Monday, 21 April 2008
Theres no doubting that these are great looking truffles. I have reviewed two of the Guylian truffle bars in the last few months and both were equally well presented. I dont quite know what it is but the marbled effect of the swirling mix of white and milk chocolate just makes these truffles look stunning and the pattern of the shells are equally as professionally etched into the surface. As I said with the Guylian bars, if Chocolate Mission was about finding the 'best looking' product then we could probably stop right now.
As we all know though Chocolate Mission is far more about just looking good - we are that vain now :) theres far more to it than that. I picked these up in a handy 65g pack which included six seashells. Six was a good number - more than enough to satisfy hunger though by the sixth the taste was a tad sickly.
For those of you who arent aware of the product, Guylian Sea Shells are chocolate coated (white and milk) praline truffles. These truffles didnt have a particulalry distinctive smell which was suprising due to the high praline content; their was a meager cocoa smell but nothing more on offer in that department.
Eating the truffles the first thing that I noticed was the thinness of the chocolate coating - though it differed from truffle to truffle due to the changes in shape, in most the layer was too thin and meant that the pure chocolate taste was quickly gone before it really registered on the tongue; saying that the chocolate was of a good standard and the blend of white and milk provided a nice mix of creamyness and flavor depth. As you can imagine with such a thin coating the overriding flavour is the paline centre.
Texture wise the filling was far more viscuous than the truffle centre of Lindt Lindor and had a slightly grainy texture in comparison. Personally for my liking the centre wasnt smooth enough for a truffle and was too thick - Tastewise the centre had a distinct nuttyness that was the right balance of being creamy but full of flavour. Unfortunately I found this flavour to get a bit monotomous nearing the end of the sixth truffle.
Overall theres no doubt these are nice truffles, though I think they suit a different purpose than your average chocolate bar. Personally I think these are the ideal chocolate to hand out after a meal with friends or to give as a gift - but not to sit down an eat six yourself; the flavour although pleasent does beomes a tad monotomous and they seem a product that seem more suiable for an occassion when their taste can be savoured and their appearance appreciated. These definately fit a need in the occasions I have described above, but I wouldnt describe them as filling the need state we are really looking for a Chocolate Mission - nice chocolates that are pretty to look at - why not treat a special someone to a box of these you could do alot worse ;)
7.9 out of 10
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Yet another goodie from the awesome people at Candy Pirate - The 'Take 5' name refers to its five main core ingredients: a salted Pretzel base, a layer of Peanut Butter, a layer of caramel, chopped peanuts all covered in a milk chocolate base.
Those of you may recall that I reviewed the 'Take 5 Peanut Butter' earlier this year...you also may recall I had a slight issue with the sweetness of the layers mixing with the salted pretzel. Luckily I can confirm that this wasnt such an issue with this bar for reasons I will go into.
In weight the bar was actually a few grams heavier than the peanut butter version - though not very noticeable in actual size I was definately a little more satisfied after eating this version than the Peanut Butter - though I still wanted more.As you can see above the bar is split into two funny pebble shaped pieces - as you can also see by the cross section the layering isnt quite as you would think. The bar actually blends the two layers of the peanut butter and caramel - this makes for a slighty salted nutty caramel flavour layer that I would aliken to the peanut butter caramel you get with the Twix PB. This blend actually works quite well and it makes for a nice slightly chewy texture agaisnt the crunchyness of the pretzel and its particularly the different textures featured in the bar that make it so intresting and unique.
Unlike the 'Peanut Butter' version the bar is coated in milk chocolate - the standard of the chocolate isnt half bad and though far from being the standard of say Lindt it does a nice job in providing a slightly sweet flavour that balances out the saltyness of the pretzel and nutty layers well.
Overall whether you like this bar or not really depends on if you enjoy the mixture of salty and sweet flavours. For me the bar actually does a good of balancing the two correctly - and the chocolate coating is far superior to peanut flavoured one in the 'Peanut Butter variant'. The only thing that stops this bar being a top runner is really the size, appearance and hunger fufilling factors that come along with it....simply put the bar could be bigger, look better and satisfy hunger more - if anything the saltyness just leaves you wanting more. I cannot fault it for taste though and its definately a product worth checking out though if you like the sound of it.
