Back in September/November I reviewed the Harry & David Moose Munch Bars, both of which are favourites of Liz's at *IShop4YouII*. Well after my positive reviews of the bars Liz was kind enough to send me this fantastic product in my latest package. The Harry & David Moose Munch Confection Dark Chocolate consisted of caramel coated popcorn and whole nuts pieces. Additionally some of these pieces were coated in Harry & David dark chocolate ... it sounded fantastic to me!
Liz sent me a 127.0g box that as I will unwittingly explain lasted me all of 20 minutes (for shame!!). The product was well presented and came in a smart looking cardboard box that incorporated the usual Harry & David type branding and fun illustratives. I liked the fact the box had a cut out window so the product could be visually seen. The confection mix not only looked appetising, but also smelt fantastic too. I was greeted with a vast array of sweet toffee and nut aromas as soon as I opened the plastic packet.
One would assume that since the product came in such a large box it was meant for sharing. As mentioned though I managed to eat my way through the entire lot in 20 minutes ... it was just so ridiculously moreish. Every single piece within the mix was coated in a simply delightful caramel coating - it wasn't like the cheap tasting sugar coated popcorn you can get - but more sophisticated in its buttery, sweet toffee like flavours. In and amongst the popcorn were some delicious tasting pecan and cashew nuts that were simply bursting with fresh salty nutty flavours. What made the mix truly excellent though were the dark chocolate covered pieces. The unsweetened cocoa added an extra degree of interest with the salt of the nuts and sweetness of the caramel providing spot on contrasts. The only major error I could find with this product was the lack of fulfilment it provided me - 660 odd calories later and I was still wanting more!
Overall as you will have gathered from this review this was a product that I simply couldn't get enough of. I found the mixture of the popcorn, caramel, nuts and dark chocolate simply superb ... it was a truly fantastic snacking product. I wouldn't necessarily recommend these as a product to eat by yourself, though for snacking occasions with friends I honestly can't think of many other products that would do you any better. If popcorn is your thing, these are a must try!
Ritter Sport are never afraid to add to their already extensive product range and I today got to grips with another of their new flavour variants. This Ritter Sport Keks & Nuss (Biscuits & Nuts) came described as 'milk chocolate with hazelnuts (8.9%) and crunchy biscuit pieces (6.5%)'. I thought the hazelnut content was a little unimaginative though on reflection it wouldn't have made much sense Ritter diversifying from something they actually do very well (see Ritter Whole Hazelnuts range!!).
The Biscuits & Nuts variant is the latest addition to the 'King Size' part of the Ritter Sport portfolio and therefore came in a 250.0g size. As you can see in the packaging photos above the presentation was all rather standard Ritter Sport but it is worth mentioning the clear visuals that provided nice clarification of the flavour. In regards to the chocolate itself it both looked and smelt very appetising indeed. The biscuits and nuts appeared very plentiful and well spread out within the chocolate and the bar had a very fragrant nutty influence within its cocoa scents.
I have tried over thirty-five variants of Ritter Sport chocolate now but I thought this one was really one of the best. The milk chocolate was exactly what I expected from the Ritter brand - not the greatest quality yet still flavoursome with its tasty milk led cocoa taste. With the chocolate being rather standard it was of course left up to the biscuit and hazelnut ingredients to deliver and they certainly didn't fail. Both the nut and biscuit pieces had wonderful fresh crunchy textures yet still managed to avoid the sharp, throat scratching effect I have experienced with other clumsier bars. In regards to flavours they delivered here as well - the biscuits added a wonderful array of malt, butter and honey notes whilst the hazelnuts had terrific roasted earthy flavours and brought just the slightest hint of salt in the mix. The combination of these different constituents made for a chocolate that was multi dimensional in regards to its flavours and one that also felt very fulfilling.
Overall what with their being so many different Ritter Sport variants out you would expect the quality of each flavour to dip as the portfolio expands. I can confirm though that from what I experienced this certainly wasn't the case here and this has to be one of the better Ritter Sport bars I have tried for a long while. The chocolate was its usual unspectacular self however the biscuit and nut combination made for an overall taste that was as wonderfully tasty as it was satisfying. As you can imagine the 250.0g took a while to get through and I did end up sharing it with several other people to get their opinions. I must say the majority came to a very similar conclusion to my own - that this is one very good chocolate bar. For this reason I highly recommend you get yourself over to Dean-German-Grocery and try it for yourself.
