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Bendicks Mint Collection
I am a huge fan of mint chocolates despite the fact I would not say that I have a sweet tooth otherwise. I think I would give up pretty much every other sweet confection in order that I could only have mint chocolate for the rest of my life! I love the way that good mint chocolate is quite complex tasting and the mix of freshness, sweetness and bitterness.
As it was Christmas I thought I would treat myself to a 'good' box. That is, one that is made up of dark chocolate mints and I think that mint complements dark chocolate better than mint or white. My first preference would have been for a box of chocolates that incorporates Summerdown peppermint oil (this is produced in Britain and is absolutely delicious). Unfortunately I could not find any of these without having to order them online so I decided to go for Bendicks instead because I knew that they had prestige but I had not had them for years.
I got a box which was for 400g on special offer for £5.50 from Waitrose in December. I see know that a lot of supermarkets are selling the 200g for £5.50 so I can assume that the 400g version is largely only available at Christmas time.
The box is quite slickly presented with mixes of green, gold, brown and black - to complement the mints within presumably. It has the Queen's seal of approval on the box also. It is sealed with cellophane and then to lift the top off the box.
The first thing that you get is an absolute waft of mint smell which for someone like me is an incredibly good thing.
The chocolates are covered with a thin bit of white plastic type material on which is printed how to identify which chocolate is which.
Looking at some of the earlier reviews here - it appears that the contents of the Mint Collection have changed over the years to the point where they have refined it to just these 4 options.
Dark English mints (brown wrapper) - This one is the only one which is mint chocolate and nothing else. It is in a 'baton' shape. The chocolate is very rich, relatively bitter but not as bitter as ones with 95% cocoa solids. The baton itself is not that big, measuring at about 10cm and very thin.
Chocolate mint crisps - (light green wrapper) This is a disc and when you bite into it you get quite a bit more texture than you get with the other ones. It has a real crunch to it and you can see large-ish pieces of honeycomb within in it, although you cannot actually taste honeycomb. This reminds me of a better quality version of the Elizabeth Shaw mint crisp chocolate disks that you can get.
Victorian mints (gold wrapper) - these are also discs although they are quite thick and when you bite into them they have a soft peppermint fondant flavour. The filling itself is quite thick. This will probably remind you of an 'After Eight' as it is quite similar, although better. The chocolate is richer and the fondant, although there is more of it is thicker so it does not splay out the side like After Eights tend to.
Finally, I come to the Bittermints which are apparently their most famous ones. This time the fondant which is encased in the chocolate is firm and the chocolate is made up of 95% cocoa solids. This is definitely the strongest out of all of them and the strength of flavour comes from the fondant more than anything. The chalky consistency of the fondant reminds me of Kendal Mint Cake as well as the strength of the flavour of peppermint. This works exceptionally well as a palate cleanser at the end of a meal as it wipes all other tastes clean out of your mouth.
My favourites in order of preference are as follows
1) Victorian mints
3) Dark English mints
4) Chocolate mint crisps
Despite the fact that I have ranked them, I have to say that they are all really, really nice. As a mint chocolate aficionado I have to say that I do not have any regrets that I bought myself a box as a treat.
I like the fact that they have obviously refined their choice down to 4 of which ones they want to include as it means that they have taken choosing the best ones incredibly seriously.
From the ones they have chosen, there is a very definite through line - they are all of superior chocolate quality and the oil is of a very good standard. I eat enough mint chocolate to know that yes, the chocolate is important but the way to really make a mint chocolate superior is largely reliant on the oil and how synthetic it is because better oil will give a better richness of flavour. I am pleased to say that they obviously use quite a good one here because the mint comes through fresh and uncloying.
Also, with the inclusion of fondants and honeycomb they are definitely not samey and there is a really good mix of textures and flavours in that they intensity of the chocolate/mint mix varies between them.
I remember having some Bendicks many years ago and really not liking the Bittermints finding them just too strong, which I suppose is part of the reason that I have not bought them recently. However, I have enjoyed them much more as an adult - maybe my palate has become a bit more sophisticated and I can stand a more bitter higher cocoa level. The mint fondant on these if I am being picky, is probably a bit too strong and overpowers the rest of the chocolate but is very definitely refreshing. It may be of interest that these are the only ones in the collection which can be bought separately.
I have to say that £5.50 for a box half this size, as is what is available most of the year, is probably more than a bit pricey. However, I suppose you can justify this by remembering that they are so full of flavour that even someone like me is unlikely to have more than one in one go.
In conclusion, if you want a box of mint chocolates that are a little bit special but are readily available, I can really recommend these.
It is a dark green box with a black background and has a picture of the chocolates on the front. It does a good job of attracting the eye to the product and it has "Bendicks mints collection" written in gold text which looks very classy against a black background.
~~~ Variety of choice, taste and texture ~~~
You have four different sweets to choose from thin peppermint fondant type sweets and solid chocolate mints to crunchier types.
