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I am a self confessed chocoholic and I much prefer good quality dark chocolate to the sweet milk chocolate varieties. I found it difficult to get good quality chocolate on a biscuit until I discovered Choco Leibniz.
There is more chocolate than biscuit - always a hit with me - but it is the quality of the chocolate that makes it exceptional. Really good dark smooth chocolate. The biscuit is crispy, but not hard, and made with a good buttery taste. Another big plus is that they are so chocolatey that 2 is more than enough, unlike other chocolate biscuits where I could easily eat a whole packet without having my chocolate urge satisfied.
They are quite pricy at around £1.50 a pack but they are often on 2 for 1, which is fantastic value.
There are various imitations on the market but none that I have tried has been anywhere near as delicious as the original.
These are my absolute favourite biscuits - I gre up on them in Germany as a child, and it's really only in the last couple of years that I've been able to easily find them in the UK.
Now, for all have you have walked past these in a supermarket and been tempted to pick these up - Don't! In a mainstream supermarket, these often retail at upwards of 1.50 a pack. Take a little trip down to your local Lidl or Aldi, where continental products are cheaper, and you can more often than not grab a packet of these (in either the light or dark variety) for 90 pence, sometimes even less . And bearing in mind you only actually get nine biscuits per pack,nestled securely in a plastic tray, paying full price in a supermarket is a little excessive .
I have seen these described as a rich buttery biscuit with a chocolate coating . This is somewhat inaccurate - I would describe these as a deliciously crunchy butter biscuit with a bar of good dark chocolate cemented on to the top . The chocolate is thick enough to qualify as a treat on it's own, and not only is it as thick (if not thicker) than the biscuit, but it is larger and overlaps the biscuit at the edges .
This isn't cheap nasty dark chocolate either - this is pretty decent stuff (65% cocoa mass) ,with a strong bitter cocoa hit. These are ideal with a nice hot strong cup of coffee . However, dunking is a bit of an issue - while the biscuit itself is like a rich tea in that it holds up well without collapsing, the chocolate will do what chocolate does, and melt.
The biscuit itself gioves a satisfying crunch when bitten into, and the whole thing together is a real treat .
Per 2 biscuits, there are 130 calories, 17g of carbs (10g sugar) and 7.1 of fat . With these not being particularly large biscuits, thats quite a lot.
But taste-wise, these biscuits are not cheap .
Even if you do take the detour and buy them from a continental supermarket, they still cost 90p a pack, which works out at 10p a biscuit. That is, in these credit crunch times, very expensive. However, it doesn't stop me buying these - they are a perfect treat along with a nice hot drink, and they remind me of my childhood . I get a decent amount of chocolate without the full nutritional horrors of buying a bar of Dairy Milk, and whats more, I enjoy every last little crumb.
Bahlsen's Dark chocolate biscuits are some of the best tasting biscuits you'll get at a low price.
At your local supermarket, you'll find them at around 1.30 GBP for 4 biscuits in a box with a net weight of 125 grams. As they are dark chocolate, they are better for your health, especially at a high 63% cocoa content.
With some luck, you'll tend to find them reduced to 1 GBP or at buy 1 get 1 free fairly often if you shop around.
Size-wise, the biscuits are small enough for you to just chuck one in whole, but that would be a waste considering how delicious they are, so take your time and bite a bit at a time. Have them as dessert or just a snack when you feel some hunger pangs between meals.
While it doesn't tell you how to store them, they'll do fine at room temperature, but be sure to keep the biscuits inside the box at all times to prevent moisture from making them less crisp and more soggy. In that regard, they hold quite a bit longer than comparable biscuits.
Still, if you store them inside your fridge, you'll find them to be much better tasting and a treat to savor. If that wasn't enough, they'll also be much less likely to melt between your fingers and cause a mess!
