Thursday, 12 December 2013
Today's review is for a white chocolate bar you may never have heard of thanks to its exclusivity to Lidl. Lidl tends to get a bad rap as being a lower class supermarket, however their range of chocolates is fantastic quality and a lot better than many mainstream UK chocolate bars, as well as being cheaper!
This bar is described as "White Chocolate with Sweetened Strawberry Flavoured Pieces" and contains 28% cocoa solids plus 22% milk solids. It reminded me of Cadbury Dream with Strawberries from years ago - here's a pic from chocolatereview.co.uk. Anyone else remember it?
Opening the box revealed a fairly thick slab of chocolate with the Bellarom logo imprinted on each square. It looked very classy for a "cheap" chocolate bar!
Splitting it in half revealed lots of speckled pieces of dried strawberry embedded within - there was definitely no shortage of it!
Placing a square in my mouth I was met with a delightfully strong cream flavour. The chocolate was extremely full on with its creaminess, and all the better for of it. Compared to other white chocolates like Milkybar it tasted a lot richer, probably because it contains actual cream powder in the ingredients. The strawberry pieces made it even more luxurious and brought a lovely fresh fruitiness - it tasted like strawberries and cream in bar form! I felt very satisfied after just 2 chunks, and although the chocolate was very sweet I didn't get the "throat burn" feeling like I do with other white chocolates.
Overall, I thought this Strawberry Crisp bar was fantastic and it's one I now buy regularly from Lidl. It's an absolute bargain considering the quality, and if you're a white chocolate fan or miss the Cadbury Dream with Strawberries I would strongly recommend heading to Lidl to try a bar! They also do a fantastic fruit and nut milk chocolate, which dare I say is even better than Cadbury's Fruit & Nut (no kidding!).
RATING: 8.5 out of 10.
Price: £1.09p per 200g bar.
Suitable for vegetarians?: Not stated on packaging.
Allergy Information: Contains milk and soya. May contain traces of nuts or gluten.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
A big thankyou to Monster Sweets for sending me this Ritter Sport Kokos-makrone bar to review recently! Like the Ritter Sport Caramel-Orange bar I've reviewed previously it's part of the Ritter Sport Winter Kreations 2013 range, which also includes a Caramelized Almonds variety.
Basically, if you're a fan of coconut chocolates then this is the chocolate for you! Ritter Sport's UK Website describe the bar as combining "freshly baked coconut macaroons with the best Ritter Sport milk chocolate and crispy rice flakes". This sounded absolutely delicious and rather unique to me, especially as there's currently no other coconut macaroon filled bars on the market.
As far as coconut chocolates go, this is right up there with the Ritter Sport Kokos on the deliciousness scale! The milk chocolate is Ritters usual standard - creamy and with a good cocoa flavour, and a lot nicer than the average UK mass-produced chocolate bar. The filling, as always, is where it truly shines though: its exceptionally smooth and creamy with a subtle vanilla flavour, and melts in the mouth like butter. The coconut macaroon biscuit pieces are very crunchy and provide a good strong coconut hit. Overall the bar tasted very biscuity, yet at the same time very creamy, making it the perfect combination of creamy and crunchy textures.
Overall, this is the perfect Christmas chocolate bar (well, except for Ritter Sport's Caramel-Orange Winter Kreation, perhaps!) and I would highly recommend stocking up while they're still around! They'd make the perfect gift for fans of coconut chocolates, in fact Monster Sweets are including them in their new "Coconut Gift Box" Hamper:
HERE, along with a White Chocolate Gift Box and a Ritter Sport Gift Box!
RATING: 8.5 out of 10.
Price: £1.75 per 100g bar.
Available: Monster Sweets Online Store.
Allergy Information: Contains milk, soya, egg & barley malt.
*This bar was sent to me for an honest review by Monster Sweets and all opinions expressed are my own.
Monday, 9 December 2013
Whilst in WH Smiths recently I spotted a display containing mini Easter Eggs. At first I thought I was imagining things but on taking a closer look I realized they were indeed real... I couldn't believe it! We haven't even made it to Christmas yet and I'm still debating over what presents to buy for family... how on earth am I supposed to think about Easter?! And why would I want to buy a Malteaster Bunny when the Maltesers Merryteaser Reindeer is still on shelves? Madness!
The varieties stocked were Cadbury Creme Eggs, Cadbury Caramel Eggs, Lindor eggs, Lindt Chocolate Carrot Treats and of course the Malteaster Bunny. So if you really can't wait until Xmas is over for your chocolate egg fix head on down to WH Smiths!
Have you seen any Easter Eggs in shops yet? Do you think it's too early? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Just a quick review for this drink today - I've had it in the snacks archives for so long my memory of it is slightly hazy, but I certainly haven't forgotten how unique it was!
I found it in a discount store for 99p, and regrettably didn't stock up on more of them at the time. I haven't seen any since, although my local Sainsbury's sells regular Krüger branded chai lattes for quite a high price.
