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      18.04.2011 01:01
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      I recommend everyone to try these; you won't be dissapointed

      It was only a year ago that i first tried Mingles and this was because my daughter bought me a box of them for my birthday. Talk about mouth watering! i love them! Needless to say, the box didn't last too long.

      They are quite expensive usually and for a standard 330g box it can cost about £4.00. The next time i bought some was Christmas 2010; i was elated when i saw them in Asda on a BOGOF offer!! and they were in a great big tin!! (700g) Needless to say i didn't hesitate in grabbing a couple of tins (the usual price was around £8.00 for one but to get two for only £8 was great.) I was actually supposed to save them for christmas, but i couldn't resist the urge to open them earlier. Once they had all but gone, the offer was still on so i went back to Asda and picked up some more tins; no wonder I have put on weight!

      I really like the Mingles packaging and the tin was really shiny and a lovely mint green colour. It is a far better tin than other well known brands and the shape is better too. The tin has an overall two tone darker green colour than the printed name Mingles which is written on the front and top of the tin (this is printed in a light mint green with a gold outline). There are bright shiny stars of varying sizes scattered over the tin along with pretty and tempting pictures of the mingles chocolates. Down one side of the tin, each chocolate is described. There are 5 varieties; solid milk and white chocolate with a hint of mint; dark chocolate with a fondant mint centre; milk chocolate with dark truffle centre; milk chocolate mint crisp and dark chocolate mint crisp. All flavours are superb but my own personal favourite is the solid milk and white chocolate with a hint of mint flavour.

      Now the bad news is, that there is more chance of winning the lottery then getting hold of the tin size mingles before Christmas 2011! The good news is that you can get the smaller size box on special offer no less, from Tesco right now! They are currently reduced from £4.07 to only £2.03. This offer doesn't last for long though, so if you have never tried them (which may be because they are soooh expensive if paying the full price/especially in the box size) why not give them a go. Admittedly, of course they are fattening but if you are a chocoholic these are a must.

      Nutrition;555 kcal per 100g;sorry but they are full of fat, carbohydrates and sugar!

      I would have definitely given this a 5 star rating but due to the fat content and usually expensive cost i feel i have to reduce it to 4

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      19.01.2011 16:22
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      A good choice for those liking minty chocolates

      In the run up to Christmas (and before my pregnancy nausea kicked in) we were able to enjoy having some friends around at our house for some entertaining. Our friends are all very polite and always seem to bring a little something with them, as we do when we are visiting them. So, with such visits, alongside Christmas pressies, we appear to now be inundated with sweets and chocolates. One such box of chocolates that we received as part of a gift from some visiting friends was a box of Mingles sweets - sweets which I had vaguely heard of before but never tried or even noticed selling in our local supermarket.

      This 300g box of Mingles, which have been produced by Bendicks, who have been around since the 1930's producing chocolates, is bright green in colour with its name 'Mingles' in lare white letters. From looking online, it appears that this size of box usually retails in and around the £4 mark, which is about average for a box of chocolates. On the front of the box, it shows a picture of the chocolates themselves, which comes in 5 varieties. It states on the front of the box that these chocolates all come with a 'hint of mint'.

      On the side of the box, there is more detailed and photographic information showing the five varieties and what is in each one namely:
      Dark chocolate mint crisp
      Solid milke and white chocolate with a hint of mint
      Dark chocolate with a fondant mint centre
      Milk chocolate mint crisp
      Milk chocolate with dark mint truffle centre

      It wasn't long after receiving this box of chocolates that my sweet tooth husband opened the box to try them. I am neither a fan of dark chocolate nor white chocolate, so that somewhat limited my choice of chocoalte from the beginning, nor am I a huge fan of minty things, although as I said earlier, these 'claim' to have only a hint of mint. It didn't matter though, as my husband was happy to eat any of them. I have to say that of those that I tried, I found that there was far far more than just a hint of mint in each sweet - in fact, there was no denying the strong mint flavour that lingered in your mouth after eating one of these, which put me off to a degree, and I found myself not eating very many.

      NOt long after Christmas when my pregnancy nausea started kicking in, I went off chocolates entirely, until I started feeling a little bit better (see review of seabands!) but I needed something to get rid of the terrible bitter taste that is always in my mouth, which I can only presume is linked to pregnancy, and so even now, I will still reach for some of the varieties of these mingles, simply because the mintiness will (albeit temporarily) get rid of the lingering taste. Once I have had one however, I fing that they are a bit sickening, and avoid them for a while again.

