Thursday, 24 July 2014

Battertastic Birthday Cake Rainbowlicious Popfetti Chocolate Bar

I remember seeing this bar quite a while ago on Cyber Candy's website and being intrigued about it. Cake batter is one of those flavours that I want to love in products - actual cake batter gives me wonderful memories of eating it out of the mixing bowl as a child; that delicious flavour that was always so much better than the actual cake. However I have yet to find a product that can replicate and deliver that same flavour and feelings of nostalgia.

Battertastic Birthday Cake Rainbowlicious Popfetti Chocolate Bar

 I'm not sure who actually produces this bar - I think it may actually be Cyber Candy themselves. Living in London now it meant that I was able to pick a bar up from their shop and couldn't wait to try it. The bar itself is white chocolate flavoured of "cake batter" complete with popping candy and multicolored sprinkles.  Due to the warm weather the bar had softened quite a bit when I went to eat it.

Battertastic Birthday Cake Rainbowlicious Popfetti Chocolate Bar

Popping a chunk in my mouth I can't say there was an overwhelming flavour of cake batter, I mean it's kind of there as the chocolate melts a bit but its not prominent...it's kind of just like a bog standard sweet white chocolate with the tiniest hint of cake batter...and the popping candy, well in this bar I found it pretty irritating.

Battertastic Birthday Cake Rainbowlicious Popfetti Chocolate Bar

 I don't seen how popping candy ends up having something to do with cake batter anyway - I presume it was just added to make the bar more "fun" and "interesting" but I found it actually detracted from the experience, as your chocolate melts in your mouth you have the obtrusive hard crunchy pieces of multicolored strands and then an explosion going on in your mouth from the popping candy...and you don't even get a great flavour of cake batter!!

Battertastic Birthday Cake Rainbowlicious Popfetti Chocolate Bar

Pretty disappointing, I continue my search for a good cake batter flavoured product.

Taste - 3.9/10 - Not particularly cake batter-esque.
Texture - 3.6/10 - Popping candy flying everywhere, multicolored sugar strands obtrusive in the mouth.
Appearance - 5/10 - The bar itself doesn't look anything special, the multicolored strands could have been a bit more prominent.
Price - 6.2/10 - At £2.99 it's not ridiculously priced and would be a good small present to get someone if you think they would like something a bit different.
Overall - 4.7/10 - Very disappointing.
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WHO FOR?
I can imagine this would probably go down well with kids.

WHERE TO BUY?
At Cyber Candy's stores or online here.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

William Curley Nostalgia Hazelnut Raisin Caramel Bar

I love William Curley's Nostalgia range; a range of essentially "commercial" chocolate bars jazzed up to finer levels. This Nostalgia bar is similar, in essence, to a Picnic bar; albeit hazelnuts instead of peanuts. Consisting of a milk chocolate hazelnut feullentine base with a layer of sea salt caramel, sprinkled with raisins and enrobed in 70% Toscano chocolate.

William Curley Nostalgia Hazelnut Raisin Caramel Bar

I absolutely love what William Curley has done with this bar; I'm not a massive lover of Picnic chocolate bars, I find them basic, boringly sweet and if I was going for a cheap pick me up chocolate bar there's not a chance I'd buy one. However this bar is obviously on a completely different level; the sea salt caramel has that lovely salty hint that contrasts delightfully with the sweet chewy raisins that add a great texture profile along with the milk chocolate hazelnut feullentine base.

There's the perfect mix of chewy, crunchy and smooth runny caramel all topped off with a rich delicious 70% Amedei Toscano dark chocolate. What I love about this bar is that it's neither too rich/dark nor too sweet; because of the sweeter filling the chocolate used to coat it helps provide that balance which means that it would appeal to those not only with a big sweet tooth but also those who like darker, richer chocolates.

William Curley Nostalgia Hazelnut Raisin Caramel Bar

The best thing about this chocolate bar is how satisfying it is; because great quality ingredients have been used you finish it feeling completely satisfied with no further desires to seek out any more sugary chocolate which can quite often be the case with sweeter commercial chocolate bars that this has been based on.

