31 July 2019

Candy Kittens Wild Strawberry Gourmet Sweets (Waitrose) By @SpectreUK

This is further proof that stock control within the cavernous Foodstufffinds' cupboard has gone out of the window. These Wild Strawberry flavoured kitten head shaped fruit gums were bought for me to enjoy during Wimbledon. I'll have to have a serious chat with our admin assistant (Cinabar)! These Candy Kitten Gourmet Sweets are gluten free, Vegan friendly, made with natural colours and flavours, as well as made with fruit juice. They almost sound too good for you to be called sweets. But what do they taste like?

On opening the packet I noticed it wasn't resealable. Most gummy sweet packets aren't resealable, asides maybe having a sticky label on the packet, but these gourmet fruit sweets seemed to be ticking so many boxes, such as being made with fruit juice that I was beginning to get desperate to find faults. The most glorious smell of strawberries assaulted my nose. These pink fruit kitten heads smell better than real strawberries. Covered in a light dusting of sugar these Wild Strawberry flavoured fruit sweets taste too good to be true. I can see why the packet isn't resealable, but my waistline may start to complain if I eat too many in one go. Each pink kitten head tastes of a super sweet and juicy strawberry. Gosh! Yummo!

Information on the packet;
The 108g packet has 334 calories per 100g, with 0.1g of fat, 58g of sugar, and 0.06g of salt. Please see photograph for ingredients.

30 July 2019

Ribena Frusion Blackcurrant Water (@DegustaboxUK @RibenaUK) By @Cinabar

We always have a bottle of Ribena in the house. It is a favourite drink and high in vitamin C too, which is always a bonus. Spectre assures me he can’t find a generic blackcurrant cordial as good, so for this one we stick with the brand.
This new drink from them is a bit different though as this is Ribena Frusion Blackcurrant Water which I was kindly gifted in a Degustabox. The drink declares itself to be more of a water with blackcurrant, but also contains a twist of kiwi fruit which sounds interesting.

I was pleased that when I poured some of the drink out that it looked quite dark, as I didn’t want a vague flavour, which is what a lot of the “flavoured waters” seem to be code for. I gave the Ribena Frusion Blackcurrant Water a taste and although it is milder than I would make a fruit cordial at home there is still enough flavour for me to enjoy it. The drink is mostly blackcurrant and there is a nice sweetness too, which is needed with blackcurrants to stop the drink being too zingy. The kiwi fruit appears in the after taste, and it adds a nice freshness to the flavour. I liked the combinations of fruits, but was still pleased that the blackcurrant was the dominant ingredient. Although this is mild it was very easy to drink and enjoyable too. This is certainly something I would pick up to keep me hydrated on my work commute.

29 July 2019

Cadbury Dairy Milk 30% Less Sugar (Sainsburys) By @Cinabar

Dairy Milk chocolate has an iconic flavour. Most British people can recognise it from a small taste, and many will declare it their favourite chocolate. Messing with the recipe is a no no as is changing the shape apparently (when Cadbury changed the shape and people complained the flavour had altered too). The point is my brain knows how Cadbury Dairy Milk should taste, which makes this new Dairy Milk 30% Less Sugar bar difficult to review.
First thing to note on this new bar is that although it is Dairy Milk 30% Less Sugar there aren’t any sweeteners topping up the flavour, they just simply cut back. The second thing to note is that usually bars that look this size are 100g bit this one is 85g and it is thinner, which I guess helps with portion control and the reduced calories. The final thing to note before I take the wrapper off is that the bar has an extra ingredient that I don’t think I’ve seen before in Cadbury chocolate soluble maize fibre. Fibre is good for you so it is not a bad thing, but it strikes me this is a bit of a filler ingredient.

So I opened up the Cadbury Dairy Milk 30% Less Sugar bar and found a bar of chocolate that looked much as you would expect except a little thinner. I broke a piece off and gave it a try. The flavour is very similar to Dairy Milk, the cocoa level is the same and there is even a lovely creaminess to the bar, but my taste buds were expecting a strong kick of sweetness which never appeared, merely a gentle hint of sugar. Also the bar reminded me of the chocolate used in Cadbury Flake which has always had a deeper cocoa taste than regular Dairy Milk, but again less sweet. This is a pleasant bar of chocolate, but its close proximity to something I almost recognised but then didn’t quite match my expectations bothered me. I think if I had never had Dairy Milk before I would have enjoyed this chocolate more, as it is it felt incomplete to my taste buds. Healthier yes, and as such this Cadbury Dairy Milk 30% Less Sugar is a good product to introduce. I think as a nation we may have become accustomed to excess sugar, and it is something that probably does need reducing. Unfortunately I do have a rather a sweet tooth.

