Monday, 22 September 2014

September 22nd: Cadbury Roses Limited Edition Sharing Bags

Golden Barrels - Kcal 103 Fat 5.0g Fat(sats) 2.9g Carbs 13.5g (per 2 chocolates)
Strawberry Dreams - Kcal 103 Fat 3.7g Fat(sats) 2.2g Carbs 16.5g (per 2 chocolates)

It's not a real Christmas without a Cadbury Roses tin doing the rounds in our @ChocMission offices. We love pretty much all Cadbury chocolate but even with us seasoned Cadbury lovers we do have our favourites when it comes to the famous Roses selection. Cadbury to their credit have managed to pick the flavours we have our strongest opinions on for their new Limited Edition Cadbury Roses sharing bags.

For a limited time only here in the UK you will be able to buy these new Golden Barrels and Strawberry Dreams chocolates on their very own. We managed to find both of these on sale in our local Co-Op shop where they were priced £1.00 each.

The Strawberry Dreams come in an 93.0g bag and are described as 'milk chocolates with a strawberry flavour fondant centre'. As soon as you open the bag you will be instantly greeted by some very familiar artificial sweet fruit smells. This is just our opinion of course but none of our four person taste team are fans of these. To a man we find them overly sweet and extremely fake tasting in regards to their strawberry flavouring. We know they have their fans but we simply aren't.

5.9 out of 10

The Golden Barrels come in an 86.0g bag and are described as milk chocolates with soft caramel fillings. Now as you can tell the @ChocMission team are big fans of these. They are without doubt our favourite Cadbury Roses chocolate so it was with great delight we learnt that these were the other Limited Edition sharing bag available. The sweet, creamy milk chocolate and buttery toffee caramel make for an incredibly moreish combination. Top marks for chocolates costing just £1.00. We are already heading bag to grab a few more bags.

8.4 out of 10

Agree or disagree with our reviews of these? Let us know what you think @ChocMission

Friday, 19 September 2014

September 19th: Hotel Chocolat Gone Nuts!

Well folks would you like the good news or the bad news? Well the bad news is that the sunny days of Summer are mostly long gone and the nights are drawing in :( The good news is that Autumn is now with us - and that means our friends over @HotelChocolat have a whole host of Autumn line chocolates for us to be trying out.

The first product we got to try from their new line up was this Hotel Chocolat Gone Nuts! slab. This came to us a single piece 100.0g form and was presented beautifully with a very cool looking golden box and inner plastic sleeve. The slab itself also looked incredibly pretty. The front facing side was a lovely looking swirl of two tone milk chocolate whilst the underbelly showcased a mixture of sparkly salt granules and chopped nuts.

The proposition of 'a solid slab of caramel chocolate and 50% milk chocolates infused with sea salt, hazelnut paste and pieces of hazelnuts' didn't sound to far departed from many of the slabs we've previously tried from Hotel Chocolat however the team were none the less encouraged by the chocolatey nutty scents that were on full display once the plastic packet was unsealed. Breaking the slab apart the chocolate yielded with a greater than expected softness which was probably due to the presence of the hazelnut paste. The taste would also further support this case as the chocolate was packed to the brim with fresh, woody hazelnut flavours. Underlying the strong hazelnut element, tones of sweet toffee caramel, creamy cocoa and salt made for a compelling, moreish taste - delicious!

Overall we are likely stating the obvious here but this Hotel Chocolat Gone Nuts! Slab was another tasty offering from Hotel Chocolat. To be honest we weren't expecting anything else but still every time we try some sort of nut themed chocolate from Hotel Chocolat we continue to be amazed at just how well they implement it into their chocolate. The hazelnut element is strong, yet not overly dominating. The balance between the chocolate and nut flavours is almost perfect and however weird it sounds it does taste very Autumnal. Get involved and tell us what you think @ChocMission.

9.0 out of 10

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

September 17th: Snickers More Choc

Kcal 241 Fat 13.1g Fat(sats) 4.5g Carbs 25.5g (per 48.0g bar)

When we first heard that Mars UK were going to be releasing three new limited editions for their Snickers range we admittedly all got a little excited here on the @ChocMission team. Our excitement was partially extinguished not short after as we soon learnt that two of the three would simply be the re-release of the 2013 Snickers Limited Editions the Snickers More Nuts and Snickers Caramel (See HERE). Optimism however was still maintained for the all new Snickers More Choc. The prospect of a Snickers 'with a more chocolatey taste' sounded good to us - this week we got to try it our for size (no pun intended - you'll see what we mean later!!).