These are possibly my favourite biscuits which is why I don't buy them very often, I eat them far too quickly. The reason why I like them so much is simple there is more chocolate on them than there is biscuit. They consist of a butter biscuit and a thick chocolate coating. They are not the cheapest biscuits, which is another reason why I don't buy them very often £1.46 for only 9 biscuits (125g). I bought them this time as my local Tesco express had them on a 2 for 1 offer.
Whilst these are available in both milk and plain chocolate my favourites have always been the plain. This is mainly as they go with my coffee better than the milk chocolate ones which I find to be a little too sweet. The dark chocolate also goes better with my coffee as I drink it black. They have a reasonable dunk quality but I tend not to hold them in my coffee for long as chocolate flavoured coffee - ewwww.
Anyway they are fairly high in calories - well it is chocolate but not the worst I have seen:
Per 2 biscuits (aprox 28g):
Energy 138 Kcal
Carbs 17g (sugar 10g)
Fat 7.1g (saturated 4.5g)
So onto the important bit - eating them
The biscuits are kept fresh inside the outer cardboard box as the inner tray is sealed in a cellophane wrapper. After this is opened you will have to transfer the biscuits to an air tight container (if they last that long) as the cellophane is not resealable (perhaps something for the future for the makers to think about)
Unlike most chocolate biscuits which seem to use the cheapest chocolate they think they can get away with the chocolate here is of a good quality as well as quantity (65% cocoa mass) you can tell this just by the smell of the chocolate. The smell is fairly rich with perhaps a slight nuttiness (is that a word?) to it. This is good for me as I always eat the chocolate hanging over the edge of the butter biscuit first, much to the disgust of my partner who gives me the evil eye every time I do this.
The biscuit has a good crunch to it and whilst fairly sweet it is not overly so. It does have a slightly buttery taste and has a nice light texture to it. The biscuit taste is not overpowering and the main taste you get is that of the chocolate. The chocolate is rich and smooth and it has a good melt quality to it. As it is plain chocolate it is not overly sweet but it gives me the chocolate fix I need at times.
Whilst I do enjoy these biscuits I feel they are expensive and I will probably stock up on them whilst they are on offer. The price is the only reason why I have not given them the full 5 stars.
I'm having a bit of a housework blitz this weekend, and there is nothing I need more to help me along the way than some biscuits and lots of coffee. That way, I can "bribe" myself........If I do an hour's housework, I can sit down with a coffee and a biscuit, for half an hour. Then another hour housework, and another biscuit......
......well, it is a reasonable excuse, anyway, and the housework is getting done as a result, which was the main aim of the weekend!!
So, browsing the biscuit aisles yesterday at Tesco, I sw that these biscuits were on offer, at just 70p a box - about half their normal price. This made them much more affordable, and because they are what I would call premium quality biscuits, I felt that I was getting a bit of a treat too (and certainly something I could justify given the amount of housework that lay ahead of me!).
The box proudly proclaims that there is "more chocolate than a biscuit"......I am not sure if they mean "more chocolate than your normal chocolate biscuit" or "more chocolate than biscuit", but both descriptions would be appropriate.
These biscuits come in a box, with a plastic tray inside to keep the biscuits from becoming damaged. I know that this is a little excessive, when we should be looking to reduce the amount of packaging we use, but I will admit that I would have been disappointed if I had opened this box to find a pile of broken bits....
There are 9 biscuits in each box - not many, but remember these are premium quality, and you always get less when you are paying more! For 70p, that is quite a bit per biscuit, but for full price, it is an awful lot per biscuit!
Available in milk chocolate and dark chocolate versions, I opted for dark chocolate because it is what I prefer, and also because you don't get too many chocolate choices which have dark chocolate, so it is even more of a treat for me to find some that do!
Each biscuit is quite a good size, almost 2 inches by 3 inches I would say. The biscuit itself is like a rich tea, but more buttery - quite plain but very tasty. It has a real crunch to it, and just melts in your mouth - nice!
