March 31st: Oreo (Japan)

Kcal 473 Fat 20.5g Carbs 67.4g (per 95.4g – 9 biscuits)

The goodies from J-List just keep on coming and today I got the chance to sample some Oreo cookies all the way from Japan. Of course this was a review that simply couldn’t be done without a pack of UK Oreos at hand for comparison, which I may add are no different whatsoever to the product available in the US.

J-List were kind enough to send me a pack of 18 cookies, that were then split into two separate foil bags of 9. Of course I couldn’t possibly eat all these cookies by myself so I did the unthinkable and actually shared with a few friends (it was actually quite useful as it allowed me to get their opinions as well!!). Collectively we all liked the presentation, it was all very familiar with its blue and white colour scheme, though we thought the authentic Japanese writing gave it a rather cool look. Aesthetically the cookies appeared no different whatsoever to the UK ones, however it was commented that the Japanese ones smelt more chocolaty with their sweet, biscuity aromas.

The taste comparison was done whilst consuming a nice afternoon cup of tea … I don’t think that could be anymore British sounding if I tried. Anyway, after much dunking, separating of layers and of course deliberation it was generally a shared view that the Japanese Oreos had a little bit more of a cocoa edge to their overall taste. Fundamentally the biscuit elements tasted the same, offering very similar malty, sweet buttery elements to the taste. The slight variation came in the ever so slightly more longing impact of the cocoa in the aftertaste, which in the Japanese cookies seemed to stay in the mouth that little bit longer after consumption. The inner crèmes were pretty much identical in their sweet, milky flavours, though the Japanese crèmes seemed just a tad lighter and moister in texture.

Overall it was a common conclusion that if we were all blindfolded we didn’t think we would easily be able to tell the difference between the Japanese and UK/US Oreos. As I have stated above there were ever so slight differences in the taste of the biscuit and textures of the crème fillings, however these were only truly noticeable as we were very much looking for any discrepancies. If you are interested in Japanese products and would like to try see if there are any differences yourself I suggest you head to J-List. If it is taste alone you are interested in, then you best just stick with what we have here.

March 31st: Lindt Creola Ek Chuah

Kcal ??? Fat ??? Fat(sats) ??? Carbs ???

Dean-German-Grocery have been kind enough to send me along the newest product line to emerge from Lindt - their Creola range. I today sample the 'Ek Chuah', a bar that was formed of 'milk chocolate filled with hazelnut nougat creme and cocoa bean chips'. I must say the cocoa bean chips sounded like an innovative element to me, which raised my anticipation ever so slightly more.

The Creola range appear to come in 150.0g bars - I ate this particular one over the course of three days. Typically the presentation was all rather good, with the wrapper exhibiting some really classy artistic decoration. I did have a small gripe with the bar itself in that it was only split into ten quite large blocks. Although each looked superb with delicately embossed logos, their size was just a little too large for my liking ... 15.0g a block is really quite sizable when you think about it. Regardless the bar was nicely kept within a branded foil layer that maintained both the wonderfully enticing cocoa smells and the general aesthetics of the product.

Seemingly you can always trust Lindt to produce the goods with their milk chocolate, and there was further evidence of this here. It was fantastic in both texture and taste - with the smooth, thick melt releasing the creamy, sweetened cocoa flavours at a wonderful rate. Beneath the milk chocolate lay a slightly softer nougat layer - the transition in the melt felt simply superb and immensely luxurious. As well as having a nice feel in the mouth the nougat layer was full of nutty, hazelnut flavours. It retained much of the creaminess from the milk chocolate, though its nuttier taste was a nice change-up. Dispersed throughout the nougat layer the small cocoa bean particles made for a delightful finish to each piece. Letting the blocks melt away on the mouth left the cocoa bean remnants, which delivered a crunchy, burst of powerful cocoa flavours for the aftertaste - delicious! As with most Lindt milk chocolate bars I didn't find this the most fulfilling, 50.0g provided a reasonable degree of satisfaction though.

