Chocolate Matters .....
THURSDAY 15TH DECEMBER 2011
17:00 -FABULOUS BAKIN BOYS ANNOUNCE EXPANSION PLANS... Expand to grow ... quite the opposite of the Kraft strategy!
17:00 -KRAFT TEAMS WITH R&R TO LAUNCH RANGE OF CONFECTIONARY ICE CREAMS... I like the idea of some Milka Ice Creams! Milka Daim ice cream could be a winner!
17:00 -CHOCOLATE PRICES TO SOAR IN 2012... Oh dear oh dear! This doesn't sound like much fun! Save your £££'s folks
17:00 -CHOCOLATE BOMB......BOOM... That sounds like way too much fun
FRIDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2011
17:00 -KRAFT CUT 200 JOBS AT CADBURY... I think we have been expecting this for a while now. Investing in the business yet cutting manpower?? Hmmm make sense of that for yourselves!
9:00 -YORK'S TURNOVER ATTRACTION IS ANNOUNCED... Who's going to treat me to a day out then?
9:00 -NESTLE TO LAUCH AERO ORANGE BUBBLES... You would expect these to look rather snazzy :D
9:00 -CADBURY PREPARING FOR SUMMER OLYMPICS... Why do I get the feeling that we are all going to be sick about hearing about the Olympics by Summer end!
9:00 -KALLO FOODS UNVEILS NEW ORGANIC BELGIAN MILK AND DARK CHOCOLATE RICE CAKE THINS...I'm sure the January dieters will be lapping these up
9:00 -NEW PROBIOTIC CHOCOLATE BAR LAUNCHES IN TIME FOR THE NEW YEAR...Did someone say chocolate could be healthy??
FRIDAY 2ND DECEMBER 2011
12:00 -EDIBLE CHOCOLATE THEME PARK... Trust the Mail to go with the headline 'Terra-Chocca' army!!! Haha :D
12:00 -NESTLE TO ACT OVER CHILD LABOUR IN AFRICAN COCOA INDUSTRY... A more serious story for you to read this time.
FRIDAY 25TH NOVEMBER 2011
12:00 - KINDER SURPRISE BACK ON TV FOR EASTER 2012 ... Did you know these were first launched in 1974! :D
12:00 - LIMITED EDITION CHOCOLATE BAUBLES FROM THE DORCHESTER ... Funny how those slab chocolates I rated so lowly are gone now huh :D
12:00 - YULE LOG TASTE TEST ... Whoever got designated this article at The Guardian must have been grinning ear to ear :D :D
12:00 - COCOA PRICES TO RISE AGAIN?? ... Sorry guys but it's likely this will all just be passed on to the consumer. It always is :(
FRIDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2011
22:00 - DIVINE REVEAL VALENTINES DAY RANGE ... Shame they forgot about Christmas eh?
22:00 - SOUTH CHILLI FARM TO HIT OUR SCREENS ... These guys sell some very popular chocolate you know! I should try it one day!!
22:00 - CADBURY WIN RIGHTS TO THE COLOUR PURPLE ... What does this mean the future of Nestle's Purple Big One then??
FRIDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2011
18:00 - FERRERO LAUNCHES NEW TV CAMPAIGN ... Ferrero is launching a new television advertising campaign for its boxed chocolate range, supporting both Ferrero Rocher and Ferrero Collection
18:00 - CADBURY HAVE BIG PLANS FOR EASTER 2012 ... This Easter, there is a host of new Cadbury branded products to egg-cite both retailers and shoppers (GROAN!!!)
18:00 - CHOCOLATE MILK BEST POST WORKOUT DRINK... Ahhhh so that's where I'm going wrong! I'll be looking like Arnie in time at all :D
18:00 - EASTER 2012 USUAL SUSPECTS PLANS... This is an interesting article from The Grocer that specs out Easter 2012 plans for the likes of Nestle, Cadbury and Mars
18:00 - NEW ICE CREAM DESSERTS FROM AFTER EIGHT AND THORNTONS ... Frozen desserts from household names such as Thorntons and After Eight are are launching in time for the festive season as R&R Ice Cream’s product range latest launches carry Christmas message
18:00 - BRITISH CHOCOLATE IS CELEBRATED IN NEW RANGE ... More NPD from the unconvincing folk at House of Dorcester
FRIDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2011
10:00 - CADBURY FABULOUS FINGERS LAUNCH TV CAMPAIGN ... A review will be following soon guys and girls
10:00 - NESTLE CONFECTIONERY LAUNCHES SPRING RANGE FOR EASTER 2012 ... Forget Christmas :D its all about Easter if your Nestle
10:00 - CHOCOLATE SHOP LAUNCHES NEW CHOCOLATE WINE ... This could make for an interesting review at some point
10:00 - CHOCOLATES MADE WITH GOLD??... I wonder if they will send me some samples :D
FRIDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2011
15:00 - NEW AERO FINESSE MOUSSE FROM NESTLE ... 'Aero Finesse combines the light texture of Aero mousses with layers of chocolate, to create a new confectionary based chilled dessert' ... sounds fair to me
15:00 - HAAGEN DAZS OFFER TASTE TESTER JOB ... I wonder what the salary is like? I could do with a new job :D
15:00 - MORE TESCO PRICE BLUNDERS ... Has anyone been cashing in on these?
SATURDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2011
12:00 - NUTELLA BECOMES NUMBER ONE SPREAD ... How has Nutella superseded Marmite! This is shocking news!
12:00 - KRAFT LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE ... This is supposed to be a website to help shops with their merchandising but it's interesting to see what the best selling Cadbury bars are.
12:00 - PREMIUM PRICED GIFT SETS INBOUND FROM G&B ... I like the idea of them trying to offer higher end products but i'm just not a G&B fan.
12:00 - NEW CHRISTMAS CAKES COMING FROM MR KIPLING & CO ... There are some interesting things coming from Mr Kipling this Christmas it would seem. I hope you are looking forward to some reviews :D
12:00 - CHOCOLATE FASHION SHOW ENDS IN MELTDOWN ... NSFW??? This is a first ... I've not ever seen a chocolate fashion show before
FRIDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2011
20:30 - WISPA GOLD RETURNS TO THE SHELVES ... About time!!
20:30 - TESCO PRICING ERROR CAUSES CHOCOLATE STAMPEDES ... Did anyone here take advantage of this?
20:30 - THORNTONS CELEBRATE BIRTHDAY WITH RECORD BREAKING CHOCOLATE BAR ...I hope they saved me a bit:D
20:30 - CHOCOLATE CUTS STROKE RISK ...Thea just couldn't help herself :D
20:30 - FERRERO UNVEILS NEW CHRISTMAS RANGE ... I'm still yet to try the pistachio Ferrero Rocher. This year I will do it!
SUNDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER 2011
15:00 - MALTESERS BECOMES FIRST FAIRTRADE LABELLED MARS PRODUCT ... Again I say ... if they weren't trading fairly beforehand, what were they doing?
15:00 - NEW SEASONAL CHOCOLATE PRETZEL FROM INTERSNACK... Pretzels and chocolate :D yes please!
15:00 - CADBURY DAIRY MILK UNVEILS LATEST OLYMPIC CAMPAIGN...'Keep singing, Keep GB Pumped' ... oh dear this could be bad :D
15:00 - CADBURY UNVEILS CHRISTMAS SELECTION RANGE FOR 2011...A lot of generic stuff we have seen before, but that isn't a bad thing
15:00 - NEW OATS & CHOCOLATE BARS FROM NATURE VALLEY...Bound for a SOTW coming to you soon!
WEDNESDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2011
17:00 - THORNTONS CHAIRMAN TO STEP DOWN ... More top brass leaving Thorntons then? Abandom ship it seems
17:00 - NEW THORNTONS BOXED CHOCOLATES ON THE WAY ... Well these sound a little different. Designed by a tattoo artist it seems.
17:00 - NEW CADBURY FABULOUS FINGERS ... These aren't just any fingers :D these are Fabulous it seems.
17:00 - MALTESERS GOING FAIRTRADE ... I always like to ask the question - what were they doing beforehand then!?
WEDNESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2011
17:00 - OREO UNVEILS NEW MINI HALLOWEEN BAGS ... Thanks to Tim for sending this through.
17:00 - SWISS CHOCOLATE BRAND LAUNCHES NEW AMADOR RANGE IN THE UK ... These could be interesting. I will keep a look out for them.
17:00 - GALAXY LAUNCHES 'A GIFT FOR YOU TREAT' ... Expect a review soon enough guys.
17:00 - PRINCESS EXTEND RANGE WITH CHOCOLATE FLAVOURED MALLOWS ... I do like the odd marshmallow! I look forward to reviewing these
THURSDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2011
22:00 - THORNTONS IN THE RED ... Worrying news indeed. Lets hope they pull through
22:00 - PENN STATE SNACKS UNVEILS NEW CHOCOLATE PRETZELS ... I do like Nestle Flipz so I will be checking these out for sure.
22:00 - TOBLERONE LAUNCHES UK’S FIRST BRANDED SWEET PASTRY ...I'm sure I can find a home for a review of this. Bits n Bobs perhaps?
FRIDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2011
18:00 - CADBURY UNVEILS NEW WAVE OF OLYMPIC PRODUCTS ... Another rehash of the same article below ...