I am probably going to attract some criticism for this review as I know that 'White Mice' have a cult following here in the UK. Indeed, as a child I consumed them on mass - they were always a common and prominent feature in my pick-a-mix bag when I was a wee one. Unfortunately (or maybe not!!), everyones main source of 'White Mice', Woolworths, is now no more. Shopping in my local Tesco last Sunday however I stumbled across a pack produced by Hannah's .... would these be a lovely trip down nostalgia road ... or a hellish 'never to eat again' product!??
The bag I found in Tesco contained 85.0g of 'White Mice' ... I would say under half that actually got eaten. The outer packaging was very simplistic and didn't do a very good job of maintaining the product. You may be able to make out in the picture above that the pieces had particularly dusty surfaces which gave the impression they were not all that fresh. In regards to aroma I was also not very impressed - the smells that emanated from the bag seemed very artificial in their sweetness and had a rather fake vanilla hint.
You have probably peeked at the score already so I won't beat around the bush ... these were HORRIBLE ... and I mean HORRIBLE in every sense. Studying the blurb on the back of the packet it turns out that these were not white chocolate at all, but white chocolate flavour candy. One look at the ingredients and it was no wonder that the taste was sickeningly sweet and artificial considering they were solely made of 'sugar, vegetable fat, whey powder, emulsifier and flavourings' ...EUGH!! Not only did they taste awful in their overbearing sugaryness, but they had a rough, uncompromising melt which just to top everything left my throat feeling like it was literally on fire. Suffice to say I was left wondering what had come of my once loved 'White Mice'.
Overall these are frankly the WORST ... yes the WORST product I have had the displeasure of reviewing in my whole year of writing for this site. I know people are going to criticise me as these no doubt hold a place in a lot of hearts, but frankly they tasted terrible and after no more than three pieces were inedible due to the artificial ingredients tearing up the back of my throat. These are made with cheap ingredients, taste cheap ... yet aren't cheap anymore (65p for a bag!). I would honestly think twice before reaching for a bag of these ... leave your childhood memories untarnished.
Just a few weeks ago I was again a lucky recipient of package of goodies from my pals at ShopeNZed. Going on the advice of many ChocolateMission readers I did request that they send me this Cadbury Moro bar - a product that seems to be extremely popular with the folks down under. Billed as 'Dairy Milk chocolate coated caramel and nougatine whip' it sounded none to dissimilar to the Mars & Milky Way bars that you get in the UK & US; suffice to say I was hoping for a similarly good experience.
This Moro bar was a bit of a monster and came in a very large 65.0g size. As you can probably guess this really did the trick curing the hunger I had before eating it. I liked the theme of the packaging as it had a rather masculine look to it - the black colours and bold font not only made it look inviting but also gave it a very suave look. As you can see above the bar I had the pleasure of eating got a little bit of wear and tear in the post, though I actually thought the caramel that had oozed out really looked damn tempting with its wonderfully golden colour. The faultless presentation didn't just stop at the looks - when I ripped open the foil packaging I was immediately greeted by a enticing concoction of sweet cocoa scents ... YUM!
I have previously commented that sometimes the Dairy Milk chocolate used in the Cadbury products in NZ isn't quite the quality of our UK stuff. Frankly the difference I noticed between the two in this bar was minimal at most - though I think this was mainly down the nougat and caramel taking a firm hold of the taste. The outer Dairy Milk chocolate didn't fail in substantiating some delightful cream flavours and established a firm chocolaty base for the rest of the ingredients to play off. The thick smooth melt of the chocolate revealed a dense and chewy nougat layer that lasted what seemed like forever in the mouth. The nougat could possibly have been a little more flavoursome but it still added some sweet vanilla like notes and really gave the product its fulfillment credentials. The real star of the show for me though had to be the caramel - it was simply wonderful in every sense. It was soft, chewy, smooth and bursting full of sweet butterscotch and toffee flavours. The combination of all three elements made each bite absolutely delicious and left me feeling very satisfied.
