“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Dark „
So there I was standing in the confectionary
isle in my local Sainsbury's trying to decide what
chocolate to go for when I noticed this one, now
to be fair at first it doesn't look all that great in
just the plain white packaging, but trust me looks
can be deceiving and at 30p I defiantly wasn't
going to give this a miss
The reason I bought the chocolate was because
I am trying out all different own brands, solely in
the name of research and also to find out what
darkchocolate would be good for my dark
chocolate cakes. So home I went with my
chocolate to give a taste and I have to say that
it has a very nice taste to it when you bite into
it and also as it melts in your mouth the good
thing about it is that I never left any nasty
after-taste in your mouth like some other own
brand chocolates I have tried.
Now while giving the chocolate a taste I did
notice that the squares could have been made
a little smaller so you could pop it in your mouth,
but as I was only going to be using it for a
different purpose I foresaw this little flaw a
proceeded to break it up to see how it melted
in the microwave (and I did very well without
tasting 'gritty' and lumpy).
So to summarise if you are a fan of dark chocolate
and are wanting something nice a cheap
then I would defiantly buy this, as for 30p for
a 100g bar you cant really go wrong
Ahhh, yet another chocolate tasting session, purely in the interest of research of course. At the moment I'm busy working my way through all the basic chocolates.
And todays victim is Sainsburys, it's slightly more expensive than the other supermarkets version at 45p but it's my experience that Sainsburys basic range is a step up from the other supermarkets value ranges. Does this transfer to the chocolate range though?
This is the only value chocolate I've tried that has a definite smell as soon as I open the packet. It has a good rich smell that without trying to be extremely cheesy it really does make you want to try it.
It has an immediate taste in your mouth, it just covers and coats the whole inside rather than just staying on the tongue. It's not as dark as some chocolate I have, I'm presuming that this is because it only has 52% minimum Cocoa Solids, therefore the bitterness isnt evident from the beginning, it's more evident in the aftertaste. And there really is an aftertaste that lasts for quite a considerable amount of time, it's not unpleasant either.
The fact that it doesnt have as much cocoa solids as the other means that the solids have to be replaced by something else, sugar is the second ingredient but that's followed by Cocoa Butter and Whey Powder. So we get a good dark flavour which begins to melt as soon as it's in your mouth and continues melting into nothingness.
The chocolate comes in quite big squares and to me thats just too much, the chocolate is quite strong and the fact that it melts quite quickly can make the flavour and the aftertaste very strong. No so much a delicate tickle on the tastebuds but more a punch in the mouth. To be honest, too much and it's very possible that you'll be sick. It's very much a chocolate you'd have a couple of squares of with a cup of coffee after dinner.
I like it though, I like it very very much. I really enjoy chocolate that melts easily and chocolate with a good strong flavour, and this combines the two. I also find it satisfies a chocolate craving without eating too much.
It's going to be an 'You either love it, or hate it' kind of chocolate. Personally at that price it's not going to be hard to find out which side of the fence you are on.
Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whey Powder, Emulsifiers: Soya Lecithin, Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate; Natural Flavouring: Vanilla.
Energy 2082kj, 499kcal
of which sugars 44.3g
of which saturates 19.6g
As it says on the label, "no fancy packaging, just a good bar of chocolate. That is exactly what you get when you purchase a bar of Sainsbury's Basics Dark Chocolate. Its main selling point is its stupendously low selling price of just 26p for a 100g bar. That's a saving of about 90% when you compare it to a similar branded product (Lindt for example).
In terms of quality, Sainsbury's Basics Dark Chocolate is perfectly acceptable. Containing around 52% cocoa solids, it is not the darkest or most sophisticated chocolate on the market, but neither is it the worst. It has quite a sweet taste for dark chocolate, so purists might want to shell out the extra money and go for something like Lindt's 90% cocoa chocolate, instead.
This dark chocolate is excellent for cooking and is a real money saver if you are making home made desserts. I regularly use it in sponges, cookies, muffins and even soufflés always with great results.
Although the packaging is not fancy or very aesthetically pleasing, it is informative, clearly displaying the nutritional values of the chocolate in Sainsbury's traditional 'traffic light' system. The bad news is that this chocolate scores highly (red light) for sugars, fat and saturated fat content. Having said that, it's a bar of chocolate, not a piece of celery, so you would expect it to be bad for you.
All in all I think Sainsbury's Basics Dark Chocolate is tremendous value for money. If you are looking to really pig out and eat a whole 100g bar of chocolate, I would probably go for something a little more luxurious, but if you are using it to cook, or just as a quick treat it really is great stuff. Just watch out for those calories.
