Saturday, 6 September 2014

Cabury Dairy Milk Chips Ahoy

It seems that since Cadbury's was bought out by Kraft that instead of coming up with solely new "Cadburys bar" the NPD has been pushed through merging products to create chocolate bars that cross link brands. The latest one of these is Cadbury's Dairy Milk with Chips Ahoy, a similar biscuit based bar to that of the Cadbury's Dairy Milk Oreo bar that has proved seemingly popular.

Dairy Milk Chips Ahoy

A lot of people in the UK may not have heard of the cookie brand Chips Ahoy, but seemingly being the foodie that I am and through trips to America I was aware of Chips Ahoy..anyway thanks to the manic sword wielding chocolate chip cookie on the front of the packaging you can get the message of what this bar contains. Although why he is yielding a sword I have absolutely no idea.

Dairy Milk Chips Ahoy

The bar contains a biscuit flavoured cream and pieces of chocolate chip cookie coated in Dairy Milk milk chocolate. When I tried the Dairy Milk Oreo bar I have to say I wasn't massively blown away; it was okay but I wouldn't go out and repeat purchase.

This on the other hand was far superior the filling has a lovely creamy, wheaty biscuit flavour with the chocolate chip cookie pieces adding extra cookie/biscuit flavour and delivering a great added crunch to the bar to contrast with the richer/denser filling. The Dairy Milk chocolate is pretty much self explanatory with its usual creamy/sweet flavour. All together as a bar though this certainly ticked all the boxes for me and in contrast to the Oreo bar this is one that I would definitely go out to purchase again.

Dairy Milk Chips Ahoy

Taste - 8.7/10
- Overall a lovely sweet "chocolatey" biscuit eat.
Texture - 8.5/10 - Filling is smooth and creamy, chocolate chip biscuit pieces add a nice additional crunch.
Appearance - 8/10 - Good amount of biscuit pieces in the bar an in a strange way I rather like the sword wielding cookie on the front of the packaging.
Price - 8.9/10 - I picked up this bar for around £1.50 in Asda I can imagine at some point it will on special for £1 as well; definitely accessible enough for everyone.
Overall - 8.5/10
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WHO FOR?For most of the general public that enjoy chocolate I can imagine that the majority of them would like this bar.

WHERE TO BUY?

Most major supermarkets should be stocking this soon but I got mine from Asda.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

William Curley Nostalgia Peanut Nougat Bar

When it comes to commercial chocolate bars there's nothing much more satisfying than a Snickers bar; the chewy nougat and caramel mixed with crunchy peanuts layered in milk chocolate, it's a real treat - but what happens when you fancy those kind of flavours but without such a big sugar/sweetness hit and you're looking for more of a quality offering.

William Curley Nostalgia Peanut Nougat Bar

Well one of William Curley's Nostalgia range bars definitely hits the spot - peanut and chocolate nougat topped with a salted peanut caramel and coated in Toscano 70% dark chocolate; although it looks smaller than your average Snickers I remember weighing it and the weights actually being relatively similar - plus the fact that it's a lot richer so you don't need as much of it.

William Curley Nostalgia Peanut Nougat Bar

The texture is definitely there, you're met with similar rich chewy nougat, chewy soft caramel and gorgeously crunchy peanut pieces. However the flavour here is slightly different; due to the rich dark chocolate coating it takes it to another level adding further depth into the bar whilst the salted caramel sauce helps to take off any excessive sweetness that the nougat may be bringing. Overall it eats deliciously.

William Curley Nostalgia Peanut Nougat Bar

Would I use this as a replacement for a Snickers? Probably not as I think you would eat them in two completely different eating occasions; Snickers - you're on the go, you want a big sweet fix and something that you can really get your teeth into. This offering - it's something you want to take home and eat slowly with a warm, hot drink.

Taste - 8.4/10 - Delicious, lovely salty/sweet combo, enhanced by the rich dark chocolate.
Texture - 7.5/10 - Chewy, gooey caramel and nougat with lovely crunchy peanut pieces.
Appearance - 7.7/10 - Lovely artisan look to it.
Price - 6.7/10 - Priced at £3.50 it's around 5 times the price of Snickers but it is a much higher quality offering.
Overall - 7.6/10 - A lovely upmarket take on a Snickers.
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WHO FOR?If you're fancying simple flavours done a bit more elegantly then this would definitely hit the spot; especially if you're a dark chocolate lover and don't like your chocolates too sweet.

