Product Type: Ainsley Harriott Chocolate
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Ainsley Harriott Chocolate Heaven Bar
Member Name: cyberem78
Ainsley Harriott Chocolate Heaven Bar
Date: 12/06/12, updated on 12/06/12 (86 review reads)
Advantages: The chocolate is high quality.
Disadvantages: Can be on the dry side.
I've bought these biscuits a few times from various stores but I most often find them at places like Poundland where they are on offer. I do find the quality of these biscuits does depend on how they have been stored prior to purchase though and often find them quite dry so perhaps it's best to get them at reputable stores. The biscuits are created by chef Ainsley Harriott whose charming smiley face adorns the front of the packet.
You get 9 individually wrapped biscuit bars which come in a larger outer pack. The packaging is very informative as it shows a close up picture of what the biscuits look like. It also tells you in bold letters that the biscuits are made with 'real Belgian Chocolate'. The back of the wrapper provides more information including full ingredients. These biscuits are suitable for vegetarians and carry the approved stamp. Milk Chocolate constitutes 42% of the ingredients.
The biscuits are described as 'crisp wafer with chocolate flavour cream filling and milk chocolate chips thickly coated in real Belgian milk chocolate'. I would have to disagree with some aspects of this description. The most notable thing is that the chocolate coating is really quite thin. There is an extra chocolate flavour cream layer at the top of the biscuit to make it seem as though the chocolate is thick. Only at each end of the biscuit does the chocolate seem to thicken out a little bit. The chocolate chips which dot the top of the biscuit are variable to each individual biscuit and I've had some biscuits that literally had two tiny chips on them whilst others have an abundance of them. The other issue is that the wafer is somewhat crisp but it's also quite soft and crumbly. The first word that comes to mind when describing the wafer is not 'crisp' but 'dry'.
The quality of the chocolate is good and it's sweet and milky. The chocolate chips are a decent size to be able to get a real chocolatey mouthful from them. The chocolate cream has a soft paste-like texture and this blends with the drier wafer and moistens the mouthful. Altogether the wafer, cream, chocolate and chocolate chips work really well together. I would not go to the extremes of saying this is a luxury chocolate bar and that because it's created by Ainsley that it is somehow superior to other biscuits. It is quite unique though - I've not come across any other biscuits like this. I personally like my biscuits to be a little less wafer and a bit more chocolate (especially if they are called 'Chocolate Heaven' bars!) or at least be a bit more doughy. Overall though this is a nice biscuit (but not exceptional) and one that I'd recommend having with a hot or cold beverage.
Nutritional values are given per 100g or per bar and each bar provides 141 calories and 7.8g of fat. I'm surprised by the fat content given that feels like a light biscuit when you eat it. Information provided says that these biscuits contain milk, wheat, gluten and soya and that they are not guaranteed as being nut free.
I will certainly buy these again but I am disappointed sometimes as occaisonally they are a bit dry and the chocolate chip layer at the top of the biscuit looks mottled as though it has been exposed to heat or sunlight. I also feel the biscuit name, 'Chocolate Heaven', slightly exagerates the chocolate content and quantity. Other than that they satisfy a sweet tooth and fill the snack gap well.
Summary: Quite nice but not amazing, sweet and filling.
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