Friday, 17 April 2015

April 17th: Green & Black's Dark Chocolate Lemon


Kcal 560 Fat 37.3g Fat(sats) 22.1g Carbs 44.7g (per 100.0g)

Green & Black's isn't one of our favoured brands here @ChocMission. We don't have anything in particular against them or even have anything to bad to say about their chocolate. Most of their range is fine, but that's it, just FINE. Their averageness means we find it really hard to get excited about reviewing their products, though one thing we don't ignore is when our readers ask us specifically to review them. Exactly that happened this week, with ChocolateMission fan Lucy dropping us an e-mail telling us to review this Dark Chocolate Lemon variety.

We found this bar on sale in Sainsbury's where it priced at £2.19 for a 100.0g tablet. This might not sound the most expensive bar ever but comparing it to the cheaper Lindt options that didn't sit to far away the team member who bought it still thought it was a little dear given the proposition. That said this Lemon bar wasn't too hard to find. The yellow wrapper stood out like beacon sat next to some of the duller coloured options.


Taking the chocolate out of it's lovely gold foil confines the reviewer was instantly greeted by strong scents of citrus and cocoa. The chocolate smelt like it was going to be strongly flavoured, though the 60% dark chocolate wasn't quite as forthcoming with cocoa richness as expected. The taste was still still stronger than your average mass consumer friendly dark chocolate, though the cocoa could have been amplified more greatly given the strength of the lemon citrus flavours established by the lemon oil. The lemon influence had a uniquess to it it has to be said. It was a chocolate best consumed in small quantities and not on mass.

Overall this was guess what - another average offering from Green & Black's. The taste tester who undertook this task for us what to stress it did have a unique lemony taste, though they also said it wasn't the best flavouring for dark chocolate to be paired with. Looking in the @ChocMission archive it seems the better lemon flavoured chocolates are the ones that are white chocolate based - perhaps something to learn there. For the record this Green & Black's is probably one you can miss unless you are a massive dark chocolate fan looking for something a little different.

7.7 out of 10

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

April 15th: McVitie's Deli Choc Milk Chocolate


Kcal 61 Fat 2.4g Fat(sats) 1.3g Carbs 9.0g (per biscuits)

You could say we've come a long way since we first started this site nearly 8 years ago now. Back in the day Webmaster Jim refused, yes refused to review any chocolate biscuit products citing that 'they were a whole different thing'. Well things have changed a lot since then with new people joining the team etc and obviously most importantly our man Jim crumbling any finally admitting his love for chocolate biscuits. For the last few years now we've been keeping our eye out on the supermarket shelves and we've this week come across a whole new line of McVitie's biscuits to review for you - Deli Choc.

You will be able to find these new McVitie's Deli Choc is most good UK supermarkets likely priced on one of those lovely £1.00 introductory deals they do. Should you be so lucky to find one your £1.00 will buy you a 150.0g packs of biscuits that will contain 12 pieces. Finding them in a store shouldn't be too much of an issue for you, the packing is very noticeably McVitie's in terms of it's style but it's differentiated enough to probably catch your attention if you are on the look out for them.


On the pack these new McVitie's Deli Choc Milk Chocolate come described as 'biscuits topped with Belgian milk chocolate'. Probably in more hope than expectation were thought the chocolate here might be of better quality than your traditional McVitie's chocolate biscuit bar, it certainly looked like this might be the case when we opened up the packet to find some very nice looking biscuits that smelt pretty delicious. What followed was an experience that was for the most part underwhelming but by no means not pleasurable. Both chocolate and biscuit were so-so, sweet milky cocoa flavours and a buttery base biscuit that were neither special or immensely disappointing. Two biscuits went nicely with a coffee.

Overall we allowed ourselves to get falsely a little excited about these new McVitie's Deli Choc Milk Chocolate biscuits and on reflection we probably shouldn't have expected as much from these as we did for a product we paid only £1.00 for. As we said above the taste was a little lacklustre but that said if you were a person just hankering for a quick fix chocolate biscuit these wouldn't let you down in that instance. These are worth a try if you just want to try something a little new that isn't massively outside the remit of what you are currently experiencing. We are still going to go ahead and try the dark chocolate variant in the coming weeks. That review will be brought to you soon.

