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Check out the new Chocolate Melange at Costa Coffee

June 1, 2010 13 comments

Have been to Costa Coffee a few times and have never had any complaints with the coffee here. The hot varieties or even the cold coffees are simply superb. A recent trip to Costa was no different either. However, what intrigued us was this big slab of dark chocolate kept aside. Their most expensive pastry, the Chocolate Melange is worth Rs.95. The pastry was garnished with thin sheets of Melange which gave the pastry a slightly bittersweet flavour, a perfect combo for any dark chocolate lover.

We had it is ice cream and it went quite well with the cold vanilla ice cream. The pastry itself was warmed up just a bit which, in my opinion, really bought out the flavours! Thumbs up to Costa Coffee for bringing out the Chocolate Melange – an excellent dark chocolate treat!

On a side note what is up with Costa Coffee and Pheonix Mills? There are three outlets in the same damn mall! Can never miss Costa Coffee if you are in Pheonix Mills!

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Movenpick Swiss Premium Ice Creams, Average at best!

April 13, 2010 3 comments

Well the title is a bit misleading as I have applied the law of averages here where some flavours are excellent while others are hardly worth the money. We had ordered for Espresso Croquant and a Pistachio ice cream. The Pistachio was disappointing as the flavour was too sharp, which probably happens if the ice cream has been in the bowl for far too long! It had a bitter after  taste which is generally the case if the Pistachios are too old. Probably not many like the Pistachio here.

The Espresso on the other hand was the opposite. Excellent flavours complemented the freshness of the ice cream. The fact that the Espresso Croquant has its own fan club on Facebook suggests that either people are crazy about this ice cream or Movenpick is! Eitherways, this ensures that patrons get the best of the flavours! Now if only they could avoid discrimination with other flavours, Movenpick would be my pick for a ‘preferred ice cream’ parlour tag! As the name suggest, the distinct flavour is that of coffee but there is vanilla ice cream as well along with crushed caramelised Hazelnut! There was probably Italian Coffee Sauce in it too but I was unable to differentiate this flavour (only got to know of the sauce when I looked up on the internet!).

On a side note, Movenpick is located at The Palladium at High Street Pheonix. The ice cream is expensive at Rs.120 each but if the flavour is good (like the espresso was), the money doesn’t matter!

PS: Picture downloaded from the Movenpick FB Page.

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Cadbury Bournville: Sweetville!

January 22, 2010 2 comments

Cadbury Bournville is Cadbury’s entry into the dark chocolate segment. A niche segment, Cadbury has advertised this brand extensively. However for a true dark chocolate lover the Bournville falls flat on its face. Dark it is, understandable from its bitter taste, but not as dark as the other dark chocolates I have had so far. The flavours are very much reminiscent of the usual sugary goodness Cadbury unleashes with all its chocolates. This is true even with the UK version I got hold of. Such a shame the bournville is only for cheap thrills when it could have been so much more better with just a bit more cocoa!

Green and Black’s – Dark 85% – The Best I have Tasted so Far!

January 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Its been sometime now since I got my hands on a pack of dark chocolate. Not even in my wildest dreams I’d ever think I could taste, let alone have the bar to myself, 85% dark chocolate! Yes you read it right, at 85% cocoa and organic vanilla and some organic cane sugar, this is by far the best dark chocolate I have had! It is bitter alright, but it is not as sharp as I thought it be.  The taste is very well round which in my opinion is a good thing for not everyone will like a very sharp and bitter dark chocolate.

The ingredients: Organic Cocoa Mass, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Organic Raw Cane Sugar, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Whole Milk Powder, * Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin.

I think Dark 85% is easily my most cherished chocolate especially since it took nearly 10 days to finish a bar, savouring the flavour in small bites!

For more info check here: http://www.greenandblacks.com/uk/what-we-make/bars/dark-85.html#ingredientsInformation

Vochelle – Dark Chocolate with Fruit and Nut!