I highly recommend this to any individual who wants a "finer" version of an old simple classic.

William Curley Nostalgia Hazelnut Raisin Caramel Bar

Taste - 8/10 - Delicious salty caramel, praline hazelnut, sweet raisins and rich dark chocolate.
Texture - 9/10 - Great texture contrasts going on here.
Appearance - 6.8/10 - Simplistic.
Price - 7.1/10 - At £3.50 this is obviously a lot more than you would pay for a regular chocolate bar of the same weight but the quality you get here is far superior.
Overall - 7.7/10 - A great take on a commercial chocolate bar.
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WHO FOR?
Any individual who wants a "finer" version of an old simple classic.

WHERE TO BUY?Any of William Curley's stores in London/Harrods or online here.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Discover Milk Chocolate with Salted Popcorn and Peanuts

I was contacted recently about reviewing some chocolate bars that used Stevia as a sweetener; to be fair I have never really got on the 'Stevia bandwagon' as such; when it came out as a new 'natural' sweetener I thought it might be a nice change to the usual sucralose I use to sweeten my oats, yoghurt and other things I concoct; however I found the taste to be repulsive. It had a bitter aftertaste and an awful aniseed flavour that lingered at the back of your throat, to put it simply it made me feel quite sick.

Discover Milk Chocolate Bar with Salted Popcorn & Peanuts

Therefore I wasn't the most excited to try a Stevia sweetened chocolate bar but when I went on to Discover's website I actually found that there were a few different and interesting flavours which enticed me to give them a go and hope for the best. The first one I'm reviewing out of the 3 I received is this salted popcorn and peanut milk chocolate bar, containing 33.9% cocoa solids its actually a pretty high percentage milk chocolate bar compared to the likes you'll find gracing the supermarket convenience aisle.

Discover Milk Chocolate Bar with Salted Popcorn & Peanuts

The actual bar weights 50g and is studded with pieces of popcorn and small pieces of peanuts; when you snap a cube off you can tell that it's quite a creamy bar and popping a piece into my mouth this is reflected in the melt. The melt of it was surprisingly good, smooth, creamy and rich leaving you with some nice crunchy bits of popcorn and peanuts to nibble on.

You definitely couldn't massively tell that Stevia had been used to sweeten it; there definitely wasn't that cloying aniseed flavour and I think for the average consumer they wouldn't be able to distinguish it from a regular chocolate bar in terms of sugar/sweetener flavour. The flavour is creamy, rich with light caramel notes whilst the peanuts and popcorn aren't massively salty they do add a slight savoury element to it which is nice.

Discover Milk Chocolate Bar with Salted Popcorn & Peanuts

The best thing about this bar for those trying to avoid sugar is that it only contains 3.6g sugar in the whole bar and 240calories, meaning that this milk chocolate bar is only 480kcal per 100g which is around 60kcal lower than a regular sugar sweetened chocolate bar you would pick up. Whether this was sweetened with sugar or Stevia if it tasted the same as it did when I tried it this would definitely be a bar that I would pick up again and if you're trying to cut down on your sugar intake but still fancy a bit of a sweet treat then yes I would definitely go for it! As a Stevia hater I can say that I actually enjoyed this product and that says a lot about the execution of the bar!

Discover Milk Chocolate Bar with Salted Popcorn & Peanuts

Taste - 7.5/10 -
Really good, not just for a Stevia sweetened chocolate bar but for any chocolate bar.

Texture - 8.3/10 - Loved the texture, really smooth, creamy melt, a few more peanuts could have possibly improved the bar further.
Appearance - 7.2/10 - Look good, good dispersion of mix ins.
Price - 7.4/10 - Priced at £1.60 it's definitely affordable.
Overall - 7.6/10 - A decent chocolate bar in its own right whether it's sweetened with Stevia or not.
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WHO FOR?Anyone looking for a good sugar substitute chocolate bar.

WHERE TO BUY?
Online here.