Friday, 19 December 2014

December 19th: Bourbon Mochi Chestnut and Chocolate

Kcal 360 Fat 10.8g Carbs 63.6g (per 92.0g pack)

With Christmas just around the corner it's about time we started giving you guys an idea of all the different types of chocolatey snacks you could potentially gift this year. You can of course go with the tried and test - Cadburys, Nestle, Mars ... *yawn* .... alternatively you could go all out and try giving something totally different. If it's the latter you are interested in you might want to pay attention today because we are reviewing these rather zany Bourbon Mochi Chesnut and Chocolate.

We got sent these by our pals @Jlist (See HERE). They came in a 92.0g pack that contained two inner packages of four mochi balls. Mochi for those that don't know are described on the JList website as ... 'a soft rice cake commonly eaten during the new years, but make delicious treats throughout the year. This version combines Japanese traditional mochi but with a twist, adding a yummy chestnut and chocolate cream filling.' - Intriguing huh!?

Well we thought so and we couldn't wait to try them. Out their rather cool looking packing the mochi balls looked equally intriguing. Although they didn't smell as much the inner white chocolate and chestnut fillings looked plentiful and gave the team more than enough encouragement to get the taste test underway.

As you can see by the score of nine out of ten the taste test went well. For us Westerners the unique texture of the jelly like mochi took some getting used to but there was little doubting the amazing creamy, nutty flavours of the fillings. They were instantly likeable. Sweet, packed full of milky cream and with a delicious buttery chestnutty long aftertaste!

Overall we absolutely loved these Bourbon Mochi Chestnut and Chocolate. They surpassed all expectations with their delicious taste. As we said above the mochi textural mouth feel may be a little odd for some but once you get used to it you are left with a snack that as equally great tasting as it is unique in proposition. If you need a chocolatey snack that is a little away from the norm we would highly advise getting involved with these.

8.0 out of 10

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

December 17th: Hotel Chocolat Butterscotch Puddles

Panic panic panic! I need a last minute stocking filler/mini gift for ....

How many of you are in this situation right now?? Well calm down! Don't panic folks! Get yourself a cuppa and take a look at the product we are gonna show you today! Over the last couple of months we've been showing you the greatest and best of the Christmas line up from Hotel Chocolat this year. One criticism we have directed at us is that we are yet to pick out the best smaler option from their range - well fear not folks - today we will put that wrong to right!

Today we want to draw your attention to these Hotel Chocolat Butterscotch Puddles. We've reviewed many of their Puddles products before (See HERE) and always given them nothing but great write ups. Well things aren't going to change today.

Priced at £5.50 on their online store - See HERE these Hotel Chocolat Butterscotch Puddles come described as 'solid milk chocolate puddles flavoured with butterscotch and caramel pieces'. Straight out their cute red ribbon tied bag you will notice the gorgeous aromas of the toffee noted caramel smells. Once you've got over how nice they smell you won't hesitate popping them greedily in your mouth and boy will you be treated to an epic taste. The full on flavours of creamy cocoa, burnt sugar and butter all com to the party in a taste that is as luxurious as it comes. Epically moreish, but so so good!

Overall if you guys are still scratching around for small present ideas make sure you get a hold of some of these Hotel Chocolat Butterscotch Puddles. As we said we've tried many different products from the guys at Hotel Chocolat this Christmas but these were the stand out smaller product for those working to a budget. If you want anymore advice be sure to drop us a line over @ChocMission - we will happily point you in the direction of anything we think will satisfy your needs!

9.0 out of 10

Monday, 15 December 2014

December 15th: M&M's Peanut Butter

Kcal 210 Fat 13.0g Fat(sats) 7.0g Carbs 22.0g (per 1/2 pack)

Having been sent a whole box full of lovely M&M's by our pals @AmericanSoda we couldn't help ourselves but once again pay homage to these simply outstanding M&M's Peanut Butter. We first reviewed these on the site nearly 7 ... yes 7 years ago now (See HERE). Back in the day we heralded these as one of our all time favourite American snack and little has changed since that time.

