“ Brand: Hawkin's Bazaar / Type: Calculator „
I am sure a lot of you will have heard of Hawkins Bazaar and I used to recieve a copy of their catalogue from time to time. This is a number of years ago and I paid just under £10 for this Chocolate Calculator. The calculator looks like a bar of milk chocolate and has the word 'Chocolator' to the top right corner in white text. At the top centre of the bar is the solar panel that gives power to the calculator and in the top left corner of the chocolate bar is the display. I think the display is quite small really, the numbers are tiny and could be difficult to see if you don't have good eyesight. The first thing I actually noticed about the bar other than its looks where the smell! There were no strong plasticy smell at all, instead it smells like chocolate! I were surprised that this is the case, although the smell is much more muted these days it is still present.
I expected this product to be cheap and tacky, but although it is a novelty item it is very useable and built to last. It doesn't feel cheap and the buttons are large enough as to not press the wrong one very often. I have dropped the calculator a few times in the past with no noticable damage at all, I am pleased with how it has lasted. The buttons are easy to press without too much effort and the whole feel of the product inspires confidence in the company.
There are no fancy features here, with just a basic set of options, plus, minus, divide, multiply keys, along with the usual suspects such as cancel and equals. I don't think this detracts from the product though, it was never intended for serious use and is a novelty gadget in my eyes. Overall I am more than happy with how my chocolate calculator has lasted and would say it makes a more than acceptable novelty gift as it holds up much better than most of the tat there is on offer these days.
I was given this calculator as a joke birthday present, after being diagnosed with diabetes a few days previously - my brother obviously knew how much I was going to miss chocolate! It is a fully working pocket calculator, rather basic with a lack of scientific functions but perfectly adequate for any simple arithmetic or 'working out'.
The calculator looks surprisingly like a slab of chocolate; the keys of the calculator are shaped and arranged to look like pieces of chocolate and the entire calculator is nicely designed with a real comedic twist. The colouring is practically identical to Dairy Milk and while I am not terribly enamoured with the chocolate aroma that has been infused into the plastic, it is vaguely reminiscent of chocolate although I personally found it to be a rather sickly smell when the calculator was new.
The aroma does wear off, however, it has retained a slight scent over the almost two years since I was given it but it is getting indistinguishable now. I personally will be pleased when it has disappeared altogether, although I suspect my four year old granddaughter will be rather disappointed as she is amazed by nanny's 'smelly' calculator.
The calculator is extremely well made; I had been expecting it to be a flimsy affair based on the fact that the buttons appear 'placed' on top of the main body of the calculator, this isn't the case however and each button is securely attached making it unlikely that any will simply drop off. In fact I can attest to the fact that it's a sturdy item as I dropped it on my stone kitchen tiles recently and there was no damage whatsoever.
The calculator works as it should, the buttons are easy to depress and responsive enough that I have never had to 'force' one down to register the digit. Once or twice I have accidentally caused a number to appear twice on the screen, this has always been on days where my arthritis is playing up though so I'm certain it is down to my poor coordination rather than a flaw with the buttons. I find the display easy to read, although it is not backlit it remains readable in fairly low light with well defined numerals of a decent size.
The calculator is 20cm in length and 9cm high, coupled with a depth of around 1cm these dimensions means this calculator is not easily misplaced. I have other, smaller, calculators which have become lost in the various drawers around my home but that is unlikely to happen to this bulkier machine. I keep mine in my kitchen drawer as it is in this room I have the most need for a calculator, be it for adding up an Avon order or balancing my chequebook after paying the milkman.
This calculator was never designed to be used in A Level Maths, but it suits my needs perfectly. It is foremost a novelty item, although with far more uses than the other novelty gifts my brother buys for me. I am debating whether to buy my granddaughters one each as a stocking filler as they are all confirmed chocolate lovers, I think the fun value would make it a far nicer gift than buying them a standard calculator - although to be honest the older girls' seem to have replaced calculators, alarm clocks and all sorts of things with their mobile phones so maybe I should just buy one for the little one. It would certainly be cheaper as this chocolate inspired calculator costs £9.50 in Hawkin's Bazaar, which, although this is a nice product, is vastly overpriced compared to 'plain' basic calculators.
Lucky me, I was given this novelty calculator as a Secret Santa gift at my place of work. I have to admit that for a few seconds I really thought that I had been given a lovely bar of chocolate but alas it was not to be..... Inside the authentic foil wrapper there lurked a calculator that looked and smelled a little bit like chocolate with a hint of plastic. Great!
