Welcome to the first of two very special posts that have come around thanks to the generosity of ChocolateMission fan Fiona Nesbitt. Fiona is a reader based in the United Arab Emirates and was kind enough to send me a parcel full of her local chocolate bars made by some very familiar names :D Over the course of the two part 'UAE Chocolate Superpost' I will be looking at bars from Cadbury, Mars and Nestle, comparing them with the UK equivalents in terms of ingredients and then giving my comments on any differences I observed in taste.
Nestle Kit Kat
Kit Kat UK - Review (See HERE)
Kcal 107 Fat 5.4g Fat(sats) 3.0g Carbs 10.6g (per 20.5g bar)
Ingredients - Milk Chocolate (66%) (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Dried Skimmed Milk, Cocoa Mass, Whey Powder, Butterfat, Vegetable Fat, Lactose, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin, E476), Flavouring), Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Fat, Cocoa Mass, Yeast, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate), Salt, Calcium Sulphate, Flavouring.
Kit Kat UAE
Kcal 102 Fat 5.1g Fat(sats) 3.1g Carbs 12.6g (per 21.0g bar)
Manufactured - Nestle Dubai, L.L.C. Dubai - UAE.
Ingredients - Sugar, Wheat Flour, Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Hydrogenated Palm Kern Oil, Whey Powder, Milk Fat, Vegetable Oils, Reduced Fat Cocoa Powder, Invert Sugar Syrup, Emulsifier, Salt, Natural Vanilla Flavour, Raising Agent
Comments:In my photo above you will see that I have pictured both the two finger and chunky Kit Kat milk chocolate bars sent to me by Fiona. On the surface of things both appeared no different whatsoever from the bars we get in the UK. Closer inspection of the wrapper actually showed that the Chunky they get in the UAE is manufactured in the UK and imported over - quelle surprise I could taste no differences whatsoever.
The two finger bar however, was a totally different story. This bar had been manufactured at the new Nestle factory in Dubai, and boy there some glaring disparities from the Kit Kats im used to. Indeed, compared to our UK Kit Kat the chocolate was waxy in both melt and mouth feel, and the wafer component was equally bad, lacking it's usual crispness with its limp yield. In addition to the textural issues, the overall taste also felt lacklustre. The chocolate tasted less creamy and less cocoa focused, and seemed to rely more on it's sugar flavours. The wafer also lacked just a little of it's usual malt and wheat flavour cut through. These differences were not only evident because I was looking for them, I genuinely feel like anyone would have observed them.
6.4 out of 10
Nestle Lion (UK) - Review (See HERE)
Kcal 269 Fat 12.7g Carbs 35.3g (per 55.5g bar)
Ingredients - Sugar, Glucose-fructose Syrup, Flour (Wheat, Rice), Skimmed Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Lactose, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Cocoa Mass, Butterfat, Whey Powder, Humectant (Glycerol), Salt, Emulsifiers (E322 from Soya, E476, E471), Flavourings, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Carbonate), Yeast, Barley Malt Extract.
Nestle Lion (Poland)
Kcal 309 Fat 13.8g Fat(sats) 9.9g Carbs 43.2g (per 65.0g bar)
Manufactured - Nestle Polska, Oddzial w Kargowej
Ingredients - Compound mass (41.9%)(sugar, hydrogenated vegetable fat, whey powder, fat reduced cocoa powder, emulsifier, milk flavour), Glucose Syrup, Rice Flakes (9.7%), Sweetened Condensed Milk, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Stabilizer, Salt, Raising Agents, Thickener
Comments: What is a Polish bar doing in a 'UAE Superpost' I hear you ask!? Well like the Nestle Chunky Kit Kat, the Lion is another bar that Nestle import in to UAE from a different country, which in this case is Poland.
The keenest of the keen ChocolateMission readers will be aware that I have done a like-for-like comparison of the UK and Polish Lion Bars before (See HERE). The King Size bars that Fiona sent me were highly comparable in terms of the conclusions I made in that comparison. The milk chocolate and caramel were less flavoursome, and texturally things were also a little off, with the chocolate again feeling waxy and the wafer not as crisp. It must however be noted that these differences were not quite as stark as the Kit Kat above.
7.9 out of 10
Lastly today I will be focusing on the first two variants of Galaxy chocolates that I recieved as part of this four flavour 'mini' bar pouch.
Galaxy Milk Chocolate UK -Review (See HERE)
Kcal 250 Fat 14.9g Carbs 25.5g (per 49.0g bar)
Ingredients - Sugar, Cocoa Ingredients (Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass), Skimmed Milk Powder, Milk Fat, Lactose, Demineralised Whey Powder, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E442), Flavouring. Milk Chocolate Contains Milk Solids 14% Minimum and Cocoa Solids 25% Minimum.
Galaxy Milk Chocolate (UAE)
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Manufactured - Mars, Dubai, UAE
Ingredients - Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Skimmed Milk Powder, Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat, Glycerol, Water, Milk Fat, Emulsifier, Dextrose, Thickener, Flavouring (artifical ethyl vanillin). Milk Chocolate Contains Milk Solids 14% Minimum and Cocoa Solids 25% Minimum.
Comments: You must already be getting sick of my saying this but the melt of this chocolate was again incredibly poor in mouth feel and had a disgusting waxyness to it. For me, the most appealing aspect of the Galaxy chocolate we get in the UK is the way the sillky soft melt slowly releases the crispy, creamy sweet cocoa flavours. The taste may not be the most prestigous, but compared to this UAE Galaxy chocolate the UK bar is far superior in terms of quality and cut through of its flavours. The taste here felt laboured and didn't create the impact in terms of it's cream rooted flavour base.
6.2 out of 10
Galaxy Crispy (UAE)
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Manufactured - Mars, Dubai, UAE
Ingredients - Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Skimmed Milk Powder, Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat, Glycerol, Water, Milk Fat, Rice Flour, Barley Syrup, Rapeseed Oil, Barley Malt, Emulsifier, Dextrose, Thickener, Flavouring (artifical ethyl vanillin). Milk Chocolate Contains Milk Solids 14% Minimum and Cocoa Solids 25% Minimum.
Comments: This was the flavour in the pack that didn't have a UK equivalent bar, so I was looking in the direction of this Crispy bar to give me the opportunity to say something nice about the UAE chocolates for once :D Unfortunately the base chocolate was of course just as disappointing as above, and the cereal rice did very little to help. Whilst it had a positive effect bringing some nice variation to the waxy texture, it broke up the already rather mild flavours even more, making the bar even more passive and lightweight in taste. Oh dear!
6.0 out of 10
What can I say!??? Not a great start for the UAE chocolates. Be sure to check back soon for Part # 2 where I will be checking out more Galaxy and the Cadbury Dairy Milk bars.