Basically the box contains 10 sachets of chai latte mix, with the twist being that it's made from green tea! This might be nothing to some people, but for me it was a revelation! I've only ever tried regular chai lattes before and didn't know it was even possible to make one with green tea.
The latte is made by German company Krüger, and the description on the box awkwardly reads: "Chai Latte Type Fresh India - Instant preparation for tea drinks, flavoured with a ginger-lemon grass taste". So basically it's a green tea latte with a lemongrass and ginger flavour.
Making it up as directed produced a milky, frothy latte with a slight tinge of green:
It tasted...interesting. It was extremely milky, and with a spicy, gingery, herby flavour. I was a bit unsure of what to think initially because of the pale green colour, but the flavour actually worked really well and I ended up loving it! The creaminess of the milk balanced out the slight sharpness of green tea, and the lemongrass and ginger flavour just worked with it perfectly. It made for a unique and tasty drink that felt really special.
Overall, this is such a unique drink that I'm kicking myself for not stocking up while it was cheap. If you happen to see these anywhere I would highly recommend giving them a try!
After a bit of online research it seems Krüger have their own UK website although there's no indication of where to buy these drinks from.
RATING: 8 out of 10.
Have you tried Krüger Green Tea Latte? If so please leave a comment!
Saturday, 7 December 2013
Earlier in the year I reviewed a Polish version of Snickers Dark. I wasn't too impressed with that bar, so I was a little skeptical when I received this American version from Monster Sweets to review recently. Would it be an improvement on the Polish version? Well yes, luckily it was!
The bar weighs in at 51.9g (such a weird amount...why couldn't they just make it 60g?) and comes in a funky dark purple wrapper. It really stands out compared to a regular Snickers wrapper although you'd be forgiven for thinking it was some kind of berry flavoured Snickers (now there's an idea!) It's described by Mars as "Just like Snickers Original, but with a higher percentage of cocoa".
Unwrapping it revealed a pretty regular looking Snickers. It didn't look much different from a UK milk chocolate Snickers although it was perhaps a tad darker in colour.
Luckily the dark chocolate was very noticeable in the taste and the bar tasted much richer than the milk chocolate version. It tempers the overall sweetness of the bar somewhat, and the combination of chewy nougat, sweet caramel and crunchy peanuts is as tasty as ever, and dare I say it this bar tastes even better than the original!
Overall, this is a great Snickers bar and an improvement on the regular version in my opinion. Whether or not you like it though will depend on your preferences for richer or sweeter chocolates.
RATING: 8 out of 10.
Snickers Dark is available from Monster Sweets Online Store, along with many other American snacks goodies!
*This bar was sent to me for an honest review and all opinions expressed are my own.
Friday, 6 December 2013
Whilst browsing the latest deals in Morrisons recently I spotted this new festive edition of Soreen, and being a big fan of the chewy, squidgy stuff I just had to give it a try. It's described as "Bursting with winter spices, raisins, currants, cherries, a hint of citrus and lots of festive joy!" and cost £1 on a promotional deal.
Basically, it tastes somewhat like a hybrid of christmas pudding and malt loaf...and tastes great! Like regular Soreen it has a delicious squidgy texture and is amazing spread thickly with butter. I tried it toasted which made it even more amazing...perfect with a cup of hot chocolate! The added spices, cherries and citrus really brought a Christmassy feel to it, and dare I say - it tasted better than the original.
Overall, this is a fantastic edition of Soreen and if you're a fan of malt loaf I would highly recommend seeking it out and stocking up before Christmas! I'll certainly be buying a few as gifts for the Soreen-lovers in my family! I've only seen these in Morrisons so far but no doubt they'll be hitting all the other major supermarkets soon.
RATING: 8 out of 10.
Allergy Information: Contains gluten and milk.
Suitable for vegetarians?: Not stated on packaging.
Other Soreen Reviews: Soreen Limited Edition Chocolate Malt Loaf.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
A big thankyou to "Honest Foods" for sending me one of their snacking boxes to review recently! Honest are a quirky company specialiazing in "the best of British", and according to the message on the box they do not want to say "bonjour", "aloha" or "guten tag" to us...oh no, they want to say a very British "Hello!"
In keeping with this theme, their boxes only contain products made in Britain. This is a fantastic idea and one I very much applaud, since it's getting harder to find great quality products made in this country nowadays. Local is often best!
This box, or "Snakorium" as Honest calls it, included a lot of delicious items such as sweet chilli peanuts, lemon and ginger oat biscuits, a banoffee pie chocolate bar, Teapigs oolong tea, chilli billtong, and popping candy hot chocolate! It's a varied and interesting selection of stuff for sure.
