“ Candy Bars „
We always think that brand named Chocolate is the best, and I have to say that is pretty much the case. I don't feel that way about value and brand named Chocolate Biscuits though. it could be because there isn't that much Chocolate on them. however I decided to try this Chocolate Bar, as it was on offer and I like Chocolate with Caramel. I think this was 89p for the 100g bar, or 2 for £1.50 from the Sainsbury's Chocolate Bar range, so we got this one and another one. The pack looks ok. The Chocolate is covered in a foil wrapper and there is a thick paper covering on the outside. Not the most colourful wrapper as it is mainly browns and a splash of orange. This is a large enough block of Chocolate that has easy to snap off bits of Chocolate. I didn't count how many Squares there is in this, but since they are 4 wide, then I would guess there is 20 good sized blocks. The Chocolate was Milky, but not overly Milky and sweet like Dairy Milk. The Caramel was thick and gooey and that bit runny. This was pretty sweet and not too sickly. I thought the Milk Chocolate had a slight Powdery taste to it though. This was nice enough but not a patch on Cadbury's Caramel and for that reason I don't think I would eat this again.
The boyfriend is a bit wierd and likes to eat all of his chocolate after it has been in the freezer, the thing is with this soft caramel bar from Sainsburys, the caramel centre does not freeze at all no matter how long it has been in the freezer. Personally I like to eat my bar at room temperature and this is one of my favourites from the Sainsbury own brand range. Each bar is 79p which is excellent value for what I think if my memory serves me correctly is a 150g bar however I could be wrong about the weight but is either that or 200g. It is very similar to the Cadbury Caramel bar howeverthere is a difference in taste. The chocolate us nice and creamy and the caramel centre is very runny and sweet tasting, it is very smooth and the two combinations work well together. I do find that the chocolate is a bit thin on the top but the base of the bar is thick enought with a solid feel when you bite through it. This is a tasty chocolate bar and is also very good value and I would recommend it to anyone.
After having tried the mint creme bar in the same range and enjoying it, I decided to try the soft caramel bar. The packaging is simple but attractive, with the colours reflecting the filling. The packaging includes a picture of the product within which is both helpful and enticing. In the top right hand corner can be found Sainsbury's 'wheel of health' traffic light system to help you make calories, fat, saturated fat, salt and sugar comparisons with other similar products. You need to aim for green and amber and as few reds as possible! Upon opening the wrapper, the smell is not particularly apparent, but it looks as any chocolate should do - smooth, slightly shiny and...chocolatey (one would hope!). The chocolate is quite easy to break, but often doesn't break evenly, leaving you with very sticky fingers as the caramel oozes out all over them! The product is tasty, but as with all cheaper chocolate which uses more sugar and fat compared with the cocoa and milk contents, the chocolate is less satisfying and awfully moreish, leading to far too much being consumed in one go! This range of chocolate bars used to come wrapped in thin foil with a paper outer, which was nicer and more convenient as this packaging won't stay rolled up and when it unrolls from around a caramel bar in a bag...well, you can imagine the problems caused! Recently Sainsbury's has changed the wrappers over to a cheaper, less attractive style which wouldn't worry me so much, but the ingredients have changed too - something which would be easy to miss. I think the price has dropped too, which clearly indicates they're using lesser quality ingredients. If you compare the 'wheel of health' symbols of the new and old bars, it can be seen that the bar now contains more sugar and more fat, which I am not happy about, even though I'm not at all any sort of health freak. If you visit Sainsbury's now, you may see the new and the old on the shelves. If you do, compare them for yourselves. It would be interesting to compare the new and old bars to see if there really is much of a taste difference. It's a shame, anyway.