Monday, 18 August 2014

Mentos Choco & Mint and Choco & Caramel Toffees Review (Asda)


Whilst in Asda recently I spotted these new Choco Caramels from Mentos and thought they sounded rather odd, since Mentos are usually known for chewy mints and fruity sweets. It seems they want to expand into toffees now.

They're actually very similar to something I reviewed briefly in one of my Pick & Mix reviews...Meller toffees, by Perfetti Van Melle. Perfetti make both Mentos and Meller so it seems they've just re-branded them. Clever! 

They reminded me of Toffo (which, according to Nestlé, are never coming back - boo!) I used to love those as a kid! (Here's a Facebook petition for their return)


Back to the Mentos...I was surprised to find I enjoyed the "Choco & Mint" version the most. The caramel was buttery, with a nice firm chewiness, and the chocolate centre had a nice rich minty flavour. I haven't eaten minty toffees in ages (probably since Toffo were axed, in fact) so it was a nostalgic experience. The ingredients list is a bit worrying...the caramels contain hydrogenated fats which I thought weren't even allowed in confectionery any more. Still, I tried to overlook this considering how moreish they were!


The "Choco & Caramel" version was also very nice, but a little boring compared to the mint variety.

Overall, these Mentos toffees are pretty tasty and at 3 tubes for £1 you really can't grumble. If you were a fan of Toffo as a kid you might just enjoy these more than the average person - they're definitely worth a try!

RATING: 7.5 out of 10.

Price: 3 packs for £1 at Asda.
Suitable for vegetarians?: Not stated.
Allergy Information: Contains milk & soya.
Nutrition (per 100g): 411 Calories, 8.8g Fat, 79g Carbs, 60g Sugars. 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Peanut M&M's - Orange Edition (99p Stores)


When I saw these Peanut M&M's in 99p Stores recently I got rather excited...they were in an orange wrapper, contained orange-colored M&M's...and the packet said "Oranje Editie" on it! So of course I assumed they must be an orange-flavoured edition. "How exciting...a new M&M flavour!", I thought.

I should've known better. Because for some annoying reason M&M's constantly repackage their products based on various colour combinations, but never change up the actual flavours...and these are no exception. They're simply a bag of peanut M&M's with orange-coloured shells. Pointless really.


They tasted as moreish and addictive as you would expect from M&M's....but without any traces of orange flavour. Why they couldn't have added some is beyond me...it can't be all that difficult, and I'm sure they would fly off the shelves!

They're made by the Polish arm of Mars, so who knows what this "orange edition" is in aid of...if any of my Polish readers can enlighten me please do leave a comment!

RATING: 6 out of 10.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Hershey's Symphony Creamy Milk Chocolate Almonds & Toffee Chips - Review


Whilst in B&M Bargains today I spotted this bar of Hershey's Symphony chocolate. I've never seen or heard of this bar before so thought I'd give it a try out of curiosity. It's described as "Creamy milk chocolate, almonds and toffee chips", which sounded like a simple but tasty proposition.


Sadly, the chocolate was far from the deliciousness (yes that is a word!) I was expecting...in fact it was rather sickly, and had that faint taste of "vomit" that many have used to describe Hershey's chocolate as having. It was very weird indeed. Despite the odd flavour, there was something compelling about the chocolate....the thinness of the bar, combined with the crunchy almonds and toffee pieces was strangely moreish. That said, the constant undertone of weird-tasting chocolate ruined it somewhat!

Overall, I wouldn't really recommend this bar unless you're really curious or a fan of Hershey's Chocolate. If you've tried it yourself please let me know your thoughts in the comments!

RATING: 5.5 out of 10.

Found at B&M Bargains - £1 for a 120g bar. 

Friday, 15 August 2014

Terry's Chocolate Orange Pots of Joy Review

terry's chocolate orange pots of joy

Mondelez are cranking out new products at alarming speed right now, and the latest to join their ever-swelling range are these Terry's Chocolate Orange Pots of Joy. "Pots of Joy" are usually associated with Cadbury's, but since Mondelez also own Terry's it seems they've deemed it OK to add these to the range too.

