Friday, 29 May 2015

May 29th: Paynes Just Brazils Dark Chocolate

Kcal 582 Fat 40.7g Fat(sats) 18.2g Carbs 42.2g (per 100.0g)

Despite receiving multiple requests to review these down the years for some reason or other we've never quite made it around to reviewing any of Panynes's Just Brazil range. It actually took one of our readers (going by the name of Colin) to send us in a pack to finally get us on the case of a review. We are aware that the Paynes Just Brazils ranges currently comes in two flavour - milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Colin the kind soul he is sent us a pack of their dark chocolate variety.

Colin sent us a 60.0g of Paynes Just Brazils Dark Chocolate - this contained what we thought was a pretty lacklustre 7 chocolate pieces. The packaging and presentation was altogether pretty good and pretty premium looking, but the actual chocolate brazils inside looked much smaller than we imagined and their dusty looking surfaces didn't exactly fill us with all that much promise.

We shared these amongst the team and everyone commented on how small the Brazil nuts appeared in hand. Despite the underwhelming appearance the chocolate nuts did smell rather good so a more promising aire of expectation overcame us before tasting them. On the pack they came described as 'finest South American brazil nuts enrobed in smooth and luxurious dark chocolate. Having tasted them we settled on this not being an inaccurate description. The dark chocolate wasn't the best ever but it melted smoothly and established a decent enough set of non-bitter cocoa flavours which played well against the buttery inner nuts. Despite their small size a few alongside a coffee made for a nice after dinner sweet snack.

Overall we were pleasantly surprised by these Paynes Just Brazils Dark Chocolate. As we said in the main body of the review above the team weren't exactly blown over by the presentation and look of the nuts themselves, but when it came to the all important taste test they more than got the thumbs up from the team who unanimously gave them the thumbs up. As ever when it comes to nut products the truth is in the taste of the nuts - these were surprisingly high quality which leads us only to recommend them to you guys! Give them a try and let us know what you think @ChocMission.

7.6 out of 10

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

May 27th: Mr Kipling Mississippi Mud Pies

Kcal 203 Fat 8.1g Fat(sats) 2.8g Carbs 30.3g (per pie)

We usually make at least a little bit of an effort to keep it strictly chocolate bar products here on @ChocMission but when we get so many reader requests through to review a product we simply can't deny our readership. To be totally honest with you it wasn't like we needed a massive push in the way of these Mr Kipling Mississippi Mud Pies. Mr Kipling's Apple Pies are a common treat bought in for the office tea room (if anyone is wondering it's the ones with the custard in that are our faves!!). Anyway today we went about the arduous task of reviewing the lesser known Mississippi Mud Pies.

We bought these in our local Tesco, on a £1.00 deal along with the rest of the Mr Kipling cakes range. This bought us a 306.0g pack of 6 pies. The Mud Pies themselves looked attractive on the packaging and we were glad to see they exactly resembled how they were illustrated inside. We loved the smells that emanated from the plastic packet, plastic tray containers. Aromas of chocolate and pastry only went to further expectations.

Described as 'light pastry cases filled with rich chocolate flavoured mousse' we thought Mr Kipling had under soled on how intricately made these cakes were. They chocolate layering was impressive, and made for a variety of different textures and mouth feels that clearly differentiated them. There were crunchy chocolate sugary sprinkles, gooey chocolate sauce and light chocolate mousse. Combined with the buttery pastry they made for satisfying yet deliciously moreish chocolate tart taste - these were yummy!

Overall we have to thank our readers for pointing us in the direction of these wonderful Mr Kipling Mississippi Mud Pies. Although we try hundreds of new chocolate products a year we still have our old favourites - our usual purchase of Mr Kipling Apple Pies will likely now be interspersed with our repurchasing of these Mississippi Mud Pies. We can certainly see ourselves buying these many times again in the near future. If you guys have any more requests feel free to send us them to @ChocMission - we are always delighted to hear from you, especially when the requests are this good!

8.0 out of 10

Sunday, 24 May 2015

May 25th: Kinder Bueno Dark

Kcal 121 Fat 8.0g Fat(sats) 3.6g Carbs 9.9g (per stick)

Do you love anything Kinder!? Well listen up if you do because today we have their latest Limited Edition on deck to review and it's for one of their most popular sub-brands here in the UK. Yes folks for the first time in what feels like forever, Ferrero have done us the service here in the UK of adding another variant to their famous Kinder Bueno range. The last flavour addition we saw to this range came in the form of the Kinder Bueno White (See HERE), well Ferrero have decided to cater to the other end of the chocolate market and create this new Limited Edition Kinder Bueno Dark.

