Sunday, 15 February 2009

February 15th: Toffee Crisp Clusters

Kcal 510 Fat 26.9g Fat(sats) 15.5g Carbs 58.5g (per 100.0g)

Having seen the press release for the launch of these only come out little over a month ago (See HERE), I was a little surprised when I saw these on promotion in my local Tesco just last week. I have seen mutterings on the Internet that these are in fact not a new product, but more of a re-release ... I can't say I remember having them before myself so these were new to me anyway. Billed as 'bite sized pieces of milk chocolate, with crisped rice and caramel pieces', I was hoping they would deliver a product of similar quality to the original Toffee Crisp.

As already mentioned I picked up this 150.0g pouch in my local Tesco for a mere £1. The pack didn't last all that long ... only the two sittings in fact, which I guess slightly indicates a small lacking in fulfilment qualities. The pouch looked vibrant, and used the original orange colouring of the Toffee Crisp brand well. Personally I thought the pictures of the pieces displayed on the front of the product were quite misleading, as they looked distinctly bigger than the rather small looking clusters actually in the pack. I must also note that the surfaces of the chocolates cut a 'dusty' complexion, and just didn't look particularly fresh. Despite my slight reservations at the presentation of the pieces I must say the aroma told a rather different story, and delivered some very indicative chocolaty, treacle smells.

Although disappointed by the size of the chocolates aesthetically they did prove to be a nice size to eat. Almost every piece could be enjoyed in one mouthful and more impressively all contained an equal proportion of chocolate, cereal and toffee. I remember one of my main criticisms of the Toffee Crisp was the lack of relevance the milk chocolate had in the taste, with these 'clusters' the milk chocolate definitely seemed more balanced with the caramel and was able to exert a stronger milky, chocolaty influence. I am not normally the greatest proponent of rice cereal, though the crisped rice did a more than adequate job to fuse the pieces together, adding a nice crunchy texture to the chewiness of the caramel and chocolate elements. As previously mentioned these were not the most satisfying of products - 75.0g at a time sounds a lot, though believe me it was easy to get through.

Overall these were an incredibly moreish product that on the whole I found to be very tasty. The toffee element took more of a backseat in comparison to the standard Toffee Crisp bar, though the chocolate did a fine job substantiating a greater presence in the taste. Given the choice out of the original bar and a pouch of these, I would still probably pick the bar due to its ease of eating, though in sharing situations these are definitely an option worthy of consideration. If you see these around in the next few weeks I would encourage you to give them a try.

7.9 out of 10


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