Thursday, 16 April 2015

Rolo Dark Chocolate Dessert (Limited Edition) Review

I recently spotted these Rolo Dark Desserts in a discount store and couldn't resist giving them a try. I've already reviewed the regular Dark Chocolate Rolo's and wondered how it would translate into dessert form...

They're described as "A layered dark chocolate and toffee dessert" and contain 4 small pots per pack.

Unfortunately I think I must have got a bad batch. The dessert had a rather unpleasant gelatinous texture, and the dark chocolate and toffee flavours didn't distract much from this.The toffee layer tasted pleasant enough though, with the dark chocolate layer adding a richer flavour to balance out the sweetness. 

Overall though, I wasn't a fan of these desserts, the texture is too off-putting. I think I'll stick with the Milkybar variety!

RATING: 6.5 out of 10.

Allergens: Milk, soya.

Not suitable for vegetarians. 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Winsenia Raspberry Popping Candy Spread (Aldi)

Whilst in Aldi recently I was browsing through the clearance section. Yes, Aldi has a clearance section, despite it already being a discount supermarket! One thing that caught my interest was this Winsenia Raspberry Flavour Popping Candy Spread. It's basically a creamy raspberry flavoured milk spread with the addition of popping candy. It sounded very unique, I don't think I've seen a flavour like this before. I assumed it would also contain white chocolate but the ingredients list doesn't mention cocoa butter at all.

The spread was very pink and had a strong raspberry aroma. I first tried eating it with a spoon; it was very creamy and sweet, with a strong raspberry flavour. The popping candy wasn't too intense but definitely gave a nice crackling sensation. To get the full benefit I decided to spread some onto a rice cake (boring I know, but I was trying to be healthy!). It tasted very moreish...I think I ate a bit too much from the jar in one go!

Overall, this was a very tasty and unique spread from Aldi - I'm not sure if they're still selling it or if they were an Easter special thing, but if you like chocolate spreads and see this I would recommend giving it a try. Apparently "Winsenia" is a brand exclusive to Aldi.

RATING: 8 out of 10.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

E Wedel Karmel-love! Caramel White Chocolate Bar

After seeing this bar on a few Polish blogs, I was excited to see if it would make it's way to the UK, and luckily it has! It's a little difficult to track down, and only seems to be available in selected Polish stores. It's basically a Wedel version of Caramac, although it consists of white chocolate as well as caramel powder.

The bar weighs 90g and cost 89p, which isn't bad considering it's an imported chocolate.

Opening the wrapper, I was met with a lovely butterscotch aroma. The chocolate was of course very sweet, as you would expect. The flavour of caramel and white chocolate went together very well, and there was a hint of salt in there which helped temper the sweetness a little. Compared to Nestlé's Caramac, I would say this was nicer as it didn't have that waxy texture that Caramac does.

Overall, this is a very tasty bar and if you happen to spot one in any European stores I would recommend giving it a try! It's definitely one for the sweet-toothed though!

RATING: 8 out of 10. 

Monday, 13 April 2015

NEW! Magnum Salted Caramel Review

Magnum have recently launched a "New" Caramel flavour in the UK, and at first I was puzzled over what was so new about it...I was sure they already did a Caramel flavour. Turns out this is salted caramel, the flavour trend that is taking over the snacks world this year! Although salted caramel isn't mentioned on the front of the box, the back says "Vanilla ice cream with a salted caramel sauce coated in milk chocolate". I'm puzzled why they didn't advertise it the front of the box since this flavour is so hot right now!

This flavour comes in the new 4-pack box format, which replaces the old 3-packs across the whole Magnum range. It's a good decision - who wants just three Magnum's per box? Now you can eat two, and give the others to a friend without feeling greedy!

Each Magmum weighs 340g, I'm not sure if the size has been reduced but they seemed a little smaller than I expected. Still considering the price and amount per box I can't grumble!