18:00 - BARONS SEEKS RECOGNITION WITH AMADOR ... Affordable quality chocolate sounds good to me :D
18:00 - ELIZABETH SHAW TO LAUNCH BAR RANGE ... Again these could be interesting if they are done well
18:00 - AERO & YORKIE CHRISTMAS NOVELTY PRODUCTS ... So it all begins ... here come the Christmas products
FRIDAY 26TH AUGUST 2011
18:30 - WISPA GOLD TO MAKE A PERMANENT RETURN FOR THE OLYMPICS ... Good news indeed. I wish they had made something more exciting than just MASCOTS for the actual Olympics though. Who knows, they could come up with something yet!
TUESDAY 24TH AUGUST 2011
18:30 - MARS LAUNCHES NEW TRIPLE CHOCOLATE BAR ... The review is inbound!! Watch this space!
18:30 - KP UNVEILS NEW RANGE OF NUT AND BISCUIT NIBBLES ... I can see these being potential SOTW candidates! Again watch this space guys and girls!
18:30 - CADBURY ECLAIRS TO GET NEW LOOK ... I swear it wasn't that long ago they repackaged these. No doubt someone is going to chime in and say it was 5 years ago now and make me feel old :D
SUNDAY 21ST AUGUST 2011
14:30 - GREEN & BLACK’S SHOWS SUPPORT FOR BREAST CANCER WITH LOGO BAR ... I think we all know G&B's aren't my favourite brand, but hey at least they are doing a decent thing here. I will be more than happy to feature this on the site to do my own little bit.
14:30 - HOTEL CHOCOLAT UNVEILS HALLOWEEN RANGE ... This all looks and sounds very similar to last years range - not that this is a bad thing!!
14:30 - NPD DRIVING GROWTH FOR NESTLE ... Nestle haven't exactly been backwards in bringing out new prodcuts this year. They have to be careful though, it's not the most sustainable strategy ever. Consumers will eventually grow tired of all these 'new' products.
TUESDAY 16TH AUGUST 2011
13:30 - DIVINE UNVEILS NEW CHRISTMAS PRODUCTS FOR 2011 ... Prepare yourselves for a great raft of these coming your away! Christmas ahoy!
13:30 - FRijj LAUNCHES NEW PREMIUM FLAVOURED MILK RANGE ... Shall I try these and post them as a SOTW? Let me know if you would be keen to see them reviewed.
13:30 - NESTLE LAUNCH 2011 PERFECT BREAK COMPETITION ... This is coinciding with their launch of the Kit Kat Pop Choc Mini Bags!!! Do you need more of an excuse?
13:30 - NEW PACK SIZES FOR GALAXY CHOCOLATE ... Mars are just bringing a few new pack sizes to market for Galaxy - nothing to get excited about I'm afraid
TUESDAY 9TH AUGUST 2011
17:30 - MULLER DAIRY LAUNCHES NEW CHILLED FLAVOURED MILK RANGE ... If I decide to finally review milkshakes I will make sure I include these guys in there. It's a natural expansion for Muller.
17:30 - CADBURY PUTTING TWIRL INTO SHARING BAGS ... I think this is a nice idea for the Twirl brand. I think it's one of the ones that Cadbury has ignored for too long.
17:30 - NESTLE LAUNCHES NEW ROLO BISCUIT ... My review of these got posted a while ago so be sure to check under the 7Days of Chocolate Reviews tag.
FRIDAY 29TH JULY 2011
14:30 - NEW HONEYCOMB CRUNCH FROM TERRY’S CHOCOLATE ORANGE ...Thanks to Robert for supplying this story today. I think there is a review of this one in the archives. It's not new I know that for sure
SUNDAY 24TH JULY 2011
14:30 - QUALITY STREET LAUNCHES NEW LIMITED EDITION BAR ...I'm not a massive fan of Quality Street but this will almost certainly get a ChocolateMission review in this quite time.
THURSDAY 21ST JULY 2011
17:00 - CADBURY TO LAUNCH CREAM CHEESE SPREAD ...Anyone else sensing an 'interesting' review coming up? I think I might have to experiment with this.
FRIDAY 15TH JULY 2011
12:00 - KIT KAT UNVEILS NEW POP CHOC BITESIZE BAGS ...Exciting news .... hmmm not really! Still I can see myself buying them in the near future.
12:00 - FOX’S BISCUITS AND ROCKY UNVEILS NEW SHARING BAG RANGES ...Anything Nestle can do, Fox's can double up on.
12:00 - NEW MAGIC CHOCOLATE LAUNCHES AS FUN CONFECTIONARY SNACK ...Now this looks like a fun potential review to do in the future. What you guys think?