The first sweet I will describe is the brown wrapped stick shaped chocolate which gives off a splendid aroma of dark chocolate and peppermint. It 's taste from a chocolate perspective is rich and coconut-like without being so bitter as some of the extremes of dark chocolate can go, which personally suits my taste more. The mint is mainly subtle and evocative with the peppermint adding an understated colouring to the flavour, not existing as a separate entity on its own. There also appears to my taste palate to be the faintest hint of eucalyptus mint as well although I could be imagining it! It has a smooth solid texture without a hint of crunch and is just right for this moody chocolate, the blend of mint and chocolate is very delicate, the mint blends in very well rather than feeling bolted on or overpowering.
The second sweet is the gold wrapped smallest diameter circular sweet of the three circular sweets which is also the thickest sweet in terms of depth albeit it only shades the dark green wrapped sweet which has a much larger diameter thus it weighs less than the dark green chocolate and probably weights less than the thin light green chocolate as well. This sweet does not have as strong a smell of cocco or mint as the brown wrapped sweet. The chocolate is nice but rather bland, it appears to be more of a milk chocolate than a dark chocolate however its colour and taste seems a bit like a crossover between dark and milk chocolate neither wholly one or the other in terms of taste. Normally I would prefer this milk like chocolate more than the first chocolate I covered but here it just seems boring and as I mentioned previously the dark chocolate successfully pulled off avoiding being too bitter or rich just perfectly therefore on this count I actually preferred the first chocolate. Inside this chocolate is a pepper mint fondant which is nice and a bit more powerful than the mint in the first chocolate although it has less of an aroma than the first chocolate. On its own I prefer this mint to the first mint however as part of the package the taste of the first mint is more perfect in that it just works in a holistic fashion. This mint is very much like an after eight however to me in after eights the mint fondant and dark chocolate clash whereas this mint pulls it off far more smoothly but not as interestingly or as in as nuanced a manner of the previously reviewed brown rapped non fondant chocolate.
The light green chocolate is a larger diameter circular mint which is about the biggest of all the circular mints in benedick's mint collection. The chocolate is much like the chocolate in the gold wrapped chocolate however it is a touch darker and richer which makes it more interesting, from my perspective as an overall package this sweet it is my least favourite chocolate as the peppermint taste is the weakest out of all the other sweets and it has a crunchy rather than a smooth texture and it lacks any fondant. This sweet is also the skinniest in terms of thickness meaning it's hard to savour each mouthful.
The dark green wrapped chocolate is similar diameter to the light green chocolate, possibly a touch smaller, but it is the second thickest chocolate of the three circular chocolates and is not much thinner in depth than the much smaller gold chocolate, thus overall it is the chocolate with most content and weight overall. Aroma wise it has nearly as strong a smell as the brown wrapped chocolate and the chocolate is very similar to the gold wrapped chocolate although again it is ever so slightly more distinctive and darker tasting, it's still pretty bland relative to the brown wrapped stick chocolate. It also has a peppermint fondant but unlike the gold chocolate which had a very smooth and liquid high quality fondant this fondant is a little more powdery and solid and does not flow so smoothly, which is a slight negative to this chocolate. It has a very strong peppermint taste which to me is a little overbearing and overpowering unlike the gold chocolate which meshed the mint and the chocolate together a lot better, its taste is very reminiscent of the xxx super mints.
Overall there is a good variety of chocolates which can cover different peoples preferences from those that prefer a solid smooth chocolate to those who prefer a crunchy chocolate all bases are covered and whilst I am no great fan of the crunchy chocolate I appreciate that others may feel the exact opposite way and even I appreciate the fact that the four chocolates are each quite distinct from each other blending in and out different taste elements in the chocolate and mint component and varying up the texture from smooth to fondant to crunchy which means eating a few is not monotonous as they keep your taste buds and mouth challenged and stimulated in different ways. If it were not for the variety it would be rather monotonous as you would just be eating the same mint time and time again. I feel this product does a great job, as good as any other brand of mint variety chocolates I have come across, of providing variety with a limited canvas of peppermint, dark chocolate and texture variation to work with.
~~~ Ranking the chocolates ~~~
To me my favourite chocolate is the brown wrapped chocolate because of its dark aroma and subtle minty taste which just blends in very well and the solid smooth chocolate being the centre piece makes it the most distinctive of the chocolates. My second favourite chocolate is the gold wrapped chocolate which is like a larger better melded after eight, then comes the dark green wrapped chocolate which is nice but a little to minty for my taste and finally in last place is the light green wrapped chocolate which is crunchy which is not to my liking and has too weak a mint taste to compound matters.
~~~ Cost Per Box ~~~
I can buy the 200 g box in my local shops for about 3.50 on average, a little less if there is a special offer on. I think this is good value for money as it costs as a 275 g box of Cadbury's roses or quality street are 5 pounds in my local shop which means per gram you are paying about the same per gram (slightly less as a 275g box would theoretically cost approximately £4.40) and as those boxes contain some sweets I do not even like at all to me this means I am getting better value from this box as it only contains sweets which I like to at least some extent.