Overall this was a great first showing from the Creola range, and I am hoping that all the other bars from the selection can live up to this level. The milk chocolate and hazelnut nougat layers were immensely tasty, and up to Lindt usual high standards. What really put this bar above some others I have reviewed though were the sheer delightful amount of different textures present, with the smooth milk chocolate contrasting nicely with the softer nougat and crunchy cocoa bean pieces. If your a fan of all things Lindt I strongly suggest this as a bar you should get acquainted with.

8.4 out of 10

March 30th: Reese's Crunchy Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Kcal 210 Fat 13.0g Fat(sats) 5.0g Carbs 22.0g

Now if there is one thing I have never understood, it is how people can prefer 'smooth' peanut butter to 'crunchy' peanut butter? After all surely if you like peanut butter your going to like peanuts? It bemuses me to this day! Anyway ... today's review is of the latest limited edition from the Reese's range - the Crunchy Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Replacing the normal smooth style peanut butter with peanut butter with whole nuts in these sounded pretty damn good to me.

*IShop4YouII* sent me a 42.0g pack, which included two separate standard sized cups. The whole presentation was as good as ever with the both the outer packaging and peanut butter cups cutting the usual appealing iconic Reese's look. When cross-sectioned the whole peanut pieces could be detected, however I was more preoccupied with taking in the absolutely fantastic nutty aromas that made themselves known as soon as the outer packaging was removed ... if Hershey's were to sell these smells in a deodorant like spray-can I wouldn't think twice about buying it!! SOLD!!

What is left to say about Reese's milk chocolate that I haven't said before ... :) I think we all know I am not its great proponent. As always the slight waxy texture was retained and it lacked the desired cocoa flavours that I really wanted. The being said its sweet, milky influences were passable and really didn't matter all that much given the quality of the peanut butter filling. Obviously the 'USP' of this particular limited edition was supposed to be the crunchy nature of the peanut butter, and boy did it deliver. The peanut butter benefited from the extra level of contrast in it's texture, and it certainly added a degree of interest. The added peanut pieces also seemed to bring an extra nuttiness to the bites were present, the salt lick certainly felt reinforced. I could have eaten these all day but the two standard cups more than provided a sufficient snack.

Overall these unsurprisingly reminded me of the Reese's Big Cup with Nuts in that it delivered many of the same benefits with the additional peanut pieces. To be honest I am a bit disappointed these are not going to stay as a staple part of the Reese's range, as I for one actually prefer them to the standard Reese's peanut butter cups which of course have the smooth peanut butter. The extra texture and flavour enhancements brought by the additional peanuts make these a superior option in my opinion, and one I very much recommend you try if your a fan.

8.7 out of 10

March 29th: Meiji Black Chocolate

Kcal 367 Fat 23.7g Carbs 32.2g

My friends at J-List have sent me some further products to sample from their extensive range of Japanese goods. Included in my latest package was this Meiji Black bar - unfortunately due to my lacking Japanese language skills I can't really tell you much about the bar from its on pack description. From what I understand though Meiji is a very popular brand in Japan and by the looks of their range on J-List they offer a very wide ranging set of flavours.

This bar came in quite a weird format in that it came in a large, yet thin 65.0g size. I thought the presentation was pretty good, with the product contained within both a sleek looking paper wrapper and a foil layer for freshness. The bar itself also looked aesthetically pleasing with its shiny complexion. Each block was also branded with the Meiji logo which is always a nice thing to see. The aroma that emanated from the bar had relative appeal; the smell was quite dairy led however I could also detect a slight smokiness.

Due to the aforementioned language barrier I couldn't tell what % cocoa the chocolate was, however I wouldn't expect it to be all that high. With the name 'Black Chocolate' I was really expecting quite a concentrated taste, though what I found was that it was actually really not that strong. The chocolate had a very prominent milky undertone that was consistently present throughout the duration of the experience. The creamy base flavours made for a surprisingly sweet taste, which stopped the roasted cocoa flavours from ever becoming bitter. Although it was nice in this sense and had a nice thickness to its melt, I thought it did make the chocolate a little one dimensional. Half a bar provided an adequate snack, though I wouldn't say it was the richest dark chocolate I have ever had.

