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I was sharing a Galaxy dark bar with my family as i got one on my birthday. We thought it was great, here is my review.
The wrapper could almost be confused with a normal galaxy, the only difference is that the background is slightly darker and the words 'dark' have been added after 'smooth' in small letters! Be careful when going to purchase a bar of this because i've known people that have pciked up the wrong bar!
The design of this bar isn't any different to any of the other galaxy bars. The rows have the same amount of chocolate. (5 small squares going across and 6 going down)
The smell is sweet and dark and the chocolate is a very nice dark colour.
This is now my mums favourite choccie. She loves it! It is now one of my favourites to! It melts in the mouth and is slightly sweeter than a Cadbury Bourneville so if you prefer sweeter dark chocolate than a more stronger bitter version, this is the one to buy! It is also very moreish so dont start eating it on your own!
I rate this bar a 5 out of 5 and i think this is the best dark chocolate i've ever tasted! You can find these priced (100g bar) in some supermarkets like Tesco, Sainsburies and Asda for £1 but not always. I think the main retail prices for a 100g bar is about £1.69 or something along those lines, but i still think it is worth this as it is gorgeous!
Galaxy Chocolate comes in a variety of packet sizes and there is two ways of it being packaged. The first one is foil wrapping with a paper sleeve over the top and the second is a plastic wrapper which houses the entire bar. There is now a new chocolate bar in the range, Galaxy Smooth Dark, which comes wrapped in the foil with a paper sleeve. Usually under the paper sleeve is a poem or something nice to do with love and life and the aim of this is to get you to want to collect them all to have a read through (as I did when this chocolate bar first came out).
I purchased a 150g bar from Poundland for £1.00 and I was surprised at how reasonable this chocolate was as although I like Galaxy I don't buy it that often because I see it as being quite expensive.
Once I opened the bar I could see the many squares of dark coloured chocolate and there is a new smoother shape to the Galaxy pieces and this means that the pieces melt in the mouth even easier than they used to. Each piece is deliciously creamy & so very smooth and I really can tell the difference between this and other brands of dark chocolate. There is quite a bitter kick to the chocolate but it's not too overpowering and you can tell that this is not the highest percentage of cocoa solids ever but I still found it to be delicious and I would happily continue to buy this, especially for £1.00.
I usually find just a few pieces of this to be enough for me otherwise it becomes a little sickly and this just goes to show how different it is to other branded dark chocolate bars as I could happily eat chunk after chunk of Bournville & it takes considerably longer for me to get that sickly feeling with other bars, so although this sometimes works out more expensive than other brands it usually lasts me a lot longer.
There is around 550 calories & 20g of saturates per 100g so this should be enjoyed in moderation but then it is chocolate so surely you already know that!
I thoroughly enjoy this dark chocolate and although it's a little expensive it's definitely worth it for a little luxury from time to time. I am rating this 5/5 as it's simply delicious.
I have long been a fan of Galaxy chocolate and much prefer the taste of it to any other standard range, I love the way it feels when its melting in my mouth and it tastes less synthetic than Cadburys in my opinion. I have never particularly liked any dark chocolate though and so when a bar of this came as part of my Galaxy easter egg I left it in the cupboard for ages until all other sources of chocolate had run out and I had no choice....
I have to say I was very dubious about trying it and only initially broke off two small squares, on seeing the chocolate it does look much darker than the milk version but still looks rich and shiny and is shaped in the same aethetically pleasing 'wave' shape of the standard range, this means each square is about 2 cm by 1 cm, a perfect size for a burst of chocolate and easy to break off from the bar in rows or individual pieces.
On putting the first square into my mouth there was the unmistakable bittersweet dark chocolate taste and at first I did think I was not going to like it - but as it melted it became clear that this is nowhere near as bitter as other brands and actually as it broke down it retained the silky feel which I love about Galaxy, this made it easier to enjoy the taste as it felt pleasant in my mouth.
There is a definite bitter twang to this chocolate but to my mind it is balanced by a slight sweetness behind the immediate taste which makes it far more appealing to me as a fan of milk chocolate. It definitely tastes much richer than milk chocolate but the more I ate the more I liked it.
You will (not) be surprised to discover that I have subsequently eaten the entire 120g bar. Noticably I actually ate it much slower than I would a usual milk bar and found that 3 squares at a time actually killed off the appetite for something sweet quicker and easier than the milk variety does. For this reason I may buy it again as I think for me it could aid my weight watching by enabling me to eat less chocolate when I crave it.
A standard 120g bar can be found for around a pound in most supermarkets and is also available in milk, hazelnut and fruit and nut varieties.
I love dark chocolate so was excited when I saw that Galaxy have started making their own dark chocolate, I love Galaxy chocolate anyway so the 2 combined would be lovely I thought.
It;s not that good though cos the chocolate just tastes of normal Galaxy to me and its like Galaxy have just made it a bit darker.
The chocolate isn't as creamy as normal Galaxy chocolate and is a bit bitter like any dark chocolate, it's very rich and made me feel sick after a couple of squares which is unusual for me.
