Friday, 16 March 2018

Delicata Sparkling Happiness Melk Stroopwafel (Milk Chocolate Stroopwafel)

I reviewed one the Delicata sub-brand "Discover Happiness" bars a couple of weeks ago here and was pretty impressed with what essentially is a supermarket own-label brand of chocolate. Another one of their sub-brands is "Sparkling Happiness", which unlike "Discover" which is made up of sleek, elegant, more niche flavours, consists of thicker, chunkier, more simplistic flavours of chocolate.

Delicata Melk Stroopwafel

Being in Amsterdam, where seemingly there was a warm stroopwafel (for those of you that don't know a
stroopwafel is a waffle sandwich with a caramel syrup filling) on every corner it only seemed fitting that I bought the milk chocolate stroopwafel bar.
Delicata Melk Stroopwafel

Weighing in at 180g, made with Belgian chocolate and 36% cocoa solids it's quite a beast of a chocolate bar, with big thick chunks dotted with pieces of stroopwafel (8%) and toffee fudge chunks (8%). It's certainly nothing like its dainty cousin.

The chocolate itself is excellent quality, it has a really rich, creamy quality and a gorgeously rich melt. I was seriously impressed this was supermarket own label. The stroopwafel and fudge pieces add a nice sweet, caramel flavour to the bar, along with a nice hint of chewiness and crunch. There's also a hint of cinnamon to the bar which adds an additional warming note, I maybe would have liked a tad more but that's just personal preference as en masse the bar is delicoius.

Delicata Melk Stroopwafel
I was debating on eating whether I think this would have worked better had there been a layer of stroopwafel on the top but came to the conclusion that this perhaps would have made it messier to break apart and eat.

Delicata Melk Stroopwafel
For €2.29 this is an absolute bargain and don't think many of the major brands produce bars of chocolate as good as this. I'm just pleased I picked up another couple of bars from the Delicata range which I'll be reviewing soon....

Taste - 8.7/10 - Quality of chocolate is excellent, creamy and rich. 36% cocoa solids at this price point is also excellent value for money.

Texture - 8.2/10 - Smooth, rich melt. Textural contrast from chewy stroopwafel pieces and fudge.
Appearance - 8.0/10 - Good, thick chunks. Like the design of the packaging.
Price - 9.3/10 - €2.29 - bargain!!!
Overall - 8.6/10 - Seriously impressed.

I can't imagine any chocolate lover wouldn't enjoy this unless you're not a fan of cinnamon.

Albert Heijn stores in the Netherlands.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Hands Off My Chocolate - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Milk Chocolate

I reviewed my first Hands Off My Chocolate bar a couple of weeks ago here and was seriously impressed - I loved the look and feel of the bar, plus it tasted great. I searched and searched various stores in Amsterdam but kept on seeing the same flavours until I got to the airport where I found this new Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. I was delighted to say the least!
hands off my chocolate
Described as "a chocolate bar with the addictive flavour of cookie dough, a hint of vanilla and real crunchy cookies for a delicious bite" as with the other Hands Off My Chocolate bar it's split into 2 layers, the bottom layer consisting of milk chocolate and the top layer of the cookie dough flavoured chocolate element of the bar.

hands off my chocolate

In all honestly I think cookie dough is such a hard flavour to get right, especially when there is no cookie dough textural element. For me it's that chewy, doughy, slightly soft and squidgy texture that makes cookie dough cookie dough, that's what makes the M&S Cookie Dough bites which I reviewed
here, so amazingly good. I've yet to find that replicated in any other chocolate form.

As with the other Hands Off My Chocolate bar the bar is split into circular pieces, which make for a great eating experience, perfectly fitting the shape of your mouth. Biting into it you're met with a subtle vanilla flavour blended with milk chocolate and crunchy cookie pieces.

hands off my chocolate
It's pleasant enough sure and yes I get a slight hint/nod to cookie dough in terms of flavour, that subtle vanilla batter flavour, but does it hit the spot? Unfortuantley not really, the texture element is really missing. It's hard to feel that it's really cookie dough when, well, there's no dough element. The crunchy cookie pieces are nice, sure, but I don't really expect them in cookie DOUGH, the whole point is that it's not been baked! It's almost as if it's got a bit confused along the way.

