Friday, 27 March 2015

March 27th: Chips Ahoy! Brownie Filled Chewy Soft Cookies

Kcal 80 Fat 3.5g Fat(sats) 2.5g Carbs 12.0g (per cookie)

As we said on Monday our pals over @AmericanSoda have been very generous to us recently and have sent us an almighty pack of treats containing some of the very best NEW products hitting the US confectionery and snacks scene right now. One of the products we looked forward the most to trying were these Chips Ahoy! Brownie Filled Chewy Soft Cookies (try saying that with one of these in your mouth! haha!!). We love our normal Chips Ahoy! and we couldn't get enough of the Chewy version when we last tried them. Given the added brownie filling in these we were even more excited by them.

AmericanSoda sent us a pack weighing 108.0g which contained 6 individual cookies. Thank heavens the pack wasn't bigger, we were expecting our reviewer to sample them over the course of a few days however it didn't take him long to finish all 6 in just one sitting. On the packet the cookies looked amazing with a plentiful inner brownie filling featured full front and centre. It was good to see the reality was exactly that when we opened up the packet to see the inner cookies. They looked amazing and smelt even better.

So who here reading this thought our reviewer hated these!? Well we kinda gave the game away by telling you he ate them all in one sitting didn't we :) Yes indeed folks he absolutely loved them. Doing things the American way he ate these alongside a tall glass of cool milk - it had to be done. The cookies were indeed soft and chewy, as promised. The inner filling was a little denser in texture as you would expect from any brownie. The taste was described as incredible - 'just like they had been baked in the oven only hours earlier' said our reporter. He added they were like an 'extra chocolatey' version of the standard Chips Ahoy! cookies, an added bonus for us chocoholics.

Overall these Chips Ahoy! Brownie Filled Chewy Soft Cookies went down a treat with our reviewer who insisted we give them an ultra high @ChocMission score. If you love your brownies and your cookies them this is almost a dream product for you. Aside from going to the great difficulty of baking your own and creating an awful mess in the process you are unlikely to find real American style cookies that can hold a candle to these. These get a big @ChocMission thumbs up - highly commended!

8.6 out of 10

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

March 25th: Hotel Chocolat Dark Egg Sandwich

We say this almost every year but we do feel a little sorry for these chocolate companies that every year have to come up with a new idea for marketing their new Easter egg chocolate products. It must be really hard to actually create a product that stands out from the rest - one that can truly be seen as something different from the other hundreds of egg shaped chocolate products do the rounds at this time of year. Well one brand that has always managed to come up with something new is Hotel Chocolat. 2015 hasn't proved to be any different, and this year they have brought these new Hotel Chocolat Egg Sandwiches to market!

These funny looking things come in 130.0g packs and are presented in triangular like boxes like you would find any packet sandwich shop! This dark chocolate variation came described as 'slabs of dark chocolate pressed between dark chocolate shells' and it looked tremendously unique with the window at the front of the box clearly showing the thick dark chocolate slabs held inside. Once removed from the cardboard box the amazing aromas of Hotel Chocolat's dark chocolate filled our senses. It felt a shame to break apart his unique looking chocolate but boy we couldn't wait to get stuck into it.

The slabs were thick but weren't so thick that they were too difficult to break apart. When we did they broke with a lovely fresh sounding snap - always the good sign of high quality, fresh chocolate. It's been a while since we've had such a large portion of Hotel Chocolat's 70% dark chocolate but it only went to remind us it had been way too long since we last did. The 70% chocolate was just as we remembered - awesomely rich in cocoa flavours, but with a kind, sweet undertone of vanilla and cream to it's aftertaste. It's thick, velvety melt meant the flavours remained in the mouth for a long duration after - chocolate luxury for all to be had!

Overall if you are looking to buy something different and more novelty based for a gift this Easter time you better not look further than this new range of Hotel Chocolat Egg Sandwiches. If dark chocolate isn't to your taste then you might want to check out some of the other variants in this new range - it contains milk, caramel and white variants to suit all tastes. We will definitely be checking them out after the great experience we had with this dark chocolate one. These Hotel Chocolat Dark Egg Sandwich may bot be your conventional Easter offering but it's never a bad thing to have something a little different in the offing is it!

8.6 out of 10 

Monday, 23 March 2015

March 23rd: Reese's Sugar Free Peanut Butter Miniatures

Kcal 180 Fat 13.0g Fat(sats) 6.0g Carbs 27.0g (per 5 pieces)

It had been a long time since we had been sent a bunch of treats from our pals @AmericanSoda but this wrong has this week been put right with the arrival of some fantastic new American chocolates and sweets for our team to try. Over the course of our 8 year history we have often been approached about reviewing sugar free chocolates. We've been a little reluctant to in the past given some bad experiences, however we were excited to see how a sugar free version of one of out all time favourite American chocolates could hold up against their originals - Reese's Sugar Free Peanut Butter Miniatures (See HERE).

