Thursday, 30 October 2014

Nakd Rhubarb & Custard



Product name: Nakd Rhubarb & Custard
Purchase details:
£0.75 for a 35g bar or four for three, cheapest product free (tesco.com)
Calories:
128 per bar
Country of origin:
Britain

I was really intrigued by this variety of Nakd as I loved rhubarb crumbles with custard when I was a kid, but also knew that I don’t like rhubarb to be too tart, and that part of the joy of custard is the texture. I wasn’t sure what angle this bar would take but, hey, I knew I at least liked its purple and yellow wrapper!


This Natural Balance Foods bar was along the same lines as the Strawberry Crunch in terms of features but the variety contained the fewest number of ingredients out of the ones I’ve reviewed so far – it simply consisted of dates (55%), cashews (25%), raisins (19%), and a ‘hint of natural flavours’ which is presumably where the rhubarb and custard taste was going to come from!


The natural, fruity stick still wasn’t the most attractive in the world, but it had more of a dark pink appearance than the other ones I’ve tried. Its overall style was the same but I did like to see that the cashew nuts inside were pretty large. Its scent was slightly unusual but seemed to be a combination between raisins and jelly.


On trying this Nakd Rhubarb & Custard, my first thought was that it tasted a bit like purple Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles – my favourite type! However, I could also taste the nuts, and there was a mellow vanilla flavour that was a bit custard-like and built nicely into a more dominant feature. Thankfully, there was no tartness, but a nice, sweet fruity flavour at an attempt at rhubarb. I was actually quite surprised that the product was dairy-free and that there was no added sugar since there was a bit of a creamy flavour mixed in with the delicious sweetness too.

This soft bar with added crunch was definitely my favourite from the range so far and one I’d definitely want to buy again. Yummy!

Appearance: 6.5/10
Aroma:
6/10
Taste:
8/10
Texture:
7.5/10
Overall score:
7/10

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Kingdom Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Centre



Product name: Kingdom Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Centre
Calories:
168 per 30g serving (560 per 100g bar)
Country of origin:
England

You may remember that I was recently lucky enough to win a few bars of Kingdom chocolate from their Facebook page. It was this Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Centre variety that I’ve wanted to try for ages and, over a month since my last Kingdom review, I was mightily impressed with myself for having resisted it for so long! However, the time has now come for me to review this little beauty.


I described the brand’s characteristics in my review of the Dark Chocolate Lemon & Lime Centre bar and these were unchanged here. Once again, the wrapper used an unusual colour combination, and I just loved the use of amber and purple in this case. The slab itself had broken in transit but it was clear that its design was also the same.


The bar used the same chocolate as the Milk Chocolate & Cappuccino Coffee Centre for 90% of the product, containing a minimum of 34% cocoa solids and 27% milk solids. As for the other 10% of the bar, this was simply ‘peanut paste’.


Part of me had really wanted this bar to have a pure, squidgy peanut butter centre but the reality was a filling that was a very similar colour to the Cappuccino one – it had a few added speckles but it certainly wasn’t the orangey shade of peanut butter I’d expected.


In terms of scent, the main smell was the milk chocolate but, even so, this was pretty weak. At a push, I’d say there was a slight hint of nuts, but this certainly wasn’t a strong peanut butter aroma. The flavour, though, was beautiful, and it was absolutely not a problem that the filling hadn’t been taken from a jar. The milk chocolate was good quality and, when melting, the peanut butter flavour came through subtly, at first, but got stronger as the centre was reached. This softened filling provided salty kicks here and there, which were very welcome, and also had a slightly grainy texture.

The chewing texture of the bar was the same as the Milk Chocolate & Cappuccino Coffee Centre and I found it split the two elements in two a little more, with the peanut butter flavour coming through a bit later. I probably would have preferred a slightly thinner chocolate shell but there was absolutely no shortage of the nutty filling and I enjoyed every mouthful.

I definitely saved the best until last with my Kingdom reviews and this Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Centre definitely deserved a big thumbs up from me...why don’t all chocolates have peanut butter centres?! 

Appearance: 7/10
Aroma:
6.5/10
Taste:
8.5/10
Texture:
8/10
Overall score:
7.5/10

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Cadbury Wispa: Biscuits



Product name: Cadbury Wispa: Biscuits
Purchase details:
£1.00 for a 124g packet of biscuits (Asda)
Calories:
78 per 15.5g biscuit
Country of origin:
UK

I bought these new Cadbury Wispa: Biscuits a little while ago when they were first released since I’d really enjoyed the Creme Egg version, and I’m obviously a fan of the Wispa bar too.


The ‘delicious biscuits filled and coated with velvety Wispa chocolate’ were branded in the usual way and there was a nice image of the deep, bubbly filling on the packet’s wrapper. Unfortunately, there were only eight in the pack, although this was still more than the Creme Egg ones!


