“ Type: Nuts / Brand: Choceur „
I am not a sweet tooth. But I do admit that I love hazelnut. So, when I saw this on the shelves when I was at Aldi for the weekly shopping, I told myself, "you will have that." So I had one.
In my defence, nobody could ignore those hazelnuts peeking from the packaging's little 'window'. I really think that it is a really great if not wicked, packaging strategy, to let potential buyers to take a sneak peak of what a 'hazelnut heaven' would look like. Nobody in the right mind would ignore that. Unless people who are unfortunately have nuts or even chocolate allergy. Or those who are on diet.
And I liked what I tasted. It was real crunchy hazelnut inside a really tasty, but not to rich and sweet milk chocolate bar. It is so delicious I could easily finish the whole bar while watching Miss Marple on telly. But I did not, because I was sensible. But oh, it was so hard to be sensible when you have a burst of chocolatey hazelnuts teasing my taste buds.
I have bought this Choceur Hazelnut Heaven again, probably now every time I go to ALDI to get my weekly shopping. It is cheap, much cheaper gram to gram than the popular confectionery brands. However, I don't think cheaper means lower quality with this particular product. I personally think Choceur tastes much nicer, and it is much more generous in a nutty way. How can I ask for more?
I work in a nursery and at Christmas was given a Christmas present from one of the children. I opened the Christmas wrapping paper which the little one had obviously wrapped with just a bit of help from an adult!! I had to put on a fake smile and say how nice the present was (the thought was appreciated) but secretly I thought 'yuk - grotty choccy'. Little child went off happy and I put my present in my bag to take home.
Some time after Christmas after all the 'proper chocolate' in the house had been eaten and I was needing a little something, I remembered that little bar of Hazelnut Heaven.
I didn't expect much but I was desperate for chocolate - any chocolate. To my surprise I found the chocolate fairly creamy and it had a crisp 'snap' as I bit into it. It was jam packed with fresh hazelnuts - not at all soggy as I have found in another leading brand. I am not a lover of dark chocolate so I don't know how a 'dark chocolate expert' would feel about this chocolate - but I found it more than acceptable. Creamy, crisp and nutty - in fact very nutty - what more can you want from a bar of chocolate?
I was so impressed I was raving about it at work the following day where one of my workmates told me it was from Aldi. I called into Aldi a few days later and to my amazement it was on sale for 57 pence. I stocked up with several bars and have been back for more.
It is packed in a presentable box style package with a inner covering of cellophane paper which makes it easy to see what you are buying and I presume this contributes to the freshness of the nuts. It is easy to open and has clear and easy to understand dietry information on both the front and back of the pack.
All in all - a good taste and good value.
Being married to a self confessed chocoholic it is quite normal for various bars of chocolate and biscuits to be found in the basket at the end of the weekly shop but as we have switched to Aldi hubby was missing his Cadbury or Galaxy fix as this is not sold here.
Having a look through the shelves in Aldi we have been trying the range of chocolate on offer here and have stumbled on a little gem that is an ideal substitute for the bars of Cadburys that where costing a small fortune.
What initially caught my eye to this was the fact that you can see what the bar of chocolate looks through the wrapping so I at least had an idea of what to expect. Checking out the look of the bar through the window in the outer box I could see that my milk chocolate hazelnut bar did indeed look packed with hazelnuts which was a surprise and this was nice to see, off it went off the shelf and into my trolley for me to try later.
Opening the outer wrapper you can see that the inside is a cellophane wrapper keeping the chocolate fresh, this is extremely easy to open as it is not sealed at the ends but folder instead. I can now see that the bar is actually placed in the outer box upside down so that you can see the hazelnuts and turning it over it is divided into 20 squares (think it was 20 as have eaten a few already whilst writing this). My initial impressions where correct in the shop and the bar is indeed packed with hazelnuts.
Breaking off a small piece (OK not so small) and biting into the bar I can tell that its not either of the two top named brands but the taste is actually quite nice and definitely not put off at all. The hazelnuts are extremely fresh and crunchy and to say that you get one in every chunk would be an understatement as often you can find two or three per chunk.
According to the packaging this product is gluten free and suitable to vegetarians and contains a whopping 20.2g of fat per half bar which if you eat the whole bar equates to 58% of your recommended daily allowance - salad for the rest of the day is required I think though this does not stop Mr H as he has chomped his way through an entire bar without batting eyelid so thumbs up from him then.
Would I buy this again, yes, personally I don't eat an lot of chocolate but himself does and sure would actually replace all meals with chocolate if he could. Mr H enjoys this and think is a convert from the big two and at only 59p per bar there is a saving to be had by almost 50p for a similar size bar. The outer wrapper being made from cardboard also has the benefit of being able to be popped into the recycle bin unlike the foil wrappers that are often found on chocolate bars.
There are other bars in the range and Mr H is on a mission to try them all so can imagine there will be lots of tasting sessions over the coming weeks.
Does this really live up to its name and is it really a bit of heaven - not quite, there are better quality chocolates out there but a at a premium price, but you do get a lot of hazelnuts for your money here.
Delicious hazelnuts covered in milk chocolate.