They're described as "Smooth and creamy desserts made with melted milk chocolate with a rich orange flavour under-layer" and are currently on offer for £1 at Asda.

terry's chocolate orange pots of joy

Like all Pots of Joy they're rather dinky little pots, so it's likely most people will eat two at once. Unless you're a hamster I suppose...

terry's chocolate orange pots of joy

The chocolate upper layer tasted creamy and very smooth, although I would've liked more chocolate flavour. The orange layer however was a letdown...it just didn't taste right. It was too citrusy and sickly, and as a layer by itself just doesn't work. I don't really get why it's seperated from the chocolate layer as it kind of defeats the point of  "chocolate orange"... ie. chocolate AND orange blended together! It was almost like eating orange yogurt with a layer of chocolate on top. It just doesn't work.

Overall, I found these Terry's Chocolate Orange Pots of Joy disappointing. I was expecting to love them but they're rather sickly and don't work that well in practice.

Have you tried Chocolate Orange Pots of Joy? If so let me know your thoughts in the comments!

RATING: 5 out of 10. 

Price: £1 per 4-pack at Asda (introductory offer).
Suitable for vegetarians?: No.
Allergy Information: Contains milk & maize starch. May contain nuts.
Nutrition (per pot): 150 Calories, 7.4g Fat, 18.2g Carbs, 17.6g Sugar.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Beech's Fine Chocolates Bar Range - Review & Discount Code!


Many thanks to Beech's Fine Chocolates who recently sent me some bars from their new bar range to review. I was excited to receive them as I've been curious about Beech's Chocolates for ages now...I always see them in local department stores and wonder what they're like. Seems I was missing out!

Beech's Fine Chocolates have been making quality Traditional British Chocolates from their factory in the centre of Preston, Lancashire since 1920. Their chocolates are made using only natural colours and flavours, all are suitable for vegetarians, and their dark chocolates are suitable for vegans too. As well as that, all Beech's products are gluten-free!

To receive a 15% discount from Beech's Chocolates this month enter code ‘BFC11J1415’ at checkout. 


Their bar range consists of Lime & Chilli Dark Chocolate, Natural Ginger Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, and Anglesey Sea Salt Milk Chocolate. Each 60g bar costs £1.50 which I think is very reasonable considering the high quality. Below are my thoughts on each bar...

Milk Chocolate:

A rich and creamy 30% cocoa milk chocolate with a smooth melt. I couldn't fault this at all...it's definitely up there with the higher quality milk chocolates I've tried. Much tastier than the leading UK chocolate brand that is made with palm oil, and I think we all know what I'm talking about. I'd rather have this any day! 8.5 out of 10.

Anglesey Sea Salt Milk Chocolate:

Chocolate and salt combinations are very in vogue at the moment, and it's easy to see why: it's such a moreish combination! This version from Beech's was amazing; beautifully soft and creamy milk chocolate, with the delicious sea salt giving it a moreish kick. If you haven't tried salted milk chocolate yet this is definitely one you have to try! I will admit...I ate this bar far too quickly. 10 out of 10.

White Chocolate:

Smooth, deliciously creamy, melt-in-the-mouth...just what you'd expect from a good white chocolate. It contains plenty of cocoa butter and isn't overly sweet like mainstream white chocolates. Forget what the snobs say...there's always a place for white chocolate in the chocolate world, and this one will no doubt bring back many comforting childhood memories! 8 out of 10.

Dark Chocolate:

This dark chocolate contains 55% cocoa solids so it's more of a bittersweet chocolate. It was very tasty but personally I prefer darker chocolates (I regularly buy 100% cocoa bars now!). If your'e a fan of milder, sweeter dark chocolates you can't go wrong with this though - there's no harshness or bitterness and it has a nice rich flavour. 7 out of 10.

Lime & Chilli Dark Chocolate:

I'm not the greatest fan of chilli with chocolate so wasn't sure about this one. Luckily, the chilli flavour wasn't all that strong and it was the lime that really stood out in the flavour. It tasted very light and refreshing and complimented the dark chocolate perfectly. 8 out of 10.