6.8 out of 10 

Monday, 13 April 2015

April 13th: Nestle Toffee Crisp Honeycomb


Kcal 197 Fat 10.5g Fat(sats) 6.7g Carbs 24.1g (per bar)

New week - New product! That's how we like to do things here @ChocMission and what with the relentless amount of Limited Edition and NEW products hitting our UK shelves at the moment it's hardly a hard task finding something. Scoring the limelight this week we have a new Limited Edition product from our pals over at Nestle who recently have been adding new variants to several of their most long established brands. It was the age old Nestle Toffee Crisp scoring a new flavour this time with the Nestle Toffee Crisp Honeycomb.

We were sent this by one of Nestle's many PR companies however we've since been informed by our agents in the (all you lot reading this!!) that these are on sale in convenience stores throughout the UK. We believe it's being priced at £0.55 which is a pretty standard price for any bar weighing in around the 38.0g mark. The wrapper stood out to us immediately with it's yellow and orange stripes enough of a differentiator from the norm to give it decent on-shelf visibility.


Despite it weighing 38.0g most of us in the team thought it felt a little on the small side out the wrapper. This was a chocolate bar easily consumed within three bites, luckily it has to be said all three of these were pleasure filled to the maximum. Described on the wrapper as 'Toffee, honeycomb pieces and crisped cereal filled milk chocolate' it sounded like a good proposition and it was nice to see visible golden nuggets of honeycomb sitting under the plentiful toffee layer. Taste wise it was an absolute marvel. The usual sweet milk chocolate, buttery toffee and rice cereal elements were all still there but they were compounded nicely a sweet light touch of honey. It could have done being bigger but that gripe aside it went down extremely well.

Overall hopefully experiments like this will go to show Nestle that limited editions are worth doing if you make good ones! We've little doubt that 90% of all Toffee Crisp fans are going to love these new Nestle Toffee Crisp Honeycomb bars, in fact some of our team have already gone out to their local stores to stock pile a few in fear that they will disappear quicker than they have emerged. Although we are all fans of the original bar this has to go down as one of our surprises of the year thus far. If you are on the fence about trying to find of these bars to try we say go ahead and find one. Let us know what you thought of it @ChocMission.

8.7 out of 10

Friday, 10 April 2015

April 10th: Booja-Booja Raspberry Chocolate Truffles


Kcal 573 Fat 43.0g Fat(Sats) 32.0g Carbs 35.0g

Today we continue to stroll through Booja-Booja's new chilled chocolate truffle range by taking a look at one of their fruitier flavours they have have to offer. For those who haven't been following our previous Booja-Booja chilled chocolate truffles reviews you might want to take a look at our previous posts (HERE). Those who have been keeping up to date with the site will be well aware that Booja-Booja recently sent us their whole range of new organic chocolates - these are made specifically to be enjoyed straight from your refrigerator.

As with the other flavours in the range these came in a 69.0g pack containing 8 chocolate inside. We again thought the packaging and presentation was superb. The outer box was immensely premium looking in it's design and this was compounded by a sleek look inner tray that was covered by a nice foil seal. The truffles looked exactly the same to all the other in the range, though when we unsealed the pack we were immediately met with some lovely fruity raspberry scents to enjoy.


One thing that never fails to impress us with these Booja-Booja truffles is their outer dusting of cocoa powder. It's may sound like such a simple touch, but trust us it really makes a difference to the mouth feel of the truffles melting and adds a whole new dimension. The taste is what you will be more interested in however and rightly so. Thankfully there are nothing but good things to report. The raw cocoa taste of the bitter dark chocolate was nicely balanced by the sweetness of the very genuine tasting raspberry fruit inside. The team thought the fruityness could have been stronger but it wasn't as if it failed to overcome the strong dark chocolate.

Overall if raspberry dark chocolates are your thing you will definitely be wanting to be taking a look at these Booja-Booja Raspberry Chocolate Truffles. Everything from the touch of class you get from the presentation, to the sophisticated taste of the Ecudorian dark chocolate is very well done. Whether you are considering these for your own personal enjoyment or whether you are eyeing them up for a gift for another chocolate fan, these are a good option to consider from Booja-Booja. Let us know what you think of them @ChocMission.

8.4 out of 10


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

April 8th: Rolo Dark


Kcal 126 Fat 5.8g Fat(sats) 3.1g Carbs 17.1g (per 5 sweets)

These days it isn't all that hard getting the attention of the @ChocMission team. All you need do is simply stick the word 'New' on the packaging and you are at least good for one sale as it's pretty likely it's going to be getting reviewed on our site here. The cheeky devils pulling this very stunt this week was Nestle who have just introduced a new flavour variant to one of their all time most successful brands here in the UK - the Nestle Rolo Dark.