AmericanSoda sent us a bag weighing in at 85.0g - this contained 8 miniatures that two of our team divided amongst themselves. On the face of the packet they looked very similar to the original miniatures, just with the additional 'Sugar Free' branding clearly evident. One thing we did note was the 'not a low calorie food' line also included which made us laugh out loud. Out the packet they cups looked no different to normal with orange foil wrappers complimented by the usual paper cup sleeves.

For a bit of fun we didn't tell one of the taste testers these were a sugar free version so they went into the taste test not knowing they were sampling a slightly different Reese's peanut butter cup. When it came down to it they did reference that they tasted different from normal but couldn't really determine what it was until it was revealed they were sugar free. At this point they were able to say with confidence that it was the chocolate that was a little lacking in taste and the peanut butter a little more salty than usual. In regards to the chocolate this wasn't so much an issue given Reese's don't usually have the best chocolate anyway. The reporter however did comment that the peanut butter could of done with a little extra sweetness.

Overall these Reese's Sugar Free Peanut Butter Miniatures weren't received as warmly as their originals but given the context they were sugar free the team had nothing but positive things to say about them. Given that sugar is such an important part to both chocolate and peanut butter it was outstanding that these actually tasted as good as they did. Granted some may not like the added sweetener the product but if you can look past that you will likely really enjoy these. Give them a try if you require less sugar in your diet but love your chocolate peanut butter snacks.

7.3 out of 10 

Friday, 20 March 2015

March 20th: Ritter Sport Hazelnut Cookies

Kcal 579 Fat 38.0g Fat(sats) 20.0g Carbs 51.0g (per 100.0g)

After receiving such a positive reaction last week after posting our review on Ritter Sport's New Raspberry Vanilla bar, we thought we better not leave it too long without giving our thoughts on their other NEW Limited Edition bar for Spring time their Ritter Sport Hazelnut Cookies bar. This bar on the wrapper came described as 'milk chocolate with hazelnut creme and hazelnut cookie pieces'. It sounded like a new proposition to us so more than ever we were very keen to try yet another Ritter Sport flavour.

Just as they all are this was another 100.0g Ritter Sport bar that came in a 4x4, 16 block grid. Just as we thought with the Ritter Sport Raspberry Vanilla bar, the wrapper looked ultra cool. We collectively thought the design work looked very modern and we enjoyed how the Ritter Sport branding didn't overbear the flavour theme which was clearly communicated with big on-pack pictures. Inside the bar looked exactly like it was depicted on the front and it smelt gorgeous with some lovely chocolatey nutty scents instantly hitting our noses.

The lovely hazelnut chocolate smells only fed our desire to try this chocolate even more so we didn't hang around before commencing our taste test. The milk chocolate that surrounded the plentiful filling was as expected - pretty standard quality milk chocolate with a heavy emphasis on the milky cocoa flavours we've grown to know and love. The centre filling however was unique to say the least - it was nothing like we had tasted before anyway. It was like a crunchy tasting praline, just a little more sugary and with a crunchier texture with the small pieces of hazelnut. It created an amazingly moreish taste - suffice to say the bar didn't last long opened in the @ChocMission HQ.

Overall we can only conclude that Ritter Sport have a great innovation team because these guys consistently bring out unique flavours on a regular basis. This Ritter Sport Hazelnut Cookies bar is one of the better Limited Editions we've had them send us recently. This is one of the few Limited Editions they have done which we will genuinely be sad to see go when they bring in the new Summer bars in a few weeks. Fingers crossed it is so successful that Ritter take the decision (like they have done a few times previously) to keep it as part of the standard line up. Don't risk it though folks - try it before it goes.

8.7 out of 10

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

March 18th: Belfine Easter Chocolate Figurines

Ladies and Gentlement - say hello to our new best friends here @ChocMission 'Mary' and 'Marc'. M&M as we will now refer to them, are the last two goodies we were recently sent by our generous friends at Belfine who sent us a lot of goodies for us to review from their 2015 Easter range. M&M are two large sized milk chocolate figurines that have been decorated with white chocolate - you can find them both on the Belfine website (See HERE).

M&M both weigh in at the 150.0g range and come beautifully packages in transparent film bags with pretty green bows tied at the top to conceal them. Just to clear up any ambiguity, Mary is the chocolate bunny donning the orange dress and Marc is the bunny holding the carrot in the black dungarees. I'm sure you guys will all agree these are beautifully crafted chocolate figures. The detail that has gone into making them look as cute as humanly possible hasn't been overlooked - you just have to look at the @ChocMission scoring chart below to see we didn't do that.

