Wednesday, 27 October 2010

October 27th: 'Bits n Bobs' - Marks & Spencer Layered Cookies

'Bit's n Bobs' takes a Marks & Spencer's focus today with me checking out the other two varieties of their Layered Cookies range. My desire to check out these other flavours was mostly driven by my enjoyment of the first lot I tried back in August where I rated the Caramel variety a very healthy 8.7 out of 10. Comments from readers came back so positive I thought it only right to try out the other offerings - oh what a dreadful task :D

As always readers comments are most welcome - so please share your thoughts ...

Marks & Spencer Milk Chocolate & Honeycomb Layered Cookies

Kcal 195 Fat 11.0g Fat(sats) 7.0g Carbs 21.9g
'Biscuit topped with a milk chocolate truffle and honeycomb chip centre, coated in milk chocolate and topped with honeycomb chunks'

Don't these look a million dollars!! That's what I thought anyway when I first picked them up. Taking the plastic tray out of the cardboard box I was instantly impressed by both the aesthetic decoration of the cookies and the gorgeous smelling honeycomb scents that wafted over my senses. Just like I commented on the caramel variety review, my love for the outer decorative pieces was somewhat short lived when they proceeded to scatter themselves over my living room when I bit in to one of the cookies - in retrospect that was probably me just being careless.

I don't know quite where to start with the taste as it was such a mixture of tremendous flavours and textures. The biscuit base was deliciously buttery and had the smallest of salty notes that gave each mouthful a sinful moreishness. The truffle layer placed on top was the best thing about each of the cookies, and took the sweeter flavours of the milky outer chocolate to a greater cocoa richness. The honeycomb within the truffle layer luckily wasn't over portioned, which was lucky as the outer honeycomb created a very sweet initial flavour base alongside the milk chocolate. If I was pushed to make a choice I would probably still go for the caramel variety over these ones. Believe me though, these were still incredibly tasty cookies and I would buy them again.

8.2 out of 10


Marks & Spencer White Chocolate & Lemon Crunch Layered Cookies
Kcal 200 Fat 11.0g Fat(sats) 7.1g Carbs 22.7g
'Biscuit topped with a layer of lemon flavoured white chocolate truffle, coated in white chocolate with meringue pieces'

Had you asked me before trying then which of the three varieties I was the least keen on I would have told you it was these Lemon Crunch cookies. Sitting alongside the Honeycomb ones on the same £1.99 deal though, it made little sense not also giving them a review - I don't like to do things by halves you know ;)

Suffice to say I'm glad I decided to pick them up - they were sublime! Just like the other two the meringue pieces breaking away from the outer white chocolate was a minor annoyance but once I had the first bite in my mouth all attention was quickly diverted from the mess I was creating on keyboard to the sheer delightfulness developing in my mouth. The biscuit bases was consistent across all three so I needn't pass mention to how tasty it was again (woops I just did!). Before encountering the biscuit of course, I had to make my way through the outer white chocolate and lemon flavoured truffle centre - both of which were utterly fantastic. Despite the sugary lumps of meringue, the outer chocolate was more creamy than it was sweet, and it left a delicious vanilla note that lingered long in the mouth. Moving on to the truffle filling, well like the honeycomb cookies above it was the best thing about these cookies. It was outrageously creamy, and had a tart, citrus lemon twist that was just perfectly balanced with the other sweeter tasting components. These cookies were simply delectable - highly recommended.

8.7 out of 10

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