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December 5th ~ pineapple marzipan

Even though pineapple is my favorite fruit, I would not count pineapple marzipan as my favorite version of marzipan; and yet it is tempting! I have to admit I’ve tried it before, so basically I know what I got in here.

Most of the time, Niederegger has this thin semi-bitter chocolate shell filled with an enormously juicy type of marzipan. And this one is juicy as usual, with a nice raw texture floating over your tongue.

The pineapple is distinguishable from the rest and there is some nice fruity edge, while on the other hand it is rather decent, so it would not interfere with the actual taste of marzipan. This is something that can go fatally wrong when trying to combine fruit and marzipan. Especially if you’re attempting to make the fruit the main aroma of the marzipan: The fruit will overshadow the nutty marzipan aroma and make the treat fruity but lacking the actual taste of marzipan. Every time I get a treat like this I feel kind of spoiled: I bought marzipan without any marzipan flavor…
But I won’t complain this time, the balance is very well chosen, I really enjoy this treat, even though I’d rather go for plain marzipan!

8 out of 10

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Lindt Yoghurt-Raspberry-Vanilla chocolate

There is an enormous amount of Lindt summer chocolates this year. Either just as a finger bar, or as 100g bars. This is one of those which are just available as 40g sticks.

The white milk chocolate coating smells like a milk-vanilla mixture and reminds me of a vanilla ice-cream. The taste is rather sweet and very milky, just as a good white chocolate should taste, while the raspberry filling is really sour and fresh. The sourest parts are the pieces of raspberry inside the filling. Without the coating they are really sour; combined with the coating they take away some of the sweetness and blend in really well. They are colored dark pink while the rest is lighter. The raspberry taste is testable all the time throughout the bar, and so is the vanilla, though the vanilla is rather an omnipresent pleasant by-taste. Just the right amount for this bar to not take away the freshness.

Even without putting it into the fridge the coating is rather solid, but still melts easily and becomes really creamy inside your mouth. Further, the filling is very crumbly at room temperature, I don’t really want to know what happens to the texture if you put the treat into the fridge as advised.. I won’t try that because I don’t like cold chocolate as all the aromas and flavors get lost when it is cold, or at least they lose a lot of their intensity.
But maybe this bar becomes even fresher, even if it lacks in flavors when you eat it directly out of the fridge.

It is autumn now, but I still like eating all those fruity & fresh summer chocolate bars!

8 out of 10

Name: Yoghurt-Raspberry-Vanilla chocolate
Branch: Lindt & Spruengli
Price: 1.95 Euro per 100g bar, 0.95 Euro per 40g par
Calories: 547kcal per 100g
Fat: 34g per 100g

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Cadbury Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut

The combination of fruit and nuts is really cool, as there are crispy as well as chewy ingredients in there, mixed up with melting chocolate. I had high expectations as the “Full Of Plenty” bar I tried a while ago was purely awesome!

I like the wrapper: It comes in the usual Cadbury purple with part of it in wine red. It is slightly shiny and has “Dairy Milk” written all across the bar. The Cadbury logo is on the left in a dim golden color. Its scent is really milky with a glimpse of nut in it. The milk chocolate crumbles easily, but I did not expect anything different from a Cadbury chocolate treat. You can see the huge embedded nuts on the back of the bar.

The chocolate is, as expected from a “dairy milk” really rich of milk. Milk is also the main ingredient in the chocolate, the sugar comes only after it. Still, it is really sweet, but the milk dominates the entire bar. If you are a fan of milky light chocolate, you will like this chocolate.

I have mixed feelings about the almonds in the bar: Some of them were really delicious with a great amount of crunch and a nutty, not too dry experience. But others tasted kind of dry, and anything but tempting. Of course one cannot predict how a nut tastes, but anyway… This kind of thing rarely happens to high quality chocolate treats…

The fruit inside the bar are plain dusted raisins; and actually, I don’t like raisins a lot. Though, they are alright and covered by the strong and sweet milk chocolate taste of the bar. They still add a nice amount of fruit to the bar. They are chewy but smooth at the same time and remind me of jelly. A real plus is that they don’t taste dry at all.

The amount of nuts and raisins is alright, though there are some places without any filling. This is nice if you like parts with plain chocolate to let it melt in your mouth and enjoy pieces of your chocolate which is really rich of milk. It gives you a rest from chewing and provides a more versatile texture. I like the fact that the bar is neither crowded, nor under-filled with almonds and raisins.

Personally, I do not think Cadbury produces the best products out there, but some are really worth trying; especially the dairy and their more recent inventions!

6 out of 10

Name: Cadbury Dairy Milk Fruit and Nut
Branch: Kraft foods
Price: 0.99 Euro
Calories: 245kcal per bar (49g)
Fat: 13.3g per bar (49g)

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Hussel Dark chocolate with black currant filling

Basically, this is a first. The first chocolate I try coming with a totally liquid fruit filling. Black currant is the first one I am about to try. This 40g bar costs 0.98 Euro and therefore should be a little above the average bar.

62% of cocoa is exactly what you smell; Rich of cocoa and really bitter. Plus, even on the outside the bar’s scent is really fruity. Black currant through and through. The large finger looks really smooth and the chocolate has a really nice dark brown color. The fruit filling is dark red and looks nice as well.

The texture is solid, while the filling is just as smooth to stay inside the bar when it is cut open. The filling is liquid and smooth, just like a yam; there are no pieces of actual fruit in there, which is totally alright! The chocolate itself is, as I already stated, firm, but the melt is for a dark chocolate really nice; though of course not creamy.