~~~ Health ~~~
Per 100 g a box of benedict's mints contains 19.6g fat, 12g of which are saturated which is a lot for only 20g of fat, 3.1g of protein and 457 calories. Now typically one will consume 50g or so at a time so per day munching on 4 or 5 sweets will give you approximately 9.8g fat, 6 g saturated, 1.5g protein and 228 calories which is acceptable if it's your main sweet snack of the day or if it's one of only 2 if you are an active person.
These are fairly run of the mill stats which means that it's no more or less fattening than similar chocolate products, thus on health alone there is no great disadvantage or advantage to be gained from buying this product over a similar sweets collection box.
A great box of sweets which offers a wide variety of textures and tastes from a limited canvas of peppermint, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and mint fondant. Not every sweet is for me but what I really do appreciate is how each sweet is distinctive thus eating them never gets monotonous or predictable.
I would thoroughly recommend if they are on offer as usually a 200g box is around 5 pounds at my local co-op.
BENDICKS MINT COLLECTION
Like many mums yesterday I was pleased to get my presents, one of which was a lovely box of Bendicks Mint Collection. Having already devoured at least one of each of the types in the box, I felt qualified enough to write a review!
***What are they like?***
These mints come in a stylish green box, with a picture of the mints on the front. There are six different types of mint, which are tastefully individually wrapped inside. The different types are:
*Intense English Mint
*Milk Crisp Baton
*Dark English Crisp
*White Chocolate Mint
Calorie wise they contain 495 calories per 100g, 24.1g of fat (of which 15.8g are saturates) - not exactly healthy!! They are not suitable for people with nut allergies. They contain a long list of ingredients, which to be honest, don't sound too appetizing!!
The box states that these chocolates have been in production since 1930 and are reknowned for their delicious taste and quality. They are also made in England, which is always good to know. They have a long best before date of September 2009, so you can stock up when they are on offer! The box weighs 225g.
I have to say that I do feel quite decadent eating these mints. Whilst I am fond of all mint chocolates from After Eights to Mint Aero, these feel a bit special right from the start. They smell gorgeous as well. I quite like to have a mint (or two!) with some coffee, because after eating something savoury, just having this small chocolate takes away my need for a calorie laden dessert. So you see, I reason they are good even if you are watching your weight!! That is unless you eat the whole lot, because there are over 1000 calories in the box!
Whilst I like them all, my favourite would be the Dark Mint Crisp, which has crispy crunchy mint chunks inside. I also like the baton, which is a bit more milky in taste, but quite elegant and soft to bite into. You can tell they are quality chocolates, but I was surprised to see that the dark chocolate was only 50% cocoa solids. I usually like a higher percentage, but when combined with the mint, it isn't so noticable.
My least favourite is the white chocolate mint, as I don't think white chocolate and mint go together. It doesn't taste horrible, aesthetically it just doesn't seem right.
I have to say that it took me a long time to think of these as quality chocolates. When I was growing up, the local launderette was called Bendicks and so for a long time I associated the name with washing!!
Anyway, special occasion or not, it is always nice to have a treat from time to time and I can thoroughly recommend these quality mints. The good thing about this box, is that there are six different types to choose from, so there is something to suit everyone, for those who prefer the fondant type to the crispy ones.
Whilst they were a present, I have looked on the Tesco website and they are around £4 a box, although they have 80p off until the end of March.
I received a box of these Bendicks Mints from my partner. I was a bit confused as to why at the time, seeing as I am not a huge fan of mints, but I decided to try them anyway (after all, they are chocolate, and I don't mind mild mints such as After Eights or Twilights). However, having tried them once, I shall certainly not be doing so again.
The chocolates come in a fancy, expensive looking dark green box with gold embossed edging and writing. Once you lift off the lid, you see the most nicely presented box of chocolates I have seen in a long time, if ever: they are all really beautifully laid out in a black tray. They look incredible, but what do they taste like?
There are six different types of the chocolate and you get either three or four of each type in the box (apart from the batons, of which there are six). There is:
Intense English Mint - A dark chocolate rectangle infused with mint. These aren't too bad, they are a bit like Twilights and are the least strong of the pack.
Dark Mint Crisp - Dark chocolate circle with honeycomb and peppermint oil. To me this just tastes like one of those mint biscuits you get in selection packs, nothing special.
Milk Mint Crisp Baton - Baton style tube with milk chocolate, honeycomb and mint. As above but slightly nicer.
Victorian Mint - Soft mint fondant covered in dark chocolate. Probably the best one of the pack, but not a touch on an After Eight as it's much firmer.
Bittermint - Firm fondant covered in dark chocolate. I found this one almost impossible to eat and had to leave half of it. It is like a very thick, bitter, hard Kendall mint cake and is really unpleasant.
White Chocolate Mint - White chocolate with peppermint filling. The white chocolate and mint do not go well together, it's a weird combination.
In conclusion, aside from the packaging I was unimpressed with these. After eating three I felt sick and there were no really nice ones that I wanted to have another of. I think they are only for people who really love mint. If you just quite like mint for a change, then After Eights or Twilights are a much better bet. Unless you're a huge mint fan, you might find some of these almost inedible.
