Niederegger Marzipan

9 07 2007

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“Established in 1806 in Germany, Niedregger is regarded as producing the finest quality marzipan around. This premium position is due to the fact Niederegger use only select almonds from the Mediterranean and in much larger quantities. Niederegger marzipan is classed as 100% marzipan and contains much less sugar in comparison to other marzipan makers – just 35% in fact. According to the law, a mixture of marzipan paste, already containing 35% sugar, can be mixed with as much as 50% sugar to be classed as Marzipan. A huge difference, and very noticeable in the resulting taste.”

Well, a bit of a mouthful there. This a Marzipan selection box. There are 8 mini loaves here, 2 of each flavour. The 4 flavours are Pistachio, Orange, Pineapple and Espresso. They’re covered in dark chocolate, and it’s of course the thick marzipan in the middle that is flavoured.

Not only is it flavoured, it’s also coloured to match the colour of the wrapping, which is a nice little touch. Still, we care about the taste don’t we? So let’s get on with it!

Pistachio – Takes a little moment for the pistachio flavour to get through. It combats with the dark chocolate in my opinion, rather than mixing with it. It sounds strange but they seem like two seperate flavours here, as opposed to one fused flavour. Still, very rich and nutty, a very good, strong flavour here.

Orange – The orange flavour comes through right away here. It mixes well with both the marzipan flavour and the dark chocolate. Each is able to come through at different points. A really excellent flavour here.

Pineapple – Tamer than the previous two flavours. This one struggles a little to overcome the marzipan and the chocolate, and at times it’s hard to make out the pineapple at all. It’s good when you can, but it’s not bold enough.

Espresso – If the pineapple was underdone, then this was most definitely overdone. A very strong coffee flavour here, strangely it does blend well with the marzipan, but it’s an odd flavour and I’ll be honest and say I didn’t like it much. I can imagine a lot of people would though.

So there we have it. A good selection here, all of them were strong flavours, most of them tasted good, but some were better than others. If you can get these for a decent price and are of course a marzipan fan, then check these out. They make a good sharing box.

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Ferrero IceGloo Cool Acerola (Cherry) Tic Tacs

25 05 2007

IceGloo Cool Acerola (Cherry) Tic Tacs

From Germany hails this igloo shaped container of Acerola Cherry flavoured Tic Tacs. These contain no sugar, and are enriched with Vitamin C and Xylitol.

These little things come in an igloo shaped container, and have a picture of an igloo on the front as well, this is because these are meant to leave a cool taste in your mouth as well as giving fresh breath. They do look nice from the outside, the box is red coloured making the tic tacs look red, though in actuality they’re white.

They’re a little bigger than ordinary tic tacs as well, though they’re flatter, and you get around 30 in the container. The problem lies with the cherry taste.

Now granted I’m not too knowledgeable with different types of cherries, but as far as I’m concerned these are peach flavoured. I’ve eaten cherries and peaches in my time, and cherry and peach flavoured sweets, and this is definitely peach. It’s not a problem per se, because it’s a nice flavour, but I’m not sure how they came up with cherry for this.

Still, it’s not bad. Tic Tacs are fairly unremarkable anyway, but these freshened my breath and I smelled like delicious peaches, so that was good. The box is nice as well, so overall I’m fairly pleased with these.





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.