Thursday, 15 February 2018

Ritter Sport Caramelised Almonds

Winter time, the smell of warm caramelised nuts fill the air, it may be February now but it's still so darn cold...and hey even in the summer I'd more than happily welcome a bar of caramelised almond chocolate! Along with the Ritter Sport Spekulatius bar reviewed here, Amy from New Treats also kindly sent me this Caramelised Almonds bar. Yum!

Ritter Sport Caramelised Almond

As with all Ritter Sport it weighs in at 100g coming in a solid square shape format with easier to break off cubes. Unlike some of Ritter Sport's nut bars, which use whole nuts, this bar has small pieces of nibbed caramelised almonds which are dotted throughout the 30% milk chocolate bar.
Ritter Sport Caramelised Almond

The chocolate has wonderful, deep, rich cocoa notes balanced against a milky backdrop with the caramelised almonds adding a sweet, slightly burnt/toasted nutty flavour. It's well balanced and not overly sickly. I actually really rate Ritter Sport's base milk chocolate, for a mainstream chocolate bar, it's pretty good.
Ritter Sport Caramelised Almond

With regards to the textural element of the caramelised almonds sometimes I can be a bit funny when it comes to adding small nibbly bits to my bar, I often feel like they can impede the melt if not executed correctly. However I found they just made this bar incredibly moreish, they're just the right size and distributed evenly throughout the bar. I also really think the caramelisation process as helped to lift the eat, unlike regular nibbed almonds as these have been caramelised they offer a crunchier eat.

Ritter Sport Caramelised Almond
I'd love it if Ritter Sport made more of their bars easier to get in the U.K, currently there's just the main few that grace the major supermarket shelves and the occasional lucky find in Aldi/Lidl. Until then we can but hope and be appreciative of friends who send you goodies like this!

Ritter Sport Caramelised Almond
Taste - 8.1/10 - Rich, creamy milk chocolate. Toasted caramelised nuts. Well balanced.

Texture - 8.4/10 - Very moreish due to the nibbly, crunchy pieces of almond.
Appearance - 7.7/10 - Looks fine.
Price - 8.4/10 - I'm not sure how much this is in Germany, I'd imagine around the € 1 mark. 
Overall - 8.2/10 - Another tasty offering from Ritter Sport.
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WHO FOR?
Definitely for those who enjoy nutty chocolates.



WHERE TO BUY?

This was a winter edition bar in Germany, I'm not sure whether you can still get it over there but in the U.K I'd imagine a hunt through eBay would be your best bet.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Marks & Spencer Blond Swiss Chocolate

I absolutely adore caramelised (blond) white chocolate, but up until recently the only options really were 1) expensive/hard to find brands such as Valrhona Dulcey, Godiva, The Chocolate Society etc  and 2) Caramac (if you can even call that chocolate, which it's not, it's more of a confection). That is until now, with the launch of this M&S blond white chocolate bar, which forms part of their Swiss range.

M&S Swiss Chocolate Blond

For those of you that don't know blond chocolate is formed using the same base as white chocolate, but is often cooked for longer or the milk/sugar is caramelised to give a caramelly colour and eat to the bar. If done right it is absolutely delicious.

M&S Swiss Chocolate Blond

Described as "A unique recipe with aromas of caramel, shortbread and fresh toasted notes - which stands it apart from milk and white chocolate", the bar comes in a 100g format and is easy to split into decent sized snappable pieces. Upon opening you're greeted with a gorgeously sweet, rich, caramel aroma that just makes you want to dive in immediately.

M&S Swiss Chocolate Blond

The aromas that you're met with most definitely come through on the eat, it is sweet, which caramelised white chocolate is, but also extremely well balanced. The perfect harmony between creamy dairy notes and sweet, buttery, toasted caramel flavours. In other words utter heaven.

M&S Swiss Chocolate Blond

The melt is smooth and indulgent and I found myself quite easily wanting to finish the bar off all in one go, this is a bar I'd buy time and time again and I love how unlike other bars this one is easily accessible both on price point and convenience of purchase. A top notch bar for any caramelised white chocolate lovers and if you haven't tried this before I most definitely recommend it!


Taste - 9.3/10 - One of the tastiest chocolate bars I've had in a white. Gorgeous, sweet, toasted caramel flavours.
Texture - 9.0/10 - Smooth, rich, creamy melt. 
Appearance - 9.0/10 - Sleek, elegant packaging. Chocolate has a lovely caramel colour.
Price - 9.6/10 - Absolute bargain at £1.50.
Overall - 9.2/10 - Absolutely delicious and such good value for money.

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WHO FOR?
If you're a Caramac fan then imagine something a million times better and this is what you have. One for those that enjoy something a bit sweeter with a caramel flavour profile.


WHERE TO BUY?
M&S stores.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Spider Choc Lemonade Bar

So I reviewed the Marvellous Creations Spider Choc Raspberry Bar a few days ago here and since then someone kindly left me a comment to inform me that apparently "spider" is slang for an ice cream float in Australia - it all makes sense now. Although I must say it's not the most appetising of names! The other bar my colleague kindly brought back for me from Australia was the lemonade variety of the Spider range, so now that I'm correctly informed as to what a "spider" is it's about time to review it.

Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Spider Choc Lemonade

Like the raspberry bar this consists of Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate filled with a fruity creme filling and fizzy candy pieces, in this case lemon. I love lemon and white chocolate together but lemon and milk chocolate wouldn't be a flavour profile I would normally opt for.



Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Spider Choc Lemonade

The bar, as per the other, has a swirl like design, with non-uniform pieces upon breaking. The filling has a light creamy texture, which upon snapping is slightly crumbly - I'd imagine this is more due to the varying temperature exposure the bar had had as opposed to what it's meant to be like - and is dotted with pieces of yellow fizzy candy.



Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Spider Choc Lemonade

The lemon flavour isn't overpoweringly cloying and works quite well with the creamy, sweet Dairy Milk chocolate, it's not amazing but it's pleasant enough. However as with the raspberry bar I really didn't enjoy the fizzy pieces of candy, I just didn't enjoy the sour/sweet/fizziness or the crunchiness paired with chocolate. Despite this I did feel that in this bar it better emulated the fizzy drink lemonade, where as the raspberry didn't remind me of anything in particular.

Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Spider Choc Lemonade
My feelings to this bar are pretty much the same as the raspberry, nice to try as a one off, but if it was available in the U.K I don't think I'd be rushing out to repeat purchase. In my opinion there's a lot nicer bars out there.

Taste - 5.2/10 - Average:  classic, sweet, creamy Dairy Milk chocolate paired with a light fruity lemon flavour that kind of reminded me of the flavour profile of a light lemon mousse. Didn't enjoy the sour, fizzy candy.

Texture - 6.2/10 - The filling wasn't as creamy as I would have liked but this could have been due to travel/varying temperatures. The fizzy candy pieces were a bit hard/crunchy for me though.
Appearance - 8.5/10 - The bar looks good, I like the design.
Price - 7.2/10 - I think you can actually buy these on Sanza the import website for just over £5, which I think as a one off is ok if you really want to try it. In Australia they will be cheaper I would imagine as they're not imported.

Overall - 6.8/10 - Nice to try but don't think I would repeat purchase and I don't really understand the whole chocolate/ice cream/fizzy drink concept....but at least I now know what a spider is!!
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WHO FOR?
A good bar to try if you fancy something a bit different, if you enjoy fizzy/sour flavours with chocolate then you may enjoy this bar a bit more than I did.

WHERE TO BUY?
If you're in the U.K you can order them from Sanza
here. In Australia you should be able to get this from most major stores.