Wednesday, 7 December 2016

The Raw Chocolate Co Raw Chocolate Ginger

Having reviewed The Raw Chocolate Co's chocolate coated mulberries a week or so ago I was looking forward to trying another one of their snack products. This time Raw Chocolate Ginger -  "Raw Chocolate coated Crystallised Ginger. Cacao solids: 72% minimum. Crystallised Fijian Ginger wrapped in a soothing coat of our award winning raw chocolate. Spice up your life!"

The Raw Chocolate Co Raw Chocolate Ginger

I'm sometimes a bit funny when it comes to ginger, I love gingerbread flavoured things, but in chocolate I must admit that I'm not always the biggest fan, so I wasn't entirely sure what my feelings would be towards this product.


The crystallised ginger pieces are generously large; although this means you don't get many in the packet it does mean that they are satisfying to eat, like the chocolate mulberries they're lightly dusted in cocoa powder.

The Raw Chocolate Co Raw Chocolate Ginger

Taking a bite of one I was really pleasantly surprised, the ratio of chocolate:ginger is really good and you can definitely tell that they've been coated in a good layer of chocolate. The ginger sits somewhere in the middle of crunchy and chewy and offers a nice soft bite to it.

The flavours are really well balanced, the ginger isn't too hot but offers a nice subtle warming heat, also due to it being crystallised in sugar it balances the deeper, darker eat of the 72% of the chocolate, thus making for a very moreish experience!
The Raw Chocolate Co Raw Chocolate Ginger
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with how tasty these were and I'd use them either to eat alone or as a topping on desserts/ice cream/oats etc.

Taste - 8.3/10 - Really pleasant warming, sweet, ginger balanced well with the dark chocolate.

Texture - 8.0/10 - Slightly chewy/crunchy crystallised ginger. Good ratio of chocolate:ginger.
Appearance - 7.0/10 - Decent sized pieces.
Price - 6.8/10 - £1.49 for 28g is a bit more expensive but I think its worth it for this product and makes a nice alternative chocolate snack.
Overall - 7.5/10 - Pleasantly surprising.
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WHO FOR?
Obviously The Raw Chocolate Co's products are catered towards those looking for vegan, raw and organic products but this one eats well enough that I think it would be great for anyone that enjoys ginger!

WHERE TO BUY?

You'll be able to pick these up from a number of health retailers or online from The Raw Chocolate Co's website here.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Lindt Lindor Hazelnut

I love the seasonal variations of Lindor that Lindt often bring out, this year's Winter Edition is Lindor Hazelnut. Safe to say I was pretty excited, if you read the blog frequently you'll know I adore hazelnut chocolate products, so I waited until they went on special offer and picked up a box of them.

Lindt Lindor Hazelnut
 
Normally with whatever different flavours that Lindt releases, they flavour the inner truffle centre and therefore I was under the impression, and hoping, that the centre here would be hazelnut based, almost like a praline filling. However to my disappointment it seems that it is the regular milk chocolate truffle Lindor filling with simply crushed hazelnuts in the outer shell. Hm a bit of a cop out if you ask me, I definitely think the inner truffle should have been hazelnut based.

Lindt Lindor Hazelnut 


Unwrapping a truffle out of its brown, hazelnut coloured wrapping, you can clearly see the hazelnut pieces dotted throughout the shell, distinguishing it from the classic milk chocolate Lindor.

Lindt Lindor Hazelnut
Now Lindors are most definitely one of the chocolates that are better when sucked, you simply cannot get the same melt in the mouth enjoyment by quickly, biting your way through it. However I felt that the hazelnut pieces actually ruined this, as it made the melt a bit scratchy and not as smooth. In conjunction with this they didn't actually add a whole lot of flavour, with the eat still being dominated by the classic milk chocolate truffle Lindor flavour : creamy, rich, slightly malty chocolate.

 
Lindt Lindor Hazelnut

That's not to say that this is a bad thing, but if I wanted a classic milk chocolate Lindor I would have bought a classic milk chocolate Lindor, if I buy something hazelnut based I really want it to pack a hazelnut punch. This could have been a million times better if only the filling had been made hazelnut based. 