Well another new year has dawned - Happy New Year everyone - and with it my resolutions to keep losing weight, stay fit and eat healthily. This has ment that since Christmas we have been trying desperately to eat up all that 'naughty' food that we seem to acquire over the festive period. I was deliberately leaving the best until last though which was why last night saw us finishing off my favourite Bendicks Mint Collection!
I pretty much like everything about this box of chocolates from its sleek elegnt box to the deliciously dusky dark chocolate. It really does look like a very classy box of chocolates and it was all I could do to stop myself eating them all in one go.
These were bought from Boots before Christmas and they cost £4 although as they were part of their three for two Christmas offers they worked out at less than this. There are six different variety of mint chocolate and there are about twenty chocolates in all. This does make them quite expensive but if you are a mint lover they are definitely worth it!
The box itself is very tempting and has an elegant green colour - very similar to that on an After Eights box. There are also pictures of all the different mints on the front and they look gorgeous. We are also told on the box that these chocolates are 'expertly crafted combining a variety of specially selected peppermint oils'. It also says that they are milk, white and dark chocolate and made with intense 95% cocoa solids. Sounds wonderful doesn't it? The downside is that the entire box contains around about 1000 calories so it's probably not the best idea to eat the whole lot in one go!
All of the chocolates look extremely sleek and elegant. They include an intense english mint, a victorian mint, a milk mint crisp baton, a bittermint, a dark mint crisp and a white chocolate mint. The bittermint is extremely bitter and is probably my least favourite but all the others are really tasty. lso being mints, they are very cool and refreshing especially if you serve them straight from the fridge! Most are wrapped in gold, silver or pale green foil. As soon s you remove the lid there is quite an overpowering smell of mint which you will probably either love or hate - personally I love it.
There is also an information sheet which describes each of the mints in very good detail. In fact some of the descriptions are quite exquisite themselves. For example, the victorian mint is described as ' a soft fondant flavoured with a specially blended lingeringly cool peppermint oil, double enrobed with a rich dark chocolate. With such carefully crafted descriptions you know that it's going to taste wonderful - which it does!
I like the fact that every chocolate offers something different and with the combination of the different types of chocolate there is most likely something for everyone. Unfortunately, we did not quite finish them all off last night, so I suspect that I will be sneaking a few today until they are all gone. After that though, as the resolution takes hold, they will become just a fond memory - until next Christmas that is!
I got completely surrounded by presents of chocolates and sweets at Christmas which included some fantastic selections such as Terry's Chocolate Orange x 3 and a Thorntons selection as well as the obligatory fun flying saucers from my mum but one of my favourites has to be this lovely box from Bendicks.
Bendicks were formed as a company in 1930 when Oscar Benson and Colonel Bertie Dickson joined forces and combined their names to make up the brand which would go on to become a popular addition to the chocolate industry which is still going strong today. They bought their first business in London and a year later their lovely Bittermint sweets were produced by Mr Benson's sister in law Lucia. The business continued to thrive as they became suppliers of chocolates to royalty such as the Duke of Kent and their shop in Mayfair prosperred.
During the war times were difficult as they were for any suppliers of luxury items such as chocolates and in 1946 when the Colonel wanted to retire the business was sold. The name was kept though and in 1962 was officially recognised as a Royal supplier by being given The Royal Warrant - that is the right to have 'By appointment to her Majesty the Queen' on their products. In 1986 the mint selection was introduced and I for one couldn't have been happier. Some of you may be more familiar with the Mingles range which is also produced by Bendicks and this was introduced in 2002.
The production side takes place on the outskirts of Winchester - somewhere that was purposely built in 1967 as the company expanded. They make lots of other selections too and you can find out more about this company from the Bendicks website at www.bendicks.co.uk.
Back to the product after the brief history lesson. Being a mint selection it will come as no surprise that the complete contents are minty but you may not be aware that their are actually 6 different types of chocolates in this box.
***The Sweets - the first descriptions are what Bendicks say***
Slim Dark Chocolate Mint - Rich dark chocolate with a strong peppermint fondant filling.
This chocolate is very much along the same lines as your typical after dinner mint such as After Eights only they are about 2.5 x 4cm in size and they are thicker than the other mints mentioned. The chocolate has a nice bitter taste the way dark chocolate should and the peppermint cream inside is smooth and not too strong. There are 3 of these in the box and they each have the words Bendicks Mayfair printed on the front of them.
White Chocolate Mint - An indulgent white chocolate with a rich smooth, peppermint filling.
I'm not that a big fan of white chocolate but for these I make an exception. Take off the gold wrapping and you are faced with a 5 x 3cm white chocolate bar which is about the same thickness as the previous dark chocolate mint. Again there are 3 in the box and they have the words Bendicks Mayfair on it. They are filled with a more delicately flavoured filling which isn't so much a fondant but a cream.
Milk Mint Crisp Baton - Crisp honeycomb pieces in smooth milk chocolate flavoured with peppermint oil.
