This bar is similar in appearance to that of the Cadburys picnic and Lion;it is a long thick bar with peanuts jagging out sporadically.
Tuesday, 4 March 2008
This bar is similar in appearance to that of the Cadburys picnic and Lion;it is a long thick bar with peanuts jagging out sporadically.
Monday, 3 March 2008
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Sunday, 2 March 2008
Kcal 269 Fat 12.7g Carbs 35.3g
If you look at the new photos above you will see the words 'new and improved' printed on the wrapper. Having tucked in to one of these 'improved' bars I have to say I couldn't detect much of difference aside from the chocolate tasting a tad sweeter.
Looking at the ingredients of the old bar vs this 'improved' one it looks as if 'sweetened condensed milk' has been added in to the fold and I am guessing this came the expense of some of the cocoa butter given the impact on the fat and carbohydrate contents. As I said above the impact on the taste was pretty minimal and not being an avid Lion bar consumer I couldn't really tell the difference. It would be good to hear whether any more frequent consumers have something to say about this?
Kcal 278 Fat 13.7g Carbs 34.7g
Continuing on from yesterdays delight courtesy of the well known Mars bar I decided to review another favourite currently on the UK market.
The Lion bar encapsulates several different ingredients and comes in a hefty 55g bar which certainly left my hunger fulfilled after eating it
The bar in build has a crispy wafer filled with a nice cream filling, surrounded by chewy caramel and coated in a thick layer of milk chocolate with puffed rice dispersed throughout.
All these different elements provide the bar with a number of textures, which do make it particularly interesting. The wafer is crispy and quite light yet the thick caramel and chocolate add a nice substantial chewyness to the mix. The two different textures work really well and the added element of the puffed rice in the thick chocolate adds a melt on the tongue element, which is always pleasant.
Tastewise this bar is also really impressive. Each element has a specific role, the wafer provides a great biscuit like base to the bar and the crème contained inside adds bit of moistness to the wafer meaning its flavour comes through more. The Caramel layer is pleasant and the chewyness means its flavour lasts for longer than some less viscous alternatives. The only slight disappointment with the bar comes in the form of the chocolate coating. The chocolate isn’t the best tasting and I would say compared to the other elements in the bar it does add very little tastewise. What is pleasant about the chocolate as I have already mentioned is the inclusion of puffed rice which definitely makes for a more interesting offering than just plain chocolate.
Overall this is a bar that manages and mixes several ingredients particularly well. In similar bars like the Cadburys Starbar/Picnic I have felt the inclusion of so many ingredients overly busy and have come to the conclusion 'less is more'. The Lion bar manages to dispell this hypothesis and I can genuinely say that each component in this bar plays its part. If the chocolate quality was improved in the coating this would be challenging for first place - but for the minute it will have to settle for joint 5th.
8.6 out of 10
Saturday, 1 March 2008
The Mars bar is arguably the best known chocolate bar in the UK and its amazing how long I have managed to progress through this project without reviewing it.
For those of you who have never sampled one of these delicacies the Mars bar incorporates a thick layer of chocolate flavour nougat covered with a generous lashing of caramel, coated in Milk Chocolate.
Near the beginning of the Chocolate Mission I reviewed Mars Planets in what turned out to be an under whelming experience. To be honest they were especially uninspiring and rather put me off reviewing the original bar but today I put that to one side and boy am I glad.
Upon opening the bar I was met with the sweet smell of sweet chocolate and caramel. It smelt absolutely delicious. You will know if you have read my previous reviews I like to divide my bars into bite size chunks so I can really sample the flavour of the bar - the mars bar divided beautifully and with such little mess...a great start indeed!
Taste wise, simply put it was sublime. The first flavour that struck me was the absolutely delicious sweet and creamy tasting chocolate. I was surprised that such a mass-produced bar had such high quality chocolate - this was probably the best I have tasted so far chocolate wise. The next flavour hit was the caramel, which was really quite pleasant as well. Its not quite there in standards of the Dairy Milk or Galaxy bar but its certainly close and does not get overly sweet and sickly (the trap most bars with caramel fall into).
The nougat is the final component of the bar and it doesn’t let it down. The nougat is very flavoursome and light compared to most other nougat bars; its only real competition in the nougat stakes is the 3 musketeers which is just as creamy and light.
Overall it’s understandable why the Mars bar is renowned for being one of the true greats in chocolate bars. In combines its three components brilliantly and together they form one amazingly moreish taste. This is definitely one of the best bars I have reviewed yet and definitely worthy of its place in the top 3.
