Wednesday, 29 February 2012

February 29th: Midweek Mini Lion Bar Peanut

Kcal 203 Fat 10.6g Fat(sats) 5.9g Carbs 23.3g

If there's one thing I've come to realize, it's that the Polish are rather fond of their Lion Bars. Indeed, Nestle Polska can not only boast the Nestle Lion Bar White (See HERE), but also this Nestle Lion Bar Peanut which I found on sale in a local Polish food store. Weighing 41.0g it was noticeably smaller than it's milk and white chocolate Polish siblings, but I was impressed by it's wrapper which had a glittery, vivid orange and gold colour scheme.

Despite my non-existent grasp of Polish language rendering the on-pack bar description meaning nothing to me, as soon as I did the cross-section photo it was obvious that the peanut content was integrated into the outer chocolate layer and amongst the rice krispie cereal pieces. Without ever reaching the heights of Snickers allure, the bar radiated some tempting peanutty scents which were indicative of taste experience to follow. As the smells suggested it wasn't as nutty as other peanut containing offerings, but it still managed to substantiate a salty nut presence in and around the malty wafer and sweet creamy chocolate. This savoury salt lick was especially a welcome contrast with the sweet caramel, and made for a moreish and very easy to consume chocolate bar. This one didn't need two sittings - the whole thing satisfied to very nice level.

Overall I consider this Nestle Lion Bar Peanut to be the best Nestle Lion Bar I've tasted and I include the UK milk chocolate version in that consideration. It reminded me a lot of The Kit Kat Chunky Peanut, (a bar Nestle criminally stopped making in 2010 though soon to return!) which of course can only be a good thing. If you can lay your hands on one I would strongly suggest you give it a try. Fans of peanuts and the original Lion Bar certainly wont regret doing so.

8.8 out of 10

Monday, 27 February 2012

February 27th: Galaxy Bubbles Orange

Kcal 172 Fat 10.6g Carbs 16.9g (per bar)

A year on from the launch of Mars's original Galaxy Bubbles we today take a look at the first variety extension, the Galaxy Bubbles Orange. According to this source (See HERE), this orange variety is a limited edition and was chosen as it 'ranked the highest out of various flavour variants in consumer tests'. I for one would love to have known what the other options were, however the article fails to make reference to them. You may also like to know that Mars are also running an on-pack competition to coincide with the launch. 'Win a Million Moments, offers customers a chance to win and choose from a prize fund of £13.0m, with each pack containing a unique code that can be entered at www.galaxychocolate.co.uk, or sent via text'. Rather curiously the pack fails to bring light to this on the front.

Like it's original milk chocolate sibling this orange variant weighs 31.0g and is a bar split in to six individual pieces. To my knowledge the bar is currently being distributed in Tesco and Sainsburys, though I'm pretty sure it is also being sold in many highstreet stores such as Boots and Superdrug. In regards to the wrapper the obvious changes had been implemented to the pack, with the use of orange colouring and images to highlight the new variety. Although there was no indication of any aesthetic changes to the actual chocolate blocks, the fragrant and welcoming orange fruit scents made the flavouring very obvious.

A year ago when the Bubbles bar first launched I was pretty critical of it, and didn't see much in the way of it's value to the existing range. Having now given this orange variety a try, I'm pleased to report that I felt a lot more positive about my experience after consuming it. My problem with the initial bar was that I just didn't see the point of the bar given that it was essentially just a smaller/lighter version of the original Galaxy bar that didn't expose the usual Galaxy thick, soft melt. Whilst this Orange variety still didn't provide much in the way of value for money based on it's size, the format suited the taste as the orange flavouring was enabled to be delivered with the correct amount of intensity. Indeed, with the lighter textured aerated melt, the sweet orange element was nicely balanced in terms of strength against the usual creamy milkiness. Whilst I still couldn't say this was a totally satisfying chocolate bar, the extra flavour dimension did give it a somewhat more satisfying feel.