The flavor is just awesome! At first there is this high quality dark chocolate, definitely a little roasty but not too acerb. The fruit filling makes an awesome addition! It is sweet and fruity, the black currant flavor is dominating the entire chocolate treat and its sweetness really goes well with the dark chocolate.

10 out of 10

Name: Black currant in dark chocolate
Branch: Hussel
Price: 0.98 Euro
Size: 40g

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Lindt Orange-almond-brittle

Here we have another summer version: orange-almond-rittle. This bar looks almost exactly like the other bars: Ten milk chocolate container filled with a yoghurt filling. The milk chocolate looks a little gready but still alright, and the inner part has a white-yellowish color with tiny dots of orange-brown in it.

The scent is beyond amazing! Fresh orange collaborating with nutty almond brittle – and yes, you can smell both kinds of aroma in there. The orange is a little like Fanta, but not as artificial.

The filling is different from the other fruit versions. This time you have just one layer – the smoothest but at the same time crunchiest of all four treats. The brittle is awesome. Tiny sweet little crispy pieces are coming with a comparably really fresh and slightly sour orange taste. The orange reminds me of a delicious fresh yoghurt and it is totally cool that the orange flavor dominates the taste as soon as you are through the creamy milk chocolate layer. The brittle adds a good amount of sweetness which comes through every time you chew on a piece of brittle. The orange flavor lasts really long and does not leave an artificial after-taste. Well done, Lindt! This is definitely my personal favorite of the summer bars – even though I least expected it to be this bar.

9 out of 10

Name: orange-almondbrittle
Branch: Lindt & Spruengli
Price: 1.95 Euro
Calories: 534kcal per 100g
Fat: 34g per 100g

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Lindt Strawberry milk-crème

It’s been a while since I wrote about the colors of season edition produced by Lindt, and I haven’t reviewed all of them yet. This one is the red-colored strawberry milk-creme bar.

This bar is as beautifully wrapped as the milk crème-nut and caramel version. I don’t really get what season the heart stands for, but maybe someone of you can help me out?
I checked the ingredients list, and except of some citrus aroma there is nothing in the chocolate, I did not expect to be there. 17% of milk powder seems pretty balanced and gives me hope that the alpine milk chocolate will be rather tasty, even for me.

The intensive aroma of the fruit inside the chocolate gets to you as soon as you open the foil. This time it is a really fresh and fruity scent of strawberry that fills your nose. It is stronger than the smell of chocolate, but you can still sense the milky and sweet scent of typical Lindt alpine chocolate.

Like the forest berry bar, it contains a small milk crème layer topped with a light pink yoghurty strawberry crème with embedded pieces of strawberries. It really smells like a yummy fresh yohurt.

However, the taste is not as fresh and fruity as I expected it to be, but still alright. It is really sweet and the milk dominates the overall taste of the treat. Especially the creamy alpine-chocolate coating adds a huge amount of milk to the bar. The strawberry pieces are chewy and delicious, I like the fact that there is a lot of fruit in the filling. Further, as soon as there are some more large pieces at one place, it gets slightly sour for a moment and the sweetness is compensated most of the time. As you can see, the bar is really versatile in taste, depending on how much fruit is in there.

One end of a container is always filled just with  the milk crème, while the other has only the strawberry filling. I guess that’s just because of the production process. There is a really strong milk flavor on the milky side and I miss the freshness in there. For a short moment I am reminded of the Ferrero Kinder chocolate, just that the chocolate itself is way creamier. The other side is really cool and fruity, probably the best part of the entire bar.

I guess it will also taste nice when you put it in the fridge. Unlike this one, some of the other special summer versions this year are made to be eaten cold, but I can imagine that this bar would be a great cooled chocolate as well!

7.5 out of 10

Name: Strawberry-milkcreme
Branch: Lindt & Spruengli
Price: 1.95 Euro
Size: 100g
Calories: 575kcal per 100g
Fat: 39g per 100g

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Haribo Super Sour Monsters

This is a British version of Haribo jellies. Again, they are sugarcoated and again, there is way too much sugar on them. The jellies should be monster-shaped, but all you can see is a piece of gummy covered with sugar. The faces underneath it are totally unrecognizable. Anyway, they look better than the tangfastics mix I tried some time ago, even though all I see is some missproduced jelly. Though the smell is artificial, it is better as the last British jelly I tried as well. Good start.

The jellies come in three different colors and flavors: a yellow lemon one, apple green and cherry red. There is an additional warning on the back saying that “nasty” Haribo had put extra sour into the mix. Well, they use a double positive here, does that mean anything?

I start with the yellow one. It has the lightest and weakest color. The coating is pretty sour, but not too sour that it makes you shiver. The inner life taste slightly like lemon, but the dominant taste is just sourness.

The green one isn’t as sour as the yellow one in the beginning, but the sourness develops while chewing it. Its apple flavor is most intensive during the first bites, but wears off soon. Nice.

Finally cherry. This is the least sour jelly and the sour taste beats the cherry aroma which you can only get a glimpse of. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but the tiny glimpse of cherry I get is too artificial, just like the water ice flavorings. Nah, even though I usually like berry flavored jellies, this one doesn’t get to me at all!

The texture of them is really chewy. They don’t stick to your tooth too easily, better than several other Haribo jellies.

All in all those jelly is alright, but not outstanding.

6 out of 10

Name: Super Sour Monsters
Branch: Haribo
Price: 1.20 Euro
Calories: 340kcal per 100g
Fat: 0.2g per 100g

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