Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Venchi Cremino

It's been such a long time since I've had any Venchi chocolate, which is a shame really as I absolutely love their products, but until recently it was difficult for me to get my hands on any different varieties in any local stores. That was until my local Fenwick got some in - namely the Venchi pick & mix that popped up before Christmas that caught my eye; which then seemingly disappeared when someone went to go and buy me some as a Christmas present. Boo hoo! Anyway I digress as I was still fortunate enough to receive this delicious looking box of Venchi Cremino.

Venchi Cremino 


Containing 3 different types of their classic Gianduja chocolates :

Cremino 1878
- "with this reworking of the traditional cremino recipe, Venchi offsets the intensity of the Piedmont hazelnuts with a delicate layer of white almond Gianduja"


 Cremino Pistacchio- "one layer of white pistachio Gianduja in between two layers of milk pistachio Gianduja"
Cremino Fondente  "three extra dark layers – one layer of almond Gianduja in between two layers of hazelnut Gianduja"

Venchi Cremino

Venchi Cremino

All 3 of them sounded absolutely delicious and I couldn't wait to try them. Each piece comes individually wrapped and weighs in it at around 10g per piece. I decided to try the Cremino Fondente first, as it was one I wasn't all that sure whether I was going to like, I have to be in the right mood for dark chocolate.


Venchi Cremino 

 It had quite a firm texture, definitely firmer than Gianduja I've been used to, due to the higher cocoa solids present. Thus meaning that the melt is slower and not as silky smooth compared to a milk chocolate Gianduja. The flavour is most definitely more bitter but it still offers a good, deep, hazelnut flavour. It was pleasant enough but I knew it wouldn't be my favourite due to personal tastes.

The Pistachio Cremino was the Yang to the Cremino Fondente Yin; the complete opposite and to my tastes a breath of fresh air. Silky smooth with a gorgeously rich melt it offers a very subtle pistachio undertone. Heaven.






Venchi Cremino

Ultimately though I knew my favourite was going to be the Cremino 1878. Predominantly made up of Piedmont hazelnut Gianduja with a thin layer of white almond Gianduja it sounded utterly delicious. It did not disappoint - Venchi's hazelnut Gianduja is one of the best I've had. It's extremely well balanced in terms of both sweetness and depth of nut flavour whilst the melt is everything you could possibly want, silky smooth and rich. I definitely think this will be the first one of the box to disappear; although having said that all of them are superb quality Gianduja.






Venchi Cremino
 

Taste - 8.3/10 - Delicious, really well balanced.
Texture - 8.4/10 - Silky smooth, luxurious melt.
Appearance - 8.2/10 - All individually wrapped and presented in a pretty looking box.
Price - 8.0/10 - I was bought a 180g box for around £13.99 from Fenwick, Venchi and The Chocolate Trading Company are selling the same varieties in a different box at a smaller size for £15.90 and £10.95 respectively.
Overall - 8.2/10 - A high quality, delicious Gianduja offering.
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WHO FOR? 
Would make a great gift for any Gianduja lover.

WHERE TO BUY?

Fenwick, Venchi online here or The Chocolate Trading Co online here.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Guylian Caramel Belgian Chocolate Bar

As part of my Christmas present, Amy from Amy Seeks New Treats also popped in this tasty looking Guylian Caramel Belgian chocolate bar, you can read her review of this bar here.  Although not officially part of my Christmas present, she thought she would pop it in for me to try, I did however wait until after Christmas to give it a go.

Guylian Caramel Belgian Chocolate Bar

I'm quite a fan of the Guylian Seashells; although I don't buy them frequently, they offer a pretty satisfying hazelnut praline experience, washed down with a warm cup of tea. I know Guylian overall produce a wide range of Belgian chocolates; however it is with these Seashells that I so often associate them with. Therefore I was under the misinterpreted perception that this Guylian Caramel bar would be a mixture of hazelnut praline and caramel (in my defence on the product wrapper it did look like it had another layer to it, underneath the caramel).