Overall I found this to be a pretty 'run of the mill' dark chocolate offering. This is my first experience of dark chocolate from Japan so I don't know if this is the standard for dark chocolate from this area, but for me I just found the whole thing a little reserved in the ferocity of its flavours. The creamy undertone made for a resoundingly friendly offering, though I just felt it limited the impact of the cocoa which never fully managed to rise above the milk rooted flavours to exert itself fully. For dark chocolate begginers this would be a nice bar to start with. For people looking for a richer, fuller flavoured experience this probably isn't a bar for you.

7.4 out of 10

March 29th: Oatfield Chocolate Peppermints

Kcal 378 Fat 4.0g Fat(sats) 3.0g Carbs 88.0g (per 100.0g)

Continuing my look at Ireland's finest confectionery courtesy of *The Irish Shop* I today tried my luck with these Oatfield Chocolate Peppermints. Described as 'crisp mints with soft chocolate centres', these were a similar proposition to Cadbury Eclairs, but just with glacier mint replacing the outer caramel.

*The Irish Shop* sent me a 96.0g bag that contained about 20 wrapped sweets. The outer packaging looked very similar to the Emerald Caramel Eclairs I reviewed a few weeks ago, combined with the green foil wrappers I thought the product was all presented to a good standard. The mints themselves were not the most exciting looking, but when inspected closely the inner chocolate could just be made out sitting in the middle of each piece. Surprisingly when opened the bag was completely scentless, it was not until the individual foil wrappers were unwrapped that the pleasant minty smells emanated from the pieces.

I do like a good mint, and these were well received. The mint flavours were not overly intense and had a slight milky, creamy nature to their taste. The peppermint oil brought a nice refreshing edge, whilst the smallest intermittent salt lick made for a really moreish taste. At the heart of each piece the chocolate element provided a nice variation to the mint flavours, with a nice burst of cocoa that stayed present for a short time in the mouth. I felt it didn't quite bring the same sort of WOW factor as with the Cadbury Eclairs, however the chocolate was certainly a welcome addition, and just delivered an extra flavour dimension.

Overall although not the most spectacular product I have ever had the pleasure of reviewing, it was certainly a solid one and quite unique nonetheless. These aren't the sort of product you will want to consume all in one go, though they were great to have as a bag sitting on my work desk that I occasionally dug into. They provided a nice way to freshen up my mouth with just the smallest of chocolaty hits - if your a mint lover then I would recommend them.

7.3 out of 10

March 28th: Hershey's Milk Chocolate Layered Cookies

Kcal 300 Fat 15.0g Fat(sats) 8.0g Carbs 37.0g (per 4 cookies)

Despite the mountains of chocolate I have been eating my way through recently in order to bring you all Easter 2009 in a nutshell, I have also been treating myself to the some of Hershey's latest cookie ranges that CandyPirate so kindly sent me. The first lot of the selection I decided to indulge in were these 'Milk Chocolate Layered Cookies', which sat under the traditional Hershey's branding.

I received these in a pack of four (56.0g) that did me nicely for two separate snacking occasions. The cookies were nicely presented in a well designed foil wrapper and also came adequately protected in a cardboard sleeve. The cookies themselves cut a nice look with all of the different layers visible and the Hershey's logo well crafted into the surface of both biscuit sides. Despite not having the greatest of chocolaty hints in its aroma, the smell that emanated from the packet was resoundingly pleasant and displayed some nice sweet scents.

Just as the name suggested the product was formed of three different layers. The outer cookies tasted almost completely identical to Bourbon biscuits we get here in the UK with a lovely buttery, sweet taste. Separating the crunchy cookies and inner white creme was a very welcome layer of milk chocolate. I thought it added not only added the chocolate hit that was slightly lacking in the cookie elements, but also delivered a complimentary moistness to the other two drier textured layers. Sat directly in the middle of each cookie was a pleasant sweet, milky fondant substance that was none to dissimilar to the stuff found at the centre of Oreos. Two cookies at a time certainly made for a nice snack to accompany a mid afternoon coffee.

