December 3rd: American Soda - Wonka Exceptionals 2011

Stuck for present ideas for someone this year? One option you could consider is putting together an American themed chocolate and snacks package like the one above from AmericanSoda (See HERE). I'll be using this very collection for a Secret Santa scheme I'm participating in this year - fingers crossed they like it!!!

As you will see above, my Secret Santa package features one of the latest Wonka Exceptionals bars. A few weeks ago AmericanSoda gave the opportunity to try the two newest flavours, the Fantabulous Fudge Bar and the Triple Dazzle Caramel Bar. Below are my thoughts on them both.

Wonka Exceptionals Fantabulous Fudge Bar
Kcal 200 Fat 12.0g Fat(sats)7.5g Carbs 21.0g (4 pieces - 40.0g)

'Milk chocolate filled with chocolate fudge' - One of the things that surprised about this Wonka range (produced by Nestle) when I first tried it last year (See HERE) was just how tasty the chocolate was. Indeed for a chocolate that must be targetted at a younger demographic, I would of thought a few corners would have been cut in terms of the actual product delivery. To my delight I found much differently, and this was the case yet again with these latest offerings. This Fantabulous bar was simple in construct - a blocked milk chocolate bar with a gooey softer inner substance within each piece. The chocolate was sweet and sugary, yet it had a clean, crisp delivery of it's milk flavours - uncomplicated by pleasant nonetheless. The gooey centres didn't do much in the way of differentiated flavour progression, though they did seem to be incremental to the chocolatey flavour volume and provided a bit of interest for the mouth feel. It was very moreish and I found it easy but satisfying to eat the four block suggested serving portion.

8.0 out of 10

Wonka Exceptionals Triple Dazzle Caramel Bar
Kcal 200 Fat 12.0g Fat(sats)7.0g Carbs 21.0g (4 pieces - 40.0g)

'Milk chocolate filled with caramel' - I never like reviewing milk chocolate caramel bars now because as you can see looking at my ChocolateMission Leaderboard I have some firm favourites already in place. Well it wasn't like I could turn down free chocolate so this Wonka Tripple Dazzle got a shot at the JCM rating system and I'm glad now it did. Just as described above the milk chocolate was surprisingly good. Just like the fudge centres above the caramel was portioned at the heart of each block and texturally matched it for softness and smoothness. Taste wise the caramel exceeded expectations with it's heavy sweet butterscotch tones highlighted immensely by just the most subtle touch of salt. It's unbelievable how much better a caramel can taste with just that little simple ingredient. Again this was a very moreish bar, and one that I found easily edible in the two suggested portions. This gets a JCM thumbs up.

8.2 out of 10

Overall these new flavours are well worth taking a look at if you enjoyed the previous Wonka offerings. Out of the two the Triple Dazzle Caramel was just about my favourite, though the Fantabulous Fudge certainly surpassed my preconceptions. If you are UK based and want a 'safe' set of chocolates to gift that aren't available in this country normally then these new Wonka editions are certainly worthy of a look at.

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