Now, don't get me wrong, this is a calculator that does what calculators do, if you have enough strength to operate the chunky keys. The Led display is readable and it's solar powered so no worries about batteries. Size wise its approx: 11 cm x 6 cm x 0.5 cm, so at least it doesn't take up too much desk space.
It's just that calculators are not really fun are they? Well, apart from being able to spell out the word "BOOBS" of course! But that apart, it's probably best to describe it as quirky rather than fun.
In all honesty once the initial novelty has worn off, all you're left with is a calculator with very basic functions that bears a vague resemblance to a slab of choccy. Which is why I'd be happy to swap mine for a large bar of the real thing and go back to using my old calculator!
All in all, I don't think this is really worth the money but I guess it's all about novelty value and therefore it might be ideal for a silly Secret Santa prezzie, especially if you have to buy a gift for an accountant with a sweet tooth.
Mine cost me nothing as it was a gift but if you were to buy one new then you're looking at parting with approx £6.00, then again if you happen to be at a car boot sale near Tunbridge Wells this summer then you might pick one up for 50p if you're lucky!
Two stars at a push. Not Recommended.
Thanks for reading.
I had this for my birthday last year, my best friend knows what a chocolate lover I am and also that I'm always counting calories and thought this would suit my needs. Something chocolate themed yet no calories, and a calculator to add calories up on. Ideal!
The chocolate calculator or to give it the correct title, the Chocolator, is made to look just like a slab of chocolate. It comes very cleverly wrapped in foil with a paper cover over it so on first glance it does look like a bar of chocolate. The wrapper is even a purple colour very similar to a well known band!
The chocolator is supposed to be chocolate fragranced and when I first unwrapped it there was a sort of chocolatey smell wafting from it, not very realistic I must say, but this soon faded. Obviously the chocolator is brown in colour and is reasonably thin. To be honest its made of a rather cheap looking plastic. Its not the smallest calcultor though, measuring approximately 10 x 20cm's. Not ideal for the handbag.
The chocolator has 18 chunks of "chocolate" which of course are the buttons. Its a basic calculator with just plus, minus, multiply and divide features. Of course it also has an on/off button along with equals and cancel buttons, Probably no good for school or college although it may not be cool enough for teenagers.
The chocolator is solar powered with the little panel being at the top of the chocolator,so no batteries are needed. Always a bonus in my opinion,in fact probably the best feature of this gift. Beside the solar panel is the word Chocolator written in white letters which quite frankly adds to the cheapness of its appearance.
The chocolate calculator works well enough, it calculates, but I'm not sure I would recommend it, not that I wish to sound ungrateful as after all it was a gift. Its certainly a novelty and makes a quirky gift for chocolate lovers, or a stocking filler but it looks very cheap and plasticy. In my opinion its not cheap though, after looking online I found one on www.findmeagift.com which was actually in the sale for £4.99 reduced from £8.99 and Amazon have one for £6.00. Far too expensive for the product you end up with.
I will give the chocolator 2 stars for the novelty factor but that's all.
This is actually a fantastic little gift for someone. Its a great novelty item and very funny too. Great if you want to get someone a little stocking filler, or is even very suited for an office secret santa gift as it's very reasonably priced and usually leaves you able to get them something else.
The actual product itself isn't as big as the picture would make out, its not much bigger than a standard calculator size - just wider. Its easy to use and considering it is very cheap, there aren't any issues and it isn't temperamental.
This was bought for one of my colleagues Christmas 2009 and so far all is well and the solar light panel still works fine.
One point that actually makes this item quite quirky is it says "Chocolator" on the calculator. Definitely presents a fun little stocking filler.
All in all I would definitely recommend this product to anyone, yes its quite useless and there isn't really a point to it but its one of those novelty gifts that certainly someone in an office environment would be able to use often. Also a very good gift if you know any chocoholics!
At work we were doing a secret Santa and I was given, most probably the most stupid present of my life. But it did make me laugh.
I am a big Cadburys fan and all my friends know it.
Whenever I am out of the country I do like to find a store that sells international chocolate so that I'm not going without (and it has to be Cadburys, Hershey just don't cut it).
When I tore off the Christmas paper it looked like a chocolate bar snack because it was so small and in like a proper chocolate paper wrapping (it wasn't Cadburys wrapping but still).
I just figured my secret Santa just couldn't be bothered to play the game, and just got me chocolate. How wrong I was.
