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I like baking treats at home for my kids, and I am interested in browsing the baking aisle when I am supermarket shopping to see if there are any new products around that will appeal to my family and make my baking look a bit different. There are so many more cake decorations about these days, not just the sprinkles we seemed to get when I was a kid. My kids still love the sprinkles too, but variety is definitely the spice of life.
These chocolate orange buttons definitely fall into the interesting category. They are located alongside all the other types of icing, chocolate chips, sprinkles and so on. They are made by a company I am familiar with for producing baking items - Silver spoon. The bags are quite tall and contain 100g of the product for the cost of 99p.
These buttons are chocolate, but it is more like the white chocolate you can buy for children in terms of them having a very sweet taste. I can pinch one to eat on its own, but if I were to eat a lot of these in one go, I think they would be rather sickly.
They can be used either to decorate your finished cake, or alternatively you can melt these like you can a bar of chocolate and use the molten product to either make a version of crispie cakes or use like an icing on your cakes. I have tended to stick to using them as a decoration, and they work well with plain or chocolate cakes, as well as working quite nicely as a decoration on items like angel delight when I serve it as a pudding.
My only slight criticism of the appearance of the product is that the buttons are not always uniform in size, so if I wanted to decorate a full size cake for example, I would need to try and find ones the same size so it didn't look odd. I appreciate this might not bother everyone, but little things like this do tend to niggle at me.
Taste wise, like I said, they are sweet. the orange taste is not quite as strong as if you have an orange cream chocolate from a box, it is just a slight hint of orange really. It is certainly not enough to be offputting for anyone who is less keen on the taste of orange.
These feel quite a natural product as they contain no artificial colours or preservatives. It may be orange, but its quite a muted orange rather than a full on E number orange. They also contain cocoa butter to make them so creamy.
They are suitable for vegetarians to eat, and allergy advice is that they contain milk and soya products.
Overall, I find these a nice addition to the baking cupboard - they are quite calorific per 100g, at 548 kcals. However, as you are only ever going to be eating a couple at a time on a cake or maybe a few more if melted, I don't think they are too bad really.
For anyone who doesn't like orange flavours then these are also available in a pink strawberry version which are also a very nice tasting topper for a cake.
Both versions are highly rated in my house, particularly from the kids.