28 July 2019

Leibniz in Germany - and special offers in vending machines? (@NLi10)

I love vending machines in Europe, I even visited the highest altitude vending machine in Spain! They are like advertising hoardings telling you what's hot for the local commuters - and unlike the UK they are refrigerated and reasonably priced!

Don't believe me?  See that thing at the bottom? That's a special offer - if you buy one of the things in the red section - you get the other one too!

For 2 Euro that's fine right?  I mean they didn't last long - I was at Trier train station for maybe 15 mins due to delays and I ate both.

The back one is basically a standard stacked Leibniz biscuit, but the front one was triple chocolate due to the liquid core. Exciting and a bit varied, and not something I've seen in the UK.

This was also the first sighting of Kinder Cards - which I then sought out when I got to Munich.

27 July 2019

Cornish Saison Beer (Marks & Spencer) By @SpectreUK

What can I say about Cornish Saison? Cornish means it's from down south. Namely from the St. Austell Brewery, in Cornwall. Saison is a type of beer brewed originally in Belgium. The can is a lovely colour. One of my favourites. Purple is the colour of mystery. So you could say that this is an "international can of mystery!" Get it? Never mind… It actually says what it is on the can anyway. Saison is a highly carbonated pale ale with warming spice and citrus flavours. This beer had ginger, lemon, lime zest and cinnamon added in the brewing. I feel like I should have drank this in winter time. However, it has rained all day.

On opening the can there was less of a fizz than I was expecting. Cornish Saison was plenty fizzy on pouring though. This golden coloured pale ale had an aroma of spice oozing from it. I could smell the cinnamon blended with the citrus zest. The warming spice from the ginger and cinnamon was there on first taste. There was a bite from the citrus in the hops and added zest from the lemon and lime. Then came the sweet pale and possibly crystal malts that took those warming spices and the citrus burst into the aftertaste. This is a luscious beer that would be most at home in the autumn or winter, or any wet and rainy day!

26 July 2019

Rowntrees Strawberry Ice Lollies (Waitrose) By @Cinabar

Rowntrees Strawberry Ice Lollies

With the current hot weather I’ve been trying to keep cool. As we don’t have air conditioning I have subjected myself to eating ice cream and ice lollies. Purely on the grounds of health, and potential mass consumption, I’ve been trying to find cold treats that aren’t too high in calories, so that I can just reach for another ice lolly.
I have managed to find these new Rowntrees Strawberry Ice Lollies and at just 62 calories per portion they met my “healthier” requirements perfectly. There are four in the box and each looked quite big in their packaging, but once out the large box their big wrapper seems to leave a disappointingly small strawberry shaped lolly. They are quite are short, but they are cute looking. There is a red strawberry section, a green kiwi base and some dark chocolate drops.
The ice lolly is very juicy and the fruit flavours are nice and strong. I loved the strawberry section it was perfect in the heat and very refreshing. The kiwi section is a clean crisp flavour and this is nice to finish on, the chocolate drops are small and there aren’t many of these so I found myself picking them off and eating them, they did have a nice dark chocolate flavour but were just for decoration really.
So these Rowntrees Strawberry Ice Lollies do get the thumbs up from me, I liked the refreshing flavours and enjoyed my ice lolly. The only problem is they are small, so I may have gone back for another a little later in the afternoon…. oops.

25 July 2019

Namur and its Beer (by @NLi10)

I'm not a fan of beer, it's nasty stuff with an odd aftertaste.  It's odd then that I drank so much of it on holiday.  You see at university something odd happened - I found one that I liked.  As briefly touched upon in the Belgian review that beer was Leffe - a Belgian light beer that actually has nice flavours in there too.  I do worry that it's a gateway beer leading to other more dubious stuff, but when in Europe the soft drinks are often so bad (in restaurants & bars - Supermarkets are fine) that I look at the beers.

So - after Belgium (but before Luxembourg - I'm going a bit out of order) I figured I could have more Leffe in Namur - I mean it's still technically Belgium while being a different region.  It's very pretty but once you've walked up the fortress you've done all of the tourist things.