The Magnums were lovely; the ice cream had the classic fresh vanilla flavour Magnum is known for, with a creamy, comforting milk chocolate shell enveloping it. The salted caramel sauce was rippled through the ice cream in pockets, and added a sweet, tasty caramel edge. It had a slightly salty flavour, not too weak or overpowering. My only complaint is that there wasn't enough of it...since it's rippled through the ice cream it tends to get a bit lost.

Overall though, these are some tasty new Magnums, and make for a delicious change to the regular variety.

RATING: 8 out of 10.

Price: £1.89 at Asda.
Allergens: Contains milk. Gluten Free.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Marks & Spencer Coffee Lovers Egg (Post-Easter review!)

This Easter I decided to go for something a little "posher" than what I'm used to for my Easter treat, and since this "Coffee Lovers Egg" was mentioned in The Metro I decided to give it a whirl. M&S are usually known for quality, and I love coffee so this sounded like a real winner!

The egg is embedded with coffee beans dusted with with an edible gold coating, which really makes it stand out:

How glorious does that look?!

It also comes with coffee-flavoured milk chocolate hazelnuts, as shown above. They were very moreish, although I did think the cocoa powder dusting gave them a bitter aftertaste.

The egg looked so nice I was reluctant to break it. Eventually the lure of coffee flavoured chocolate got the better of me so I did what I had to do, breaking the top off first. The chocolate shell was very thick and contained caramelized hazelnut pieces. It was rich and flavoursome, with a strong coffee flavour that balanced out the sweetness of the milk chocolate. The hazelnut pieces made it very moreish.

My only disappointment was the gold coloured coffee beans. As nice as they had looked, they tasted harsh and gritty. I should have expected that I suppose!

Overall, minor grumbles aside this was a very impressive and good quality Easter egg. I might not go for this one next year though - I'm hoping M&S will do something fruit or coconut based!

RATING: 8 out of 10.

What Easter egg did you get this year? Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Frijj Supreme White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl

Whilst in Tesco recently I spotted this White Choc Raspberry Swirl Frijj on special offer, so couldn't resist giving it a try. It's not "new", but I've been curious about it for a while now. I was just biding my time until it was reduced in price ;)

The label says "Now more indulgent", so I'm not sure what it tasted like before. It's also called "Supreme" and I'm not sure if all Frijj milkshakes carry this label now, or just the fancier flavours.

Anyway it turned out to be a pleasant enough milkshake, with the typically thick, frothiness you expect from Frijj. However the white chocolate flavour wasn't very strong; all I could taste was the weak raspberry flavour. It made for a pleasant drink but didn't deliver the creamy white chocolate hit I was hoping for.

Overall, as pleasant as this milkshake is it's not something I would pay full price for. If you're a fan of white chocolate I wouldn't bother with it either - try Morrisons white chocolate milk instead (it's delicious!)

RATING: 6 out of 10. 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Earl Grey Almonds (Marks & Spencer) Review

Whilst in M&S over Easter I noticed they had a new range of snacks for the Summer season. What caught my eye most were these Earl Grey white chocolate flavoured almonds. I'm a big fan of Earl Grey tea, but wasn't sure how it might taste with white chocolate and could have been potentially horrible!

They're described as "Earl grey flavour white chocolate coated caramelised almonds decorated with a yellow glaze" and cost £3. I shared them with a friend, who seemed reluctant to try one. "They're nice, honestly!" I said, as I had already tried one by that point. And my friend agreed.

The bergamot aroma is quite strong, and paired with the white chocolate it did smell a little "off"...almost sickly. But the flavour actually works. It's a citrusy, creamy combination, which pairs well with the savoury flavour of caramelised almond. The almonds were very moreish and I munched through quite a few...they definitely made a pleasant change from the sugar overload of Creme Eggs over Easter!

Overall, as odd as they may sound these Earl Grey Almonds are very tasty. They're a little pricey so I can't see them being more than a novelty purchase, but they're definitely a nice snack for the Summer months.

RATING: 8 out of 10.

Price: £3.
Allergens: Nuts, dairy, soya.