Mars Delight

23 03 2007

mars delight

The Mars Delight seems to be an upmarket chocolate bar by Mars. I’m pretty sure it’s advertised towards women as well. For some reason whenever I think of Mars Delights, I imagine a group of women sitting in an office, eating these things whilst sipping on Diet Cokes and gossping about whatever things women gossip about.

On the individual packs, Mars don’t actually bother to describe what it is. Most confectioners will put a brief description of the bar on the packaging, in their attempt to lure customers in. In a change of pace, Mars instead show a small picture of the two small chocolates that are in this pack on the front of the wrapper.

I quite like the packaging as well to be fair to it. Nice off-white colour, the usual Mars emblem blends well with it. All very good. But does it taste nice?

I’ll tell you what it does taste like, and that’s sweet. So very sweet. It’s a very nice flavour once you get past the sugar, but they seem to have overdone that aspect of the bar a little. Underneath the chocolate layer is a sort of cream filling, and under that is a wafer, which has a strange consistency to it, but it is still good. Quite an unremarkable flavour, sadly. Too much bloody sugar. I only finished this bar a few minutes ago and already the flavour is all gone as well, I can’t taste it at all anymore!

Overall, a disappointment. The taste isn’t bad, the bar isn’t bad, it’s just unremarkable and it seems a little lost. It’s been around for about 2 years now though so this is its finalised flavour. If you’re a woman who works in an office, likes Diet Coke and gossiping then this’ll be perfect for you, I can’t imagine anyone else getting too excited about it though.

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Nestlé French Bretagne Milk Kit Kat

22 03 2007

bretagne milk

Before I start, I’m going to list the Kit Kats I’ve recently ordered and that will be reviewed hopefully within the next month – Nasu Milk, Blueberry Fromage, Cantaloupe Melon, Banana, Apple, Pumpkin, Brandy & Orange. Plus Melon flavoured AERO! which I finally decided to get. Hope you look forward to those, chums!

Back to this though, French…Bretagne…Milk…yeah, sounds interesting if nothing else. Sources tell me that this means Belgian Milk White, so I assume that this should be a classy tasting white chocolate bar.

As you can just about make out in the picture, there’s someone’s name and a little signature there. Yes, more revalations! Nestlé of Japan employs one of Japan’s top Iron Chefs, Le Patissier Takagi, to create some of their posher Kit Kats. On some of their flavours; Green Tea, French Bretagne Milk, Brandy & Orange and more, his signature and name can be found. What does this mean to us? It means that he personally created these chocolates as opposed to faceless Nestlé chefs, and so we can expect very good chocolate.

The box is quite pretty, it’s the standard Japanese fare, box revealing two packets with two sticks in each. One thing that’s different here is the design on the front and the back. The front has been made to look like a gift wrapped present. You can see the labels running behind the Kit Kat brand, with a little bow on there as well! Further evidence of how Kit Kats are viewed in Japan, this is meant to be a gift you give to someone wishing them good luck, and that’s how Nestlé have presented it. The two packets inside have the same design on them, and opening one of them reveals two white coloured sticks. A little less fancy than most, these look like your standard white chocolate Kit Kats.

Biting into one reveals a…strange flavour. Not milky, not much flavour at all in fact. I can taste the wafer, that’s really coming through, but nothing else…I eat the rest, nothing happens. I eat the other stick…same result, soon enough I find I’ve eaten the entire packet and that’s it. I have no more, I found no taste. So does French Bretagne Milk actually mean Wafer flavour? That’s how it seemed to me. I look on the side of the box and suddenly remember that these are out of date, I in fact think that this one is out of season, and that the Nasu Milk is the in season White Chocolate Kit Kat. Is that why these have no flavour? Have they lost it? They’re only a month gone, they shouldn’t be that bad, I’ve had chocolate over a year out of date that still tasted the same as it would fresh.

I’m confused and disappointed, Nestlé led me in with fancy packaging and false promises, I expected wonderfully crafted chocolate from a Japanese cooking legend, what I found was musty old tasting chocolate that did nothing but upset me and my stomach. Never again.





Nestlé Sakura Cherry Kit Kat

22 03 2007

cherry kit kat

Mmm, chocolate for breakfast…this here is the first of my two reviews for the day, to round up all the foreign Kit Kats I own. I’ll post more in my next review about my recent orders and what you all have to look forward to!

This is an interesting edition, like most Kit Kats in Japan, it’s limited to what the season is. Because it’s Spring right now, Nestlé have released a Sakura Cherry Blossom flavour of their Kit Kats. In case you’re wondering why it is that Japan is getting a ton of different Kit Kats, it’s because ‘Kit Kat’ sounds like a phrase meaning ‘Sure to win’. Because of this, Kit Kats are now considered to be good luck charms! Kids take them into exams thinking that eating them will bring them good luck and success.