Overall this Galaxy Bubbles Orange exceeded my expectations and I found it to be a more positive experience than I first thought it might be. The style of the aerated inner texture certainly suited the flavouring, and though I still missed the standard soft melt mouth feel of standard Galaxy chocolate, the aerated sensation came across as a fitting format for added orange sweetness. In conclusion I would feel happy suggesting this to chocolate orange fans, though I still have a bone of contention to pick when it comes to the price/kg thing. £0.57 for a bar that weighs only 31.0g is rather cheeky - given it's a limited edition chocolate I wouldn't be surprised if some of the independent retailers stick a bit more on top of that RRP. I wouldn't go getting overly upset if this one passes you by, but it's worth a try if you are into all things orangey.

7.6 out of 10

Friday, 24 February 2012

February 24th: Bits n Bobs Pocky & Meiji Biscuit Sticks 2012

You might have guessed that my great friend Mr Peter Payne from J-List has yet again been ever so kind and sent me across another big box of treats all the way from Japan. Included in my sampling pack this time, Peter included a mixture of some of the newest Japanese snacks, as well as some older ones that I've previously raved about on the site. Today I'm going to show you the biscuit stick items I was lucky enough to recieve. I hope you enjoy the new style of photography the old man chose to go for - let me know what you think @Chocmission.

Glico Winter Pocky Coffee

From the selection I was sent these were the 'new' flavour that I hadn't previously tried before. I wouldn't go as far as saying I'm a coffee addict, though I'm sure my longer term readers will be well aware that I'm rather partial to coffee flavoured chocolate. As with all these snacks the presentation was first class, and rich coffee scents that emanated from the inner plastic packets were very, very tempting. It's just as well then that these lived up to this all when it came to the taste. The biscuit sticks were crunchy and buttery, and the dusted cocoa on the outer coating created a pleasant initial mouth feel when melting. The coffee flavouring wasn't perhaps as strong as I thought it could have been, but it was prominent enough to create an impression against the sweet milk chocolate and established a decent mocha like taste. I have no doubt that coffee flavoured chocolate fans will love these - I certainly did.

8.3 out of 10



Meiji Meltykiss Fran

See previous review HERE
Meiji Fran Matcha Green Tea Creamy Mousse

See previous review HERE

.... More J-List reviews coming very soon folks!!!

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

February 22nd: Midweek Mini: MilkyWay (US)

MilkyWay - Kcal 270 Fat 11.0g Fat(sats) 7.0g Carbs 41.0g
MilkyWay Simply Caramel - Kcal 250 Fat 11.0g Fat(sats) 8.0g Carbs 37.0g

You get a two-for-one for your Midweek Mini today - you can thank American Soda for that! Indeed, my American Soda contact Ben last week approached me about doing a Mars Bar (UK) and MilkyWay Bar(US) comparison. This was something I had been meaning to do for a long time so without a second thought I took him up on this opportunity - you know me I love doing regional comparisons. Well to my delight, the chaps at American Soda also included the MilkyWay Simply Caramel. That bar is the US equivalent of the Mars Caramel - a bar which has previously done the rounds in Canada and other parts of Europe.

Starting with the standard MilkyWay bar - it came described as 'rich chocolate, creamy caramel and smooth nougat'. On the face of things it looked none to dissimilar to our UK Mars bar and it's 58.0g weighting made it an equally satifsying proposition. When it came to taste there were minor differences in the chocolate, most likely due to the regional milk discrepancies, however it was the nougat where the main point of difference lay. The UK bar nougat is more chocolatey, whilst I found the US MilkyWay to have more of a malt focused taste. Texturally the UK nougat is softer and more crumbly - the US more dexterous and chewy. Truth be told I wouldn't say these minuscule differences make one any superior to the other. Both bars are just fantastic and I would be just as happy with either.

Moving on to the MilkyWay Simply Caramel, I'm glad to say that this was a step up from the Mars Caramel bar I'd had previously. Described as 'milk chocolate surrounding rich caramel' this US bar was still a hefty 54.1g which already gave it the advantage of being larger than it's Canadian alternative. As one would expect the bar packed a high level of sweetness with it's milky sugary chocolate and sweet caramel centre - I still managed to consume the bar in it's entirety. I've never been an advocate of companies taking key components out of their original bars and calling them limited editions, though I can see how this particular one opens up the MilkyWay brand to non-nougat lovers. Speaking as an individual who adores the nougat aspect of the original, I was never going to find this Simply Caramel a better option, but with that said I still got a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction from it. The caramel itself is by my reckoning very good for a mass produced offering. Sticky, buttery, moreish and importantly non-throat burn inducing - just lovely.

