Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Kinder Bueno Coconut

Kinder Bueno isn't one of those chocolate bars I buy often but every time I do have one I always wonder why that isn't the case as I always thoroughly enjoy it. The release of this new Kinder Bueno Coconut was enough of a reason to tempt me back into purchasing a bar.

Kinder Bueno Coconut

Described as "white chocolate with coconut milk covered wafer with smooth milky and hazelnut filling", I was pleasantly surprised that Kinder had not only opted to not only coat the base and sides of the bar with desiccated coconut but to also use coconut milk in the white chocolate! I feel it would have been a bit of a cop out if they'd just decided to take their standard white chocolate bar and coat it in some desiccated coconut.

Kinder Bueno Coconut

As with the standard the bar comes in two individually wrapped sticks, be warned on unwrapping and eating this the desiccated coconut can be prone to going everywhere! It has the usual easy to break off sections and the standard light, easy to eat wafer texture, combined with the well known gorgeously creamy, smooth, milky hazelnut filling. Thankfully, as with some coconut based bars, ahem Bounty, the desiccated coconut wasn't obtrusive to the texture and I didn't find it become drying whatsoever thanks to the filing.

Kinder Bueno Coconut
I definitely noticed the coconut flavour, most obviously in the desiccated coconut coating the exterior but I also did pick up that the white chocolate wasn't as sweet as the standard and had a creamier, subtle coconut flavour due to the addition of the coconut milk powder they have added to the white chocolate base. This paired with the light, hazelnut filling made for a really creamy, but thankfully not overly rich eat.

Kinder Bueno Coconut

There's nothing on the bar that states it's limited edition so I hope it does stick around and in all honesty I think I preferred it to the standard white chocolate bar due to the addition of the coconut adding another dimension to the bar. Definitely one to try out whilst it's about!

Taste - 7.6/10 - Good balance of creamy, milky hazelnut and light, sweet, white chocolate and coconut.
Texture - 8.5/10 - Easy to eat, light wafer and smooth filling.

Appearance - 7.4/10 - Always liked the fact that each of Kinder Bueno's sticks are individually wrapped.
Price - 8.2/10 - At 50p for a bar it's not going to break the bank and not too much of a heartbreak if you don't enjoy it.

Overall - 7.9/10 - A nice addition to the Kinder Bueno range.

Kinder Bueno lovers.

I bought mine at Sainsbury's, this is the only place I've seen it so far but would expect newsagents/other retailers to get it in soon.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Grown Up Chocolate Company Perfectly Buttery Peanutty Cups

I love peanut butter cups, there's certainly no denying that, in fact I love most things involving peanut butter. However there's not many 'upmarket' peanut butter cups around, Hotel Chocolat did a peanut chocolate but it really lacked a strong peanut butter hit, so I was hoping The Grown Up Chocolate Company's would fill that gap.The Grown Up Chocolate Company Perfectly Buttery Peanutty Cups

Described as "six smooth peanut butter cups with a teeny weeny bit of caramel, encased in milk chocolate", they sounded delicious, the addition of a layer of caramel really appealed and I felt that it would offer a nice point of difference to the chocolate.
 The Grown Up Chocolate Company Perfectly Buttery Peanutty Cups 

The shape of the cups isn't what you might be accustomed to if you've bought Reese's mini peanut butter cups before, instead they're more akin to a standard chocolate shape. On cutting in half you can clearly see the main filling is that of a light peanut praline with a thin layer of caramel (which on reading the ingredients deck on the back turned out to be salted).

In all honesty I was worried that with this being a peanut praline the peanut butter essence of the eat may be lost but thankfully as the praline has been made with white chocolate the peanut flavour still comes through and delivers a delicious, salty, peanut buttery hit. This is further complemented by the sweet yet salty salted caramel and the creamy, rich 38% milk chocolate encasing the filling. The chocolate was definitely more salty than I'm used to in a peanut butter cup, due to the addition of a sea salt topping.The Grown Up Chocolate Company Perfectly Buttery Peanutty Cups

The texture is spot on, sometimes peanut butter cups can be a bit drying, but this is smooth and rich with the flowing caramel softening the overall eat. I could have quite easily popped back all 6 of these in one go, they're pretty delicious and definitely fit the needs of a bit more of a high quality peanut butter cup.

Taste - 7.9/10 - Salty yet sweet, great peanut butter flavour with a nice addition from the salted caramel.
Texture - 7.7/10 - Smooth peanut praline; rich, flowing caramel.
Appearance - 7.0/10 - Not what you might be used to from a standard peanut butter cup, more akin to a classic boxed chocolate shape.
Price - 8.2/10 - £1.99 for 6 is excellent value for money.
Overall - 7.7/10 - Delicious peanut butter chocolate.
Peanut butter lovers!!


Online from The Grown Up Chocolate Company's website here. You can also find details of your nearest stockist on their website.

Nestle Chocolate Blond

I went through a stage of absolutely adoring caramelised white chocolate a couple of years back, when Valrhona launched their Dulcey bar, finding those sweet, almost dulce de leche undertones blending into the white chocolate absolute heaven. It's very rare to come across a mainstream caramelised white chocolate bar in this country, with the nearest thing being Caramac..but I most certainly wouldn't put that under the same umbrella. So when a friend was recently on holiday and sent me a photograph of the chocolate shelf in the local supermarket and I spotted this bar...well let's say I kindly asked him if he would get me one to bring back.  

Nestle Chocolate Blond  

Like Caramac this bar is made by Nestl
é but as it was a special edition bar I was hoping that it would be a bit more special and have more of those caramelised flavours that I look for. Described as "a delicious sweet caramelised flavor with a creamy texture and a soft golden color" I was really hoping it was going to live up to my expectations.

Nestle Chocolate Blond

Unwrapping it I was immediately pleased, the colour was much darker than Caramac, suggesting a deeper, caramelised flavour with a much stronger caramel and toffee aroma.
This most definitely came through on the eat, it was so much better than Caramac and much more akin to the caramelised white chocolate bars I've tried in the past.

Nestle Chocolate Blond

It's sweet, no doubt about that, but it has a wonderful caramelised flavour, reminiscent of dulce de leche. You can tell that it's meant to be caramelised as opposed to just caramel as it has that slight bitter back note to it and a deeper, stronger flavour.

Nestle Chocolate Blond

The melt was smooth and easy to eat, melting easily in the mouth to unleash it's caramelised flavours. I was pretty impressed for a mainstream bar, I just wish Nestlé in the UK would replace Caramac with this as it's infinitely better. I'm really wishing I'd asked for more than just one bar...

Taste - 8.1/10 - Sweet caramelised dulce de leche notes blending into creamy white chocolate.
Texture - 7.5/10 - Smooth melt, easy to eat.
Appearance - 7.4/10 - Bar looks nice enough and came foil wrapped in the card box.
Price - 8.3/10
- I'm sure my friend paid around €2 for this 120g bar, an absolute steal.
Overall - 7.8/10 - Praying this gets launched in the U.K at some point.

Caramelised white chocolate lovers.


My friend bought this in Ibiza so I'm guessing it may be available around Spain + the Spanish islands if you're jetting off there this summer!