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      19.07.2012 18:03
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      Lovely taste and texture making chocolate recipes far more affordable and accessible. Taking cost i

      This is a plain chocolate containing cocoa solids at a minimum of 52%. The ingredients declaration is as follows:

      Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whey Powder (from Cows' Milk), Emulsifiers: Soya Lecithin, Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate; Flavouring.

      The two things of note are the unlike many plain chocolate is does contain some milk, not enough to be tasted but enough to rule if our to and lactose intolerants. It also contains another allergen soya, which is quite common in many chocolate. Common with many chocolates on the market is has a warning for nut cross contamination.

      This is a flat rectangular shaped bar of 100g in weight. It is packaged in the Basics usual white an orange packaging. The bar is easily broken into 8 sizeable chunks. At 30p a bar a total bargain.

      I normally avoid the basics range and go for a more premium option with chocolate, for reasons of taste and I often use it for cooking and if I am going to put the time and effort in I want something that is going to accentuate it! But I was recommended it by a friend who does a lot of sugar craft and cake baking.

      I have used this chocolate for a variety of uses so will describe it's performance in each:

      1 - EATING
      As at eating chocolate it has a smooth texture, fairly crisp as you would expect from a plain chocolate and a fairly "continental" flavour. Perhaps not quite as rich or rounded as some of the more expensive chocolate (such as green of blacks).

      2 - MELTING
      I have used this for melting and filling into small chocolate moulds. The chocolate melts easily (both in a double broiler or an electric melting pot, I have no tried in the microwave as I do not like this method), and no bloom was evident in the moulds and the texture remained smooth.

      3 - CAKE BAKING
      One of my signature bakes is a chocolate marble cake with used melted chocolate in the sponge element. This chocolate melts easily and folds in well. The 52% cocoa powder delivers a strong flavour and the ultimate cake texture is a good one too (comparable with more expensive chocolate)

      4 - CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
      I have tried many times over the years to make chocolate mousse, but unsuccessfully. This year I found a new recipe and not wanting to waste an expensive bar of chocolate I used this. The mousse turned out perfectly (of course it may have with other chocolate too), the flavour and texture lovely too. One bar of chocolate made 3 mousses, so a tasty and cheap dessert.

      I cannot think of may other culinary uses for the chocolate, but this bar is now my plain chocolate of choice for all normal baking and cooking activities. Lovely taste and texture making chocolate recipes far more affordable and accessible. Taking cost into account I cannot give it anything but full marks.

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        04.01.2010 06:54
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        Lovely rich dark chocolate for mere pennies

        100g of chocolate for 27p - resistance is futile.

        I love chocolate and combining that with a bargain hunting streak and this is a gem of a find.

        Packaging
        100g of plain chocolate in a bar (split in to cubes) and wrapped in the classic Sainsburys basic white wrapping with minimal orange decoration. No frills and no fuss!

        Price
        27p ONLY!

        Testing!

        I was a little dubious that it wouldn't be an edible bar of chocolate gives the price, but sadly for my waist line it is perfectly palatable.
        It is not a very sweet plain chocolate but there is sufficient sugary taste to avoid bitterness, although it is borderline. It is quite a strong flavour and I would have to be in the right mood to manage to eat a whole bar of it!

        It melted nicely in my mouth, but did take a while, although it went to very runny liquid when dropped in hot chocolate.

        What I found though was that this was one of the best plain chocolates I have used for cooking with. The strong flavour came through well and the melted consistency is great for cake baking. I haven't yet been able to burn it (frequent accident in my kitchen!) I have found cooking with dark chocolate very expensive before and this totally makes is much more affordable and a very tempting pastime!!!!

        Nutritional info
        499kcal, 47.7g Carbohydrate, 31.4g Fat, 6.4g Protein, 8.8g Fibre, Salt
        Cocoa mass, Sugar, Cocoa butter, Whey powder, Emulsifiers, Vanilla

        - No milk of nuts for those sensitive/avoiding!

        Conclusion

        Bargain treat if I am in need of strong dark chocolate (let's be honest when am I not), and a good basic to keep in the kitchen for cooking or dunking (if I can keep it wrapped up and unnibbled!)

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          10.10.2009 00:17
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          An Average Bar Of Eating Chocolate But Yummy On Fairy Cakes!

          I love to make fairy cakes with my nieces and nephews and for my fiance but I like to try and do this as cheaply as possible. This usually means that I purchase a budget dark or milk chocolate to top the cakes with. The plain chocolate has recently been renamed as Dark chocolate by Sainsburys and I believe this is because some people do not realise that they are the same thing (I never used to either!)

          In the past I have purchased basic or value chocolate (milk and dark) and then melted it down with a little water and used it to top off my sponge cakes.

          This 'Basics' bar of Dark Chocolate is currently available from Sainsbury's for just 27p and this usually tops around 30 cakes with a lovely generous layer that takes a good couple of hours to really set hard and avoid getting any finger prints in.

