Monday, 2 June 2008
Coffee...yum....Lindor truffles...yum....I had high hopes for these.
Good luck finding these in a packaged Lindor box selection as I dont think one actually exists...I found these as part of a pick-a-mix selection in my local Whittards shop. I bought four of these which more than made for a substantial portion.
Each truffle came in an individual wrapper that didnt look too dissimillar to the 70% cocoa dark truffles - a dark wrapper with white writing. The truffles were comprised of a thick outer dark chocolate shell with a smooth coffee flavoured truffle centre - they looked nice in appearance though were a bit lacking in anything more than a subtle cocoa smell.
Each truffle had a nice thick outer coating of dark chocolate. As I let the truffles chill slightly in the fridge before eating them the coatings provided a nice firm crack when i bit into them...this firmness provided a great combination of textures with the soft buttery melt in the mouth truffle fillings and was one that I found particularly sumptuous.
The dark chocolate outer shell had a rich cocoa flavour that I can only presume was the 70% Lindt dark brand. Despite its strong flavour it avoided being bitter and once melted had a particularly luxurious smooth taste. The inner truffle was equally as good and despite its light nature provided a great tasting fresh coffee flavour that really delivered in quality. I would genuinely say the quality of coffee flavour was among the best I have tasted on ChocolateMission including my all time favourite Trader Joe's coated coffee beans.
Overall these are some of the best truffles I have genuinely ever tasted - they score on a par with the original Lindt Lindor milk chocolate truffles and justifiably so. These truffles expertly marry the dark chocolate and coffee elements superbly whilst the mixture of firm and light textures provides a luxurious tasting experience thats just so incredibly moreish. I would whole heartidly recommend these to anyone...especially fans of dark chocolate, coffee or truffles.
8.6 out of 10
Sunday, 1 June 2008
Last month I reviewed the UK Crunch bars both of which scored in the upper 6's. Today im reviewing the US 'Crisp Crunch' bar that dedicated reader Justin very nicely sent to me in his box of goodies from the US.
The Cunch Crisp has a rather elaborate seven different layers...three interwoven wafer and milk chocolate creme layers topped with a layer of rice all of which has a chocolate flavoured coating. All seven layers constituted for a large 49.3g bar which was very adequete in settling my hunger.
So the on wrapper boring stuff...you may notice above the saturated fat content of the bar! No thats not a typo it does contain a staggering 13.0g of saturated fat...honestly Ive never come across a bar that contains so much per gram...quite staggering really but the ingredients list shows why this is the case. The bar contains two different types of hydrogenated oil: kernel and coconut....hmmm yuck! Whats even more suprising is that the bar dosent actually contain any cocoa butter :( thats really disappointing to be honest and really suggests this bar could have been made with better ingredients.
Above I described the intricate composition of the bar - this made for a great look and one that looked very appertising. Unfortunately its appearance was slightly let down due to the nature of how quickly the bar melted on my fingers...it was a little greasy feeling after only a few seconds of contact with my hands and did make them feel slightly messy....despite this it still looked the part. Out of the pack the bar offered very little in ways of an aroma, an ever so slight sweet smell but overly disappointing.
The wafer layers despite being in contact with the slightly moist chocolate creme retained a nice crispness - this was further excentiated by the rice which topped the bar. As the name suggested the bar had a nice crunch to it - this with the smooth chocolate creme made for a great arrangement of contrasting textures.
The bar despite containing no real chcolate ingredients was surprisingly chocolaty in flavour. The chocolate creme had a nice creamy chocolaty taste which complimented the malty wafer flavour nicely. The puffed rice ontop made for a nice cereal tasting undertone which added just another nice component to the overall taste. The sheer variation in flavour of the layers ensured the bar avoided becoming monotomous in taste and made this bar incredibly moreish.