I think it would have been nicer had they been able to sandwich a layer of cookie dough between the two layers of chocolate, or maybe rather than the crunchy cookie pieces they could have had pieces of cookie dough. Oh well, tasty enough to eat but not enough to satisfy my cookie dough fix unfortunately.

Taste - 7.5/10 - It does taste somewhat of cookie dough, slightly sweet, subtle vanilla. Good, creamy, rich milk chocolate.
Texture - 4.0/10 - Unfortuantely the texture massively lets it down, how can it be cookie dough with no dough.
Appearance - 9.5/10 - Absolutely love the design/format/branding of the bar.
Price - 7.1/10 - At ~€2 it's not going to break the bank and definitely affordable enough to give it a go!

Overall - 7.0/10 - A nice enough chocolate bar but cookie dough it is not.

Worth giving a go if you're a fan of cookie dough, you may feel differently to me on the texture element.


In the Netherlands, you can find details on the website here.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Prestat Pink Popping Prosecco Easter Egg

Easter is fast approaching us and there are eggs aplently to choose from! This Prestat Pink Popping Prosecco egg definitely ticks the luxury egg box, presented in a glossy pink box, wrapped in pink tissue and finished a tied pink ribbon, it looks gorgeous.

Prestat Pink Popping Prosecco Egg

The egg itself consists of a 31% cocoa solids milk chocolate shell with a fizzing pink chocolate lining, filled with mini pink Prosecco truffles made of a pink chocolate shell filled with a Prosecco infused, dark chocolate ganache centre. I must say I was pleased to see that the egg had been pre-separated, no trying to expertly half it with a knife needed!

Prestat Pink Popping Prosecco Egg

If you read this blog often you'll know that alcohol + chocolate together isn't really my thing so I wasn't all too sure how I was going to feel about this. Popping a Prosecco truffle into my mouth you definitely got a good flavour or Prosecco, but unlike other alcoholic chocolates I've had before there wasn't an awful burning sensation, they're a lot more well balanced. Personally would I go back for more? Probably not as they're not massively my cup of tea flavour profilewise but anyone that likes a bit of alcohol in their chocolate will no doubt adore these!

Prestat Pink Popping Prosecco Egg

Moving on to the actual egg shell and I was a lot more impressed! The chocolate has a crisp, clean snap and the milk chocolate is gorgeously, rich, with deep, creamy cocoa notets. The pink chocolate lining (which I presume is made from white chocolate) adds an additional element of sweetness and rounds off the eat nicely. It's pretty and tastes delicious!

Prestat Pink Popping Prosecco Egg
The popping element, as with the Prosecco flavour is also quite subtle, which I was pleased about! All too often companies get a bit liberal and loose handed with the popping candy, making it feel like there's some sort of firework explosion going off in my mouth! Thankfully this isn't the case here and the pop and fizz is more of a mellow simmer compared to an explosive bang, reminding you of the slight fizziness and bubbles associated with Prosecco.

Overall a gorgeously presented, good quality, tasty Easter egg. Perfect for a gift for Prosecco lovers!

Taste - 8.4/10 - The quality of the chocolate is excellent; although the Prosecco truffles weren't really to my taste I can appreciate that this is personal preference.

Texture -8.4/10 - Smooth, rich, melt. Creamy truffle centres.
Appearance -9.5/10 - One of the prettiest looking eggs I've seen this season.
Price - 6.5/10 - At £17.50 for 170g it's pretty expensive but as a luxury treat for someone as something a bit more special at least you know the quality marries up.
Overall - 8.2/10 - Pretty and delicious.
Prosecco lovers who enjoy something with a bit more luxury to it.

Online at Prestat's website here or they're stocked in various department stores.