Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Canton Tea Company - Canton Chocolate Tea

I was recently approached to sample some chocolate tea; I've seen chocolate tea floating around some department stores before but I've never really had a massive urge to try it before; I prefer to stick to my green tea normally and just eat my chocolate. However I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity, so agreed.

Canton Chocolate Tea


The tea came in a beautiful box and consisted of 50g loose leaf tea, a combination between two black teas -  Indian Assam and Chinese Yunnan, along with Madagascan vanilla pods and Peruvian cocoa nibs. I've tried Assam tea before and I must say I am a huge fan so I had high hopes for this product; I don't own a tea strainer so I popped some in a cafetiere, 3 tsp, and waited the allotted time, 2 minutes, for it to infuse.

Canton Chocolate Tea

I, appropriately, poured myself a cup into my chocolate mug and decided that I would just drink it black, no milk, no sweeteners, to purely enjoy the flavour the tea had to offer. Great idea. This tea is delicious and it does have a lovely chocolate flavour! Okay, so it's not the same as eating a bar of chocolate but it's gorgeously sweet, with lovely vanilla caramel notes and a lovely richness from the black teas and cocoa nibs.

Canton Chocolate Tea

I was going to try some of this with milk but I really didn't want to ruin the pure flavour of it. This is such a lovely treat for yourself and with zero calories!! Utterly indulgent! I couldn't drink this as my regular 'brew'; I think it would get a bit sickly after a while - but then I wouldn't have a bar of chocolate as a snack every single day.

Canton Chocolate Tea

It's high quality, presented beautifully and tastes great. A great alternative when you have a sweet craving; perfect if you love trying different tea blends and are a fellow chocolate lover!

Canton Chocolate Tea

Taste - 8.3/10 - Gorgeously rich and indulgent.
Texture - NA/10
Appearance - 7.4/10 - Beautifully presented
Price - 7.2/10 - £8.00 for 50g sounds quite a lot but realistically you're going to get a fair few cups out of it and well it's not just your bog standard black tea really.
Overall - 7.6/10 - A great alternative luxury tea.
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WHO FOR?
If you love chocolate and love a cup of tea then this is for you!

WHERE TO BUY?
You can buy it online here.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Dairy Milk Peanut Butter Pretzel

I always feel that we are so deprived of peanut butter offerings in the UK; we are starting to see some improvements in the ice cream department; however when it comes to chocolate...well it's still pretty meek, especially on the mainstream scale.

Cadbury's Dairy Milk Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar

I was fortunate enough to get given this Dairy Milk Peanut Butter Pretzel bar as a gift however; this bar is apparently available on the Canadian market...those lucky Canadians! My gift giver picked it up from Cyber Candy though.

Cadbury's Dairy Milk Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar

So let's get down to it, what was it like?! Well, it was pretty darn good! Quite often the Dairy Milk from other countries tastes slightly different, almost 'off'. However this is not the case here; I was met with the same usual creamy, sweet offering, but on this instance it was also filled with a gorgeously smooth, rich peanut butter truffle filling and salty/savoury crunchy pretzel pieces. Utter heaven.

Cadbury's Dairy Milk Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar

The peanut butter flavour is the perfect, not too strong where it taste artificial but not so weak that you can barely tell it's even there..when I buy something with peanut butter in I want it to taste of it! I'm not usually a huge fan of pretzels but in this bar they actually work really well; they're not too obtrusive but just provide a nice crunchy counterpart to the creamy peanut butter truffle.

Cadbury's Dairy Milk Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar

Munched and crunched or sucked slowly allowing it to melt; either way you eat this bar you end up with pretty much the same result - this is one delicious bar. Now we can just hope that Cadbury's will hear our pleas and bring some delicious peanut butter chocolate to us over here in the U.K.

Cadbury's Dairy Milk Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar

Taste - 8.5/10 - Everything I could hope for in a peanut butter chocolate bar.
Texture - 8.3/10 - Smooth and creamy with lovely little nibbly pretzel pieces.
Appearance - 7/10 - Standard Cadbury's chocolate bar really.
Price - 5.2/10 - Unfortunately due it being an import the price is a lot more expensive compared to what you would usually pay for Cadbury's, £4.26 is pretty expensive! Even more reason why this needs to be brought to the UK where I'm sure it would sell for a more reasonable price!
Overall - 7.3/10 - A delicious bar, if only it were at a more reasonable price.
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WHO FOR?
Peanut butter lovers!

WHERE TO BUY?
Residents of Canada I'm sure you'll be able to find this in local stores!! For everyone else Cyber Candy here.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Guido Castagna Madagascar Bar - 76% Lacrí Blend

In all honesty I don't buy a lot of dark chocolate anymore; milk chocolate and filled chocolates would always be my first option when choosing a chocolate treat - my sweet tooth seems to rule over my decision making process and the fact that finding good chocolate available near me, apart from ordering online, is often quite difficult.

Guido Castagna Lacri Blend Madagascar 76%

That's not to say that I don't enjoy a good bar of dark chocolate; in fact this bar was so good that it had me questioning why I don't eat it more often; there's something about the richness, complexity and depth of dark chocolate that makes it a far longer lasting experience compared to its milk counterparts.

Made with beans from Madagascar this bar looks the height of quality; sleek packaging, the chocolate lightly wrapped and the bar having the perfect sheen and a gorgeous ripple/wave-like design. The melt is rich and sumptuous and the flavour profile experienced when a morsel is popped into your mouth is superb.

Guido Castagna Lacri Blend Madagascar 76%

Starting off  relatively bitter with the slightest hint of spice/chilli before leading way to lighter, fresher, fruitier flavours and I even picked up on a tang of fresh mint! For a bar at 76% you would think that this would be deep and robust; however this bar leaves your mouth feeling refreshed and its quite easy to pop back a few more pieces!

In terms of quality both in flavour experienced and melt in the mouth this bar is excellent; I even made a chocolate ganache with some of this chocolate to pop on top of a cake I was making - without a doubt the ganache was the BEST I have ever made. Superb.

Guido Castagna Lacri Blend Madagascar 76%

Taste - 8.9/10 - Great, complex flavour profile, leaving the mouth feeling refreshed.
Texture - 9.3/10 - Excellent, smooth, truffle like melt.
Appearance - 8.9/10 - Elegantly packed and a gorgeous bar design.
Price - NA - These were being sold on pristie.com but the website doesn't seem to be opening recently and on Guido Castagna's website there is no sign of a price.
Overall - 9/10 - Worth seeking out.
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WHO FOR?Anyone looking for a dark chocolate bar that isn't too bitter.


WHERE TO BUY?
As stated above this bar may pose a little difficult to find; but it's definitely worth tracking down if you can/