7.9 out of 10
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Saturday, 19 April 2008
I just couldnt help myself walking past Whittards today, the Lindt Lindor Pick-a-mix stand got the best of me and I nipped in and helped myself to a good selection of the varieties on offer.
Ever since my fellow chocolate blogger Terry over at http://www.thechocolatereview.net/ mentioned the existance of the Peanut Butter Lindor Ive been obsessed with trying them and finally today was the day.
As you can see above the truffles came in the rather smart foil wrappers - unwrapping the first one I was suprised at how evident the peanut butter smell was - it was extremely pungent and immediately reminded me of the scent of Reese's peanut butter.
I slightly chilled these truffles and as you can see above the truffle centre became extremely thick and firm - taking the first truffle in my mouth I first nibbled away at the chocolate...yep..what I expected smooth creamy Lindt milk chocolate - full of flavour and some of the best on the market. The chocolate was made all the tastier as it had a slight peanut butter undertone where the flavour of the centre had obviously been absorbed into the chocolate! Nice! After nibbling away half the chocolate I put the rest of the truffle in my mouth and let it slowly melt away on my tongue and finally tasted the peanut butter centre.
Similar to the original milk chocolate Lindor the texture was more akin to butter - it was extremely smooth...unfortunately too smooth for my liking. If I was to put the texture in terms of peanut butter smoothness it wouldnt be smooth peanut butter...it wouldnt be extra smooth peanut butter....it would be 'super super smooth' peanut butter. This meant the flavour was a little wishy washy in its presence - it had a strong satisfying nutty flavour, but its presence left the tastebuds all too soon because of the nature of the texture.
Overall these are good tasting truffles...they would have a hard job not being with such tasty chocolate!! Unfortunately they didnt quite live up to my expectations as the peanut butter truffle centre was a slight let down. I think generally what Reese's does so well with its Peanut Butter filling is that it has a slightly grainy texture that really convinves you of its nut content - if anything I would say the balance of butter and peanuts isnt quite right in these truffles and they would benefit greatily from having more nuts and less smoothness..I guess we can ony dream of a hybrid of Lindt milk chocolate and Reese's Peanut Butter.
7.7 out of 10
Friday, 18 April 2008
Kcal 210 Fat 6.9g Carbs 36.0g ** Update 21/10/10 - New photos
6.4 out of 10
Thursday, 17 April 2008
Yet another variation of the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups this time in the form of the 'Big Cup'.
The 'Big Cup' is simply just a big version of the original peanut butter cup and is pretty much the equivalent of two standard cups rolled into one.
Out the package it looked huge - the package says 'crammed full of peanut butter'...this is not misleading - when I split it in half the peanut smell just filled the room and I was amazed at the sheer volume of the peanut butter center.
Though im not 100% sure of the actual proportioning im pretty sure that the peanut butter to chocolate ratio is far higher in this big cup than the standards - personally I dont think this is such a bad thing. Anyones who read my reviews on Reese's products will know that I love the peanut butter in their products but I generally feel the chocolate used is bland and poor....well its a similar story here the chocolate is overly flavourless but this is more than made up for by the sheer delightful smooth nutty creamyness of the peanut butter - its a flavour to savour.
Overall I have to say I would prefer having one of these 'Big Cups' to a standard Reese's two pack. For a start its all a bit less fidly but I guess the real clincher is the vast quantity of peanut butter you get in this format - it means that the sub standard chocolate is really just less of an issue and you get more of the creamy nutty goodness. As far as im aware these are quite freely avalible so if you see one around I would reccomend you give it a try especially if your a Reese's fan.
8.6 out of 10
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Wednesday, 16 April 2008
Today I sampled another one of the bars from my speciality box set the 'Bean Machine' - I dont know who pays the guys in the marketing department at Montezuma's but 'Bean Machine'??? haha come on guys you must have better than that :)
Again this bar came double packaged in both a snazzy box and wrapped in a plastic packet. Again its just worth noting that the plastic packaging really is a bit naff when compared with the classyness of the box but thats just my opinion - and I must admit the plastic covering does keep the bar fairly well preserved.
So what is in the 'Bean Machine'??? ... well its a 45g bar that encoporates both 'Organic white & dark chocolate with Coffee of course; the split being 59% White chocolate, 40% Dark Chocolate (Cocoa Solids 73%) and 1% Coffee....waite....1% Coffee?? I must be kidding!?? Unfortunatey not - suffice to say I wont be having any difficulty sleeping tonight.