12:00 - NEW CHOCOLATE ADDITION TO MUCHY SEEDS SNACK RANGE ...I wouldn't have the first idea where to buy these. I'm not sure I even want to know :D
12:00 - CHOCOLATE FROGS & ACID POPS SERVED AT HARRY POTTER PREMIERE ...The world had gone Harry Potter mad and chocolate was on the menu at the premiere this week.
TUESDAY 12TH JULY 2011
18:00 - MARS DRINKS GET A NEW LOOK ...I swear this is like the 3rd time they have rebranded these
THURSDAY 7TH JULY 2011
17:45 - 3D CHOCOLATE PRINTER PRODUCES PERSONALISED CHOCOLATES ...Is this the best invention known to man :D I want one, I want one!!
TUESDAY 5th JULY 2011
17:45 - McVITIE'S LAUNCHES QUIRKY NEW RANGE ...Yet another new line from McVitie's - I've actually already bought and tried these. If you want my opinion on them in a nutshell ... don't bother with them folks!
17:45 - CADBURY TO COMBINE SPOTS & STRIPES ...I don't think I could dislike this campaign any more than I do at this point. They surely can't make it worse can they? :D
17:45 - M&M'S OPENS FLAGSHIP UK STORE WITH GIANT CHOCOLATE WALL ...This is the first M&M's store to open outside the US. It's cool they have chosen London!
SATURDAY 2nd JULY 2011
09:30 - WHERE DID THORNTONS GO WRONG??? ...The Guardian give their take on where Thorntons went 'wrong'. Personally I think they are just ahead of the curve and adapting their business model accordingly with these shops closures. A fuss about nothing if you ask me
TUESDAY 28th JUNE 2011
20:30 - THORNTONS TO SLASH HIGHSTREET STORE NUMBERS ...There is more to this than meets the eye. I personally think Thorntons are making a good business decision here. Cut their costs and use the money to invest in producing better quality products ... lets hope that is what happens!
FRIDAY 24th JUNE 2011
20:30 - £2M CONFECTIONERY ATTRACTION PLANNED FOR YORK...This sounds like it could be fun. I had no idea York had such rich cultural heritage in confectionery
20:30 - DIVINE IN THE RED AFTER CONTRACT LOST...Divine aren't my favourite company in the world it has to be said. I hope they don't fall in to real trouble though.
SUNDAY 19th JUNE 2011
14:45 - DUBBLE CREATE CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE...I Still haven't got around to trying their original chocolate bar. Perhaps a double-up review is in order!
14:45 - CADBURY & ITV IN NEW SPONSORSHIP DEAL...I really wish they would stop spending money on this SpotsVsStripes campaign.
14:45 - BREWERY LAUNCHES SITE 'MADE OF CHOCOLATE'...I think we are going to have to try and get hold of some of this lager.
WEDNESDAY 15th JUNE 2011
22:30 - THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING SHOPPING BASKETS...Thanks to Cinabar at Foodstufffinds for this one. Its an interesting read about how chocolate bars are shrinking etc
FRIDAY 10th JUNE 2011
20:30 - CADBURY SIGNS MARKETING CONTRACT WITH ITV...They really are trying everything to make this Spots V Stripes campaign a success aren't they
20:30 - FOX'S LAUNCH ALTON TOWERS ON PACK PROMOTION...Did we need anymore encouragement to buy some yummy biscuits? I think not :D
20:30 - HOTEL CHOCOLAT: BITING INTO SUCCESS...This is a cool article profiling Hotel Chocolat by a local newspaper in Peterborough
20:30 - ACTIVISTS CALL ON HERSHEY TO STOP USING CHILD LABOUR...I'm sure Hershey can't be the only company guilty of this.
THURSDAY 2nd JUNE 2011
18:00 - SPOTS & STRIPES - MORE FROM CADBURY...Jesus could this be getting more lame. Sorry guys but this is just awful.
SUNDAY 29th MAY 2011
21:30 - WHITE BEAN FIEND...This story was sent to me by Thea. It's an interesting read about the discovery of some rare white chocolate cocoa beans
WEDNESDAY 25th MAY 2011
17:30 - WEIGHT WATCHERS LAUNCHES NEW RECIPE INSTANT HOT CHOCOLATE DRINK...A new hot chocolate drink ... just in time for the hot summer eh!? You do wonder sometimes haha :D
17:30 - NAIOMI ANGERED OVER CHOCOLATE DIVA ADVERT ...It looks like the new Bliss bars will be getting some TV time. Ms Campbell doesn't sound please about it mind you :D
SATURDAY 21st MAY 2011
00:00 - GOURMET RAW LAUNCHES ‘RAW’ BROWNIES ...These sound ...ermmm ... unique???
