Monday, 27 July 2015

Cadbury Astros

Cadbury Astros were first launched in 1997 in the UK, Canada and South Africa. I remember having them as a child; not quite a chocolate, not really a biscuit but something in between, almost like a crispy M&M. Eventually they were discontinued in the UK and I haven't thought about them for years; they weren't one of the chocolates that I looked back on and think "I really miss that" and they completely slipped my memory. That was until I came across this Buzzfeed post a few months ago and memories were brought flooding back. There was also another post complete with only chocolate throwback items which unfortunately I can't find now but it was filled with memories of chocolate bars I miss slighly more - for example the Cadbury's Snowflake, Mars Delight, Milky Bar Munchies..etc etc.

Cadbury Astros

 Anyway seeing this post reminded me briefly of Astros and then I quickly forgot about them again; until recently I was browsing eBay for alternative foreign chocolate (one of my favourite past times) and they popped up again for a pretty reasonable price (they're still sold in South Africa), so I thought hey ho, I'm going to give them a go and see whether they live up to the nostalgic memories I have of them from childhood.

Cadbury Astros

They're described as candy and chocolate coated biscuit bites and are branded as a kind of space themed chocolate snack, the innards of the box weighed ~40g and you get a decent amount of  'Astros' with them all being quite small and I found that they were quite good for nibbling away at and lasted a decent length of time.

However my positives kind of end there; yes the texture is quite nice, the crispy shell and the lightly crunchy biscuit but I didn't really think they tasted of particularly much - there certainly wasn't anything to distinguish these as being Cadbury's chocolate..or really very chocolatey at all; they kind of just taste like a sweet biscuit thing that you may use as possibly a cake decoration. I can now see why they were discontinued in the UK as to be honest they're pretty boring and don't massively satisfy any chocolate craving you may have.

Cadbury Astros
I'm glad I bought them again as a nice nostalgic blast to the past but I certainly won't be repeat purchasing them.

Taste - 3.0/10 - Not very 'chocolatey' or indulgent at all. Just sweet.
Texture - 6.7/10 - I quite enjoyed the texture of them, light, crispy and crunchy.
Appearance - 6.8/10 - Quite like the branding of the box, the 'Astros' are a good size.
Price - 6.0/10 - I paid £1.10 on eBay for these.
Overall - 5.6/10 - Unfortunately a bit of a let down.
Anyone wanting to live nostalgic childhood memories.

WHERE TO BUY? I bought these through eBay through a seller called 'The South African Shop' this is their actual site here.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Nestle Aero Strawberry

I've come to the conclusion that I am quite partial to the combination of strawberry + milk chocolate together and that it is in fact the sickly sweet texture and cloying flavour of fruit cremes such as that in Cadbury's Roses that I do not like.

Nestle Aero Strawberry  

What with the release of the seemingly boring Aero Mousse bar review, I really wanted to give this Canadian Strawberry Aero a go, apparently there was also a caramel version released but I couldn't see this on Cyber Candy's website - where I bought the strawberry variety.

Nestle Aero Strawberry

The bar is 95g and consists of an aerated strawberry flavoured white chocolate centre with a milk chocolate coating; the rounded style bubble pieces easily break apart and when eaten have that lovely bubbly texture which easily melts in the mouth and is incredibly moreish to eat.

The flavour is spot on; a light, refreshing strawberry flavour which reminded me of the strawberry mousse chocolate that Thorntons do. It wasn't sickly sweet and paired well with the milk chocolate coating, I think if done with white chocolate this could have been a bit too much.

Nestle Aero Strawberry

I was thoroughly impressed with this bar and it really made me wish that Nestle UK NPD would step up their game with other unusual Aero varieties they could release.

Taste - 8.7/10 - Really good, light, fruity strawberry flavour and creamy milk chocolate.
Texture - 9.0/10  - Lovely, bubbly, aerated texture that easily breaks down in the mouth.
Appearance - 8.0/10 - Looks good, liked the format of the bar.

Price - 7.2/10 - £3.79 for an imported bar is'nt too bad.
Overall - 8.3/10 - A tasty, more unusual variety of Aero to enjoy.
WHO FOR?Anyone looking for a fun chocolate bar that offers something a bit different to the boring Aero varieties available in the UK!

WHERE TO BUY?I got mine online at Cyber Candy here.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Milka Truffle & Almonds

Since Mondalez took over Cadbury it seems that there's less Milka products on shelf in store - disappointing since I'm quite partial to a bit of Milka but I suppose it makes sense from a business point of view; especially what with a lot of the new Cadbury's versions essentially being replicas of Milka products available in different parts of Europe.

Milka Truffle & Almonds Chocolate Bar  

Milka chocolate has that lovely creamy, milky Swiss-style flavour to it and I just couldn't resist picking up a couple of bars when I was away on holiday in Spain a few weeks ago - the large sharing blocks of Milka are huge!!! Weighing in at ~300g there's certainly a lot of chocolate to go around, so I picked up flavours that I thought I would definitely enjoy!

Milka Truffle & Almonds Chocolate Bar

The first review is of the Truffle & Almonds bar; containing a creamy truffle filling with small bits of chopped almond; I've had quite a few bad experiences of bringing truffle-esque bars back from holiday, with the truffle seemingly having bloomed and gone dry/crumbly. Thankfully this didn't occur in this bar.

The truffle was delightfully smooth, rich and melt in the mouth; whilst the almonds provided a nice textural contrast, if you wanted to bite/chew the bar, but weren't intrusive if you wanted to savour a cube and let it slowly melt. A lovely rich, satisfying chocolate eat.

Milka Truffle & Almonds Chocolate Bar

In terms of flavour the almonds didn't offer particularly much, I couldn't detect much of an almond flavour throughout the bar, with instead the dominating flavour just being that of a rich, creamy Swiss milk chocolate. It reminded me of similar Lindt style bars; albeit without the rich malty undertones that Lindt has. Would I buy it again if it were available in this country? Most definitely.

Taste - 7.7/10 - Not mind blowing in terms of anything different to offer but still a delicious chocolate bar.
Texture- 7.8/10- Creamy, smooth, melt in the mouth, nice crunch from the almonds.
Appearance - 7.0/10 - Standard chocolate bar really.
Price - 8.4/10 - I paid ~ €3 for this bar, €1 per 100g. Really good value.
Overall - 7.7/10 - Good decent sized cubes, decent flavour and lovely rich truffle texture.

Swiss chocolate lovers, anyone look for something that feels a bit more luxurious but doesn't cost it.

WHERE TO BUY?I presume this is easier to buy across the rest of Europe where Cadbury's is less dominant and Milka is the leading brand.