“ Brand: Dr Oetker's / Type: Chocolate „
Although i'm not the world's greatest chef, I have been known to make a pretty good cake in my time. I normally opt for the good-old-fashioned sponge variety, and my secret ingredients make sure it's moist little number. When I say 'secret ingredients', i'm speaking of common-or-garden additions rather than anything sinister like the milk from a cat, or a badger's renal juices. Anyway, after years of making the same tried and tasted cakey-concoction, I was informed that my cake *may be* a little boring... Of course, I took the criticism on board, and went out hunting for something that would give my potentially prize-winning baking more interest. Thinking for a short while, I realised that there was only one thing for it... chocolate chips - although as a purist, I can't say I was happy at the thought of my sexy-sponge becoming a glorified uber-muffin.
The local supermarket didn't have the best selection of chocolate chips, so I picked up what they had in the form of the Dr. Oetker's brand (89p for 100g). Flash-Forward an hour, and after a frantic cake-making session with Dooyoo's very own reluctantreviews, a freshly-baked mixture was sitting in the oven. But did Dr. Oetker's Chocolate Chips help or hinder my creation?
The cholate chips are small and tear shaped (that's 'tear', as in crying, rather than 'tear' as in tearing the head off a plastic moose), and there are literally hundreds of them in each packet. The flavour isn't particularly impressive - in fact, it's like the Hershey Bar Americanised style of chocolate that isn't at all creamy, and tastes a bit like soap. I suppose we had better get used to the flavour, as it's probably what the Dairy Milk will end up being like once Kraft have changed things over at Cadbury.
In terms of the ingredients, the Chocolate Chips contain;
Sugar, Full Cream Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Skimmed Milk Powder, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin, and Flavouring.
Looking at the above list, I'm surprised at the fact that the chocolate chips aren't all that creamy considering the addition of full cream milk powder.
Once out of the oven, my cake looked and tasted good. The chocolate chips worked particularly well, complementing the plain sponge very nicely - in fact, Dr Oetker's Chocolate Chips taste much better in a cake than they do on their own. Would I buy these chocolate chips again? Probably not - although they are reasonably priced, the quality of the chocolate isn't good enough.
Allergy advice: contains Milk and Soya
I've written a few Super Cook reviews today and thought I'd tell you about these chocolate chips while I'm at it. They are milk chocolate and come in 100g bags, I'm not sure of the price because I've never actually brought them myself but they can't be that expensive probably about £1.00.
My mum makes wicked chocolate chip cookies and she usually uses these, she doesn't put that many chips in the mixture so you get a nice chocolate taste but without it being overboard.
If you eat one of these chocolate chips on their own it doesn't taste that nice and isn't creamy or rich like the milk chocolate you buy to eat. You don't notice it when you put them in cakes or biscuits though and I think while they're baking the flavour of the chocolate comes out better.
The keep their shape good in the oven. I know that sounds weird but my mum brought a dead cheap brand of chocolate chips a few weeks ago and all the chocolate squidged out into weird looking shapes inside the cakes. This doesn't happen with these ones from Super Cook and if you eat a cake straight out of the oven the chocolate chips are gorgeous because they've melted and not had time to set again.
You don't need to use that many to get a nice chocolatey flavour and the taste is dead nice, if you do put too many in the flavour gets a bit too rich and then the cheapness of the chocolate comes through so the best way is to just put a few in to get all the chocolate taste but without it getting too much.
Recommended... these chocolate chips are brill for the price and because they've got quite a strong flavour you don't have to use many so the bag will last for ages. They're also good for pushing into the icing on cakes so that you can make little chocolate pictures.
The packets are 100g and they cost about 85p this does seem expensive but that is an awful lot of chocolate chips for your money. These are what I would call generic chocolate chips this meaning that I would use them for everyday baking and if I was baking to seriously impress then I would opt for something else. I use these for the vast majority of things though. To give you a rough idea of what 100g means in terms of a recipe, I use these in a double chocolate cookie recipe and use half a pack so around 50g sometimes up to 75g. You can also, as I do, use them to decorate.
As far as buying them goes they are available from most supermarkets and some smaller shops that I have tried.
At this point I would like to point out that they are real chocolate and not cooking chocolate ie you could eat them as a snack if you see what I mean. Also they are available in Milk, Plain and White.
The good news is that last time I looked they were suitable for vegetarians although allergy sufferers may struggle as at the very least they have milk in them.
What is it?
Little small mini blobs of milk chocolate.
Not really, they are very simple little things but very nice for sprinkling into your cake mixtures, onto your desserts or just for decorating the cake. Also very handy as a substitute during times when I have run out of chocolate, i.e. you can also eat them straight from the packet.
Are they good?
Besides being highly accessible and adaptable, I feel what the chocolate chips contain themselves matter very much. There's 'chocolate' and then there's 'chocolate flavoured' things, which means, to me, essentially fake chocolate. Fortunately, these are not chocolate flavoured chips, otherwise I would really be trashing them right now - the chocolate is made from a significant percentage of cocoa butter and cocoa mass, so we're alright there...
What else can I say about these....? I usually use these in cup cakes. Just so that we get some chocolate but not too much as to consume too much sugar. I usually find that I need to add less sugar if I'm going to use this, it just makes sense when you don't want to end up eating too much sugar (sorry, for those who have a sweet tooth, I have too, but trying to be very health conscious here... :D ).
In terms of taste, I would say they fair very close to the general chocolate bars, but with less cocoa content, I think this can also be found out in the ingredients list - that there is less of a percentage of cocoa solids than the usual chocolate bars, significant enough to the point that it can be apparent in the taste. I would probably say that there is less milk content as well, as the cocoa, apparently, only affects the extent of bitterness, but hey, I don't want to go too far and sound as if I've been submitting samples to the lab!
But anyway, in general, it is perfect for cakes, desserts, and even straight out of the packet.
It costs about 85p for a 100g pack, which does seem a little expensive at first, but once you open the packet there is quite a bit in there for a few uses in a cake mixture or just to decorate a very large cake.
The chocolate chips are suitable for vegetarians, but for those who have allergies, it does contain soya and milk (of course!).
Thanks for reading. xx