Appearance wise the bar again looked a bit plain - no patterns in the chocolate, a straight up no frills bar split into six blocks. Removing the bar from the plastic packet I was hoping for a strong coffee smell but unfortunately it was lacking. There was a nice dark smelling cocoa smell but not a sign of the coffee flavour whatsoever.
Despite the bar containing a higher quantity of white chocolate it was dark in colour - when reading the description of the bar, before seeing it I thought there might be a layered effect going on with possibly one type of chocolate being placed ontop of the other - this wasnt the case and both the white and dark had been blended together - fair enough.
I have mixed feelings regarding the taste of the bar. Flavourwise its nearly completely lacking in any sort of coffee element. I ate the bar in 6 different mouthfuls, one block at a time. Only in one block could I detect a slight amount of coffee flavour which was suprising as each moutful had a slight grainy texture which im guessing meant that coffee was probably present. The lack of coffee was disappointing but the taste wasnt bad and thats what makes this such a hard bar to score. The mixture of white and dark chocolate was unique; it seemed to combine the best elements of both - a rich deep tasting cocoa flavour of dark chocolate but with a creamy undertone of white that took away the slight bitter aftertaste you tend to get with dark chocolate....a realy synergy if ever there was one.
Overall this is a really hard bar to score. If this was meant to be a bar that blends both dark and white chocolate in one then this would be a really high scoring bar - the chocolate is first-class, smooth, rich and creamy in flavour...but the fact is this is a bar that should contain a coffee flavour...and unfortunately its really rather anonymou which is a real shame and is the reason why its score isnt the highest around. Im a big fan of coffee and I just cant reccommend this as a great 'coffee chocolate bar'. This variant has great potential, if Montezuma's can sort the proportioning this could be a top 5 bar simple as that!
7.4 out of 10
Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Monday, 14 April 2008
Kcal ??? Fat ??? Fat(sats) ??? Carbs ???
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
Sunday, 13 April 2008
Apologies for the lack of update yesterday but I consumed this 100g bar over two days and wanted to be sure of my opinion on it before writing a review.
This bar was yet another offering from the tremendous privately held chain store Trader Joe's in the US courtesy of my kind friend Esther :) This bar of milk chocolate on pack describes itself as 'Rich milk chocolate surrounding a smooth dark chocolate truffle centre'. All the Trader Joe products I had reviewed before today were either dark or plain chocolate so this bar really was a step into the unknown.
Like all the other TJ products the bar was beautifully represented in packaging and unwrapped. The crisp gold foil surrounding the chocolate bar meant that it had a nice fresh sweet cocoa smell when unwrapped and ensured the bar itself was kept in mint condition. As you can see above the bar had a subtle Trader Joe's logo scribed into the top of each block, breaking the bar into pieces was made relatively simple with the deep cut grooves running through the bar - it looked smart and well presented.
Breaking the bar half way through a block there was evidence of a slight layering system. Running through the centre of the bar was a very thin line of darker coloured chocolate. Taking the first block into my mouth I let it slowly melt on my tongue...and boy do I mean slowly. On pack it says the bar contains 'specialized caramlelized milk which results in an extra creamy smooth texture'...though the bar was certainly smooth in the mouth, in a weired way I found it overly smooth and verging on waxy. Biting through the chocolate offered very little resistance and I feel that the flavour of the bar was slightly held back due to over focus on the texture.
Tastewise the bar was pleasent but certainly not near the standard of the darker chocolate offerings I have had from TJ's. Despite the bar claiming to have a dark chocolate truffle centre the flavour was anonymous due to the combined factors of the overly smooth texture and lacking in proportion of the truffle centre. The flavour of the milk chocolate lacked the real distinguishable taste that I had come to relate with TJ products and certainly did not match up to the products I had reviewed in the previous weeks.
Overall I am somewhat a tad disappointed by this bar. I ate the 100g bar in two 50g sittings and both times I felt that it was overly smooth and lacking in the stand out strong cocoa flavours that made the other Trader Joe products so unique. This is by no means a bad bar of chocolate, if you enjoy smooth milk chocolate im sure you will enjoy this but if your looking for a rich cocoa flavoured bar that has a strong unique flavour this probably isnt the bar for you. A pretty average score and im not sure I would really be bothered ensuring I tried this again.
