Archive for May, 2010

Smarties Ratteling-Fun

This is another package I found after the Easter holidays half priced. Because I’ve always liked smarties as a child, I needed to go for them. These are three different animal chocolate figures filled with mini smarties. There is a bunny, a dug and a sheep in the package and each of them weights only 22,5g. They are cool for kids as they are shaped very child-friendly and they make some great noise (perfect to annoy your parents!).

I was rather looking forward to getting the smarties than the chocolate figure itself. When I tore it apart and emptied it, I realized that there are only seven mini smarties in it. Well, that’s a failure. Makes 21 smarties in the entire package, there are even more in a tiny snack pack of mini smarties. Okay, I decided to go for the chocolate first. Maybe it is worth eating anyway, even without the smarties. The sheep on it looks funny, so it might be funny to eat it as well.

Well, the chocolate…no, it is not my favorite one. It is creamy but sickly and you can taste that the main ingredient here is sugar. For the price it is way too far away from anything you could call quality. Almost every 0.50 Euro chocolate bar can beat this sheep here, I am absolutely certain! I am really disappointed by it and those seven little smarties cannot really light up my mood as they are gone before I realized I started to eat smarties. I guess the big bunny is better in production, at least for the filling, but I am not sure about that.
I definitely won’t buy them again and I am glad I only paid half the price for them after Easter was over. Nestlé, stick to producing other things than plain chocolate! German Nestlé super-failure!

3.5 out of 10

Name: Smarties Klapper-Spass
Branch: Nestlé
Price: 1.99 Euro
Calories: 121kcal per serving, 538kcal per 100g
Fat:  7.1g per serving, 31.4g per 100g

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Derby Brittle egg

I wrote this review weeks ago. It was one of the first things I tried at around Easter, but I just could not get this up until now. I wish I had done a more detailed review, but when I started out I didn’t really knew how to deal with reviewing. The picture isn’t that good as well; but still I want you to have this!

This one is one of the favorites of my mother. I really had to fight to get one of her eggs for reviewing. Not the high quality version I have here, I will get that next Season.

The mid-thick chocolate coating smells like sweet milk chocolate suiting to a usually sickly sweet crocant filling. It is creamy and melts really good, but I’d love to have a more intensive taste of chocolate.

Brittle is mainly made of hazelnuts  and sugar and it is very crunchy. The texture is alike a 5th Avenue bar from Hershey’s. You see, it was almost impossible to cut it into pieces with a knife, this candy is just made for taking bite after bite (It is just too much to put the entire 10g egg into your mouth! Not really recommendable!). As expected it is really sweet! Personally, I’d prefer bitter chocolate to the milk version to have a better contrast to the brittle filling.

Even though its sweetness, there is something special about that egg. I don’t really know why, but I kind of enjoy eating it. It differs from all the crème filled eggs around Easter. But I cannot deny the fact that the chocolate is rather low quality, and so is the brittle.

5 out of 10

Name: Blaetter-Krokant
Branch: Derby
Price: 0.79 Euro
Calories: 498kcal per 100g, 85kcal per egg
Fat: 23g per 100g, 3.9g per egg

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Shock!

 

The name of the bar says it all: I was shocked when I opened the wrapper. I had not even seen it, but the smell was really repelling to me. Somehow I was reminded of gummy/ plastic. I guess it was the caffeine.
The bar looks just like a boring dark block on the outside, but the inside is a little more interesting: It is divided into quarters, two light-sand-colored and two light brown colored ones. The texture is soft and smooth, the entire thing melts perfectly in your mouth, as well as the thin dark chocolate coating. This is supposed to be a “healthy” snack delivering energy, and compared to others of that kind, its texture is not too bad.

The taste wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. To be honest, for an energy bar it was really good. The first thing you really taste is that the bar is made from soy milk. Especially when you are familiar to the taste of soy milk. Additionally, the caffeine is pretty dominant in the bar and follows you everywhere, which can easily get disturbing. The overall taste of the bar reminds me of marzipan. If you try to part the quarters and eat them separately, you will find out that the lighter one contains a glimpse of coconut, while the darker one contains cocoa. Well, they are better mixed up together than alone.

I really would have given 7 for the taste (keeping in mind that this isn’t actually candy but an energy bar) but I need to take off one point for the smell and the caffeine.

6 out of 10

Name: Shock!
Branch: I don’t know that at all. Can someone help me out with that?
Calories: 414kcal per 100g
Fat: 18.5g per 100g

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Katjes jelly-fruits

When I was younger I simply hated soft jelly gummies. Why? Just because of the texture. Now I enjoy them every now and them, especially due to the texture. Additionally, soft jelly is fruitier than the usual jelly most of the time. And fruit is the best part of jellies, at least for me. The fruiter, the better.

I’ve been aware of these Katjes version for a long time now, but it wasn’t until after I got some soft jellies for Easter that I decided to give them a try. As usual, the jelly is entirely wrapped; they come in six different flavors. Their size is bigger than the usual jelly, but not too large. Nice to take three or even four small bites. Of course, you can get them down immediately, but personally I think you kill the taste then.

Let’s start with the light red/magenta colored one is supposed to be cherry. It is shaped round and you can only smell the sugar. The cherry flavor is really intensive as soon as the total sweetness wears off. It is a little artificial, but the after taste is not as worse as usually with cherry flavored jellies.

The colorless pineapple shaped and colored jelly tastes a little moldy. The pineapple is not as intensive as the cherry flavor, but I would prefer a fresher taste. It is my least favorite; I just prefer fresh pineapple as a fruit.

