Wednesday, 22 October 2014

October 22nd: Halloween is coming ....


And as usual here on @ChocMission we won't be celebrating at all :) :) :) 

Anyone who has been reading the site for a few years will be well aware that we aren't great fans of Halloween here at ChocolateMission. 

Here in the UK generally it doesn't get the same attention as it does in places like the US etc.

That doesn't mean we won't indulge in a few Halloween chocolatey treats however! One small tradition we do have is that we always get one of these Hotel Chocolat 'Yumpkin' - he's been doing the rounds here on @ChocMission for a few years now (See HERE).

If you are thinking of putting in a Hotel Chocolat order in this weekend (See HERE) remember you can click and collect from your local store to save you the P&P costs!


If you are looking for a more lavish treat than our dear Mr Yumpkin we would suggest you look in the direction of the Hallowen Bites H-Box! This chocolate selection contains some of Hotel Chocolat's most well reknowned chocolates - just with a cool Halloween twist! 

Our favourites are the 'Oozy eye truffles which contain the odd looking (but still amazingly tasty!) red blood caramel! Other special looking ones to look out for are the large milk chocolate skull piece and the insanley amazing spider decorated praline truffle. Don't take our word for it though guys - if you are celebrating Halloween this year make sure you do it in style with Hotel Chocolat.  


Let us know how (if at all!) you will be celebrating over @ChocMission.  


Monday, 20 October 2014

October 20th: Beech's Mint Creams

Kcal 90 Fat2.8g Fat(sats) 1.8g Carbs 15.4g (per 20.0g)

It may seem like this site has been running forever now (6 years no less!!), but that's not a patch on Beech's who have been making chocolates in Britain since 1920! That makes them one of Britain's longest serving chocolate makers thus why it is always with great delight we receive their products for us to review on the site (impartially we may add!). Last month we brought you our review of one of their new mint chocolate products for the 2014 Christmas period, now we have the pleasure of bringing you our second based on their Beech's Mint Creams.

Beech's fondant creams are one of their most traditional products so it felt apt they came in a very classic looking cardboard box with some very cool looking fonts and classy looking pack illustrations. The box weighed in at 150.g and contained 14 chocolates that smelt absolutely beautiful with their pungent minty smells evident from the minute we opened it up.


The chocolates themselves were pretty simple in construct and came described as 'dark chocolate covering a rich mint fondant centre'. In terms of size they were absolutely perfect eating one at a time and in a single mouthful. The dark chocolate was the same used across most of Beech's other dark chocolate products with the 55% cocoa solids content was establishing a very flavoursome and earthy cocoa taste. The dark chocolate was very rich however the epic fondant centres brought a delightful freshness and cut through the dark chocolate with it's sweet mintyness. Much like the Beech's Mint Crisps these were most satisfying and best eaten in small quantities after a big meal and alongside a coffee.

Overall Beech's seemingly have all bases covered when it comes to the after dinner mint chocolates market this Christmas. Whether you are more partial to the Mint Crisps or Mint Creams they seem to have something for everyone. These Beech's Mint Creams are perhaps just a touch sweeter due to their fondant content but both are similar in the way they have beautifully contrasting bitter chocolate and sweet minty flavours. Again we highly recommend these for an after dinner mint situation - a definite thumbs up from the @ChocMission team.

8.0 out of 10

Friday, 17 October 2014

COMPETITION TIME - DENBY CAKE OFF


I just came across a competition I would like to share with you all. It’s called The Great Denby Cake Off


It’s based around creating the perfect afternoon tea recipe and will be judged on creativity and presentation. You have to be able to blog your entry to enter as it is a blogging competition.

Once you have your recipe, images and post ready to enter you need to email cakeoff@denby.co.uk with the URL of your post.

There are some great prizes up for grabs as well including £500 of Denby Pottery vouchers, an ultimate baking kit and a baking preparation kit.

The competition is open until the end of this month (31/10/2014) so get your bake on!

Good luck!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

October 15th: Belfine Chocolate Finger Pup'Pets



Ladies and Gentlemen introducing Belfine ... actually I will let them introduce themselves ...


