Halloween Bits n Bobs 2012 - Part 1 - Hotel Chocolat & Cadbury

We all know I'm not a great lover of the Halloween holiday but with so many ghoulishly themed products out on our UK market shelves this year I've dedicated the next few days to showing off a few of the 'Bits n Bobs' available from the likes of Hotel Chocolat, Cadbury, Nestle etc.
Hotel Chocolat
I got the feeling that I've been doing this all for too long when the Hotel Chocolat Haloween sampling package I received last week contained all products I reviewed in previous years (a little worrying huh!? haha!). This year I again got a box of the Hotel Chocolat Boo chocolates (Review - HERE, Buy - HERE), The Hotel Chocolat Yumpkin (Review - HERE, Buy - HERE) and a few of the Hotel Chocolat Skull Lick Lollies (Review - HERE, Buy - HERE). With Hotel Chocolat chocolate at the heart of all these products you just know they are coming with a ChocolateMission recommendation. 

The Cadbury line up this year consists of both old and new with some 2011 products returning, as well as some never seen before 'special edition products'. 
Starting off with the more traditional chocolate products, in most supermarkets you should be able to find both the Cadbury 'Screme' Eggs and the all new Cadbury Crunchy Spiders. The Cadbury 'Screme' Egg was first released in 2010 - (See my review HERE), and returns once again to keep the Cadbury Creme Egg to all year round phenomena that I don't believe it should be. 
The Cadbury Crunchy Spider (Kcal 155 Fat 8.6g Carbs 17.5g) - is a new creation that consists of 'milk chocolate with green crisped rice balls'. These aren't going to be many worlds alight with the crisped rice bits adding little aside from an interesting aesthetic effect with their green colour. Those partial to Cadbury chocolate will be satisfied though and parents after affordable treats for the kiddies could do worse (FYI 'Crunchy Spider' is also available in pink for the girls!!).   

Lastly from Cadbury with have these special edition Cadbury Toffee Apple Fingers (Kcal 95 Fat 4.7g Carbs 11.6g - 4 fingers). These are a little more elusive than the two above, though if you look for them in the bigger Tesco or Sainsburys superstores you should have luck. I shared these with some work colleagues who for the main part enjoyed them. Both the toffee and apple flavourings tasted a little artificial to me, but it didn't seem to bother others as much and the pack was finished within a day of being opened. I wouldn't stretch as far as saying 'go out your way' to buy them, but they are a fair variation of the original. 

Halloween Bits n Bobs 2012 - Part 2 will be published this Wednesday