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Reviews / MOVED: Hershey bars
« on: February 04, 2011, 12:46:27 am »

General / Happy Birthday goldencup
« on: January 19, 2011, 08:06:37 pm »
I'm usually terrible at remembering birthdays, so very happy that for once I spotted one before the day was over  :)

Hope you have/have had a great day!

Adverts / Butterfinger
« on: June 12, 2010, 10:19:47 pm »

General / Eurovision
« on: May 29, 2010, 11:36:46 pm »
is there anything worth saying about it? (other than our entry was fairly crap and forgettable so probably deserved being last)

Adverts / Cadbury glass and a half
« on: April 09, 2010, 06:20:42 pm »
Just when you thought these ads couldn't get weirder they come up with this (called the Chocolate Charmer no less!).

Cadbury Advert - Cadbury Chocolate Charmer Ad (official version)

General / Panorama-Chocolate the bitter truth
« on: March 21, 2010, 03:32:16 pm »
A lovely balanced (as always) panorama coming our way on Wednesday (BBC1 9pm).
Going to highlight the plight of underage workers, poor pay, conditions etc etc etc You know the usual stuff that we've had stories about for years and Fair Trade is slowly improving (although that isn't without controversy either).

Is the chocolate industry alone in this kind of behaviour? no, and is Panorama a load of alarmist, 'cheap' journalism? yes.
any one else agree/disagree?

Old Products / Galaxy Counters
« on: February 26, 2010, 06:43:35 pm »
They're coming back in April as a permanent line!!!
Now if a few more of our old favourites could return - just a for a little bit...

General / Easter Choc
« on: February 24, 2010, 11:36:27 pm »
Who's bought an Easter egg then? (or any other chocolate specific to this time of year?)

Have to admit to having ordered a rocky road to caramello hotel chocolat egg - looks very tasty.

General / Valentines Day
« on: February 13, 2010, 08:54:00 am »
OK, so what 'romantic' chocolate have you given away or received?

I know I'm getting a regular toblerone with the special wrapper (although our recent chocolate trading co order probably counts as a romantic gesture too  ;) )

New Products / Blue Riband Dark
« on: February 13, 2010, 08:52:04 am »
This one caught me by surprise. Given how blue riband and breakaway are almost always on offer I didn't think they'd have the resources to come up with a dark variety.
It's quite good, better imho than a normal blue riband. Not sure it's good enough to become a regular bar for me though (penguin wafer and penguin big sticks are too nice).

Reviews / Kellogg's Fibre Plus chocolate cereal bars
« on: February 07, 2010, 02:23:44 pm »
Product:       Kellogg's Fibre Plus (Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate with Almonds varieties)   
Made By:      Kellogg's
Price:           £1.79 (multipack of 4)
Availability:   Most supermarkets
Review By:    chocadmin

I'm a big fan of Kellogg's convenient cereal products. I switched from having 'normal' cereal to chocolate pop tarts for breakfast many years ago. More recently - partly due to the decline in variety of pop tarts - I tried a number of cereal bars, Frosties, Coco Pops and a few others. They were ok but I always found the attempts to include 'milk' as part of the product a bit of a failure and ruined the taste for me.
So when coco rocks bars appeared I was very pleased. Here was a product that was low in calories, had a nice chocolatey taste and did just enough to keep me going till lunch time (and if not you could always have an extra one as a snack).
The above is really to show where I'm coming from when reviewing these new Fibre Plus bars that Kellogg's were kind enough to send me this week. There are two varieties a milk chocolate and a dark chocolate with almond. The main selling point is that these bars provide a whopping 20% rda of fibre! That's so much there's even a warning on the packet about increasing your fibre intake too fast (not sure I'd want to risk eating more than one of these a day - at least not for now).
The bars consist mostly of oats (20%) and chocolate (21%) which is drizzled over the top of the bar and forms a solid layer on the bottom (note significant risk of sticky fingers if the bottom of the packet gets warm or you hold it too long). They're weighty too, my beloved coco rocks bars are only 20g each, but these are 28g (also worth pointing out is that my coco rocks bars only have 0.3g of fibre, these have 5g!).
The weight and high fibre content means they feel particularly filling, and the taste is really rather good. The high chocolate content counts for a lot here and stops this high fibre product from tasting like similarly advertised products i.e. cardboard. I imagine it's not unlike what porridge would taste like if made with chocolate milk.
The chocolate itself, whilst not 'premium grade' is surprisingly palatable, particularly in the dark chocolate variety. The milk isn't as good but is by no means poor.

My only criticisms are that the calorie count is rather high compared to other products (milk-111, dark-116, coco rocks-82), this is due to the higher weight and I'd personally rather have a lighter product (physically and calorie wise) - particularly if this might be consumed as a snack as well as a breakfast 'replacement'. My other complaint is that they're sold in packets of 4, I've not seen these in the shops yet but I assume it means they're going to be pricier than other products (Kellogg's say £1.79 for 4) - maybe their pricing has cheaper childrens/smaller products (my coco rocks are 6 per pack for a similar price) and more expensive adult/bigger products but I'd rather it was more even.

These complaints aside the new fibre plus bars are really impressive. This is the kind of innovation I've been wanting in the chocolate market for quite a while and it seems that whilst the confectionery companies aren't up to taking any risks Kellogg's are. I'll get some more opinions from others with the bars Kellogg's have sent me over the next couple of days but so far everyone I know who has tried them has been impressed.
I'm intending to add this type of product to the chocolate review for your own review/voting purposes. Probably as a sub-category of regular bars (given their weight, and that they're sold with cereal not with chocolate).

For an alternative take on the dark variety check out Chocolate Review regular Cinabar's review at Foodstuff Finds
For an alternative take on the milk variety check out Jim's chocolate mission at

UPDATE: I gave some samples and bars to colleagues at work and everyone was pleased with the taste and thought they'd make a pretty good snack.

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General / Cadbury - Kraft, products you'd like to see/not see
« on: January 19, 2010, 07:31:29 pm »
Yes with the takeover of Cadbury by Kraft a whole new world of possibilities emerges (we'll ignore job cuts and anything else nasty for now).

I'll open with one I would like to see - Dairy Milk coated Oreos

Reviews / MOVED: Montezumas chocolate
« on: December 27, 2009, 11:51:14 pm »

General / Christmas Choc I Got - chocadmin
« on: December 27, 2009, 03:12:23 pm »
So I thought some of you might like to share your chocolate acquisitions over the festive period.
To add yours create a new topic with the subject - Christmas Choc I Got - yourusernamehere
Here's the lovely things I got:
Hotel Chocolat Christmas Wreath (cookies, caramel and 40%milk chocolate)
Hotel Chocolat Christmas Slab
Cocopia box
After Eight Santa
A pair of chocolate coasters
Chocolate lovers handbook by Stephan Lagorce (great looking book)
and a variety of chocs from our Christmas tree  :)

Oh and Mrs Chocadmin baked a wonderful chocolate christmas cake (Nigella recipe)

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