Thursday, 22 February 2018

Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo Bites

It seems that since Mondalez/Kraft acquired Cadbury's there's been a contininuing churning out of Oreo + Cadbury products, the churning doesn't appear to stop anytime soon!

Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo Bites

Along with the Oreo Sandwich bar that has recently been released these new Oreo Bites made their way onto the market. Obviously building on the success that the Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo has had in bar format they've decided to branch out and produce them on a smaller scale in a "sharing" bag...."sharing"...yeah right!

As with the bar they consist of a slightly firm, creamy filling with bits of crushed Oreo dotted through, before being coated in Dairy Milk chocolate. In terms of NPD they're nothing ground breaking and like a lot of the new Cadbury's products just iterations of already successful bars in a sharing format.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo Bites
That's not to say they're not pretty damn tasty, creamy, sweet Dairy Milk chocolate; slightly, bitter, crunchy, salty Oreo cookies and a milky, creme filling. They're incredibly moreish and quite easy to nibble away at, one after another, after another.

Although you could quite easily buy one of the Dairy Milk Oreo bars and just break up the chunks having them pre-separated in a smaller format makes it easier, especially if you want to use them for toppings etc, like I do.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo Bites
At a £1 I'd most definitely pick these up again and they're a nice addition to the Cadbury sharing range; however I'd love to see them do something slightly different, a white chocolate version would be great to see!!


Taste - 8.0/10 - Not much to really go wrong here, creamy Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Oreo + creme filling.
Texture - 8.4/10 - Incredibly moreish due to the addition of the crunchy, nibbly Oreo pieces.
Appearance - 7.0/10 - The chocolate pieces did look a bit scuffed, nothing amazing.

Price - 8.2/10 - A bargain at £1.
Overall - 7.9/10 - Nothing groundbreaking but a tasty enough addition.
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WHO FOR?
If you're a lover of the standard Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo bar then these are a given.

WHERE TO BUY?
I've only seen these in Asda so far.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Ritter Sport Caramelised Almonds

Winter time, the smell of warm caramelised nuts fill the air, it may be February now but it's still so darn cold...and hey even in the summer I'd more than happily welcome a bar of caramelised almond chocolate! Along with the Ritter Sport Spekulatius bar reviewed here, Amy from New Treats also kindly sent me this Caramelised Almonds bar. Yum!

Ritter Sport Caramelised Almond

As with all Ritter Sport it weighs in at 100g coming in a solid square shape format with easier to break off cubes. Unlike some of Ritter Sport's nut bars, which use whole nuts, this bar has small pieces of nibbed caramelised almonds which are dotted throughout the 30% milk chocolate bar.
Ritter Sport Caramelised Almond

The chocolate has wonderful, deep, rich cocoa notes balanced against a milky backdrop with the caramelised almonds adding a sweet, slightly burnt/toasted nutty flavour. It's well balanced and not overly sickly. I actually really rate Ritter Sport's base milk chocolate, for a mainstream chocolate bar, it's pretty good.
Ritter Sport Caramelised Almond

With regards to the textural element of the caramelised almonds sometimes I can be a bit funny when it comes to adding small nibbly bits to my bar, I often feel like they can impede the melt if not executed correctly. However I found they just made this bar incredibly moreish, they're just the right size and distributed evenly throughout the bar. I also really think the caramelisation process as helped to lift the eat, unlike regular nibbed almonds as these have been caramelised they offer a crunchier eat.

Ritter Sport Caramelised Almond
I'd love it if Ritter Sport made more of their bars easier to get in the U.K, currently there's just the main few that grace the major supermarket shelves and the occasional lucky find in Aldi/Lidl. Until then we can but hope and be appreciative of friends who send you goodies like this!

Ritter Sport Caramelised Almond
Taste - 8.1/10 - Rich, creamy milk chocolate. Toasted caramelised nuts. Well balanced.

Texture - 8.4/10 - Very moreish due to the nibbly, crunchy pieces of almond.
Appearance - 7.7/10 - Looks fine.
Price - 8.4/10 - I'm not sure how much this is in Germany, I'd imagine around the € 1 mark. 
Overall - 8.2/10 - Another tasty offering from Ritter Sport.
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WHO FOR?
Definitely for those who enjoy nutty chocolates.



WHERE TO BUY?

This was a winter edition bar in Germany, I'm not sure whether you can still get it over there but in the U.K I'd imagine a hunt through eBay would be your best bet.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Marks & Spencer Blond Swiss Chocolate

I absolutely adore caramelised (blond) white chocolate, but up until recently the only options really were 1) expensive/hard to find brands such as Valrhona Dulcey, Godiva, The Chocolate Society etc  and 2) Caramac (if you can even call that chocolate, which it's not, it's more of a confection). That is until now, with the launch of this M&S blond white chocolate bar, which forms part of their Swiss range.

M&S Swiss Chocolate Blond

For those of you that don't know blond chocolate is formed using the same base as white chocolate, but is often cooked for longer or the milk/sugar is caramelised to give a caramelly colour and eat to the bar. If done right it is absolutely delicious.

M&S Swiss Chocolate Blond

Described as "A unique recipe with aromas of caramel, shortbread and fresh toasted notes - which stands it apart from milk and white chocolate", the bar comes in a 100g format and is easy to split into decent sized snappable pieces. Upon opening you're greeted with a gorgeously sweet, rich, caramel aroma that just makes you want to dive in immediately.

M&S Swiss Chocolate Blond

The aromas that you're met with most definitely come through on the eat, it is sweet, which caramelised white chocolate is, but also extremely well balanced. The perfect harmony between creamy dairy notes and sweet, buttery, toasted caramel flavours. In other words utter heaven.

M&S Swiss Chocolate Blond

The melt is smooth and indulgent and I found myself quite easily wanting to finish the bar off all in one go, this is a bar I'd buy time and time again and I love how unlike other bars this one is easily accessible both on price point and convenience of purchase. A top notch bar for any caramelised white chocolate lovers and if you haven't tried this before I most definitely recommend it!


Taste - 9.3/10 - One of the tastiest chocolate bars I've had in a white. Gorgeous, sweet, toasted caramel flavours.
Texture - 9.0/10 - Smooth, rich, creamy melt. 
Appearance - 9.0/10 - Sleek, elegant packaging. Chocolate has a lovely caramel colour.
Price - 9.6/10 - Absolute bargain at £1.50.
Overall - 9.2/10 - Absolutely delicious and such good value for money.

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WHO FOR?
If you're a Caramac fan then imagine something a million times better and this is what you have. One for those that enjoy something a bit sweeter with a caramel flavour profile.


WHERE TO BUY?
M&S stores.