Since our review way back then Mars have sent fit to release a 'sharing pack' variety which is basically a pack containing two servings (80.2g). The M&M's look no different in size, shape or colour. They are large sized, vibrantly coloured candy coated pieces with epic looking centres choc full of delicious PB.

Aroma wise we always say as a team that M&M's could entice more though when in our mitts it's a little non-consequential anyway as we never hang around smelling them too much :) We are of course way too busy taking big handfuls and delighting in the epic combination of sugary sweet candy, milky chocolate and salty nutty peanut butter. The flavours create a superbly contrastive taste that offers both sweet and savoury in equal measure. One serving is satisfying but consuming the whole pack in one is forgivable given how moreish they are.

Overall we've seen fit to raise the score of these M&M's Peanut Butter due to the fact that we've actually grown to love them more over the course of time. As we stated above the three different elements of candy, chocolate and peanut butter make for a versatile taste offering a unique experience like none we get here in the UK. If you've been holding offer trying these out we suggest you treat yourself and feed your peanut butter desires. These get a solid @ChocMission recommendation - thumbs up all round.

8.6 out of 10  

Friday, 12 December 2014

December 12th: Cadbury Mint Mini Rolls

Kcal 125 Fat 6.2g Fat(sats) 3.1g Carbs 15.1g (per mini roll)

Shock horror there are actually people in the @ChocMission team who don't like mince pies! This shocking revelation came to the fore after one of the team went to the effort of making some fresh, homemade mince pies for one of our many @ChocMission HQ tea breaks. Once the rest of us had recovered from this shocking revelation we asked the question - 'if you don't eat mince pies what do you eat instead' - this year it appears the answer is these Cadbury Mint Mini Rolls.

You should be able to find these Limited 'Festive Edition' Cadbury Mint MiniRolls in any of your local supermarkets - likely on one of their £1.00 deals. In a single pack you get 5 individually wrapped Mini Rolls, all packaged in purple coloured fills wraps bearing a lovely cool green festive picture.

Taking the Mini Rolls out of their confines they looked no different to standard Mini Rolls with the thick milk chocolate coatings and swirl of inner creme. Aroma wise however they were noticeably differentiated with lovely scents of peppermint amongst the usual chocolate cake scents. Now if you are reading this with purchasing in mind make sure you stick these in the fridge before consuming as they are a million times better slightly chilled. In this state the chocolate melts more slowly, the cake is more viscous and the delicious vanilla minty cream has an amazing cooling sensation on the tongue. These are some dangerously moreish cakes people!

Overall if like some of our team you aren't partial to the mince pies these Cadbury Mint Mini Rolls are certainly good substitutes. As always with Cadbury you know what to expect when it comes to the milk chocolate, the test of these was going to be whether the mint filling could hold up its end of the bargain. Having consumed many a pack already we can delightfully confirm it does :) They might not be as festivally themed as our beloved mince pies but they are a nice addition to the Cadbury Mini Roll family.

8.5 out of 10

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

December 10th: Ritter Sport Coffee + Nuts

Kcal 599 Fat 42.0g Fat(sats) 23.0g Carbs 47.0g (per 100.0g)

It simply wouldn't be Christmas time here @ChocMission towers without Ritter Sport supplying us with their latest Winter season varieties. The line up for Christmas 2014 features two flavours seen previously in the Burnt Almond and Vanilla Crescents flavours (See HERE), but also this all NEW Ritter Sport Coffee + Nuts flavour. Being lovers of nearly all chocolate coffee combinations, especially Ritter's chocolate coffee bars (See HERE), we couldn't wait to try this new flavour. Lucky for us Ritter sent across enough for the whole team to try it.

As with all Ritter Sport limited edition flavours the Ritter Sport Coffee + Nuts came in a 100.0g bar that was split into 16 bite size blocks. The packaging this year had a familiarity to last years and featured the usual Ritter Sport branding alongside a very cool looking on pack snowman. Opening the plastic wrapper a plethora of very nice smelling coffee and chocolate let themselves be known. Breaking the blocks apart the filling looked very generously portioned with nut pieces poking out every which way.