We found this bar on sale with the other 2 Limited Editions on a 2 for £1 deal in all places a local service station. We all thought the blue wrapper looks very cool. Despite not even having the Snickers branding visible from it's shelf position the bar was instantly recognisable as a Snickers bar with the clever use of fonts acting as the most visible of brand beacons.

Unwrapping the bar all the usual delicious smelling Snickers scents came to the fore. Nuts and sweet chocolatey smells filled out nostrils - nothing in this sense was untoward at all. Taste wise it also matched out expectations. The extra chocolateyness was brought to the party by the nougat and caramel elements, the former giving a taste very reminiscent of the uber delicious US 3 Musketeers bar. The taste wasn't too far departed for an original Snickers, though it was different enough to be noticeably different proposition with the flavours less vanilla and malt centric and more chocolatey.

 - 2013

 - 2014

So all the above sounds great right!? Well yeah it is, but we got a bone to pick with Mars here. The Limited Editions this year are again smaller than they were last. The 54.0g More Caramel last year has this year shrunk to 46.0g - are we going to see a similar reduction in price!? We think not folks. The fact Mars have taken it upon themselves to call these new Limited Editions bars 'Snickers More...' just leaves us with a bit of a bad taste in our mouths. Are they good tasting chocolate bars!? Yes! Snickers satisfies!? Not so much these days Mars! What do you guys make of this downsizing? Let us know @ChocMission

7.9 out of 10

Monday, 15 September 2014

September 15th: Peanut Hottie Chocolate

Kcal 83 Fat 1.4g Fat(sats) 1.2g Carbs 17.0g (per serving 20.0g) 

To our great excitement we were this week contacted by our friends at @PeanutHottie who informed us they had an all new product for us to try. Since we first got to sample their first of it's kind original Peanut Butter hot drink back in March we've been addicted to the stuff - we still can't get enough. If you missed our original review take a look (HERE). Well this week we got word of the all new Peanut Hottie Chocolate and we got sent a very generous box of from the Peanut Hottie factory - time for a review!

Each Peanut Hottie Chocolate jar weighs in at 260.0g which according to the label should make 13 servings. The packaging looks just as cool as the original Peanut Hottie. The same orange label and jar are retained but the dark brown lid acts a clear signifier of the additional chocolate content. Upon opening the jar we noticed that the powder was significantly darker in colour and smelt more like a hot chocolate with a touch of nuttyness.

Just as with the original peanut butter flavour Peanut Hottie we made up the drink using hot milk. The powder blended beautifully without any visible lumps and dissolving beautifully into a smooth mix. The drink was notably thicker in it's viscosity and the team enjoyed it's silky smooth texture and felt it was a more substantial drink compared to the thinner original. Taste wise it matched it all expectations. It retained a beautifully buttery nuttyness and had an underlying delicious element of chocolate. It was sweet, salty and moreish to the last drop. Yum, Yum YUM!

Overall the team now has a new addiction and it's Peanut Hottie Chocolate. This stuff is so tasty it's dangerous! You will find your first instinct after taking your last gulp will be a disappointment in that you've none left. With any luck you will have bought a few jars so you can go back and stick the kettle on to just make yourself another. We can't recommend Peanut Hottie Chocolate enough - give them a follow on twitter to make sure you get the heads up on when it's coming to a store near you.

9.2 out of 10


Friday, 12 September 2014

September 12th: Fox's Rocky Big Eat Bars

Kcal 218 Fat 11.0g Fat(sats) 6.5g Carbs 27.0g (per Original bar)
Kcal 208 Fat 9.9g Fat(sats) 6.0g Carbs 28.0g (per Caramel bar)

Fox's Rocky chocolate biscuits have been around forever here in the UK. They are most likely to be found inhabiting kiddies school lunch boxes as the small tasty chocolate bar treat to go alongside their apple and sarnies. Back in 2010 we reviewed the original Fox's Rocky Caramel Biscuit - See HERE. Just four years down the road it has to be said that the wrapper looks awfully dated doesn't it!? Well in addition to the new packaging design Fox's have now introduced this new 'Big Eat' variety - the tagline being 'More Yum than Crumb'.

These new larger Rockys come described as 'a large biscuit bar that will be sold in four-packs in the biscuit aisle, as well as a single bar that will be stocked in the confectionery aisle'. The relaunch targets '16 to 35-year-old men who grew up with Rocky'. Rocky is also being moved under the Fox’s master brand and marketed with Vinnie for the first time ... so long the days of Rocky Robin ...

We managed to get hold of both the Original Milk Chocolate and Caramel version last week. Suffice to say both were as expected offering mediocre but satisfying chocolate biscuit propositions. The Caramel version was slightly favoured by the team due to their additional sweet toffee flavours but by and large these really turned up no trees with the taste team. 