Overall this is a better bar than the original Crunch bars we have here in the UK. The design of the bar is on the whole a nice one - it looks good and the nature of the interwoven layers make for an intresting combination of textures and flavours. My slight reservations with this bar came with its nutritional content and ingredients...im sorry but the inclusion of the hydrogenated oils is doing no one any favours...healthwise its a thumbs down...but also just think of the potential this bar has if these were replaced by more natraul actual cocoa ingredients...it already tastes nice and chocolaty it could get even better. I definately wouldnt recommend this to anyone on a diet but to the rest of us this is a great tasting bar that I suggest you try if you get the chance.
7.8 out of 10
To be honest I had never heard of this bar until I literally recieved half a dozen requests asking for it to be reviewed. I was told this is bar used to be very readily avalible...yet now seems to be getting less distribution on the confectionary market. Yet again it was Woolworths to the rescue and I found this mini bar hanging around the lower end of their extensive confectionary shelf.
So what the devil is a Ruffle Raspberry...I will leave it to the packet to explain...its a rather small 28g bar that has 'chocolate covered coconut and raspberry flavour fondant cream centre'...okay sounds interesting.
The wrapper also reveals that this little number is also a product of none other than Cadbury themselves...now theres a turn up for the books. The wrapper also told me that the chocolate is comprised of a min of 40% cocoa solids and that a good portion of it is made from cocoa butter..always nice to know.
As you can see in the picture above the appearance of the bar is striking. The chocolate was unfortunately a bit scuffed and rough looking but this was more than made up for by the beautifully flourescent pink coloured centre. To be honest I have never seen anything like it before - its truly unique looking. The bar had a reasonable aroma - it had a slight coconut smell with a hint of cocoa..nothing too amazing but ok none the less.
The bar texture was a bit of a mixed bag. The fondant centre was slightly crunchy with the coconut though also had a smooth creme feel to it. Unfortuntely the texture of the chocolate was slightly grainy and thin in thickness...thus not providing the nicest of coatings.
The taste of the chocolate was also disappointing - despite the claim of having a reasonable amount of cocoa it was largely flavourless and its taste was all but lost agaisnt the strong flavoured centre. The centre fondant was as you can probably guess very sweet in appearance. The coconut element was for me slighlty dull and on its own I could see this being a very indifferent proposition. Luckily for the bar its saved by a nice fresh tasting raspberry flavour which although achieved through flavourings added a nice berry twist.
Overall this obviously isnt the best bar I have eaten on Chocolate Mission but its far from the worst. The chocolate is very disappointing and adds very little to the bar in taste or texture. The centre fondant is a bit of a mixed bag the coconut adds a nice aroma and texture but little in taste...the raspberry twist is a nice added element to this centre though and it makes for a more interesting flavour. It seems this bar has a bit of following though I think this must be due to its nostalgic appeal rather than genuine love for the taste....if your a fan of Fry's bars this is probably worth you having a look.
6.8 out of 10
Saturday, 31 May 2008
Well this was pretty inevitable wasnt it....on Monday I 'rounded off' my reviews of the Toblerone range with my review of the 'Fruit & Nut' variant....well just to make me look silly Kraft have managed to release another variant of Toblerone that not even the internet seems to have heard of!!! Yes a google search and even the Toblerone site dosent show any knowledge of the existance of todays bar....Toblerone 'Honeycomb Crisp'.
Now heres where things get a little complicated....the name and on pack description mentions 'Honeycomb Crisp'...the description says "milk chocolate with almond, honey, nougat and added honeycomb pieces".....ok...but one look at the ingredients and this dosent transpire...milk chocolate...yes, almond...yes, honey...yes, nougat...yes but honeycomb pieces...nope! Instead included is 'rice'. So it turns out this isnt actually honeycomb but infact rice diguised as honeycomb...so how did it fare?
Appearance - brilliant as ever! Not quite the high standard of the 'Dark' or 'Fruit & Nut' variants but still pretty damn nice looking. The aroma was also very nice - as with the other variants a nice cocoa smell but with this bar it was complimented with an added sweet edge..not a synthetic smelling one though - a nice fresh one.