It was only right to consume this chocolate alongside a tall caffe latte (or hot chocolate for one or two of the team). Having made our way through so much chocolate during this festive period we weren't probably as excited at trying this as we should have been - as soon as took our first mouthful this all changed. This chocolate was superb, the smoothness of the melt and the taste transition from the sweet creamy outer chocolate to the roasted coffee flavours of the inner filling was amazing. The nut pieces could have detrimental given their size however they weren't detrimental to the smooth melt and they brought a decent amount of woody nut hazelnut flavours to the party. This chocolate was both satisfying and moreish - just how we like it!

Overall we do love ourselves a good Ritter Sport seasonal edition and this Ritter Sport Coffee + Nuts has to be up there with the best of them. The combination of the coffee and nut flavour elements bring a unique coffee hinted praline like taste to the fore. The quality of the chocolate is as good as ever and the promised flavour theme is more than delivered on. Coffee chocolate fans will love this chocolate and we highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of these types of chocolate. Have a great Christmas Ritter Sport! Thanks for the great chocolate!

9.0 out of 10

Monday, 8 December 2014

December 8th: M&M's Milk Chocolate Bar

Kcal 220 Fat 12.0g Fat(sats) 7.0g Carbs 27.0g

If you guys are anything like us here @ChocMission whenever you hear the word M&M's, packets of small candy coated chocolate pieces will come to mind. Well hold that thought there folks because if you live in America that wouldn't be totally accurate now! Why you ask!? Because faithful ChocolateMission readers as crazy as this sounds, M&M's also come in a bar format in the US. How do we know about this crazyness!? Well we have great friends @AmericanSoda who have supplied us with all the great and good M&M's products for us to try.

The M&M's Milk Chocolate Bar comes in a 42.5g format and is presented in a very slick looking shiny plastic wrapper. The packet is attractive on the eye and includes some fun looking illustrations featuring the M&M's characters. Unsealing the plastic wrapper the bar inside looked similarly pleasant on the eye and broke apart into three sizeable pieces that had small, colourful M&M's dotted throughout.

Aroma wise the bar emanated some lovely chocolatey smells that were certainly stronger and more pleasant than the scentless standard M&M's. Breaking the bar apart the chocolate snapped with a fresh sounding crack and without any issue of any small M&M's escaping. After much admiration the taste testing proceeded and we were pleasantly surprised at the standard of the milk chocolate. Generally it was less sweet than we expected, even the bites where the candy coated M&M's pieces were located. The bar provided a more satisfying take on the M&M's experience, it was a bar which when eaten in its entirety was wholly enjoyable.

Overall despite the milk chocolate not being of the highest quality we have ever tasted the team really liked this differentiated M&M's variant. As a team we love M&M's of all different flavours but this bar format made for a more substantial take on a snack that can at times be accused of lacking a bit in the sustenance department. If you know of any M&M's fans why not surprise them with this M&M's Milk Chocolate Bar!? We think it will certainly surprise any M&M's aficionado who thinks they know their M&M's inside and out! Take a look @AmericanSoda whilst they have the stock in and let us know what you think of it.

7.5 out of 10

Sunday, 7 December 2014

2014 ChocolateMission Advent Calendars

We've had quite a few tweets and e-mails over the last week asking us what Advent calendars we have in the @ChocMission office this year.

Well to head off all the enquiries we can reveal that we are indulging in two different types this year ...

One of the calendars we are fighting over each morning is this Ritter Sport Advent Calendar. Behind each door your get a mini 20.0g four block mini Ritter. Flavour vary from Yoghurt, Praline, Marzipan ... they are pretty much all there! You may recall we had the same one last year :) It's worth checking out the NEW Ritter Sport site which has been given a cool new makeover (See HERE)

The second type of calendars doing the rounds are these Hotel Chocolat Truffles For Two calendar. Each day you get two chocolates that come in a variety of different Hotel Chocolat truffle flavours including Salted Caramel, Gingerbread, Dark Chocolate Orange and Mulled Wine amongst others. Remember if you haven't done your Hotel Chocolat shopping yet there is still time (See HERE)

Tell us what advent calendars you have this year @ChocMission.


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