Overall these were good cookies yet at the same time a little unspectacular. The three different layers combined to deliver what you would expect from such a product ... a pleasant biscuit and creme centre offering with just a little touch of milk chocolate to give it a chocolate flavour hit. These have scored ever so slightly better than Oreos, however for me they are pretty much inseparable as these offer much the same proposition. Cookie fans these are certainly a product you would like to try.

7.9 out of 10

March 28th: Hershey's Twizzlers Chocolate Twists

Kcal 160 Fat 2.5g Fat(sats) 1.0g Carbs 33.0g (per 45.0g - 4 pieces)

In their latest package, *IShop4YouII* sent me a whole variety of different products, included in which were these Hershey's Twizzlers Chocolate Twists. I had tried a few varieties of Twizzlers before most memorably strawberry, though having never even heard of these 'Chocolate' flavoured ones I was intrigued to say the least. I couldn't help but laugh at the claim of being made with 'real Hershey's Chocolate' - the actual realness itself of Hershey's Chocolate is a real grey area nowadays ... but please lets just not go in to that today :)

Liz kindly sent me a 340.0g bag of these Twizzlers, which I slowly munched away on sporadically for about three or so weeks. The presentation of the product was a little unspectacular - the outer packaging was all pretty standard Hershey's style, though the laces themselves I am afraid cut a rather boring brown appearance. To be honest everytime I looked at them I couldn't quite help but ask the question why are these not cola flavoured? ... ultimately I think they could have done more to get the chocolate theme across! In regards to aromas, it was all a little puzzling. The Twists radiated a predominantly sweet smell that had an odd burnt rubber hint to it. I could detect a minor chocolatyness though it was really rather faint.

Just as the smell and presentation lacked in establishing the 'chocolate' flavoured nature of the product, the actual taste didn't really make any greater inroads. As you would expect with chew sweets the taste was really rather sugar led, though it did have some additional flavours that just seemed lost in one big murky background taste. Breaking the taste down beyond the sugar, I could detect elements of vanilla, dried milk, flour ... if you have ever tasted dried custard powder before thats how I would best describe the convergence of these flavours. Although these didn't really leave me demanding more, they at the same time weren't exactly horrible. What I think one of the most important things you take notice of though is the lacking of the word chocolate in my description of the taste ... go figure.

Overall as I have tried to outline above these weren't a necessarily bad tasting chew sweet - they simply just didn't deliver the chocolate flavour promised though. I guess rationally thinking about it this wasn't all that surprising - how on earth are you really going to implement chocolate in a chew sweet after all ... aside from maybe coating say a regular Strawberry Twizzler in proper chocolate .... now theres an idea :) For my money if your interested in these sorts of sweets/candy, I suggest you look at some of the other flavours from the Twizzlers range.

5.2 out of 10

March 27th: Cadbury Dairy Milk Mint Crisp

Kcal 245 Fat 11.6g Carbs 31.7g

This Cadbury Dairy Milk Mint Crisp was another bar provided to me by my friends at 'The Irish Shop'. Up until very recently we had a very similar bar available here in the UK, the Cadbury Dairy Milk Mint Chips - if you look hard enough you may even still be able to find it in some shops. Anyway this Irish version came billed as 'mint flavoured milk chocolate with honeycombed granules'.

This bar came in the usual Irish 49.0g .... why 49.0g and not 50.0g? ... who knows! The 49.0g provided a very substantial snack, which I ate in the one sitting. The product was packaged in the usual Irish Cadbury style, combining a paper sleeve and inner foil wrapping. I thought the flavour variant was well communicated by the wrapper, whilst the bar itself looked oddly appetising with some distinctly garish green pieces evident throughout the branded blocks. I had somewhat mixed feelings regarding the smell of the bar. It had a very forthcoming mintyness, which although smelt quite pleasant itself, detracted from the usual Dairy Milk scents.

I was slightly wary by the look of the mint pieces in the chocolate, in that I was thinking that due to their crystallised nature they might bring an unwanted additional sweetness. This in fact wasn't a reality. What I was quite surprised to find was that the actual 'Mint Crisp' pieces were more honey led in their flavours, with the real mint element incorporated in to the actual chocolate. This meant the usual creamy, milky Cadbury Dairy Milk flavours were partially lost, though the extra mintyness was still very pleasurable and fresh tasting. The thickness of the Irish Dairy Milk was again present, and was wonderfully complimented by the crunchy honeycomb pieces. As I have said above I consumed the whole bar in one - it was very moreish, yet at the same time very satisfying.

