Saturday, 4 April 2009

April 4th: Cinnabon Cinnamon Mousse Pecan Cluster

Kcal 180 Fat 7.0g Fat(sats) 5.0g Carbs 31.0g

Following my review of the Cinnabon Cinnamon Cream Pecan Cluster a few week ago, CandyPirate told me they sold out within a day. Indeed, it seems the product certainly enticed a lot of you - which led to CandyPirate sending me across this 'Mousse' variant from the range. This product varied slightly from the 'Cream Cluster' in that the white chocolate was replaced with dark chocolate, and the cinnamon cream caramel was replaced by a cinnamon mousse.

Just as with the 'Cream Cluster' this Mousse offering came in a 43.0g size that again proved a substantial snack. Although a little bemused by the 'Mousse' description I again thought that the presentation was all very impressive. The outer wrapper differed slightly from the aforementioned with a peach coloured theme which I thought was a nice colour selection. The cluster again looked very appetising indeed with the filling appearing very viscous for what came described as mousse. The aroma was again of particular enticement and had displayed a wonderful array of spicy, sweet cinnamon scents ... wonderful!

The packaging failed to note the percentage of cocoa in the dark chocolate coating, however I can confirm that it was really not that intense. For my liking I would have preferred a stronger flavoured, more intricate tasting chocolate though the coating still managed to substantiate some enjoyable unsweetened cocoa flavours. Just as I expected from the look of it the 'cinnamon mousse' had more of a dense, viscous texture. It was very tasty, but I would more describe it as a cinnamon nougat than a mousse; its sweet, yet spicy flavours lingered long in the mouth just like the cinnamon caramel in the 'Cream Cluster'. Just to top off both these delicious components were the pecan and toffee pieces. In the cluster I tried for this review a very large proportion of the topping were toffee pieces, which certainly added some very welcome buttery fudge flavours. The pecans were not as detectable, however they did add some noticeable savoury notes to the sweet taste.

Overall this was again another hugely enjoyable product from the Cinnabon range. I have rated it just a smidge below the 'Cream Cluster' as I thought the dark chocolate could have been just a little bit stronger and prominent in the taste. This is a very, very minor criticism as the resulting taste was still wonderfully balanced and full of spicy cinnamon goodness. Another small consideration is that the product description does need a little bit of refining as the filling is not at all mousse like. If you liked the sound of the Cinnabon Cinnamon Cream Pecan Cluster then I see little reason why you wouldn't enjoy this variant as well. This is another highly recommended product.

8.9 out of 10
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