Orange is formed as a slice of orange and you can definitely sense the aroma of oranges from the outside, even if it is a weak scent. This one is way too sweet and the flavor is overshadowed by the sweetness of the sugar.

The citrus version is also shaped like a slice of citrus and comes with a yellow color. As expected, this is the sourest jelly so far and the sweetness is really in the back. I really like its freshness and the slightly sour aftertaste.

The green apple is really fresh, not too sweet and not too sour as well.  It tastes like a juicy red apple and is really good!

I hoped the dark blackcurrant one would be my personal favorite would be my favorite, but it is not, the citrus one is way better. This one is really fruity and has the most intensive taste of actual fruit. Though, it lacks a kick of freshness and I miss a sour edge as well.

All in all, yes, they are sweet, but with sugarcoated soft jelly gums this is usually what you expect to taste. I liked them though. Compared to some cheap soft jelly products, they are really delicious and worth trying. Especially fruit-wise.

There is an oriental version as well… unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get hold of them yet… 😦

7 out of 10

Name: jelly-fruits
Branch: Katjes
Price: 0.89 Euro
Calories: 337kcal per 100g
Fat: 0.1g per 100g

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Ritter Sport Nougat

A short review on the Ritter’s nougat version….Ritter Sport is one of my favorite low-budget chocolate branches. They just produce delicious flavors and every now and then they release awesome new products.
However, the nougat version is one of the really old ones and for me and some other people the odd one out. ..

You can see that the chocolate coating is only a little darker than the nougat inside. The texture of the nougat is rather mellow, but not too soft, just like a nougat crème for breakfast. In general, the chocolate is smooth and creamy and mixes perfectly with the nougat-crème. At first you only taste the melting milk chocolate, but rather sooner than later sweet nougat-flavor fills your mouth. What I miss is some more nut in the nougat. It is nutty, but the sweetness is just overshadowing the taste of nut. It gets sickly easily and the unique nougat taste just disappears soon.

The texture is boring and simply smooth, nothing spectacular happens while you’re eating this treat. There are a lot of better nougat products out there – nuttier ones and more unique ones, as well as versions with a memorable texture or plainly with something special about them. You can eat it and some sweet-chocolate lovers will probably like it a lot – otherwise this version would not be one of their oldest – but it cannot compete with any high quality nougat chocolate bar – sorry Ritter!

6 out of 10

Name: Nougat
Branch: Ritter Sport
Price: 0.85 Euro
Calories: 534kcal per 100g
Fat: 33.5g per 100g

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Aldi Marzipan with dark chocolate

At first I did not want to blog about this thing, but my friend Fabi convinced me to write about it, and here it is, the worst chocolate I’ve ever tried up to now!

Does this thing look delicious? Yeah? Well, then…This is an Easter egg leftover bought by my mother. She loves plain marzipan with a plain chocolate coating and when she found this at our ‘local’ Aldi store she needed to go for it. When I saw a row of tiny marzipan eggs on the table in our living room, I couldn’t resist asking whether I could have one – and of course I could; but my mother warned me. She told me that this chocolate was really sweet. Alright, dark chocolate that sweet? I thought she was just kidding.

Even though I highly doubed her, I tried it carefully. And, geek, this thing is just inedible! Never in my life I’ve tried such a bad chocolate, filled with an even worse marzipan. Well, this wasn’t actually marzipan, this was plain sugar.

Really, the dark chocolate tasted like nothing, there was a bitter flavor, but nothing similar to chocolate at all. It really deserves the prize for the worst low budget dark chocolate coming from Aldi. Eeew…For the marzipan, I cannot find any other words than: horrible. I love marzipan but this was just horrible.

I could not even eat the entire thing, spit out half of it and got laughed at by my mother who knew that this would happen – even she could not eat it, and this does not happen too often…

I’d give 0 out of 10 points… Can I get – points?

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Cadbury Full of Plenty berryfruit and vanilla shortbread

I’m not too well at the moment, but I need to do this today – there are so many reviews I’ve already written that just have to be posted, that I hardly find some of them in the mess I made on my notebook.

This is a chocolate I received in a candy swap, more specific, my first candy swap ever. I was totally thrilled when I saw the bar – the wrapper looks really tempting.

The chocolate is really milky and sweet, definitely what I expected of a Cadbury bar. There are not a lot parts without any added shortbread or dried fruit, but even those pieces taste a little like berries. I like the fruity flavor, it goes really well with the chocolate.

The pieces of tried fruit are awesome. They all are slightly sour, but you can distinguish between the different berries. While the elderberry is the fruitiest one, the strawberry is the sourest fruit. The cranberries are the chewiest fruit, and I am not too keen on them.
The vanilla shortbread tastes like simple buttery cookies. In Germany this seems to be a rare combination, we do not have cookies inside a chocolate treat, especially not shortbread, which contains more butter than cookies around here. I like this combination; and for me it is a new experience.

The texture is really varying. When you hit the vanilla shortbread, the bar is slightly crunchy, the dried berries on the other hand are chewy, similar to jelly. When you chew the chocolate, you feel the great mixture of melting creamy milk chocolate, crunching pieces of shortbread and when they are gone, the dried fruits will stay in your mouth, leaving you some pieces to chew.

In the end the chocolate itself is delicious, even though it is not really high quality. It stays in line with typical Cadbury products, but the entire combination of the components make it better than just average.

I really need to get hold of the other bars!

6.5 Out of 10

Name: Full of Plenty berryfruit and vanilla shortbread
Branch: Cadbury
Price: 2.70 Euro per 140g bar
Calories:505kcal per 100g
Fat: 26.4g per 100g

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