or need something special to wow friends or loved one in the kitchen, Magnet has the answer. Award winning chocolatiers, Rococo, show you how to create a mouth-watering Passion Fruit & Rosemary Caramel.

Rococo’s Principal Chocolatier, Barry Johnson, takes centre stage in a step-by-step guide showing you exactly how to make this show-stealing sweet treat, from using a mold to tempering the chocolate. Barry talks you through each ingredient plus shows you how to use silver to give the top of the chocolate that exquisite finishing touch

Check the video out here and prepare to impress your guests: 

Monday, 25 August 2014

August 25th: Cadbury Wispa Biscuits

Kcal 78 Fat 4.0g Fat(sats) 2.1g Carbs 9.2g (per biscuit)

Happy Bank Holiday Monday to all my UK readers! When we wrote this review the forecast wasn't too clever for the entire country so we can imagine many of you will be sipping away at one or two mugs of hot chocolate at some point today. Of course when there is a cup of hot cocoa on the go it's only correct to accompany it with some form of choccie biccie! Well pay attention today fellow biscuit fans - we've managed to get hold of Cadbury's latest Wispa Biscuits - here is our run down!

We found these on sale in a local McCall's store where they were priced on a very inviting £1.00 introductory offer. This one pound bought us a 124.0g pack that contained 8 biscuits - two each for our team of four taste testers. The packaging was very cool with the recognisable Wispa branding nicely integrated into the Cadbury Biscuits style wrapper.

Opening the packet the team were instantly met with some lovely chocolatey scents - the Cadbury experience was established from the outset. The biscuits themselves looked smaller than the other variants in the Cadbury Biscuits range though the weight of them would suggest otherwise. When it came to the taste they were only were slightly different to the original Cadbury Dairy Milk Biscuits. They were a little less creamy and more sugary flavour wise, though the Wispa element was brought to the life by the aerated texture and mouthfeel of the layer of chocolate filling that sat under the outer portion. The actual base biscuit was average with it's milld buttery taste mostly taking back seat to the chocolate.

Overall these Cadbury Wispa Biscuits were decent enough but the taste team just couldn't get away from thinking how more epic these would have been if they were Wispa Gold or even dare we say it Wispa Mint biscuits. In truth these were very little different to the Cadbury Dairy Milk Biscuits - just with slightly funkier textured centres. In the one sense this still makes they great, tasty biscuits, in the other it does make them a little dull - no new news here etc. What the heck if you see them on a deal go for it and give them a try. Let us know what you make of them @ChocMission.

7.5 out of 10

Friday, 22 August 2014

August 22nd: Kellogg's All-Bran Choco Wheats

Kcal 179 Fat 4.0g Fat(sats) 2.5g Carbs 29.0g (per 45.0g)

As we informed you all last week due to high demand we are going to be increasing the amount of chocolate cereals we have here on @ChocMission. The all time classic Nestle Coco Shreddies came under the ChocolateMission rating system last week - See HERE if you missed out. As they were more of a classic cereal option we thought this week we should get the team trying out a newer chocolate cereal option, the Kellogg's All-Bran Choco Wheats.

To conduct the reviews a few of bought 450.0g packs from Tesco, handily they were on a half price deal so we only had to pay a rather cheap sounding £1.14 for them. On the face of things they sounded like a healthier chocolate cereal option if there is ever such a thing - ' High fibre, with wholegrain and natural wheat bran fibre' ... oh and chocolate of course :)

The packaging and presentation was all what you would expect from Kellogg's, on-pack imagery was very realistic and the wheat pieces looked well sized and nice in colour. Aroma wise they had emanated nice chocolate biscuit like scents which was a promising sign of things to come. Mixed with cold milk the mini wheat pieces soaked up a decent amount of liquid yet retained a satisfying crunch to them without coming overly soggy. They tasted very much like mini shredded wheat with a touch of sweetened cocoa powder. They were just about sweet and chocolatey enough to satisfying a sweet tooth craving, yet weren't overly sweet or sickly if eaten in a large quantity. A standard sized bowl was more than big enough to be a hearty breakfast and tied us all over deep until the mornings.