00:00 - BISCUIT INDUSTRY CELEBRATES AS MARKET INCREASES 22% OVER FIVE YEARS ... There are some funny stats in this report :) ... over 50% of us have biscuits with our cuppas :D
TUESDAY 17th MAY 2011
15:00 - CADBURY TO LAUNCH NEW LIMITED EDITION FLAKE ... Is this not going to just be the Cadbury Flake Dipped that they had a year or so ago? Sounds very similar to me!
15:00 - FOX'S BISCUITS BACK WITH NEW TVC ... To celebrate the launch of the new Fox's Ambers that blasted Panda is coming back to our screens!
FRIDAY 13th MAY 2011
21:00 - WHEN DID IT ALL GO WRONG FOR THORNTONS? ...Here is an interesting article that popped up in my RSS feed
21:00 - TRIPLE DECKER OREOS TO HIT SHELVES...What could possibly be better than double stuff Oreos? Why Triple Decker ones of course :D Man I need to try these!!
21:00 - GÜ INVESTS £2M IN BRAND CAMPAIGN AND NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH...This gives some more details about what to expect from GU in the next few months.
WEDNESDAY 11th MAY 2011
17:00 - THORNTONS LAUNCH CHOCOLATE LIQUEUR...A sample is on its way to me :D Chocolate & Booze ... potential for a funny review here haha!
17:00 - BESTIN ADDS OWN LABEL CHOCOLATE BAR TO RANGE...Blimey look at the packaging :D
17:00 - MARYLAND RELAUNCH BIG & CHUNKY RANGE... This relaunch will be lost in the rest of the biscuit aisle noise at the moment.
TUESDAY 10th MAY 2011
17:30 - HOUSE OF DORCHESTER LAUNCH 'CHOCOLATE LARDER'... In a nutshell they have made some biscuits, flapjacks and tiffin products.
17:30 - GALAXY EXTEND THEIR HOT CHOCOLATE RANGE... It feels like a funny time to be updating your hot chocolate range when we are on the verge of summer here.
17:30 - WALKERS NONSUCH ADD CHOCOLATE TOFFEES TO RANGE... According to their own press release Walkers Nonsuch are the UK's finest toffee maker .... lets see about that huh!?
MONDAY 9th MAY 2011
21:00 - THORNTONS ADDS TO CHOCOLATE BLOCK COLLECTION... All three of these new bars are in the post I have been informed. Reviews coming soon of course.
21:00 - GU LAUNCH NEW PUDS AND TV ADVERT ... It would be great hearing from anyone of you guys that have tried these. What did you think of them?
FRIDAY 6th MAY 2011
18:00 - CADBURY BRANCHES OUT IN TO PAMPERING PRODUCTS ... This has potential to be my oddest review yet :D :D ... I might need a guest reviewer for this one
18:00 - CHOCOLATE & WINE ARE GOOD FOR YOU ... ESPECIALLY WHEN EATEN/DRANK TOGETHER... Well if the Daily Mail say it, it must be true :D
18:00 - MAGNUM CREATE A CHOCOLATE SCULPTURE... A waste of chocolate? Us lads think so :D
THURSDAY 5th MAY 2011
11:30 - CADBURY LAUNCH 3 NEW BLISS VARIANTS ... I have these in hand!! Reviews will be posted next week folks!
11:30 - THORNTONS BLAME POOR SALES ON HOT WEATHER ... Funny how they were blaming the cold weather for their Q4 results :D ... its nothing to do with them selling their chocolate for cheaper through other distribution mean huh!?
11:30 - JACOBS PUT MORE CHOCOLATE ON THEIR CLUB BISCUIT ... If you like a lot of chocolate on your biscuit join our CLUB :D
THURSDAY 26th APRIL 2011
17:00 - EASTER TIME WOE FOR CHOCOLATE MAKERS ... It can't be helping all these manufacturers that they were literally giving their chocolate away on some of those crazy half price deals they were doing. I've not seen anything like it before.
17:00 - HERSHEY'S PROFITS RISE AS SALES RISE ... .... well at least someone is having a decent time of it.
17:00 - THE SCIENCE BEHIND A CADBURY CREME EGG ... .... if your a chocolate nerd like me you will love this video :D .
THURSDAY 21st APRIL 2011
17:00 - KRAFT SHIFTS MARKETING FOCUS FROM MILKA TO DAIRY MILK ... Kraft is scaling back its UK marketing support for chocolate brand Milka and shifting the investment to Cadbury Dairy Milk.
WEDNESDAY 20th APRIL 2011
14:00 - CONVENIENCE CHANNEL LAUNCH FOR NEW DOUBLE CHOCOLATE SPECIAL K BAR ... I'm not a big fan of Special K products but who knws, this could be one to try at some point.
14:00 - MCVITIES LAUNCH CARAMEL DIGESTIVES ... Coming to a Bits n Bobs review near you soon :D
14:00 - MARS ENTERS POWDERED MILKSHAKE MARKET ... I'm not a fan of powdered milkshakes but you Nesquick lovers might want to take a look.