9.3 out of 10
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Friday, 29 February 2008
Biting in to the bar, the chocolate coating was of course the first thing to register on the taste buds, and is fast established a decent amount of creamy cocoa flavours. Unlike most variants of Snickers, the nougat in this bar was not the dominating ingredient. As the picture shows above the nougat layer was actually rather thin in comparison to the standard Snickers. To be honest this was really quite fortunate, as the taste of the nougat was forgettable in almost ever sense. Fortunately this bar really came into it's own in the caramel and whole almonds layer, which was spread generously above the nougat. The caramel was sweet and buttery in taste, and contrasted nicely with the more savoury nuts. The almonds themselves benefitted hugely from being implemented whole instead of in a chopped fashion, as it helped them establish their mild nutty flavours in more concentrated fashion. Despite being slightly smaller than the standard Snickers, I thought this was decently sized snack, though it obviously wasn't quite as satisfying as the normal bar.
Overall I wouldn't ever make habit of buying this almond variant over my original Snickers bar, but this that is predominantly a consequence of my general preference of peanuts over almonds. Amongst the core constituents, the caramel, almond and chocolate elements of this bar were superb, with the only slight let down being the flavourless nougat. The poor quality nougat was a little puzzling given that Mars make the very tasty 3 Musketeers, but in the grand scheme of things it didn't really spoil the bar for me in any manner. If you look at the ChocolateMission leaderboard you will see that the original Snickers is amongst my all time favourites. I wouldn't say this Almond is quite as accomplished as that bar, but it is definitely a nice option to have if you something a little different.
8.4 out of 10
Thursday, 28 February 2008
Kcal 215 Fat 12.2g Carbs 22.1g
This bar was certainly tricky tracking down and as far as im aware it is now out of distribution so good luck finding it folks...you will have to take my word for it :)
The Galaxy Promises Caramel follows the same premise as its hazelnut variant I reviewed a few weeks ago. The bar is compromised of Galaxy dark chocolate beneath a layer of Galaxy milk chocolate; this caramel version contained crystallised caramel flavoured bits similar to the Green & Blacks bar I reviewed a few days ago. These were distributed amongst the upper milk chocolate layer.
The bar came in a standard 40g size and split into 8 handy triangle shaped parts. Upon opening the bar I was met with the great aroma of Galaxy chocolate yum yum!
The chocolate being galaxy was inevitably sublime: as with the hazelnut variety the fusion of the dark and milk chocolate is managed excellently, the balance is just right and it provides an ultimately splendid variety of flavours.
Despite the excellence of the chocolate the actual flavouring of the bar is where it lets itself down. The caramel bits are a nice addition and are actually more flavoursome than the ones found in the similar Green & Blacks bar. The problem is that Mars were not generous enough with the caramel specks and as a result they are overpowered and lost in the rich chocolate.
Overall there is no doubt this is one great tasting bar. As I have said the chocolate is excellent however the actual flavouring of the bar is certainly a let down. If the Caramel element were more prominent this definitely would have been up there with the best of them. Unfortunately this doesn’t look like an issue that will ever be sorted and it seems Mars have pulled this bar from the market :( ... disappointing in a product that has such potential.
7.6 out of 10
Wednesday, 27 February 2008
Kcal 230 Fat 13.2g Fat(sats) 6.6g Carbs 21.4g
This is one of the very few Hershey's bars you can buy here in the UK, though as far as I am aware, packaging aside it is no different to its US equivalent. I did some further research and have actually found that currently this bar is out of distribution in the US at present, and is only available in Europe and Canada :S rather puzzling to say the least.
The bar came in a standard 40g serving. The bar divided up easily into ten handy chunks as you can see above. Upon opening the bar I did not get anything more than small sweet chocolate aroma that you would expect from opening any sort of chocolate bar - not slight smell of nuttyness; never a good sign.
The bar describes itself as 'creamy milk chocolate with Almonds' - and upon tasting the bar you could tell it was certainly different from your standard Hershey's chocolate. Although I understand standard Hershey's chocolate isn’t to everyone’s taste, unfortunately the different type they use in this bar is pretty poor. The chocolate is actually rather flavourless which is really quite a stark contrast to the uniqueness you normally experience in terms of taste with Hershey's. I would personally much prefer the standard Hershey's milk chocolate rather than this 'creamy' variant.
Moving onto the almonds in the bar I must unfortunately report these were also rather a disappointment. The almonds offered very little aside from a light crunch, and similar to the chocolate offered next to nothing in taste. Like most chocolate bars with almonds I cant help but feel it would have been more suitable using the more unique tasting hazelnuts.
