Thursday, 16 February 2017

Choc on Choc Half Dozen Chocolate Filled Eggs and Chocolate Toast

It seems like this is the year that the "chocolate dipping egg" has fully taken off. Although Cadbury's have had their Egg & Spoon products on the shelves for a couple of years now, the recent launch of the Oreo Egg & Spoon, which I will be reviewing soon, seems to have brought the product to a lot of people's attention, well it seems to be the case on social media anyway!!

Choc on Choc Half Dozen Chocolate Filled Eggs and Chocolate Toast

That's why I was extremely excited when I was contacted about reviewing one of Choc on Choc's new Easter products. I've tried a few of Choc on Choc's products in the past, with their range generally focusing on novelty solid chocolate shapes, therefore I was excited to see that these Half Dozen Chocolate Eggs also had an additional component in the form of a chocolate filling, which you get to fully enjoy with the chocolate toast pieces that accompany the eggs!


Choc on Choc Half Dozen Chocolate Filled Eggs and Chocolate Toast

Described as "six life-size chocolate eggs filled with chocolate ganache, and chocolate toast soldiers for dipping". Opening up the box I was met with 6 good size chocolate eggs with the top of the egg being a separate piece from the egg body. On lifting off the chocolate top underneath there is the white chocolate egg centre which according to Choc on Choc can be "tapped open to expose the thick, gooey, chocolate sauce in the centre", which you can then use the chocolate toast pieces to dip in.

I excitedly took off the top of my first egg and tapped on the white chocolate centre piece with my piece of chocolate toast. Nothing. I tapped again. Still nothing. This definitely isn't a "tapping" job but more a push hard and the white chocolate piece will eventually cave in to unveil the chocolate filling. Now on the description online it has two versions of what the inside is - one says "chocolate sauce" the other says "chocolate ganache"; this is most definitely not a ganache but a runny chocolate sauce, mainly made with glucose syrup and cocoa powder.

Choc on Choc Half Dozen Chocolate Filled Eggs and Chocolate Toast

It was now time to dip a piece of chocolate toast, the chocolate sauce easily coats the piece without too much effort, allowing you to eat it in much the same you would if you were having bread egg and soldiers. Once you've finished your toast soldier you're free to spoon out the rest of the filling and eat the chocolate egg shell! The egg shell itself is fairly thick and sturdy, meaning you get a good decent chunk of Belgian chocolate to finish off the eat! My only couple of qualms are that I felt the white chocolate topping piece was a bit too thick to break through, a bit rough around the edges, and that you only get 4 toast pieces when there are 6 eggs, which means if you were going to share them with people then not everyone would get a chocolate soldier. Which doesn't make complete sense.

Choc on Choc Half Dozen Chocolate Filled Eggs and Chocolate Toast

In terms of chocolate quality it's going to be a Belgian chocolate that will please the masses, fairly creamy and not too sweet and really easy to eat! I think the chocolate sauce would have probably been a bit nicer had it been a ganache as it does taste a bit "syrupy" and not as good quality as it probably could be.

However overall I still think these are a really fun, novelty product for Easter. I definitely know that I was pleased to receive them and imagine that many others would also feel the same with their almost interactive component they are great to eat and a fun twist on a classic breakfast dish. With a bit of refinement I think these could be even better!

Taste - 6.9/10 - Creamy Belgian chocolate, slightly sickly/syrupy chocolate sauce but still pleasant.
Texture - 6.3/10 - White chocolate top was way too thick to break without making a bit of a mess, certainly no "tapping". Filling would have been nicer as a smooth ganache I think.

Appearance - 8.2/10 - Look good and really fun to eat.
Price - 6.0/10 - £15.00 for 6 eggs and soldiers, weighing in at around 600g chocolate in total means they're fairly good value for money at £2.50 per 100g.
Overall - 6.9/10 - A fun, different, novelty Easter product that with a bit of refinement could be amazing!
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WHO FOR?
Would make a great Easter gift for kids and big kids alike, they're perfect for someone looking for something a bit different to your standard Easter egg.

WHERE TO BUY?
Online at Choc on Choc's website here

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Doisy & Dam Coconut & Lucuma

This is the last of the Doisy & Dam chocolate bars I picked up from Wholefood's; although I'm not the biggest lover of dark chocolate I wanted to sample 1 dark, 1 milk and 1 white chocolate bar from Doisy& Dam and with this having won a Great Taste award and sounding relatively tasty I decided to give it a go.

Doisy & Dam Coconut & Lucuma

It's 74% dark chocolate with coconut and lucuma (a 'superfood' fruit which often gives things a 'caramelly' flavour when added). The dark chocolate had a lovely fruity, rich, tropical aroma on opening the packaging and snapping the chocolate you could see small flecks of coconut dotted throughout the bar.

