Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Lu Glico: Mikado (white chocolate)



Product name: Lu Glico: Mikado (white chocolate)
Purchase details:
£0.69 for a 70g box (Tesco Superstore)
Calories:
11 per 2.3g biscuit
Country of origin:
UK

Ah...Lu Glico: Mikado (white chocolate). Regular readers won’t be surprised to know that I’ve always preferred these to the milk chocolate version.


These ‘biscuits coated with white chocolate’ (55%) were made by Mondelez and came in a cream box. The overall concept was the same as the milk chocolate but, in terms of appearance, the ‘wonderfully creamy white chocolate’ provided a much paler colouring, particularly against the inner biscuit.


The aroma combined a mild but creamy white chocolate with rich tea biscuits, and the resulting taste was basic but delicious – the pretty thick chocolate was really sweet and milky but the biscuit’s flavour was also stronger than normal, and this was lovely too.


The texture was also as crispy and smooth as ever and so I thoroughly enjoyed this guilt-free snack.

Appearance: 7.5/10
Aroma:
7/10
Taste:
7.5/10
Texture:
7.5/10
Overall score:
7.38/10

Monday, 20 October 2014

Swiss Peak Milch



Product name: Swiss Peak Milch
Purchase details:
£0.39 for a 100g bar (Home Bargains)
Calories:
531 per bar
Country of origin:
Switzerland

Always one for a bargain, I couldn’t help picking up this Swiss Peak Milch – a bar of ‘milk chocolate with honey-almond-nougat’ which was obviously based on Toblerone. I’d tried Marks and Spencer’s version before but this ‘Swiss premium quality’ brand was new to me.


The wrapper featured nice images of some of the key ingredients: the chocolate itself (containing a minimum of 30% cocoa solids and 14% milk solids), honey (2.5%) and almonds (1.4%) and the bar inside continued Toblerone's triangular theme. However, these pieces were diagonal in shape, and also thinner, so I presumed they wouldn’t be as satisfyingly chunky to chew.


In terms of aroma, the product just smelt like sweet chocolate, although this was no bad thing! It had a good, milky chocolate flavour, with hints of honey and almond coming through here and there. The chocolate was definitely the main taste but I did like the darker sugar element the honey provided.


Despite appearances, the triangles did still manage to provide a chunky texture, and the presence of crunchy nut pieces and chewy nougat (8%) was also noticeable. On the downside, the bar’s shape did make it difficult to break off each piece so I ended up having to bite it, and I also found the chocolate’s melting point to be a little higher than normal so it felt like it separated out in the mouth rather than melding together.


At £0.39, it won’t surprise anyone to learn that this product wasn’t of the same quality as Toblerone of Switzerland. However, it was still pretty tasty in its own right!


Appearance: 7.5/10
Aroma:
7.5/10
Taste:
7.5/10
Texture:
7/10
Overall score:
7.38/10

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Popchips Sour Cream & Onion



Product name: Popchips Sour Cream & Onion
Purchase details:
£0.99 for an 85g bag (tesco.com)
Calories:
95 per 23g serving (352 per bag)
Country of origin:
Europe

This is the last of my big bags of Popchips (thank goodness their lovely people have sent me some smaller ones to keep me going!) and these Sour Cream & Onion chips were the same concept I described in my review of the Barbeque ones.


The green bag contained at least 3.5 servings of around 18 crisps which were described as ‘creamy onion dip plus crispy chip minus guilt trip’ – a nice way of looking at it! I was also quite surprised that the powerful scent actually had a teeny bit of this creaminess to it, in addition to the stronger oniony and herby elements.


The crisps were the usual shape but were two-tone, with parts of each chip being more golden in colour than others. They were also flecked with green, and had a noticeably powdery texture, which was to be expected since the ingredients contained onion, sour cream and garlic in powder form!