On to the big one then....the taste!! Well initially I wasnt overly impressed. The bar had a near overpowering initial taste - it is one that I can describe as tasting flowery...an elderflower like flavour infact! Its initially very strong and overly sweet for my tastebuds. Luckily this primary flavour was quickly diluted by the creamy chocolate and it soon transformed to a strong honey like flavour that was far more bearable and overly nice. As you can imagine with the added rice cereal the bar had more of a 'snap, crackle and pop' texture. It made for an intresting texture and none the less it complimented the smooth chocolate and small chewy nougat flakes nicely.
Overall this isnt the best of the Toblerone range....infact its scored the lowest of the lot lol...but thats not to say it isnt a nice bar...it is. I was a tad disappointed with the fact that the on pack description was a bit misleading...its not actually honeycomb, its a bar with an excentuated honey flavour and a rice crispy texture. Not really the same thing is it!?...but it is what it is and despite it having a pretty overpowering initial flowery noted taste it transformed into a nice strong honey rooted flavour with a great tasting base of great quality milk chocolate. Definately worth giving a try if your fans of the Toblerone range - to be honest Im genuinely intrested in hearing peoples opinions on this bar...that all depends on you being able to find it first though.
7.8 out of 10
Friday, 30 May 2008
5.8 out of 10
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Thursday, 29 May 2008
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Kcal 240 Fat 13.7g Carbs 25.4g
I hadnt seen these for a good while until I came across them in a Cadbury's branded vending machine at Gatwick airport the other day. These dont seem to be a product that are to readily avalible anymore though I remember a few years ago these were quite popular and also came in the form of a fruit and nut variant.
So let me fill in the people who are unaware what these are...Tasters are simply small solid balls of Dairy Milk that are slightly smaller than maltesers. These came in a pack of 45g...slightly smaller than the 49g that you get with the same chocolate in a single serving solid bar form.
In appearance they arent the most impressive product you will ever come across. They are hardly insulting on the eyes but are simply nothing more than small solid balls of milk chocolate...no enscriptions of any sort..just plain milk chocolate balls...for me not much of an issue but not the most exciting of prospects. Luckily the packet saves the product from mere asthetic mediocrity, its a stunning a pruple wrapper with gold enscribed writing. Not only does the wrapper look good but it also maintains a freshness to the product and retains that distinct dreamy smelling Dairy Milk aroma which eminated as soon as I opened the packet.
In taste these are no different to the Dairy Milk bar - its flavour is very creamy with an initial cocoa flavour that transforms into a wonderful creamy milky aftertaste...its delicious. Where the 'Tasters' format slightly suffers is in the texture of the product...due to their small size they arent the most substantial of products. The Dairy Milk flavour dosent seem to come through quite as strongly with these compared to the block form of the bar and I believe this is due to combination of the pieces small size and large surface area. This means they melt very rapidly in the mouth. Despite the nice aftertaste they leave the melting is too fast and the flavour cant be savoured for as long as with the blocks...which is a shame. Despite the rapidness of the melting the texture they do have once melted is smooth and overly pleasant.
Overall theres no doubting these are still a great tasting product...they were never not going to be as they are simply just Dairy Milk chocolate. Unfortunately the change in format from bar to small pieces dosent quite work. They dont feel as substantial as a proposition as the normal bar and certainly dont look as impressive. The flavour longevity also suffers a tad which is a shame as the taste is just so good. I can see how some people might prefer this format - its a different way to consume compared to a standard bar and their nibbling/snacking potential is endless. These are a great a great product but im not suprised they are currently being phased out...I would just recommend you stick with the standard bar...but if you see these and feel like a slight change from the norm I see no reason why not to give these a try.
8.4 out of 10
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Yet another ChocolateMission reader (Justin) has recently very very kindly sent me a great batch of goodies all the way America all in the name of the ChocolateMission cause....thanks again Justin.
So another Limited Edition candy with a movie tie in eh!? This offering from Reese's is tied in with the soon to be released new Batman film. In keeping with the dark coloured nature of our skin tight leather caped friend Batman the traditional Reese's chocolate has been replaced with a darker chocolate...hmmm intresting.