14:00 - CHILDREN TO GUZZLE £24 OF CHOCOLATE THIS EASTER... Thats an awful lot of chocolate when you consider the type of products that add up to the £24 ... they aren't all eating Hotel Chocolat!
14:00 - THE AOC ANNOUNCE 2011 AWARDS... Its such a shame I couldn't take up the opportunity of being on the panel this year. Be sure to check out this years winners.
MONDAY 18th APRIL 2011
17:30 - LUCKY’S LAUNCHES POP-UP CHOCOLATE SHOP AT HARVEY NICHOLS... It looks like a trip to Harvey Nichols is in order. You will have seen from my Lucky's review last week that I highly recommend their cakes
17:30 - McVITIE'S LAUNCH NEW 'ON THE GO' LINE TO MEDLEY RANGE... Wow - McVitie's are really pushing these Medley bars. I didn't expect them to come out with these new small packet versions. An odd decision considering these packs will be bigger than the bars themselves :D I'm not to sure how that makes them more suitable to have on the go
17:30 - MARS CONFECTIONERY REVIEW 2011... This is a really interesting read. It states how Mars believe they are reacting to market demand, and how they wish to move the business forward in both the short and long term.
17:30 - KIT KAT LAUNCH BIGGEST ON PACK PROMOTION ...Who says Nestle don't know what they are doing!? :D They are smart enough to know that Cash is king thats for sure!
THURSDAY 14th APRIL 2011
23:00 - NEW EASTER CAKES COMING FROM PREMIER... Interested in these? Check out the site tommorow then :D
23:00 - NEW CHOCOLATE AND CHEESE EGGS FOR EASTER... Chocolate and Cheese? Hmmm I would leave that to Zotter
MONDAY 11th APRIL 2011
22:00 - CADBURY TO LAUNCH 'CHOCOS'... These have been out in Europe for a while now. They aren't the most exciting thing ever but at least they are made of Dairy Milk
22:00 - HOUSE OF DORCHESTER REVEALS NEW CHOCOLATE LARDER COLLECTION... Lets just hope that these are better than their chocolate 'slabs'
22:00 - BISCUIT CAKE CHOCOLATE & CONFECTIONERY MAKERS DISCUSS A HEALTHY FUTURE... Good article here! Well worth a read
SUNDAY 10th APRIL 2011
18:15 - BROWNE'S CHOCOLATES SAVED!!!...I know one particular ChocolateMission reader will be very pleased with this news :D I might get the chance to try some of their chocolates now!!
WEDNESDAY 6th APRIL 2011
20:10 - CADBURY RETHINK SPOTS & STRIPES DIGITAL CAMPAIGN ...I'm not a big advocate of the Spots Vs Stripes campaign myself! Lucky for them I guess they have a long time to sort it out before London 2012 really kicks in to gear
20:10 - EXPECT TO PAY MORE FOR THAT CHOCOLATE & CANDY BAR ... Boy how many of these articles have we seen recently!!
TUESDAY 5th APRIL 2011
16:00 - ASDA STOCKING US PRODUCTS UPDATE ...This is an interesting article detailing the different products that Asda will be starting to carry from the US. Interesting stuff if you ask me!
16:00 - MUNCHY SEEDS LAUNCHES NEW CHOCOLATE SNACK ...Sorry guys but I'm not a 'seeds person!!' :D :D
MONDAY 4th APRIL 2011
23:00 - UNITED BISCUITS LAUNCH TWIX CARAMEL SLICES ...These sound like a great product extension for Twix to me. I look forward to trying them. Expect a review as soon as I find them.
23:00 - HOLDSWORTH CHOCOLATES UNVEILS NEW FRUIT TWIST EGG FOR EASTER...Being honest with you guys I've never heard of Holdsworth chocolates. I can't promise a review of this one unless I get some specific requests.
FRIDAY 1st APRIL 2011
16:00 -PRINCE WILLIAM ASKS FOR SPECIAL CHOCOLATE WEDDING CAKE...I think they should bake a cake big enough for everyone in the UK to have a slice ... it's only polite :D
16:00 - CANDY PRICES RISING IN AMERICA...There are a lot of rumblings about the price of chocolate going up in America - CNN reports here
16:00 - QUALITY STREET UNVEILS NEW ROYAL WEDDING TIN...One gets the feeling we are going to be swamped by 'Royal' themed products in the next few weeks
WEDNESDAY 30TH MARCH 2011
18:20 - HANNOCK'S LAUNCHES 'VALUE' CHOCOLATE COUNTLINES...Hmmmm why do I get the feeling these are going to be cheap horrible rip-offs :D
18:20 - GALAXY BITES COMING SOON...Who didn't see these coming!? Ever since the launch of the Cadbury Caramel Buttons I've been expecting these. Meh, I have no issue with them
15:00 - MARS OFFERS CONSUMERS CHANCE TO PLAY FOOTBALL AT WEMBLEY...Is this really going to get people to buy a Mars bar? I don't think the competition is going to be 'believable' enough for people to buy in to it. Cash is king Mars!! Remember that!