WHERE TO BUY?
You'll be able to pick this up from William Curley's store in Belgravia, Harrods or online here.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Paul A Young Chocolate Selection

Whilst I was at Paul's Heal store trying out his Salted Caramel Cream Tea I also got the chance to pick up a range of some of the chocolates he has on offer at the minute, a selection of 9.

Paul A Young Chocolate Selection

Paul A Young Chocolate Selection

Rum & Raisin


Paul A Young Chocolate Selection

It looked very elegant from the exterior with it's gold dusted shimmer - there was quite a strong alcoholic flavour emerging from this chocolate, with definite notes of rum, I didn't however pick up a lot of raisin. Not really my cup of tea because I'm not a huge fan of alcoholic chocolates but I can imagine if you were then this would definitely be one for you!

Cigar Leaf Caramel

Paul A Young Chocolate Selection

I was really intrigued to try this chocolate; I was told by a couple of members of staff in the shop that this was their favourite chocolate and I can see why. A deliciously smoky caramel in a dark chocolate shell it's exiquisite. If you've tried Paul's Sea Salted Caramel then you know how good his caramels are and this is no different, the caramel is almost spicy. Definitely something a bit different in terms of your take on a normal caramel but delicious nonetheless.

Olive Oil
Paul A Young Chocolate Selection


An olive oil truffle; something that at the forefront sounds a bit peculiar and not something you might naturally tend towards. Once eaten you realise how well this works; the olive oil creates a ganache so beautifully creamy and smooth that it melts in the mouth instantly. The flavour has a slight savoury note to it, a bit like Paul's Marmite chocolate, just not as intense.

Hazelnut Praline

Paul A Young Chocolate Selection

Any readers of this blog will know that I absolutely love a good praline chocolate; this one was absolutely beautiful. Just the right balance between sweet and nutty with a lovely creamy smooth praline texture. Rich and delicious.

Rhubarb Caramel

Paul A Young Chocolate Selection

Another take on Paul's classic caramel, this time using rhubarb. The flavours work so perfectly well here, the sweet caramel paired with the tart and vibrant rhubarb; its fresh, fruity and tart yet sweet at the same time.

Lemon Cheesecake

Paul A Young Chocolate Selection

In the same mould as Paul makes his Sea Salted Caramel chocolates we have the Lemon Cheesecake; this was right up my street. The lemon cheesecake centre was gorgeous both in terms of texture and flavour, zingy, fresh and packed with lemon flavour, with a gorgeous light cheesecake texture. I could quite easily have eaten another couple of these.

Pimms Truffle

Paul A Young Chocolate Selection

I had quite high hopes for this chocolate; such a quintessentially British product the idea of Pimms in a truffle, I thought, was great. I think it may just boil down to me not being a huge fan of alcohol in chocolates again, or maybe it was the fruity Pimms flavour in chocolate that I just didn't feel worked. Others may enjoy it but this one wasn't for me.

Passionfruit

Paul A Young Chocolate Selection

I love passion fruit as a flavour profile and this definitely didn't disappoint; a gorgeously creamy smooth texture. Sweet, vibrant and tropical. This added a great contrast to some of the deeper, richer chocolates in the box.

Kalamansi

Paul A Young Chocolate Selection

A delicious, fresh, fruity vibrant chocolate. This was lovely and refreshing and had just the right amount of sharpness.

Taste - 8.5/10 - A great, interesting selection of chocolates.
Texture - 8.8/10 - Delicious, the olive oil chocolate was of particular mention.
Appearance - 8.2/10 - All of the chocolates look stunning.
Price - 7.6/10 - I believe a 9 piece box is priced at £15.50; great for a special treat or gift.
Overall - 8.3/10 -  Something for everyone.
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WHO FOR?Great for a gift or if you fancy treating yourself to some higher quality chocolates.

WHERE TO BUY?Any of Paul's stores across London.