Of course, being the chocoholic I am I went straight for the Banoffee Pie Truffle bar first! It's made by "With... chocolate", a family-run company in Belvoir who produce handmade chocolates in their cottage workshop, and this particular bar has won a "Great Taste 2013" award. The chocolate is described as a "Sumptuous milk chocolate bar with a creamy banana flavoured ganache and soft caramel filling". It was well presented and wrapped in brown foil (not many chocolate bars are wrapped in foil these days!) and a paper label. Ripping it open I found a delicious smelling bar with curved segments - it looked very unique:
Splitting a piece off revealed a chunk that's just perfect for popping in your mouth:
I think everyone will agree it looks amazing - the shape is so unique! The only thing I can really compare it to is the Nestlé Big Turk I reviewed recently, which was nowhere near as tasty as this bar.
Popping the segment in my mouth I was met with a delightfully creamy chocolate - it was obviously made with good quality ingredients. The banana ganache was divine; very creamy and with a comforting banana flavour. The caramel sat above it tasted very buttery and realistic - like something you would get on top of a Millioniare's Shortbread.
Overall this was a lovely bar of chocolate with a great combination of ingredients - fans of banana chocolates should definitely give it a try! I'm not sure where you can buy these in shops but you can order them on the "With Chocolate" website. They also do some other fantastic-sounding bars such as Strawberry & Cream with white chocolate, and Black Forest Gateau with dark chocolate!
I probably should have ate the chocolate along with this Teapigs Tung Ting Oolong which was also included in the box, but alas I just couldn't wait! It's named after the Taiwanese region where it grows, and is a part fermented tea with the strength of black tea and flavour of green tea. I thought it tasted very pleasant and full-bodied, with a strong earthy flavour. I really enjoyed it!
This Doves Farm Organic Banana, Mango and Brazil nut cereal bar contains dried banana and mango chips, as well as crispy rice and oats. It made for a great mid-morning snack and was full of chewy, crispy deliciousness - far nicer than some of the tasteless cereal bars you get in most supermarkets.
These "Mr Filbert's sweet chilli peanuts with juicy mango" were seriously addictive...I've never heard of this brand before but they certainly know how to make tasty nuts! (quite a feat!) Mr Filberts pride themselves on their "inventive snacks", and if you want to discover more creations you can check out mrfilberts.com. They also do Morrocan spiced almonds and french rosemary almonds.
These "Half Dipped Lemon and Ginger Mini-Bites" aka oat biscuits were also very nice...I ate them the British way of course; dunked in a cup of tea! (I'm sure Honest would approve). Taste-wise they were oaty, buttery, crumbly and moreish! The lemon and ginger flavour was subtle but delightful. They're made by "Frank's Luxury Biscuits" in Herefordshire.
Biltong isn't something I've eaten a lot of, but judging by this it's a moreish snack when you want something meaty! Greeff's Air Cured Sweet Chilli Biltong is handmade on the Isle of Wight, from 100% British cows no less, so you needn't fear about eating anything imported. Whether or not it will contain horse though is another matter...
This Cocoa Antics "The Crackling One" was fantastic...it's a wooden spoon with a base of milk and dark chocolate and white chocolate star, which you stir into hot milk to make a hot chocolate drink...with the twist being that it contains popping candy! This made for a delicious hot chocolate and the popping candy was a fantastic touch...in fact, it made me wonder why there's no popping candy hot chocolates in supermarkets?! It was so nice I didn't get a chance to take a pic before devouring it. Coco Aantics describe themselves as "the playful chocolate company" and do a range of hot chocolate spoons their website cocoaantics.com.
Last but not least is these Bear Dino Paws which are tasty fruit-based snacks. I read an interesting article recently about how this brand is selling excellently in supermarkets, despite the fact most people go for junk food instead. I can certainly understand their popularity - they're seriously tasty! Unlike some healthy snacks, I didn't feel like I was eating vegetable sludge whilst chewing them...they were pleasantly fruity, chewy and moreish and kept me reaching for more! The paw shapes are really cool, and make them very appealing to kids (or big kids like me!) According to the packet the paws belong to different dinosaurs: t-rex, tricerotops, pterdocatyl, diplocodus and veloceraptor. They contain no added sugar or preservatives and the fruit used in them is never from concentrate. Overall, these are fun, healthy and tasty snacks!
Honest have put together a nice selection of British snacks here, which will surely appeal to anyone wanting something a bit more special and home-grown than what most supermarkets offer. I really like the fact they're supporting Bristish companies and wish them every success, especially as someone who is tired of poor quality imported snacks (as much fun as they can sometimes be). Honest's boxes change monthly so you'll always get something different to look forward to, and all products included have to pass a stringent "Honest Test" to make sure they're all British. These guys really are dedicated to their cause!
The boxes cost £9.99 a month with postage included - you can check out Honest's website HERE.
Well, there you have it...an honest review for some Honest foods. No auf wiedersehen or au revoirs from me today....just a good old old British "goodbye ladies and gentlemen", and thankyou for reading! ;)
Honest Foods on Twitter.
*These snacks were sent to me for an honest review and all opinions expressed are my own.