Friday, 15 February 2008
Thursday, 14 February 2008
Wednesday, 13 February 2008
Kcal 241 Fat 14.2g Carbs 25.5g
Despite the poor offering from the white chocolate Divine bar I decided to give the milk chocolate variant a try. Although this bar was not half as bad as the 'sawdust-like' texture offering of the white bar, I still had some particular issues with it.
The packaging describes this as 'heavenly' chocolate which would suggests it should have something luxurious to distinguish itself. Unfortnately this element seems to be lacking somewhat and what you are left with is a distinctly average non descript chocolate bar that you would expect from an Own label supermarket chocolate.
Its by no mean offensive - just not 'heavenly' in any disciputure. The 26% cocoa is a fair indication that nothing special could be expected from this offering.
Overall you would expect more from a bar that has a price point of 80p; the fairtrade stamp dosent justify that alone.
7.1 out of 10
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
Kcal 205 Fat 11.2g Fat(sats) 7.6g Carbs 22.1g
Monday, 11 February 2008
Sunday, 10 February 2008
***UPDATE*** 11/03/2010 ****
Special thanks to ChocolateMission reader Alan who sent me this Galaxy Senzi bar which is pictured above. Galaxy Senzi is simply the name given to the Mars Delight in the Middle East. I personally didn't think that it tasted any different - has anyone else tried one of these bars!? I wonder why they made it part of the Galaxy range and not the Mars range in this region?? Let me know what you think.
Saturday, 9 February 2008
The Reese's Fast Break comes described as 'a thickish layer of peanut butter placed on top of peanut butter flavoured nougat, with a coating of milk chocolate'. Due to it not being one of the few Reese's products distributed in the UK, I bought one of these at pretty high expense from an online American importer (it cost me a little over £1.00 I believe).
In regards to the packaging and presentation the product set reasonable expectations, though I thought the wrapper was a little dull. The secondary Fast Break branding was the thing that was lacking sparkle for me - in my opinion the pastel colours chosen were pretty passive, and didn't have great standout amongst the orange background. Inside the bar had more appeal than the outer wrapper - the layers of peanut butter, chocolate and nougat were nicely defined even though my bar did get a little squished in the post. In regards to aromas the product was pretty nice smelling, but the nutty aromas weren't as strong as I have experienced from other Reese's products.
As with most Reese's bars I have tried in the past, when it came to the taste test the chocolate proved to be pretty unspectacular. The melt of the chocolate was pretty laboured and waxy, whilst the milky cocoa flavours didn't taste all that fresh and were a little weak in comparison to other mass produced chocolates. The peanut butter layer was as expected pretty tasty bringing to the party the usual distinct Reese's cream and nut flavours. The nougat however was much less to my liking, as it was relatively tasteless and it's stodgy texture dominated the softer peanut butter. Although the nougat did make this a more fulfilling bar than your average market offering, the inbalance it caused to the taste was disappointing.
Overall this was a pretty disappointing offering from Reese's and I expected far more. The main gripe for me with this bar was the dominance of the nougat, which fundamentally hampered the delivery of the peanut butter in the taste. The best thing about Reese's product is always the peanut butter, so to have it limited in such a manner was never going to be a positive thing. in the grand scheme of Reese's other offerings I wouldn't overly recommend the Fast Break - they make far better bars.
6.2 out of 10
Friday, 8 February 2008
Thursday, 7 February 2008
Overall this was a good alternative to your standard chocolate bar but not quite challenging the upper tier of the Chocolate Mission ranks. When it comes down to it, the bar does taste really quite nice with it's sugary creamy taste, though one slight let down is the size and I was admittedly left still feeling a little peckish.
8.1 out of 10
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
Kcal 280 Fat 17g Fat(sats) 8g Carbs 28g
The Twix PB comes described as 'a layer of peanut butter on top of chocolate cookie, covered in milk chocolate'. As a self proclaimed Twix addict this sounded pretty delicious to me, and giving away the game entirely I have to admit this so totally was.
UPDATE July 2010: This was a bar provided to me by my friends at Yankee Soda & Candy (See website HERE). In regards to the wrapper I have to say I really liked it. In my opinion the red and gold colours are wonderfully suited to the foil packet and the Twix branding has great standout on the pack. The bar itself wasn't half bad looking either. Replacing the standard layer of caramel, the peanut butter layer looked appetising with the contrasting colour tones from the golden PB to the darker cookie base very aesthetically striking.
Upon opening the foil wrapper I didn't get the same waft of peanut butter smell that I have experienced from Reese's products, but at the same time the chocolate and nut scents were still very tempting. Speaking of the peanut butter, in regards to taste it was similarly inferior to what you get in Reese's cups, but it was still pleasantly creamy and established a tasty set of salt and nut flavours with each mouthful. This combined with both the outer chocolate and cookie base layers provided a delightful set of variable textures, with the experience flowing nicely from biting in to the crunchy biscuit, to then leading nicely on to the melting chocolate and peanut butter constituents. Both the chocolate and cookie bases were nothing special flavour wise, however they did a fine job of delivering the desired chocolate flavour hit.