Overall this was a simply fantastic chocolate bar that I enjoyed immensely and Cadbury really gave it a great go of making a bar to compete with the equivalent Mars products. Personally I think the more flavoursome nougat of the Mars products gives them the slight edge but I would still any day be satisfied for settling for one of these Cadbury Moro. The three key components combined superbly and formed a taste that was as luxurious as it was moreish. If your a fan of bars like the Mars & Milky Way and fancy trying Cadbury's tilt on the combination I strongly suggest you get yourself involved with one of these bars - wonderful!
Recently I have noticed that most new Ritter Sport bars are introduced for only a few months as seasonal limited editions. Todays bar though looks as if it has actually become a staple part of Ritter Sport's main range as it did not have anything to indicate otherwise. This bar was described as 'milk chocolate (64%) topped with a layer of white chocolate (36%) and it reminded me alot of an M&S product I used to frequent when I was a kid. As you may have already guessed this was a bar supplied to me by Dean-German-Grocery.
As already stated this bar is a new addition to the main Ritter Sport range and came in the usual 100.0g square form. I thought that the product on the whole had real aesthetic appeal and I liked both the fresh look and clear flavour indication of the packaging. As you can see above the chocolate itself didn't look half bad either - I liked the two tone effect of each of the blocks and it made for quite a fun challenge splitting the two layers in the mouth. When I opened the plastic packet I was met with an array of dairy and cocoa scents that nicely set the mood of the taste.
I have often commented on how Ritter Sport chocolate is generally unspectacular and how the range is mostly notable for its added fillings. Of course with there being no added fillings here both the chocolates were carrying the can in terms of taste and I am glad to report they did a pretty sterling job. The milk chocolate base seemed slightly stronger than most other Ritter milk chocolate bars I have tried and the cocoa flavours seemed just a little bit sharper and longer lasting. The milk chocolate wasn't really that creamy so the extra milk based flavours brought to the party by the white chocolate were highly distinguishable. For my liking the white chocolate was a little on the sweet side though what with it being less prominent than the milk chocolate this wasn't such a problem and it certainly added a pleasant vanilla element to the taste. One thing I did notice was that the melt wasn't quite as thick as I would have liked however it did manage to maintain a lovely smoothness throughout.
Overall this was a pretty well executed milk and white chocolate combination and it was actually better than I expected. With Ritter Sport most well known for their fillings this was indeed a little less exciting than their some of the rest of their range but it was still on the whole a pleasant experience. Ritter Sport milk chocolate wont be winning any awards anytime soon, though the addition of the white chocolate added another dimension to the taste and added an extra level of cream and vanilla notes. I can actually see this being a bar that a lot of people would enjoy - its certainly not the best of the Ritter Sport lot but its a solid choice nonetheless.
From the same site that brought you such reviews as Milka Choco & Rice .... I today bring you .... duh duh dunnnnnn ... Milka White & Rice :D :D This was of course another bar sent to me by the fine folks at Dean-German-Grocery who so kindly sent me the latest bars that are gracing the extensive Milka range. As you can probably guess from my dramatic introduction this bar simply swapped the standard milk chocolate for white chocolate, and was filled full of rice cereal pieces.
As with the milk chocolate variant this bar came in a 200.0g form that in comparison to the standard Milka range looked quite frankly huge. Again I liked the addition of the resealable fold that was included on the wrapper - I thought this was particularly handy for a product like this as I can imagine the cereal might have gone a bit stale had it been left 'el natural'. The chocolate itself looked pretty appetising as well with the cream colour of the chocolate nicely studded by the whiter rice pieces. The resealable flap also came in handy maintaining the lovely vanilla sweet smell of the bar that didn't fail to entice.
