I’m impressed that this is my third blog post this week, I am finding it hard to keep up with everything but this is something that I want to do. This week I’ve really been struggling with my health, my chest has been hurting and now I’m getting sudden intense headaches. I’m hoping it all sorts itself out soon.
Today’s blog is a review of some chocolate which was very kindly bought for me at Christmas.
The first product is the Choices xmas selection, this contained two types of buttons and three types of bars.
The first thing I opened was the white rondellos as I’ve had issues with vegan white chocolate buttons before and I wanted to compare my experiences to this new product. It wasn’t much different in my opinion, the chocolate was very sweet and a little creamy but it was powdery, even leaving a film in my mouth. Obviously I still finished the packet but it was my least favourite out of the box.
Ingredients: Sugar, cocoa butter, inulin, maltodextrin, maize flour, coconut oil, emulsifier: (soya lecithin), flavourings.
Next I tried the regular chocolate rondellos, and was pleasantly surprised, the chocolate had an almost caramel taste to it and was delicious. Whilst it tasted quite rich the texture was light. I would definitely eat these again. I couldn’t find the ingredients for these, and I recycled the box.
After the rondellos I moved onto the bars, the first one I tried was the orange variety, because orange chocolate is amazing. This bar did not disappoint, full of deep orange flavour, sweet, creamy chocolate which melted away. This is probably the strongest orange chocolate I’ve ever eaten, and it didn’t taste artificial either.
Ingredients: Sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, rice powder (rice syrup, rice starch, rice flour), inulin, coconut oil, natural flavourings, emulsifier (soya lecithin), orange oil.
The second bar I tried was the crispie variety, I currently have a love/hate relationship with Tesco’s crispie bar. Their chocolate just doesn’t taste like chocolate. This bar is different, it has more crispy bits and the chocolate is much nicer. Again, it’s sweet and creamy with a good chocolate taste to it.
Ingredients: Sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, rice powder (rice syrup, rice starch, rice flour), inulin, crispied rice (rice flour,sugar,cocoa), coconut oil, natural flavourings, emulsifier (soya lecithin).
The last product in the box was the regular bar, I found it had less of a caramel taste than the rondellos but I still enjoyed eating it. After the novelty of buttons and flavoured bars it was nice to finish with a clean taste of their plain chocolate. Overall I really enjoyed this box of chocolate and I would eat most of it again.
Ingredients: Sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, rice powder (rice syrup, rice starch, rice flour), inulin, coconut oil, natural flavourings, emulsifier (soya lecithin).
I also had a regular Mini Moo bar, I had eaten a few other varieties from this brand before but never the plain one. I immediately noticed that it had that chocolate smell. I found that the bar was hard to bite into, but it quickly melted in the mouth. It had a good chocolate taste, a higher percentage of cocoa than the choices bars and it was sweet and creamy.
Ingredients: Cocoa solids (cocoa butter, cocoa mass), sugar [35%], rice powder [20%], emulsifier (sunflower lecithin), natural flavouring.
As well as everything above I had three little Plamil snowmen, I will say that I don’t like Plamil chocolate but I know others who say it’s their favourite chocolate. These were also very hard but they eventually melted, however I felt like it was very watery, and not creamy like the other brands. It also didn’t have a chocolate smell. I wasn’t disappointed because I knew that this brand isn’t for me.
Ingredients: Cocoa butter, soya flour (31%), sweetener: xylitol (20%), cocoa mass, emulsifier: sunflower lecithin.
Finally I had a Kinnerton dark chocolate santa, this was a big hollow chocolate santa figure. I was expecting this to be bitter but it definitely wasn’t, it was very full flavoured with a deep chocolate taste. It was also sweet and creamy, and I had the whole santa to myself, it’s only Christmas once a year, after all.
Ingredients: Cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier: soya lecithin, vanilla flavouring.
Hope you’ve had a great day, over half way through my working week!