The fact that it's dark chocolate doesn't make it feel like I am eating dark chocolate if that makes sense, to me it was just like eating a normal bar of Galaxy only with something else added to it.
It is a sweet chocolate but not sugary like normal milk Galaxy but saying that there are more calories in this one so I'm not sure why that is !
If you are going to have dark chocolate then get a bar of Bournville or Lintd rather than this cos Galaxy should really stick to making gorgeous milk chocolate instead of getting people to waste their money on this.
I once again broke the rules of my diet yesterday whilst prowling the chocolate aisle in Tesco. My taste buds were set on a nice big bar of Galaxy milk chocolate so I hunted it out (or what I thought was it) and paid just £1.00 for a big 125g bar.
I got it home and unwrapped it only to discover that it was actually Galaxy dark chocolate that I had picked up. Now I do like a lot of dark chocolates and am infact a massive fan of Bournville chocolate but I was very dissapointed when I realised as there is almost nothing better than Galaxy milk chocolate, particularly to feed a severe chocolate craving!
The packaging was almost identical to the milk chocolate, except the brown colours were slightly more darker and it does state 'smooth dark' underneath the large 'Galaxy' on the front of the bar but in rather small lettering. The packaging is attractive, sophisticated and looks luxurious and indulgent, however I think it should be made to look more different to the milk chocolate bar as I don't think I'm the only person to have made this mistake!
Once the paper has been removed, there is then a dark foil to unwrap which keeps the chocolate fresh.
The chocolate looked a lot darker than usual (obviously) but had the same smooth, soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture. I wasn't blown away with the taste though. On the back of the packaging it states "deeply smooth, intensely delicious and not at all bitter"... Smooth? Yes I suppose that's true. Intensely delicious? Not entirely true. Not at all bitter? Well that's just a lie!
I was hoping that Galaxy would have taken away that overbearing bitterness that plain dark chocolate that hasn't been tampered with has to it. Although they probably tried their best it didn't really work. Don't get me wrong it tasted a lot less bitter than plain dark chocolate but I still had that bitter taste in my mouth that I really can't stand. It also has a richness to it and gets very sickly very quickly.
You might be fooled into thinking that because it is dark chocolate that it will be a lot lower in fat and calories but sadly this isn't the case. There are 521 calories and 33.6g of fat per 100g. Considering the bar (which I devowered almost all by myself) is 125g that's pretty scary! Although if you're going to be naughty, these are generally the consequences you have to face.
Galaxy dark chocolate it available at most supermarkets and food shops and you can look at paying between £1.00 - £1.50 for a 125g bar. It is suitable for vegetarians but not suitable for those who suffer from nut allergies as it contains nut traces.
I would not buy this again but would not pass it up if offered to me. It most certainly wasn't revolting but not one I can honestly say that I enjoyed. I will be sticking to milk chocolate Galaxy in future. If you are a fan of dark chocolate you might like this but I will personally be sticking to Bournville dark chocolate.
Having never tried Galaxy before in my life, I decided to buy this one today while I was in Home Bargains. Yes, remember the name of the shop because for 49 pence I got a 125g chocolate bar. Ok the best before date is 21/12/08 but do you really think a chocolate bar is going to last this long?
Not in my house!
So, more about Galaxy Smooth Dark. It is wrapped in a nice shiny brown foil.
Many may be tricked into thinking that because it is dark chocolate, it's not as bad as eating a more fattening chocolate such as white or milk chocolate.
Well I'm afraid you'd be wrong to think that mainly because this dark chocolate is not quite as bitter as the dark chocolate I'm used to. It is actually very sweet. There are 45.8g of sugar for 100g of chocolate and 240 calories per 46g (5 squares = 20g, yes I've worked it out...).
There are 6 rows of 5 squares so if you manage to limit yourself to just 5 squares then you should be ok!
Having said that, this chocolate is so rich that you shouldn't need more than 5 squares at a time.
I would say it is a nice dark chocolate but it may be too sweet for the dark chocolate fans.
I will definitely buy more at that price!
4 pieces left. hmm... maybe I can grab some more from my flat mate...I should not have shared this...
After reading a rather well put together review on some review web site (can't for the life of me remember where...ahem...) I decided I must try this venture into the dark side galaxy have made. It was just a case of when.
At the moment I'm the most strapped for cash I've ever been. Its rather depressing. So I decided to give myself a treat and swerved my car manically into the Tesco car park and battled my way to the chocolate isle. I was about to pick up the staple of my chocolate diet (Tesco's own milk chocolate) (surprisingly good by the way) when I noticed out the corner of my eye...a big shiny row of galaxy smooth dark.
Needless to say I gave in within a few seconds. I did however buy my staple chocolate just in case.
Personally, I dislike dark chocolate. Its too bitter and not creamy enough for my liking. It is, however, one of those items that my brain tells me is really cool to eat. Really. If you see someone eating milk chocolate and right next to them there's someone eating dark chocolate, who would you say is cooler? My money is on the dark chocolate person. (Only 3 bits left...oh dear...)