If you have read my previous reviews on Milka White Chocolate before you will know I am not a great fan. I have previously described as too reliant on its sugar content and that its overall flavours were too monotonous and sickly. I pleased to inform you here that the rice cereal went a large way to curing these problems and really made for a thoroughly enjoyable bar. The white chocolate was of course its normal sweet self, however the inclusion of the rice managed to balance the sugary flavours with a more savoury cereal based taste. The rice not only balanced the flavours but also managed to break the taste down, allowing the vanilla notes of the chocolate to come through more in the aftertaste. The added cereal additionally brought a wonderful crunchy element to the texture, which further added interest to what was really quite a simply product.
Overall I was really quite surprised by this chocolate as it was one that I thought I had made my mind up on before trying. I was expecting to just experience the same overly sugar reliant product that I did with the plain Milka White Chocolate, though I pleasantly found that the rice really managed to compliment it well and bring out its better attributes. As I said with the Milka Choco & Rice this bar reminded me of the Nestle Crunch but just a far better take on the rice and chocolate combination. If you were already of fan of Milka White Chocolate then I think this bar would really be one for you to get hold of. If your a doubter like myself you could also be in for a similar surprise should you give it a try.
The last of the goodies sent to me by Hotel Chocolat came in the form of these 'Served Chilled Cocktail' chocolates. On pack Hotel Chocolat describe these as 'perfect for relaxed summer days, summer parties and balmy evenings'. Having just finished a rather mad last few weeks of University life I decided to go with the 'relaxed summer day' occasion, and shared these with a few pals over a nice cool pitcher of Pimms.
These chocolates came in a box full of eight that contained two of the following flavour variants - Margarita, Mojito, Cosmopolitan and Chocolate Martini. Although I wouldn't claim to be a massive drinks connoisseur I had a vague idea of the recipe for each as I have had experience working in a bar.
Just as the product suggested I placed these in the fridge (like I would have done anyway!) and left them to cool before we devoured them. Before I get into my impressions of the actual chocolates I must first express my delight at the presentation. The packaging was bright and colourful and displayed the theme of the chocolates in a non overly elaborate way. The chocolates themselves looked and smelt amazing with some fruity, boozy smells evident as soon as I opened the box.
Below are my thoughts on each chocolate:
Cosmopolitan - The outer white chocolate initially substantiated a good degree of creaminess in the taste and had pleasant fruit and vanilla notes in its midst. The melt of the outer chocolate was superb, as was the soft creme nature of the truffle filling. The filling at first added some additional milk flavours though it wasn't long before the vodka came through and overpowered the taste. The vodka not only dominated the flavours but also gave me a burning sensation in the back of my throat which somewhat ruined the experience for me. Poor.
Margarita - Out of all four of these cocktails the Margarita is the one I have had most often. The outer milk chocolate was of a normal high standard and provided the usual perfect balance between the cocoa and cream flavours. The inner truffle centre had a citrusy lemon centre that had a strong boozy kick in the aftertaste. The aftertaste left a fresh taste in the mouth which I really enjoyed. Good.
Chocolate Martini - This chocolate gave the strongest chocolate hit and it provided a wonderful richness in its cocoa flavours. Although the taste wasn't as complex as the other variants I enjoyed the initial strength of the cocoa flavours and thought they transcended well in to the strong Martini liqueur flavours. Once again I did get a little burning sensation in the aftertaste though it wasn't as strong as with the Cosmopolitan. Standard.
Mojito - This was certainly my favourite out of the lot and was one that I particularly enjoyed. The white chocolate delivered some wonderful cream base flavours and had a terrific note of vanilla that added depth. The liqueur content of this chocolate seem not as strong compared to some of the other variants as some mint and lime influences had a greater say in the overall taste. This was frankly to my preference as I found it made for a more relaxing and refreshing taste experience. Very Good.
Overall this was an interesting selection of chocolates yet by no means the best ever product produced by Hotel Chocolat. Some of the variants (most notably the Cosmopolitan and Martini) were overly strong in the strength of their liqueur which reflected badly on the chocolate as it rather muffled the other flavours. Part of me can't help but feel that these weren't the greatest of ideas given that Hotel Chocolatare most noted for the quality of their chocolate - by having such strong liqueur elements it wasn't really the chocolate that was the main focus which in my opinion came at slight detriment to the product as a whole. Despite this gripe this was a fun selection to try and I must say they make a nice talking point when shared amongst friends. On that basis I would recommend them, however if it is chocolate quality your looking for you might want to check out some of the other products Hotel Chocolat have prepared for this summer.
