“ Brand: Chokablok / Type: Ice Cream „
Long with many people on review sites I am a Bzz Agent and recently I was sent a voucher to try a free tub of a new brand of ice-cream called ChokaBlok. Although I don't eat a lot of ice-cream I do like a bowl now and then and the rest of my family love the stuff so I picked up a 500ml tub on my next trip to Tesco. As far as I can tell it is only available in Tesco stores although it is made by a company called R&R Ice-cream who are responsible for brands such as Skinny Cow, Kelley's and Fruit-pastille lollies.
There are seven flavours to choose from in the tubs so I selected The Rocky Road of Love as I particularly like Chocolate ice-cream.
The tub is quite a tall, box shape. I like the shape as it is easy to hold and takes up less room in the freezer than the round tubs. It is made of plastic but there does not seem to be any recycling symbols on it at all which surprised me. The manufacturer's state that the packaging keeps the ingredients fresher for longer but since it is a frozen product I think that is complete rubbish! The expiry date was just less than a year from when I bought it.
My tub is an eye-catching purple design and the top of the lid has a photograph designed to look as if the pot is open and you have already taken a scoop. I like this idea as it gives you a good idea about the product you are buying and helped me select one that would suit my family as I could see it wasn't completely chocolate ice-cream so that would please my other half who doesn't like chocolate as much as me.
After tea that night we were all looking forward to trying the ice-cream. I do like the premium brand products best and at £3.99 for 500ml I was hoping this would give Ben and Jerry's a run for its money.
Trying to get the ice-cream out of the tub straight from the freezer proved to be very difficult so we left it to stand for a few minutes to soften. The narrow lid makes getting the ice-cream out when it is very frozen quite difficult. I wasn't surprised that the ice-cream was hard as most of the richer ice-cream tend to be more solid, definitely not a Soft-scoop variety!
The ice-cream looked really tempting. The chocolate ice-cream was swirled with a lighter ice-cream which marshmallow flavour all combined with a sticky toffee sauce and lot of chunky pieces of biscuit, marshmallows and little chocolate hearts.
I quite liked the flavour of the chocolate ice-cream, it tasted rich without being sickly or heavy, more a milk-chocolate flavour than a dark-chocolate flavour. Unfortunately I couldn't discern any noticeable flavour from the paler ice-cream. It was supposed to be marshmallow flavour but there was nothing to it at all, really it tasted rather watery to me. The toffee sauce was sweet but once again wasn't sickly, it had a real caramel toffee flavour which was nice, I am not usually a fan of sauces but this went really well with the ice-cream.
The ice-cream also contained a very generous helping of chunks. I have found that sometimes these products can be a bit lacking in the added extras but it was hard to eat a mouthful of this one without coming across the bits with bite. I liked the biscuit which didn't have much flavour but had a nice crunch and I liked the little chocolate hearts sprinkled throughout even though they weren't the best quality chocolate but I couldn't stand the marshmallows. I love marshmallows normally but somehow when they were mixed up and frozen in the ice-cream they just seemed to feel like slimy globules in my mouth which I really didn't like. The flavour was fine, they tasted sweet like the mini-marshmallows but it was the texture that I really couldn't take too.
The rest of my family ate the ice-cream quite happily but all declared that it was not as good on their favourite Ben and Jerry's flavours as they prefer better tasting ice-cream even if there are less "bits".
The manufacturers promote these ice-creams as being made with whole milk, double cream etc so I was expecting a rich tasting product without too many extra ingredients. I didn't even look at the ingredient list until I came to write this review and I must say I was rather shocked. The first three ingredients are Whole Milk, Sugar and Double Cream but this is then followed by water and then varieties of skimmed milk, sugars and oil. The ice-cream also contains several emulsifiers as well as pork gelatine so wouldn't be suitable for vegetarians.