We found these on sale in our local Sainsbury's store where surprise, surprise they were on an introductory £1.00 offer. £1.00 for a 126.0g pouch sounded like a good enough deal for us, we bought a few packs and took them back to the office to give them the official taste test. Before we did that though we of course gave the packaging a real once over. To be fair it looked exactly like you would expect it to. It was darker in colour than the traditional lighter brown Rolo packaging and had one of those hand resealable stickers - it of course wasn't required :)


On the pouch these were described as dark chocolates with a soft toffee centre. They both looked and smelt nice with very forthcoming cocoa scents escaping the pack as soon as it came unsealed. Due to their mini size we went about consuming these in mouthful of three. To give you the short of the long the quality of the dark chocolate was ghastly. We were hardly expecting Hotel Chocolat here but the dark chocolate had a waxy, slow melting texture and it contributed little flavour wise. This of course made the toffee seem all that much better, it was just a shame the chocolate sucked so bad.

Overall these are not a new product we are going to be telling you to go out of your way to purchase. Truth be told we spent the whole time wondering why we hadn't just bought some packs of the normal Rolo with the milk chocolate. The dark chocolate whichever way you look at it just totally spoilt these for us. The sweet toffee centres were still highly pleasurable to say the least but the fact we had to suffer our way through mouthfuls of tasteless dark chocolate to get there was not an experience enjoyed by any of us. No repeat purchase here!

5.6 out of 10

Friday, 3 April 2015

Easter Competition - 2015


Right folks - first of all HAPPY EASTER to all readers - now who wants to win some chocolate?

As ever we've been inundated with supplies from our site sponsors all wanting reviews this Easter. Suffice to say we have a little (LOADS!!) of chocolate left over :)

We couldn't think of anything better to do but to share it with you guys.

Now to enter all you need to do is

(1) go to Twitter - HERE

(2) Follow us @ChocMission

(3) Then re-tweet one of our Easter competition tweets ... simple huh!?

The lucky winner will be notified the following week and will receive a chocolate stash containing treats from our sponsors Hotel Chocolat, Ritter Sport and Belfine.

Good luck and have a great Easter

@ChocMission team

Terms & Conditions
(1) The competition rules, regulations may change at any time. 
(2) The @ChocMission team have the final ruling on any disputes that may occur.


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

April 1st: Bahlsen Choco Leibniz Caramel


Kcal 499 Fat 25.0g Fat(sats) 15.0g Carbs 61.0g (per 100.0g)

It's April already!? Surely not! We are already a quarter of the way through the year folks and with Easter coming up this week you will want to be keeping tabs on @ChocMission to see our Easter Chocolate competition! With so many chocolate eggs around the office already you may have thought we wouldn't have time for chocolate biscuits at the moment. Well that isn't such the case as this week we've been tucking into these NEW Bahlsen Choco Leibniz Caramel biscuits.

We found these on sale in our local Tesco store where they were priced on an introductory £1.00 offer. This bought us a pack weighing 135.0g which was 9 biscuits. To be honest we were mega lucky to have even found these on the shelf. Had it not been for our beady eyes constantly checking for new chocolate biscuit products I doubt we would ever have known they were new out. Between all three of us we had never seen any announcement of them coming to market or saw any in store promotion indicating they were new.


As we always do with chocolate biscuits we enjoyed these on one of the many tea breaks we take @ChocMission towers. We were all mega excited to be trying these given our general love of the Bahlsen chocolate biscuits and of course our love for chocolate caramel products in general. To give you the short of the long I'm afraid to say we were disappointed. Had we not have been aware these were caramel Bahlsen biscuits then we would have been unaware had it just been down to the taste test. Yes unfortunately the ridiculously small amount of caramel involved here meant the caramel had no impact on the taste - boo!

Overall these were a big disappointment for us here @ChocMission. These Bahlsen Choco Leibniz Caramel biscuits had all the making for being utterly superb. Unfortunately we got nothing of the sort. We essentially got original Bahlsen Choco Leibniz Caramel biscuits with a wafer thin layer of almost non-existent caramel. The word 'letdown' doesn't really begin to describe our feelings here. Yes they still had the charm of the milk chocolate originals but when you are promised something else you can't help but be left feeling disappointed with your purchase.

5.8 out of 10

 

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