TUESDAY 29TH MARCH 2011
18:00 - ASDA IS FIRST UK SUPERMARKET TO STOCK US HERSHEY’S CHOCOLATES...Has anyone else bought the Hershey's Cookies n Creme Kisses in Sainsburys in the last few weeks? Poor reporting FDIN! Poor Poor Poor :D
18:00 - MARS REFUEL UNVEILS NEW LOOK...I still find the whole chocolate milk sports drink hard to comprehend :D :D
FRIDAY 25TH MARCH 2011
15:00 - DARK CHOCOLATE COULD HELP PREVENT DIABETIES...This is a more serious take on our usual 'chocolate is healthy' articles
15:00 - UNITED BISCUITS ADDS MORE CHOCOLATE TO ITS BOASTERS COOKIES...There are a crazy amount of new chocolate biscuit products coming out at the moment. You can bet your last dollar I will be covering them all eventually :D
WEDNESDAY 23RD MARCH 2011
14:30 - HOLLAND & BARRETT UNVEILS NEW SUGAR-FREE CHOCOLATE EGG RANGE...Hopefully this will be of interest to you if you have special dietery needs
14:30 - KRAFT SELLING OFF CADBURY FACTORY ...The page doesn't say which one ....
TUESDAY 22ND MARCH 2011
17:20 - CADBURY REVEAL LATEST CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS ...I will be doing special Easter posts looking at all the branded offerings for Easter 2011! You guys aren't going to miss a thing :D
15:45 - TOBLERONE LAUNCH NEW INTERACTIVE WEBSITE AND BRAND NEW TV ...Take a look at http://www.mytoblerone.com/ to see the new website. Its been ages since Kraft last did something with the Tobelerone brand, its good to see the brand get some well deserved attention
MONDAY 21st MARCH 2011
12:45 - EASTER EGGS COST 140% MORE THIS YEAR ......Hmmm I think this is a little dubious. If you look in the right places you can find some incredible deals.
FRIDAY 18th MARCH 2011
17:00 - EAT NATURAL LAUNCHES NEW LITTLE BARS...I do love these bars. Anyone who hasn't tried them yet should give these minis a try!
17:00 -MCVITIE'S RELEASE LIMITED EDITION ROYAL WEDDING BISCUIT TIN...Anyone else get the feeling we are going to be bombarded with Royal Wedding products for the next few weeks.
THURSDAY 17th MARCH 2011
15:00 - PRESTAT LAUNCHES ROYAL WEDDING TRUFFLES...I have been offered a sample of these so you guys should see a review soon :D What better way to toast the Royal wedding than with a box of chocolates eh?
TUESDAY 15th MARCH 2011
19:45 - LINDT SEE PROFITS SKY ROCKET ...Increasing profits by 25% is rather impressive in any context ... given the state of the global economy it makes it even more so.
19:45 - BEN & JERRY’S LAUNCHES NEW FAIRTRADE ICE CREAM ...This is one of the best Ben & Jerry's flavours for a long time. I can highly recommend it.
MONDAY 14th MARCH 2011
16:00 - FREDERICK'S TO PRODUCE MORE CADBURY BRANDED ICE CREAMS ...These could be interesting to try at some point. I will leave contemplating any ice cream reviews until summer though I think.
16:00 - MP'S CALL ON KRAFT TO GIVE FRESH JOB COMMITMENT ...No doubt this will be followed up with a swift non-meaningful press release. In this economic climate I don't think anyone can rest 100% assured with their jobs status.
16:00 - MARS SALES DOWN 14.2% ...Personally I think this has a lot to do with the English football team wrapper they went with over the summer. After the team crashed out the world cup so abysmaly it was hardly like anyone wanted to be seen sporting the colours.
SATURDAY 12th MARCH 2011
07:00 - GREEN & BLACK'S UNVEIL NEW PRINT CAMPAIGN ...Expect to be seeing a lot more of G&B's in the next few weeks. They could do with updating their range with something new if you ask me.
07:00 - MORE JOBS GO AS BROWNES FOLD ...Oh dear. These smaller companies are really feeling the pressure of the economy at the moment. Its tough times for business.
