July 20th: Jacob's CLUB Biscuit Bars
I have always tried to stay clear of reviewing milk chocolate biscuits, but after last months Kit Kat Orange & Mint bars I couldn't ignore the reader requests for any longer. Due to popular demand I have binned my no chocolate biscuit rule for today, and have brought you some short, succinct reviews of Jacob's CLUB range.
Whenever I think of CLUB biscuits the first thing that pops into my mind is the old CLUB biscuit advert 'If you like a lot of chocolate on your biscuit join our club' ... legendary stuff (See HERE). Despite not having a CLUB biscuit for what must be nearing ten years, I felt instantly at home with the wrappers, which didn't appear to have changed all that much from my childhood. As iconic as they are I couldn't possibly given them anything more than 7.0 out of 10 - put it this way they do a functional job without raising all that much anticipation or excitement.
Below are my brief thoughts on the three different Chocolate, Mint and Orange variants - scores given at the end.
Kcal 123 Fat 6.2g Carbs 14.9g
Jacob's CLUB Chocolate - 'milk chocolate with chocolate cream and biscuit'
This variant was obviously the least exciting out of all three variants and it proved this way when it came to the taste. The outer milk chocolate was of a fair standard - it did little aside from register a very mild milk lead chocolatey taste, but it did melt with a pleasant soft smoothness. The inner biscuit was pleasant with it's buttery shortbread flavours, however the chocolate cream layer was neither any different in taste or texture to the outer chocolate portion.
7.0 out of 10
Kcal 124 Fat 6.5g Carbs 14.9g
Jacob's CLUB Mint - 'milk chocolate with a cool mint cream and biscuit filling'
Similarly to the Chocolate variant above the outer portion of this bar established a sweet chocolate flavour hit from the outset. I was expecting a very stark, forthcoming mint flavour hit but I was met with a very tasty creamy peppermint fondant. The mint cream was neither overly sweet or dominant and it took the taste of the chocolate and biscuit elements nicely onwards in terms of progression. This was my favourite out of all three flavours.
7.6 out of 10
Kcal 125 Fat 6.5g Carbs 14.9g
Jacob's CLUB Orange - 'milk chocolate with an orange flavoured cream and biscuit'
Despite already revealing to you that the Mint flavour was my favourite I have to say these Orange CLUB weren't exactly far behind. As with the Mint variant, the orange cream was similarly well balanced in the taste and the fruity influence came through nicely as suggested by the promising orange scents. The added orange cream made these a more attractive proposition than the plain Chocolate variety and I can't argue that it didn't liven up the taste somewhat.
7.2 out of 10
Overall it was nice to reacquaint myself with these CLUB biscuits, but just like I like I always thought about them when I was younger they hardly set my world alight. Compared to the Kit Kat Mint biscuits I reviewed the other day it was a pleasant surprise to see a cheaper mint biscuit flavour done so well. To be honest all three of these CLUB bars did a fair job as a mid-afternoon chocolate snack, and it wasn't as if one was anymore fulfilling than another. In terms of taste, my preference was with the two flavoured options, the mint variant would be my CLUB of choice if given the option between all three. So there they you are ChocolateMission readers - you now have my CLUB biscuit recommendations. Be sure to let me know your own fond memories/favourite CLUB bar flavours.