Monday, 29 August 2016

The Pudding Parlour Banoffee Pie White Chocolate Bar (The Chocolate Smiths)

I love banana flavoured things; I often comment that I think it's a very underused flavour in the food industry in general and definitely not one that often pops up in chocolate. However I do often find with chocolate that it is a flavour that can be quite difficult to get right, more often than not turning out as sickly sweet and artificial tasting. I hoped that this wouldn't be the case with this Banoffee Pie bar.

The Pudding Parlour Banoffee Pie Bar

The Pudding Parlour is a cake/dessert shop near to where I live and they've teamed up with The Chocolate Smiths to produce a couple of chocolate bars that pair with their baked goods; the first one I'll be reviewing is this Banoffee Pie bar. Described as 'Belgian white chocolate bar with banana flavouring, fudge chunks, and crunchy dark chocolate covered biscuit pieces', it sounded appetising enough; although I may have liked to have seen digestive biscuit pieces used instead.

On opening the packet I was met with a familiar aroma of creamy white chocolate, no notes of banana though. Hm. I did hope that it would be present in terms of flavour. I was pleased to see that the fudge and dark chocolate biscuit pieces were swirled evenly throughout the bar and not just stuck on top.

The Pudding Parlour Banoffee Pie Bar 

The white chocolate, 30% cocoa solids, used is really creamy and thankfully not sickly, sweet in the slightest and has no awful throat burning sensations, but instead a really smooth melt. I was also really impressed with the balance of the banana flavour, it's not too strong so that it seems artificial but it's subtly present in the bar, making you take notice that this isn't a standard bar of white chocolate.


The Pudding Parlour Banoffee Pie Bar

The fudge pieces and dark chocolate biscuit pieces injected a nice textural contrast to the bar of chocolate; although I must say that I did find the fudge chunks a little on the hard side. Also one of the main components of banoffee pie is the caramel sauce, surely there should have been some soft caramel in the bar, but I do fear this may have made the bar a bit too sweet. Ultimately however I did think that this was quite a pleasant chocolate bar, especially due to the well executed banana flavour, that unfortunately is oh so often a rarity.

Taste - 7.2/10 - A creamy, not overly sweet white chocolate bar with a well balanced flavour of banana.
Texture - 6.7/10 - Smooth melt, fudge chunks are a bit hard.
Appearance - 7.5/10 - Like the packaging, pleased that the fudge and biscuit pieces are dispersed throughout the bar.
Price - 6.5/10 - At £3.50 for 100g I still think this is slightly overpriced.
Overall - 7.0/10 - I don't think it's a replacement for a real slice of banoffee pie but still pleasant enough.
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WHO FOR?
A fun chocolate bar for anyone that enjoys banana flavoured things.

WHERE TO BUY
The Pudding Parlour stores in the North East of England, details can be found on their website here.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Kit Kat Chunky Cookie Dough

I'd read about it, I'd searched for it, yet I still couldn't find it anywhere. The elusive Kit Kat Chunky Cookie Dough continued to evade me; however fellow reviewer Amy from Amy Seeks New Treats was kind enough to send me one in the post so I could have a chance to try it - thank you so much!!

Kit Kat Chunky Cookie Dough 


It's nice to see us in the UK getting some more unusual limited edition chocolate bars; I remember seeing this Kit Kat Chunky launched in Australia a while back and being massively jealous! I'm also pleased that it was launched in the Chunky format, there's something about regular Kit Kats that just don't quite hit the mark.

Kit Kat Chunky Cookie Dough 


The bar is described as ' a crisp wafer finger with a creamed cookie dough topping (19%), covered in milk chocolate (60%)'. So the cookie dough unfortunately isn't making up a huge percentage of the bar; although when I cut into it I was pleased to see that it did make a distinctive layer on top of the wafer.

Kit Kat Chunky Cookie Dough 


I decided to bite off the cookie dough topping first to try this on its own without the wafer to try and get the full flavour of just the cookie dough. I tried. I got nothing. I would have been confused that my taste buds were playing up had other reviewers not said the same thing - that the cookie dough flavour was non-existent. Literally all I tasted was the chocolate with a slight hint of vanilla.

The flavour is lost even more when you take a proper bite complete with wafer, chocolate and cookie dough topping. It tastes like you're just eating a regular Kit Kat Chunky. I just don't understand how companies can sign off on something that literally tastes nothing like it's supposed to. It just really infuriates me. To add to this there is literally none of the classic cookie dough texture either, none of that slightly chewy, soft bite. Oh well rant over. Until next time.

Taste - 4.5/10 - It's not bad in terms of tasting awful, it just doesn't taste like anything different. Just like a standard Kit Kat Chunky.
Texture - 4.2/10 - Where have you gone beloved chewy cookie dough?!
Appearance - 6.0/10 - Pretty standard Kit Kat Chunky bar.
Price - 6.7/10 - They're being sold at the same price as  the regular Kit Kat Chunky, around 50-60p so it's not going to break the bank if you do wish to give it a go.
Overall - 5.4/10 - Doesn't live up to it's described name.
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WHO FOR?
They're cheap enough that it's not going to be too expensive if you want to give one a go but if you're a huge cookie dough lover beware of disappointment!

WHERE TO BUY

They've been spotted in Asda & Sainsbury's so far; although my local stores didn't have them in when I was looking and hopefully should be available at most major retailers soon.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Snickers White Bar

I love Snickers - the combination of the nougat, caramel, peanuts and chocolate is always a winner and their thick , chunky nature makes them so satisfying. I've always wondered why they haven't brought out white or dark chocolate Snickers in the UK, it seems an easy product extension! That's why I got very excited when I saw photos of a white Snickers circulating on social media; alas it was in other parts of Europe but not the UK. However thanks to eBay I managed to get my hands on a couple, 2 duo bars to be precise - although as if I was going to split them into 4 potions! I waited patiently for them to arrive.

Snickers White Bar  


I obviously ate this all as one bar but I'm glad I bought the duo option, as they are doing standard sized bars, as it made it last a bit longer.



Snickers White Bar

My only fear with this was that it was going to be sickly, sweet. Thankfully it was not. Wow. I absolutely adored this bar. Strangely enough I actually think the milk chocolate version is sicklier?! The white chocolate is just really creamy and works incredibly well with the blend of the caramel, peanuts and nougat and I felt that each flavour stood out a bit more.

The salty, sweet, creamy flavours are absolute heaven whilst the texture is everything you would expect from a standard Snickers bar, slightly chewy with a nice bit of crunch from the peanuts.


Snickers White Bar

I'm so glad I bought two of these as if I'd only bought one I would have been thoroughly disappointed. I really, really, really hope these are launched in the UK - they're definitely my favourite mainstream 'new' chocolate bar I've tried this year, if not I think I may have to get back on to eBay and order quite a few more....

Taste - 8.7/10 - Absolute heaven. In my opinion better than a standard milk chocolate Snickers.
Texture - 8.5/10 - Chewy, crunchy, oh so satisfying.
Appearance - 8.4/10 - I think the white packaging looks great. Really eye catching.
Price - 8.0/10 - I only paid ~£1.75 on eBay, obviously they would be cheaper if actually launched in the UK, but I think at £1.75 they're worth buying, purely because of how good they are!

Overall - 8.4/10 - I pray this is released in the UK.
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WHO FOR? 

I think most people would enjoy it as long as you don't have a peanut allergy!

WHERE TO BUY?

I purchased mine from eBay - if you live in other parts of Europe you may be lucky enough to be able to pick one of these up at your local store!