Monday, 11 December 2017

E.Wedel Karmel love! Caramel White Chocolate with Wafer Flakes

E.Wedel is one of those chocolate brands you often see floating around the World Foods section of the supermarket - a Polish chocolate brand, that produce quite a range of different flavoured chocolate bars. I've been meaning to pick some up to try for quite some time now so when I saw this Caramel White Chocolate bar in my local Asda I figured no time like the present.

E.Wedel Karmel Love Bar

I love caramel white chocolate but the most accessible option, Caramac, has gone a bit downhill in present day. I was hoping this E.Wedel bar would fill the gap, unlike Caramac which achieves its flavour with a combination of treacle and sweetened condensed milk, this bar contains caramel powder as well, which I hoped would give a lovely caramel flavour.

E.Wedel Karmel Love Bar

The bar has a lovely light caramelly colour and a gorgeously enticing sweet, caramel aroma upon opening. It's always quite a danger that bars like this can end up cloying sweet, thankfully this isn't the case here. The flavour is really good, granted you have to have a sweet tooth to enjoy it, but it's not overpowering and offers an excellent caramel flavour, much superior to that of Caramac.

The little wafer flakes add a slightly savoury note whilst also offering a nice textural crunch to the bar which makes it quite an easy chocolate bar to nibble away at; however they're not so big as to impede the melt and it still makes for a nice slow eat, melt in the mouth chocolate. 

E.Wedel Karmel Love Bar

I must say for the price point of this bar I'm pretty impressed and if I was in the mood for some caramel chocolate I would most definiteluy choose it over Caramac, just a shame it's not as widely available!

Taste - 7.5/10 - Really good caramel flavour, sweet but not sickly.
Texture - 7.2/10 - Nice addition from the nibbly, crunchy wafer flakes.
Appearance - 7.0/10 - Lovely golden caramel colour.
Price - 8.1/10 - At £1.00 for 90g I think it offers pretty good value for money and is at an accessible price point.
Overall - 7.5/10 - A tasty caramel chocolate bar that's much superior to our standard version.
If you're one of those people who's also of the opinion that Carmac has gone downhill then this could be for you.

World Foods section in supermarkets, Home Bargains, Polish stores.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Lindt Lindor Mint

Every year Lindt seem to release a seasonal Lindor offering, this year it's milk chocolate mint truffles; however so far I've only been able to find them in Tesco, which seems odd if they really want to push a seasonal line as to why they haven't rolled these out to all retailers.

Lindt Lindor Mint

I absolutely adore the U.S. white chocolate peppermint truffles Lindt make and really wish that they would bring them over to the U.K. I was hoping that this milk chocolate mint truffle might somewhat fill the gap.

Wrapped and boxed in a festive looking mint green colour they are your standard Lindor in terms of shape and offering, with little difference to the eye to a standard milk chocolate version due to no inclusions and the flavour being delivered through flavouring.

Lindt Lindor Mint The chocolate is your classic, creamy, rich, melt in the mouth Lindt with the usual rich, indulgent Lindor truffle texture. The flavour was pleasant, don't get me wrong, but I felt that the creamy Lindt chocolate just somehow didn't work very well with the mint, they almost seemed to be fighting each other on flavour, the rich creaminess of the chocolate clashing with the freshness of the mint. You don't often see Swiss milk chocolate paired with mint and I kind of feel this is perhaps why.
Lindt Lindor Mint
I definitely feel in this scenario white chocolate works a lot better as a base flavour profile, complementing the mint rather than clashing with it and the addition of the crunchy peppermint bark inclusions add a nice point of difference in the U.S version.

I'd be really interested to try the new version that has been launched this year in the U.S - milk Chocolate Peppermint Cookie, as to whether the addition of the cookie pieces helps lift and balance the eat whilst adding a textural point of difference. As the mint flavour alone just wasn't massively doing it for me.