We've always eaten Lidl's chocolate which is around a £1 for a bar around the same size. However, when you go into Sainsburys and see that there's a bar of dark chocolate for 27p you can't well not try it, can you? This is dark chocolate of at least 50% cocoa which I think is pretty reasonable. The stuff you buy in other supermarkets, or at least Lidl, varies from this mark to 60, 70, 80, etc. Probably around 50 - 80 is my favourite amount. We prefer to eat the higher cocoa percentages as it's meant to be healthy or something and it makes you feel less guilty about eating chocolate. 50% isn't particularly high, I guess, as I think 60 or 70 is probably the norm but it does beat some brands like Bournville which I think lies around the 40% mark. Either way, when you eat this it tastes like dark chocolate so I guess you can't ask for a lot more.
There are three chocolate squares per row and each square of the average size - thicker than the Basics milk chocolate bar though I think. When I first ate this bar I had to say I wasn't overly impressed as it felt quite gritty compared to the smoothness of Lidl's brand chocolate. However, I think it's one of those bars that grow on you, especially if you have been eating other brands of chocolate as now I am absolutely in love with this chocolate. It becomes very creamy when chewed and it melts okay if you are sucking at it. That said, I don't think it is that amazing a melter as you have to use quite small bite size pieces in order to get it to do that as the square itself is quite thick. I think the bar is actually quite addictive now and I am always sneaking in the kitchen for another square.
I have heard from another of people that this chocolate is no good for melting in the microwave either as apparently it sparks. Frankly, I do find that kind of worrying but I have not tried it myself to prove or disprove the numerous claims as I like my microwave too much. Either way, I have used this in baking a number of times by cutting it up into chocolate chip size pieces and chucking it in to muffins or cookies. I think it works quite well as this although to be honest I didn't like it much when I first did it. I think I prefer milk chocolate in these sort of goods although I thought it worked okay when using half milk chocolate and half dark chocolate.
Just eating this bar regularly, though, I think it's great. I don't think the taste lasts a long time but then I don't find this with many chocolates around. It's very pleasant to chew on and I think it has a good flavour, far better than the likes of Bourneville and a few over chocolates that I have bought for well over the price in other supermarkets. It's well worth trying for 27p. The milk chocolate is also good so I recommend that as well. Obviously this bar isn't much to look at as it's just the regular white and orange packaging and obviously it's not going to be particularly healthy but I think dark chocolate is one of those things where you can have a square or two, as opposed to milk chocolate where you're practically compelled to eat the whole thing. I recommend giving it a go.
I am a huge fan of chocolate but being on a tight budget after my partner lost his job and the arrival of a new baby, we need to cut down our outgoings. The last thing I wanted to give up was my intake of chocolate. Without it I would be lost. I am a total chocoholic.
Tucked at the bottom of the chocolate aisle in Sainsbury's I noticed these white packets with Sainsbury's basics printed across the top. I then saw the word chocolate and had to have a closer look.
The packaging wasn't appealing at all really but who cares about the packaging. It's very basic, plain white with the product details printed on the front in orange. Underneath where it states the bar is dark chocolate it says, no fancy packaging, just a good bar of chocolate. And it couldn't be more right.
I then noticed the price, at only 27p. This is a steal at that price and I thought it's worth a try, if I don't like it we can always melt it down and make crispy cakes for the kids with it.
The chocolate itself is lovely, and will leave you wanting more. Once you've opened the packaging you are able to smell the sweet aroma of the dark chocolate. As the chocolate melts away in your mouth it taste like you paid a lot more than 27p for. The quality of the chocolate is made to a very high standard. I was pleasantly surprised that it tasted so good. Unlike some cheap brands of chocolate, once you've finished your serving it doesn't leave that nasty taste in your mouth. If anything it leaves a lasting taste of delight.
Each bar contains 500 calories, 31.6grams of fat and a total of 44.4 grams of sugar! These are very high so I would recommend to only having this as a treat and to only have a few of the chunks.
The chocolate is suitable for vegetarians.
Overall this is a great bar of chocolate and at the bargain price of 27pence, I would recommend giving it a go, you really can't go wrong.
There is also available a milk and white chocolate version of this chocolate bar which also have a great taste and are also priced at the very low price of 27p.
It's hardly a secret to anyone that has been reading my reviews for a while that I am rather partial (to say the least!) to a nice bar of chocolate. In truth it is probably my biggest indulgence where food is concerned, and for the most part I am much more interested in the taste than anything else; frankly, if you're really concerned about eating healthily at all times, then chocolate is not the best food to be consuming in the first place!
