April 10th Bits n Bobs - April 2013 Chocolate Bars, Cereal Bars and Biscuits

There have been several new products recently that have hit the shelves of our UK supermarkets - here are some of the ones we have laid hands on in the last few weeks from the likes of Kellogg's, Fox's and Cadbury.

Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Crunchy Oat Granola Choc Chip
Kcal 187 Fat 8.0g Fat(sats) 1.5g Carbs 26.0g (per 40.0g - 2 bars)

Breakfast and granola bars seem to be all the rage here in the UK at present. We've had launches from Weetabix, Nature Valley and Hovis all in the last year trying to capitalise on this latest trend to handy breakfast snacks. Kellogg's being the kings of the UK breakfast table of course wouldn't be one to miss out on all of this - thus we have the emergence of these new Crunchy Oat Granola Nutri-Grain bars. The range is essentially a copycat of the Nature Valley granola bars, with this variety in particular being billed simply as an 'oat and chocolate cereal bar'. Each pack consists of two 20.0g bars that looked total clones of their Nature Valley equivalents. This in mind we took due diligence to taste side-by-side and overall preferences did lie with the non-Kellogg's offering. In comparison these Nutri-Grain bars had a slightly more synthetic flavour delivery to them. The chocolate flavour establishment was plentiful, however it was overly sweet and sugary and non-cocoa offering. The cereal base was more than passable but the grander chocolate experience offered by the Nature Valley made them the superior of the two. Not bad, but there are better already on the market.

7.0 out of 10

Fox's Velvety Chocolate Fudge
Kcal 132 Fat 8.0g  Fat(sats) 5.0g Carbs 13.0g

We can't say these a new product we had been looking forward to trying as we had no idea that they were actually coming out! Nope, instead we found these on shelf in Tesco on an introductory £1.00 offer that we simply couldn't refuse. With that said, had it not been for the very bright yellow 'offer/discount/deal' sticker we may well have missed these altogether. We think the packaging is awful - beige and dull would be an accurate recall of what one taste tester said. Despite the shortcomings in the wrappers, there was way more positivity in regards to the actual bars and eventual taste test. Aesthetically they looked like Fox's Echo range with the chocolate having such a mega shiny surface it almost blinded us reflecting light when we did the photography :-) This chocolate was frankly about as average as they come, though it did the job nicely enough and nicely let the other bar components do the talking. To our delight we found the inner fudge element was wonderful - it had a distinctive fudge like dry texture and established sweet, buttery toffee flavours from the outset. This fudge layer was set upon a crunchy biscuit base - lacking a little in flavour and substantiality with the more prolific fudge, but as with the chocolate a nice enough addition to the mix. We liked these bars - don't let the unexciting packaging see them pass you by!

7.1 out of 10

Cadbury Fabulous Praline Fingers
Kcal 70 Fat 4.0g Fat(sats) 2.0g Carbs 7.0g (per 2 fingers)

Its a hard job all this chocolate reviewing ya know :-) Endless tea breaks at ChocolateMission HQ we end up trying out all the new latest chocolate biscuits so we can inform you all which of them you should be looking out for. Not all of what we try makes it onto the site, though when we come across products like these Cadbury Fabulous Fingers Praline we simply wouldn't be doing our jobs properly if we didn't tell you all how good they are. Back in November 2011 Cadbury first introduced the 'Fabulous' Fingers and they managed to get a very notable score of 7.9 out of 10 on the ChocolateMission rating system. Until recently the 'Fabulous' range had not been added to - that was until these Praline flavoured ones came out of course. You will be able to find these in most of the UK supermarkets (seen in Tesco/Sainsbury's already!) at a price just a touch above the original Cadbury Fingers range. If you desire a minor touch of nutty hazelnut to your normal inner biscuit then these are certainly worth you investing those few extra pennies. The praline experience isn't earth shattering by any means, but small woody note of nut does enhance the milk and white chocolate layers enough to make it a worthwhile, noticeable addition. Don't expect praline granduer,   but for sure worth trying if you are a fan of nutty chocolate biscuits or just want a change up from the norm.

7.8 out of 10