February 18th: Bits n Bobs Tubs, Pouches, Bakes & Cakes
Marks & Spencer Extremely Chocolatey Chocolate Mini Bites
Kcal 465 Fat 23.7g Fat(sats) 14.3g Carbs 57.3g (per 100.0g)
I'm sure you will all be delighted to hear that a Marks & Spencer food store has opened up round my neck of the woods so you can all expect a few more M&S goodies to be appearing on the site :D Chances are if you have had any sort of cakes from M&S before it is a decent bet that you would have come across these Extremely Chocolatey Chocolate Mini Bites at some point. Described as 'chocolate mini bites with chocolate buttercream, covered in milk chocolate', they were one of the first products I remember to be offered in this 'tub' style. Though I may be mistaken, I personally remember M&S being the first one to bring this sort of mini cake offering to the table - I'm sure someone will make me stand corrected :D Anyway, to celebrate the stores grand opening I reunited myself (and fellow co-workers) with a few tubs of these mini bites. The sweet, milky chocolate that coats the cakes are still just as thick as I remember from years past, though the buttercream in the cake was a just a little less creamy and well portioned than I seemingly remember it. Suffice to say these are still very rich little mini cakes and without a shadow of a doubt I will buying them again for sharing occasions/celebrations in the office. I would happily buy and recommend them.
8.3 out of 10
Rocky Rocks Crispy Crunch
Kcal 84 Fat 3.6g Fat(sats) 2.7g Carbs 12.1g (per 2 biscuit pieces)
Back in September I showcased you the new Rocky Crispy Crunch Bars which I included in one of my weekend posts as 'Snack of the Week'. Well following on from those new standard bars, Fox's biscuits have also seen fit to create some new pouch snack offerings - namely in their Original and Crispy Crunch variant guises. These new Rocky Rocks come billed as 'mouthfuls of chocolate covered crispy wafer, with crunchy biscuit bits'. Without over elaborating a review that need only be short, these were quite simply miniature sized Rocky Crispy Cunch bars, all contained within a 125.0g resealable foil pouch. Now although I say miniature, each piece was about a third of the size of a normal bar, so a few handfuls of provided a fairly substantial snack for someone just seeking a few nibbles to compliment a afternoon brew or coffee. As far as pouch snacks go these weren't half bad - I would at least consider buying them again.
7.2 out of 10
Cadbury Cake Bars Turkish
Kcal 120 Fat 4.4g Fat(sats) 2.7g Carbs 18.1g
After the release of the Turkish flavoured Cadbury Biscuits, one should probably have pre-empted these Turkish flavoured Cadbury Cake Bars eventually making it to market. That said, it still came to my surprise, when I saw these 'Special Edition' bars on-shelf in Sainsbury's last week. Packaged in a 5 bar multi-pack, these cake bars came described as 'chocolate flavoured sponge with a Turkish Delight flavour topping covered in milk chocolate', and inevitably sat there on a £1.00 'introductory' price promotion offering. In terms of the chocolate coating and cake base, everything was to be expected, with both contributing towards a base taste comprised of sweet milk chocolate Madeira sponge. The 'turkish delight' layer sat on top was also in-line with expectations and brought a very sugary and sharp rose tinted jam like element to the party. Combined with the cake the jam produced a scorchingly sweet taste, though this was all fine given their small size. These wont be the best or worst Cadbury cake bars you come across.
7.5 out of 10
Kellogg's Elevenses Choc Chip Bake
Kcal 179 Fat 6.0g Fat(sats) 2.0g Carbs 28.0g
It's not often I miss my alarm in the mornings, but as I believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day I always keep a stash of cereal bars in my cupboard for such emergencies. Currently my designated saviours for such a situation are the Kellogg's Fibre Plus bars which have been my favoured option since I came cross them last year. With my willingness to try all things chocolatey however, I decided to give one of these Kellogg's Elevenses Choc Chip Bake bars a go after having them suggested to me by a work colleague. Weighing 42.0g and containing 179 kcal, you could say this Bake bar was immediatedly the more substantial offering - something that was also promised by it's 'hearty bakes made with rolled oats, wheat & chocolate chips' billing. This proposition turned out to be reality. The Bake bar had a stodgy, compressed texture that felt dense and heavy in mouth and hand. The cake itself had a sweet, oaty cereal taste that every so often offered a chocolatey flavour sensation when the inner chip pieces were encountered. The binding syrupy glucose substance that ran throughout made eating the entire bar at once a minorly sickly experience, though it did also give the bar it's aire of substantuality and hunger filling credentials. I found this to be a far greater superior offering to the Kellogg's Chocolate Nutrigrain, but I would say I still prefer the tastier Kellogg's Fibre Plus bars if push came to shove.
7.2 out of 10
Nature Valley Oats And Chocolate
Kcal 195 Fat 8.3g Fat(sats) 1.4g Carbs 25.1g (2 bars)
Comparators don't come harsher than Heavenly Cakes so I did feel a little sorry for these Nature Valley chocolate granola bars from the outset. New to the UK market as of October 2011, these bars came described as 'crunchy granola bars made with baked rolled oats with chocolate pieces', and I found them on sale in Tesco priced at £2.39. Although these were a more expensive option compared to most of the other one pound merchants I have been mostly been reviewing from down this aisle, I felt like this was a fair price given that each of the six individual packs contained two bars (42.0g!). Like I said initially these bars were always going to have a hard time living up to Heavenly Cakes's Fruit & Nut Granola (See HERE), but on reflection they didn't do half a bad job. The taste was refreshingly uncomplicated and had a heavily oat cereal base focus that was fused together expertly by a tasty, non-overbearing syrupy substance. The chocolate pieces dispersed throughout, were well portioned, and did bring the desired creamy chocolate flavours to the party where present. As a fan of granola cereal I really enjoyed these. Heavenly Cakes beaters no they aren't, but by their own merits they are worth a look at. I'll be buying them again for sure.
8.0 out of 10