7.1 out of 10
Friday, 11 April 2008
Kcal 230 Fat 11g Fat(sats) 6g Carbs 31g
Pardon me but up until today I was completely oblivious to what a S'more actually was; luckily a good friend of Chocolate Mission by the name of Esther has filled me in with the backstory:
S'mores traditionally consist of a roasted marshmallow and slab of chocolate between two 'Graham crackers' (digestive biscuit for us Brits!). The Hersheys S'mores bar I sampled today consisted of a thin Graham cracker base topped by marshmellow and a coating of Hersheys milk chocolate.
When opening the bar the smell was really not to appealing at all. The bar had a good thick wrapper and obviously completely air tight; opening the wrapper a very strong pungent artifical sweet smell filled the air - not good, that being said the bar looked quite well presented.
Like most bars I left this to chill in the fridge for a few hours before eating...when I came to eat it I sliced the bar into bitesized chunks and was immdiately suprised at the ease at which the knife passed through the bar. The Milk chocolate layer was very crumbly and offered little resistance, the marshmallow had even less viscuity and was alarmingly spongy; to top it all off the Graham cracker was very soft and moist and more akin to a cake like texture.
Biting into the bar the mixture of textures and flavours was at least intresting. The chocolate was flaky and easily broke away from the centre when bitten into, its flavour wasnt the strongest compared with other Hersheys products I have tasted and despite that unique Hersheys flavour being present it quickly took a backseat to the other bar components.
The dominant flavour of the bar was the marshmallow layer. Texture wise it was similar to an extremely light nougat - aerated nougat if anything. Does it taste of Marshmallow? Not for my money...not like any marshmallow I have had before anyway. Looking at Cybele's review at Candy Blog she suggests that Hersheys have tried to encaptulate a 'toasted marshmallow' flavour...well in my opinion they have done little more than include an overly bland but sickly layer of light mush. This part of the bar really didnt do anything for me.
The Graham cracker layer isnt quite a biscuit type base. Its not crunchy enough to be classed as a biscuit but in flavour its pretty good. It has a nice cakey taste and goes some way in masking the overly sweet marshmallow topping.
Overall this bar was a light disappointment. Truth be told im a big marshmallow fan but unfortunately this fails in the fact it A) dosent taste like marshmallow b) becomes overly sickly tasting...because of this, one bar does feel quite fufilling, but thats more down to the taste being overly sweet rather than having hunger satisfied. If your a fan of sweet tasting bars this could be right up your street...it does seem S'mores are one of those American things that you should try at least once in your life time...if you cant be bothered to make your own I guess this isnt a bad substitute.
6 out of 10
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Thursday, 10 April 2008
Now I know what your all going to say...no these aren't a chocolate bar as such...but they are a chocolate containing snack so its all relative ;) Oreo biscuits are now quite widely available throughout UK supermarkets thanks to a relaunch by Kraft mid 2008.
If you have lived under a rock since time began I can inform you that Oreo cookies consists of 'two chocolate wafers separated by a cream filling'. Oreos are available in several different variations and guises: from double stuffed, peanut butter flavoured, chocolate covered etc. For the review today I bought a 176.0g box that contained 4 snack sized pcks.
We all know biscuits are a product that are essential to keep fresh - a stale soggy biscuit isn't liked by anyone so the foil packets these came in ensured these were kept in a nice condition. Further evidence of this came when opening the packet when I was instantly greeted with a nice set of sweet buiscuity smells.
Popping the first biscuit into my mouth and biting into it, the first thing I noticed was the delightful texture of the two chocolate biscuit pieces. Of course being biscuits they had a nice crunchy outer layer but closer to the middle of each part they seemed to be a little softer. The middle cream filling also had a nice smooth texture - very similar to that of a custard cream/bourbon biscuit. Flavour wise the chocolate didn't come across all that strongly, and I found the taste of the cream filling quickly dominating the biscuit element. Although the chocolate flavour hit wasn't the strongest, the sugary sweet vanilla fondanct cream centres were undeniably pleasant, and made for a very moreish tasting cookie.