But the best bit, is the whopping amount of chocolate that then coats the biscuit - this is not just a "layer" of chocolate, it is a "slab" of it, that covers the whole of the top half of the buttery biscuit base!
As I mentioned above, there is indeed more chocolate than biscuit I reckon, and this makes for a fabulous biscuit experience!
The chocolate itself is dark but not overly bitter - 63% which is enough cocoa to satisfy those, like me, that like their chocolate very dark, but not so dark that it puts people off sampling higher content cocoa products in the future. The bitterness of the chocolate balances well with the butteryness of the biscuit, and the smoothness works well with the crunch.
Obviously the manufacturers of these know that you will not be able to eat just one at a time, because the nutritional info is "per 2 biscuits"......I like their way of thinking, and of course, it allows me to justfy two biscuits per housework break rather than just the one.
Per two biscuits - 138 calories, and 4.5g of saturated fat - Well, of course I have used up more calories than that lugging the hoover about the place, so I am perfectly entitled to scoff away, guilt free!
Also, dark chocolate is good for reducing stress levels, so another reason to have these offsetting any trauma I may get whilst trying to get my teenage children to perhaps give me a hand with the cleaning!
I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for these on offer again, and they are nice enough to take as a treat to a friend's house, even at full price.....but generally, they are too expensive for every day eating, sadly!!
Bahlsen Choco Leibniz are what I consider 'posh biscuits' as they're roughly £1.45 per 125g packet (£1.16/100g), which makes them one of the most expensive biscuits on the market. But we always seem to have some in the house so I guess my fiancé's Mum stocks up on them when they're on special offer.
These biscuits come in a box and within that box the biscuits sit in a plastic tray that is shrink-wrapped in clear plastic. I'm sure all this packaging is meant to stop the biscuits from breaking, but I think they're tough little cookies (excuse the pun!) and could withstand just a plastic wrapping like all the other biscuits.
Anyway, as I said, we've been getting these biscuits for quite a while now and I was sure that you got 12 biscuits in a pack - 4 biscuits in 3 separate compartments of the plastic tray. Well the pack I've got in front of me now only had 9 biscuits (well, now there's only 6 left because I've scoffed a couple!). There are still 3 compartments to the tray and I don't think they've changed the size of the biscuits, so I conclude that they've made the tray shallower, hence why I never really noticed the reduction in biscuits! Sneaky biscuit people!
So this shock finding has made them an even more indulgent biscuit than ever before. Actually, when I say 'biscuit' I'm not sure if that's even the right term to use, as on the box it states "more chocolate than a biscuit". You see these choco-biscuit delights are smothered in a heavy layer of dark chocolate, which satisfies even the most ferocious of chocolate cravings. The packet says the chocolate makes up 63% of this sweet treat, whilst the rest is a lovely butter biscuit.
The biscuit part is a crispy type biscuit, rather than a crumbly type, and I like the snap of it as I bite through the thick chocolate. The biscuit is quite plain in taste and not too sweet or buttery and this compliments the chocolate very well, as that is really the star of the show. Both the chocolate and the biscuit parts have the name of the product embossed on them, which is a nice touch (but not something you'd really notice as you quickly shove it in your mouth!).
I'm not the type of person who could eat a whole packet of biscuits (unless maybe we're talking about Jaffa Cakes, but then are they really biscuits either?!) and 1 or 2 of these dark chocolate biscuit goodies is enough of a sweet thing to have with my cup of afternoon tea. That's a good thing too, as 2 biscuits contains 138 calories 7.1g of fat (4.5g saturated fat).
On the Bahlsen website it says they are "the name for the premier continental biscuit family" and they are "the market leaders for cakes and biscuits in Germany". They have definitely succeeded in producing an indulgent product and I can't think of an equivalent biscuit that can match it, as it's quite unique and therefore it always feels a bit special to open a packet of these.
Available from all good supermarkets.
Original all-butter biscuits covered in rich smooth dark continental chocolate.