 
Taste - 6.7/10 - Still tastes good, as most Lindor chocolates do, but most certainly isn't "hazelnut" in terms of flavour.
Texture - 5.5/10 - The addition of the hazelnuts ruined the smooth melt.
Appearance - 7.4/10 - Standard Lindor appearance.
Price - 6.0/10 - I bought these on special for £3.50, don't think I would pay full price for this particular flavour.
Overall - 6.4/10 - Could have been so much nicer with a hazelnut centre.
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WHO FOR?
If you're looking for an alternative to the classic milk chocolate Lindor and don't expect them to be too hazelnut dominated.


WHERE TO BUY?
Most major retailers will stock these.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Raw Chocolate Co Mulberries

I was lucky enough to receive a parcel of goods from The Raw Chocolate Co recently; I reviewed their Vanoffe bar a few months ago here. As you may have guessed from their name and if you read the previous review I posted, The Raw Chocolate Co produce raw, vegan, organic chocolate and therefore are catered to the more health conscious, "free-from" market.
     
I've mentioned my thoughts on these type of products before - I don't actively seek them but if they can stand their own as a good tasting product then I would buy them anyway.

The first products I'm reviewing are their mulberries : Raw Vanoffee and Raw Chocolate.

Raw Vanoffe Mulberries

Raw Vanoffe Mulberries



As I mentioned in the previous review the Vanoffe is meant to be toffee/caramel flavoured, with the addition of the superfood lucuma. Described as "our creamy silky Raw Vanoffee draped over Turkish white Mulberries making a dreamy delicious decadent delight", they sound appetising enough but since I wasn't a huge fan of the Vanoffee chocolate in bar form I was slightly skeptical as to whether I was going to enjoy these.

Raw Vanoffe Mulberries

A light cacao dusting covers the vanoffe coated mulberries, giving them a slightly powdery finish. In all honesty they didn't look massively appetising, unfortunately the wriggly outer appearance of mulberries doesn't do them any favours. However on tasting they are definitely an improvement from the basic Vanoffee bar, due to the addition of the mulberries it stops the eat becoming too sickly, yet still has a pleasant caramel undertone. Again the mulberries also improve the texture as you aren't having to deal with a waxy melt, but instead get to enjoy the chewiness the mulberries offer. Relatively pleasant.

Raw Vanoffe Mulberries

Raw Chocolate Mulberries

Raw Vanoffe Mulberries

With 72% cocoa solids I was expecting to these to be at the other end of the  sweetness spectrum compared to the Vanoffee. Described as "chewy, caramelly Turkish mulberries delicately dipped in our glorious Raw chocolate. Dare you share them?" I haven't tried The Raw Chocolate Co's basic raw chocolate so I wasn't sure what to expect.

Raw Vanoffe Mulberries


Unfortunately they look even less appetising than the Vanoffe counterpart, with the raw chocolate coating and darker cacao powder really gripping the wriggly edges of the mulberries. The flavour is a much deeper cocoa flavour but unfortunately for me it just tasted like I was eating a mulberry that had been dipped in cocoa powder, it was ok but it didn't possess any hint of creaminess either in flavour or texture that may have indicated it had been previously coated in chocolate. I most definitely preferred the Vanoffe out of the two.

Raw Vanoffe Mulberries




Ultimately the products definitely do taste like they are "health" products, which is fine if that's what The Raw Chocolate Co are going for, but I wouldn't say that irrespective of their "health" credentials they stood as great tasting products. I would most likely sit these products within a similar range akin to that of Nakd Nibbles, not really a go to "chocolate" product but something I may purchase to snack on now and again or use as a topping.

Taste - 5.7/10 - The Vanoffe was definitely more to my liking, a lightly fruity and sweet caramel flavour. Unfortunately I felt that in the Chocolate version the subtlety of the mulberries was lost.
Texture - 6.5/10 - Chewy mulberries that make for a nice nibbly, moreish snack.
Appearance - 3.0/10 - Sorry but the appearance really isn't all that appetising.
Price - 5.0/10 - £1.49 for a 28g pack is relatively expensive, but is priced in a similar range to that of other health products.
Overall - 5.1/10 - Most definitely a "health snack" as opposed to a great chocolate product.
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WHO FOR?
If you're vegan or looking for a raw chocolate product then these would make a nice snack alternative sweet snack.


WHERE TO BUY?
They can be purchased from various health food shops or online from The Raw Chocolate Co here.