But Namur has it's own white beer - and apparently it's the famous original one - maybe Leffe just had better exporters!  Question is - is it just a local thing because it's not for the tastes of the English?

Is it The Worlds Best Wheat Beer?  I don't know whether it was the (terrible) nachos they gave me (admittedly for free) but yes - I liked this and I'd say it's my favourite wheat beer and by extension favourite beer.

That's quite a surprise really, I mean I'm no expert (paging Spectre) but I genuinely considered buying some of this to take home - and I'd have had to carry the bottles for almost two weeks.  Instead I'll just keep an eye out for it at home and encourage others to do the same.  Yum!

24 July 2019

Heinz Creationz Mexican Beanz Chipotle Style with Chorizo (@DegustaboxUK) By @SpectreUK

It's baking hot outside. I've had a good long session at the gym and a swim. I've had a bit of a sunbathe, and spent too long in the sauna and steam room. Yet for some reason I'm just not hot enough… I can't be otherwise why am I trying this Heinz Creationz Mexican Beanz Chipotle Style with Chorizo? Well, I may have forgotten about it at the back of the cavernous Foodstufffinds' cupboard…

On the front of the packet it states that you can cook this Heinz Creationz Mexican Beanz Chipotle Style with Chorizo in 90 seconds in an 850W microwave oven. Our microwave is 1000W, so I'll adjust a little. I have a bit of a specialist diet whereas I can't have too much insoluble fibre. So this mixture of Red Kidney and Haricot beans in tomato and chipotle sauce with chorizo sounds right up my street.

It gives you a serving suggestion on the back of the packet on how to "transform tacos" with a salad adding this Heinz Creationz Mexican Beanz Chipotle Style with Chorizo. I'm too hot and bothered to mess with that though or whatever idea Heinz may have had to "brighten up burritos". I'm just going to heat it up and eat it in a bowl with some bread and butter on the side.

As you can see from the photograph, it doesn't look too bad in the bowl. There was a smoky slightly understated chilli taste from the chipotle sauce, with a slight tang from the tomato. The assorted beans went well with the odd piece of chorizo. I wouldn't recommend it for a new taste sensation, but it wasn't bad either. I wouldn't split it in half between two people unless they're child sized portions, and it may be a little lost in a taco or burrito. If I was to eat it again, I reckon I'd wait for colder weather!

Information of the packet:
The 250g packet contains "one of your 5 a day", with 135 calories per 125g serving, 2.4g of fat, 4.9g of sugar, and 0.6g of salt. Please see photograph for ingredients.

23 July 2019

Coca-Cola Signature Mixers - Smoky (Waitrose) By @Cinabar

I wrote about the Spicy version Coca-Cola Signature Mixers a week or so ago and I’m pleased to say I have now found the other interesting flavours. I really enjoyed the warmth from the Spicy drink so was intrigued to find out what the Smoky Coca-Cola Signature Mixer had to offer. The bottle is capped with a brown lid and the label states that the tasting notes include ‘oak extract’. I uncapped the very traditional bottle and poured my drink into a glass and took it through to the living room. The aroma from it was very woody, and the taste too. I got up and went back to the kitchen to check I had opened the correct bottle, I was convinced I had uncapped the ‘Woody’ edition instead of the ‘Smoky’ but the bottle had been the correct latter flavour.
The drink smells like Coca-Cola but with an earthy woody twist. The flavour too was earthy but admittedly there is more of a smoky twist in the taste. The drink is still very much the traditional Coca-Cola taste, just with some lovely extra tones to the flavour that makes it feel very grown up. I like the oak taste and smokiness, but out of the two I’ve tried the Spicy still has the upper hand. I would love a big bottle of the Spicy version, that drink was lovely and warming. As much as I liked this Smoky drink I would still have labelled this drink as ‘Woody’, as I have a bottle of the proper Woody Coca-Cola Signature Mixer still to open I am intrigued to find out what that tastes like too, hopefully it is noticeably different!

