Friday, 17 November 2017

M&M's Caramel

In all honesty I'm surprised it's taken this long for M&M's caramel to emerge, to me it seems like a no-brainer offering; rather than offering a different flavoured chocolate or a crispy/crunchy/nutty filling, how about offering a smooth, sweet caramel? Of course they would be launched in the U.S, not like us in the U.K to get anything remotely new in the M&M's market.
 

M&M's Caramel

The M&M's come in a re-sealable bag (really good idea as it stops the M&M's spilling everywhere) and as with all the U.S M&M's are a much bigger size to their U.K counterparts.


M&M's Caramel
I don't know why but I was expecting quite a runny, liquid, caramel, maybe akin to the texture of Dairy Milk Caramel. So I was poised and ready when I bit into one for there to be running and dripping. Upon biting I found a lot more resistance that I was expecting and realised that the caramel was a lot firmer then I was expecting, more of a caramel/toffee hybrid.


M&M's Caramel
It's quite chewy and more similar to the blue caramel you might get in Cadbury's Roses, it's chewier and takes a lot more work to get through. In all honesty I'm not too sure how I felt about this, it's nice, but I think I may have liked it slightly softer or for it at least to be highlighted on the front of pack that the caramel was chewy...e.g "M&M's Chewy Caramel". The graphic gives the impression this will be luxurious, smooth and free flowing, Mr M&M you have tricked me!


M&M's Caramel
The flavour is pleasant enough, sweet caramel with slightly darker toffee undertones with the standard M&M's milk chocolate. I found myself going back for more and they are quite moreish; however if they were out in the U.K I don't think these would be the ones I was rushing back to. I can only hope that in the future M&M's will launch a softer caramel variety.
M&M's Caramel

Taste -7.0/10 - Slightly darker caramel balanced against a sweet milk chocolate.
Texture - 6.0/10 - Would have liked the caramel to have been softer.
Appearance - 7.9/10 - Look good and like the re-sealable bag format.
Price - 6.9/10 - In their U.S homeland you can get these at Target for $2.99 which is good value and I'd definitely pay; however in the U.K they're around £7-£10 depending on where you buy them from.
Overall - 7.0/10 - A bit too chewy for my liking but not overly unpleasant.

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WHO FOR?
Fans of chewy caramel.

WHERE TO BUY?
In the U.S at Target, in the U.K from eBay or various import sites.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Hotel Chocolat Treacle Tart

Treacle tart is one of those classic, warming, autumnal desserts. The thick, almost sticky filling, rich in deep treacly syrup flavours with a slight hint of citrus to cut through, in a shell of crisp pastry. It's not a dessert I eat often but it's one I thoroughly enjoy when I do.

Hotel Chocolat Treacle Tart

I'm always on the look out for when Hotel Chocolat launch a new Selector chocolate, so when I saw there was now a Treacle Tart chocolate on offer I was keen to try it. Described as "a childhood favourite. Sticky toffee and a squeeze of lemon served in milk, topped with cornflakes for that classic pastry texture". It certainly sounded appetising.
Hotel Chocolat Treacle Tart

As with all Selectors you get 6 chocolates in the pack, each a decent size, which upon cutting into oozed a gloriously thick, indulgent looking toffee sauce. Topped with a layer of chocolate with cornflakes incorporated into it, which crumbled away slightly on cutting.

These two textures work perfectly together, so it may not be exactly the same as treacle tart, the toffee/treacle element is a lot runnier and there's no crisp pastry (which would have been an interesting addition) but instead a crunch from the cornflakes. However it's still pretty tasty, the toffee is luxurious and rich in the mouth whilst the cornflakes add a nice crunchy textural contrast.
Hotel Chocolat Treacle Tart

Flavour-wise it's heavenly and one of the more interesting chocolates I've tried recently. The toffee has a gorgeous, treacle, molasses flavour that is cut through with a sharp hit of lemon, it's really well balanced and works excellently against the creamy, milk chocolate backdrop. After one I quite quickly found myself wanting to go for a second.

As a limited edition winter chocolate from Hotel Chocolat I would definitely recommend picking these up whilst they're around and even better they're the taste of the month this month so you can try before you buy in-stores!
Hotel Chocolat Treacle Tart

Taste - 8.4/10 - Really tasty, delivers everything flavour-wise you could hope for from a treacle tart.
Texture - 8.0/10 - Smooth, rich, flowing toffee. Crunchy cornflake pieces, which may not be the classic pastry of a treacle tart but do help to add a nice textural contrast.
Appearance - 7.8/10 - Look visually appealing.
Price - 7.3/10 - On looking for the price on the Hotel Chocolat website I noticed that they've changed their pricing, I'm fairly sure it used to be £3.85 each or £3.15 if you buy 3 or more. However it's not £3.95 each or 3 Selectors for £10.
Overall - 7.9/10 - A really tasty edition to the Selectors range.
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WHO FOR? 
Anyone looking for a warming, indulgent winter chocolate.

WHERE TO BUY?
Hotel Chocolat stores or online here.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Choco Biscuit Crunch

Out of all of the Cadbury Big Taste bars that had been launched this Choco Biscuit Crunch bar was the only one that I had yet to try, exclusive to Asda, I had seen it before but now that I live slightly further afield from an Asda had yet had chance to pick it up. Luckily enough I was kindly sent a bar by Cadbury to try and review.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Choco Biscuit Crunch

As with all the Big Taste bars this weighs in at a considerable 300g and is described as "milk chocolate with cocoa creme filling (27%), milk creme filling (18%) and a layer of biscuit (13%)". Although I'm not normally the biggest fan of huge biscuit layers in chocolate this sounded pretty tasty to me and upon opening you could definitely see that this was going to be a satisfying bit of chocolate! Those pieces are thick!

Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Choco Biscuit Crunch

The biscuit layer definitely makes up the majority of the bar and you can definitely tell from the cross section that the cocoa creme makes up a larger proportion the bar compared to the milk creme.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Choco Biscuit Crunch

Due to the biscuit being fairly savoury it works really well against the sweeter Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate which can sometimes be a bit sickly when paired with other ingredients but it really works here. The cocoa and milk creme fillings are fairly not descript but help to add a smoother texture to the bar and a hint of additional creaminess to the eat.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Choco Biscuit Crunch

I ended up enjoying this bar a lot more than I actually thought I would, it kind of fulfils that Twix-like nature of being a biscuit and chocolate hybrid. I'd be really interested to see this executed as a giant Oreo bar with a layer of dark Oreo biscuit and 2 layers of milk creme...however since a lot of these Big Taste bars are replicas of Milka bars I can't see this happening any time soon.


Taste - 7.5/10 -
A lot tastier than I expected, creamy milk chocolate and slightly savoury biscuit.
Texture - 8.2/10 - Very satisfyingly thick, crunchy biscuit and smooth cremes.

Appearance - 8.0/10 - Looks good.
Price - 7.3/10 - At £3.00 for 300g it's fairly good value for money.
Overall - 7.8/10 - A surprisingly tasty flavour.

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WHO FOR?
Anyone looking for a really satisfying chocolate bar.

WHERE TO BUY?
Exclusive to Asda.