Overall the team liked these Kellogg's All-Bran Choco Wheats and would promote them as a good, healthier chocolate cereal option. They probably aren't going to satisfy those of you wanting a mega chocolate hit early in the morning, but for those who just want more of a mild chocolate influence to your cereal then these will more than suffice. The chocolate milk the cereal 'produces' is of a standard without being the best. We are sure our chocolate cereal journey is going to have us taste better cereal than this but this is still a fair option to try.

7.7 out of 10

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

August 20th: Chocolate Dorayaki

Since our review of Costa's Giant Chocolate Bourbon Biscuit several of you have been contacting us here at ChocolateMission requesting that we do some more snack reviews of chocolatey goodies we have been tucking into from popular highstreet food chains. In the interest of not letting you guys down we have again today obliged and we chosen to to review a popular dessert you can find in the likes of YoSushi and Wagamama restaurants - Chocolate Dorayaki.

To nick some blurb from Wiki - 'Dorayaki (どら焼き, どらやき, 銅鑼焼き, ドラ焼き?) is a type of Japanese confection ... a pancake consisting of two small patties made from castella, which surround an inner filling'. As I said above we have managed to find these in the likes of YoSushi and Wagamama, though if you look on J-List you should be able to find some mainstream Japanese brands that do their own genuine Asian produce.

The one you see in the photos today is actually a Chocolate Dorayaki that we bought in our local Sushi shop named Kokoro (Website HERE). This Chocolate Dorayaki was delicious and consisted of two syrup moistened golden pancakes hiding a very plentiful inner chocolate filling. The lightness of the chocolate innards was highly complimentary of the denser pancakes and the two combined made for a perfect sweet snack to follow the mountains of sushi we had just ploughed our way through. In terms of a chocolate flavour hit, the one it provided was surprisingly well sustained and despite the mousse like texture it left a lasting impression of sweet cocoa in the mouth long after consumption - lick your lips tasty!

Overall Dorayaki might not be the most well known Japanese snacking item but it fits Western culture very well and we think a lot of people would be more willing to give it a go than say the more obscure Mochi desserts that these places usually offer as an alternative. Whether it be from your local  Asian food shop, local/chain restaurant or even J-List we strongly you give Dorayaki a try if it sounds like it will float your boat. Just make sure it is the chocolate kind of course ;-)

8.3 out of 10

Monday, 18 August 2014

August 18th: Hotel Chocolat Billionaire's Shortbread

'We think our iconic handmade Giant Slabs are works of art, and we hope you agree. Once your've finished admiring this magnificent still life in chocolate, just remove from the bag and snap your slab into pieces. Perfect for sharing' .....

Now there's only one thing we disagree with Hotel Chocolat on there and its the 'perfect for sharing' bit :) Trust us, with the chocolate as tasty as whats on offer from this Hotel Chocolat Billionaire's Shortbread Giant Slab there isn't one part of you that is going to want to be sharing it!

Ok, ok with 500.0g worth of chocolate at your disposal it might be a little greedy to have the whole thing yourself. Faced with the prospect of a 'solid caramel and milk chocolate slab decorated with shortbread biscuits and drizzled with dark chocolate' however we wouldn't be blaming you if this was one you kept all to yourself.

As you can see from our pictures this Hotel Chocolat Billionaire's Shortbread slab was both a treat on the eyes and on the tastebuds. Visually it looked great with the three tones of chocolate clearly segregating the milk, caramel and dark contents. Taste wise each three brought something different to the party. All three had thick, viscous luxury melts though the milk chocolate was extra sweet and creamy and the caramel added this delightful note of burnt sugar toffee. On one side of the slab little pieces of shortbread not only looked attractive but also gave a cool buttery biscuit development to the taste and were an added crunchy textural enhancer.

Overall you could probably have guessed that this 500.0g Hotel Chocolat Billionaire's Shortbread was a big hit with the @ChocMission team and went down really well. Given the team's love for millionaire shortcake it was little surprise that this chocolate was as popular as it was. It combined luxury 50% milk and caramel chocolate and created extra added interest with the biscuit and dark chocolate elements. If you are yet to get involved with Hotel Chocolat's Giant Slabs you need to get busy with one of these right away!

9.0 out of 10


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