Overall a bar you could certainly miss out on - it offers little in terms of strong flavours and it has to be said by Hershey's high standards this is rather poor.
5.0 out of 10
Monday, 25 February 2008
In the UK Green & Blacks are positioned as a brand that is a slightly premium offering to the likes of Cadbury, Galaxy etc. The wrappers have recently undergone a change to a more colourful representation (2010 update) so I will spare you my thoughts on the brown coloured horrid thing you see above. On the wrapper this bar came billed as 'milk chocolate with crunchy toffee pieces' which sounded like a wonderful proposition to me. For the purpose of this review I sampled this handy 35.0g serving bar that was split into several small squares. I consumed the bar over a single sitting alongside a nice cup of coffee.
Upon opening the bar I was met with a mixture of sweet cocoa and caramel scents that provided an alluring and realistic expectation of the taste to follow. Despite the toffee pieces spread throughout the bar still broke quite evenly - the mini sized blocks weren't perfect, but about two provided a comfortable mouthful.
The 34% milk chocolate was decent enough flavour wise and fast established a sweet concoction of milk and cocoa flavours in my mouth. It wasn't remarkable in any sense, but it was of a decent enough quality and allowed expression of the toffee pieces that dispersed throughout. Speaking of the butterscotch flavour integration, like the chocolate it was good yet unspectacular. The toffee pieces weren't all that visible to the naked eye but they certainly could be felt texture wise as they provided a crunchy element to each mouthful. The sweet caramel flavours were tasty, but were unfortunately short lived and they failed to leave a lasting flavour impression in my mouth.
Overall this was a nice tasting chocolate but it had a frustrating moreishness about that didn't leave me feeling at that satisfied. Green & Black's milk chocolate is no doubt of a slightly better than average quality, but at the same time I wouldn't say there is anything so special about that makes it stand out as offering significantly more taste wise for it to justify it's premium price. The butterscotch element to this bar was very taste, however compared to a toffee bar like the Daim bar it lacked the longevity and flavour impact to make it a truly special offering. I would happily have this bar again if I was offered, but I'm not too sure I would go out and buy it again so soon.
7.6 out of 10
Sunday, 24 February 2008
Kcal 260 Fat 15g Fat(sats) 5g Carbs 26g
From the very first bite this bar was bursting with nutty flavours, and was evidently not half as sweet tasting as the Butterfinger. The peanut butter flavours that came through in this bar far outclassed that of the sugary centered Butterfinger, and the usual Reese's sweet and salty peanut flavours created a marvellous taste. Combined, the upper peanut butter layer and whole nuts in the chocolate coating also add some interesting contrasting textures to the mix - the smoothness of the salty peanut butter layer blended well the crunchiness of the wholenuts delivering a variety of different mouthfeel sensations, whilst also leaving a strong nutty taste in the mouth. As ever with Reese's products the chocolate wasn't the strong point of the product, but this bar was really more about the peanut constituents so this slight blemish can as ever been excused.
Overall I probably shouldn't have been given my love for Reese's products, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this bar. When I read that it was Reese's version of the Buterfinger I was worried the same overly sweet type experience awaited me, but this bar has such distinctive nutty flavours it took the experience to levels that the Butterfinger only wished it could. If you like your Reese's products this is yet another offering of theirs I would highly recommend.
8.1 out of 10
Saturday, 23 February 2008
Friday, 22 February 2008
If your anything like me you like to start each morning with a black coffee to get the day off to a good start - for some its even a necessity.
Coffee in chocolate though??? Until now I would have been hard pushed to name any sort of coffee flavoured chocolate bar - let alone a good standard one. But don't worry the good people at Mars have saved the day in the form of the limited edition Twix Java. The Java replaces your conventional Twix caramel layer with a good lashing of coffee flavoured caramel. Similar to the Twix PB I reviewed earlier this month the bar does not have the standard Twix shortbread biscuit but has the 'cookie' base which is basically the same but just chocolate flavoured.
Before opening the bar I was a tad worried; I was expecting a strong aroma of Coffee but this was not the case. The bar had a slight sweet smell from the chocolate but that aside there no indication of coffee whatsoever. Upon biting into the bar this all changed and the coffee flavor comes through strongly against the delicious chocolate and cookie base. The coffee flavour is distinctive yet manages to remain sweet and not bitter like I think some people would expect it to. Simply delicious!
