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Reviews / Mr Simms Old Jamaica
« on: August 29, 2015, 04:10:07 pm »
If ever there was an opportunity missed, this is it. ::)

I've coined a name for [so-called] chocolate that's presented in clear cellophane and sold at an over-inflated price.  Tourist Trap S***e.  And in my view, that's exactly what this is.

Quite unsatisfying and full of soya lecithin, it's nothing like the Old Jamaica that most of us will know.  Even the rum flavouring is fake.  (And yet, if they'd got it right they could clean up!)

In the fullness of time I shall be experimenting (using good quality chocolate from Lidl or Aldi) with actually making a decent rum and raisin bar.  I will report back.

Discontinued? / Bourneville Old Jamaica
« on: August 26, 2015, 11:15:57 pm »
Finally seems to have gone - not that it was a patch on the original.  Compare their range now with that from the '70s.  It's a sick joke.

Reviews / Fin Carre Cooking Chocolate, 200g
« on: February 01, 2015, 10:20:10 am »
This works very well as high-quality eating chocolate!

Identifiable by an old-fashioned sepia illustration of a cook on the wrapper.

Made in Germany and exclusive to Lidl.

New Products / Cadbury Pebbles
« on: August 12, 2013, 09:48:48 pm »
Well well, never to miss a trick, it would seem that the brand we love to hate has now blatantly ripped off Smarties technology and reinvented the wheel with this "new" product.  (Yes, they're exactly like Smarties in all but shape and colour variation.)

I presume the Rowntree patent for the manufacturing process (if there ever was one) has expired....

Old Products / Statutory Rights Not Affected!
« on: June 09, 2013, 12:05:15 am »
Back in the day, did you ever buy a chocolate product to find that it was defective in some way, and send it back?  If so, what did you get in return?

I remember in the '70s (when I was probably about 7 years old), buying a Picnic from the cafe in Southend Library, only to find that it had cobwebs in the wrapper.  (The cafe woman tried to tell me that this was normal.)

I wrote to Cadbury's, and they replied with a (somewhat scientific) explanation, using words like "foodstuffs", to the effect that certain organisms could get through the paper and lay eggs.

They included a pile of chocolate bars of various types, and said that they "hoped this would not put me off their products in the future".

I bet nowadays you'd just get a template letter response, possibly not even related to your complaint.  (At least, that's all I got from Tesco when I wrote in after they downgraded their Value Plain Chocolate by sourcing it from the UK instead of the Netherlands.  It said "sorry you didn't like our plain chocolate biscuits" etc. etc. without answering or even acknowledging my point [about soya lecithin] at all!)

Old Products / Suchard Truffle Supreme
« on: June 08, 2013, 11:44:52 pm »
Now there's a thing!

Just seen it on p.42 of the doyouremember wrappers thread, and IIRC was first available around 1984-ish.  I think it was in the form of two fingers joined together.

I did a paper round at the time, and the Indian guy who owned the shop always had a wide range of confectionery products - many of which you never saw in the chain outlets.

This was one of them I'm pretty sure, and it was seriously good.

Eating Methods / The Chocolate Monster
« on: May 29, 2013, 12:15:45 am »
I once trained with a guy who in an evening would eat: (1) a 1kg bar of Dairy Milk, (2) a family-sized chocolate trifle, and (3) a whole can of UHT chocolate-flavoured aerosol cream which he would squirt directly into his mouth.  Hence the nickname above.

New Products / Moser Roth [Fruit] Panna Cotta
« on: May 08, 2013, 09:38:24 pm »
Available as a "Limited Edition" (from Aldi), but how limited I'm not sure.  Similar to some of the Bellarom stuff you get from Lidl.

Actually a bit fatty and sickly IMO, with the soya lecithin not helping the texture.  And as with all milk chocolate it's definitely best eaten chilled.  (It could work well with a cup of espresso.) 

I suspect the blueberry and raspberry ones will  have the greatest appeal, somehow.

But check it out; it's not your average bland offering from the UK's mainstream manufacturer, that's for sure.  It's adventurous and I give it 5/10.  :)

Foreign Products / Attention Marzipan Lovers!
« on: November 22, 2012, 10:47:36 pm »
There are some pretty nice marzipan bars of various types in Lidl at the moment, to be found with the Christmas chocs.  Particularly the pineapple one.

Unless you are concerned about your weight...


P.S. Beware of the very thin foil!

Foreign Products / How Do You Define a Foreign Product?
« on: October 23, 2012, 06:52:00 pm »
Just wondering...

Supposing the product is officially on sale in the UK, even if made abroad - does it count as 'foreign'?  And how does one define 'officially'?

Or, must this be limited to items purchased abroad that are NOT on sale here?


Foreign Products / Boci Aero Eperizu Tejcsokolades
« on: June 24, 2012, 11:34:02 am »
A strawberry Aero made in the Czech Republic, distributed by Nestle Hungaria Kft, Budapest, somehow ending up in my local corner shop!

And it's OK actually, if nothing remarkable...

New Products / Choka Blok "The Chocolate Extremist"
« on: April 28, 2012, 10:07:21 pm »
Yous've gotta check this out to be sure!  Imagine a choc square, a bit bigger than a Ritter square, with a swirled blend of milk and darc choc, mini-Maltesers and (dry) brownie pieces.  It's pretty good actually, considering it's made in the UK.  (The Maltesers are in this case called "Chocolate Salty Malty Balls"!)

Old Products / Double Decker Dilemma
« on: January 15, 2012, 09:11:48 pm »
I have a very vague recollection that, many moons ago,  Double Decker used to have raisin in the base layer.  Am I imagining this?

Foreign Products / E Wedel Pawetek Orzechowy
« on: May 26, 2009, 01:23:41 pm »
You can get these in my local Asda (for the benefit of Poles), although anyone can buy them and you're not expected to show a Polish passport!  (You may however be asked for proof of age, since the alcohol content is quite high!)
Basically a truffle/fondant bar and quite nice, if bordering on sickly.  (There's also one with a white filling which goes beyond the border of sickly!)  Worth checking out though, along with a strawberry yoghurt bar from the same manufacturer.  A break from the norm, for sure.

Foreign Products / Trumpf Schogetten
« on: November 09, 2008, 08:42:51 pm »
Been around a for a while now, normally available from Lidl (so in view of the fact that it's officially sold here I'm not sure if this is the right category...)

Packaged as a bar, but in fact individual squares against a card backing.  Available in lots of flavours and very nice.  Not unlike the Ritter Sport range.

You may also see this in Aldi; identical except that it's branded as 'Mauxion' instead of 'Trumpf'.


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