WEDNESDAY 9th MARCH 2011
17:00 - JAXX NEW MOUTHY CHOCOLATE ...I actually bought these months ago. The review has been sitting in the backlog for ages now
TUESDAY 8th MARCH 2011
17:00 -GREEN & BLACKS - THE WORLDS LARGEST ORGANIC & FAIRTRADE BRAND ...It's a shame that most of their chocolate isn't all that good :D :D Haha
MONDAY 7th MARCH 2011
22:25 -CHOCOLATEMISSION EXPOSES THE NEW FERRERO KINDER BUENO WHITE RECIPE ...Take a look at the update of my review for the shocking facts!
16:45 -STORCK RELOCATING WERTHERS ORIGINAL & BENDICKS TO EAST GERMANY ...This is a follow up story to what I posted at the weekend. Seemingly Bendicks isn't the only brand part of the relocation.
16:45 -McVITIES TO RELEASE NEW BISCUIT LINE 'TEMPTATIONS' ...Six cookies for £1.99? These are going to have to be good aren't they
14:50 -CHOCOLATE BOOST FOR SAO TOME FARMERS ...They may be selling a lot of volume, but are they always getting a fair price for their produce? I think that is a different matter altogether!
SATURDAY 5th MARCH 2011
11:30 -BENDICKS CHOCOLATE FACTORY TO MOVE TO GERMANY ...Bendicks are owned by Storck so it does make sense them bringing production closer to home. Its never good to hear about 140 job losses though
FRIDAY 4th MARCH 2011
10:00 -KRAFT TAKING OREO BISCUIT TO INDIA ...I keep hearing more and more about confectionery being launched in India!? I wonder if this is a sign of these big companies focusing more on emerging/developing markets?
WEDNESDAY 2nd MARCH 2011
23:00 -BURTON'S EXPAND CADBURY BISCUIT RANGE ...I reviewed the Dairy Milk biscuits back in November HERE...I literally just wrote my review of the Bournville biscuits :D coming soon!
09:00 -TOBLERONE COMING TO A SCREEN NEAR YOU ...£4.0 million is a whole chunk of change to talk to people at Toblerone! What could they possibly be telling us that we don't know about the stuff already?
09:00 -CADBURY INTRODUCES PRICE MARKED PACKS ON IT'S COUNTLINES ...It's a shame that the cost per bar is going up in all the other outlets isn't it. Sotck up on your Cadbury's in the convenience channels guys :D
TUESDAY 1st MARCH 2011
16:30 -FOX’S RELEASES NEW AMBERS BISCUIT RANGE ...These could be interesting. I'm not so sure how they are going to be different from their 'Chunky Cookie' though.
16:30 -AUSTRALIA WELCOMES BACK AERO AFTER 15 YEAR ABSENCE ...Looks to me like Nestle are fancying a bit of the aerated chocolate market down under. As far I know the Cadbury Bubbly owns the sector at the moment in these parts.
SATURDAY 26th FEBRUARY 2011
21:20 -RITTER SPORT ANNOUNCE COOKIES N CREME BAR ...It seems as though the people at the Ritter factory have been busy testing out different recipes. They are after a name for their bar now. Get those Google translators working folks :D
FRIDAY 25th FEBRUARY 2011
22:00 -CADBURY IN GHANA SOLAR PANELS AID ...I will have more on this in the near future ...Cadbury have been in contact .. we could have a competition on our hands
22:00 -AS COMMODITY PRICES SOAR, CANDY BAR MAKERS ARE ADDING AIR TO THEIR RECIPES ...I guess this is one way to get around the cocoa cost issue :D
THURSDAY 24th FEBRUARY 2011
23:22 -RISING COCOA PRICES MAY LEAVE CHOCOLATE FANS BITTER ...Credit to Phil for this one. I share your fears about companies going down the lower quality route rather than passing on the costs. Personally I would rather they raise the price of Dairy Milk etc by £0.05, keep the size and ingredients the same etc. Pass on the price, don't lower the quality is my opinion. Anyone think differently?
17:15 -THORNTONS BID TO PUT SPARK BACK IN CHOCS ...Credit to David for this one. I have been calling for Thorntons to refocus their strategy for about a year now. It will be interesting to see how this effects their financials after the disappointment of the last few sets.
WEDNESDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2011
23:05 -CHRISTIAN THEMED EGGS GO ON SALE ...Available in Morrison’s, Waitrose, Co-op and Boots ... places I never shop :D You guys will have to let me know how good these are.
SUNDAY 20th FEBRUARY 2011
18:07 -CADBURY UNVEILS LATEST BAR... See HERE ...I wonder what the review appearing on February 21st (tomorrow is going to be) haha :D
18:07 -NESTLE SUFFERS PROFIT DECREASE AS COMMODITY COSTS CONTINUE TO RISE ...One might suspect this could lead to a rise in prices. We recently saw Cadbury announce they were making their bars smaller due to raw material costs rising. It will be interesting to see what Nestle do.
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