Despite the seriously hot conditions in Japan at the moment J-List are still stocking some suitable chocolate based products - one of which I got my hands on to review today. These Lotte Toppo are described on J-List as 'inverted Pocky'. This is a pretty accurate description as they are simply hollow biscuit sticks filled with a milk chocolate creme - aka inside out Pocky!
I was the lucky recipient of a 80.0g box that included two packets of twelve separate sticks. I guess by Japanese standards the packaging was a little reserved - personally though I thought it managed to combine both a stylish and friendly look. The sticks themselves looked exactly the same size as Pocky though due to the chocolate being on the inside didn't look quite as funky or interesting. Despite not matching up aesthetically I was impressed that the product was kept in foil packets - this certainly helped maintain freshness and the sweet chocolaty aroma.
Recently when reviewing products like Mikado and Pocky I have often been impressed with the quality of the chocolate involved. I am happy to say that Lotte certainly didn't buck the trend here either - the chocolate creme that filled the sticks was devilishly moreish. It was by no means the greatest quality milk chocolate ever but its cream based sweet flavours had a nice cocoa strength and brought the desired chocolate hit to each piece. Complimenting the inner creme nicely was of course the outer biscuit. The biscuit was a little different to the base sticks of Pocky and had more of butter based, brown sugar taste - I didn't necessarily prefer it but more found it equally as pleasant. I did eat both the two separate packets over different sittings, though I must say I didn't find either particularly satisfying.
Overall these were yet another tasty snacking product from Japan but like so many of them didn't quite deliver the desired hunger fulfilment. The chocolate that lined the biscuit tubes frankly tasted delicious - the outer biscuit base wasn't half bad either. The single problem with this product though was the way that although the packets were getting lighter and lighter as I munched my way through them, my hunger really wasn't being cured. If your looking for a tasty light snack then I would recommend these but if your looking for something more substantial these probably wouldn't do the trick.
The bar came in a 100.0g size that was split in to ten nicely sized pieces. The product had a nice colour theme to it with the caramel flavour nicely represented by the golden colours and pictures on the wrapper. The chocolate itself looked very reminiscent of other Lindt products I have reviewed before and included the impressive logo branding on each of the ten squares unblemished surfaces. As the product was contained within the standard Lindt branded foil the smell of the bar was well maintained and certainly proved to be enticing with some strong cream based smells on offer.
The first thing I noticed when tasting this chocolate was that the milk chocolate was not quite as strong as other Lindt milk chocolate I have had in the past. This had both its positive and negative aspects in that there was a noticeable lack of strength from the cocoa, however the taste were particularly smooth and consistent. Much like the smells suggested the initial flavors present were mostly milk based though as the melt progressed the creamy caramel element came more to the fore. As the chocolate transcended from its solid state to a smooth thick liquid the taste became noticeably focused on what I would describe as a burnt brown sugar note. This was more pleasant than it sounds - if you can imagine the layer of sugar on top of a creme brulee you will largely know the taste I am trying to describe. This taste did become a little dimensional and predictable when the chocolate was eaten in large quantities but on the whole I would still say it was an altogether nice chocolate.
Overall the chocolate and caramel part of the market is one that has literally been done to death with there being so many products available. In my opinion Lindt have come up with a pretty unique take on the combination here ... it just isn't necessarily the best one. To be honest I think the name is a little misleading as it is the chocolate that is in fact the creamy element and not the caramel. If anything the caramel provides a harsher take on the flavour than most other bars and didn't strike me as creamy at all. If your getting bored with your normal chocolate and caramel combination I see little reason why you shouldn't give this bar a try. Its not quite Hotel Chocolat Caramellow standard but that's obviously asking quite a bit.
Dean-German-Grocery have sent me some pretty interesting products to review, but these Fazer Liqueur Fills Vodka have to be up there as one of the most unique. Fazer are a brand who originate from Finland and I have previously reviewed their quite delicious 'Peppermint Cremes'. Todays product however took less of a conventional form, and constituted of 'chocolates filled with vodka (4.7%).