A 100ml (85g) serving contains 200 calories, 18.2g of sugar and 10.3g of fat (of which 6.1g is saturated, that is a third of an adults recommended amount). These are all quite high figures and a 100ml serving is about a normal ice-cream scoop size. However if it is only an occasional treat then these figures wouldn't be a problem.
Overall I would say that this ice-cream didn't quite live up to my expectations. It looked wonderful but the lack of flavour in the marshmallow ice-cream and the slimy marshmallow pieces just seemed to let it down. If I saw it on a good offer then I would possibly consider buying it again as a treat for my family as it is pleasant enough but I would not consider buying it at full price as I think it is too expensive for what it is.
Chocablok is a range of ice cream that you can either buy as a tub of ice cream or buy in a box of ice cream bars. These currently retail at £3.99 a tub or £2.79 for a box of 3 bars from Tesco.
Chocablok ice cream comes in the following flavours; Cookie dough mon-star, Billionaires shortcake, The chocolate extremist, Cherry bomb brownie, Gold digger dynamite, Peanut butter nutter and The rocky road of love.
There are currently only three flavours available in the ice cream bars which are; Peanut butter nutter, The chocolate extremist and Billionaires dynamite.
I received a voucher for a free tub of Chocablok, so I decided to try the 'Peanut butter nutter' tub of ice cream. This contained a mixture of peanut butter and chocolate ice cream, milk chocolate covered peanuts, chocolate drops and caramel sauce.
I have never been a big fan of ice cream before, so I was very dubious before trying this, but I have now been completely converted! It is absolutely gorgeous.
The ice cream is lovely, really creamy, but not too sickly. The chocolate covered peanuts and chocolate drops add to the flavour and the caramel sauce is rich but again not in a sickly way and each part of the desert all compliments each other to make a delicious luxury ice cream that will be finding it's way into my shopping trolley on a regular bases.
You do need to leave it out of the freezer for about ten to 15 minutes before serving as if like me, you try to serve it straight away you will find that the only thing you manage to achieve is bending your spoon as the ice cream is very hard!
My husband and two older daughters aged 13 and 12 also tried it and they also all loved the ice cream and could not find a single fault. I would definitely recommend this ice cream to all my friends and family as it is choca-tastic!
I'm lucky enough to be a tester for new products on through BuzzAgent, and this has to be one of the best, it's tubs of yummy ice cream called ChokaBlok. It's is a luxury ice cream made from an indulgent blend of the finest ingredients including real chocolate, whole milk, double cream and free- range eggs and only available in Tesco and on Tesco.com
Their website describe the ice cream as "ChokaBlok is a luxury ice cream crammed with sweet treats, silky sauce and delicious extra bits, which means you'll taste a little bit of what you love in every mouthful."
They come in 7 yummy flavours of Cherry Bomb Brownie, Cookie Dough Mon-Star, Gold Digger Dynamite, Billionaires Shortcake, The Chocolate Extremist, The Rocky Road of Love and Peanut Butter Nutter.
These are luxury ice cream with really chunky bits, sauces and syrups and uses the best and indulgent ingredients that you get in every scrumptious mouthful.
Cherry Bomb Brownie, this is the only fruity one in the selection, but what a powerful punch of fruit you get with this, crammed with juicy cherries, squidgy brownies and choclate chips, and then if that wasn't enough, it oooooooozes an amazing sweet cherry sauce. At 190 calories per scoop, this isn't a sinful end to a dinner party, and also a great way to share a bit of luxury with a loved one in front of the TV.
If you don't want to go the whole hog and buy a tub, then there are also a selection of wicked Ice Cream Sticks which would give the other luxury sticks a stiff competition. The sticks include peanut butter nutter, chocolate extremist, and billionaires dynamite.
Never has Ice Cream been so good :), and you can tell it is made using quality ingredients and is a real treat, but don't just keep it for special occasions. So get this great-tasting ChokaBlok ice cream, at tesco.com, for £3.99, but here is a small bonus with my review, have a discount when you buy on tesco.com! Use online code "GRFKR3"