Overall our US pals get a JCM thumbs up for both of these. Their MilkyWay original is frankly very little different from the UK Mars bar, with only the noted subtle differences in the chocolate and nougat detectable when a great deal of attention is paid and differences searched for. Those keen on trying a version that is more caramel focused will simply love the MilkyWay Simply Caramel (see what I did there haha!) , and I can offer that as superior option to it's Canadian equivalent. If you fancy doing your own taste comparison just head to American Soda and do some of your own primary research.

MilkWay (US) - 9.3 out of 10
MilkyWay Simply Caramel (US) - 8.2 out of 10

Monday, 20 February 2012

February 20th: Cadbury Creme Egg Splats

Kcal 200 Fat 9.2g Fat(sats) 5.7g Carbs 26.6g (per 1/4 bag)

We kicked off things last week with another new Cadbury product (Cadbury Bitsa Wispa), so I thought why break a habit of a lifetime :D Indeed today I give you my pearls of wisdom *ahem* on these new Cadbury Creme Egg Splats. These also just so happen to be the first Easter themed product to appear on the site this year. I think resisting the temptation to do otherwise until late February is a pretty good effort considering our supermarkets started stocking up as early as last Boxing day 2011!

As aforementioned these Cadbury Creme Egg Splats are new for 2012 and they come described as 'milk chocolates with a soft fondant centre'. Before you go asking yourself are these just squashed Cadbury Mini Creme Eggs I can indeed confirm they are exactly that. The packaging and presentation of the chocolates is highly consitent with most other Cadbury Creme Egg products you will find. The iconic red, blue and yellow colour scheme is prevalent once again, and the Cadbury milk chocolate scents that emanate from the packaging are as familiar and delightful as freshly cut grass in the spring.

At this time it would be all to easy to start ranting about 'what the actual point' of these is what with the existence of the normal Creme Egg, Mini Creme Eggs and Cadbury Twisted bar. Frankly I wouldn't like to be on the opposing end of that question as I would have hard time making a case to justify the effort required to get these to the point of being manufactured. Quite simply they do nothing more or less than the Cadbury Mini Creme Eggs do. The chocolate and fondant proportions are slightly more skewed to the chocolate but not so much so that I think there is a discrepancy of great note. The chocolate was still deliciously creamy with it's milky sweetness, and the fondant centers had the same vanilla noted charm. The pouch format opens up greater possibilities of shared consumption and less fiddly foil unwrapping, but personally I think that's half of the fun of Cadbury Creme Eggs. I've got no great issue with these Splats but for me I will stick to consuming my Creme Eggs in their traditional format.

8.6 out of 10

Saturday, 18 February 2012

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


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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


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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


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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


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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

Thursday, 16 February 2012

February 16th: M&M's Mint with Dark Chocolate

Kcal 210 Fat 10.0g Fat(sats) 6.0g Carbs 29.0g

Thanks to my pals at American Soda I continue to be able to try out all the latest American Candy and Snacks. The latest new(ish) product sent my way were these M&M's Mint with Dark Chocolate. These were released Stateside December 2011, and are the third mint flavoured M&M's that I've managed to review in my three years doing this site. Those of you wondering what the other two were can see my reviews of the M&M's Mint Crisp HERE, and the M&M's Premiums Mint Chocolate HERE.

There isn't much to say about the packaging and presentation of these M&M's other than they were standard sized, light and dark green coloured M&M pieces. The 42.5g bag contained around 25 M&M's and a nice minty smell aroused when I opened it up. Rather puzzlingly, a quick look at the ingredients showed that 'milk chocolate' was top of the list despite these being supposedly M&M's Mint with Dark Chocolate. Ho hum, I wasn't to be perturbed and it was hardly like I was expectant of a grand cocoa experience anyway. Indeed what I got was the expected 'mass consumer friendly' semi-sweet milk chocolate i.e. a richer chocolatey taste, but still with an underlying sweet milkyness to it. Complimenting this all rather nicely, a well balanced peppermint undercurrent was apparent throughout the melt of the chocolate. It's integration was smooth and non-overbearing or under powered. For my liking the level of mintyness was about spot on.

