September 15th: 'Bits n Bobs' Cakes & Chocolate Biscuits # 5

You must all know the drill by now when it comes to my 'Bits n Bobs' posts - multiple products and snapshot reviews. Today three products take centre stage, two of which are 'biscuit' bar versions of some Nestle's best selling chocolate bars. The other is a first ever appearance for Kellogg's Pop Tarts.

Nestle Toffee Crisp - Kcal 99 Fat 5.2g Fat(sats) 3.4g Carbs 9.2g (per bar)

These bars come described as 'biscuit pieces, crisped cereal and caramel, covered in milk chocolate'. Those of you who have never read my original Nestle Toffee Crisp review will want to take a look HERE. The Toffee Crisp has always been a bit of favourite of mine (hence the 8.5 out of 10 rating!), though reasons unbeknown to myself I had never tried these biscuit bars. In stature they were around a quarter of the size of an original bar but the only difference I noticed visually (apart from scale!) were the small bits of biscuit amongst the rice cereal centre. I would love to say that the biscuit pieces had a massive impact on the taste, but to be honest it was still the chocolate and toffee caramel elements that dominated each bite. Just like the normal sized bars these were still a little unsubstantial due to the light airy centres. More importantly though they were still every bit as delicious with their mixture of sweet caramel and chocolate flavours, and the variety of textures were still as varied and glorious. I would buy them again for our tea room - they are just great for just a little chocolaty snack.

7.7 out of 10

Nestle Yorkie Biscuit Bar - Kcal 123 Fat 6.2g Fat(sats) 3.6g Carbs 10.3g

Having just reviewed a biscuit bar version of one of my favourite Nestle products, I now move on to one of my lesser favoured offerings of theirs. Looking back at my review of the Nestle Yorkie Original (See HERE) I must have been in a good mood as think my score of 7.8 out of 10 was probably a little generous - it is only just a bar of average tasting milk chocolate after all. Anyway the notorious £1 deals in my local Tesco persuaded me to give these Yorkie biscuit bars a try and they came billed as 'bourbon biscuits covered with milk chocolate'. To my surprise I actually enjoyed these a whole lot more than I thought I would. My views on the quality of the chocolate haven't changed (a fair standard, cheap recipe sugary milk chocolate), but the biscuit just gave a little bit extra to the total Yorkie experience. It was crunchy and buttery in taste and offered a minor suggestion of salt - it quite simply provided a normal chocolate biscuit experience but with an added dose of average tasting milk chocolate which resultingly made it a little more substantial snack wise. I would be more than happy to buy them again.

7.8 out of 10

Kellogg's Pop Tarts Chocotastic - Kcal 198 Fat 6.0g Fat(Sats) 2.5g Carbs 17.0g (per tart)

After a few reader requests I finally caved in and gave these Kellogg's Pop Tarts a try. If you look on the several American food importer websites, Pop Tarts are big business in America and the seem to offer an never ending number of different flavours. In the UK it appears we only have the two - including of course this 'Chocotastic' variety. On the box they came described as 'chocolate flavour filling in a frosted pastry', the nutritional information and ingredients list revealed that each tart mainly consisted of sugar! To test drive these out I replaced my usual bowl of breakfast cereal with two of these toasted Pop Tarts. In terms of taste the outer portions of each tart were quite nice and I thought the chocolate pastry, although a tad dry, was pleasant when washed down with milk. At first I also found the centre bit reasonably tasty with it's chocolate syrup flavours, but it wasn't long before I found it overbearing in terms of it's sweetness and I couldn't stomach over half of the second tart. Personally I don't think I will be replacing my usual cereal with these anytime soon. They might be nice as the odd treat but I just can't imagine anyone being able to eat them everyday! They get a very, very generous score of 7 out of 10 for taste.

6.7 out of 10