Well my secret Santa was encouraging me to open the chocolate wrapping of the bar, As I ripped the wrapping off and took out the so called chocolate bar the scent of chocolate hit me instantly, I still believed it was a chocolate bar (even though it did feel a bit funny in my hand, later to realize it was a rubber plastic material....doh), I was holding the bar in my hands, length ways and then I saw it, a little plastic screen in the bottom left hand side and then when I turned it around I saw the name "Chocolater" (said Choc-o-later)and boy did I laugh.
The calculator or the Chocolater is shaped like a delicious bar of chocolate and is even wrapped in a shiny (Charlie and the chocolate factory) wrapper, it measures at approximately 12 cm by 5 cm by 0.5 cm. so as you can tell it's very small.
This delicious but not edible calculator-wannabe slips into your pocket like a nectar card or Tescos card.
Just like in the picture the appearance is like the shape of a whole nut bar with it's-defined squares that you would normally just break off (these are your calculator buttons), with a small LCD screen so when you (attempt) to use it all the calculations show up in the LCD screen in the left hand corner, in the right hand corner is (in big bold writing) "Chocolater" and because the little "Chocolater" doesn't require batteries and is solar powered it only requires a sensor screen which you can see is at the top in the middle of the LCD screen and the "chocolater" writing
The actual usage of the calculator is somewhat questionable.
Besides the fact it is too small and hard to really operate you need to make sure that you angular the Chocolater correctly so it will turn on, if you manage that much then you will find it is just a basic calculator with no special functions, just your Multiplications, subtractions, addition and division.
The good thing is there's no way you can over do it because the packet says it's absolutely fat free.
As long as you remember that this is really a gimmick present and not really a fully functioning product then it will amuse you, but if you try to use it as your main calculator you may find it very frustrating and constantly smelling of chocolate.
The Hawkin's Bazaar Chocolate Calculator can be bought from Amazon for £0.99
So it wont hurt your wallet at all and supplies you with a key ring size calculator.
It was a very funny present to get in the context I received it in but it is not enough to be a main present, it's not really enough to be anything except a joke for a friend. With the size of the buttons and the calculator itself it would probably be better for kids, smaller fingers and all.
A few weeks ago it was my birthday, my 31st, so naturally I was given a calculator shapped like a chocolate bar. They say boys never grow up, but I think actually we are not allowed to grow up because people buy as presents like this!!!
As novelty presents go it was quite good, though there was no chance of mistaking it for real chocolate! it is made of a sort of wieird soft rubbery plastic which feels quite nice to hold (is that weird?) and it feels like it will probably withstand a bit of abuse with out breaking.
As calculators go, it is not the best, it's a very basic calculator, much like those credit card sized ones you used to get in the market for about £1 whenI was a child. In fact I'd hazard a guess at the internals being much the same as those because it seems to work exactly the same: the screen momentarily goes blank between button presses as the display updates; when it runs out of digits it crashes back to zero and as with a lot of cheap solar powered calculators; unless you are in good lighting conditions the screen can be quite dull....going off if the place you are using it in is too dull.
I rather feel this is not a present that will get huge amounts of use beyond the obligatory typing SHELLOIL and BOOBIES using numbers, that has to be done on every calculator you ever buy!
Looking on the Hawkins Bazaar website, there are two different sizes of chocolate calculator, priced at £4.99 and £8.99, both with the description "Calculator shaped like bar of chocolate, ideal for chocoholics". In my opinion, what would be more ideal for chocoholics would be the spend the money you were going to pay out for this calculator and use it to buy them chocolate!
A novelty item whose appeal is not long lasting.
The trouble with chocolate bars is that although they taste mouth wateringly good, once you unwrap the sleek foil wrapper its so very tempting to scoff the lot. Being a chocoholic is a hard life....sighs! Well you know what they say a minute on the lips, a month on the hips!
Last christmas, I had a really silly gift. Honestly what were they thinking! It was a Hawkin's Bazaar Chocolate Calculator. It wasn't just any old calculator either it was a 'choc-o-lator', well at least it was sugar and fat free.
At first when I looked at it I thought it was just another christmas chocolate bar as it came in an authentic looking wrapper and I didn't really look too closely. The choc-o-later looks and smells similar to the real thing, if the real thing had some added plastic! Its mean't to fragranced with an 'eau de chocolat' smell and as I recall the wrapper did say it had a chocolate flavour aroma! Still its reminiscent of chocolate in a way.
Well my choc-o-lator is in fact a funky, fully working calorie and guilt free solar powered calculator. It can do basic calculations only, nothing fancy, but its a bit of fun and a talking point if anyone sees it. I do need to say at this point that I also have an orange 'Smartie' calculator, well orange smarties are the best aren't they! So buying this made sense to the kind person who thoughtfully gave me this.