You should be able to find this new Limited Edition available in most UK convenience stores - we found them on sale in one of our local newsagents where we had to pay an expensive sounding £0.80 for just a single bar! That bought us a 43.0g bar that was formatted in the usual two stick, four block each format we've come to know and love with the Bueno. Presentation wise the bar looked very little different to the original Bueno, it was actually very hard to pick it out on the shelf what with the very little amount of differentiation that was on the wrapper.

The bar came described on the pack as 'dark chocolate covered wafer with a hazelnut filling'. Taking the bar out of the plastic wrapper the dark chocolate looked black in colour and had a noticeable, oily texture that melt very fast when handled. This inconvenience of course meant we had to get around to eating it quicker :) unfortunately the taste test also left us somewhat disappointed. Unanimously throughout the team we thought the dark chocolate was tasteless - it was neither sweet, nor bitter and delivered nothing in terms of a chocolate flavour hit. This did allow for greater expression of the delicious hazelnut filling but it was disappointing from a chocolate perspective.

Overall the Kinder Bueno Dark is not a product we will be purchasing again in the near future - we will happily stick with either the milk or white chocolate variants which we certainly much prefer. One criticism that is often levied at the other bars is that they are too sweet and that is a fair criticism. Unfortunately this bar doesn't solve this problem well, it rather just takes the chocolate out the taste equation altogether which I'm sure you will agree is not a satisfying remedy. This is a limited edition you can feel comfortable letting you pasty by - it's annoying as this could have been really great!

6.2 out of 10

Friday, 22 May 2015

May 22nd: McVitie's Deli Choc Dark Chocolate

Kcal 62 Fat 2.8g Fat(sats) 1.6g Carbs 8.1g (per biscuit) 

A few week ago you might remember we brought you our first review from this McVitie's Deli Choc range reviewing their Milk Chocolate variant (See HERE). Well if you did read that review you will be well aware that they didn't go down particularly well with the team. Well after a little deliberation the team decided to give the range another try with the other flavour in the range the McVitie's Deli Choc Dark Chocolate.

We found these again on sale in our local Tesco store. One of the reasons we decided to give these guys another try was admittedly because they were so damn cheap. On an introductory half price offer these cost us just £0.84 - a steal considering their 150.0g size and 12 biscuits portioning. Looking at the packaging and presentation we were filled with a huge sense of Deja-Vu. We didn't expect much but comparing it to the previous milk chocolate pack we could hardly notice any difference - McVitie's have hardly made it easy for consumers to spot the difference between the two.

On the pack these came described as 'biscuits topped with Belgian plain chocolate'. Obviously this time we didn't allow ourselves to have our expectations set that high. To remain consistent we obviously tested them in the circumstances we did the milk chocolate variant - on one of our famous @ChocMission coffee breaks :) Now comparing these to the milk chocolate flavour the dark chocolate, or should we say plain chocolate was much better. We really expected very little in terms of the quality of the chocolate but it did deliver a superior taste than we expected with some nice notes of cocoa coming to the fore amongst the buttery biscuit flavours. Two of these biscuits were a nice enough portioning to stave off the afternoon hunger pangs.

Overall McVitie's had a far better showing here with these McVitie's Deli Choc Dark Chocolate. Comparing them to the likes of Lebniz biscuits or the posher varieties you can buy we would consider these a worthwhile alternative - trust us that's a high recommendation given the chocolate biscuit nuts in our @ChocMission team! They definitely aren't the king of the chocolate biscuits that's for sure, however if you are after a cheap chocolate biscuit thrill these Deli Dark Chocolate are certainly worth a look at.

7.5 out of 10

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

May 20th: Cadbury Mini Rolls Orange

Kcal 115 Fat 6.2g Fat(sats) 3.1g Carbs 13.6g (per 27.0g roll)

Way back when the whole Cadbury Mini Rolls line up contained many more flavours orange used to be one that they would rotate in and out during festive period to have as a limited edition flavours. Nowadays the range is much smaller and gets nothing like the shelf space it used to. Well during the last few weeks we have been bringing you our reviews of this new special edition range of flavours trying out the Cola, Banana and now today the final one - Cadbury Mini Rolls Orange.

You will be able to find these in any good UK supermarket where you will see them priced at £1.00 for a 5 pack of 27.0g Mini Rolls. The flavours aren't easy to tell apart mind you. These Orange Mini Rolls have a orange coloured them surprise surprise - again we will say just make sure you pick out the right ones when you purchase. The on-pack slogan this tim read 'I'm really A-peeling' ... groan!!

To cut to the chase the team really liked these. Out their packs they smelt nice and fruity and had chocolate orange scents that were nicely indicative of the taste.  As ever the outer chocolate and cake components stood up nicely and the filling was as complimentary and differentiated as we hoped it would be. The orange came through as fruity, real tasting and not overly dominant. As ever the texture of the buttercream was nice and silky smooth and felt good against the crumbly cake innards.

