Wednesday, 28 January 2009

January 28th: Marks & Spencer Belgian Chocolate Chunk Brownie


Kcal 450 Fat 19.7g Fat(sats) 11.2g Carbs 58.2g (per 100.0g)

Continuing my way through the whole heap of Marks & Spencer goodies I bought last week, I today tried one of their Belgian Chocolate Chunk Brownies. On pack the ingredients list described the chocolate as 'dark', though it failed to mention what percentage was actual cocoa. I know this isn't the sort of product that normally falls within the ChocolateMission remit, but when it comes to all things M&S I just can't help myself. 

The brownie felt a lot heavier than the 55.0g that was stated on the pack. As far as snacks go this was a pretty damn fulfilling one due to its dense nature. Like the 'Millionaire Shortbread' I reviewed a few days ago, this product only came in a very basic looking transparent cellophane wrapper. Although the brownie managed to survive the trip home in my bag relatively undamaged, I personally think an inner plastic tray would have been a nice inclusion to just add a bit of protection. Out its wrapper the brownie smelt tremendous; my senses were treated to a wonderful mixture of chocolaty, doughy, cakey scents ... it smelt amazingly fresh.

I think brownies should always be served warm, so I popped it in the microwave for a quick spin. If you have never done this, I highly recommend you do - it tasted absolutely fantastic. The heat made the brownie a little lighter in its texture, and melted the chocolate chunks so they were a little gooey. The brownie had a wonderful sweet, doughy taste, that was complimented superbly by the small pockets of melted chocolate chunks where present. I say 'where present' as for my liking the chocolate chunks could have been a bit more generously portioned. Despite this minor annoyance the sweetness was wonderfully balanced with just the slightest touch of salt, which made it incredibly moreish. Even though the warming of the brownie made the texture slightly less viscous, the product was still amazingly fulfilling, saying that I still savoured every last wonderful bite.  

Overall this was an absolutely delicious snack that I enjoyed immensely. It was highly fulfilling and wonderful in its taste - it was almost as if was fresh out the bakery. The bites which included the melted chocolate chunks were absolutely to die for, the plain brownie wasn't half bad either. If M&S just added a few more chocolate chunks in the middle of the bar, this would really be an utterly outstanding product. If you like your brownies, then I would highly recommend you pick one of these up next time your in your local M&S. Sinful? ... for sure! Totally worth it? ... hell yes!

8.7 out of 10

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