Monday, 3 November 2008
Sunday, 2 November 2008
Thanks to Dean-German-Grocery I have really been able to give the Ferrero range a thorough look at. The Ferrero Kusschen (translated = 'Kiss') are according to the website only available in Denmark. They closely follow the premise of the Rocher, though vary slightly in their appearance and lack of wafer.
At first glance I didn't recognise these as a Ferrero product. The packaging had a slightly less premium look about it in comparison to other Ferrero products. I thought the orange foil wrappers were ever so slightly tacky looking, however the chocolates themselves had a nice shape and looked pretty enticing when cross sectioned. The individual foil wrappers ensured the chocolates had a nice aroma, I could detect a strong nutty scent similar to that of the Rocher.
Each of the chocolates a thick outer layer of milk chocolate that melted smoothly at a nice slow rate releasing a longing milky flavour. The inner praline was interspersed with small hazelnut pieces, that further accentuated the creamy nuttiness of the filling. The middle hazelnuts seemed relatively fresh and had a nice crunch, though at times I found them to lack flavour. I am not a big fan of wafers, though I actually quite missed the presence of the layer in this product in comparison to the Rocher. It was not a layer I particularly championed when reviewing the Rocher, but with it removed, there was a noticeable loss to the interest of the textures, and even the absence of the minor malt flavours was very noticeable. The nut flavours lasted a reasonably long time in the mouth, a few of these chocolates at a time provided an adequate snack.
Overall I couldn't help but feel that these were a step down from the Rocher. I don't know what the difference is price wise, though I would hazard a guess that these are maybe a slightly less premium line from Ferrero!? Anyone able to shed some light on this? Don't get me wrong - the milk chocolate had a nice milky appeal, and the praline and chopped nuts added a nice creamy nutty aspect; I just felt these were not the full rounded product that the Rocher are. If you really don't care for wafers and enjoy your Ferrero products, it is very likely you will enjoy these ... personally I'm just going to stick with my Rocher and Rondnoir.
7.4 out of 10
Saturday, 1 November 2008
These Lindt Lindor Noel truffles form another part of the Lindt's '1001 Nights' Christmas range. Having reviewed many of the Lindt Lindor truffles already to pretty much resounding success, I was looking forward to trying this 'Noel' variant, which was formed of Lindt milk chocolate with a 'hint of 'cinnamon and coriander'.
As you can see above the product didn't come packaged like any standard Lindor. Instead the truffles came packed in a festive looking cardboard box that certainly looked very decorative. The truffles themselves came in standard Lindor wrappers and looked no different to their milk chocolate counterparts. Even before tasting these though, one thing made them stand out from the rest of the Lindor range ... their smell. The spices were amazingly forthcoming. When photographing these I was preparing over a weeks worth of different chocolate items, yet these 'Noel truffles' completely dominated my smelling senses ... even when placed back in their box!!
Despite the smell being completely led by the spices, the taste was still very heavily influenced by the milk chocolate. The outer milk chocolate shell had a deliciously thick creamy taste that set up the smooth inner filling perfectly. The middle of the truffle had the usual Lindor melt in the mouth butter texture, but also had an additional tingly, warming element to it. The taste of the centre was largely milky and smooth, though the spices brought an extra dimension of flavours. The flavours varied with elements of dark fruits, alcohol and the obvious cinnamon all adding to the long lasting taste. At times the flavours were a little intense for my liking, though on the whole the interchangeability of the different elements made for an interesting, and delicious taste. Four of these truffles made for the perfect amount and was a pretty fulfilling experience.
Overall these may not be the best tasting Lindt Lindor truffles, but they are the best scoring to date, with their full well rounded attributes - in particular their presentation and smell. The spices really made for a product that delivered big time in terms of its flavour hit. Though the spices were quite intense, the milk chocolate largely stayed in control, and provided the perfect smooth, creamy background for the varying flavours delivered by the soft filling. These are the type of chocolate that would be perfect to enjoy with a nice nightcap, or to go with a coffee. If your after a more unique Lindor experience with a little extra edge, I would very highly recommend these.
8.7 out of 10
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Friday, 31 October 2008
Kcal 187 Fat 10.7g Fat(sats) 5.6g Carbs 20.7g
My Green Triangle constitutes of 'milk chocolate with a nut praline centre'. The Praline market is one that is generally a focus of the more prestigious brands, and having tried some pretty good offerings from the likes of Guylian and Ritter Sport I was quite curious to the quality this was going to deliver.
Thursday, 30 October 2008
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
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Tuesday, 28 October 2008
The last bar I reviewed from Cadbury that was manufactured in New Zealand was the simply dismal Cadbury Buzz... I was really hoping todays bar the Cadbury Dairy Milk Black Forest was going to be a hell of a lot better..thankfully it was!
The Black Forest incorporates 'Dairy Milk milk chocolate with cherry flavoured jellies and biscuit pieces', all in a single serving 45g bar. The packaging looked nice...pretty typical Cadbury with a snazzy looking foil wrapper...the bar was split into eight chunks as shown above and had a nice look with the Cadbury logo cleanly scribed into each block. The bar had a familiar Dairy Milk creamy smell though had a slight scent of very sweet artificial fruitiness...the aroma was nice but I was a little curious with regard to the sweet fruity smell.
Further adding to the conundrum of the formulation of Cadbury Dairy Milk (see CDM Irish!), this New Zealand sourced variation of the recipe comprised of 27% cocoa solids and 25% milk solids. It had a similar taste to our English version though had a stronger cocoa edginess in the aftertaste. Its flavour was no where near the creaminess of the Irish though I must say I preferred the thinner texture with this bar as it allowed the other elements of the bar to express their flavours and not be lost in a overly dense chocolate.
The biscuit component was not the strongest in flavour but did add a pleasant crunchiness to the smooth chocolate....as I said it wasn't the strongest in taste and offered no more than the slightest wheaty flavour. The jelly pieces were really the distinctive element of the bar and I very much enjoyed their inclusion. They had a gummy bear like texture and provided a unique chewiness against the other smooth and crunchy textures. Like their smell suggested they were artificially sweet but lets face it...who do sent enjoy the occasional fruit flavoured gummy!?...well I do anyway! The jelly pieces were spread nicely throughout the bar and were present in nearly every block.
Overall I really enjoyed this bar and found it very refreshing in the way that it was a unique combination of flavours and ingredients...there just isn't currently anything else like it on the market. The combination of great tasting Dairy Milk chocolate and jelly pieces is executed brilliantly and I particularly enjoyed the experience of letting the smooth chocolate melt away in my mouth and then sucking on the remaining cherry jelly pieces. If your a fan of Haribo sweets or Maynards Wine Gums this would definitely be a bar you would enjoy. Its a real wonder why this bar doesn't have worldwide distribution and is only being sold in the New Zealand...that said its worth tracking down if you can find it - highly recommended!
8.6 out of 10