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This is one of those very indulgent desserts that Marks and Spencer do really well at making. It is definately one for chocolate lovers as the ingredents are exclusively chocolate based. Apart from some whipped cream the rest of the ingredients are chocolate in one form or another.
The bulk of the dessert is provided by a dark chocolate mousse which is quite strong in flavour and then added to this you have, chocolate brownie chunks, moist chocolate muffins, white chocolate pieces, milk chocolate buttons, chocolate fudge sauce and biscuit pieces coated in chocolate as well as chocolate minstrels. I may have missed some of the ingredients there are just so many.
The taste is devine however it can become over powering and it certainly helps if you are a chocolate fanatic. It has a creamy texture with the chocolate sauce providing a slightly stick texture to it, certainly the brownies were really nice and the cream helped make it a bit more mild.
Needless to say a 100g serving is packed with over 300 calories and loads of fat as well.
I paid £2.99 for this in Marks and Spencer and it was worth every penny.
Now those nice people at Marks and Spencers do produce some very nice desserts and I would imagine that they sometimes have a fair few ingredients left over so I reckon some bright spark in the chocolate dessert product design department (CDPDD which sounds like the latest name for the American Rap artist) struck on the idea of adding all the left over ingredients into a big plastic container and flogging it off as Crazy Chocolate Overload.
What you are left with is 400g of chocolate heaven for which I would gladly swap my youngest born, in fact after two weeks in a tent in the Dordogne with the young lady in question I will accept offers of half a portion. To fully appreciate this you do have to like your chocolate as it has an almost smothering over powering taste of the stuff given that in M&S own words it is crammed with various types and forms of chocolate. There is a slight balance to the non stop chocolate taste in the form of some whipped cream which does help to smooth it out a bit, but the emphasis here is on the word bit.
When I say it is crammed with chocolate what that means is you get a mixture of chewy chocolate brownies, moist chocolate muffins, crunch biscuits, milk and white chocolate chunks, chocolate fudge sauce, dark chocolate mousse and of course the whipped cream. I was disappointed that it was not sold with a separate serving of hot chocolate sauce and a scoop of chocolate ice cream just to finish it off (heavy sarcasm noted). However it does not end there because there are also some chocolate sweets thrown in for good measure in the form of large chocolate buttons and some malteser style confectionary. Now after that description you will either be drooling or barfing and certainly this is not for everyone and eve myself a confirmed chocolate addict could only handle a small serving before it all became a bit to much.
Overall the ingredients do combine well together even if visually once you serve the dessert it does look a mess, the mousse is really light with a good melt in your mouth quality while the combination of the brownies, muffins and fudge give it a chewy texture which is contrasted by the crunchy biscuits and chocolate buttons. There is a decent spread of the ingredients so a small serving will get a bit of everything. The only slight disappointment was that there was a lack of white chocolate pieces which meant that their flavour was completely masked, visually they add to the look of the dessert but they added little to the overall flavour. For me the best bits were definitely the contrast of the dark mousse with the cream and the large chocolate buttons.
This product is ideal for weight watchers as after eating it you can just sit back and watch the pounds pile on, actually it is not a complete disaster as a 100g serving has 310 calories in it (so that is only 16% of an adults intake) and 31.3g of carbs however it does provide 58% of your daily saturated fat intake so maybe it is not quite part of a healthy balanced diet. My advice is to make use of it in the bedroom to spice up your love life which was the plan we had, Mrs FDH was all ready on the bed, I crept down to the fridge, I then decided to have a quick test to check it had not gone off, ten minutes later the pot was half empty, I felt sick and she had fallen asleep having given up waiting.
Sold in M&S, I paid £2.99 for my one but I think it may have been on offer at the time, no nuts in it but it is not guaranteed nut free and it also contain cows milk, gluten, wheat, eggs and Soya so that should cover most food allergies.
For chocolate lovers this is a nice occasional treat however I did find it a bit overpowering and is not something I would rush out to buy again given that it is a little pricey, certainly it has not replaced cheesecake as my favourite dessert.
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Dessert. Brand: Marks and Spencer.