Its a hard decision but im going to rate this just below the Caramel bars which are currently winning on the chocolate mission. The reason for this is down to the chocolate. Although the coffee flavour is absolutely genious the chocolate coating isnt the best chocolate around - if this was a bar coated in Dairy Milk or Galaxy we would be having a new leader right now!
Overall this is a great tasting bar that I cant compliment enough; I urge you to get hold of one its that good. It takes pride of place in the top bars.
8.9 out of 10
Thursday, 21 February 2008
Kcal 269 Fat 15.8g Carbs 27.5g
The chocolate was standard Nestle quality and was actually quite nice in that it was not overly sweet and generally just nice tasting. The peanut butter itself wasnt half bad either; it was a bit more gooey and smooth than the peanut butter you get in Reese's. On the balance of things I would at a push have to say I prefer the latter, though this is more down to personal preference rather than quality ... rest assured the Kit Kat Peanut butter was still resoundingly pleasent. It must also be considered that although I do prefer the Reese's peanut butter, the chocolate you get from the Nestle product is a better standard than you get with any Reese's product.
8.5 out of 10
*Thanks to www.chocablog.com for the pictures
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
This bar has a rich heritage and is considered an all time classic due it first being producded in the 1866 (thanks Alan :D ). Despite being branded as Fry's these bars are actually part of the Cadburys portfolio. The bar describes itself as dark chocolate with a fondant centre and weighs in at a hefty 50g.
The Chocolate is described as 'Dark' and is indeed a bit more bitter than your standard Milk chocolate. Unfortunately I found that it wasn't that distinctive, and eventually rather forgettable. The white fondant centre was extremely sickly as it tasted so so sweet. Honestly the fondant had a taste that I can only describe as sugary, which eventually became quite unpleasent after only a few mouthfulls.
Overall this is a bar I would really not reccommend - I have had so many better in the last few weeks and this has to go down as of the poorest. The chocolate is nothing special and the fondant centre is overly sweet and sickly. Probably best to avoid.
4.6 out of 10
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
Though now technically out of distribution again, if you look hard enough Wispas can still be found hiding on shop shelves. Avoiding the relaunch hype I only recently tracked one of these down (today) and have some strong opinions on the bar after eating it.
For those who dont know Wispas have been replaced by the Cadburys bubbly...a bar which I reviewed just over a week ago. I felt the bubbly was a good bar but just lacked a real USP...I thought it was just airated chocolate...but good chocolate at that.
To think differently about Wispa would be...well...absolute madness as its exactly the same bar just packaged and formed slightly differently.
I know this view is a tad contreversial and many people will feel that im not doing it justice but nostalgic feelings aside this is just dairy milk chocolate with bubbles in....I must stress this is neither something that should change or be scoffed at.
The Wispa is good at what it does..it gives you that chocolate hit thats ever so nice whilst providing an intresting texture to boot. Apart from this though it does very little in establishing itself as 'something special'....which is exactly what we are looking for here at 'The Chocolate Mission'.
Overall the Wispa will always be a bar that provides us all with good nostalgic feelings about our childhood whislt at the same time giving us a good chocolate hit. However I think to say it is the best chocolate bar out there is an exaggeration. Don't get me wrong I think this is a great chocolate bar, but personally I believe there are better crafted and flavour blended chocolates out there on the market.
I have had quite alo of criticism for this review, I must stress these ratings are only my opinion! This means my POV may or may not be shared with others and is not a general concensous. It would be great to get some thoughts on this...so please comment away
8.2 out of 10
Monday, 18 February 2008
Reese's Pieces have been around for many decade. They are most famous recently due to a clever product placement marketing ploy in the ET film in the early 90s which saw a massive surge in their popularity. These were another of my imports from America costing just over £1.20 in total and are currently not available in the UK.
Reese's pieces are none to dissimilar to smarties in appearance and size, though slightly smaller than the peanut butter M&Ms I reviewed in early January. These came in a handy 43g bag which was just the right amount; anymore and these probably would have been a little sickly.
The crispy outer shell compliments the peanut butter well; the lack of chocolate certainly makes sure the flavours aren't over complicated and the two flavour dynamic works well. One of my gripes with the Peanut Butter M&Ms was that the chocolate and sugar coating over powered the peanut butter taste but this is not the case with Reese's pieces and you are left with a strong aftertaste of peanut butter... YUM YUM!! :)
Overall a great product from Reese's which I highly recommend; more so than the Peanut Buttter M&Ms which you may have gathered. These have a pride of place in the top 5 at present.
9.0 out of 10
Sunday, 17 February 2008
New wrapper added
Kcal 225 Fat 11.2g Carbs 27.1g
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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
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