Overall this was another hugely enjoyable bar from the Irish Cadbury Dairy Milk range. Although the implementation of the mint flavouring to the chocolate did detract some of the focus from the original Dairy Milk flavours, the slight variation will definitely be a warmly received one for fans of milk chocolate and mint combinations. As well as retaining the unique thick texture, the mint crisp pieces added further interest with their distinct crunchiness. If you were a fan of the Cadbury Dairy Milk Mint Chips I very much recommend this bar.

8.4 out of 10

March 26th: Cinnabon Cinnamon Cream Pecan Cluster

Kcal 180 Fat 7.0g Fat(sats) 4.5g Carbs 30.0g

Dipping again into my latest package from the kind people at CandyPirate, I today tried out this Cinnabon Cinnamon Cream Pecan Cluster. As it was produced by the same company as the GooGoo Cluster (Standard Candy Company!) I was expecting good things, and the description of the product certainly didn't fail to raise my anticipation further ... 'cinnamon cream topped with glaze pecans and toffee bits, covered in white chocolate'.

This product came in a slightly smaller size than the GooGoo and weighed in at 43.0g. Aesthetically all was really rather good - the outer packaging displayed a realistic illustration of the cluster, whilst the choice of fonts gave it a nice stylish look. The piece itself looked very appetising with all the different elements visible when cross-sectioned; its snow white complexion was a bit of a pain to photograph as you can see above. When I opened the plastic packed I was immediately treated to a nice variety of sweet spicy cinnamon aromas - it certainly set the mood nicely for the taste.

Before consuming this product I was a little worried that some of the elements might get lost in what was a very 'busy' set of ingredients. This however wasn't the case as each element added not only some unique flavours, but also a lovely bit of variety in the textures displayed. As you can imagine the white chocolate was very milk based in its taste, and contributed a nice smooth thick melting outer layer to the other constituents. Sitting within the outer coating were the pecan and fudge pieces - the pecans bought some welcome buttery, nut flavours whilst the fudge added further interest with its crumbly texture and toffee notes. Sat in the middle of the cluster was the real star of the show - the cinnamon cream. Frankly it was more of a caramel then a cream though who cares ... it substantiated a sweet yet spicy cinnamon flavour hit that created a real impression in the mouth with its chewy texture. Its flavours were long and well balanced, which ultimately made for both a delicious and fulfilling taste.

Overall this was a product that is well worthy of a rare ChocolateMission 9.0 out of 10 rating. This Cinnamon Cream Pecan Cluster provided a wonderfully enjoyably product that was both unique and diverse in its flavour range. I honestly can't recall ever having eaten anything quite like it before and was really very impressed. Frankly if you don't like cinnamon then this is a review you could have stopped reading about three paragraphs ago. If like me though you are very open to this wonderful ingredient then I simply urge you to try one of these.

9.0 out of 10

March 26th: York Sugar Free Peppermint Patties

Kcal 80 Fat 3.5g Fat(sats) 2.0g Carbs 28.0g (per 36.0g - 3 pieces)

To say my experiences with the Hershey's Sugar Free range has had its ups and downs would be slightly understating matters. The Reese's and Hershey's with Caramel were both notably awful, though the original Hershey's Chocolates were a bit more to my liking. Today I sampled the fourth out of the range *IShop4YouII* sent me - the York Sugar Free Peppermint Patties. These were formed of dark chocolate filled with a peppermint creme.

These Peppermint Patties came in a bag that weighed 85.0g, which contained about 8 pieces. It is worth looking at the very low nutritional values - these are definitely an option you should take note of if your on a diet and in need of a chocolaty hit. In regards to presentation the outer packaging looked little different to the standard York Peppermint Pattie. The pieces themselves were contained within neat looking foil packages, that kept the chocolates smelling fantastically fresh with their strong minty aromas. The chocolates varied little aesthetically to the standard York Peppermint Pattie. Aside from the obvious size difference, the only other thing of note was the fact that the centres appeared less viscous.