I got sent a 150.0g box of these chocolates, which I shared with a few friends to get some further opinions. The presentation of the product was fairly standard, the outer cardboard packaging was reasonably well designed and each of the chocolates were nicely wrapped in branded foil wrappers. I was slightly disappointed at the look of the chocolates themselves as they lacked branding and had to be eaten in one mouthful as biting into them caused the fillings to spill everywhere. The smell of the pieces wasn't all the enticing either - they were largely scentless though the minor cocoa scents that were present were not particularly that fresh smelling.
As I have mentioned I did try these along with three other 'co-reviewers', as I must admit I am not a particularly big fan of vodka. The outer chocolate seemed reasonable enough - much like the smell suggested they were not the most forthcoming in their flavours, however once the melt was quite far progressed an unsweetened, milky type taste had been established. At the centre of the pieces lay the vodka fillings which were contained within a thin layer of crystallised sugar. This sugar layer did partially contain the sharpness of the alcohol, but the vodka really did have quite a strong initial kick. Personally I just didn't think there was much of a relationship between the chocolate and the vodka - this was a few shared with the majority of the people who tried them. We all had about four chocolates each but had no real desire to eat anymore.
Overall these are a product which had a lot of novelty value, but just didn't back it up in the taste. The mixture of the plain chocolate and fluid vodka centres just didn't really really work in my opinion, there was nothing particularly wrong with either element ... it was just their combination wasn't all that great. As I have said they did have a sense of novelty, and certainly provided a bit of a talking point and excitement prior to trying them. In that sense I would recommend them, but not as good quality chocolates.
Having really enjoyed my first bar from Zotter I decided to be a little more adventurous with my next pick from their range. 2008 seemed to be the year of the chocolate and chilli combinations - 2009 looks set to be the year of the chocolate and bacon concoction with more and more products appearing on the market. Today I got to grips with Zotter's Bacon Bits bar which came described as 'dark chocolate filled with nougat and pork crackling'. I can't say I am the biggest fan of pork crackling as a pub snack let alone as an ingredient to a chocolate bar - this one was going to be interesting.
In keeping with the rest of the Zotter range this bar came in a 70.0g serving size - thank god the nutritional values were not given - I have a feeling they may have been as high as anything we have seen yet. Once again I was very impressed with presentation of the product. The outer paper wrapper gave the bar a sophisticated look, whilst the inner foil wrapper maintained the chocolate nicely. The smell was like nothing I have smelt before - it had a nice backbone of sweet cocoa scents though in their midst I could detect undertones of nut and other more savoury influences.
I really was a bit cautious about this product as I didn't know what the hell to expect. Thankfully on the whole everything was really rather good. The outer chocolate was formed of a 70% recipe though was more subdued in its flavours than I was expecting. It managed to substantiate a nice degree of cocoa flavours in the mouth, though I perhaps would have expected just a touch more strength. Frankly this mattered very little as once the outer chocolate had smoothly melted the lighter nougat filling was revealed and it was bursting with flavours. The nougat filling started off with a very hazelnut centric taste with the woody elements of the nuts coming through strongly. Amongst the nougat though were small granule sized pieces of pork crackling and they brought some wonderful and interesting developments to the taste. The predominantly sweet flavours of the chocolate and nougat were built upon nicely by the crackling pieces that released bursts of salty, smokey flavours that certainly didn't fail to make a positive impression. The overall taste was very rich indeed as the flavours seemed to continually develop in the mouth before leaving a pleasant aftertaste of cocoa and what seemed like a note of cinnamon spice.
Overall this was another fantastic bar from the Zotter range and the contrast of the flavours brought a taste experience that was as unique as it was diverse. Much like we thought last year with chilli and chocolate, the combination of bacon and chocolate is one that doesn't make all that much sense in your head. As this bar proves though the mixture of the two can certainly work when put in the hands of a high class manufacturer - this product was simply delicious and one that I would definitely have again. If you are curious about trying a bacon chocolate bar I honestly suggest you try this one - its exceptional.
