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My mum regularly buys me the chocolate heaven bars (from home bargains) and I love them but one day she accidentally bought the caramel version and I was very disappointed! I'm going to try to be fair in this review because I need to decide whether in themselves they're not great or whether this is just in comparison to the wonderful chocolate ones I'm addicted to! Now if they'd just added caramel to the Chocolate Heaven bar, then this could have worked but it seems that they've made the chocolate inferior to that bar - why would they do this? The caramel is very sweet and I could feel the sugar attacking my teeth. The Heaven bars don't last long at all in the cupboard but the caramel ones just kept lurking there until an unsuspecting visitor came who we could give them to. I may be being prejudiced and unfair against them - I must admit I was a little upset when I realised they weren't my usual bar and I may not have approached them with a positive frame of mind but I did go back and try them for a second time and still wasn't overly impressed. Well, I said I'd do my best to be fair but in conclusion not such a great bar and very much inferior to the Chocolate Heaven Ainsley Harriot bars!
Not so very long ago, I tried the Ainsley Harriott Chocolate Heaven bars and absolutely loved them, so I was very eager to try these Caramel Delight bars from the same range. I was a bit wary of paying the full RRP of over a pound, but galloping to the rescue came the Home Bargains discount chain, whose nearest shop to me was stocking them for a much more attractive 49p for the five-bar packet - coincidentally exactly the same price that I'd paid for the other bars from a completely different discount shop when I looked at those! As you might expect from a caramelly product, the wrapper is big on yellow/cream/brown sorts of colours - together, naturally, with a picture of Ainsley Harriott himself. The main body of the wrapper is fine, though a little bit "supermarket" in feel, perhaps due to the boring photo of the bars on the front. I can't say I'm too comfortable with Ainsley's expression, though: his grin seems a bit fixed and his eyes bore into you as though he were trying to practise his hypnotism skills! The bars are, I'm afraid, not actually *made* by Mr Harriott, but by a company called Rivington Foods in Wigan. One thing that isn't often mentioned about nutrition information is how annoying it is that in this country (unlike, for example, the US) there is no standard design for the panels, meaning that you often have to squint horribly just in order to see the figures. Ainsley and co should therefore be congratulated for making their information section stand out in quite large, bold and contrasty print. On the debit side, they don't give percentages of GDA at all, which is a bit poor these days. One bar (25 grams) will bite into your daily allowance to the tune of 122 kcal, 4.1g of sugar and 6.0g of fat; all pretty much what you'd expect. The bars are veggie-friendly, but do contain milk, wheat, gluten and soya. As with the chocolate version of this product, the small bars inside are individually wrapped, but in pretty basic wrapping that is a bit of a pain to get off without squishing the chocolate. It's worth the effort, though: once you get the thing out you're hit with a lovely waft of caramel aroma that has just a touch of burnt honey about it; it may even be best to spend more time smelling this bar than actually eating it! The wafer seems a bit more prominent (as compared to the other ingredients) than with the Chocolate Heaven, thus making this seem slightly less special. There was nothing too bad about the taste, but again it didn't have the enveloping luxury of its stablemate. Nice, yes, but I don't think I would rush out and buy it again at all costs, even at this price. The caramel part of the flavour works well, and the Belgian milk chocolate coating is of good quality as you would expect (albeit only 20% cocoa, which is quite low for Belgian choc) but the wafer falls into the common trap of making the bar as a whole taste just that bit too dry. Really this is a 3.5 star bar, but I've headed towards three as I know from my Chocolate Heaven experience that it could have been better.
**Introduction** When it comes to the larger than life man named Ainsley Harriot many people are split between feelings of love and hate. I suppose I am in the middle when it comes to him as although I do find him annoying I do quite enjoy his enthusiasm for cooking from shows like Ready Steady Cook. I was aware that he had his own range of products but was not really clued up about what the range included. I saw these in my local Morrisons a while back and as there were seven bars for just 99p I thought I would try them. I bought a pack of these yesterday and here is my review. **The Bars** These bars are marketed by Rivington who are also behind the Montana Bars. As well as this "Caramel Delight" bar there is also the "Chocolate Heaven" which is the same price and looks pretty similar as the caramel bar. So what are these bars all about?? The bar is a combination of crisp wafer, chocolate chips, chocolate flavour cream and caramel thickly coated in Belgian milk chocolate. Each bar is snack sized and has a nice look. **The Taste** Once you bite into the bar you instantly get the mix of the caramel and the chocolate mixing with the chips to create a very nice biscuity taste which is very pleasant indeed. I would have preferred the bars a bit more if the Caramel was runny like in a Mars Bar but the caramel on offer here is far from lacking in a nice taste. These are not rich chocolate bars so they will go great as a snack or as an addition to your sandwiches at lunchtime. The taste makes these very appealing. **Overall** These bars are very impressive as they have a great taste and at 99p for a packet of 7 are really quite cheap in price. These are one of the nicest smaller chocolate bars I have tried and I will certainly buy these again and I will also try the other variety in this range. Great for packed lunches and late night snacks as well as any other time except breakfast maybe. These are a real delight. Thank you Ainsley. The only drawback with these is they are not quite as nice as the bigger more individual bars.
When I came across these I thought that with a name like 'Delight Bars' and made from a recipe by Ainsley Harriot, these were definitely worth a try. The picture on the front shows you a chunky little bar covered in smooth chocolate with a crisp wafer filling, chocolate chips and a layer of luscious caramel. I bought these in Morissons last week when they were 2 packs for £1.50 (middle Sept '08). A pack of these bars will cost you 99p (there's a big 'wow!' sign on the packet which caught my eye because I'm a sucker for a bargain!) and for your pennies you get 7 individually wrapped bars. Each bar is about 8cm long so they're quite small and great as a snack. I found this to be a good size and they're on the lower-fat side too with each 25g bar containing 122 calories & 6g fat. Each bar is made up of crisp wafter, milk choc chips, chocolate filling and a layer of caramel. They are then coated in real Belgian chocolate which has a rich chocolately flavour. I think these have a good balance; sometimes wafer-style chocolate bars can either be too gooey and sickly or too dry. The wafer is crisp and adds great texture to the bars. All in all, they do taste great. But I wasn't wowed over in delight by them. The caramel layer at the top was quite hard and chewy so I nibbled at the bar and ate the wafer first and saved the best taste until last (yes, I'm a little weird). They product did claim to have a thick coating of the Belgian chocolate, but I felt there could have been more. If you're looking for a full on chocolate heaven experience then these probably wont hit the spot. But if you like your wafer with some high quality chocolate to add some taste, then you'll love these. The good thing is that they're not too moreish so once you've had one that'll probably satisfy you and because they're small they don't have that heavy, over-rich, sickly sweet after feeling.
Delicious wafer layers, sandwiched between chocolate cream filling topped with real chocolate chips, creamy caramel coated in Belgian milk chocolate.