22 July 2019

New M&Ms Crispy Bar (Tesco) By @Cinabar

I know this says “New” on the wrapped but I couldn’t help thinking I had seen something similar to this before. Having looked through previous reviews on the site, my memory isn’t all that, I realise I must have seen something similar in the import shops because as far as I can tell this is properly new to the UK. M&Ms are usually in bags not bars and we don’t get many Limited Edition or new Items in the UK so I was very excited to see this.
The bar is based on the ‘Crispy’ version of the M&Ms and contains both a mini version of the M&Ms and extra crispy pieces too. It is a sharing sized bar and is in blocks, except where the rather cool M&M design is, I do think this is a pretty bar. The underside of the bar reveals just how packed with goodies this bar is, and you can see all the crispy pieces that have been packed into the bar.

The chocolate has loads of texture from all the crispy pieces inside it, which for me made it a pleasure to eat. I hadn’t been expecting that much from the chocolate but I’m pleased to be proved wrong. The M&Ms Crispy Bar chocolate had a thick melt and was sweet, but also rich in cocoa tones. I really like it and found it a pleasure to munch on. It is a proper soothing chocolate. I know they have brought out a peanut version of this bar too with the nutty M&Ms and I can’t wait to track it down. The chocolate is impressive and it is nice a to see a new format and something a bit more fun from M&MS for the UK market.

21 July 2019

Green Tea Drink - Luxembourg (by @NLi10)

I’d never been to Luxembourg ­čç▒­čç║ in fact all I knew about the place was that my well travelled friends advised me not to stay long, and that they used to do unusually well on the TV show Going For Gold. My trip was designed to visit places I’d not really considered for a longer holiday as part of my snack-based Social Tourism (SocTour?)

Here I am underground in their natural history museum (they appear to have don an excavation as part of the building work and incorporated it in an amazing way into the museum.

Why are we talking about this though? They have a cafe!

Before I went out to brave the pretty warm streets I treated myself to a Matcha tea from a range that I thought was all Kumbucha drinks. Alas - this one is just tea. But it’s still pretty darn good.

It’s got all kinds of stuff in it, and I assumed I’d never see these again - until I noticed that it was made in Austria - where I am headed on my trip! Maybe I will get to try the range after all. 

20 July 2019

Stone IPA Beer (Asda) By @SpectreUK

Stone IPA is a West Coast style India Pale Ale. A 'West Coast style IPA' concentrates mainly on citrus and tropical flavoured hops, rather than the malts. Stone IPA was brewed in Berlin. I've never been there personally, but have seen it in various states in documentaries, travel programmes and movies. I have been to Germany and toured some of its lovely cities in the past though. Stone IPA has an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 6.9%. That seems remarkably strong for an IPA. I don't think I've ever tried an IPA with such a high ABV before. Too many of these and I expect I'd be 'Stone drunk'!

On opening the can there was the expected heavy smell of citrus and tropical hops. Breaking it down at a push I'd say this aroma was akin to mainly orange mandarin, a touch of bitter lemon and a little mango for afters. On taste the mango flavour in the hops explodes forth initially. Then there's the heavy lifting mandarin orange flavoured hops that lasts awhile, which is then followed by a shear knife edge bitterness from the lemon hops. The sweet malts of pale and possibly crystal kick in for a lighter spell into the aftertaste. This is a very tasty complex beer. Enjoy one or two yourself. "Prost!" or "Cheers!" if you prefer it. ;-)

19 July 2019

Proper Corn Microwavable Cinnamon Popcorn (Asda) By @Cinabar

Proper Corn Microwavable Cinnamon Popcorn

I haven’t made microwave popcorn for many years, the last time I tried the bag caught fire. The “incident” may have been some years ago but it meant I had to really think about whether I went down the route of even buying another bag of microwavable popcorn, the cinnamon swayed me. I love cinnamon, it is my favourite spice so Proper Corn Microwavable Cinnamon Popcorn seemed worth it!

I was however very careful to follow the instructions on this pack, although I’m pretty sure I did last time.
Inside the box are three flat sachets which you pop it in the microwave, with the x side down and then cook it for 2 - 3 minutes, significantly stopping when the popping slows to every 3 seconds. This took 2 minutes 20 seconds in my microwave, and thank fully I had a fully puffed up bag and no burning. Phew.

Despite a good shake before opening the popcorn was unevenly seasoned, this meant that some pieces were very plain.

