Kcal 210 Fat 6.9g Carbs 36.0g ** Update 21/10/10 - New photos
6.4 out of 10
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Last week I was the lucky recipetent of a speciality gift box from the kind people of Montezuma's - this gift box contains twelve 45g taster bars of their different flavour variations...arent I a lucky boy :D :D It wasnt until I started reading the brochure that came with my gift set that I realised that Montezuma's chocolate is 'designed and built in West Sussex Chichester'...very local to myself. The chocolate they make is organic and looking at the list of ingredients all of the bars appear to be very clean...this bar for instance only included seven different components..very different to the highly manufactured bars which contain ingredients lists that struggle to fit on the wrappers. Reading up about how they make the chocolate and their values is actually really intresting and I suggest you check out their website MONTEZUMAS
Moving on to todays bar - the aptly named "Culture Shock" is a bar of 'organic white chocolate with ginger & chilli'. Despite being a masive fan of spicy food ive not been someone whos yet bought into the whole 'chilli in chocolate' fad that seems to be very fashionable at the minute (see Lindt etc for evidence of that!)...before this bar I wasnt convinced it could work.
As you can above the bar came in a very snazzy looking little box (100% recycable!) - the chocolate was kept in a plastic sleeve inside the box which although did the job of keeping the chocolate intact and fresh was not really the most attractive. The bar itself asthetically was not the most impressive bar I have had, dont get me wrong it didnt look bad but it literally was just a bar of blocked chocolate - no special patterns etched into the surface etc..fair enough I guess. The only aspect that redeems the score for the appearance of the bar is the outer casing which really does look impressive and worthy of a more premiuim chocolate.
Breaking the bar into pieces was obviously easy enough with the nature of the design. The smell of the bar had a sweet vanilla scent, I could also detect a slight hint of ginger which wasnt suprising due to the bar being 17% comprised of the spice.
Letting the first block melt on my tongue the slight hint of chilli was quickly evident and brought a slight warmth and tingling to the tatebuds. Ive never really expreienced chocolate like this before and it was realy quite a pleasent sensation; as I said previously I am really quite a fan of spicy food - though I enjoyed the slight burning sensation I honestly believe that for some people they could find it too intense...if I was to give this to someone to try who didnt like spicy food I really would not be suprised if they turned their nose up at it claiming that it was too spicy for them...oh well I enjoyed it :)
Despite the chilli factor being the most evident flavour and taste to the bar, behind it is an extremely high quality white chocolate. Its definately some of the best I have had to date in terms of white chocolate and it had just that right mixture of milkyness and vanilla flavour with a delightful smooth creamy texture. The ginger flavour was also quite present in the bar and added to the warmth of the chilli - the ginger element added a subtle undertone of spice that worked nicely in tandem with the creamyness of the chocolate.
Overall this is really a great bar of chocolate that I urge you to try in some form. The contrast in flavours with the creamy chocolate and subtle tongue tingling spices made for an exciting flavour that I myself had never tasted anything quite like before, and im sure you probably havent either. Like white chocolate? Like chilli? Like ginger?...if the answer to the previous three questions is a resounding 'Yes' im pretty sure you would love this bar. Very much worthy of its fantastic score.
8.5 out of 10
Ok so first things first I must admit - seeing this egg my intial reaction was 'who put my Creme Egg in the wash'....a bit of an over reaction I admit but its true that in the US their creme eggs (original and orange flavoured) are both 4g smaller than our standard 38g Creme Eggs in the UK...it may only be 4g but it was noticeable.
Similar to the eggs I reviewed for the Easter reviews I chilled this egg so that the fondant centre would be slightly thicker than at room temp. unwrapping the egg from the foil I was greeted with those all too familiar oval patterns etched into the side...it seems that even in the US they love those oval patterns :) Biting into the of the egg I was immediately struck with an extremely fresh fragrant fruity orange zesty smell...I dont think I could use more adjectives there If I tried :) ...anyway it was a very pleasent smell that immediately indicated this was no slight variation of the original.
It was immediately noticeable where the weight in the product had been cut - unfortunately the outer chocolate shell was thinner than you get in the standard Creme Eggs we get in the UK ...not great! Despite this the chocolate was excellent and was your standard creamy Dairy Milk.
Conversely the fondant centre has not been skimped on - it remains the same sort of gooey texture to the normal Creme Egg but has a remarkably different flavour. The orange flavour is intense and fresh tasting and really quite refreshing; though plentiful in volume it avoided being sickly. Despite eating the fondant mostly by itself, it was when the fondant was eaten with the chocolate shell it was at its best; the mixture of the two flavours worked extremely well and was a taste that didnt leave the mouth long after eating. Yummy!
Overall this is a really great variation of the all time classic Creme Egg. Chocolate Orange is a really quite popular flavour and I dont quite understand why this isnt widely avalible in the UK. Despite its slightly smaller size and thinner chocolate layer its orange flavour is refreshing and unique. A great product that im sure many a Creme Egg fan would really enjoy...I know I did - I your intrested in getting your hands on one of these I suggest you head over to my UK based friends CandyPirate. A very respectable score that manages to make in roads in the top 10.