          The packaging is basic but then I'd expect nothing more. It has the familiar Sainsbury's orange and white colour scheme that I will always associate with cheaper products from Sainsburys.

          The chocolate is in squares and there is nothing fancy to it, no logos or anything like that on it. It's easy enough to break off the amount of chocolate that I want and then just store the rest in the fridge.

          The chocolate is not the best tasting that I've ever eaten. It's rich and fairly bitter without being too bitter. It does have a slight taste that I tend to associate with cheap chocolate. Once it's been melted down, placed on top of fairy cakes and put in the fridge for a couple of hours it does taste more appetising. I usually top my cakes with icing writing, hundreds and thousands or something like that and this usually tastes away from the cheap chocolate taste anyway.

          Nutritional Information Per 25g serving:

          Calories 125 (Orange)
          Fat 7.9g (Red)
          Sat Fat 4.g (Red)
          Total Sugar 11.1g (Red)
          Salt Trace (Green)

          I would rate this chocolate 3/5 as it's not bad for the price paid. I wasn't expecting it to be as nice as Cadbury's Bourneville or something but it really is ideal for topping off my cakes with. I will continue to buy this as it's a very cheap way to make treats for the family without breaking the budget or mucking around with actual icing. It's not bad to eat on it's own but I'd prefer a bar of Bourneville instead!

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            09.10.2009 23:21
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            Yum!

            Although this is actually a review for Sainsbury's Basics Dark Chocolate, I am reasonably sure that this is the place to put it seeing as Sainsbury's no longer do a 'Plain' chocolate and seem to have replaced it with this.

            Sainsbury's Basics range is a range of products which are available much more cheaply than the normal brands. They have easily recognisable white and orange packaging and this chocolate is no different. It is packaged in white thin plastic with an orange bar across the top and the words 'No fancy packaging, just a good bar of chocolate' written in a handwriting style font across the front.

            Inside you will find a 100 gram bar of chocolate that is split into large squares. They are easily broken off from the bar with a satisfying snap. The chocolate is not very thick but is does look attractive with a simple slanted lines design etched on it.

            The chocolate tastes quite nice. It is a bit like cooking chocolate and it doesn't have the very rich, cocoa-y taste to it that more expensive dark chocolate does, however it is still enjoyable and quite morish, and it will melt in your mouth.

            Considering this chocolate only costs 27 pence I think it is really good value and if I was looking for a cheap dark chocolate or a cooking chocolate I would happily buy it again.

            However it is obviously not any good for you, as a quarter of a bar contains 125 calories, 7.9 grams of fat and 11.1 grams of sugar. And clearly very few people are going to stop at a quarter of a bar!

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              26.07.2009 02:56
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              Great for cheap-chocolate lovers

              When I was Vegan I tried this stuff since it doesn't actually have any milk in it! (Although it does say it isn't suitable for lactose-intolerance sufferers =( )
              Due to the low cocoa content it doesn't taste as bitter as plain / dark chocolate usually does, which appealed to me. It was almost like a milk-free version of milk chocolate! (Though I have to say, since I stopped being Vegan and discovered milk chocolate again, I'm not sure this really is quite the same...)
              Its texture is soft and its not really crunchy like sometimes I find Cadburys chocolate is, but as it is typical cheap chocolate, it won't melt in your mouth like other high-brand chocolate bars.
              If you're a fan of cheap chocolate, this is great, but if you only like the better stuff, you really won't like this stuff- I know my friend didn't!
              The price is amazing- 27p! Though I'm not keen on the amount of calories in one bar...
              As I mentioned in previous reviews, the Sainsburys Basics range is good for price, but this quality of cheap products tends to be consistent, so although it will be alright for cheap-chocolate lovers like myself, other items are not so nice...
              If you like the sound of this, try the other Basic chocolate bars too!

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              26.03.2009 14:47
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              This chocolate is a great cupboard standby and there are other flavours too

              I am constantly using chocolate when I bake and unfortunately this can make things quite expensive if you use brand name chocolate bars all the time. So, I was very pleased when I discovered these cheap little bars and I now make sure there is always a couple of bars in the cupboard for making emergency cakes (i.e. when I forget a friend's birthday and don't have time to go to the shops!).

              The bars have 100g of chocolate and you should pay between 25p and 30p, with it normally costing 27p or 28p. I think it fluctuates occasionally when manufacture costs go up, or something like that, I think it shows that they try and keep the cost as low as possible, which is good. The chocolate is plain chocolate and has just over 50% cocoa solids (52% to be precise), which means it tastes similar to Bournville chocolate and is not as strong as dark chocolate (normally about 70%) but is stronger and less sweet than milk chocolate. This chocolate is perfect for baking as it is cheap and has a strong enough flavour to make things nice and chocolaty without being sickening.