Anyone who reads regularly will know I have a pretty big problem with the standard milk chocolate used in Reese's products...I find it pretty non descript in flavour and waxy in texture...did this new dark chocolate cure this problem?! well read on and find out :)
Justin kindly sent me a serving of four of these pieces which equates to an on package decription of one serving...this is was more than a substantial amount (about 40g) and the rich flavour made for a hunger satisfying product.
Unfortunately the product was slightly damaged in transit (see picture above :( :( ...they got slightly melted..doh!) ... despite this though they still looked rather nice anyway...a deep dark colour with a nice light coloured centre. Looking on the internet each of the pieces is supposed to have a batman symbol enscribed (you can vaguely make it out in the pic above) - on the whole I would say they had a nice look...what I was slightly disappointed with though was the size of the pieces...they were neither minis or standard cups which I think is a tad clumsy...personally I think they should have been kept a standard cup size.
So how did they taste...lets start with the peanut butter..well guess what!? Yep the usual creamy buttery goodness that Reese's are so renowned for. Again the nutty slightly salty flavour contrasted brilliantly agaisnt the slightly grainy texture...I dont need to say it again but I will..its DELICIOUS and smells fantastic aswell!
So the chocolate...well its fabulous and far superior to the standard milk chocolate that Reese's generally use...but... and there is a but!!...its not dark chocolate. It rather just tastes like a stronger chocolate...its far more cocoa rooted than the standard milk chocolate normally used. Despite giving a strong cocoa taste it isnt one that I would overly describe as 'dark'....just more flavoursome and slightly richer....but at the end of the day far far better. With the flavour being stronger the texture seemed less waxy and more substantial.
Overall its a real shame these are a limited edition as these are going to be gone before we know it :( My only gripe with these come in the form of the slightly arkward size they came in...the shape isnt ideal..its a bit big for a mouthful and with no paper wrapper like the standard cups a bit arkward to eat. Despite this the chocolate really is an improvement...its not quite the 'dark' proposition it promises but its a far more flavoursome chocolate than the standard milk chocolate Reese's products...I just wish this was the standard chocolate used in their products. Again as a peanut butter product its superb...Reese's never fail in this department. Not quite as good as the white chocolate variant which remains my favourite but still very very tasty. I very much recommend you stock up on these whilst we can. Great stuff!
8.5 out of 10
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Tuesday, 27 May 2008
I think you guys are just going to have to trust me with this review as im aware this bar was taken out of distribution by Nestle quite some time ago (boooo!!)...so how did I get hold of it you ask?...well I came across one a few weeks ago in my local shady corner shop...its best before date was stamped as 01.10.08...so I should be ok...fingers crossed eh!?...if theres no review tommorow you know why lol!
This bar split into six evenly sized chunks and weighed in at 45g. The bar constituted of milk chocolate with mini smarties dispersed nice and consistently throughout. The blocks split up evenly despite the inclusion of the Smarties...the presence of the Smarties gave the bar a nice colourful look and the enscribed 'Nestle' logo made the bar look suprisingly stylish.
Despite the bar having a slightly dodgy cheap plastic wrapper the smell of the bar wasnt too bad...just a faint cocoa smell that was nothing more and nothing less than slightly appealing.
The milk chocolate of the bar was pretty good. Looking at the ingredients the main ingredient was of course sugar..the next was Cocoa butter which is slightly suprising considering the mass nature of the bar....not suprising when considering the flavour though. The bar had a nice chocolaty taste that was very similar in taste to the chocolate that covers Kit Kats. The milk chocolate brought back memories of when I used to get all excited about finding a Kit Kat with the wafer missing...so it was just solid chocolate...I used to get so excited...just me eh!? Anyway...It melted in the mouth at a nice rate and had a milky aftertaste. The mini smarties gave a nice texture to the bar, adding a nice interspersed crunchy element to the smooth chocolate. The sugary nature of the shells also came through with each bite but not overly so to make it sickly.
