Product Type: Nestle Chocolate
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I pro-bubbl-y wouldn't bother with these again
Nestlé Aero Bubbles
Member Name: upsy
Nestlé Aero Bubbles
Advantages: Currently on offer, come in a resealable pack
Disadvantages: Not enough chocolate, didn't melt in my mouth, too much peppermint
My husband went to fetch some milk and bacon from Tesco yesterday afternoon and came back with a little treat for us - a pack of Aero bubbles. He said he purchased them because they were on offer. It usually costs £1.59 in Tesco for this 113g bag of peppermint bubbles, but they are currently on offer at £1. I would imagine they are available to purchase at other supermarkets and shops.
Aero bubbles are made by Nestle, and the peppermint variety come in a green bag. There is also an orange flavour listed on the Tesco website, although you appear to get less of these for your money according to Tesco for some unknown reason, as they are also currently on offer at Tesco for £1 for a bag containing 113g, whereas the peppermint variety are listed as coming in a 135g bag. My bag is 113g so I don't know if perhaps Tesco have made a mistake here. Who knows the answer to this mystery, but as it is the peppermint variety that my husband purchased, it is solely this type that I will be reviewing today.
My bag informs me that it contains approximately 4 servings, although I think this might be slightly optimistic, especially if you have a sweet tooth! My husband and I were munching on these after dinner last night and I'm pretty sure we managed to get through more than half of the bag. There is an emphasis on the word 'share' with these bubbles, as the top of the pouch says 'Love to share', we are told to 'tear to share' and the back of the pack also contains the words 'party', 'enjoy', and, yes you've guessed it, 'share'. I think they want you to share this bag! We are also advised on the back of the pouch that we should enjoy chocolate as part of a varied and balanced diet, and so they helpfully offer the suggestion that perhaps we should 'share the fun with family and friends'. If I liked these bubbles more, I would be tempted to buy another pack to eat all by myself just for the hell of it. I'm a rebel, I know.
In terms of additives, these Aero bubbles claim to be free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. A serving (deemed as being 9 bubbles) contains 145 calories, 16.7g of sugar (good job I cleaned my teeth last night then), 8g of fat, 4.9g of saturates and 0.10g of salt. I don't normally list ingredients in my reviews, but as it's a food product, I think people may like to know what these bubbles contain: Sugar,Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Dried Whole Milk, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Vegetable Fat, Lactose and Proteins from Whey, Whey Powder, Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin), Butterfat, Flavouring) ,Vegetable Fat ,Whey Powder ,Dried Skimmed Milk ,Butterfat ,Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin) ,Glazing Agent (Gum Arabic) ,Colours (Copper Complexes of Chlorophyllins, Curcumin) ,Glucose Syrup ,Flavouring ,Milk Chocolate contains Milk Solids 14% minimum and Vegetable Fat in addition to Cocoa Butter.
We are advised to store this product in a cool and dry place. The best before date is provided on the white base of the pouch, and mine is March 2014, which means they have plenty of time in which to be eaten. Although with my husband around, I will be surprised if there are any left by tomorrow. The base of the pouch is large enough that the packet stays upright very easily. The pack is easily torn open at the top, and there is a sticker located on the back of the pouch when can be removed and used to stick the opened top of the packet down, so that the bubbles stay reasonably fresh. The sticker is very sticky and so sticks well to the pouch, although I can imagine that if it is lifted up and stuck back down many times, it will start to be much less effective. But I guess if Nestle want all your friends to eat your bubbles, then the top won't need to be stuck down will it?
There is a strong smell of mint when the packet is opened, which smells rather enticing I think. The bubbles are half green and half brown spheres, and so I naturally assumed that inside the bubbles would be half milk chocolate and half peppermint. How wrong was I. I tried my first bubble and thought it was very minty, and I couldn't taste the milk chocolate. I thought maybe I was imagining it and so tried another one, trying hard to find the taste of the milk chocolate, but again it didn't appear to be there. If I had looked properly at the packaging, I would of seen the description which states that each bubble is 'an aerated peppermint flavoured centre with a half milk chocolate, half peppermint flavoured shell'. And so basically these bubbles are peppermint spheres with a sliver of milk chocolate covering one half of each bubble. This is also demonstrated on the picture of one of the bubbles on the front of the packet, which I obviously hadn't bothered to notice either before I tucked in.
I have to say, I'm quite disappointed by the taste of these bubbles. I love minty products, but there is a distinct lack of chocolate and I really don't understand why they aren't half chocolate and half peppermint all the way through. What is the point in having such a tiny amount of chocolate coating one half of each sphere? Because of the lack of milk chocolate, I personally found that these bubbles didn't melt in my mouth, which is something I was expecting them to do. In fact, I found that eating them with a bit of a dry mouth was a bad idea, as one left me choking as it got slightly stuck in my throat. The shell seems to melt in the mouth, but the centre just stays in one clump that needs chewing, and I thought the two textures of smooth melt in the mouth shell and the bubbly centre that needed chewing just seemed to be a little bit of an odd combination. I wasn't overly impressed. I do have to say here that my husband enjoyed eating them, and so other people might find them to be a lot more enjoyable than I did. Personally, I just found that they didn't work particularly well and there was a distinct lack of chocolate mixed with too much peppermint, meaning that they just had a very strong minty taste.
In conclusion, I will probably assist my husband in finishing the bubbles off tonight, purely because the bag will be perched in front of my face. However, I personally wouldn't buy this product and there are many other sweets and chocolate products I would rather consume. I am giving them 3 stars because I didn't particularly enjoy them, but I still ended up eating half of the packet, and my husband really liked them.
Summary: Not very impressed
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