Well, I’m not sure about any of that, but Nestlé are certainly doing well because of it, so I doubt they’ll be saying anything anytime soon. And I won’t be either, because some of these flavours are downright tasty, but does that include the cherry flavour? Usually I’m a huge fan of cherries, though when it comes to cherry flavoured chocolate, I’m not hugely experienced. I haven’t really tried much in my time because not much of it seems to be around, the only one I can think of is Green & Black’s Dark Chocolate with Cherry pieces in, but that’s not quite the same as cherry flavoured chocolate, which is what the Kit Kat is.

Fortunately for me, it’s very good. like most Japanese Kit Kats it comes in a nice box, with each box containing two small packets, and each packet containing two Kit Kat sticks. They can be smelled before you open each pack, though the taste isn’t overpowering at all, which is a little strange. Opening a packet reveals two pink sticks, yes, unlike Nestlé of the UK, Nestlé of Japan actually colour their Kit Kats depending on their flavour, which I think is a wonderful idea. I suppose most people here don’t care what colour their chocolate is, as long as it tastes good, hence why they don’t bother here.

And the taste is good, it’s unlike any cherry I’ve ever tasted, it’s not as strong as our Western Cherries, it tastes a bit more floral, perhaps a little creamier. Maybe they use less cocoa in this bar? I’m not sure because all the ingredients are in Japanese, no translation is given, so I have to go by taste.

Well, either way it’s very good. This is the in-season Kit Kat, they’re stocked at J-List at the moment, so pop over there if you fancy some, I know I do!





Nestlé Azuki Bean Kit Kat

21 03 2007

azuki bean

How much chocolate is too much, I’m beginning to wonder. The reason for all these updates is because I go back home tomorrow from University, and I can’t bring my big box of unique chocolates with me, so I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to update during my holidays. And so, here is my third review of the day, the Japanese Azuki Bean Kit Kat.

Of all the ones I’ve tried in my time, this was the one I was looking forward to the least. Being a Westerner, I always associate beans as being savoury, either Baked and in tomato sauce, or in a packet and called Black Eye and taking hours to cook, and just not tasting that nice. In Japan however, certain varieties of beans are used in desserts. The Azuki Bean is one of these.

To me, they look a little like peanuts, only with a red skin. And nuts are also quite savoury, so before eating this I had a really hard time picturing how this would taste. I just couldn’t see how it would work, but I wasn’t to be put off. Opening the lovely box (I’m so fond of the way Kit Kats are packaged in Japan), revealed two small packets, each packet contained two sticks, both smaller than our Western varieties, coinciding with the smaller portions that the Japanese cuisine has. Our bars total 45g, whilst there total 43g, so whilst not a huge difference, it is easily noticed.

The bars look wonderful as well, they’re white coloured, and have little red…blobs…in them, I assume this is to represent the azuki beans, because when bitten into, the bar is the usual wafer/chocolate combo, no beans in sight. And the taste…well, it’s very good! Considering I didn’t know what to expect at all, I was definitely impressed. It’s sweet, and the flavour is hard to describe, it’s like nothing I’ve ever had before, I just don’t know how to put it, except that it was very good.

Yes, very anti-climatic, but this is unlike anything I’ve ever tasted, I’ve actually looked before at buying Japanese pastries and seen doughnuts and such with azuki bean fillings, unfortunately the price has put me off each time, but now I’m debating whether to just bite the bullet and get some, because it’s great. Sweet, and nutty, in fact not too unlike hazelnuts, but that may be because I still had the taste of the Noisette Kit Kat in my mouth.

This is a great bar, unfortunately I can’t read Kanji (I’m assuming that’s what it’s written in), so I’m unsure of each of the values. What I can make out though, is that each serving is 119 calories, and note, I mentioned earlier Japanese portions are smaller, each serving here is 21.5g, i.e. two sticks, much unlike our four stick serving. Very interesting. Judging by the different values, I’m going to guess that each pack (that’s two servings, remember), has 1.76g of Protein, 26.8g of Carbs and 13.8g of Fat. So that’s pretty similar to our Kit Kats, only with less Protein, which is a feature of the Japanese diet (high carbs, low fat and protein). Again, this is a great bar, a little sickly (though that’s perhaps because this is my third Kit Kat in a row), if you’re interested in importing Japanese Kit Kats, or confectionary in general, I highly recommend this, I’ve tasted a lot of rubbish from there, this is one of the best I’ve had.





Nestlé Noisette Kit Kat

21 03 2007

noisette

My first foreign Kit Kat edition! When it comes to different flavours and varieties, Kit Kat’s are surely the king. Released in a ton of countries around the world, in a plethora of flavours. This version comes from Germany, and is called Noisette, which in English means ‘Hazelnut’, oh boy…you know this is gonna be good.

And that’s what it is, if you’re English (or European) and reading this you’ll know all about Nutella, and if you don’t know about it, click the link and read about what you’re missing out on, and then go and buy some! The stuff is great, a perfect blend of hazelnuts and chocolate, and I’m not just talking about the Nutella here, I’m also talking about the Kit Kat.