Overall its a real shame this bar has been taken from the market. The bar dosent exactly have the most prestigous of ingredients for its milk chocolate but in truth its actually rather good tasting. The Smarties add a nice element to the texture of the bar giving it an interesting crunch with the crunchy shells contrasting the smooth chocolate nicely. Its suprising this bars gone but im pretty sure one day it will be back in some incarnation - if it does I would definately recomend it to anyone...especially fans of Smarties, M&M's...and of course solid chocolate Kit Kat saddos like myself :D
7.9 out of 10
Monday, 26 May 2008
Sunday, 25 May 2008
Being a massive fan of all things peanut butter I could hardly contain myself when I opened the plastic packet and an initial waft of peanut butter overcame my senses...these smelt soooo good and were eminating a lively and fragrant nutty aroma - very very enticing.
Despite their relative small size I was impressed to find each cup came protected in both a foil and paper cup wrapping...this not only looked smart but ensured that cups maintained their freshness and shape.
As you can see from the cross section above each cup had a relatively thick chocolate coating. In these minatures the proportion of chocolate to peanut butter certainly does favour the chocolate side of things - especially when you compare these to the 'Big Cup' versions which are litterally crammed to the brim with the creamy stuff.
This effected the texture and taste of the cups slightly in comparison to their standard sized siblings. The thicker chocolate made for a initial pleasant crunchy element, providing a nice 'cracking' feel. Unfortunately the overall texture was slightly offset in comparison. The chocolate in these miniatures is again the same slight disappointment it is in every Reese's product...slightly lacking in flavour with a weired waxy texture. Unfortunately as it is slightly more prominant in this variant it is at its detriment, as the waxy texture masked some of the amazing peanut butter flavour. The peanut butter despite lacking a bit in proportionality still had a lovely slightly grainy texture that gaves it that authentic nutty but creamy taste.
Overall these are a variation that certainly smell and look fantastic. They are alot less messy to handle than the original two cups format and just perfect if you would like just a small chocolate snack. Five at a time seems a good number and certainly went away to subsiding the hunger I had. Unfortunately the proportioning of chocolate and peanut butter wasnt quite to my taste - I would prefer more peanut butter...however despite this I still very much enjoyed these and would recommend them to any Reese's/peanut butter/nuts fan.
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Saturday, 24 May 2008
Kcal 233 Fat 12.2g Fat(sats) 8.3g Carbs 28.2g
Now I honestly don't think there can be too many people alive in the UK today that have never at one time in their life had a Kit Kat - if we are being truthful these are probably more likely to grace the average persons lunchbox rather than an apple. Whilst the Kit Kat has iconic status in the UK, you might also want to experiment by typing Kit Kat into google. You will be literally amazed at the number of hits of websites you will get in the Far East - they seem to have more variations of the Kit Kat than we have alternatives in our whole confectionery range here in the UK. So how does the original version we have here in the UK size up on the Chocolate Mission ranking then!? ...sorry to spoil the surprise if you have avoided the end but I can confirm it does pretty good.
As you can see above I sampled this in the 'classic' four finger product (45.5g). This did seem rather large in proposition, but I was left wanting more after polishing the fourth finger off. The design of the bar has always been pretty flawless - personally I'm happy with either a four or a Chunky, though I do have a soft spot for the iconic status of the four finger. The finger design is flawless in concept and makes for a handy and nice looking product. The inscribed 'Kit Kat' symbol placed on top, in my opinion always makes Kit Kats look extra classy look. One thing that is consistent across both formats, is that the foil wrappers do a great job of keeping the products both looking and smelling fresh. The Kit Kat I ate for today's review smelt both chocolatey and creamy with just a hint of savoury biscuit.