The first Popchip I tried tasted almost identical to the Original so I was a bit alarmed by the lack of additional flavour. This gradually built, though, and I was again surprised to be able to specifically identify an element of cream – something I’ve never noticed in sour cream and onion crisps before. When I reviewed Walkers Pops: Sour cream & onion, I described how I always associate the flavour with Pringles, but these Popchips actually tasted different. Each chip seemed to either focus on a garlicky or slightly sweeter flavour, and there was a fairly zingy onion aftertaste too.


Whilst the texture remained the same, I found the flavour to be more interesting than both the Original and Sea Salt & Vinegar versions, but they weren’t quite as good as the Barbeque.

I have one flavour left to try...I wonder how it will compare!

Appearance: 7.5/10
Aroma:
7.5/10
Taste:
8/10
Texture:
8/10
Overall score:
7.75/10

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Walkers Paul's Pulled Pork In A Sticky BBQ Sauce



Product name: Walkers Paul’s Pulled Pork In A Sticky BBQ Sauce
Purchase details:
£0.99 for a multipack of six bags (Home Bargains)
Calories:
132 per 25g bag
Country of origin:
UK


The deadline for voting for Do Us A Flavour may have passed but I’m still working my way through the selection 2 bag I picked up on a Spotted On Star Buys promotion! These Walkers Paul’s Pulled Pork In A Sticky BBQ Sauce were a bit of a mouthful but it was also the flavour my colleagues had absolutely raved about so I couldn’t wait to try them.


Pushing past the pink packaging that reminded me of dreaded prawn cocktail flavoured crisps, I was interested to see that that this variety contained pork from Norfolk, just like Extra Crunchy: Sticky BBQ rib. I’d already suspected that these flavours would be similar, and they certainly smelt alike too.


I’ve only had pulled pork a couple of times but these crisps did do a good job of capturing the slightly sweetened aspect of the sauce. They seemed to taste smokier than the Extra Crunchy: Sticky BBQ rib (they specifically contained ‘smoke flavour’) but they had the standard crisp texture rather than the thicker, crunchier one I’d love with the Extra Crunchy variety.


I definitely really enjoyed these pulled pork-inspired crisps but I did find it a bit odd that Walkers shortlisted a flavour that was so similar to an existing product. Still, when they tasted this good, it was hard to care!

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

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Snickers Bar: More choc



Product name: Snickers Bar: More choc
Purchase details:
£1.00 for a multipack of four bars (Poundworld)
Calories:
240 for a 48g bar

  
I wasn’t intending to bother with this limited edition Snickers Bar from Mars, but the lure of the blue wrapper eventually won me over, and the ‘chocolatey nougat and chocolatey caramel’ did sound nice, even though I knew I’d probably find it too similar to the standard bars.


The image on the packaging looked really good but I somehow didn’t expect the reality of the caramel (27%) and nougat (15%) to look so much darker than the original. Unlike with the miniature Snickers found in Celebrations, the peanuts (23%) weren’t chopped, suggesting its texture would be on the chunky rather than bitty spectrum. Unfortunately for me, though, this wasn’t the case and I found the texture too gritty for my liking – the same issue I have with full-sized Snickers Bars.


The Bar had a salty peanut scent, as well as a strong peanut flavour, with an occasional toasted aspect still coming through as it had done with the Celebrations. I can’t say this UK and Ireland offering sounded quite as exciting as America’s Rockin' nut road, but the additional chocolate did seem to make a bit of a difference. The outer milk chocolate coating (containing a minimum of 14% milk solids) contributed to 35% of the product, so it was already pretty chocolatey, but I think this More choc variety was a bit less sweet and had a slightly stronger chocolate flavour than a standard Snickers – it certainly seemed to burn the throat more! What I’m not convinced about, though, is that I would have been able to identify what the difference was if I didn’t already know.


Whilst I did enjoy the flavour, I did miss the squidginess of the Rockin' nut road – the More choc was more chewy and quite stiff in places. As a result, it was the texture that stopped me liking this more than I did, but then that was an outcome that I’d expected due to my existing opinion of the Snickers Bar.


Appearance: 7.5/10
Aroma:
7/10
Taste:
7.5/10
Texture:
6.5/10
Overall score:
7.13/10
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