Natural Ginger Dark Chocolate:

I'm not a great fan of ginger and chocolate either, so wasn't expecting to love this bar. Luckily the ginger wasn't too overpowering and simply added a subtle spicy kick to the rich dark chocolate. Not something I would buy again personally, but definitely one for those who love chocolate and ginger. 7 out of 10.

Overall:
I have to say I was surprised and delighted by these bars; all are excellent quality and the Anglesey Se Salt Milk Chocolate is one I could see myself purchasing regularly. I hope to see Beech's Chocolates more widely available...I'd love to pop into my corner shop and purchase one, but alas, we don't live in such a world. I'm more likely to find 50p Euro Shopper chocolate instead. Sad times :(

Luckily these chocolates are available online, and Beech's do an excellent range of traditional British favourites such as Turkish Delights, Thins, Fruit Cremes, Chocolate Brazils, and even the "marmite" of the chocolate world...Coffee Creams!

Beech's Website: http://www.beechsfinechocolates.com/

To receive a 15% discount from Beech's Chocolates this month enter code ‘BFC11J1415’ at checkout. 

*Products sent for an honest review. 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Wawel Peanut Butter Bar & Fin Carré Gianduja Milk Chocolate Review

Many thanks to Bring Back Banjo Chocolate Bar for once again sending some lovely chocolates my way! I've been sitting on these for a while and unfortunately they melted somewhat. Not because of me sitting on them... but because of the heat-wave we had recently! So my apologies that I can't do these justice...they were definitely intact when I received them.

First up is this Peanut Butter bar from Wawel...that Polish company I'm not best friends with, since I've had a few duff chocolates from them in the past! Maybe they could woo me back with their peanut butter chocolate...?


Opening the wrapper I wasn't too excited...not only because of the melted chocolate, but because it had that distinctly "cheap" aroma that Wawel chocolate is known for. Still, I was hoping the peanut butter filling might save it.


Looking at the ingredients list didn't offer me much hope...the bar contains vegetable fat, sunflower oil and other nasties.


Biting into a piece, I was first met with the waxy chocolate...if it can be called chocolate. It tasted rather greasy and flavourless, I couldn't detect much cocoa at all. Luckily the peanut butter filling was much better - it had a nice salty, savoury flavour and was very moreish and creamy thanks to the vegetable fat. I didn't feel it was all that healthy though so didn't eat too much at once.

Overall, despite the poor quality chocolate this was still a tasty bar, but it doesn't compare to Reese's at all!

RATING: 7 out of 10.

Fin Carré Gianduja Milk Chocolate (Lidl):


I was surprised to find this bar was actually much tastier and better quality than the Wawel bar; the chocolate had a decent cocoa flavour and was very creamy, with the gianduja hazelnut giving it a deliciously moreish Nutella flavour!


Despite the fact it was all melted, I still scoffed it down pretty quickly! For cheap chocolate from Lidl it was pretty great quality, and far nicer than most cheap hazelnut milk chocolates I've tried.

RATING: 7.5 out of 10.

Thankyou as always to the lovely Bring Back Banjo Bar for sending me these chocolates - she always finds cool chocolates in Polish shops that I have never come across before! Please do take a moment to sign her petition to bring back the much-missed Banjo Wafer bar :)

Bring Back Banjo Petition
Bring Back Banjo Facebook

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Nestlé Le Chocolat Lime Bar - Greek Chocolate Review


When I found this bar of Nestlé Le Chocolat Lime on a local market stall recently I just had to give it a try...it's not often you see lime-flavoured chocolates!

When I opened the wrapper though, I felt rather disappointed. Not only because of the dusty bloomed appearance of the chocolate, but also because I've tried the same bar before but in different packaging - the Czech Nestlé Orion Lime Cream Bar I reviewed last year.


Basically this bar tasted exactly the same, although a little on the stale side due to the bloomed chocolate. It's a tasty bar with a unique tangy lime flavour, but a little sickly in excess. This version is made by the Greek arm of Nestlé and there appears to be quite a few other flavours in the range too.

Overall, an interesting bar and if you happen to see one I would recommend giving them a whirl if only for the sake of novelty.