Overall candy coated chocolates are never a total favourite of mine, but just as the other mint variants that have gone before, these M&M's Mint with Dark Chocolate were really rather good. I think a UK release of these would probably be pretty successful if it happened, as currently there isn't much competition when it comes to mint flavoured chocolates in this sort of format - Aero Mint Bubbles perhaps!? Anyway, I'm still a big advocate of the M&M's Peanut Butter, but these aren't too far behind by my reckoning. Certainly worth a try if you love your M&M's.

8.0 out of 10

Monday, 13 February 2012

February 13th: Cadbury Bitsa Wispa

Kcal 180 Fat 11.1g Fat(sats) 6.9g Carbs 17.2g (per 1/4 bag)

Last week I was contacted by one of Cadbury's PR agenices who informed me that they had been running a competition on Facebook to find the ultimate Cadbury Wispa fan. This competition, unbeknown to me, had been ran to celebrate the launch of a new mystery Wispa creation that they provided to the winner. Though this competition winner had the reward of being able to say they were the first person in the UK to lay hands on it, seemignly the Blogosphere community weren't far behind as I got my own samples late last week.

So what do Cadbury have in store for us all then!? Why it's the inevitable launch of these 'Bitsa Wispa'. The Bitsa Wispa come described as 'textured milk chocolates'. To add some meat on the bones there I can tell you that these mini-sized Bitsa Wispa 'allow you to eat delicious Wispa chocolate in a new way; bite size bits, stacked up in a re-sealable bag'. Each Bitsa Wispa is 9% of a standard bar, and each bag has a weight of 130g (roughly, 3 and a bit Wispas!). The information I have been given states that these will be nationally available as of April 2012. I recieved no indication of the price, though you would expect them to be price aligned to the likes of the Twirl Mini Bites, Cadbury Clusters etc.

I would love to make this review mega interesting and say they were totally different to what I expected but I frankly cant. Inline with expectations these Bitsa Wispa were as billed, and provided the complete Cadbury Wispa experience, but just in a miniature format. The chocolate was sweet and milky, and the mouth feel was light and bubbly thanks to the aerated centers. As one could have foretold these were ridiculously moreish and way to easy to consume in handfuls at a time. Shared amongst three of us the contents of the bag disappeared in minutes - to be honest it wasn't like I was expecting otherwise.

Overall had we all been presented with the promise of a new Wispa product I don't think I would have been alone in dreaming that the Wispa Mint or Wispaccino might be making a triumphant comeback. It's probably lucky this wasn't the case as I think it likely that the majority of us would have felt these Bitsa Wispa were resultingly a bit of a letdown. Whilst I still wish they had gone with the return of either of the aforementioned, I begrudgingly see the logic in them releasing these mini Wispa pouches given the success of their other pouch based Mini Bites. I don't think there's any question about these Bitsa Wispa being yet another winner for Cadbury - Wispa fans will love them and they are no spot on for all sorts of sharing situations cinema visits, office tuck etc. Uninspired but very tasty.

8.0 out of 10

Friday, 10 February 2012

February 10th: Hotel Chocolat Head Over Heels

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Three Hotel Chocolat reviews in a week! You guys do get spoilt nowadays :D You are getting an extra treat today as ChocolateMission's resident 'Old Man' has been on another one of his photo frenzies. Indeed I'm going to let the photos do the 'talking', and keep my spiel to a bare minimum - I think the chocolates themselves speak volumes to how good they were.

It's been a fair while since a selection box has got a look in here on JCM but today it's Hotel Chocolat's 'Head Over Heels' collection that get's his moment in the spotlight. If you look on the Hotel Chocolat site you will see that this box comes with this epically cringe worthy product description:

'Loosen the ribbon and let the true romance begin because there’s something for everyone to fall in love with inside – from silky soft truffles with champagne, mouth warming amaretto and fruity raspberry, to melt-away praline and mellow milk chocolate mousse.' .... those desiring more of a factual based billing should be aware that this was a 210.0g box containing 19 chocolates (8 different varieties).