As I'm sure we are all aware Kit Kats constitute of 'layered wafers surrounded and coated in milk chocolate'. The bar has a nice texture to it with the base having a slightly thicker layer of chocolate - personally I like nibbling off the thin chocolate layer on top and then eating the exposed wafer with the rest of the chocolate base. The wafer had a nice light crispness which avoided melting away too quickly in the mouth - it lasted sufficiently long enough to provide a subsequently pleasant flavour. The chocolate was typical of other Nestle products. No it wasn't special by any means, but it had a smooth flavour flow that had a decent balance of milk and cocoa flavours. Unlike some wafer products, I always find that the Kit Kat wafers always deliver a decent amount of flavour. Though I would say the Chunky format is better at delivering long lasting flavours, this four finger bar still managed to generate the desired wheat biscuit flavours. The contrast of savoury wafer and sweet chocolate are what make the Kit Kat so great.
Overall there's a reason why the Kit Kat has such a iconic status ... it tastes great ... it looks great and its just an overly fun product. For me it's only slight issues comes in that it could be a little more substantial - whenever I eat a four finger or a Chunky I still feel like I could eat another. I'm not sure I should even bother recommending this because chances are that you would have tried a Kit Kat sometime in your life. Just to be on the safe side though, I genuinely recommend this product to anyone - go on 'have a break - have a Kit Kat'.... I had to get that in somewhere ;) very close to breaking into the Chocolate Mission top 5!
8.3 out of 10
Its been awhile since I dipped into the Montezuma's range and judging by the amount I enjoyed tonights bar its been far too long.
The crazy Montezuma's range names continue with this bar named "Jungle Fever"...it encompasses 'organic milk chocolate with fruit & nut'. To be more specific the bar contains milk chocolate with 34% solids, organic walnuts (10%), organic coconuts (8%), organic sultanas (8%) and lastly organic apricots (3%)....frankly this bars crammed full of bits and bobs and as you can see above it makes the appearance of the bar look rather intresting.
Despite this bar also being 45g (the same as all the other bars in the speciality gift set) it did a geat job of satisfying my hunger...more so than some of the others - im sure this is accountable due to the extra chunky elements of the nuts and fruit.
As with the other Montezuma's bars this variant didnt hit all the right notes in the aroma category. Its smell wasnt overly strong...just a subtle milky cocoa smell with no real evidence of any nuts or fruity notes...a bit disappointing.
Due to the large nature of the fruits and nuts pieces the bar didnt break up amazingly well....it still split relatively easily into six blocks but they were random in size.
The thing that amazed me about this bar was the variance in flavours that each block had. The chocolate was simply divine - it reminded me an awful lot of Galaxy chocolate...milky, creamy and smooth with just a slight vanilla note. The walnut and coconut elements were fresh in flavour and had their typical strong nutty flavours. The walnuts were slightly woody in taste whilst the coconut had a slight milky edge...both were delicious. The raisin and apricot pieces also had refreshing full bodied flavours. In most fruit and nut bars the inclusion of raisins have tended to be relatively flavourless and not added anything to the bar...this wasnt the case here...the raisins had a nice slighty sugary fruity taste. The apricots also had a sweet fruity flavour and added a nice chewy element to the texture.
Overall this is definately the best tasting 'fruit & nut' bar on the market. Unfortunately due to its mediocre look and smell it dosent quite out score the Cadbury's Fruit & Nut - but if your looking solely tastewise you can do little wrong here. The organic nature of the ingredients makes for a fresh tasting full flavoured bar...my only slight qualm comes in that there are some slight issues with the proportioning of the ingredients...some blocks are packed full of fruit and nut whilst others are just plain chocolate...its not a major issue though and its one I can certainly live with. If your a fan of fruit and nut bars I definately recommend this bar...its a premiuim price - but its a premiuim taste...good work Montezuma's.
8.2 out of 10
Friday, 23 May 2008
Kcal 212 Fat 9.6g Carbs 30.6g
I picked up this 45g bag of original 'chocolate' flavoured M&M's in my local newsagent - to my knowledge this variant is the main seller of the M&M's brand here in the UK. This single serving bag was plentiful and was more than adequete doing a job curing my hunger.
The packet as you can see above is very friendly looking though unfortunately did not give the product an overly fresh smell...as I later found with the other variants aswell the aroma was an issue throughout with the M&M's line - with none of them being overly appertising.