Its not particularly well made, think the Smartie one is better, but I do use it now and then. It has a solar panel which is very useful as it means you don't need to keep shelling out for new batteries all the time. The LCD display is rather small but does the job and the keys or chunks as they ought to be called are blooming stiff! Still the Smartie keys are teeny and fiddly so its in good company.
If buying this for younger children to use at school, do take care to tell them every so often that even though its looks a little like chocolate its not edible. Although it does say you can't eat it, it is worth reminding them you can't.
A quick summary of its few merits :
A funky stocking filler gift for kids and adult chocolate lovers alike
Has an authentic (ish) chocolate scent with top notes of plastic!
Can do basic sums such as multiply, add, minus and divide
It comes wrapped up to resemble a real chocolate bar
No batteries required as its solar powered.
Size approx: 11 cm x 6 cm x 0.5 cm
The Hawkin's Bazaar Chocolate Calculators can be bought via the Hawkins Bazaar online store for £4.99, but Amazon and Find me a gift, do sometimes stock it too. For anyone interested in buying a Smartie style one instead, I know that Argos have them on sale at £7.49.
Am going to rate this as a 2 star calculator, as it can only manage rather basic sums and it could have been made to better standards. But will give it 3 stars for being a fun idea. So 2.5 stars maybe?
This little gadget is not, I am afraid, a handy device for counting how many calories you have taken in over all the chocolate reviews you have written. (In my case, that's probably a good thing!) Nor is it actually made out of chocolate - the makers have taken the trouble of printing "You can't eat it!" in big letters on the back of the pack. And nor is it actually *made* by Hawkin's Bazaar, although they are probably the best known retailers of it - the packaging states that it is in fact distributed by a company named Boxer in Shipley, although like just about every other electronic gadget these days it's manufactured in China.
So, what is it? The answer to that is actually pretty simple: it's a calculator in the shape - and smell! - of a chocolate bar. Although you can't see it on the picture here, mine came wrapped just as a real bar would, with an outside paper wrapper (in a shade of purple that's probably *just* different enough not to have Cadbury's lawyers on the phone!) and an inner layer of silver paper. "It's the chocolate that counts!" it proclaims, and "It all ADDS up - except the calories!" Those exclamation marks and capitals do rather suggest the sort of humorist who nudges you in the ribs saying, "Geddit? Eh? Eh?" but let us proceed.
Having unwrapped the calculator, you see it in all its glory, and it does indeed look rather like a real bar. Oddly, the name printed on the device itself is "Chocolator", as opposed to "Choc-u-lator" on the packaging and plain old "Chocolate calculator" in the advertising. Yer pays yer money an' yer takes yer choice, I suppose. Oh, and it smells of chocolate. Yes, really. I wouldn't say it smelt of particularly *nice* chocolate - the mingling aroma of cheap plastic means that its scent is more redolent of the very end of a cheap Christmas tub you finish up in January - but you can at least tell what it's supposed to be.
And yes, it does work as a calculator. I was slightly irritated to discover that the outer wrapper was misleading, showing a percent key on the thing where none exists in reality; only a minor point, I know, but that's not really on. In fact, it's about as basic a machine as you can get: there are numbers, decimal point, the four arithmetic operations, an On/AC key and a CE key. That's all, folks: no square root, no memory and not even an Off button. The presence of a solar panel might suggest that the last omission isn't that important... but I tried covering it over entirely and it had no effect. I had a look inside mine (the things I do for science!) and discovered that the panel was connected to a small button cell battery, which presumably takes over when light is insufficient.
The keys are pretty stiff and are quite uncomfortable to use, with the pronounced ridge around each one pressing into your fingertip as you push it. I found it quite a chore to do more than the very shortest calculations - not that I would be likely to want to anyway, given the lack of a memory capability - but the results were accurate on each occasion. The display is a tiny eight-digit LCD in the top left hand corner, which at least has reasonable contrast but which again is a bit of a pain to use for any length of time; I have calculators from pound shops that have much larger and more usable screens than this does.
In the end, then, the Chocolator (or whatever you want to call it) is very clearly aimed at the stocking-filler market. It really does work, and it's an amusing novelty to have around the place, but unlike some other cheap gadgets it's highly unlikely to be used on any sort of regular basis. Buy one as a curiosity by all means, but I would suggest picking up one of those pound-shop calculators at the same time! The Chocolator is available for around £5 on Amazon; beware of sellers who splash a much cheaper price and then hit you hard on the postage.