Doisy & Dam Coconut & Lucuma

Considering this is a 74% chocolate bar it certainly isn't too bitter, aided by the tropical, rich notes of coconut and sweet caramel flavours of the lucuma. It's still a pretty rich, robust eat, but hey it's a high percentage dark chocolate bar.

 
The melt of the bar is relatively smooth, not the creamiest I've ever had but by no means the worst and thankfully the coconut pieces in the bar weren't intrusive or irritating when the chocolate melted!

Doisy & Dam Coconut & Lucuma

Personally I don't think I would pick this bar up again, purely just down to flavour preferences and personal tastes. I ended up giving the rest away to a friend who loves dark chocolate who really enjoyed it, so it shows that it certainly is a good dark chocolate bar, maybe just not massively my cup of tea.


Taste - 7.4/10 - Rich dark chocolate, subtle caramel and coconut notes.
Texture - 6.2/10 - Not the smoothest melt I've had.
Appearance - 7.0/10 - Like the packaging, bar itself is pretty standard.
Price - 7.7/10 - £3.50 for 100g or £1.75 for 40g.
Overall - 7.1/10 - A tasty dark chocolate bar with additional components in that really work, just not massively my preference.
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WHO FOR?
Dark chocolate lovers.


WHERE TO BUY?
I got mine at Wholefood's or you can purchase online at Doisy & Dam's website here.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Dove Strawberry & Cocoa Almond

As part of my Christmas present from Amy @ AmySeeksNewTreats I received this tasty looking bag of Dove Strawberry & Cocoa Almond. Now if you're thinking that the styling of the packaging and font looks somewhat similar that would be because 'Dove' is the American equivalent of 'Galaxy' (so this is an import). However I'm fairly sure that the Dove brand offer a lot more bagged products such as this.

Dove Strawberry & Cocoa Almond

Before I looked properly at the packaging I had the preempted notion that these would be milk chocolate (what Galaxy in the UK is most often associated with) covered dried strawberry pieces and cocoa dusted almonds. I was only right about one part of this statement. Closer inspection of the packaging revealed that in fact was "Strawberry flavoured cranberries in Dove dark chocolate with cocoa dusted almonds". I really hoped that what with cranberries naturally being quite tart and sour paired with the more bitter dark chocolate that these wouldn't make for a sour/bitter eat.

Opening the bag up it was good to see that there was a good mixture of large dark chocolate coated cranberry pieces and cocoa dusted almonds; there's nothing worse when a mix is described on the pack and one component is significantly more heavily weighted in the bag. Although the cranberry pieces are around 2x bigger than the almonds.

Dove Strawberry & Cocoa Almond

I was pleasantly surprised biting into a dried cranberry piece, it had been thickly coated in dark chocolate and there was a slight sweetness of strawberry that helped add sweetness to the eat (although I would have preferred real strawberry pieces but I guess they're more expensive). The dark chocolate isn't the best of quality but anyone buying these for the purpose of "tasting notes" and a high quality dark chocolate experience probably isn't purchasing correctly. You can definitely tell it's dark but it's not so bitter that it will put off the average consumer, akin to Cadbury's Bourneville.

Dove Strawberry & Cocoa Almond

The cocoa dusted almonds added a lovely crunchy textural contrast to the slightly chewy cranberry pieces and have been coated in a lighter cocoa powder as to not make them too bitter and were delicious to break up the flavour of the fruity strawberry cranberry with a more savoury/sweet nut.

I found I enjoyed these way more than I thought I would, they're pretty moreish and they made a good topping for oats/yoghurt etc. It also got me thinking that in this country none of the major commercial chocolate companies really offer anything like this that I'm aware of, maybe it would be nice to take fruit and nut into bag format!

Taste - 6.0/10 - Lightly flavoured strawberry cranberries in a dark chocolate that will please the masses that pairs well with the nutty cocoa dusted almonds.
Texture - 6.7/10 - Chewy paired with crunchy.
Appearance - 6.5/10 - Pieces are of a good size.

Price - N.A/10 - I'm not sure what Amy paid for these
Overall - 6.4/10 - Fairly easy to eat, inoffensive fruit and nut chocolate product and something a bit different compared to what the standard commercial chocolate companies in the UK offer.
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WHO FOR?
A good snacking chocolate product, those who are a fan of fruit & nut/trail mix style products.

WHERE TO BUY?
I'm not sure where Amy bought these from but I'd imagine that certain import stores may stock them or if you're based in the U.S. your local supermarket.