      All in all, if you are a fan of all types of chocolate, and particularly like mint, you will no doubt love these sweets. If you are only a fan of particular chocolate, you will firsly be limited in those sweets you will want to eat from the packet, and if you do not like things that are too minty, them you best avoid these sweets and stick to other varieties. This certainly wouldn't be my first choice of sweet box, and I wouldn't personally buy them for others, as you do need to have a taste for mint, but nonetheless, we were appreiciative of our friends gift and my husband certainly continues to enjoy what is left of the box now.

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        12.01.2011 00:26
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        Tasty minty treats great for the table. Nice!

        There are certain times of the year when we all tend to indulge a little too much, and Christmas is no exception. For me, one of my habits at this time of year is to purchase several boxes of chocolates, and one of these is always a tin or box of Bendicks Mingles. Mint chocolate is a personal favourite of mine, and having recently bought my annual seasonal supply of these minty chocolate delights, I thought I'd share my thoughts on them.

        --Mingle in with the Big Boys--

        Bendicks, sometimes known as Bendicks of Mayfair, are famous for their flavoursome and unique mint dark-chocolate selections. Founded in 1930 by Oscar Benson and Colonel Bertie Dickson, and using an amalgamation of their names, created the Bendicks (Mayfair) brand based in Kensington, London. A family member of Mr Benson created a recipe for an extremely bitter dark chocolate, which when combined with mint oil, produced a delicious and intense dark mint-chocolate. This recipe was refined into single portions, marketed and sold as 'Bittermints'.

        Bendicks went on the produce further high-quality confectionery, with a distinct middle class feel, and certainly not retailing at the cheapest of prices. Bendicks became a subsidiary of Storck in 1988, and continued to use the Bendicks brand name thus keeping the reputation intact. In 2002, Bendicks decided to join the chocolate selection box market with Mingles, a selection of five different mint flavoured individual chocolates. This put them in direct competition with the likes of Cadbury's 'Roses', Mars' 'Celebrations' and the famed Mackintosh's (Nestle) 'Quality Street'. All of these chocolate selections are synonymous with Christmas, and Mingles seemed to have had an impact. They are on sale all year round, but are heavily promoted in supermarkets up and down the country during the festive time of year. I tried these back in 2003, and have been buying a box or tin every Christmas since, even the family expect me to have a box of Mingles for them on Christmas Day.

        Mingles are unusual because they are marketed at a wider consumer base as opposed to Bendicks' previous products, and the packaging and prices clearly demonstrate this. You can expect to pick up a 700g tin for £5, and a 300g box for £3.99, so it works out better value to be buying a tin, but I think these prices are quite reasonable considering the quality of the chocolate you are getting.

        --Packaging--

        The 300g box is approximately seven inches high, filled with varying numbers of the five flavours and is coloured in a sickly pastel green hue, gold trim with images of the sweets scattered around. The Mingles title is in a large white and brown design with the letters placed off-line and skewed at an angle to create the impression on fun and care-freeness, with more lettering in gold and a smattering of decorative stars for good measure. The 700g tin is decorated in the same way, and has around 112 individual chocolates inside. The tin lid has a typical pop-on, pop-off design and can be a little difficult to release sometimes, but upon opening the aroma from within is very minty and quite enticing. Each chocolate is wrapped in plastic foil, which has different colours on the twists to identify the variety.

        The design does seem to stand out on the shelves, the pastel green and gold is a unique colour scheme that I believe is not used by any other product in the same class. Of course, green doesn't stand out like red or purple, but it is certainly noticeable amongst the Roses and Quality Street containers.

        There is all the usual information provided on the label, with a description of each variety accompanied by an image. There is no recycling information on the labelling, but the tin is metal and therefore commonly recycled, as is the card used in the box. The chocolate wrappers are to be disposed of responsibly.

        --Taste and Texture--

        {Yellow - Layered milk and white mint chocolate}
        Looking the most tasty with different layers of chocolate, this is a simple example of the smooth and tasty Bendicks mint chocolate. Melts quickly on the tongue and doesn't stick on your teeth, you can notice the different flavours between the milk and white, the white flavour leaving a cool feeling at the back of the throat.

        {Brown - Dark chocolate with a mint fondant centre}
        A hollow chocolate case, nice and intense bitter dark chocolate which is thin and has a satisfying 'snap' to it. The mint fondant filling is not overly powerful, but is quite sweet. Thankfully, there is only a small amount inside, giving the right balance between bitter and sweet. This is probably my favourite variety.

        {Green - Milk chocolate mint crisp}
        A block of smooth milk chocolate, littered inside with sugary bits of mint candy. Sometimes you can get a green one without crisp bits in it at all, and get a simple lump of mint chocolate, much like finding a KitKat stick without a wafer in. Pleasant and tasty, but can be a tad sticky and sugary.