So, putting on the pounds is not something I worry too much about. Taking out the pounds (from my wallet), however, is another matter, as some chocolate can be extremely expensive. With that in mind, I thought I would get hold of one of the cheapest large slabs of chocolate available: the 100g dark bar from Sainsbury's no-frills Basics range. This set me back a mighty 27p, which to put things in perspective is about half the price of one standard Dairy Milk for twice the weight of chocolate!
The packaging is - well - basic. It's made from rather cheap and nasty plastic, with no foil anywhere in evidence inside or out. This does mean that it is not possible to recycle it, but then the same applies to the foil-backed wrappers too. The design, such as it is, is in the usual Basics style of orange text on a white background, which again doesn't look a million dollars, but then as you haven't paid a million dollars, why worry? Interestingly, the bar is made in Belgium, just like some much more expensive brands.
There is good nutrition information, with the usual coloured wheel showing that the bar is high in sugar and fat. My goodness, I never would have guessed. 499 kcal for the 100g bar is pretty average for chocolate. Vegetarians will be pleased to know that they can eat this chocolate - it's very nice to see that achieved in such a cheap bar. Despite being a dark bar, however, it *does* contain milk as well as soya, and manufacturing methods mean that those who have to watch for nut and gluten will be disappointed.
I really wasn't sure what to expect when I opened this bar, which incidentally wasn't the easiest thing to do because of that shiny plastic wrapper. The note on the back that the bar had a 52% cocoa content was interesting: that's rather lower than the 70% or so that many plain bars have, but higher than the 39% cocoa of Cadbury's Bournville. Actually, though, the smell wasn't too bad; you wouldn't say it was luxurious, and there was something of cooking chocolate about it, but it didn't make me want to chuck it out.
The bar's flat chunks have a rather derisory pattern of lines scraped into the top, but at least it's something: many cheapo bars don't bother with decoration at all. And so to eating the thing. To my slight surprise, it really wasn't bad at all, melting quite nicely in my mouth and with a fairly strong cocoa flavour. I wouldn't say that it was up to the standards of, say, Lindt - it's nowhere near - and the less pleasant aftertaste gives away its cheapness a bit, but for 27p I do think it punches a bit above its weight, and as such is a bit of a bargain.
Sainsbury's has 3 very nice Basics chocolate bar that have the similar white packaging as all the other Basics products. I reviewed already the white and milk chocolate so it is time to share my chocolate cake recipe with you which is based on this particular chocolate.
As you may guessed this chocolate is available only in Sainsbury's and on it online shop. The 100 g bar costs only 27 pence which is a bargain. It is a perfect chocolate for cooking. I have to admit that I am not a dark chocolate fun. The few times I eat dark chocolate I prefer the orange flavoured one with high cocoa content. So I use this chocolate only in cakes. Naturally I tasted it just a few minutes ago but I found it a bit bitter. I prefer milk chocolate to dark one.
Dark chocolate - especially the one with high cocoa content - has several positive effects on our health. So if you like dark chocolate you should eat 1-2 chucks every day. It will reduce your blood pressure and has antioxidant effects.
The ingredients of this chocolate are as follows: Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whey Powder (from Cows' Milk), Emulsifiers: Soya Lecithin, Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate; Natural Flavouring: Vanilla.
The energy content of 100 g is 499 kcal which is naturally a little less than the milk chocolate's energy content. This chocolate is suitable for vegetarians. It was made in Belgium just like the other Sainsbury's Basics chocolates.
And now as you know the main things about this crunchy dark chocolate I suggest you to try this cake. When I want a great success I always prepare this cake.
CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE
175 g butter
180 g dark chocolate
125 g sugar
200 g ground almond
I put a pot with some water to boil. I put a smaller pot over it and I put in it the butter, the chocolate and the sugar. I let them melt and occasionally I stir it. When the butter and the chocolate are melt totally I get it down from the steam and I add the 4 egg yolks. I whip the egg whites and add to the chocolate stuff. Finally I add the ground almond. I stir it well and I pour it in a baking pan. I bake it in a preheated oven at 160 C for about 25 minutes. Take care not to overbake. It should be like brownie. When it is ready you should coat it with dark chocolate and decorate it. To prepare dark chocolate coat melt 100 g of dark chocolate in a tablespoon of oil over steam and work quickly with it. I use a spoon and a brush to prepare the perfect cake cover. Then I write with white chocolate icing on it. Occasionally I cut a shape out of the cake and coat that shape. For example I prepared a heart shaped cake for Valentine's Day. Bon apetit!