Thursday, 22 June 2017

Nestlé Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups

Along with the Butterfinger Coconut Cups that I reviewed recently here, I also picked up the flavour I was more accustomed to associating Butterfinger with - peanut butter. Now I have tried a standard Butterfinger before when in the U.S. but not their cups version, always choosing to opt for Reese's - which are now easily available in the U.K. Could these new UK Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups shake up my peanut butter cup shopping habits?

Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups For some reason I was under the impression that these would be just a standard peanut butter cup, but as with the classic Butterfinger they contain an element of toffee, described as "Peanut Butter cups. Smooth peanut centre (20%) with crunchy toffee pieces (6%) in a chocolate flavoured cup". Normally I would be perturbed by the description of "chocolate flavoured" however having had a pleasant experience with the Coconut Cups I didn't fear too much and thankfully unlike Cadbury's recent offering of the Dairy Milk Oreo Peanut Butter chocolate these do actually contain peanuts!

Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Cutting the cups in half you can clearly see the flecks of crunchy pieces of toffee in the peanut butter centre, which looked a lot smoother than the Reese's alternative. This was further apparent on eating, the filling is definitely not as dry as Reese's but a smoother paste/truffle like texture with the textural contrast coming from the crunchy pieces of toffee. In all honesty I didn't have a preference for either texture, both Reese's and this are pleasant. However what about flavour?

I could most definitely pick up the toffee notes in this product; although the initial flavour is of sweet yet salty peanut butter + chocolate as I continued to eat the cup the slightly burnt notes of toffee came through, which although initially pleasant did leave a slightly burnt aftertaste.

Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups

These are pretty tasty but these vs Reese's I still think I'm going to opt for the latter, that's not to say I wouldn't buy these again, I'm sure if the mood took me I would still pick these up. However I think the real star of the show of the new Butterfinger products is most definitely the Coconut Cups.

Taste - 6.7/10 - Good peanut butter flavour, caramel/toffee notes; however left a slight bitter aftertaste.
Texture - 7.6/10 - A lot smoother than Reese's with slight crunch from the toffee pieces.
Appearance - 7.9/10 - Fairly standard looking, I do wonder why Butterfinger have opted for packs of 4 rather than 2 though.
Price - 6.9/10 - Priced at £1.00 for 4 it makes these 25p per cup, around the same price as Reese's.
Overall - 7.3/10 - A tasty peanut butter cup but in my opinion no alternative to Reese's.
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WHO FOR? 

Great if you're looking for a peanut butter cup with an addition of something a bit extra.

WHERE TO BUY? 

I picked these up at Asda.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Nestlé Butterfinger Cups Coconut

When I think of Butterfinger I think of the classic peanut butter + chocolate combination, the answer from Nestlé to rival that of Hershey's Reeses, which until now has only been available as a US import in the UK. Well not anymore with the launch of two Butterfinger brand products to the UK market! One being classic peanut butter cups and the other being these coconut cups.

Nestle Butterfinger Cups Coconut

I must admit I was fairly surprised to see a coconut variety considering the rest of Butterfinger's brand revolves around chocolate + peanut butter. However I was excited to try it, especially with the only other mainstream chocolate + coconut offering being Bounty, which despite being a lover of most things coconut I'm not a fan of due to the dry, gritty texture.

Nestle Butterfinger Cups Coconut

Sold in packs of 4 meant "to share", ahem, they're described as "moist coconut flavoured centre with desiccated coconut (4%) in a chocolate flavoured cup". Two things slightly perturbed me about this description :
1) the use of the word "moist", I get what Nestl
é are trying to say that it won't be dry and gritty like a Bounty but did they really have to use the word moist?!
2) "chocolate flavoured", meaning that it doesn't have enough cocoa solids it in it to be declared as chocolate


Nestle Butterfinger Cups Coconut Cutting the cups in half I was pleased to see that the filling was soft and smooth and the ratios between chocolate:filling looked good. Trying a piece I must admit I was pretty impressed, granted it's not the best quality chocolate but if you're buying these you're not looking for a top end chocolate bar, you're looking for something, sweet, tasty and enjoyable. Which is exactly what these are, they're not too sweet and the coconut flavour is really pleasant and not artificial tasting in the slightest.


Nestle Butterfinger Cups Coconut


I found the texture to be spot on, there's no dry grittiness but the filling is smooth and easy to eat with the desiccated coconut blending into the filling as opposed to becoming obtrusive and sticking in your teeth. I'm so glad that Butterfinger decided to venture into using a different flavour other than peanut butter as these are spot on.

Taste - 8.5/10 - Really good coconut flavour, light and pleasant.
Texture - 8.8/10  - Smooth and unobtrusive, melt in the mouth. Much preferred to Bounty.
Appearance - 7.9/10 - Fairly standard looking, I do wonder why Butterfinger have opted for packs of 4 rather than 2 though.

Price - 8.4/10 - £1 for a pack of 4 makes them 25p per cup.
Overall - 8.4/10 - A tasty new offering from Nestl
é.
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WHO FOR?Chocolate + coconut lovers, especially if you're not a fan of the texture of Bounty.

WHERE TO BUY?
The only place I've currently seen them is Asda.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Mars Bar Choc Brownie

I was fairly excited when I read that Mars were launching a new limited edition chocolate brownie bar, that is until I read the description "thick chocolate nougat with dark caramel", nothing particularly sounded "brownie-esque" about it and it sounded strangely familiar to the Mars Triple Choc and Mars Xtra Choc that have been launched previously. However I wasn't going to judge a book by it's cover and held on to the hope that it would taste different.

Mars Choc Brownie

It looks like a fairly standard Mars bar on the outside but cutting a piece off you can clearly see that the nougat and caramel are darker than standards but looked fairly similar from memory to the previous two chocolate versions.

Mars Choc Brownie

Eating this against a standard Mars you can most definitely tell the difference with Mars Choc Brownie having a much richer/deeper flavour, both from the chocolate nougat and the darker caramel, which had slight molasses notes.However I did slightly notice a raw "cocoa powdery" flavour to the nougat, which although initially didn't bother me I found became slightly unpleasant as I ate more of the bar.

Mars Choc Brownie

Would I choose it over a standard Mars bar? Probably not, the thing is with limited edition products I want them to offer a real point of difference and I feel that this is a rehashed version of a bar that has already been launched twice over. 

Mars Choc Brownie

I just wish Mars would be more innovative, even using a white chocolate coating on the bar akin to the Snickers White Chocolate would have been something  different and surely flavouring the nougat to something other than chocolate can't be that hard! I'd love to see a mint or cookies and cream version.

Mars Choc Brownie

I would hardly call Mars Choc Brownie a "new twist on a chocolate classic" more "a clever marketing ploy to use a very similar recipe and resell it as something new". I really hope this version isn't released again.


Taste - 6.0/10 - Not awful tasting just not particularly inspiring either.
Texture - 6.9/10 - Standard Mars bar texture.
Appearance - 6.0/10 - Fairly standard.
Price - 5.9/10 - I paid 60p for this single bar, not expensive but there's better bars out there for the price.
Overall - 6.2/10 - Not really pushing the boundaries of innovation but if you haven't tried the Mars Xtra Choc or Mars Triple Chocolate when they've been out previously it may be worth giving a go.

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WHO FOR? 
If you're looking for something really "chocolatey" and "sweet" and aren't going to be disappointed by the lack of innovation.

WHERE TO BUY? 

I picked this up at my local newsagents but I've heard that bigger packs of 4 are being sold in Poundland.