Monday, 20 March 2017

Hotel Chocolat Brownie Hard-Boiled Egg

Easter is certainly fast approaching and with less than one month to go I was fortunate enough to be sent one of Hotel Chocolat's delicious looking new eggs - this Brownie Hard-Boiled Egg to be exact. I love Hotel Chocolat's Brownie chocolates; both their rich, indulgent flavour and their nibbly texture make them a delicious chocolate.
Hotel Chocolat Brownie Hard-Boiled Egg

Here they've been paired with a 50% milk chocolate shell with pecan praline. The whole offering weighs in at 220g and with the Brownie Selector packs weighing in at 70g it means that the egg is 150g.

Hotel Chocolat Brownie Hard-Boiled Egg

On first reading of the product description I wasn't sure what this "50% milk chocolate shell with pecan praline" would entail; would it mean that the egg shell would be filled with pecan praline - that would be incredible! However on opening and tasting I found that in fact the 50% milk chocolate base has been blended with a pecan paste, which was still pretty delicious.

Hotel Chocolat Brownie Hard-Boiled Egg

As the chocolate has been blended with a pecan paste the texture is slightly softer than usual, sitting somewhere in between a standard, firmer, crisper chocolate and a smooth, softer, praline. Meaning that the melt in the mouth texture is a lot smoother and richer and feels so indulgent. As with the texture the eat is also fairly rich, the 50% milk chocolate has deep cocoa notes, with slightly nutty undertones but balances well and has just the right amount of sweetness. The egg has a good level of thickness and I certainly don't think it's the type of egg you could eat all in one go, you need a smaller amount to be satisfied due to the richness of the eat.

  Hotel Chocolat Brownie Hard-Boiled Egg

Now for the addition of the Brownie chocolates, I've tried them quite a few times, so I knew just what to expect, but for those who haven't tried them they offer a wonderful smooth, rich, dense chocolatey praline-esque eat due to the addition of the pecan paste and 50% cocoa solid milk chocolate base. Whilst the addition of the small pecan pieces offers a textural contrast. Offering the perfect accompaniment to the hollow egg shell.

Hotel Chocolat Brownie Hard-Boiled Egg
Taste - 8.4/10  Rich, luxurious and deeply chocolatey with lovely nutty notes.
Texture - 8.7/10 - The egg has a glorious melt in the mouth texture whilst the Brownie chocolates are the perfect mixture of smooth and nibbly.
Appearance - 8.0/10 - Looks great and good thickness on the shell.
Price - 7.5/10 - At £15 it's good value for money and not going to break the bank.
Overall - 8.2/10 - As with most of Hotel Chocolat's products, delicious and a great Easter offering.
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WHO FOR?
Anyone that enjoys a richer milk chocolate but doesn't like to cross over to the "dark-side".

WHERE TO BUY?

In Hotel Chocolat stores or online here

Monday, 27 February 2017

Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg 'n' Spoon Oreo

It feels like these Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg 'n' Spoon Oreo have been kicking around for a lifetime now; I'm sure I saw somebody trying them out on social media on January 1st! However I thought I would wait until a bit closer to Easter to try them out, especially as I'm still chipping away at Christmas chocolate, and when I saw them on special for £1 at Tesco I knew it was time.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg 'n' Spoon Oreo


I've tried both the standard vanilla and chocolate mousse filled Egg 'n' Spoon and although I am partial to one now and then I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase them. Although what with the success of the Dairy Milk Oreo bar and seeing people rave about these on Instagram I had high hopes.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg 'n' Spoon Oreo

Described as "milk chocolate eggs with a soft vanilla flavour mousse filling (42%) with biscuit pieces (4.5%) it's a hybrid between the standard Dairy Milk Oreo bar, which has a firmer filling and the standard Egg 'n' Spoon vanilla product.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg 'n' Spoon Oreo 

As with the other Egg 'n' Spoon products each chocolate egg has an easy to bite off top to unveil the innards and is complete with a purple plastic spoon to dig into the contents. It was nice to see that there were clear flecks of Oreo biscuit pieces within the creamy mousse.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg 'n' Spoon Oreo

Digging in and trying a bit of the mousse filling I was pretty impressed, the darker Oreo biscuit pieces help to offset the creamy vanilla mousse and it reminded me of almost eating an inverse Oreo, in the sense that you get a lot more filling and a lot less biscuit. The texture is thick and mousse-like, a tad bit fatty but nothing horrific, whilst the Oreo pieces add a nice crunch to the eat.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg 'n' Spoon Oreo 

I'm sure you're all fairly familiar with what Dairy Milk tastes, a lot sweeter these days than it used to be and it's never going to be the highest of quality, but still this product is really enjoyable and one of the best mainstream products out there this Easter. I can see why people have been raving about them.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg 'n' Spoon Oreo
Like Creme Eggs many people have their way of eating these - personally it depends what mood I'm in, sometimes I like to spoon out all the filling then eat the egg shell, other times I like to bite into it to get filling + chocolate shell at the same time. Either way they're pretty damn delicious and I may have to make sure I stock up before Easter is over...that is unless Cadbury decide to introduce this flavour into their Snowballs...

Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg 'n' Spoon Oreo
Taste - 7.8/10 -Standard Dairy Milk chocolate, creamy, sweet vanilla mousse offset by slightly bitter Oreo biscuit pieces.

Texture - 7.0/10 - Fairly thick, smooth mousse with crunchy Oreo pieces.
Appearance - 8.0/10 - Still think the format works really well and great that you get spoons included to eat these with.

Price - 9.0/10 - I picked these up for £1! That makes these eggs 25p each, absolute bargain, think they're still on special at Tesco so would definitely recommend getting them now.
Overall - 8.0/10 - A tasty edition to the Egg 'n' Spoon range.
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WHO FOR?
Great for anyone who enjoys the standard Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo bar!

WHERE TO BUY?

Most major retailers are stocking these.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Happy Mail Candy Grotto

I love it when I come across new, fun chocolate products. Although I like my single origin bars, artisan ganaches and truffles there's a part of me that absolutely adores novelty chocolate products, especially if they taste good too.

The Happy Mail Candy Grotto   

I remember just before Christmas coming across a company called The Happy Mail on Instagram, wide eyed I scrolled through the amazing looking products - Christmas Tree Pizza Chocolate Lollies, Chocolate Dipped Biscuits, Candy Grottoes...there were so many amazing looking products, all handmade, to buy online. So when asked by a family member for present ideas I directed them to the website and asked them to choose me something.

The Happy Mail Candy Grotto

Now I know you might be thinking isn't this a bit late for a Christmas review, well no because I'm reviewing the concept of the company and although this product is Christmas themed per se there are products which are similar, such as Charms Super Slab, that you can get year round.

The Happy Mail Candy Grotto
Opening this I couldn't help but notice how visually stunning it is, so colourful and fun looking, decorated with a variety of sweets, sprinkles and a cute light green white chocolate gingerbread man. My idea of absolute cute, novelty heaven!

The product is made with Belgian white chocolate, so certainly isn't really cheap stuff and is really thick. It certainly was a generous portion and although there was no weight on the pack, so I'm not entirely sure how much this weighed, I'd guess around 300g.

The Happy Mail Candy Grotto
I loved how every time you would snap a piece off you would get a slightly different eat. Although the base is a lovely creamy, good quality rich Belgian white chocolate - thankfully no throat cloying sweetness, depending on what area of the house you ate you would get a slightly different experience, whether this be from the peppermint candy cane, dolly mixtures, foamy shrimp or milk bottle. 



The Happy Mail Candy Grotto

I absolutely love when cute, novelty products also live up to expectations when it comes to flavour. This product was not only fun to look at but also really fun to eat and it went far too quickly for my liking (always a good sign that I've really enjoyed something). Although you might not be able to get this exact product from The Happy Mail now they do have lots of other similar offerings - mainly The Charms Super Slab and Scoff Trough Junk Mail but to be honest I'd love to try so many of their products, the biscuit adorned Tea Time Scoff Trough Junk Mail looks particularly appealing. Fun and delicious - yes please!

Taste - 8.5/10 - Creamy Belgian white chocolate, loved how every bite was different depending on which sweets you ate.
Texture - 7.5/10 - Smooth melt, wide variety of textures from the different toppings. Nice crunch added from the sprinkles, slight chewiness from the sweets.
Appearance - 10/10 - I'm not sure whether I've ever given anything a 10/10 for appearance on here and if I have it certainly doesn't happen very often but what can I say this is so much fun and visually stunning!

Price - 8.0/10 - Priced at £6.50 this was an absolute bargain!!
Overall - 8.5/10 - In love with The Happy Mail's products! So much fun!
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WHO FOR?
Would make a great gift for any chocolate lover who appreciates novelty/unusual gifts. You can also get bespoke/personalised options made!

WHERE TO BUY?

Although you can't buy this specific product as it was just a Christmas special, I urge you to check out the other products online from The Happy Mail's website here.