Monday, 16 October 2017

Reese's stuffed with Crunchy Cookie

I'd had my eye on these Reese's stuffed with Crunchy Cookie for quite some time, they sounded utterly delicious, classic Reese's milk chocolate peanut butter cups stuffed with little crunchy cookie (Oreo type biscuit) pieces. Somehow I'd never actually got around to buying them for myself so you can imagine my delight when in my lovely box of birthday goodies I received from Amy at AmySeeksNewTreats I unwrapped one - thank you so much Amy!

Reese's stuffed with Crunchy Cookie

You get 2 decent sized Reese's peanut butter cups in the usual cardboard tray style packaging, as soon as you opened the pack I was immediately hit with that classic, sweet yet salty peanut butter chocolate aroma. Heaven.


Reese's stuffed with Crunchy Cookie
Cutting one in half you can clearly see that the peanut butter innards are dotted with dark cookie pieces, which are clearly evident when you eat the product. The texture contrast works really well, since the peanut butter filling itself isn't silky smooth the cookie pieces don't seem obtrusive to the eat and add a lovely, moreish (could peanut butter and chocolate be any more moreish?!) quality to the eat.
Reese's stuffed with Crunchy Cookie

In terms of flavour they don't offer much, just a slight, darker, bitterness; the flavour is still your classic salty/sweet peanut butter and milk chocolate with just slight undertones from the biscuit. Almost as if you'd sprinkled some Oreos on top of your peanut butter... speaking of which what a yummy idea, peanut butter & Oreos on toast anyone?

The Reese's stuffed with Crunchy Cookie are a nice addition to the range and certainly one I would be happy to eat again, saying that though there's not many Reese's products I wouldn't!

Taste - 8.2/10 - The cookie pieces don't add a whole lot of flavour, other than a slightly darker/bitter note complementing the overall flavour of sweet/salty peanut butter + milk chocolate.
Texture - 8.0/10 - Cookie pieces added a moreish crunch.
Appearance - 7.7/10 - Look great.
Price - 7.5/10 - I'm not sure how much Amy paid for these but from various import shops I've seen them around £1.75-£2.50.

Overall - 7.9/10 - A tasty addition to the Reese's range.
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WHO FOR?
Peanut butter + milk chocolate lovers.

WHERE TO BUY?
I've seen them in various import shops in London, online at A Taste of the States here.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Lion Black/White Limited Edition Bar

I'm a sucker for anything limited edition, the thought that I could miss out on trying something before it disappears possibly forever is a foodie risk that I do not wish to take! I'm the perfect limited edition customer! So when I saw photos of this Lion Black/White chocolate bar on Instagram I was really hoping I'd be able to find it.

Lion Bar Black/White

Fast forward a couple of weeks and I was out exploring in London with the lovely Amy from AmySeeksNewTreats when in an import store we both let out shrieks at the same time - it was the new Lion Black/White bar! Amy was kind enough to buy one of these for me along with one for herself, check out her review here.

The bar is essentially a cocoa wafer, layered with cocoa cream, wrapped in dark caramel before being enrobed in white chocolate glaze dotted with cocoa crisps. It seemed quite cookies and cream-esque.


Lion Bar Black/White
Cutting the bar in half you're met with a really good visual, the contrasting colours of the dark cocoa and the white chocolate glaze looked really attractive. 


Lion Bar Black/White

On eating you're hit with the deeper cocoa notes straight away, reminding me of the outer biscuit of an Oreo, contrasting well with the sweet white chocolate glaze, it balances quite well. Unfortunately however I found it a bit bland, other than the cocoa flavour there's not a lot going on, the white chocolate glaze doesn't offer a whole lot other than sweetness and it would have been nice to have perhaps picked up on some vanilla notes. I found myself craving the classic, sweeter caramel in a regular Lion bar.

The texture as always was pretty satisfying - chewy, crispy and hit the spot. I think it's a good limited edition bar in the sense that Lion have offered something pretty different to their range; however I don't think I would necessarily repeat purchase it and won't be too devastated if it does disappear off our shelves as a fleeting blip in the limited edition world.

Taste - 5.3/10 - Deep cocoa and sweet white chocolate glaze, unfortunately I found it a tad bland.
Texture - 7.3/10 - Chewy, crispy, satisfying.
Appearance - 8.5/10 - The visual when you cut the bar in half is great.
Price - 5.5/10 - At £1.99 - the price Amy paid from the import shop I think is expensive for this; however she also found it afterwards at a local Eastern European deli for 39p....a price that I would most definitely pay to give it a go!
Overall - 6.7/10 - An interesting limited edition offering but unfortunately didn't massively deliver for me on flavour.
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WHO FOR?
If you're a fan of Oreos you may enjoy this as it does have a slight cookies/cream vibe going on.

WHERE TO BUY?
I got this from the American Candy store on Oxford Street but also worth checking looking Eastern European shops!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

M&M's Cookies & Screeem

Along with the delicious M&M's White Pumpkin Pie I was also lucky enough to get these M&M's Cookies & Screeem brought back for me from the U.S. As the fun play on words would suggest these M&M's are a Halloween spin on Cookies & Cream, the M&M character on the front certainly appears scared enough by the prospect.

M&M's Cookies & Screeem

Essentially these are a double chocolate layered M&M, a thin dark chocolate exterior that lies beneath the splattered white black crunchy candy shell and a white chocolate centre. I was wondering how the flavour of cookies & cream would come through - wouldn't it have been better to have had some crushed up cookie pieces in the white chocolate centre? I thought so but waited until I'd eaten them to pass ultimate judgement.


M&M's Cookies & Screeem
As I feared these weren't particularly cookies and cream-esque, they were just a dark chocolate and white chocolate M&M and even then I didn't feel the flavours worked particularly well together. The dark chocolate overpowered the white chocolate so you're left with kind of a bitter/muddled eat which wasn't particularly pleasant and didn't allow either type of chocolate to shine. In fact they tasted a bit cheap and artificial.


M&M's Cookies & Screeem

I applaud M&M's for trying something different with their double chocolate coating, it's certainly a lot more innovation than what's going on over here in M&M's but unfortunately it just didn't really pay off. I stick to my original thought that these could have been a whole lot better had they been executed with a white chocolate centre with pieces of crushed cookie.

I certainly would be pouring these in the bowl to give out to trick or treaters if I got any around where I live as I can't imagine these will be one I'll go back for again. A bit of a disappointment unfortunately.

Taste - 3.0/10 - Cookies & Screeem...yeah right? Poor enough to make me scream in horror alright.
Texture - 6.5/10 - Standard crunchy M&M shell and chocolate filling.

Appearance - 7.2/10 - These did look pretty cool in terms of the double chocolate filling, shame looks aren't everything.
Price - 3.3/10 - In the U.S these are around a few dollars. In the U.K you would have to buy them online at around £5+, not worth it in my opinion, even in the U.S where they're a lot cheaper. 
Overall - 5.0/10 - A very average offering.
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WHO FOR? 
Anyone not looking for a good cookies & cream flavour! You may enjoy these if you're just after some sort of double chocolate experience.

WHERE TO BUY? 
These were purchased at Target, in the U.K you'll also be able to get them on eBay and various other import websites.