I was a little surprised to find that I would most likely would have struggled to distinguish these and the originals in a blind taste test. Obviously as previously mentioned the limper texture of the Sugar Free variant would ultimately have given it away, however in regards to flavours I would say they were pretty indistinguishable. The dark chocolate was not the most flavoursome, though was still able to establish some mild cocoa flavours in the mouth before the real ferocity of the peppermint centres told. Much like I found with the original Peppermint Pattie, I really enjoyed the mint filling. It was extremely sweet, though really had a nice level of peppermint flavouring, which ultimately made it very refreshing and cool in its taste. These were an incredibly moreish product, however given the 'laxative effects' warning on the back I was again cautious about eating that many at a time.

Overall these delivered a far better experience than the some of the other variants from the Sugar Free range. The dark chocolate could again have been implemented far thicker in order to substantiate a greater cocoa presence, though I guess it just isn't regarded as that important due to the product focus being on the mint filling. Personally I would still choose the original York Peppermint Pattie over this one, however if your eating a restricted diet these are very much worth contemplating.

7.2 out of 10

March 25th: Kit Kat Sweet Potato

Kcal 114 Fat 6.6g Carbs 12.8g (per 20.5g - 2 fingers)

You could probably have guessed that this was another Kit Kat variant sent to me by the wonderful people at J-List. I am a huge fan of sweet potatoes, though despite there name I must say I haven't ever thought of using them in a sweet food context and have always used them for savoury dishes. As we all know though the Japanese sure like to mix things up and I was more than willing to see what they could make of a sweet potato flavoured Kit Kat.

The on-pack writing as you may have gathered was of course all in Japanese - this didn't stop me from matching up some the numbers though - this came in a 41.0g pack that was split into two separate foil sealed double fingers. Although I couldn't read any of the writing I thought the product was wonderfully presented with the fingers not only contained within their foil packets, but also a nice little cardboard package. The fingers themselves were a pastel yellow colour, though a darker brown coloured creme could be seen running through the middle of the wafers. I really liked the smell of the product - it had a pleasant sweet smelling biscuit like aroma that caught my attention instantly.

I really didn't know what to expect from a sweet potato flavoured product but thankfully it was rather good. The outer coating had a white chocolate like appeal with a very tasty milky, vanilla like taste. This creamy coating was complimented nicely by the standard malt flavours from the wafer that of course delivered the usual pleasant crunchiness. Sitting inside the wafer it was the creme that delivered the really unique flavours of the product. The most apparent flavours it initially brought were elements of sesame and salt with just the slightest of sweet potato starchiness. The aftertaste seemed noted with a twist of black pepper, which actually was a lot more appealing than it sounds. It left a lingering spice note that was nicely extinguished by the remnants of the creamy coating. I ate the whole four fingers in the same sitting and was still left feeling a little hungry, however there was no doubting the tastiness of the product.

Overall this surprisingly wasn't just a gimmicky description and it actually delivered a very lively and exciting set of flavours. I was admittedly sceptical that this would be the case but this Kit Kat combined a wonderfully friendly outer coating with the wafer and slightly spiced sweet potato creme really rather well. I think you have to be the adventurous type if your going to enjoy this particular product, it isn't your standard Kit Kat I tell you now. If you like trying things that are a little different then this would be a product I highly recommend, another good score for the Kit Kat range.

8.0 out of 10

March 24th: EASTER 2009 Mini Eggs Superpost Part 3

The products featured in today's Superpost Part 3 are all items that have been requested to be reviewed by Chocolate Mission readers. As with the previous Superposts (which you can see HERE!), I will offer my brief thoughts on the product and of course give it a score on the ChocolateMission scoring system:

Nestle Milkybar Mini Eggs: 

Kcal 500 Fat 23.3g Fat(sats) 14.2g Carbs 68.4g (per 100.0g)

I must say I was pretty reticent to trying these having really not enjoyed the Nestle Milkybar White Moments (Review HERE). Described as 'white chocolate mini eggs in a crisp sugar shell' they appeared to be an none to dissimilar proposition - thankfully I was wrong.