This would be the equivalent of a Matchmaker but is again thicker and in milk chocolate. The milk chocolate is lovely and creamy and has a soft taste of mint. The crunchy honeycomb pieces give it a great texture, whether you like to bite right into it or tease yourself by letting it melt gently in your mouth as I do.
You get 6 of these silver wrapped chocolates in the box and they are 7.5 x 1.5cm in size with a pattern of lines along their length.
Classic Peppermint Cream - A light soft peppermint fondant double enrobed with dark chocolate.
Sometimes I feel that creams such as these can either be a bit sparse on the chocolate or be too thick so you don't get the full flavour of the filling but this one has got it just right. With my favourite dark chocolate round it the cream is not too soft or too hard and tastes deliciously minty. They are 3.5cm in diameter and are covered in a gold foil wrap with parallel pattered lines on the top. You get 4 of these delights in the box.
Bittermint - The original Bendicks mint. A firm fondant very strongly flavoured with peppermint oil, covered with intensely bitter chocolate (95% cocoa solids).
Well these really are for lovers of mint and dark chocolate and if you were tasting these separately they would be too much to bear. Together though the strong, sweet tasting peppermint oil mixes with the intensely bitter chocolate to make the most exquisitely perfect mint cream ever in my opinion. They are 4cm in diameter and are covered in a dark green foil wrapper. Smooth all over - there is no writing or patterns needed to improve the look of this deliciously rich sweet. It's a pity there are only 2 in the box.
Dark Mint Crisp - Crisp honeycomb pieces in dark chocolate flavoured with peppermint oil.
I have kept this one til last as it is my favourite of the lot. It combines the delicious dark chocolate with the crispy pieces which again is similar to that of a Matchmaker but the taste is far superior. I should know I've eaten enough in my time and I really should be fatter than I am. This one is 4cm in diameter and also has a green foil wrapper but like the flavour it is lighter than the Bittermint. There are only 3 of these in the box which is not enough for me but I guess that's what makes them special.
As I am writing this review my mouth is watering at the thought of eating more of these chocolates and unfortunately I only seem to get these at Christmas or on my birthday - roll on August. The box is wrapped in cellophane but you can smell the aroma through that so you can be sure that when the box is unwrapped and the lid is opened you will be consumed by the strong scent of mint.
One thing I do think is fantastic about this box of choccies is that the types of chocolates are shown on the back of the box although it doesn't tell you that there are only 21 in it. I think this is great as with many boxes you are never sure what you are getting inside. There is also the usual ingredients information and the bad news that this 200g net box contains 495 calories per 100g. Now I know what has made me put on that half a stone since Christmas.
The milk chocolate contains a minimum of 30% cocoa solids and the dark chocolate contains a minimum of 50% cocoa although as you will have already read the bittermint contain a whopping 95% which is what makes it so bitter.
The allergy advice states that the product contains milk and soya and that their may be traces of hazelnuts or almonds as they make chocolates which contain these products at the same factory. This is a shame for anyone who suffers from nut allergies and I do think it would be nice for some companies to separate their production these days when this can be a problem for many people.
As for the price - I cannot say how much my mum paid for these but having done my homework I can see that they are not the cheapest (but I knew that anyway by the taste). The price varies between £3.29 - £4.49 depending where you shop at the moment so this will not be one of those boxes that you buy as a treat to yourself very often. Hence the birthday and Christmas time bonus for me. I would say that any male out there who knows their loved one likes mint chocolates is sure to be forgiven for their thoughtless behaviour if they present them with a box of these. I hope you're reading this James for future reference.
So if you have loads of money to spare forget rating this - just ask me for my address and send me a box of these. I promise I will rate everything you write forever.