I didn’t mind this, but I can see that they are not the best bits. The seasoning is also a little odd, sweet cinnamon yes but with a hint of something herby I couldn’t quite place. Part of me thinks it is over cooked cinnamon? The important part was I liked the taste anyway, I found it quite moreish and pleasing to munch on. It was not the best flavour, but there was enough cinnamon to keep me happy. The popcorn pieces were large and fluffy and had a nice crunch. There was only a few unpopped kernels so I think I timed it well too. I found myself reaching for a second helping, so all in all it was a success.

18 July 2019

Proper Belgian Steak (burger) by @NLi10

I’m on the mainland and trying to eat local cuisine so went for a Belgian Blue Steak. Typically they had run out of that days stock so I went for the equivalent burger.

I also had a Belgian beer in a Belgian glass.

And here is the burger, it took a while to come but that’s because they ground the beef and shaped it just for me!

It looks good on the outside

And slightly pink on the inside - which is scary for BBQ but not so for a restaurant. The beef was fabulously crumbly and had a great flavour. All of the bits inside were great although the cheese was not British cheese and was more like the texture of pepper! I enjoyed it and shall try to keep eating my way across Europe.

17 July 2019

Twix Milkshake (Mars) By @SpectreUK

I haven't had a milkshake in a good long while. Mars Wrigley Confectionery was kind enough to send me their new Twix Milkshake. I often eat a Twix for my after dinner treat with my white hot chocolate drink instead of eating a cake or something else for dessert. It's the caramel, milk chocolate and biscuit combination that makes a good tasty pudding for me, whilst being washed down with my favourite hot chocolate drink. I remember an Eddie Izzard joke about late night petrol stations serving Twix through their security drawers to murderers! I'm not sure if there's a correlation there…

I decided to eat a Twix whilst washing it down with a Twix milkshake for a double whammy. After shaking well, on opening this Twix milkshake there was surprisingly more of a biscuit aroma from the mid brown liquid inside. There was also sweetness from the caramel, but I couldn't pick up on much milk chocolate in the smell. On taste there was a lot of biscuit in the initial flavour with the sweetness from the caramel close behind it, but the all round creamy milky flavour seemed to overshadow much of the milk chocolate. This left a more biscuit caramel creamy milkshake flavour to this Twix milkshake. It's definitely not a bad thing, as it was certainly very tasty, maybe it just needed a little more milk chocolate. It didn't taste the same as the Twix bar I was eating at the same time. I suppose that's why we have Twix bars and Twix milkshakes. Having said that though, the one washing down the other was a taste sensation, as they went ridiculously well together!

Information on the label;
The 350ml bottle contains189 calories, 4.4g of fat, 22.7g of sugar, 0.85g of salt. Suitable for vegetarians, please see photograph for ingredients.

16 July 2019

English Toffee Peanut M&Ms (Import Shop) By @Cinabar

After the hot Jalape├▒o M&Ms I tried last week I was lucky enough to secure another bag of their World flavours range, this time taking a closer to home variety; English Toffee Peanut M&Ms. These are part of the flavours they have released in America where people (based over there) can vote on a favourite to keep. The other variety I haven’t tried is Thai Coconut but unfortunately I haven’t managed to track a pack of those down yet. I am working on it.
So this variety is English Toffee Peanut flavour as put together by Americans which I discovered when I tried one hadn’t been quite what I was expecting. For me toffee is mostly sweet with a sort of golden buttery flavour, these were richer than that with a hint of vanilla. I think I want to use the word butterscotch to describe the taste rather than toffee, although I appreciate they are similar flavours. The texture too was missing, toffee has a crunchy or gooey texture and because the flavour was embedded in the chocolate it was more like fudge. I have to say despite those comments these English Toffee Peanut M&Ms still tasted divine. They were a lovely flavour combo. The butterscotch like flavour with chocolate and peanut was an absolute treat to to munch on. The pack was so good they were quickly finished off and there was no excess to take to work, my work colleagues did notice - oops. I hope these win the vote!