Overall if you've been living under a rock and have somehow never managed to try a Rocky bar either of these would be certainly worth a try if chocolate biscuits are your thing. They are distinctly average chocolate bar offerings though its at least nice to see Fox's giving people the option of a larger bar should consumers want it. 

7.4 out of 10

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

September 10th: Oreo Triple Double Neapolitan

Kcal 100 Fat4.5g Fat(sats) 1.5g Carbs 15.0g (per 21.0g cookie)

As we mentioned a little while ago @AmericanSoda have recently stocked up on some of the latest Oreo flavours doing the rounds in the US at present. Here in the UK Oreos only come in a few flavours, the most common being the Oreo Originals and Oreo Double Stuff. Well in the US things are a little a different. Their Oreos aren't just more varied in terms of their flavours, no our pals over the Atlantic aren't even content with their Oreos being Double Stuffed - they have Triple Double Oreos!

We got the chance to review these Oreo Triple Double Neapolitan this week after our pals AmericanSoda sent us 371.0g pack. This contained about 18 or so cookies that the team ate throughout the course of two days. As a snack we all agreed that two was a decent amount - that might not sound much but we will come on to that more in a bit. Commenting on the look and presentation of the cookies and packaging the team thought they both looked awesome. You can see for yourself just how cool the cookies looked with their colourful layering. What was also notable was the nifty resealable flap on the packet which ensured the contents was kept fresh once opened.

At the risk of patronising you guys we better mention the proposition on offer with these Oreo Triple Double Neapolitan - 'vanilla sandwich cookies filled with strawberry and chocolate flavoured creme'. To a man the team loved picking apart each of these layers trying all different combinations eating the cremes together, the cookie pieces on their own, one at a time etc. Having pulled them apart the team came to the conclusion that the chocolate creme layer was far superior to the strawberry. Whilst the darker coloured cream added sweet, sugary cocoa flavours the strawberry creme substantiated more of a fake tasting fruity taste. It was by no means offensive but the chocolate creme was by far the superior.

Overall credit where credit is due these Oreo Triple Double Neapolitan far exceed being a gimmicky ice cream flavour and do manage to pull off the flavour theme rather convincingly. We we mentioned the team aren't all that keen on seeing Oreo with just strawberry creme anytime soon but when it's paired with these vanilla cookie and chocolate creme layers it is a far more appealing. These look cool, taste good and have a novelty factor that extends beyond their funny name. Yet another Oreo flavour worth a try if you fancy them.

8.0 out of 10 

Monday, 8 September 2014

September 8th: Kit Kat Chunky Double Caramel

Kcal 109 Fat 5.8g Fat(sats) 3.4g Carbs 12.8g (per 1/2 bar)

After years of having to put up with the woeful effort of the current UK Kit Kat Chunky Caramel bar (See HERE) us Brits are now finally being treated to an all new variation of the flavour. With great excitement we read a few weeks ago that Nestle were now releasing a Kit Kat Chunky Double Caramel bar and our hopes were that we were going to get a Caramel Chunky that could match up to the awesomeness of the current Aussie version (See HERE). Take a look below to see what we made of it.

The new bar comes in 42.0g size and is split into two different blocks. Described as a 'crispy wafer finger in 2 chunks topped with contrasting fillings: 1 smooth caramel & 1 crunchy side with caramel pieces, both topped with milk chocolate'. This sounded an intriguing place to go and were delighted to see the very cool looking wrapper displaying the different types of filling clearly to set expectations.

Breaking the blocks apart at the centre it was not until each piece was bitten into that we could tell which side had which filling. We first took the 'crunchy side' and we liked the way it lived up to it's billing with it's extra crunchy texture the the small fragments of hard caramel. Taste wise it generated a creamier buttery caramel taste, it was very pleasant to begin with but some of the team thought it was a little on the sweet side. The opposite 'smooth side' was the one we were all looking forward to. The very fluid inner filling was just about right in terms of sweetness intensity and it's toffee, buttery flavours were welcomed by all. It was by far the more enjoyed of the two fillings.

Overall we want to praise Nestle here for at the very least making a far better caramel bar than the one currently available. The new Kit Kat Chunky Double Caramel is a far better bar than the original. The crunchy filling may be a little sweet for some but it does a least bring a little excitement to the party with it's extra textural elements. It has to be said the smooth side was very tasty. It was as generously portioned as the caramel in the Aussie version but that would be nit picking. This new bar is certainly worth a try for all Kit Kat Chunky fans. Let us know what you think of it over at @ChocMission.

8.4 out of 10


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