        {Blue - Milk chocolate with a dark mint chocolate truffle centre}
        My second favourite, the contrast of the dark truffle centre and the outer milk chocolate case is surprisingly prevalent. This is the easiest to eat, and is less strong with mint flavours compared to the other varieties. The dark truffle is smooth, flows like liquid on the tongue, hinting a slight bitter edge and is rather tasty indeed. I could have a whole tin of these by themselves.

        {Red - Dark Chocolate mint crisp}
        Much like the milk version, filled with mint candy bits again, but tastes wholly different. This is the bitterest of the dark chocolate types, has a lovely snap to it, and is much more crunchy than the others. Unfortunately, this is the only one which leaves a slightly artificial, almost metallic after-taste, which is a shame.

        --Ingredients and Nutritional Information--

        Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Dried Whole Milk, Vegetable Fat, Dried Skimmed Milk, Glucose Syrup, Invert Sugar Syrup, Fat Reduced Cocoa, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Lactose, Milk Fat, Dried Whey, Peppermint Oil, Stabiliser (Gum Arabic), Raising Agent (Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, Citric Acid, Flavourings.
        Milk Chocolate - 30% Minimum Cocoa Solids, 20% Minimum Milk Solid.
        Dark Chocolate - 50% Minimum Cocoa Solids.

        Allergy Information: This product contains milk and soya, and may contain traces of nuts.
        Average quantity per 100g
        Energy - 2320kj / 555 kcal
        Protein - 6.5g
        Fat in total - 32.5g
        Of Saturates - 21.3g
        Carbohydrate in total - 59.5g
        Of Sugars - 52.5g
        Fibre - 1.5g
        Sodium - 0.06g
        Salt Equivalent - Trace

        --Conclusion--

        Bendicks products have always been a favourite of mine, I have always found their chocolate really tasty and satisfying, and Mingles are no exception. For me, Christmas is always the time to have a tin of these, but you can have them any time you wish. The selection you get is great and it's surprising how many different flavours and textures that can be made from basically the same chocolate recipe. They can work well as after-dinner mints, party sweets or just for an indulgent movie snack.

        If you are a fan on mint chocolate, then you will adore these. For the price I think they are of the highest quality. They do not have the variance of flavours like Roses or Quality Street do, but are certainly tastier for the chocolate fan. Also, they make a nice change from the same old names too. Great for the party table or even a gift, I really do like these chocolates a lot and will recommend them to you with the highest of acclamation.

        As the Geordie's would say, "Mint!"

        Thanks for Reading. © Novabug

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          31.12.2010 14:10
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          A delicius selection of mints

          == Intro ==

          Christmas is a time for giving, and if you look around the shops you will have noticed that there is a more predominant display of confections, namely boxes of sweets and tins of sweets, how much better can it get.

          Well someone could kindly have purchased a box of these and spent some time wrapping them nicely just for you to rip open and devour, such was my luck on Christmas morning when I opened one of my many presents.

          == Mingles ==

          Mingles is a funny word or name or whatever you wish to call it, but it certainly somewhat appropriate for this selection of sweets, being that a lot of the selection are different flavours mingled together, and yet to be further mingled in my mouth not to mention mangled.

          There are five different variations on a theme here, with the theme being mint. This is reflected in the colour of the large box which houses the 330g box, which is of a light green colour and looks very minty, which is more than the sweets are. All the sweets are wrapped individually in a similar coloured wrapping with the exception of the ends, which are coloured according to which variety they are. They are all also the same size, being about one and a quarter inches long and about half an inch high, and of a trapezium shape, that's like a triangle with the top point cut of and levelled.

          The sweet with the red coloured end is the dark chocolate mint crisp version and as such is very nice indeed. Nice dark chocolate not too bitter with the ever so delicate hint of mint in the candy crisp, which is plentiful and hidden within the dark delight.

          The yellow ended wrapper is one of my favourites since is has two kinds of chocolate. A bottom layer of white, and a top layer of milk chocolate. The thing with these is that the layers are not all even so some have more white than milk and some vice versa; the mint appears to be slightly more evident in this variety.

          The sweet with the brown coloured end is once again a dark chocolate one and is filled with a mint cream, much is the same way as an After Eight but bigger, fatter, and in truth probably a little better. Mint and dark chocolate just seem to be made for each other.

          The green end signifies the sweet, which is similar to that with the red end but has milk chocolate instead of dark. The crisp again here seems to be more evident in the milk version.