15 July 2019

Oreo Brownie Creme Filled (Import Shop) By @Cinabar

I have to admit I am a bit of an Oreo fan girl. I’m not sure exactly when it happened but Oreo slipped into first place as my go to choice of biscuit. I think it started when they were a novelty and hard to find in the UK back in the nineties. We do get a good range of the Oreo biscuits here in the UK, with different flavours, coated Oreos and even Oreo Muffins, but this particular little gem of Oreo Brownie Creme Filled bar came from The States via an import shop.
What we have here is described as Oreo Brownie Creme Filled cake bar. The bar looks pretty with its white drizzle icing but it felt surprisingly heavy when I picked it up. I did worry from the weight that it might be stodgy, but thankfully I was wrong on that front. The Oreo Brownie had quite a melt in the mouth texture despite it feeling quite substantial and moist. The bar tasted remarkably like Oreo biscuits with the sponge being strong in cocoa, but the distinctive creamy Oreo filling known as “stuff” was generously portioned in the middle. It was actually a complete pleasure to eat and dare I say it, so much more enjoyable than the Oreo Muffin (which I still rate highly). This is definitely a treat worth seeking out, and one I hope makes it onto UK shelves more widely.

14 July 2019

I Have A Nespresso Problem - I Cant Use Them! (@NLi10)

I’m on holiday, and Hotel Hubert (if you are staying in Brussels use them, they are amazing) provide free hot drinks both in the lobby and room.

This is fine, but I just can’t use Nespresso machines (think this is a Pixie). You put in the capsule, it doesn’t pierce.

Then you redo it after watching a YouTube video and maybe get lucky.

Or crush the capsule to the extent that it no longer stays in the machine. I mean I know I’m a bit disabled but this should be easy right?

One coffee out of three isn’t bad right?

The machine tells you to put water through to clean it - and this gave me the idea of putting the water through and making tea.

I invented Jasmine Green Coffee, because the machine still tasted of coffee. And only gave me half a cup. I gave up.

13 July 2019

Baby Faced Assassin IPA Beer (Waitrose) By @SpectreUK

The name of this beer, Baby Faced Assassin, brings back a few worries from the workplace. It's been a while since I've been in work due to the recovery of my knee taking longer than expected, but there's the age old worry of younger folk coming up and taking away jobs from their elders. New blood is never a bad thing, of course, there's new technologies, new ideas, and new outlooks, but it's not so good for the older folks that can find themselves in the way.

I find that it's best to try to stay with the times. That's why when I finally do go back to work I'm going to brush up on my practitioner status, as the latest five year run comes to an end early next year. I've decided to add a new twist to the course that will hopefully keep me with the times and make me a little more competitive. Plus there's always research through journals and the internet to find out what's going on in the field… but that can wait a little while…

Produced in Yorkshire by Rooster's Brewery, this 6.1% volume Baby Faced Assassin IPA is strong enough to take my mind of things for now. It's lauded for its aromas of mango, apricot, grapefruit and mandarin from its mixture of fruity citrus hops, as well as its tropical fruity flavour. On opening I can concur that there is a lot of citrus fruity aromas. I could certainly pick out mango and mandarin as the strongest with no small amount of pale malt at the back of the smell.

This deep golden India Pale Ale has a luscious sweet flavour of pale and crystal malts to begin with that mixes well with the fruity citrus hops. From the Baby Faced Assassin name I was expecting a sharp bitterness to this beer, and I received it where I least expected it. The citrus bitterness hit my tastebuds almost right at the end of the flavour. The bitter citrus tension seemed to build in each mouthful. It subtly replaced the sweet malts at first, then just before the sweet malty citrus aftertaste, like a shot in the dark came the Baby Faced Assassin!

12 July 2019

Thorntons Pearls - Nutty Crunch (Thorntons) By @Cinabar

According to the lovely people from Thorntons most ladies own a piece of pearl jewellery. I know I do, I have some charms and a necklace so I’m quite lucky really. When it comes to gift receiving chocolate is always a priority too and Thorntons have gone a step further and created Thorntons Pearls a chocolatey treat, which they very kindly gifted a box for me to try. They are not meant for wearing though, just munching.

The box is smart in shape and packaging so it is perfect for a gift, but this wouldn’t stop me treating myself. The chocolates are individually wrapped in shiny wrappers and are spherical, except for a bit on their base. I unwrapped the first one and found that the chocolates have a soft milk chocolate shell, which gives way to a lovely nutty filling. The praline is smooth rich and creamy. The nut flavour is well balanced and these were a lovely sweet treat. The filling also contained some texture in the form of crispy pieces which added a nice feel to these. As a chocolate and nut fan I was in absolute heaven, thoroughly enjoying the decadent taste sensation from these chocolates. They also have some of these Thorntons Pearls out in a Salted Caramel variety and I can’t wait to give them a try. Hope Spectre doesn’t steal the box though, he is a big caramel fan!