Im a huge fan of chocolate and to be honest im rather fussy when it comes to what type and which make of chocolate im going to eat or buy. I wont buy shops own versions of things because they are just not the real thing. However, for Christmas, one of my lovely volunteers gave me a box of 'Bendicks - Mint Collection' and i have to say they were rather scrummy. *History lesson* Bendicks have been around since 1930 and was founded by two men who go by the name of Mr Benson and Colonel Dickson, hence the name Bendicks (and for some reason i keep calling them Benedicks) and they have become world famous for their taste and quality of chocolate. *The Box* The one thing that is eye catching about the presentation box is not only the stark greeness of colour but the gold crest which is situation on the lid and underneath the crest it states "By appointment to her majesty the Queen manufacturers of chocolates Bendicks (Mayfair) LTD Winchester". So i though if they are good enough for the Queen then they are worth a try. *Whats in the box* Inside the 400g box, once you get over the powerful mint smell, are six different types of chocolate all waiting for you to drool all over them. Each chocolate is set within its own compartment of a plastic tray and are displayed beautifully within the presentation box. There is a piece of paper which explains what each chocolate is and also gives you alittle background knowledge into who and what Bendicks are. This paper is a rather posh piece of greaseproof paper. (",) Dark Mint Crisp (",) This is a dark circular chocolate with crispy honeycombe pieces and a slight peppermint taste. This was one of my favourites in the box, purely for the honeycombe and peppermint combination. Within the box there are 4 of these. (",) White Chocolate Mint (",) When it comes
to chocolate, there is nothing in my mind which could ever replace a Milky Bar. So when i tasted this white chocolate mint i was pleasantly surprised, that it did in actual fact taste very smooth with a not so powerful minty taste. This chocolate is square shaped and is wrapped in a gold foil with the word Bendicks written on it. Not something i would buy if it was avaliable on it's own but it was a nice taste. Within the box there are 4 of these. (",) Bittermint (",) After a rather offputting titled mint i wasnt surprised that i didnt like it. This is what is known as the 'original' Bendicks mint and again it is a circular choclate which is wrapped in a dark green foil wrapping. It is very powerful in a peppermint taste which is in the form of an oil like centre and is covered with bitter chocolate. I thought this one was totallty foul. Within the box there are 4 of these. (",) Milk Mint Crisp Baton (",) My second favourite of the lot. This chocolate which is long in shape and wrapped in a silver foil is totally delicious. It has again a crispy honeycombe centre with a slight flavour of peppermint but has a covering of milk chocolate. It differs in taste and texture from the Dark mint crisp which has already been mentioned due to the different type of chocolate used. Within the box you do get 12 of these. (",)Classic Peppermint Cream (",) Another of the dark chocolate collection within this 6 piece and a classic by all means. Wrapped in gold foil type paper this chocolate which again is circular has a very nice and minty peppermint taste to it. Within the box there are 6 of these. (",)Slim Dark Chocolate Mint(",) The final Dark Chocolate piece which is square shaped and thinner than the white chocolate piece, has the words Bendicks Mayfair enscribed upon it. An
other peppermint flavouring which is very rich and strong but pleasant at the same time. Within the box there are 4 of these. *The Price* As someone bought me these as a gift i didnt see a gift tag on them. However not far from where i live is an old style coffee shop and i found them being sold there for £6 per box. I am sure they are avaliable in supermarkets and high street stores but i havent been to look to see if i can find them. *My opinion* As a chocolate addict and as someone who could eat Mint Aero's all day long, i was suitably impressed with this box of Bendicks Mint Collection. Although the flavouring is very powerful in most of the chocolates and the majority of them are dark chocolate i would advise anyone who likes neither mint nor dark chocolate to not buy them. I was disappointed with the Bittermint one because it was truly foul and i did spit it out. Now although i did like these chocolates, i wouldnty personally buy them to sit and eat in front of a film or whatever. I would stick to a box of maltesers or something easy to get hold of, but they would make a good present for someone because the box is very nice and they look good. So all in all if someone buys them for you then enjoy them but dont go out of your way to buy them.
Bendicks mint collection is a lovely combination of my two favourite sweety types, chocolate and mints. Bendicks was founded in 1930 by a mr Benson and Colonel Dickson, hence the name. Bendicks has a lovely expensive look to it, and costs about £2.80 for a 200g box. It comes in a dark green box with gold lettering and small pictures on the bottom of the box's front of all the lovely choccies in there. When you open the box you're greeted with a lovely dark chocolate smell. There's a bit of paper on top of the chocolate given you a guide to what chocolate is what and what is in them. i?m afraid I'm rather keen on these kind of guides in all chocolate boxes, I tend to like to study these and get the best chocolate! So lets get down to what chocolate is what. We have dark mint crisp, which is crispy dark chocolate bits with peppermint oil. White chocolate mint, this is white chocolate with peppermint filling and absolutely lovely. Bittermint is apparently the original Bendicks mint. It's a fondant with peppermint oil and bitter chocolate with 85% cocoa solids. Milk mint crisp baton is baton shaped (a bit obvious that by it?s name) with honycomb pieces and peppermint oil. Classic peppermint cream is soft peppermint fondant with dark chocolate. Last but not least and my personal favourite, is the slim dark chocolate mint. This is dark chocolate with a peppermint fondant filling, it's absolutely lovely and I wish there were more in the box! Ingredients wise it's what you?d expect from a box of chocolates, although I couldn't see any e numbers listed in the ingredients which is good. So thats it for Bendicks. They're a lovely combination of dark chocolate, white chocolate, honeycomb pieces, peppermint oil and peppermint fondants.