          Finally the blue ended one, which is my least favourite but still worthy of inclusion, and I can certainly see why many would love this sweet. The basic shell is milk chocolate with a dark chocolate truffle inside; I'm not a big fan of mixing dark and milk I much prefer then separately.

          == Summary ==

          There really isn't a lot else to say about this box of chocolates made by Bendicks, who are quite famous in the field of mint chocs. The quality of every sweet is superb and the taste is way above the average chocolate experience. The mix of choices is not over indulgent and works very well, there is a sweet in this box for anyone who likes chocolate and mint, and being that I love both I enjoyed the whole box, not all at once, but by myself in perfect happiness.

          Since they were a present I'm not sure how much was paid but I Googled and about £3 seems to be the going rate and at that they are well worth it.

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            07.05.2010 20:47
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            Love 'em!

            I love these chocolates, they are one of my favourites. Chocolate and mint is, in my opinion, one of the best combinations you can get.

            Mingles are mint chocolates that come in five different varieties. They are made by Bendicks and come in a green cubiod-type box similar in size and shape to a Quality Street box. Each mint is individually wrapped in foil and the ends of each foil wrapper are colour coded so that you know which variety you are opening. Unwrapping the foil is easy as they are only secured with a twist at each end, so there is no delay in getting to the delicious chocolate.

            A 330g box contains on average 53 chocolates. Each chocolate is 3cm x 1cm x 1.5cm.

            The five varieties are as follows:
            dark chocolate mint crisp - red wrapper
            solid milk and white chocolate with a hint of mint - yellow wrapper
            dark chocolate with a fondant mint centre - brown wrapper
            milk chocolate mint crisp - green wrapper
            milk chocolate with adark mint truffle centre - blue wrapper

            It is hard to pick a favourite, but if forced to do so then I would probably come down in favour of the dark chocolate with fondant centre as these taste just like After Eights only with much chunkier chocolate. A close second would be the one with the truffle centre - these are very melt in the mouth soft. My children like the one with the white chocolate, these are also very smooth and creamy on your tongue.

            My least favourite are the crunchy ones, and in particular the dark chocolate crunchy ones. They are just a bit too minty for my liking.

            There seem to be an even mix of the varieties in each box, unlike some chocolate boxes where they only put two of the good ones in and fill the box with the ones no one really likes. However it can sometimes seem like there are too many crunchy ones as there are two different varieties of these.

            100g of Mingles are 555 calories, so it's best not to eat too many in one go. The only trouble is they taste so good this is very hard to do!

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              Nice mint tasting chocolates, although a bit too sickly

              Mingles are a box of chocolates which all have a mint flavouring as they are made by Bendicks, which are known for their delicious mints!

              I love mint, it is a favourite of mine in chocolate. My boyfriend hates it so i always ask for mint chocolates for christmas so he doesnt nick any! I get to have them all to myself, usually i dont get a look in if we have chocolates in the house, they are all gone before i get to have them!

              This box of mingles comes in a similar shape box to roses, quality streets etc. It is a mint green colour which stands out on the shelves and grabs your attention. These cost around £3.20-£3.50 depending where you buy them. I hate to spend this amount of money on chocolates if i am buying them for myself, i usually just go for a bar of chocolate, so its nice to receive these as a gift!

              The box has 5 different flavour chocolates in them.They all have a mint flavour but in a different texture. Each chocolate has the same green wrapper but the ends of the wrappers are either green, yellow, brown, blue or red, so you can look on the back of the box to choose which chocolate you want.

              The red ones are a rich dark chocolate with a mint crisp filling. I dont like dark chocolate on its own but i do think it is quite nice with mint flavouring. The mint crisps are not too big in the chocolate that you end up chewing bits of it but you do taste them.

              The yellow ones have a layer of white chocolate and a layer or milk chocolate on top, which has a hint of mint flavouring. These ones are my favourite! They are gorgeous!

              The brown ones are dark chocolate with a mint fondant centre, which are a bit like after eights. The fondant centre is nice, and goes well with dark chocolate but i wish they did this one in milk chocolate as then this would be my favourite!

              The green one is also very nice, it is just like the red ones but milk chocolate with a mint crisp centre.

              The blue one is a marbled milk and white chocolate with a dark mint truffled centre. The mint is strongest in this one, and i am not too keen with this one!

              These chocolates can ve very sickly though i cant have many of them. I always eat the milk chocolates ones first and then get left with a load of the dark chocolate ones which end up staying in the fridge for weeks, but i eat them eventually!