Guylian Caramel Belgian Chocolate Bar

The bar is divided into 4 separate pieces, each adorned with a small marbled milk and white chocolate seashell piece, and is filled with a smooth caramel. Only a smooth caramel I must say, no hint of praline whatsoever. The chocolate is Guylian's classic Belgian chocolate, creamy, milky and rich, but the caramel is quite sweet and something about the ratios felt slightly off, it felt like there was too much caramel and too little chocolate.

Guylian Caramel Belgian Chocolate Bar

As I was eating it I couldn't help but feel it reminded me of something; it kind of tastes like a richer, less caramel filled version of a Galaxy Caramel, it has that similar creamy, sweet flavour to it. I would have really liked if the caramel had been taken down a bit and a layer of praline had been added to bring in the component of their well known Seashells. I think it would have helped add another flavour component to the quite sweet chocolate bar.

Guylian Caramel Belgian Chocolate Bar

Although it sounds like I wasn't a huge fan of this bar I did actually quite enjoy it, it was pleasant enough and I did enjoy eating it but I don't know whether I would rush out to buy it if I saw it gracing the shelves. I do however really appreciate Amy picking this up for me as I haven't seen it anywhere locally and am just grateful that Guylian decided to opt for a regular caramel as opposed to salted (when oh when will this trend die?!).


Taste - 7.2/10 - Fairly pleasant, creamy Belgian chocolate, sweet caramel. Like a richer Galaxy Caramel.
Texture - 6.0/10 - The ratios of caramel:chocolate felt off.
Appearance - 7.5/10 - Looks pretty enough, like the seashell additions on each piece.
Price - 7.7/10 - On Amy's post she mentioned that she picked these up from a market stall for either 3 or 4 for £1. Bargain.
Overall - 7.1/10 - A pleasant enough bar, think it would have benefitted from a praline addition!
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WHO FOR?

If you're a fan of Guylian's creamy Belgian chocolate then it's still a tasty enough bar.

WHERE TO BUY?

I haven't seen these in any stores locally, Amy managed to pick it up from a local market stall. However I would imagine that places like B&M, that often get imported/different chocolate bars, may hopefully stock it in the future.



Sunday, 8 January 2017

Solkiki Eggnog with Spiced Mandarin White Chocolate

If you read this blog often you'll know that in 2016 I became a massive fan of Solkiki and the chocolate that they produce. I had a friend who was thoughtful enough for my Christmas present to not only repurchase some chocolate products that were the highest scoring of 2016, yum, but also to get me something new to try from a chocolate company, Solkiki, I was quite clearly a fan of. So arrived this delicious looking Eggnog with Spiced Mandarin White Chocolate bar on Christmas morning.

Solkiki Eggnog with Spiced Mandarin

I absolutely adore eggnog flavoured things; albeit not in alcohol form so I was delighted to see that Solkiki had kept this bar alcohol free. The addition of the spiced mandarin also sounded equally exciting to add another flavour dimension to the eat.

As with all of Solkiki's chocolate bars this is raw, organic and vegan. This is reflected in the thicker, richer, texture of the bar, clearly highlighting the use of raw cacao butter with its longer melt. This bar is also dotted with small pieces of mandarin, thankfully though they are small enough to not affect or impede the texture of the bar but instead to add a pleasant spiced fruity undertone.

Solkiki Eggnog with Spiced Mandarin

In fact once again, as with all of the other Solkiki bars I've tried, the balance and flavour of this bar is delicious. Its creamy, sweet and lightly spiced with a lovely zesty flavour added from the mandarin, I found it incredibly moreish and perfect to warm me up on a cold winter's day!

Solkiki Eggnog with Spiced Mandarin

Thankfully, unlike many Christmas chocolates, Solkiki still have some of this flavour available online, I'm considering buying another bar before it disappears again....

Taste - 8.4/10 - Delicious : creamy, sweet and rich with a lovely spiced fruity flavour.
Texture - 8.7/10
- Gorgeous, smooth, rich melt.

Appearance - 8.5/10
- Love the design of the bar and packaging.

Price - 7.2/10 - This bar is a bit more expensive at £4.50.
Overall - 8.2/10 - A delicious limited edition winter chocolate bar.
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WHO FOR?
Vegan/raw eaters it's obviously perfect for but it makes a great chocolate bar for any chocolate lover!

WHERE TO BUY?

Online at Solkiki's website here