Like many of the Belfine chocolate products we almost felt guilty breaking these apart as it seemed such a shame breaking their cute little faces. As always though the feelings of guilt melted away as soon as the chocolate entered our mouths - too the surprise of no one in the team we instantly entered Belfine bliss! If you've read our previous Belfine reviews you will be well aware of what massive fans we are of their amazingly creamy, sweet chocolate. it really has to be tasted to be believed. The smooth melt, the luxurious taste, dammit we can't advise you try it enough.

Overall Belfine have outdone themselves every time we have dipped into their Easter 2015 range and these Belfine Easter Chocolate Figurines were just incredible. The standard of the chocolate is incredibly high and the presentation and design work is almost in a league of it's own when it comes to Easter bunny products. If you want a unique, innovative chocolate gift this Easter look no further than these guys!

9.0 out of 10

Monday, 16 March 2015

March 16th: Galaxy Caramel Collection Salted Caramel

Kcal 497 Fat 35.7g Fat(sats) 15.7g Carbs 60.3g (per 100.0g)

Before you read this review today take a look at the @ChocMission leaderboard and you will see that the original Galaxy Caramel bar is one of our all time faves. Indeed the Galaxy Caramel is one of the few mass market bars that we frequently buy in our office. That alongside the Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel has always divided opinion amongst our team in regards to which is most superior. Today the argument took a whole new twist with the launch of this all new Galaxy Caramel Collection Salted Caramel bar - we couldn't wait to try it.

You should be able to find this Limited Edition bar on sale in most UK supermarkets by the time you read our review. It's likely you will find it on an introductory £1.00 deal just as we did. This small expense should buy you a 135.0g bar, a great £/kg equation compared to some of the other mass market chocolates you will find. Spotting it on the shelf should be no problem whatsoever with the lovely shade of turquoise giving it a high visibility factor among the other Galaxy variants.

On the pack it was described as milk chocolate with a salted caramel filling. The bar itself looked and smelt like the usual Galaxy Caramel, the unique shape of the blocks meant it looked attractive and the alluring sweet chocolatey scents only went further to whet our appetites for this one. Taking each block and letting them slowly melt in our mouths we were soon greeted with a taste to savour. The chocolate melted with that usual Galaxy silkiness and the gooey caramel inside made for a pleasurable texture comparison. The taste was simply outstanding with creamy, cocoa light chocolate making way for a burst of buttery, toffee caramel flavours. The lick of salt was subtle, but an enhancing element to the aftertaste - a sheer delight from beginning until end.

Overall Mars aren't exactly the most active chocolate producer when it comes to releasing limited editions but boy was this Galaxy Caramel Collection Salted Caramel a good one. As fans of the original Galaxy Caramel it was unlikely we were ever not going to enjoy this one. Comparing the two the differentiation in the overall product was so slight we all declined to sate a preference, hence the same score awarded to this bar and the original. If you are a Galaxy fan you need to get involved with this salted caramel version right away. Let us know what you think @ChocMission.

9.4 out of 10

Friday, 13 March 2015

March 13th: Ritter Sport Raspberry Vanilla

Kcal 576 Fat 38.0g Fat(sats) 22.0g Carbs 52.0g (per 100.0g) 

It may be a little later than usual but what with the wealth of products we have been sent since the turn of the year we can finally bring you Ritter Sport's Spring season line up. Those of you who are new to the site should be made aware that for every four seasons of the year Ritter Sport launch three limited edition bars - normally these takes the shape of two flavours carried over from the previous season year last and a new flavour to mix things up a little. This year for Spring 2015 they've seen fit to keep only one from 2014 and bring in two new flavours.

The first flavour we want to showcase to you guys this week is the Ritter Sport Raspberry Vanilla bar. As you would expect this bar is an addition to the 100.0g standard Ritter line up. It came int he standard 4x4 squared block grid and had the most amazing amount of filling running through the entire bar. The packaging and presentation was spot on for the season - it looked crisp, fresh and inviting which is what spring time should really be all about.

On the back of the pack the bar came described as 'soft milk chocolate with a raspberry vanilla cream filling with crisp rice cereal'. The bar smelt very fruity when broken apart and the dotted red raspberry pieces were distributed evenly amongst the substantial filling we talked about above. The taste started with the suspected standard Ritter Sport milk chocolate taste - nothing overly special but with an inviting crisp milky taste. The inner filling met our expectations with a burst of red fruit flavours breaking through the sweet but not strongly flavour vanilla cream. The rice cereal added a nice crunchy element to the texture but did little to effect the overall taste.

Overall we gave this a new Ritter Sport Raspberry Vanilla bar a thumbs in the middle to thumbs up rating. It wasn't one of the most memorable Ritter Sport limited edition bars we have ever tasted but it was a flavour that matched the season for which it was created and on that basis we were more than satisfied with what it offered. The sweet chocolate and sweet fruit combination will mean that it is a chocolate bar for those who have tastebuds suite to more sugary confections. If you have tried it and what to tell us what you think of it don't be shy and contact us @ChocMission

7.8 out of 10 


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