              This is a 330g box of chocolates, and per 100g there are are 540 calories! So these are possibly the highest calorie chocolates you could eat!! They are very bad for you, but as long as you only have a few at a time as a treat dont worry about it!

              On average a box contains around 50 chocolates, which is quite good for the price, but i wouldnt pay that much for a box of chocolates for myself! I only have these as a special treat or a gift, but they are gorgeous and are highly recommended!

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              The ones that i actually liked were nice.

              Mingles are an assortment box of 330g (340g with wrappers) box of chocolates made by Bendicks. There are five different varieties of chocolates each with a different hint of mint in. There's approx 40 chocolates in a box at a guess.

              The box quotes'Since 1930 Bendicks chocolates have been renowned and loved for their delicious taste and superb quality. Bendicks Mingles brings you a delicious selection of chocolates all with a hint of mint - ideal for sharing and perfect for giving.

              Different chocolates;

              Red wrapper- Dark chocolate mint crisp.
              Yellow wrapper- Solid milk and white chocolate with a hint of mint.
              Brown wrapper- Dark chocolate with a fondant mint centre.
              Green wrapper- Milk chocolate mint crisp.
              Blue wrapper- Milk chocolate with dark mint truffle centre.

              The varieties of chocolates are guided on the side of the box by pictures, which is good.

              The packaging of the box is quite appealing. Its green colour with a picture of the chocolates on the front and Mingles in white outlined in gold. As with other food items the nutritional info, ingredients, storage suggestions and guideline daily amounts can be found on the back of the box.

              I got these as a gift for christmas, but in supermarkets the price ranges from £4-£5.

              Personally i am not a fan. I'm not too keen on dark chocolate so ive only eaten two of the varieties and the rest are still sitting in the cupboard since December. The ones that i did like though were very nice and moreish and left a nice minty taste behind.

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                22.03.2010 11:59
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                good quality chocolates

                I had these bought for me along with tons of other different chocolates at Christmas, and they are absolutely delicious tasting, mine were in a round tin but they are available in different packaging's, I have seen them in boxes and I am sure also in bags but I cannot be certain.

                My chocolates came in a 700g round tin, in a mint green colour as the chocolate is all mint flavoured and inside the tin there are 5 varieties of individually wrapped mint chocolates which have different coloured wrappers, all green but the ends are different colours and different flavours and are with the red which is dark chocolate mint crisp, the yellow is solid milk and white chocolate with a hint of mint, blue is milk chocolate with dark mint truffle centre, brown is dark chocolate with a fondant mint centre and finally the green is milk chocolate mint crisp.

                They taste absolutely delicious and melt in the mouth and they are so minty and good quality, they are ideal for putting into a little dish and to offer your guests when they visit and look nice and colourful when placed on a coffee or side table.

                The flavour is quite strong and refreshing, the texture of all of them is high quality.

                Bendicks have been around since 1930 and have been renowned for their delicious taste and quality, they are best stored in a cool place but I put some of mine in the fridge as they are a little bit harder and I love the taste when they are from a fridge for some reason.

                These can be bought in supermarkets and at Christmas time they are available in different boxes and containers to be more presentable for a gift for your friends and family. They are good for sharing and giving.

                I do not know how much this product costs as I did not buy them myself but whatever the price I think they are a must to try and ideal gift for birthdays and other special occasions.

                If you have not already tried these Mingles I suggest you do as I think you will not be disappointed.

                I give them a 5 star.

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                  Not the best

                  I received a box of Mingles at Christmas and finally got around to eating them! I would say mingles are average really and there are some nice chocolates and some not so nice chocolates.

                  There are 6 different chocolates which come in the box and each has a different colour along with a description on the box explaining what is in each chocolate:

                  Red - Dark chocolate mint crisp. I personally don`t really like dark chocolate so did not really like this. However I think if you like dark chocolate you would like these.

                  Yellow - Solid milk and white chocolate with a hint of mint. These are pretty poor and are not that tasty.

                  Brown - Dark chocolate with a fondant mint centre. These were not too bad considering I don't really like dark chocolate.

                  Green - Milk chocolate mint crisp. My favourites as in my opinion they tasted the best.

                  Blue - Milk chocolate with a dark mint truffle centre. These were also quite tasty and enjoyable to eat.

                  Overall out of all the colours I would probably say the yellow ones are worst and green are the tastiest!

                  I would just say that these are a pretty average chocolate selection product and considering they are the same sort of price as Roses and Quality Steet chocolates which are much more popular and tasty!

                  Simply put I think Mingles really are not that great and would not really recommend them!

                  Summary - Not the best!

                  This review may appear on other sites under the names ns1209 and mariofan123.

