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Lily O’Briens Honeycomb Crisp

Usually I’d say, honey and chocolate is no combination for me. I’ve tried it a few times and I find it way too sweet most of the time. But as I’ve already tried a really well produced chocolate treat by Lily O’Briens, I am looking forward to trying this treat.

As expected, the smell of the chocolate is really sweet. The milk chocolate smells rather unfamiliar for a whole milk version, there is some vanilla added which you can slightly sense and of course there is the honey. The sweet smell of honey is not as dominant as I expected it to be, but it definitely is very intensive. I like it.

The bar got a little damaged on its way to Germany, but the pieces still look great. You can see they put a lot of effort into their chocolate, it looks really smooth and has a nice midbrown, a little darker than typical milk chocolate. While the top is really smooth and even, you can see the honeycombs and crisps coming through on the back.

Wow, this chocolate gets me as well, just like their toffee version. The milk chocolate is milky but not sickly, it melts less well than usual milk chocolate, but that’s just perfect, as it goes perfectly well with the fillings that you have to chew anyway. The rice crisp don’t have a remarkable own flavor, and the honey adds a nice amount of not just sweetness, but actual honey to the bar. Still, the chocolate remains the dominant taste in there, and this combination is really delicious. The crisps are really crunchy. The rice crisps and the combs are tiny and the amount of the pieces in the chocolate is really balanced.

So, all in all this one totally exceeded my expectations!

9 out of 10

Name: Honeycomb Crisp
Branch: Lily O’Briens
Price: ??
Size: 30g
Calories: 501.4kcal per 100g, 150.4kcal per bar
Fat: 27.9g per 100g, 8.4g per bar

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Ritter Sport almond-nibs

Ritter Sport’s organic chocolate line has caught me indeed. I like the idea of a higher quality cocoa-wise, even though I think the organic part is a little unnecessary. But: There are people (like my granny) who highly believe in this kind of ingredients. Of course, artificial flavors or colors are strictly forbidden, which definitely is a good thing, but here in Germany, non-organic products do have a high production and test standard.

But you can tell the difference between the common and the organic product. Not only production-wise (the testing is way stricter!), but also taste-wise. The almond nib chocolate contains a nice amount of 35% of cocoa that provides an amazingly smelling aroma in connection with the almonds. The clicking noise is rather firm for a milk chocolate, but as you know, there are almond nibs of every size in it. They put in some bite, while the chocolate is soft and smooth and tends to melt very soon.

There is a nice sweetness coming with the melting process; and when you chew on the almond nibs at the same time, you have a good amount of cocoa, a nice milky-sweet flavor combined with those nutty and juicy almonds.

After I was a little disappointed with the other organic chocolate treats, this one is my favorite so far! It is really good and even better than the common almond nibs miniature I’ve already written about.

10 out of 10

Name: almond nibs (organic)
Branch: Ritter Sport
Price: 0.99 Euro
Size: 65g
Calories: 562kcal per 100g
Fat: 40g per 100g

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Ritter Sport cookies and nuts

What follows is a review I wrote quite some time ago. I just wasn’t able to find the photo’s I’ve taken of this treat, but now I got them back.

This chocolate looks absolutely awesome. It is only available in a huge 250g bar, but as long as a chocolate tastes well, this is no problem to eat (obviously not in one session). It has a nice light brown color and you can see the nut and cookie pieces a little through the chocolate. On the back you can actually feel and see them coming through the layer. When you break them apart, you see huge pieces of nuts and a little larger cookie balls. Basically, the nut pieces are at the top and the cookies at the bottom of the chocolate.

I smell the mixture of hazelnuts and cookie combined with a sweet milk chocolate; really delicious and tempting. It’s really rare for cookies to have a strong aroma of their own, but they actually have a unique flavor. After I tried the chocolate, I figured that they promised a “unique” cookie taste and the treat really lives up to this promise.

The nuts are delicious; juicy and chewy. There are some smaller and some larger pieces in the treat, some come with a stronger hazelnut-flavor than others.
The cookies are totally crunchy and they are aired which makes them really light. Their taste is similar to the German Leibnitz- buttercookies, but lighter. I’m really impressed by the cookies, something I am usually not.

The cookies and the nuts are randomly mixed, even though the trend is that the cookies are on the bottom. There are even some places at which there is just plain chocolate, which provides a really chocolaty adventure every now and then. Those parts get a little sickly; but fortunately, that does not happen too often.