Doesn't quite have the same ring as "Snow white and Rose red", does it? Green used to be favourite colour, but only deep strong jade greens, or fresh dewy grass greens, not pale wishy washy pea greens like the colour of a Mingles box. Brown has never been up there in my top 10, not least because it was a colour I was forced to wear from head to toe for 6 years at school. Since these are the two colours of the Mingles packaging they might not have appealed to me had I seen them in a shop, but then I never did. Instead, I read all the ops that seemed to appear within a matter of hours on the site a few months back, and immediately dropped a few un-subtle emails to people who were coming to visit me from the UK in the not to distant future. If they could barely stock Quality Street, the local British shop wasn’t going to have these, so an import from England was the only way. The box is shaped like Roses but contains only 5 different chocolates. The descriptions for these are given on the back too, so you there’s no scrap of paper to lose, and no reason to try a flavour without knowing what it is….unless you want to. *-*-* FACT FILE *-*-* * All the wrappers are predominantly green, but the fanned edges differ in colour so this is what I’m talking about in that field below :Colour: Red :Description: Marbled dark and white chocolate with a light mint truffle filling :Thoughts: Although I’m not a fan of what the Germans sensibly call “bitter” chocolate, I liked this. It’s not as “dark” as some dark chocolate, and the truffle filling has just the right level of mintiness to it. :Colour: Yellow :Description: A layer of solid milk chocolate topping a layer of white chocolate :Thoughts: This is the only mint without a filling. Instead, the chocolate is infused with mint throughout, making it not all that sweet to eat – which, of
course, means you can eat more of them…. :Colour: Blue :Description: As red, but with milk and white chocolate marbled together, and a dark truffle filling :Thoughts: I didn’t really like this one – typical since there were more of it than any other in the box. The chocolate was fine, but the filling was really, really dark and bitter :Colour: Green :Description: Milk chocolate with a mint crisp centre :Thoughts: This is *just* like the 20p Cadbury’s mint crisps (not to be confused with the 99p Cadbury’s mint crisps that still exist but taste funny) I used to buy from the swimming pool vending machine. The first 10 people out of the changing rooms were allowed to buy something, and I made it into a business, taking orders for all my friends and, of course, making a small profit. To this day I can still get dry and dressed in 30 seconds flat. Anyway, I used to buy these every week until they disappeared, so I’m so glad they’re back, even if they’re small and, well, made by a different manufacturer. These are the most delicious of the bunch. Smooth, un-tainted milk chocolate, crispy, crunchy mint nuggety bits. Yum, yum, yum and a bit more yum. :Colour: Brown :Description: Dark chocolate with a mint fondant centre :Thoughts: These are “typical” chocolate mints, sickly if you eat to many, and a bit boring, but nice all the same. Like After Eights, and interestingly has the lowest fat and calorie content of the lot – must be all the dark chocolate. The big / standard / small box I was given, depending on how hungry I am when I pick it up has about 40 chocolates in, supposedly and equal mix of each but as we all know, this is rarely the case. Sod’s law says they’ll be least of the one you like most and vice versa. These aren’t suitable for nut allergy sufferers (or, duh, people who don’t like mint), but vegeta
rians (though obviously not vegans) are fine. Mingles average about 32 calories per chocolate depending on the sort, so you can have 3 of these for one of those 100 calorie snacks that magazine diets always go on about. Boxes range in size from 60g (rrp 99p) to 450g (rrp 4.99 GBP). These are available from all good supermarkets, newsagents and so on. Mine are all gone now – not really surprising since it’s been well over a week since I got them, and that week has included some chocolate-craving-inducing dissertation-writing days – but they were good while they lasted. Definitely worth a try as a change from the usual. Info at www.mingles.info, not www.mingles.co.uk. That's an online dating club with some very ugly people. Not that I hung around long enough to notice you understand... While the dating service does exist on dooyoo, mingles don't yet, so I've placed my op here assuming that it's someway appropriate given than Mingles are a Bendicks Mint Collection even if not THE Bendicks Mint Collection
Ooooooh now we're talking! I have a very sweet tooth and have always adored dark chocolate and peppermint cream so a box of these is heavenly! Bendicks are a long established producer of quality choccies, especially mint creams. A glance at the packaging shouts "Class! Buy me - I'm expensive and worth it!" This gorgeous mint collection is encased in a slim firm cardboard box in a deep green colour with gold lettering and an extensive "menu" on the back. A box of these will cost you around £3-£4 depending where you buy them, obviously supermarkets are the cheaper option where they are often priced at around £2.99 to £3.49. I have to confess I have never forked out for them myself but often get them as a pressie from my Mother on my birthday or at Christmas as a "little extra"! Inside is a variety of peppermint chocolates including bittermints, mint crisps, fondant fingers, pure peppermint creams, Victorian peppermint creams and white or dark chocolate thins. Some are wrapped in shiny gold, silver or green foil and some are left naked! Admittedly you don't get many for your money - about 20 - and sadly my favourite ones are the fewest, but they are well worth it for a luxurious treat. My favourite in the selection is the Bittermints. These are thumping great thick circles of solid, strong peppermint cream filling encased in bitter dark chocolate and wrapped in silver foil - I couldn't ask for more! They can be savoured slowly and are gorgeously melty in the mouth especially with a cup of tea or coffee. Thankfully these are also available separately although no others in the collection seem to be. I'm not so keen on the mint crisps (though I'd never say "no"!) as these are small and thin and don't give such a delicious sensation. The Victorian peppermint creams are again thicker with a slightly more mild, semi-soft filling. My second favourite wou
ld have to be the "pure" ones - the filling in those is almost liquid and quite strong but again they are quite small and thin so no long savouring there! The white chocolate thins are a slightly different experience - square and slim (obviously)these are very sweet and the peppermint is a little overpowered by the white choccy for me although the dark chocolate version is much nicer. The remainder of the selection - fondant fingers, etc seem a bit much of a muchness - basically the same things in different shapes. Just writing this has made my mouth water and given me cravings! I may have to go wild and actually buy a box of them out of my own pocket for once! So if you are a peppermint choccy connoisseur,or know one, these would bit the bill perfectly.