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                    05.03.2010 20:29
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                    Lovely chocolates and very stylish and excellent value for money.

                    I love chocolate, sweets, cakes and anything sweet as I have a very sweet tooth and love to buy them and eat them as snacks and I always have some in the home for when my grandchildren visit.

                    Mingles are made by Bendicks and since 1930 Bendicks chocolates have been renouned and loved for their delicious taste and superb quality, and they are a delicious selection of chocolates all with a hint of mint.


                    They are ideal for sharing and perfect for giving.
                    The ones I have tried came in a box but they can also be bought in large tins, although these are mostly in the shops at christmas time.

                    For a 330g rectangle cardboard box they are priced at around £4 and the box is very attractive showing all the varieties of the chocolates unwrapped so the inside is shown, which they look appetising to eat.

                    There are 5 different types of mint chocolates, the varieties are:
                    Solid milk and white chocolate with a hint of mint.
                    Dark chocolate with a fondant mint centre.
                    Milk chocolate with dark mint truffle centre.
                    Milk chocolate mint crisp.
                    Dark chocolate mint crisp.

                    They are extremely tasty and are of a very high quality and the texture is nice, smooth and soft and they melt in the mouth perfectly.


                    Each chocolate is wrapped individually in a nice plastic wrapper with the choice of chocolate, and each one is a different colour to show each flavour, yellow is a solid milk and white chocolate with a hint of mint, a brown one is is a dark chocolate with a fondant mint centre, the green one is a milk chocolate mint crisp, blue is a milk chocolate with a dark mint truffle centre and the red one is a dark chocolate mint crisp, and so all the varieties of chocolate and centres are delicious for everyones taste, I personally love them all but my most favourite is the dark chocolate ones but once they are seen it is very hard to choose which one to try first in my opinion.

                    The taste is nice and refreshing because of the minty flavour they all contain and they are easy to chew because the chocolate and centres combined together are of such a good quality.


                    They are ideal to place in a dish for children to eat and adults on party occasions and also like I do on many occasions give them to trick or treat callers at Halloween for the children for when they knock at the door.

                    Per 100g they contain, 540 calories, 6.5g protein, 31.3 fat, 2.2g fibre and a trace of sodium.

                    They are a very stylish sweet with very attractive wrappers.

                    I recommend this product for anyone to try as they are absolutely excellent quality and an ideal gift for someone special or just for yourself and your family to enjoy.

                    I rate it a 5 star.

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                      Only worth it if you can get them cheap

                      I first discovered Mingles around Christmas time a few years ago. I only bought them because they were on offer and I am not a big fan of mint chocolate but was pleasantly surprised.

                      *Packaging*
                      Mingles are appropriately packaged in a green box, I say appropriate because the colour suggests mint. The box is just like that of Roses or Quality Street, cardboard and wider at the top than the bottom, The front of the box shows the five different varieties. The back shows the usual ingredients, storage instructions and nutritional info. One side of the box explains what the five varieties are and the other side has a message telling you what to do if you're not satisfied.

                      *Price*
                      I only purchase these when they are on offer and I think the last time I bought them I paid around £2 for a 330g box. Having just checked the price online the cheapest I can find them at the moment is £4.08!!! This is way too expensive and I would recommend you wait for them to be on offer again before trying them.

                      *Nutritional Info*
                      Nutritional info on the pack is given per 100g as I guess they don't expect you to eat a whole box in one go. They contain 540 calories and 31.3g of fat per 100g. I can think of a lot nicer chocolates to eat for less calories.

                      *Taste*
                      As mentioned previously there are five different varieties. Each chocolate is a small block approximately 2cm x 1cm x 1cm, wrapped in its own individual wrapper, each variety has a different colour.

                      Dark chocolate mint crisp: This is a solid block of dark chocolate with tiny crispy mint pieces in. For dark chocolate it's not too bitter and the mint isn't too overpowering.

                      Solid milk and white chocolate with a hint of mint: This is a solid block with two layers, the top half milk and the bottom half white. This is my favourite of the five as it is so creamy. Probably due to the white chocolate. Once again the mint flavour is very subtle and it's probably the least minty of the lot.

                      Dark chocolate with a fondant mint centre: This block is just like a chunky version of an After Eight. It is my least favourite as the fondant is quite runny and rather strong tasting. Also the chocolate isn't chunky enough for me.

                      Milk chocolate mint crisp: This is exactly the same as the Dark choc mint crisp except made with milk chocolate. I prefer this one for the plain fact that it is milk chocolate, other than that it tastes pretty much the same.