Yes, I can say I enjoyed this treat; it’s definitely one of the better Ritter Sport candidates! But please…I want a smaller size!

8 out of 10

Name: Cookie and nuts
Branch: Ritter Sport
Price: 1.99 Euro
Size: 250g
Calories: 535kcal per 100g
Fat: 33g per 100g

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Lindt Summer Mood vanilla-stracciatella

While I am writing there is a storm raging outside that is really heavy. I am used to rain over here, but this is way beyond what I am used to – as well as the temperatures we had last summer.

The vanilla aroma is really strong and you can sense the bitter chocolate beneath the vanilla, and even the cocoa nibs that are embedded in the vanilla part add some cocoa to the smell. It is really well done and the vanilla is kept from getting too overwhelming by the bitter chocolate.

Damn, this one is really delicious! At first I sense a bitterness from the bottom of the chocolate which mixes up with the white chocolate pretty soon; that’s where the sugar comes into the game. Also, the vanilla-flavor sets in and the mixture is really unbelievable. The vanilla flavor isn’t as intensive as the aroma is, but that is perfectly nice as the treat stays really balanced. The dark cocoa nibs add a roastiness to the treat that is totally stracciatella like and that breaks up the vanilla-flavor and occasionally take away some of the sweetness coming from the white chocolate, again.

Texture-wise the chocolate is a little boring as you cannot feel the cocoa nibs in there and the plain chocolate is chewy, while its melt is really nice and tempting. The white-yellowish vanilla part has a slightly better melt. This little difference saves the bar in my opinion; because when I think of stracciatella icecream, I think of soft milk ice filled with crunchy dark chocolate nibs; and this is the part which is missing for me.

I’d give the bar a ten, but I just cannot due to the texture which is not good enough for a 10. Also, the bar tends to turn sickly after a while, even though it is not too sugary. I think that’s the vanilla flavor in there.

9 out of 10

Name: Summer Mood vanilla-stracciatella
Branch: Lindt & Sprüngli
Price: 1.99 Euro
Calories: 552kcal per 100g
Fat: 36g per 100g

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December 6th ~ marzipan bear

Even though this hasn’t been the best treat so far (to be honest, it wasn’t too good at all…to dry and somehow lacking a nice edge!), it definitely is the cutest one so far! Isn’t this a cuddly marzipan teddy bear?

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December 4th ~ walnut-marzipan tower

There isn’t too much I can say about this fabulous marzipan chocolate. A thin smooth milk chocolate coating, filled with something I’ve never tried before, just because I feared the alcohol in combination with the walnuts and the marzipan. But against my expectations, they go perfectly well with each other.

This tiny tower looks just like there is nothing special in it, don’t you think so?

 

Seldom I’ve seen such a plain thing with such a huge surprise inside. The marzipan is a little sweet, but the alcohol adds a decent edge to this treat, and the walnut which is on top of the chocolate (under the coating), adds a shade of bitterness to this treat; and of course some bite as well. The texture could be a little more solid, but the marzipan is very juicy and as a whole I really enjoyed it!

After that nougat-disappointment this is very good and makes up for everything! More like this! Doesn’t it look absolutely amazing?

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December 3rd ~ Nougat Nut

Friday is my personal favorite day of the week… Finding a nougat-praline in my calendar on a Friday seems more like a Friday 13th… Actually, I do not believe in things like this, but I had a really awkward chain of events on a Friday 13th, so, who knows?

As I told you, today I’m dealing with a nougat praline… And what’s the chocolate filling I dislike most except for liquorice? Yeah, you’re right, nougat. I hate this sickening nutty-sweetness in a sweet whole milk chocolate…. Then again, let’s try it before judging…

The rather thick chocolate shell is very light and smells milky, and of course you can smell the nougat on the outer parts as well. On the inside there is this familiar nutty smell, but the smooth mass does not have too much nut in it.

It is not only the smell, but also the taste that differs from the common nougat treat. It is just as sweet as usual, but it definitely lacks nut. This thing here is just sweet! Sugar and lots of sugar combined in a crème that makes your teeth hurt.

Well, I actually do not miss this intensive nut aroma I’ve expected to be there, but it just misses in this treat. Nougat is called like that because of its nutty aroma, not due to it’s amount of sugar (which is there anyway…).

All in all, I just cannot rate this thing really high. This has nothing to do with me disliking nougat, this chocolate simply is a sugar-treat… Bummer!

5 out of 10

 

ps.: From tomorrow on there will be regular reviews as well again 🙂

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