Monday, 29 October 2012

Côte d'Or Speculoos Lait




Here we have the Cote d'Or Speculoos Lait, a milk chocolate bar with speculoos biscuit pieces. Côte d'Or  is a Kraft-owned brand popular in Belgium. I believe they used to sell some of their bars in UK supermarkets, but they disappeared after a while. Nowadays they pop up randomly in discount stores.

This is one such bar I found in a discount store. They were selling them at 5 for a pound, which immediately made me suspicious. These days you're lucky if you can get three bars for a pound, so I knew something was up. I decided to buy just the one bar, which cost me 20p.

My suspicions were confirmed when I opened the wrapper - I was greeted by an awful musty smell with a hint of cinnamon. Usually I like cinnamon flavoured things, but this bar was rather unpleasant. There was a vague crunch from the speculoos biscuits, but they mostly tasted stale and musty. I couldn't taste the chocolate because the stale cinnamon taste overpowered the whole bar. Upon examining the wrapper I found it was close to the sell-by date, which I suppose should teach me not to buy from discount stores. Still, if a product is good, you'd think it would taste nice even if it's nearly out of date, right?

I'm not sure whether to blame the sell-by date for disliking this or just assume it was a bad bar of chocolate.

Have you tried this bar before? If so what did you think?

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Nestle Orion Margot Artemis


This review is mainly to serve as a warning: DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!
"Marzipan with out of date rum flavoring that's been left on a shelf for five years, then wrapped up and sold", is how my friend described the taste of this bar. A tad dramatic maybe, but I have to agree.

This bar was awful in every way and took us totally by surprise. I initially assumed it was some kind of fruity coconut bar, judging by the exotic looking picture on the wrapper.

It actually turned out to be some rum-flavored coconut/marzipan abomination. The taste was just awful. Artificial, chemically, mega-sweet, and just..inedible really.
My friend spat his out, but I managed to gulp my piece down...just.

This isn't the first bad experience I've had with the Orion brand (although I enjoyed the Studentska bar)...but more to come on that later!

You have been warned: if you happen to see this in your local Polish store, do not buy it!
It actually baffles me that someone, somewhere probably enjoys eating this product.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Côte d'Or Chokotoff Chocolate Spread

Here we have Côte d'Or Chokotoff spreadable. I found this spread at a local market stall for 59p - what a bargain!

It has a strange grainy kind of texture, which isn't unpleasant, but I get the feeling it may have something to do with having traveled across Europe. For those of you that don't know, Chokotoff is a Kraft-owned chocolate toffee brand that is apparently popular in Belgium.

This spread was very rich, and definitely had hints of toffee but they weren't all that strong. Since there is no English on the back I couldn't determine what this actually contained, but I would guess there was a decent amount of cocoa in it.

Overall I would say this was a pleasant surprise - definitely nicer than the average chocolate spread found on UK shelves, but it could have done with more toffee flavor.

My verdict: worth a shot if you come across it.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Milka Amavel Konditorei Nuss Torte


This is another "old" review I'm afraid, from before I began this blog.
I found this bar in B&M bargains, along with two other varieties in the same range. It's basically a thin layer of cake, topped with a layer of nut cream and coated in Milka chocolate. It actually sounds a lot nicer than it tasted.
The cake was very dry and tasteless, and the nut cream was rather cheap tasting and unpleasant. I'm not sure if this has something to do with it being close to the sell-by date, as so many B&M products often are. Or maybe it's just a poor product hence why it's being offloaded into UK discount stores.
Either way, I was very disappointed in this bar - it promises more than it delivers.

My verdict: this is one to avoid.

Edit: After browsing some other reviews of this range I noticed they were a lot more positive, so I'm guessing I was just unlucky with this product. If you happen to try it for yourself, please let me know your thoughts!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Nestlé Orion Studentská White Chocolate

For my second review here we have the Orion brand "Studentská Pečet White", another bar I purchased from my local Polish shop. Hmm I'm starting to sense a theme developing here! :)


The white chocolate in this bar wasn't all that great, to be honest, but that didn't matter because it was crammed full of raisins, peanuts and crunchy "jelly-like" orange pieces. As you can see here, the chocolate is quite chunky and has plenty of filling:


I really loved the mixture of different textures and flavors in this bar. The peanuts were especially good, giving a nice savoury, salty taste that worked well with the sweet white chocolate. The orange pieces were very nice too, and added a nice fruity zing to the bar. The raisins were also good, and quite large in size.
If only the white chocolate itself has been nicer...sadly it was just very sweet and only slightly milky. Still, it was a good carrier for the fruit and nuts.

Overall, I thought this was a very tasty bar and one I would definitely buy again!

After a bit of online research it seems that this is a Czech brand owned by Nestle. They also do dark and milk chocolate versions, which I didn't see when I bought this...hopefully I'll come across them in future!

My verdict: If you happen to see this bar it's definitely worth a try!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Milka Raspberry Cream


So, in an attempt to start off this blog, here we have the Milka Raspberry Cream, which I discovered in a local Polish shop. It's a while since I ate this bar, but as I recall it was very, VERY sweet.

I presume it's intended to be a Polish-only edition as there is no English on the back of the wrapper (but there is on the front, strangely). I can't help but wonder if this bar had a different recipe to regular Milka bars, because the sweetness totally overpowered any taste of chocolate.
The raspberry sauce was very artificial tasting; the kind of flavor those cheap kiddies juice drinks used to have. And the "cream" pretty much just tasted of sugar.

My verdict: Give this a miss, unless you're a rare snacks hunter like me :)

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