                      Milk chocolate with a dark mint truffle centre: This is similar to the fondant one but instead of the fondant it has a lovely creamy truffle. Considering it says it is a dark truffle you really wouldn't know if you hadn't read it before hand. Once again the mint flavour is very subtle.

                      Overall it is a good quality chocolate and perfect for a Sunday afternoon after a lovely roast with a nice glass of wine.

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                      21.01.2010 17:22
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                      A more than decent chocolate mint selection.

                      This year at Christmas my wife's friend who normally gives me a malt whiskey and a box of after eights this time surprised me by changing the after eights to a box of Bendick`s Mingles, these are a mint chocolate collection containing milk, white and dark chocolate varieties.

                      Mingles in my opinion are a real mixed bag (well box), some of them are very, very good but at least one of them is very, very bad.

                      The list of chocolates goes as follows, solid milk and white chocolate with a hint of mint (that is the very bad one by the way), Dark chocolate with a fondant mint centre, milk chocolate with dark mint truffle centre, milk chocolate mint crisp and dark chocolate mint crisp.

                      My favourite without a doubt is the very tasty milk chocolate with dark mint truffle centre it is absolutely lovely and the dark chocolate with mint fondant centre isn't too far behind.

                      What you do get for sure with these chocolates is high quality and the chocolate is nice and not too sweet, the strength of the mintiness of the sweets varies from one centre to another but they are never overpoweringly minty which is a good thing for me.

                      There are better mint chocolate selections such as the hotel chocolat and the original Bendick`s collection but these are very nice and I would recommend them to anyone (except for perhaps the one with the white chocolate on it)!

                      Price wise a box of these is very similar in price to a box of Roses or Quality street and over the Christmas period Asda were doing a 700g tin for a fiver so again similar to Roses and the likes but less expensive than the original Bendick`s selection and way cheaper than the Hotel Chocolat and Thorntons selections.

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                        21.01.2010 16:05
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                        Nice Minty Variety Box

                        Even though I don't have much of a sweet tooth, even I sometimes fancy something sugary. Christmas may be long gone but the surplus of chocolate treats are still present in my household. I had a bit of a chocolate craving late last night and after a little browsing discovered this light green box snuggly tucked away, so I opened it up and took two of each of the five flavours.

                        Each chocolate is wrapped in its own wrapper with a colour code to identify each one, all flavours are based around the medium of mint and it has to be said that they are all delicious. It's usual in these kinds of variety packs for there to be at least a couple of dud flavours that nobody wants to eat, not so here, they are all delicious!!!

                        There are five colours each corresponding to the five flavours, there is-

                        Blue, milk chocolate with a dark mint truffle center. This is my personal favourite, mildly minty and smooth truffly goodness.

                        Green, simply mint chocolate with minty crispy flecks throughout. A stronger mintyness than the blue ones.

                        Brown, dark chocolate covers a fondant mint center. This is my least favourite one although it's still very good.

                        Yellow, A layer of solid white chocolate over a layer of milk chocolate, laced with a hint of mint. White chocolate and mint are always an interesting combination in my book.

                        Red, a dark chocolate take on the mint crisp. Dark chocolate is a great bed fellow to mint.

                        The chocolates are made by Bendicks, not a company I've had any experience with before but according to their website they have an extensive range of chocolates.

                        I reccomend these to anyone who loves chocolate, as the box says, they contain only a hint of mint so they're not mega overpoweringly minty like other mint chocolate products out there.

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                          20.01.2009 12:24
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                          Mintaholics may love this but its not the best.

                          I'm getting to the end of my Christmas chocolate stash and a half-eaten box of Bendick's Mingles is still sitting there awaiting to be scoffed, but I just don't feel great enthusiasm to eat it and would rather stick to the remnants of my tin of Roses for the time being. But why am I not particularly bothered about these chocolates?
                          From appearances 'Mingles' looks fantastic for those (like myself) who adore mint chocolate. You are given five varieties of chocolates 'all with a hint of mint'. My favourite was the one with brown tips which contains 'dark chocolate with a fondant mint centre'. This is nice as it melts in your mouth and tastes beautiful. There is then the one with blue tips the 'milk chocolate with dark mint truffle centre'. I enjoy the consistency of truffle so this was a second favourite. There was then the yellow-tipped one which contains 'solid milk and white chocolate with a hint of mint'. The division of both chocolates creates an interesting taste sensation. There is also the red-tipped on, 'dark chocolate mint crisp' and the green-tipped one, 'milk chocolate mint crisp'. The thing I found was that when I had finished with the fondant and truffle ones (the brown and the blue) I found most of the others rather boring and just not tasty enough. The sign of a good box of chocolates is one that is very 'more-ish' but this just doesn't make me want to keep on eating.
                          As for the nutritional value, maybe it's a good thing I don't find it 'more-ish' as it contains a huge number of calories - 555 calories per 100g which is more than 1500 calories per box (this box is the 330g one). Whilst nobody should expect a box of chocolates to be healthy, this is somewhere over 50 calories per 100 g more than my favourite box of chocolates, Roses. It also contains high sugar and fat level, something that should probably be expected from chocolate.
                          As for the packaging - It is pretty standard but pleasing to the eye with a largely green box.

