Wednesday, 19 June 2013

June 19th: Global Bits n Bobs


Haviland Wintergreen Patty
Kcal 130 Fat 3.0g Fat(sats) 1.5g Carbs 29.0g (per Patty)

The Hershey Peppermint Pattie may rule the roost when it comes to mint 'Pattie' snacks but we recently got the chance to try an alternative that we thought worthy of your attention. Indeed thanks to our friends @CybercandyLtd this Havilan Wintergreen Patty made its way to ChocolateMission HQ. This dark chocolate covered snack wasn't so much notable for its outer coating, but more for its lovely absurdly coloured wintergreen mint centre. Wintergreen isn't the most popular type of mint flavouring here in the UK but it certainly has its fans and if you are one of those that enjoy mintyness of the medicinal sort then this is really the snack for you. The patty was immensely enjoyable when eaten straight from the fridge as the centre retained a nice firmness that facilitated greater flavour longevity. On its own it wasn't the most satisfying of snacks but as an additional item to something like ice cream it would be a very welcome addition. Certainly worth a look at for you chocolate mint fans - just dont be put off by the rather extravagant electric pink coloured centre!

7.8 out of 10




Muddy Bears
Kcal 140 Fat 8.0g Fat(sats) 2.5g Carbs 26.0g (per 40.0g)  

We will be the first to admit that we've been spoilt this month! These were a snack sent to us by our pals over @AmericanSoda who recently added them to their ever growing array of American treats for us European folk. These Muddy Bears are a product made by the brand Taste of Nature - you may better know them for their Cookie Dough Bites range that we have covered extensively here on ChocolateMission - See HERE. Well slightly departed from their Cookie Dough Bites background TON also have these 'milk chocolate covered gummi bears' within their range. Here at ChocolateMission we do love a good gummi bear - its not exactly a rarity for a bag of Haribo Golden Bears to be sat on someone desk in the office. Combining them with chocolate though is not something we had come across - bizarre really for such a simple idea. Suffice to say as we suspected the quality of the chocolate wasn't that great - you can tell by the scuffed, dusty looking appearances of the bears in our photos. With that said these still oddly held some appeal. The chocolate although disappointing wasn't awful and did manage to establish a mild chocolatety flavour set before the fruity gummi pieces took centre stage once chewed. Despite the complaints about the chocolate these were mega addictive and it wasn't long before one poor lonely bear was left sitting all on its lonesome in the box. These aren't quite worthy of a recommendation but if you have realistic expectations you wont be left disappointed.

6.4 out of 10






Another snack sent our way this month from the @CybercandyLtd crew was this Cadbury Chocolate Fish. This 20.0g snack hails from New Zealand of all places - here in the UK it was a 'fish out of water' so to speak (terrible we know haha!). Consisting of 'marshmallow coated with Cadbury chocolate' one would suspect this would be the New Zealand equivalent to our UK Cadbury Freddo i.e. a cheap, small chocolatey snack for kiddies. Well we are kids at heart here at ChocolateMission so we gave it a run through the ChocolateMission rating system. Out the wrapper we thought the chocolate fish lacked a little character without any on pattern or decoration work on its surface. The pink coloured innards made it look somewhat fun however flavour wise the marshmallow was  a little lifeless and it really only acted as a buffer for the chocolate coating. Being Cadbury chocolate the snack did at least provide a mild cure for chocolate hankering, but as you can imagine a 20.0g snack wasn't the most satisfying of options. If you see these going cheap it could be worth adding to your basket but any non-New Zealand readers shouldn't be making a special effort to get hold of one.

6.2 out of 10

  




Nestle Crunch (US)
Kcal 220 Fat 11.0g Fat(sats) 7.0g Carbs 30.0g (per bar)

The final product we are going to feature today is the Nestle Crunch bar from @AmericanSoda. This is a bar that we have previously reviewed in its UK form - See HERE. This side of the pond its known as a cheaper than average offering for those with plainer tastes. Seemingly the bar propositionally isn't positioned that differently in the US, consisting simply of 'milk chocolate with crisped rice'. As with most things in America the bar comes in a larger form - a beastily 43.9g offering compared to the much smaller bars that reside on our UK shelves. Just as found with the Nestle Crunch Santa Clause Medallion at Christmas - See HERE, we pleased to find that the American Nestle Crunch is much superior to the UK bar. The creamier taste and stronger flavoured crisp rice made for a more pleasant overall taste - the larger size didn't exactly hurt either when it came to coming across as more satisfying snack. Is it worth ordering from AmericanSoda then!? Perhaps not as sole purchase, but if you need an item to 'round-up' an existing package you are putting together you would be silly to overlook it.

7.6 out of 10


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