Overall after trying the disastrous Cadbury Mini Rolls Cola which were frankly pretty bad, the latter two flavours we have tried have held up nicely including these Cadbury Mini Rolls Orange. As we said above the two elements of chocolate and the orange creme were well matched, and just of these Mini Rolls was nice as a small chocolatey snack. If you want our ruling be sure to hit up the Banana and Orange flavours from this new range.

7.9 out of 10

Sunday, 17 May 2015

May 17th: Hotel Chocolat Cherry Deluxe Selector

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Every now and then you get the sense that the chocolatiers in the Hotel Chocolat kitchens get hold of an ingredient and focus on getting the best possible chocolates they can out of it. One of the things they seem to be focusing on this summer are cherries. Yes that small lovely little sweet red fruit we get in many forms in our supermarket. After trying the amazing Hotel Chocolat Kirsch Cherry Buche a few weeks ago we decided to next get stuck into these Hotel Chocolat Cherry Deluxe Selector.

We were sent a small selector box of these Hotel Chocolat Cherry Deluxe Selector. It weighed a 85.0g and contained 6 truffles that you won't be surprised to hear we polished off in the single sitting. The truffles came in presented in their usual plastic tray and transparent wrapper - we've always said we felt Hotel Chocolat truffles deserve a little more of a sophisticated look but our views of disappointment with the presentation soon turned to delight as soon as we bit into these truffles - look how amazing these looked!

Our amazement with the intricate presentation was only to be super seeded by how amazing the truffles tasted. On the pack they were described as 'whole kirsch-soaked cherries suspended in a luscious amaretto ganache, enrobed in milk and dark chocolate'. These sounded amazing and to our total non-surprise they were. Texture wise they were a dream - crisp outer chocolate, smooth inner ganache and an amaretto soaked cherry that burst with boozie sweet red fruit flavours. The creamy flavours of the chocolate and the ganache were an absolute delight and the alcohol fueled cherry innards were a perfect comparison. Lush!

Overall if you are after some chocolate truffles that fit the bill of having amazing chocolate, a touch of booze and some lovely fruit flavours then you wont be going wrong buying these Hotel Chocolat Cherry Deluxe Selector truffles. The quality of the chocolate is never in doubt with Hotel Chocolat but their excellence at blending it together with complimentary added ingredients makes them stand out from the crowd in a very busy chocolate truffle market. Do you fancy giving these a try? Let us know @ChocMission

8.6 out of 10

Friday, 15 May 2015

May 15th: Ritter Sport Buttermilch-Zitrone

Kcal 585 Fat 39.0g Fat(sats) 23.0g Carbs 51.0g (per 100.0g) 

@ChocMission fans rejoice!! Summer is here and that can only mean one thing when it comes to Ritter Sport! Yes three all new flavours have been released by our pals over in Germany. Well to be honest that's not quite strictly true. The three flavours of summer this year include the return of the Eiscafe flavour. Indeed the lovely creamy coffee ice cream flavour from 2014 has made a return which is something none of us here in the @ChocMission team will be complaining about anytime soon.

One of the genuine new flavours though this year is this Ritter Sport Buttermilch-Zitrone - to us English speaking folk that translates as the Ritter Sport Lemon Buttermilk! As you would expect the bar comes as part of Ritter Sport's 100.0g range and is suitably packaged in a very snazzy looking modern wrapper complete with a lovely lime colour second differentiator.

Out of the pack the chocolate smelt great. Not overly poweringly citrusy but still a hint of lemon was evident amongst the chocolatey smells giving it a lovely freshness. On the pack it was described as 'white yogurt chocolate with lemon buttermilk creme'. It looked attractive on the eye - not too dissimilar to many of the white chocolates we've seen previously but with a beefy filling that looked plentifully portioned sandwiched in the chocolate.

When it came to the taste test this one got the all round thumbs up. The white chocolate was elegant in taste - not overly sugary but creamy with a tart yoghurt sour finish that blended nicely in to the creamy filling. As we noted in the smell the lemon element wasn't overpowering and this was consistent when it came to the taste. It was mild but prevalent enough to the taster and it left a pleasant, fresh aftertaste. It was best eaten just a few blocks at a time, more than that and it did become a little sickly.

Overall we really liked this new Ritter Sport Buttermilch-Zitrone and thought it was differentiated enough to be notably different other similar Ritter propositions we have tried in previous years. The main difference between this and say the Ritter Sport Zitrone Joghurt we tried in 2008 (See HERE) was that this bar was a little less sharp and sour. This was creamier version of that bar and this meant it had a creamier, smoother overall taste. A good start to the Summer 2015 range for Ritter - bring on the next flavour.

8.5 out of 10


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