Upon getting home I delicately unwrapped the deliciously designed bar. I have to say I was quite impressed with the wrapping. It's nearly the same as the milk chocolate...but darker. It is Milk chocolate Galaxy's evil long lost twin brother. It is going to steal milkies lovers and leave us all on a cliff hanger.
As I peeled back the foil on the inside, I was hit by that strong smell of dark chocolate. I was scared. This chocolate was out to get me. Cracking off a bit of chocolate I, quite apprehensively, stuck it in my chocolate loving gob...and then something quite interesting happened. I LIKED it. I LIKED DARK CHOCOLATE!!! I WAS FINALLY COOL!!!
Ok so, I still prefer the milky alternative to this bar of sin, but that's not to say this isn't great. (2 pieces...I'm going to cry) It's not nearly as dark as a lot of other dark chocolates are but it still has that distinctive dark, brooding flavour to it. The thing that has me slightly hooked would be the sweetness that lurks just behind the first initial blow the dark flavours deal you. Bitter for me is, sadly, a no no. Sweet however will hide most poisons. Not that I know that...ahem...so!
I skipped through to my bedroom to turn on my social life (aka: computer) and skipped back to grab the chocolate, only to be greeted with a rather tight lipped flat mate asking me "dff ooo vann a kuu ohh tee?" while holding her hands firmly behind her back.
I looked passed her offer of tea (yes, I speak fluent mouth-fullian) and made her give me my chocolate back. Apparently she thinks it is not only "Really good", she thinks it is "Like....really....amazingly....good!!" So articulate at times...
I was kind enough to share it with her. I gave her half the bar. As previously stated I have an aversion to dark chocolate so eating more than one piece is a real break through for me (1 piece left... say it ain't so?)
The only down side to this sumptuously, shadowy bar, is that it's just not creamy enough for me. Like coffee, chocolate should be creamy as creamy comes! This melted in your mouth but in a rather watery manner. You can do creamier than this, Galaxy!
I also found out it goes quite well with a cup of tea ( no milk, two sugars, I changed my mind as she was making hers)
A 125g bar of this outing into the twilight will set you back £1.09 if you shop in the exact same place I do, however you may find it a little cheaper elsewhere if you are lucky. Not too bad considering a bar of its creamier counterpart is 96p.
As for what it may add to your hips, packaging is getting better these days and gives you a handy little run down of what is in the bar.
46g (so you'll need to times the figures by around 2.71 if your going to eat the whole bar) will give you the following nutritional goodness:
240 calories- 12% of your guideline daily amount (gda)- so (for those who don't really know) one bar is about the equivalent of a rather large meal
21.1g of sugar- 23.4% of your GDA
15.5g of fat- 22.1% of your GDA
12.9g of saturates- 64.5% of your GDA (around a whopping 175% of your daily allowance if you munch the whole bar)
0.17g of Salt- 2.8% of your GDA.
So if you ARE health conscious, probably best not to be having a bar or two a day. Obviously it can be part of a healthy diet (common sense dictates, as does the message on the wrapping)
For all you chocolate lovers definitely one to try, even if you aren't too fond of dark chocolate. I'm finished my bar and off to rehab.
(also on Ciao)
I have found something that I'm sure all you chocolate lovers out there will want to get your hands on and try.
It's a Galaxy bar!..... Now before you shout at your computer screens that Galaxy has been around for years, this is a new Galaxy and it is called 'Galaxy Smooth Dark.' In the same style packaging as the milk chocolate bar, the design is the same, the colours are just a little darker; deep browns, the shiny paper surrounding the bar is a dark brown too.
Inside you will find several small blocks of chocolate joined together to form one large bar, this bar I have is 125g, so there are 6 rows of 5 blocks.
The chocolate is a very dark brown, a familiar dark chocolate smell drifts up your nose, as you break a piece off and place it in your mouth. It melts really slowly; the chocolate itself gives out quite a strong chocolate taste. Funny that!! Lol
As it melts you can taste the smoothness you would expect to find with Galaxy chocolate, it is deeply smooth and intensely delicious. Some dark chocolate can be quite bitter, but this is not at all.
If I had a milk chocolate bar here instead I probably would have finished it all off by now, but I can't do that with this dark bar, 2 pieces is plenty for me to feel happy and comfortable to put the rest away for another time, any more in one sitting you would probably find it too sickly.
This is definitely a bar of chocolate I would happily buy to have as a treat after a meal, or if I need a little chocolate pick me up. Although I love the texture and flavour of this I will still buy other milk chocolate bars, as there are so many good ones out there.
Product Information (for those who like to see it listed, otherwise skip through.)
Cocoa ingredients (cocoa mass, cocoa butter,) sugar, milk fat, emulsifiers (soya lecithin E442,) flavourings.
Cocoa Solids 50% minimum
Contains traces Peanuts, Hazelnut, Wheat
2173kj, 521kcal, protein 6.2g, carbohydrates 48.0g, sugars 45.8g, fat 33.6g, of which saturates 28.0g, fibre 9.3g, sodium 0.14g, equivalent as salt 0.36g.
Currently on sale at 95p
Tesco have them on offer until 24th June 2 for £1.50.
Go get yourself a bar; I'd love to know what you think.
Nicola xx 18/06/08