Included in my latest package from Dean-German-Grocery I was lucky to be the recipient of the new summer flavours from the Milka range. A direct translation of the name of this bar 'Milka Gipfeltraum' is 'Milka Dream Summit' which obviously revealed absolutely nothing about the flavour whatsoever. A closer inspection of the packaging revealed that the bar was formed of 'Apline milk chocolate with a blueberry creme filling and crunchy caramel pieces' ... it was a unique combination I will give it that.
The bar came in the very familiar 100.0g size which took me about three sitings to eat in its entirety. As I have mentioned I thought the branding was a little weak, though the pictures on the packaging gave the bar a relative appeal displaying the blueberry fruits and a realistic looking cross section. Speaking of cross sections you can see above that the filling had a rather off purple colouring to it!? I did find myself asking when blueberries had in actual fact been purple in colour? What was worrying me more however was the sweet artificial fruity smell that was emanating from the bar - frankly it smelt cheap and not all that enticing.
Remembering back to my review of the Milka Strawberry Yogurt a few months ago that bar was showing all these worrying signs yet managed to actually pull it out the bag in regards to the taste. Unfortunately I didn't perceive this to be the case here and thought this was a product that was disappointing. The outer Alpine Milk chocolate as ever delivered a creamy, hazelnut noted chocolate though things went noticeable downhill from here. Just as the smell suggested the blueberry element was extremely artificial in its overly sweet taste and just lacked the real fruity flavours that I was hoping it would deliver. To compound the already sweet taste the 'caramel pieces' seemed to do little more than just add bursts of sugary flavours and seemed to just disrupt both the taste and the textures of the bar. Frankly the combination just didn't work for me and the two caramel and fruit elements just didn't compliment each other in any form.
Overall it is not often I am disappointed with Milka products but I have to say this was one of their poorest efforts to date. As mentioned above the blueberry element was so chemically derived it just lost all semblance and grounding of its fruit flavours and really just brought an overly sweet element to the taste. This combined with the fact the caramel pieces seemed very out of place meant that this just on the whole wasn't that enjoyable which is something I not often say about Milka products. My opinion is that this bar is well worth leaving alone - there are far better options in the range.
Given the sheer amount of times I have bought this product over the last year I am little curious to why it has taken me so long to get round to writing a review? I guess its not the most conventional chocolate product ever but hey we are talking about a site that has reviewed all sorts of random products (See HERE!!). I do have a soft spot for Marks & Spencer, though it is not like they have always blown me away with their confectionery offerings. Today's product on pack came billed as 'Belgian milk chocolate with a butter toffee popcorn centre' ... what possibly could there not be to like here.
For the purpose of this review I bought a 100.0g bag, suffice to say I wish I had bought a few bags at the time as it was empty in no time at all. The presentation was all rather standard with the pieces contained within a relatively simple looking matted bag. Things got a bit more exciting when the bag was opened, upon where I was met with a very butter led, sweet smell. The actual pieces themselves looked generally quite big, though there were a few smaller pieces in and amongst the selection.
The milk chocolate that coated each of the popcorn pieces was of a surprisingly good quality. It had a distinct creaminess to its taste and avoided being overly sweet. The cocoa flavours were not exactly that imposing but they substantiated themselves enough to bring a pleasant chocolate hit with each mouthful. Once the milk chocolate had melted into its thick liquid state, the popcorn centres were revealed and were of a similar highly quality. Each piece had fresh, fluffy yet crunchy texture, whilst both sweet toffee and salt notes were brought with their buttery corn taste. My only criticism of the product was that it was really not that fulfilling, which was obviously a bad thing given that every mouthful had a supreme moreishness.
Overall there is no wonder I keep finding myself picking up a bag of these nearly every time I head in to M&S. These chocolate coated popcorn pieces are undeniably delicious, but are also dangerously moreish and unfulfilling. The bag I ate for this review was eaten in under 15 minutes ... which when you consider that it contained 520 calories and left me still hungry, tells you that this is not a product to be eaten for hunger fulfilment. If you feel like a chocolate inhibiting popcorn treat though you can do very little wrong here