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You can already tell these guys are pretty special huh!? Well let us tell you they are! Belfine a totally unique chocolate proposition based in the 'country of chocolate' Belgium. Recently the folks at Belfine got in contact with us here @ChocMission and offered us the opportunity of trying some of their brand new products. Of course after checking out their site and some very friendly correspondence with their marketing we couldn't help but oblige :)

The first product Belfine sent us were these all new Belfine Chocolate Finger Pup'Pets.

These amazingly designed chocolate finger puppets come as small 15.0g chocolate finger puppets. As you can see each of the the designs are milk chocolate based, though they are each decorated with small bits of white chocolate. Going from left to right us introduce to you , 'Tito' the monkey, 'Pipa' the clown and 'Lionel' the lion.


All the Belfine characters are unique as they are designed in-house, given a personal name and protected by copyright :) The whole @ChocMission thought they looked fantastic - so unique, full of joy and simply fun - is that not what chocolate should be all about!?

Looks are obviously just a small part of the product proposition however - the taste test was going to be the real determinator and we are delighted to report these passed with flying colours. Belfine describe their chocolate as being made with the finest selection of Madagascan cocoa beans and the taste would suggest this is no fallacy.



The milk chocolate is very friendly to all chocolate lovers. It's sweet with a very crisp, clean milky taste and it melts with a very pure, silky smoothness. One member of our team described it as a higher quality version of Kinder - suitable for kids but also something that could be enjoyed by a mature consumer.

Overall we are delighted that Belfine have made their ChocolateMission debut and their Belfine Chocolate Finger Pup'Pets have got them off to a great start. The Chocolate Finger Pup'Pets are quite frankly adorable. The design are unique and chocolate finger lollypop idea is something totally unique to Belfine that we've never seen done before. Throw in the fact that they are made with great quality chocolate and you really have something special at hand.

8.8 out of 10


UK contact for Belfine - Crème d’Or: +44 1964 50 80 80 


Monday, 13 October 2014

October 13th: Hotel Chocolat Supermilk 65


We often we very excited e-mails from our friends at Hotel Chocolat about their latest creations but something really stood about the one we received from them last week introducing us to their new Supermilk chocolates. According to Hotel Chocolat ...

'Supermilk is a revolutionary new genre of chocolate with all the pleasure of milk chocolate and all the power of dark. A decadently high 65% cocoa content, a splash of milk and less sugar than a dark chocolate bar means that it takes just a small portion of #supermilk to satisfy a chocolate craving.'

They currently have 5 products available in the Supermilk range - 3 different individual slabs, a slab collection and lastly Supermilk Puddles (See HERE). Luckily today we got the chance to try the standard Supermilk 65 slab - we couldn't wait!


Hotel Chocolat kindly sent our team their own 100.0g slabs - two individual slabs wrapped in a clear cellophane packet. After all the buildup to trying this new innovative chocolate we were a little disappointed to see it given the standard plastic packaging, though we were at the same time still pleased to see Hotel Chocolat remain true to their slab format roots.

We all tried this new Supermilk on our mid-afternoon tea break with hot chocolates, teas and coffees all at hand. Breaking pieces off from the 50.0g slabs we were all impressed with the satisfying crack sound it made - a key indicator of fresh chocolate if ever there was one! Wasting no time to commence the taste testing we all placed pieces on our tongues and allowed the delicious experience to develop. The word 'wow' would be apt to describe our consensus! The taste started off with an intense bombardment of chocolatey cocoa, however as the smooth and silk melt developed an amazing underlying milky cream flavours came to the fore. It was rich, full of depth and totally, utterly delicious and satisfying. Suffice to say our 100.0g blocks lasted no time at all.

Overall we doff our caps once again to the talented chocolatiers at Hotel Chocolat. They promised a game changing chocolate experience and this new Supermilk chocolate delivers that in spades. 65% cocoa sounds like it could be too strong for some but the underlying creamyness makes it a suitable for even those with the sweetest of chocolate lovers. We get so many e-mails from companies telling us they have x-factor chocolate recipes but it's very, very rare they live up to their billing like this new Hotel Chocolat Supermilk chocolate does. Bravo Hotel Chocolat - tell us what you all think @Chocmission.