Praline Truffle - Previously reviewed HERE - Superb.

Raspberry Rapture - This was a sensational truffle that combined a milk chocolate outer shell and a raspeberry flavoured white chocolate filling. The thing I love about Hotel Chocolat's fruit truffles is that always taste so 'real' and non-artificial. Once again here the raspberry element was perfectly embedded in the creamy truffle center. Very Good.

Black Cherry Truffle - Once again we had a perfectly balanced truffle here, with an outer dark chocolate portion hiding a soft fruit flavored white chocolate center. As with the other fruits, the cherry was spot-on, though it has to be said I found the more subtle, less sharp, strawberry and raspberry truffles a little more to my liking. Good.

Strawberry & Black Pepper - This was a new and intriguing chocolate that I was looking forward to trying. The outer dark chocolate shell broke with a crisp snap and nicely substantiated a rich, unsweetened cocoa base taste. The revelation of the sweet jam textured center brought lovely real tasting strawberry tones. Disappointingly I sensed no presence of black pepper, but ttill, worthy of a Very Good.

Bakewell Tart - Previously reviewed HERE - Very Good.

Champagne Truffle - Previously reviewed HERE - Superb.

Simple Milk Truffle - I needn't say much about this one. A crisp, whipped shell hid a lovely truffle filling that had an incredibly soft mouth feel. Basic yes, but still Very Good.

Amaretto Armour - As usual I save the best until last. This amaretto dashed truffle was absolutely Superb in every sense. From the gorgeous milk chocolate shell, to the brandy noted centre and biscuit topped crunch on top - it was a pleasure in taste and texture. This chocolate just oozed creamy almond deliciousness :D Superb.

Overall this was a collection of chocolates that contained some superb fruit flavored truffles and if you, or anyone you know, are a fan of them I would strongly recommend it. One thing I should also mention is that I've become so accustom to Hotel Chocolat doing a good job with their presentation that I've almost forgotten to mention the fantastic look of the box and chocolates. The standout pieces for me were the Amaeretto Armour and Praline Truffles - my mother as ever was a strong advocate of the Champagne Truffle. I never shy away from recommending Hotel Chocolat selection boxes and I wont be making a change here. This was another of great quality.

8.6 out of 10

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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

February 8th: Hotel Chocolat Lips & Hearts

If your start to 2012 has been as hectic as my own, you'are probably still wondering where the month of January disappeared to. Luckily for you guys, your researching of Valentines Day gifts need be of little stress this year - JCM has you covered :D

My Valentines Day coverage started with my take on one of Hotel Chocolat's newest slabs the 'You Smoothie' (See below!). New Chocolate Mission readers will also want to bare in mind that the archives contain reviews of several other Hotel Chocolat goodies that I've reviewed done the years - just take a look HERE.

Getting put under the JCM spotlight today we have these Hotel Chocolat Lips & Hearts. Both of these mini-boxes of chocolates come at the more affordable end of the Hotel Chocolat product spectrum and cost only £5.00 each (See HERE). Though both look the same sort of offering there is a slight variation between the two - the Lips are plain 'milk chocolate truffles' and the Hearts are 'praline filled truffles'.

Now, you probably know where I'm going to go with this before I even say it, so I won't labour the point. Given my love for nuts, in particular hazelnuts, you will find it of little surprise that the Heart chocolates were indeed were my favoured out of the two. Whilst both had the same indulgent sweet creamyness to the milk chocolate constituents, the Hearts just had more of an interesting overall taste with the woody hazelnut coming through within the divine, soft feeling ganache centres.

Overall if you are looking for a Valentines option that wont have your bank manager in tears, but still looks and tastes the part, then these Hearts and Lips truffles are well worthy of your consideration. In my opinion these are great for a person looking to impress, yet at the same time not go excessive.

Hotel Chocolat Lips - 8.0 out of 10
Hotel Chocolat Hearts - 8.2 out of 10



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