                          All in all, I would suggest that if you buy anyone or buy yourself a box of mint chocolates that you go for a different brand or you try 'Benedict's Mint Collection' instead which is much tastier (and classier than this). There is nothing untasty about these chocolates as Benedicts do make good quality chocolate but it is because I've compared it to other chocolate collections that I've given it a three star rating.
                          As a professed chocoholic who has tried lots of types of chocolate including mint varieties this just isn't the best and you can find a lot better mint varieties (After Eights and Mint Matchmakers for example)

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                            15.12.2008 17:38
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                            Only for mint-aholics

                            For my sons birthday party my mum was providing us with some nibbles. Part of which consisted of a tin of Mingles, which she claimed would make a nice change from Roses and Quality Street. My, most ungrateful, response, before trying them I might add, was that I would rather have had Roses. But how do I feel now I've scoffed my way through a fair few?

                            Well first I'll tell you about the tin. It is a rather unusual oval shaped container in (amazingly) mint green. On the lid it simply says Bendicks Mingles, with gold stars around it. It claims, on the side of the tin. to have 'five varieties of chocolates all with a hint of mint' with a picture of each variety unwrapped, infront of a wrapped version, down each side of the tin. The bottom of the tin lists the ingredients, and the standard nutritional information. I wont go in to details on those, suffice to say it's ingredients are chocolatey and minty in nature, and for anyone who bothers with things like that they 'weigh in' at 545kcal per 100g. This particular tin contains 750g of these choccys (770g with wrappers) and informs me that this equates to approximately 120 pieces. That makes them around 35 calories an average peice, which considering how easy it is to sit and eat a dozen of them seems quite high, although in comparison chocolates such as Cadbury's Roses and Quality streets are around the 40-50 kcal mark per choccy. Matchmakers seem the healthier choice at around 20 calories per stick. At one end of the oval the five dfifferent types are described. The varieties are indicated by the, predominantly mint green, foil wrappers being different colours at the ends and are:

                            Yellow wrapper - 'Solid milk and white chocolate with a hint of mint'
                            Brown wrapper - 'Dark chocolate with a fondant mint centre'
                            Blue wrapper - 'Milk chocolate with a dark mint truffle centre'
                            Green wrapper - 'Milk chocolate mint crisp'
                            Red wrapper - 'Dark chocolate mint crisp'

                            Of these I like three of the flavours. My favourite is the blue variety, it's nice and chocolatey, a good hit of mint and the dark truffle centre is lovely and smooth and rich tasting. It's the only one containing dark chocolate which I don't find has a bitter taste (guess which two I don't like). The yellow wrapper variety is probably my next favourite, the white chocolate layer adds a creaminess the others lack. Th green wrapper is meant to be mint crisp but is not very crispy, it is more like a block of minty milk chocolate with some non-descript added texture. It still tastes nice though. The problem I find with the dark chocolate varieties is that they taste very bitter, in particular the red variety which also suffers from not being very crispy.

                            The chocolates are made by Bendicks, which is a reputable brand, and the chocolate does taste of a good quality, even the dark chocolate tastes like it probably is, only not to my taste. I don't dislike dark chocolate as a rule but find I will only eat certain brands, My main problem with these is that, although they all taste a bit different whilst eating them, five minutes later, no matter what type or how many I have eaten, I just feel like I've had some minty flavoured chocolate. I may as well have eaten a Mint Aero. I am not a big enough fan of minty choccy's that I wouldn't rather have had the variety of any mixed chocolates brand (roses, quality street), and when I do fancy a minty fix, I find the crunchy moreishness of matchmakers (I defy anyone to leave an open box unfinished) a more satisfying alternative.

                            I don't know how much my mum paid for this tin but it is $5 (pounds) at Tesco's. According to Mingles website you can also purchase them in 100g bags (rsp $1.29), 150g boxes (rsp $1.99) or 330g boxes (rsp$3.99).

                            So in conclusion I may have been ungrateful, but turns out I was honest.

                            Thank you for reading.

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