8.8 out of 10

Friday, 10 October 2014

October 10th: Lindt Hello My Name Is... Salted Caramel


Kcal 509 Fat 29.0g Fat(sats) 11.0g Carbs 57.0g (per 100.0g)

We first reviewed the Lindt Hello My Name Is range bake in November 2012 (See HERE). Back then the range was made up of the Nougat Crunch, Cookies & Cream, Strawberry Cheesecake and lastly Caramel Brownie. The following July we then got another five new variants in a special Summer range - (See HERE), those weren't as well distributed as the original four but they were still available in most of Lindt's specialist stores. Well nearly two years on from the original Hello My Name Is range launch they have now freshened up the original line up with the introduction of this Salted Caramel flavour - we couldn't wait to try it.

We were sent samples of this Salted Caramel variant by Lindt but since writing the review (it's been in the review queue!) we have noticed it on sale in Tesco priced at very reasonable sounding £0.60. Without all the usual 'NEW' branded fan fair this Salted Caramel flavour will likely go unnoticed due to having a wrapper extremely similar to the Caramel Brownie variant. The lack of differentiation is perhaps a shame but there is no denying it doesn't look one classy bar of chocolate.


The 39.0g bar splits into several blocks with the thick outer milk chocolate accommodating just about the right amount of soft, chewy caramel. The only thing about this bar that exceeded it's luxurious textures and mouth feel was the taste - it was exceptional! The milk chocolate was thick in melt and offered the most delicious sweet, creamy milky smooth cocoa flavours. Complimenting the chocolate perfectly the caramel nectar inside more than held up it's part of the bargain. It was buttery, sugary and oh so importunely offering that delicious salt lick in it's after taste - total yum!

Overall thumbs up all round to this Lindt Hello My Name Is ... Salted Caramel flavour - the whole team loved it. Whilst not having the nostalgic appeal of the Cadbury Caramel it now has to be up there as one of our favourite widely available chocolate caramel options. It obviously goes without saying that anyone with an interest in that part of the market will want to treat themselves to one of these in the near future. It comes with a glowing @ChocMission recommendation thats for sure.

8.8 out of 10    

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

October 8th: Beech's Mint Crisps


Kcal 32 Fat 1.6g Fat(sats) 0.9g Carbs 3.8g (per chocolate)

Believe it or not the countdown to Christmas is really on and here @ChocMission we've got our skates on getting you guys as many reviews as possible done so that you are all fully in the know of what is hot this festive time. Luckily we aren't solely relying on our own devices - we have friends such as our pals at Beech's Fine Chocolates who are kindly sending us the best they have to offer. One of the products they sent us last week were these Beech's Mint Crisps.

You can find these Beech's Mint Crisps on sale in Beech's online shop (See HERE), there they are on sale for £3.75 for 150.0g (that's about 25 chocolates who deal with volume like that haha!). On pack they came described  as wafer thin mint flavoured dark chocolate with mint crystals and came presented in a cardboard box and plastic packet combo. The presentation was suitably stylish though it was the minty aromas that really drew our attention.


Taking the crisps out the pack they looked well sized and were easily consumable each in a single mouthful. The nobbly appearance was interesting and suggested that the mint crystals were generously portioned - we weren't let down! To our delight the 55% cocoa solids dark chocolate was suitably strong and fast established a strong, unsweetned set of cocoa flavours. The bitter edged chocolate however was offset beautifully by a sweet, fresh tasting peppermint influence. Just a few of these proved to be really refreshing and extremely satisfying after a big meal, a definite thumbs up for this occasion.

Overall if you are looking for a more classy option to that rather sad looking box of Nestle Matchmakers these Beech's Mint Crisps are bang on the money. The dark chocolate is most suitable for more mature tastes, though the minty edge ensures a kind flavour finish and makes them very refreshing. Wether you want to treat a mint chocolate lover or want a classy looking box of chocolates to finish a dinner party these are well worth you considering. ChocolateMission recommended.

8.0 out of 10  

 

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