Overall this bar was not only one of the more interesting propositions I have tried on the ChocolateMission yet, but it was also one of the best tasting. Before tasting this bar I wasn't altogether that sure about the switch of shortbread biscuit to cookie base, but having tasted the bar I was more than happy with it. Comparing the quality of the peanut butter to Reese's there is only one winner (those guys at Hershey!), but the Twix PB wins out in terms of the quality of the chocolate. I'm not sure I would recommend this as an everyday bar due to it's extremely high nutritional values - (17g of fat is alot), but for the occasional indulgence I'm pretty sure every peanut butter lover would enjoy it. Twix and peanut butter lovers take note ... this is one that should be on your radar.
8.4 out of 10
Tuesday, 5 February 2008
7.3 out of 10
Monday, 4 February 2008
Sunday, 3 February 2008
Saturday, 2 February 2008
Friday, 1 February 2008
Kcal 573 Fat 36.6g Carbs 53.5g (per 100.0g)
REVIEW-REVISITED - 04/09/2010
Anyone who knows me will know that I'm a bit of stubborn person when it comes to forming an opinion. Generally if I form an opinion on something, I stick with it! Even I however couldn't ignore the amount of e-mails I received along the lines of "Jim you are wrong about Green & Black's White Chocolate, it's a lot better than you say it is" (actual quote!). As you will see in my previous review below, the last time I tried the bar I acknowledged the fact it had promise, but I thought it could have been even better. After receiving what felt like the 100th e-mail telling me to give it another try - I did just that!
Unlike the rest of the Green & Black's range this bar hasn't changed at all in terms of it's wrapper or presentation in the last year - this was all down to a retest of the taste.
Well what can I say!? After sampling a good deal of the 100.0g bar I'm willing to admit that I thought a better of it. The milk based undertones of what I percieved originally were maintained, however both the cream and vanilla elements came across as much more pronounced in the taste, with both having far longer sustained flavour longevity. The vanilla pod pieces no longer felt rough in the texture, with the chocolate melt feeling so much smoother and almost butter like. Compared to what I percieved last time this chocolate taste so much more satisfying and richer - it was almost likea completely different product.
Overall this Green & Black's White Chocolate was well worthy of a higher score than I gave it last time. I don't think I have got many of my reviews wrong down the years, but having tested this one I'm happy I have revisited to give it due credit. This is a fantastic white chocolate that needs to be tried by anyone that considers themselves a white chocolate fan. Would I still prefer to have a Nestle Milkybar!? Err no thanks!
8.6 out of 10
ORIGINAL REVIEW - 01/02/2008
Kcal 202 Fat 12.8g Carbs 18.7g
Green & Black's is range of chocolate bars owned by Cadbury. The idea of the range is that they are supposed to offer consumers a more prestigous chocolate option in the same places of distribution that you can buy any mass consumer chocolate product. This 35.0g bar cost me a pretty pricey £0.80, which is verging on double what you pay for something like a Cadbury Dream or Nestle Milkybar. On the wrapper the bar came described simply as 'white chocolate with Madagascan vanilla.
Presentation wise it thought the bar was nice. I like the cream colour wrapper, and I liked the autheticity of the specs of vanilla within the chocolate.
Moving onto the taste I think it can be best described as quite weak with a mild offering of vanilla. The chocolate avoided being cheap and sickly tasting like the Cadbury Dream, however I think there was room for greater flavour generation. One thing that did spoil the experience for me somewhat were the small bits of vanilla pod which could be felt in the melt of the chocolate which created a somewhat uncomfortable texture.
Overall white chocolate isn't something I would consider myself very knowleadgble about, but I would say this was of a fair to decent standard. Despite having a pretty pleasant vanilla hinted milky taste, the flavours didn't have great longevity and thus didn't create the impression they could of done had they been stronger. Given the price I'm not sure I would consistently pay pay double the price of a Milkybar if I fancied a white chocolate.
7.6 out of 10
Thursday, 31 January 2008
New wrapper added 02/01/2011
Kcal 260 Fat 14.8g Carbs 26g
Overall I thought this was a bit of disappointing chocolate, and it was one that wasn't all that much to my taste. Personally I didn't think the ingredients mixed all that well, and the nougat pretty much cancelled out the peanuts and rice cereal in the taste. Something that the Chocolate Mission is proving so far, is that sometimes less is more - what I mean by that is that I often found that the better bars are ones that concentrate on just having a single focus in their enhancing flavours. I guess it is still early days though, who knows what the future will bring.
6.0 out of 10
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
The Milkybar Chunky is no longer available. The standard sized bar is the one pictured above.
Another white chocolate offering and definitely the best so far. This bar came in a 37.0g bar. Admiteddly the wrapper is rather childish, though that is unsurprising given the target market.
Taking the chocolate out the wrapper the bar was easily snappable, and had a smell of sweet fragrant vanilla and had a far more appertising aroma than previous Cadbury and Hershey white chocolate alternatives.
Taste wise it was serisouly sweet, but still maintained a delicious milk and cream based undertone that straight away struck me as superior to both the Cadbuys Dream and Hersheys Cookies n Creme. Despite this being an extremelly sweet chocolate I couldn't help myself but consume the whole thing in one sitting.
Overall I have to admit I am a little biased when it comes to Milkybar and it brings back so many wonderful nostalgic feelings from my childhood. Whilst I will admit that is isn't a high quality white chocolate made from the finest ingrdients, there is something about the sweet, milky taste that makes for a very comforting and enjoyable experience. Without the nostalgic feelings you might be left thinking this is a very average white chocolate, but for me personally it does the job nicely :D
8.5 out of 10