Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Lindt Creation Chocolate Cake

I do like my Lindt chocolate and when I saw this new Creation bar in my local Waitrose I couldn't resist picking it up 'milk chocolate with a dark chocolate truffle and a melting heart' sounds like my idea of heaven. I presume the bar is based on a melt in the middle/chocolate fondant style pudding by the picture on the packaging.

Lindt Creation Chocolate Cake


When opening the bar you are immediately hit with the classic creamy/malty aromas of Lindt chocolate; it is a pretty hefty bar as opposed to the bog standard Lindt chocolate you may pick up off the shelf - the cubes are a lot thicker with them containing a filling.

Lindt Creation Chocolate Cake

The creamy flavour of Lindt milk chocolate is evident when eating a cube, but I was a bit disappointed with the filling inside; the truffle is more like a chocolate paste and the liquid chocolate centre was a bit like a chocolate sauce you would put on top of an ice cream - it was also a bit dark for my liking and I think it detracted from the creamy milk chocolate flavour.

Lindt Creation Chocolate Cake

The format of the bar itself  is quite good; I liked the large satisfying sized chunks and the ratio of chocolate:filling was great. I mean don't get me wrong I ate the bar and enjoyed it at the time but I couldn't help feeling a bit underwhelmed; from the packaging and the concept and how much I normally enjoy Lindt chocolate, I was a tad disappointed and probably wouldn't repeat purchase.

Taste - 5.6/10 - Underwhelming, the Lindt chocolate flavour was impaired by the filling.
Texture - 6.3/10 - Good sized chunks but the truffle centre was more paste like and I think the liquid centre was just a tad too runny.
Appearance - 7/10 - Looks really good.
Price - 6/10 - I think I paid around £2.00 for this, not bad but I think there's better in the range you could pick up for this price.
Overall - 6.2/10 - Not horrendous but disappointing due to the expectations I had for the bar.
_________________________________________________________________________________
WHO FOR?
Despite me being underwhelmed by this bar I still think there's a lot of people this would appeal to - it's thick, chocolatey and satisfying.

WHERE TO BUY?
I've only seen this on sale at Waitrose at the moment.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Martha & Lulu Handmade Chocolates

Although mass produced chocolates are sometimes more convenient to purchase for me nothing says a special treat/gift that hunting down a bespoke artisan hand produced box of chocolates and that is exactly what Martha & Lulu offer - based in Durham they produce a range of chocolate products. I recently got the pleasure of sampling a box of 12 of their fresh chocolates; taking inspiration from the seasons and using some soft fruits/herbs grown at home they produce chocolates free from additives or preservatives.

Martha & Lulu Chocolates

The box arrived beautifully adorned with a ribbon and opening it up you can see there was a lovely selection of chocolates on offer - I specifically requested no alcoholic chocolates in mine. There were 12 chocolates placed neatly inside the box, containing 7 different varieties; although I'm sure there are some standards that always appear in the box selection I'm sure these are subject to change depending on ingredients/season etc, so you may even get some other delicious options that I didn't get the chance to sample.

Martha & Lulu Chocolates

There were some gorgeous lemon ganaches encased in a white chocolate shell; the ganache was so sumptuously smooth and it was obvious how fresh it was; my only complaint is that I possibly would have liked to have the lemon sharpened up slightly.

Martha & Lulu Chocolates


Martha & Lulu Chocolates

Another white chocolate that went down a treat was the Fairy Dust chocolate; a pure vanilla white chocolate ganache centre, again encased in white chocolate, creamy, dreamy with subtle hints of vanilla; thankfully this wasn't too sweet but a milky mellow offering.

The milk chocolate offerings consisted of a butter caramel encased in milk chocolate, a dark chocolate raspberry truffle encased in milk chocolate and a butter fudge. Again all were delicious; of particular highlight for me was the butter fudge, a classic, traditional crumbly sweet fudge that was ever so moreish - so luckily there were two in the box for me to tuck into!

Martha & Lulu Chocolates

The final chocolates in the box were of a dark offering; one floral offering that I wasn't a particular fan of, down to personal preference as opposed to anything being wrong with the chocolate and one muscovado caramel that was beautiful, a rich runny caramel centre encased in dark chocolate helping to balance out the sweetness.

Martha & Lulu Chocolates

Overall I don't think you can go wrong with a box of these chocolates especially not for £6.00 a box - it's an absolute bargain if you ask me! You would pay a lot more for a box of chocolates like this in most artisan chocolate shops, especially around London. It's obvious how fresh these are; especially in terms of the textures of all of the ganaches and although they have a relatively short shelf life you don't have to worry about them going off as they're so delicious I can't see them hanging around for long!

Taste - 7.5/10 - All were pretty good, the lemon could have been a bit sharper and I wasn't particularly fond of the floral offering, but overall a really nice box of chocolates.
Texture-  8.3/10 - Textures were spot on in all chocolates.
Appearance - 7.9/10 - Nicely presented and came with a menu card.
Price - 9.3/10 - Absolute bargain for the quality of chocolates.
Overall - 8.3/10 - A very pleasant first experience of Martha & Lulu.
_________________________________________________________________________________
WHO FOR?
Would make a great gift for someone.

WHERE TO BUY?You can purchase from Martha & Lulu's website here.

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
____________________________________________________________________________________
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.