In appearace these were varied and colourful - Im always impressed with the look of M&M's..I find the variety of colours intresting and appealing on the eye - the embossed 'M' found on each one also adds to what is already a classy look.
I found the shells on these suprisingly dense and they gave each M&M a resounding crunch. The chocolate inside was smooth in texture especially when melted in the mouth - the resulting combination of these two textures was a pleasant one though nothing amazingly luxurious.
This variant definately had the strongest tasting outer shells - the flavour was very sweet and gave an after taste that semmed slightly saccharine based... which wasnt the nicest. Luckily the chocolate element was the strongest flavour and masked the slightly over sweetened outer layer - the chocolate tasted very milk based which made for a smooth but slightly bland taste.
Overall though far from being bad these are probably the least favourite of the entire range I have sampled so far. If it came to an 'either/or ' situation between these and Smarties..the Smarties would win every time as they just seemed to have a better tasting sugar coated layer and also Smarties have the added 'orange' flavour variant going on. As I said these are hardly a bad product but just suffer due to their being better alternatives on the market.
7.0 out of 10
Kcal 240 Fat 11.0g Fat(sats) 7.0g Carbs 33.0g
As I said above these are currently only avalible in the US and came to me in a plentiful 47.9g packet. This was a larger serving size than any of the other single serving variants packets.. which was slighty suprising as you would expect with a dark chocolate product that the flavour would be richer - therefore meaning you would want slightly less...as you can guess the large sized pack made for a hunger fufiling product.
I think we have established now that im a fan of the look of M&M's...these looked exactly the same as the original chocoate variant though with the slight edition of the word 'dark' which was printed under the familiar 'M'.
I found the smell of these disappointing in that it wasnt any different from the original M&Ms - a very faint sweet cocoa smell but that aside no noticeable 'dark chocolate' distinguishable aroma.
Though the ingredient list didnt specify a solids level the chocolate is described as 'semi sweet' and this was exaclty how it tasted. The chocolate was ever so slightly more bitter and when combined with the sugar coating had a slight nutty note. Texturewise the difference in chocolate type didnt affect the melting point of the inside chocolate and these still melted at a nice rate in the mouth.
Overall these wernt quite the dark chocolate experience I was quite hoping for. I personally would have preffered the flavour to be richer and more cocoa based, though I can understand to a certain extent to why this has been limited in this product...to make a broader consumer based frendlier product...if it was darker in flavour it would probably be too niche for a mass market confectionary product. These are a nice variation from the original...which I personally prefer...they are a different proposition and worth a look at it.
7.5 out of 10
Another imported variant from the US and one that came in a 37.1g single serving packet. Compared to the rest of the range (especially the nut variants) these were the lowest in calories and saturated fat...so I guess if your going to have M&M's on a diet these are the ones to have.
As you can see above these were similar in look to the 'peanut' variant - though they were relatively bigger in size....with some even being about the size of 5/6 standard M&M's (or one mini creme egg if you would rather!).
Although still not overly impressive these had the best aroma of the range to date and offered a slight nutty smell. As you will probably be aware by now the smell really is something that let down the M&M's range as a whole.
The relative difference in size of these was accountable by the fact these contained whole almonds. Despite this the chocolate layer was still relatively thick - the flavour was still substantial enough to provide a nice smooth milky flavour. Of course the main focus of this product is the almond element...and it dosent let it down. The nuts provide a distinct crunchyness to the texture. They have a very pleasant nutty taste which has a slightly buttery flavour that differentiaties it from other nut containing bars which are normally all hazelnut.
Overall these are the best I have tasted in the M&M's range so far. The almond element is executed brilliantly..they taste fantastic and fresh and add a nice crunchy texture. The almonds definately benefit from being implemented in a 'whole nut' manner rather than a chopped/crushed manner that you find in alot of other bars that contain nuts. I whole heartedly recommend these to any M&M's or nuts fans.
8.3 out of 10
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