Lindt Lindor Mint

I'm glad I tried them whilst they were out and potentially disappear again but don't think I'll be losing too many night's sleep when they're taken off the shelf come New Year.

Taste - 5.2/10 - Felt like the flavours were fighting each other, don't really feel that the mint worked particularly well in the Lindt milk chocolate.
Texture - 8.2/10 - Standard, creamy, melt in the mouth Lindor truffle.
Appearance -7.4/10 - Look pretty enough, like the fresh mint green colour used.
Price - 6.0/10 - I bought these when they were on half price at £3.50 which is fine, I'd be disappointed if I'd paid the full price of £6.99 for them.
Overall - 6.7/10 - A bit of a disappointing seasonal release from Lindt.

If you're a mint chocolate lover they may still be worth giving a go, or as a different chocolate to have out for guests during the Christmas period.

In Tesco stores.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Yorkie Pro

There's a growing trend for putting protein in absolutely everything nowadays and Mars made the first move creating a protein bar from a traditional chocolate bar variety with their Mars/Snickers bars, shortly followed by the Bounty and Milky Way. Nestlé have now made their first venture into the protein market with this Yorkie Pro, which I was lucky enough to receive from Amy @ Seek New Treats unlike Mars' varieties this isn't a classic chewy protein bar as such but is a "chunky milk chocolate and crisped cereal, with added protein".

Yorkie Pro

From the description it's quite hard to distinguish where in fact they are adding the protein, is it in the crispsies or in the chocolate itsef, looking at the ingredient deck it appears to be in the chocolate itself, with the addition of whey protein listed as part of the main ingredients and not as a sub ingredient in the crispies.

Comparing the nutritionals of a standard Yorkie - 249kcal, 14g fat, 27.5g carbohydrates and 2.7g protein - vs the Yorkie Pro - 218kcal, 11.6g fat, 17.5g carbohydrates and 10.5g protein. The standard Yorkie costs around 60p whilst the Yorkie Pro costs around £1.99, around 3 times the cost for 3 times the (small amount) of protein.

Yorkie Pro
As with the standard Yorkie the pieces are large and substantial, dotted with a good amount of crispy pieces. These crispy pieces help to add a lovely, nibbly textural crunch to the bar which I quite enjoyed but I do feel that their main purpose there is to mask the somewhat chalkier chocolate, I definitely noticed it was a lot less creamy compared to a standard Yorkie bar. I know that Yorkies do in fact have a bit of a chalky eat compared to other chocolate bars but this was highlighted even further with the addition of the whey protein. However despite the chalkier eat I still much preferred it to those awfully chewy protein bars you get, at least this feels like "proper" chocolate.

Yorkie Pro
The flavour is pleasant enough and has a sweet 'chocolatey' eat, reminiscent of a standard Yorkie but in all honesty I don't really see the point of all these protein chocolate bars. It only has just under 8g protein more than the regular Yorkie, the equivalent of a couple of egg whites and costs over 3 times as much, I just don't think it's that great value for money. I'd much rather get my protein from 'normal' protein sources and just let chocolate be chocolate. 

Taste - 6.3/10 - Fairly pleasant, creamy, sweet milk chocolate. Slight savoury note from the crispy pieces.
Texture - 6.8/10 - Despite the chocolate being chalkier than the original Yorkie I quite enjoyed the nibbly crispy pieces. 
Appearance - 6.8/10 - Standard Yorkie look and feel.
Price - 3.0/10 - Massively overpriced in my opinion.
Overall - 5.7/10 - Don't think it's worth the higher price point but definitely is more of a standard chocolate bar offering compared to Mars' versions. Would quite like to see this crispy Yorkie executed in normal form.
I've seen this in newsagents, import stores and online, for example at Cardiff Sports Nutrition here.

WHO FOR?If you're one of those people that doesn't mind paying an inflated price for a "protein" chocolate bar, despite not particularly high levels of protein then I definitely think it's a viable option.