The product was presented well and included the usual Milkybar themed branding on pack. The eggs themselves were the smallest of all the eggs I tried this Easter 2009, though this would eventually turn out to be a positive thing. As with most sugar coated products the eggs really lacked any telling aroma, though a mild sweetness was detectable when searched for. 

Unlike the sugar shells on the 'White Moments' the ones implemented on these eggs were noticeably much thinner - and this made for a much more enjoyable product. I got great pleasure from placing a few eggs in my mouth and waiting just a few seconds for the inner chocolate to melt within its crispy shell before crunching. Upon breaking the crispy shells the usual wonderful plethora of creamy, vanilla flavour influences exerted themselves .... yum!

Overall these were as well received as any other Milkybar product I have tried on ChocolateMission and had a very moreish nature about them. The thinner shells meant they avoided being overly sugary like the 'White Moments' and made for a thoroughly enjoyable product. Recommended for white chocolate fans!

8.0 out of 10

Marks & Spencer Speckled Eggs:

Kcal 500 Fat 24.9 Fat(sats) 18.5g Carbs 63.5g (per 100.0g)

My Easter 2009 reviews wouldn't be complete without at least one offering from M&S would it? These eggs came billed as 'Belgian milk chocolate eggs with a decorated candy shell'. 

Frankly I was a little freaked out by the presentation of this product. Now don't get me wrong I don't have a problem with chocolate coming in an egg shape ... that is all pretty evident by the rest of the reviews! But looking at these eggs did make my stomach turn just a little ... they looked a little real for my liking! The Blues ones especially looked quite like small birds eggs ... whats next? Kinder putting fur on the Kinder Bunnies you see below? Anyway ... I personally didn't like it!

Unfortunately for M&S the presentation of the sugar coated shells wasn't the only area I thought let them down. Despite the shells providing a nice crunch to the product I found them to be too thick, which meant it not only took an age for the chocolate to come into the taste, but also meant that a very strong sugar hit had to be experienced. Personally this wasn't too my liking, and ruined the pleasent creamy, milk flavours of the chocolate that lay below.

Overall these were probably one of the poorer products I tried this Easter. The sugar shells here were implemented far too thickly, which meant that too much of the focus was taken away from the milk chocolate. I hope I am not the only one to find the look of these a little worrying as well? Maybe it is just me being too sensitive?

6.2 out of 10

Kinder Easter Bunnies
Kcal 562 Fat 35.3g Carbs 51.4g (per 100.0g)

I know these aren't Mini Eggs but I couldn't possibly let ChocolateMission reader Rose down with her first ever request. I picked up a pack of these Bunnies in my local OneStop for what I thought was quite a pricey sum of £1.19 - pricey considering they only equated to 45.0g worth of chocolate!

I thought the presentation was very good. The bunnies were held within a nice cardboard holder, whilst all three pieces were wrapped in a very colourful foil wrapper. As you will be able to see above the chocolates themselves were nicely moulded into the bunny shape and actually contained quite a lot of detail worked into their surfaces. Although not quite as striking as their appearance they had a reasonably nice smell that had strong dairy connotations.

If you have ever had a Kinder Surprise Egg or Kinder Maxxi before you will know what to expect from these bunnies. The product was formed of two thin layers of both milk and white chocolate, which made for a none to surprising sweet, creamy taste. As it happens the sweet milk based flavours made for a real moreish nature; the only problem with this though was the problem that you get with most Kinder products ... the minimal portioning!

Overall these Kinder Bunnies very much delivered a very familiar story that happens all too often with Kinder products. The product tasted delicious, yet failed to deliver a satisfying experience as it was all too short lived due to the crazy smallness of the product. If your after just a small chocolate treat then these are a nice little option; if your looking for something that is a bit more substantial though you better look elsewhere.

7.0 out of 10  

Well that concludes my Easter 2009 posts this year - I hope you have enjoyed them. If you still want a product reviewed drop it in a comment and I will endeavour to do my best!