Overall I think Oreo cookies are great when they are eaten in sensible limited quanities. I have always thought that the chocolate biscuits could be more chocolatey, though I guess some might argue the main focus is meant to be the creme centres anyway. Im really intrested in trying the chocolate covered variant of these and I'm sure I will sample them in the near future. If your a biscuit person (and come on who isn't!) I strongly recommend you hunt some Oreos down. They aren't the best chocolate biscuits in the world, but they are a tasty option nonetheless.
8.1 out of 10
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
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Tuesday, 8 April 2008
The Kit Kat Senses any which way you want to look at it is a direct move by Nestle to enter the marketplace with a rival for the Kinder Bueno.
The Kit Kat Senses describes itself as a 'milk chocolate covered wafer with a nutty hazelnut creme filling' - sure its almost identical in build to the Bueno but in truth it does some parts better and some parts not so well.
Nestle have very obviously marketed this bar at females - it promotes its 165Kcal per bar several times on the packaging. Unfortunately this means this bar weighs in at a measly 31g; now I know I'm not the target audience for this bar but its really a bit of a turn off...it cost me round about the same as a Bueno but seemed a least half the size (just over in reality)...why would you pay the same but for less...also its worth noting that despite its small size it still packed 9.5g of fat which is quite alot when you consider the weight of the product.
Opening the bar I as impressed with the look of it - it just looked good and well crafted. Breaking the first block off I was met with a nice nice nutty smell...good stuff.
Taste wise it was a bit of a mixed bag. The chocolate was really rather good, standard Nestle milk chocolate that was actually quite thick..especially at the base. The Wafer was also particularly nice - its was far more substantial than the wafer you get in the Bueno and had a far stronger longer lasting biscuity flavour...chalk one up for the Senses :) The hazelnut creme was a bit of a let down in this bar though; despite having a nice taste and one that was slightly nuttier than the Bueno, it was little less creamy and surprise surprise rather lacking in volume. It also didn't quite have the smooth buttery like texture of its Kinder rival.
Overall I think its all but impossible not to mark this bar directly comparing it to the Bueno, and unfortunately it just wasn't as good. Despite delivering better in the wafer and the chocolate departments the real test of the bar has to be the hazelnut creme and I believe the Bueno is superior in both taste and texture. This is not to say this is not a tasty bar - if your a big fan of a KitKat and fancy a lighter chocolate hit then this is definitely a bar worth considering. Whilst this was a fair product I think if you're after a Kinder Bueno beater you're going to have to keep waiting.
7.8 out of 10
Monday, 7 April 2008
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
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Sunday, 6 April 2008
Semi Sweet? Now what the devil does that mean? Thats exactly what I was thinking before I opened these up - I can enlighten you all now and inform you that it is infact a wonderful cross between dark and milk chocolate.
Chocolate chips are honestly something I would never would have considered eating as a snack before the lovely Esther sent these for me to sample...far too small and fiddly for my liking, that being said these have changed my mind.
Removing the bag from the fridge I poured myself a small little bowl of which I ate with my morning coffee - tastewise I was extremely suprised how strong the flavours where...each little chip gave a very strong rich flavour that although a bit lighter than yesterdays dark chocolate covered blueberries were just as tasty.
The semi sweet aspect to these is really quite unique it manages to incorporate the sophisticated imposing flavours of darker chocolate but maintains a creamy sweetness of lighter milk chocolate. Suffice to say these were incredibly morishness and it wasnt long before I was pouring myself another finger bowl full of these (thank god for the 256g bag). The only small gripe with this eating method was the slightly grainy texture they had in the mouth...despite the taste being quite smooth and consistant it did have a slight bumpyness to it which im sure was just the unrefined cocoa - nothing major but smoothness is preferrable.
Overall these were really quite impressive. The amount of flavour these generate in each individual chip is quite frankly amazing. The small texture issue aside these are a perfect little snack that would cure a choclate fix even more so than alot of bars could do. Unfortunately my cooking skills are rather limited but I can imagine these being amazing added to cakes, cookies...perosnally I think that these would make the ultimate chocolate sauce melted over some ice cream..definately something to try if you get hold of some of these. As far as a score goes a very respectable 8.2 - there are so many things you could do with these..I would love to hear anyones thoughts on possible recipes or ideas.
8.2 out of 10