Mondelez’s ‘scrummy biscuits’ had been made by Burton’s Biscuit Co. and had a wrinkly surface, rather than a smooth one, with slightly jagged bases too. On the inside, they looked very much like the packaging had promised, with a deep chocolate filling sitting atop a pale biscuit. There was a strong chocolatey scent, too, that was just like that of an actual Wispa.


On trying the biscuits, I couldn’t believe that they ‘only’ contained 58% milk chocolate – they were fantastically chocolatey! The flavour was recognisably Cadbury, as well, but I did find the Wispa’s texture was disguised by the crunchy biscuit (this was an observation rather than a bad thing!). However, I did particularly like the added density at the centre of each biscuit.

As tasty as this product was, there’s no avoiding the fact that they were essentially very chocolatey biscuits. To make things a little more interesting, I wonder what a Wispa: Gold version would be like (apart from messy!)?

Appearance: 7.5/10
Aroma:
7.5/10
Taste:
7.5/10
Texture:
8/10
Overall score:
7.63/10

Monday, 27 October 2014

Cadbury Dairy Milk: Freddo (caramel)



Product name: Cadbury Dairy Milk: Freddo (caramel)
Purchase details:
£1.00 for a multipack of five bars (Poundworld)
Calories:
94 per 19.5g bar
Country of origin:
UK

This review of Cadbury Dairy Milk: Freddo (caramel) from Mondelez will only be short since it was essentially an amalgamation of the standard Freddo and the Dairy Milk: Caramel.


Slightly sneakily, there were only five of these ‘milk chocolate with soft caramel (30%)’ bars in the pack, although I did quite like how the featured sport the frog was participating in on this wrapper was canoeing...in a river of caramel – yummy!


The bar was the usual Freddo shape but its thin design meant that the caramel filling wasn’t particularly thick or visible. However, this did mean that the Dairy Milk scent was as strong as if the caramel wasn’t there...every cloud!


As I’d expected, the bar tasted identical to the Dairy Milk: Caramel – the smooth caramel simply felt thin against the two comparatively thick chocolate layers. Furthermore, whilst allowing the product to melt on the tongue did make the caramel feel a little elastic, the different ratios meant that biting the bar didn’t provide the slightly chewy aspect I’d previously experienced.


All in all, another winning formula from Cadbury.

Appearance: 7.5/10
Aroma:
8/10
Taste:
7/10
Texture:
7.5/10
Overall score:
7.5/10

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Tesco Your Bakery: Blueberry muffins



Product name: Tesco Your Bakery: Blueberry muffins
Purchase details:
£1.00 for a box of four muffins (Tesco)
Calories:
249 per 74.5g muffin
Country of origin:
Ireland

I don’t normally buy supermarket bakery items since they don’t contain nutritional information but, when you get a voucher for a free packet of muffins from Tesco Clubcard, you don’t refuse! To my delight, when I went to pick up my box, I found that the all-important calories are now included on the packaging. They do make you work for the treat, though, since the information is only given per 100g and no product weight is provided!


I opted for the Blueberry muffins from Tesco Your Bakery and I felt the simple packaging reflected the freshness (although they weren’t actually baked in-store, as I had always assumed). Each muffin was a good size and had the expected appearance of a golden outer dough, with a paler bready inside. The top of each one was tinged blue (from the blueberries, not mould!), but when I cut one open, there were only two small berries on show. Knowing that 13% of the product was this fruit, I was confident there would be plenty more elsewhere, but I was still a little disappointed that there was no purple staining on the inside, like what I’m used to from coffee shop muffins.


Before I’d even opened the box, I was aware of the delicious smell coming from within, and this only got stronger when I did finally lift the lid. The cakes smelt deliciously of sweet vanilla and blueberry and they almost felt like they had a sticky glaze on their surfaces (they certainly left little greasy patches on the lid!).


The muffins’ dough was sweet, without being too sweet, and had quite a buttery flavour too. They had a delicate blueberry taste throughout but, unfortunately, the actual berries were very few and far between – even when I knew there was one in the piece I was eating, I could neither feel nor specifically taste it! Thankfully, though, the cakes were still delicious, and the moist and doughy texture was great too.


On the whole, I felt that these were as muffins should be...I just felt that the fruit should have been a bigger feature. After all, if I’d opted for chocolate-flavoured, I’m sure there would have been no shortage of generous chunks. Nevertheless, my family and I thoroughly enjoyed this treat, so thank you very much, Tesco!

Appearance: 7/10
Aroma:
8/10
Taste:
8/10
Texture:
8/10
Overall score:
7.75/10
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