8.5 out of 10
Over the last few months of Chocolate Mission I seem to accumilated many dedicated readers - thank you too everyone who has contributed and left comments/feedback etc..its alwas great to hear from you all keep it up.
One especially dedicated reader especially has pushed the boat out and opened new doors for Chocolate Mission and it is at this point I would like to thank Esther from the USA. Dearest Esther was kind enough to send me a big..(and i mean BIG!!) box of goodies all the way from the US full to brim with goodies from a US outlet called Trader Joe's. Over the next couple of weeks I will be working my way through the vast amount of goodies Esther has sent me...and today I thought not better place to start than with the Dark Chocolate Blueberries.
As you can see above these came in a container of 256g...certainly a massive tub. The individual pieces were far bigger than I was expecting, each one was slightly larger than your standard malteaser. Opening the tub I was immediately greeted with a very strong cocoa smell - I was expecting a far more bitter smell but in actual fact they smelt really quite sweet.
Like most products I review, I let these chill in the fridge for a few hours before I consumed them. Popping the first one in my mouth I slowly let it melt on my tongue...the chocolate slowly rose in temperature and melted on my tongue afer a few seconds. The flavour was delicous - it wasnt bitter like I as expecting but was really full bodied and rich. After letting the thick chocolate melt away I bit into the remaining blueberry; upon biting into it, the taste in my mouth changed and my tastebuds were met with a slightly sharp berry taste.
Texture wise the chocolate was really quite smooth - the blueberry centre is very much like you get with fresh berrys..a slight burst when you bite into it but then a smooth fruity taste.
Overall Im really quite impressed with my first offering from Trader Joe's. The chocolate is a really good standard and despite its 'dark' billing avoids being bitter and provides a rather more deep rich flavour than your standard mass producded bars from the likes of Mars etc. The blueberry element is also really rather tasty; despite the rich flavour of the chocolate they manage to establish their own flavour to each small piece in what I would describe as a refreshing berry twist. If your lucky enough to be able to get hold of some of these I would honestly reccomend you do so. Its scored a very respectable score on Chocolate Mission..a good start for these Trader Joe' products..now if you dont mind im off to finish the rest :)
8.4 out of 10
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Those of you who take an active interest in the confectionery market will be aware that a few weeks ago Ferrero announced they would be launching a 'white chocolate' version of the Kinder Bueno bar for the UK market...well being the impatient man I am I couldn't bear to wait and Ive been lucky enough to get my hands on one of these bars already. See above for proof ;)
Almost identically to the original bueno the bar comes in the form of two 21.5g fingers each with four sections.
Each finger is coated in what Kinder describe as 'chocolate meringue dust' - its a light brown coloured dust (like hot chocolate powder) that I will admit makes the bar look exceedingly good. This is where my positive things to say about this aspect of the bar run out though...this 'meringue' dust offers very very little in flavour and in all honest just causes one hell of a mess when you break the bar apart. When snapping the individual sections the brown powder just fell from the bar, making not only a mess of my fingers but also managing to get on my desk and clothes...not good. I understand its inclusion for its aesthetic appeal but its more of annoyance than anything and that's why the bars appearance score isn't good.
The white chocolate element is I'm sure what most of you are interested and for your information its not bad. It has an extremely similar texture to the chocolate on the original Bueno - rather smooth but verging on having a waxy texture that doesn't melt too well in the mouth. The actual flavour of the white chocolate isn't the strongest but has a slight vanilla hint which is quite pleasant. Most peoples complaints with white chocolate stem from the tendency for it to become sickly due to its generally high sugar content; this bar avoids this issue and its flavour although not the strongest is enjoyable.
The hazelnut creme and wafer elements are identical to what you find in the original Bueno. The wafer is pretty nondescript - pleasant enough but not going to set anyones world alight...it does its job competently but little else. The hazelnut creme is a different story altogether - its smooth, its creamy, in a word its wonderful and utterly indulgent experience.
Overall this latest offering from Ferrero is worth trying but far from being anything overly spectacular. The original elements that are kept from the Bueno are still really quite good - in terms of a creme filling not much else on the market gets near the Hazelnut centre...its really very good. The new elements this bar introduces are varying in terms of success. The meringue chocolate dust is not the best idea - visually impressive but practically not so; its unavoidably messy and basically just a real nuisance. The white chocolate element itself is an idea that is implemented with caution - its almost identical in texture to the original bar and a slight vanilla hint aside offers not too much differentiation in taste - its hardly poorly done but its a little unspectacular.
When this bar makes it to market here I would recommend you give it a go; I can see this being hugely popular due to the success of the Milk Chocolate Bueno - its not to far different from the original so if your a big fan I see no reason why you wont enjoy this white chocolate variant.
7.5 out of 10
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