October 15, 2009 3 comments

Wow! The dark chocolate tryouts continue unabated! This time its a Malaysian chocolate by the name Vochelle Fruit and Nut. Bought this from a store in Bandra. The price was INR 65, pretty cheap for a dark chocolate, heck the cheapest one I have bought so far! Nevertheless I was happy to lay my hands on a dark chocolate to satiate my taste buds!

The chocolate is most definately rich in almonds and raisins. But where it fails is at the core itself – branded a dark chocolate, it isn’t much better than a Cadbury Fruit and Nut which is available for INR 30. The Vochelle is not necessarily a bad chocolate, yes the bitterness is there and yes it is a good chocolate overall but the fact that its priced at double the rate than that of the Cadbury is a real downer. Why would I buy a Vochelle if I can get nearly the same taste as the Cadbury? The Cadbury though is loaded with sugar and lacks the cocoa content of the Vochelle.

Overall, greatly disappoint with the Vochelle. I guess this extreme negative review maybe because I had the chance to taste two really awesome dark chocolates previously – Maya Gold and ecores d’oranges. Better luck next time is all I have to say for now!!

Dark Chocolate: Monoprix Gourmet – ecorces d’oranges

October 14, 2009 3 comments

Dark ChocolateThe last few weeks have been a dark chocolate try out season for me ! First it was the not so exciting Cadbury Bournville followed by the exotic Maya Gold and now the French Chocolate Ecorces d’oranges by Monoprix.

The French gave a very interesting description of the chocolate:

Your whole strength of a large cocoa-flavored orange to gladden the heart of inner gourmet in everyone. (Translated from French)

The Monoprix compares to the Maya Gold as both have the distint tangy orange flavour mixed into the bitterness that is Cocoa. But that is where the similarities end with the Monoprix relying heavily on its high cocoa content to win my heart as compared to the Maya Gold which also had a tinge of spices in it!. If you ask me, I wouldn’t mind either of the two as both have distinct tastes. The ecorces d’oranges is far more bitter and why not – it contains a minimum of 70 percent Cocoa, enough to satiate even the most hardcore dark chocolate lovers!!

Here are the ingredients of the chocolate:

Cocoa paste, sugar, fat-reduced cocoa powder, orange peel candied 5% (orange peel, sugar, wheat dextrose, acidity regulator: citric acid, preservative, sulfur dioxide), cocoa butter, emulsifier: soy lecithin, orange oil, vanilla flavoring. Traces of peanuts, grains containing gluten, nuts, milk and eggs. Cocoa: 70% minimum in chocolate.

Nutritional Value (per bar):

Energy value in Joules: 2293Kj
Energy value in kcal: 550KCal
Carbohydrates: 50g
Fat: 35g
Protein: 8.7 g

With 8.7g of protein per bar do you really need to eat anything else?? Not so difficult to overlook the fat content 😛

I’d like to thank my friend Neville as I am in debt to him for his dislike of dark chocolate as I got to taste and cherish a very unique chocolate!

Green & Black’s: Maya Gold

September 16, 2009 8 comments

If you are a Dark Chocolate fan, then this is one bar of chocolate that is not to be missed! A higher concentrate of cocoa (55 percent) as compared to Bournville (35 percent), makes Maya Gold a must taste Dark Chocolate for any chocolate lover. The Green & Black’s bar is laced with orange flavour and spices – a first for me in chocolates. You can also taste traces of vanilla in the bar. Though the orange flavour is quite pungent it does not overwhelm the taste of the chocolate itself.

The bar though sweet is still very dark in every essence. It is not a sugary mix rather a carefully blended bar with the right amount of flavouring. If you are not a dark chocolate fan that Maya Gold is an excellent start! One of the best things about the chocolate is that it is made only from organic products and not genetically modified produce.

I would highly recommend anyone buying dark chocolate to try out Maya Gold – it is worth every penny!