Now, granted I haven’t had Nutella in a long time, but as far as my taste buds can remember, this tastes exactly like it! It’s absolutely delicious! I’ve had some bad experiences with foreign Kit Kats, of particular note are some of the Japanese ones I’ve tried, but this has got to be the tastiest Kit Kat I’ve ever had. Even better than the Chunky Peanut Butter, and that’s really saying something!

As the picture shows, this is a regular four finger Kit Kat, all the ingredients and information on the pack is in German, but the lovely fellas at Nestlé also put a translation into English, how delightful!

Zucker is the first ingredient listed, and I’m sure you can guess what this one is, it’s Sugar! Things aren’t different in Germany then, at least when it comes to chocolate making. The rest of the ingredients are fairly unremarkable, it’s typical factory-made chocolate fair. One thing I was pleased with was how far down the list I found salt, vegetable oil and emulsifiers, which usually take up a high ranking on English chocolate ingredients if they’re used. The bar is described as ‘Crispy wafer fingers in 67,8% (yes there’s a comma there) hazelnut flavoured milk chocolate’.

Each Noisette Kit Kat contains 227 calories, 3.2g of Protein, 28.2g of Carbs and 11.2g of Fat. Unlike English chocolate, they don’t seem to be required to say how much sugars and saturates there are in each pack. Perhaps it’s not as important in Germany, I’d certainly appreciate some feedback regarding this from someone who lives there or just plain knows more about it than me.





Nestlé Milk Chocolate Kit Kat

21 03 2007

kit kat

I’ll point out before I start this review, that this particular Kit Kat is a little old. It was no doubt released around the time for the 2006 World Cup, as there is a competition on the front to win England shirts, and the bar went out of date in January 2007. As such, this is not their new bar, which I’m sure is lower in fat and calories, but more on that later.

The Kit Kat is a bar that has been produced for a long time. Originally made by Rowntree, they were bought by the corporate giant; Nestlé. The UK Kit Kats are still made in York, where the original Kit Kats were made, which is nice. As shown in the picture, each Kit Kat comes in a pack with four chocolate sticks. Each stick is basically a multitude of chocolate and wafer layers, each on top of the other, then the entire stick is coated in milk chocolate, and the words ‘Kit Kat’ are emblazened on the front.

The tagline for the Kit Kat is ‘Have a break, have a Kit Kat’, this has been its tagline for as long as I can remember, though it only seems to be for the 4 fingered Kit Kat. Granted I’ve never seen an advert for any other flavours or varieties of Kit Kat, but going off the top of my head here, I can’t remember ever seeing that tagline on any other Kit Kat bar at all.

I like Kit Kats, the 4 sticks allow the bar to last a while, and each stick can be savoured. Rather than one long chocolate bar, which can be gulped down fairly quickly, with these you have to take your time, and that is, in my opinion, a good thing.

As mentioned earlier, this is an older Kit Kat, I’m fairly certain that they have now reduced the amount of calories and fat in each bar, and I’ll update this article when I get a new Kit Kat, and give the new figures, but for the time being, this Kit Kat bar has 247 calories (61.75 calories per stick), 30g of Carbs (23.5g of which sugars), 12.8g of Fat (8.7g of which saturates) and 2.9g of Protein.

This is a good bar, it’s plain, but it’s nice. You want a break? Have a Kit Kat.





York Peppermint Pattie

20 03 2007

york

When I received my packs of Peanut Butter M&M’s, I was also given a complimentary York Peppermint Pattie, which I thought was quite kind. I have recently consumed the ‘pattie’ and so here’s the review.

I’m not a huge fan of dark chocolate, because I lack the self control to really taste and appreciate chocolate, and am more interested with eating it, I can never seem to get to grips with it. It just tastes bitter and unpleasant to me. The York Peppermint Pattie is dark chocolate, with a peppermint fondant inside. Like a lot of American chocolate, this is made by the Hershey Corporation. In my experience, this means the chocolate will contain vast amounts of sugar, and the quality of the chocolate will be relatively poor. And with this being dark chocolate which I don’t usually like, and Peppermint which I’m not overly fond with, I really wasn’t expecting much.

However, I was surprised. The taste is familiar, I’m sure we have brands like this in England, or at least used to. The chocolate isn’t bitter at all, it’s actually quite sweet, and the Peppermint fondant isn’t hot, it tastes like Peppermint, yet is cool and nice. As far as mint based chocolate goes, it wasn’t nearly as nice as the Peppermint Aero, yet it was still pretty good. Looking at the ingredients, sugar of course comes first, with ‘semi-sweet chocolate’ second, the semi-sweet chocolate ingredient looks like an average recipe of milk chocolate, so I’m not too sure how they made it dark, I assume they added just enough cocoa to constitute it as dark chocolate.

Each Pattie contains 140 calories. They only have 2.5g of fat, but 31g of Carbs, with sugars making up 25g of them. Considering how small each Pattie is, that’s slightly worrying, and certainly not something that you could overindulge in. These are good, but I won’t be looking to import them, if you live in America you probably know about them already though.