April 13th: 'Bits n Bobs' Chocolate Cookies, Cakes & Cereal Bars

I'll save you the big introduction today as I'm sure you know the score with these Bits n Bobs posts now. Today we have various cookies, cakes and cereal bars hailing from both the UK & US ... Lets go ....

Kellogg's Special K Bliss Chocolate & Raspberry
Kcal 89 Fat 2.0g Fat(sats) 1.0g Carbs 16.2g (per bar)
'Mixed cereal bar with raspberry fruit pieces, with a chocolate layer'

It's rare for me even to second glance at a Kellogg's Special K product in any month either side of January, however I missed breakfast this morning so bought one of these Kellogg's Special K Bliss Chocolate & Raspberry from a local newsagent. My convenience driven purchase meant I paid an inflated £0.90, though I'm sure you could buy these far cheaper in supermarket multipacks.

A peak at the score will quickly reveal that this wasn't the most satisfactory of products. The bar was crumbly and messy to eat, and the chocolate layer melted within seconds leaving no lasting chocolatey impression in the mouth. The only positive contributor taste wise were the raspberry fruit pieces, which collectively at least brought the bar to an edible standard by providing some real tasting red berry flavour influences. The rice and wheat constituents were far too light in texture to provide any great deal of satisfaction, thus leaving me both hungry and certainly a little lighter in the pocket for my troubles. Personally I wouldn't even bother with these if I was on a diet.

3.0 out of 10

McVitie's Hobnobs Cookies Choc Chip & Hazelnut
Kcal 54 Fat 2.8g Fat(sats) 1.3g Carbs 6.4g (per cookie)
'Oaty biscuits with plain and milk chocolate chips and hazelnuts'

Coming from a household where the Hobnob biscuit has always reigned supreme, it was with great delight last December that I learnt McVitie's were going to be releasing a variety of cookies - See HERE. Having been looking out for them for a few months, it came as a bit of a surprise when I found them first on sale in Waitrose where I paid a RRP premium of £1.35 for the 150.0g pack.

Packaging and presentation was all standard McVitie's stuff. The outer out foil wrapper does a good impression of the McVitie's plain Digestive packaging, but the infamous Hobnob branding is just about big enough to differentiate it. The cookies were a similar size and stature to Maryland, though the oat heavy constituents made for a firmer and desnser textured proposition. This more viscous nature meant that the cookies were longer sustained in the mouth, which subsequently made them feel a more substantial proposition. Flavour wise the predominant flavours were that of oat cereal and surprisingly hazelnut. The only disappointment for me came in the form of the chocolate chips, which failed to create any sort of chocolatey cut through in the taste. These cookies are a coating of decent chocolate away from being a very good cookie option.

7.7 out of 10

Nabisco Oreo Fudge Cremes
Kcal 230 Fat 11.0g Fat(sats) 7.0g Carbs 32.0g (per pack)
'Chocolate cookies topped with Oreo Creme, covered in fudge'

I often get e-mails from readers saying that my 'Bits n Bobs' reviews are too UK focused, so I thought I would throw these Oreo Cookies in the mix in order to please my readership across the pond. I'm sure you are all aware that I love my Oreo cookies - Double Stuff Mint being my all time favourites (See HERE). My passion for trying anything sporting an Oreo logo, led me in the direction of these 'New' Oreo Fudge Cremes, which I received in a 46.0g sized pack.

These cookies were sent to me by one of my suppliers in A-spec condition (no cookie breakage etc) so I was surprised to see such an unappetising prospect when I opened the package. Despite being a good eight months 'in-date' the cookies had scuffed, worn bloomed surfaces and looked totally meagre and unsubstantial due to their flatness. All this negativity unfortunately carried through to the taste test where things were equally as disappointing. The standard Oreo biscuit and Creme constituents held their own, however it was the horrid, waxy melting fudge coating that was the predominant constituent. Not only did it have a horrible mouth feel, but it contributed little aside from a very 'wish-washy' sugary influence taste wise. These are not something that Nabisco should be proud of - Oreo fans you have been warned.

5.0 out of 10

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Billionaire Shortbread
Kcal 374 Fat 20.3g Fat(sats) 10.8g Carbs 29.9g (per pack)
'All butter shortbread, caramel and milk chocolate layer, decorated with white and dark'

If you high calorie foods put you in a place of nervous disposition, I suggest you look away from this review now :D A few months ago Sainsbury's relaunched their 'Taste the Difference' range (their premium own brand product tier), a move which saw them add many new products to their existing own brand lines. One of these new products was this single serving 73.0g Billionaire Shortbread slice, a product that shares it's name with one of the highest scoring cakes featured on this website last year - Heavenly Cakes Billionaire Shortbread (See HERE). What with it's name, it had an awful lot to live up to, thankfully it didn't disappoint too much.

Despite claiming to be a single serving piece, I ate the slice across two separate sittings - firstly as an afternoon snack and then later on as a dessert. Breaking each layer down, the shortbread base was lovely. It had a glorious melt in the mouth texture, however kept it's form nicely and wasn't messily crumbly. The caramel layer on top was similarly pleasant in both taste texture. It wasn't overly intensive in it's sugaryness, and was more buttery sweet in it's flavour influence - all it needed was a lick of salt for my liking. Topping the entire cake, the chocolate layer was fair in flavour, though I think more could have been made of the dual chocolate type idea as the white chocolate didn't quite provide the contrastive cream based flavours it could of possibly done. I'm an experienced guy when it comes to B/Millionaire Shortbread products :D and in the grand scheme of them all I would rank this one relatively highly. It should give you some idea of the quality here when I say I would buy it again.

8.2 out of 10