Bendicks was founded in 1910 by Mr Benson and Colonel Dickson – hence the name BEN DICKS! Starting as a single shop which sold the finest handmade chocolate. The name Bendicks soon depicted the reputation for quality and excellence. In my opinion, the Bendicks of Mayfair’s Mint Collection is the “Rolls Royce” of the chocolate box world. I adore these chocolates so much that I only ever buy them for a special occasion and at Christmas because once opened, I just cannot resist them and unfortunately will consume the whole box, not at once you understand, but during the course of a few evenings. It is hard to miss the distinctive dark green box with its gold writing, carrying an appointment to the Queen. Bendicks. They are available in two sizes, 200g and a box twice the size (I don’t buy this size as it is all too tempting). The complete box is sealed in cellophane. The back of the box shows the range or chocolates in their coloured foils. Together with a long list of the various ingredients too long and boring to mention here. Once opened, you will find a transparent paper depicting the list of contents and under this lay the mint chocolate selection set in a dark brown insert, all but one of which are wrapped in either gold, dark green, light green or silver foil. These chocolates are so well presented, that one could get away with putting the box on the dining table without decanting, however, if decanted, one’s guests cannot tell that you have “acquired” a couple of your favourites before their arrival! Bendicks has recently updated its selection of mint chocolates and new additions have been introduced whilst keeping some of the old favourites like the Bittermint and Victorian Mint. The range of eight chocolates includes (in no particular order): Mayfair Mint - Unwrapped -------------------------------- A slim eleg
ant after dinner mint made from rich, dark chocolate with a strong peppermint fondant filling. Mint Crisp – Light Green ------------------------------ Crisp honeycomb pieces in dark chocolate flavoured with real peppermint oil. Victorian Mint - Gold ------------------------- The classic peppermint cream. A light, soft peppermint fondant double enrobed with dark chocolate. Bittermint - Silver --------------------- The original and most famous Bendicks mint. A firm fondant very strongly flavoured with peppermint oil, covered with intensely bitter chocolate. White Chocolate Mint - Gold ------------------------------------ An indulgent white chocolate with a rich, smooth peppermint filling. Crème de Menthe – Dark Green ----------------------------------------- A rich crème de menthe flavoured fondant double enrobed in dark chocolate. Chocolate Mint Baton - Gold ------------------------------------ Pure dark chocolate blended with peppermint oil. Milk Chocolate Mint Wand - Silver ------------------------------------------ Crisp honeycomb pieces in delicious milk chocolate flavoured with peppermint oil. I highly recommend these chocolates, they are a real treat for an avid mint lover, or if you want to impress your dinner guests they have to be a must.
I can't think of any better blend of tastes at this moment. The very thought of mint and chocolate blended together by expert chocolate makers, makes my mouthwater and my nose twitch. I can almost smell the minty bit. Bendicks are certainly experts when it comes to tempting chocoholics! In a box of Bendicks Mint Assortment you get plain chocolate, white, and milk chocolate. All have minty flavours or fillings. So which is my favourite? Well, I love them all but I must confess that I have a very sweet tooth so the white chocolate one does the most for me. Get yourself a box, or hint to someone who loves you lots, and do the Bendicks test yourself. I bet you can't eat one of these with your eyes open. You need to concentrate as you savour the taste and let the chocolate slowly melt on your tongue. Then you get the minty flavour and you need to concentrate your tastebuds. Close your eyes and imagine that the box is much bigger than it really is. (Keep one hand on the box though, just incase someone sneaks one while you aren't looking.) Must go now as the melting chocolate is dribbling onto my keyboard. The aroma of peppermint is drawing me towards the box, and it's almost dinner time. Self restraint is a real problem. Should I have one more, or save my appetite for the shepherd's pie in the oven. Hmm! I know which I prefer!
Remember when you last bit into a chocolate and had to close your eyes because it tasted so good? When you didn't want to shove the chocolates into your mouth but rather savour them slowly and individually, making each one last as long as possible? Bendicks Mint Collection is full of such chocolates. Ever since I first tasted Bendicks Mints when I was ten, I have considered them to be my ideal mint chocolate. First, the chocolate itself tastes of chocolate not of processed mix of powders. Second, the mint itself is strong enough to contrast satisfyingly with the bitter chocolate without being overpowering. The best thing about this collection is there is no need to worry whether to go for the dark chocolate or the white for there are samples of both in the box. Expensive though these chocolates may be for the number you get, the money is well worth it for an indulgent treat.
Already the number one mint assortment, the Bendicks mint collection has been improved! The new assortment now offers a unique selection of plain, milk and white mint chocolates.