Friday, 20 October 2017

Bean & Pod Milk Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bites

I discovered Bean & Pod at the Speciality Fine Food Fair last month, a brand new UK chocolate company it was their launch debut, where they were showcasing a whole range of delicious looking products. Being the huge peanut butter lover than I am one that particularly stood out was these Caramel Peanut Bites. Fast forward a few weeks after the show and I was lucky enough to have a box sent out to me for reviewing purposes.

Bean & Pod Milk Caramel Peanut

Described as "creamy peanut butter and crispy puffed rice with a luxurious ayer of smooth caramel coated in milk chocolate" they sounded utterly delicious, using a 34% milk chocolate too I wasn't too worried that these were going to be cloyingly sweet.

Presented in a pretty looking card box the Caramel Peanut Bites themselves are fairly substantial looking, good, big chunky pieces that you immediately want to get stuck into!

Bean & Pod Milk Caramel Peanut

Cutting one in half the layers didn't look as cleanly defined as they did on the picture and on other caramel/peanut products I've tried, the filling all kind of seemed to blend into one.

This was evident in the eat where instead of a distinct layer of caramel and then creamy peanut butter/puffed rice you get a mixture of all three together. I'm sure when I tried this at the Speciality Fine Food Fair this wasn't the case and the caramel was a clean layer so maybe I just got a bit of a funny box. Either way though they still taste delicious and reminded me of a really good quality peanut butter Toffee Crisp (p.s. Nestlé there's an idea for you) with the overall chewy texture from the blended caramel/peanut butter and the crispy puffed rice pieces.

Bean & Pod Milk Caramel Peanut

The chocolate itself is the perfect balance between salty/sweet, with a lovely rich, salty peanut butter flavour sweetened with the caramel and creamy milk chocolate.

Things normally have to go dreadfully wrong to find a peanut butter chocolate that I don't like but I have to say these were pretty good and at £3.99 in a pretty gift style box they're really good value for money. With Bean & Pod's vast range of products I'd certainly be keen to try some more after sampling these!

Taste -8.1/10 - Perfect balance between salty and sweet. Good peanunt butter flavour and good quality, creamy, milky milk chocolate.

Texture - 7.0/10 - Not sure whether I got a funny box with there being no distinct caramel layer but was a lovely chewy satisfying texture none the less with nice textural contrast addded from the crispy puffed rice pieces.
Appearance - 7.6/10 - Presented in a nice, giftable box. Decently sized bite pieces.
Price - 8.5/10 - £3.99 is really good value for money.
Overall - 7.8/10 - A tasty peanut butter and chocolate offering.

Peanut butter + chocolate lovers.

Online at Bean & Pod here.

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.

Peanut butter + milk chocolate lovers.

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.

If you're a fan of Oreos you may enjoy this as it does have a slight cookies/cream vibe going on.

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