              The wrapper is very plain with orange writing and a white background. I would describe the packaging as being like a packet in that there's just a single layer of plastic film around it instead of the usual foil and paper combination. This means you aren't paying for unnecessary packaging and there is less rubbish, but it is harder to reseal a half used package if it's made of a thin plastic wrapper.

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              15.03.2009 19:17
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              Get it, it's great

              I've been buying Sainsburys Basics dark chocolate (was called plain but is called dark now) for the past few years.

              The bar size is 100g and only costs 27p at the moment and I've never seen these more than 29p when i've bought them. The packaging is the basics plain text printed on a white film 'bag'. These are usually found on the bottom of the chocolate shelves. The bar has 15 pre scored pieces which are easy to break off (odd as values on the front are based on a quarter of the bar- how to divide 15 by 4??)

              I typically buy it to melt to dip strawberries in, use in chocolate krispies or on top of flapjack. It melts easily and sets hard quickly so is the perfect kind of chocolate or these. However my husband, a lover of dark chocolate, always asks me to save a few pieces- a good sign. He thinks this tastes equally good as standard dark chocolates and not bitter.

              I think this chocolate is a great credit crunch purchase for cooking and eating as it's just lovely and smooth. The only bad thing is that I usually buy fairtrade chocolate when I can and obviously this isn't. However that chocolate is a lot more expensive and there's nothing to say that a bar of Dairy Milk/ Bournville which costs around 80p-£1 for 100g is any better in those respects as that isn't fairtrade either. So conscience vs. cost you might need to weigh up for yourself depending on your what you normally buy.

              The bar contains 52% cocoa solids minimum

              Ingredients:
              Cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, whey powder, emulsifiers- soya lecithin, polyglycrol polyricinoleate, natural flavouring- vanilla

              Nutritional Info:
              499kcal, carbohydrates 47.7g (44.3g sugars), fat 31.4g (19.6g saturates), fibr 8.8g, protein 6.4g, salt traces

              This type of chocolate is also available in milk and white varieties too.

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                25.07.2008 01:59
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                Give it a try - it only costs 27p for 100 grams

                My God this stuff is good! I decided to try a 100 gram packet as it was just 27p. Which is cheap considering my normal 42 gram packet of chocolate can cost up to 50p in some shops. It lasts longer - but not much longer! I ate the entire pack in just a few minutes! It melts very quickly so don't keep it in your fingers for too long.

                I thought that it wouldn't taste very nice, but I was wrong. It has a very creamy taste. And it's chocolate, you can't go wrong with chocolate! However my brother said he didn't like the taste of it, but I suppose that's just because it had Sainsbury's Basic packaging on. I suppose many kids are like that - but they are wrong in thinking that it's not good enough.

                Next time you are shopping in Sainsbury's then pick up a bar of this, it's good value for money. But don't eat too much at a time!

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                It contains 516 calories and 31.6 grams of fat per 100 grams.

                Ingredients : Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk Powder*, Cocoa Mass, Whey Powder*, Lactose*, Emulsifiers : Soya Lecithin, Polyglcerol Polyrichinolete; Flavouring : Vanillin

                * From Cows' Milk

                It contains both milk and soya. It's not suitable for those with nut allergy due to the 'methods used'.

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                  25.07.2008 01:32
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                  Try it you might like it and it's less than 30p!

                  Everbody loves chocolate, it has mysterious magical properties that make it irressistabvle to us mere humans, well maybe it doesn't but there's definately something about it that makes us all love it. Not only is it fabulous tasting but it is actually known that dark chocolate is good for you!! Yes oyu heard me right!

                  It contains anti-oxidants
                  It's high in magnesium
                  It does actually make you feel happier
                  It contains some essentials nutrients
                  It's really good tasting

                  Most people have a favourite brand of chocolate out of several top quality, normally expensive names. But I like most chocolate, being a little strapped for cash a few months ago I decided to try saving some money buy buying Sainsbury's Basics Plain Chocolate rather than any big name. Like the Tesco Value range, Sainsbury's Basics does tend to have a reputation of being of poor quality and I would normally agree with this. However I found that this chocolate was the exception.

                  It comes in a plain white wapper with the orange bar of Sainsbury's Basics logo across the top and a picture made of orange lines of some chocolate sqyares, unlike the picture above it is wrapped in a plastic wrapper which doesn't break so easily meaning that you can slot the chocolate back inside the wrapper to save for later without breaking it.

                  When you open the 100g packet which only costs 27p you can smell the cocoa in the chocolate. There are about18 squares in the bar. They have a nice curved top with small ridges in to give it extra texture. It melts at just the right speed in your mouth, not to fast or to slow and has a lovely smooth texture. It tastes very strongly of cocoa. I like this and so loved the product but others might not as it is slightly more bitter than other chocolates.

                  Overall I think that this is a very tasty and very cheap chocolate and it's especially good seeing as it contains no milk, so my friend who is lactose intolerant can it too, I like to share my chocolate.

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