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I remember Iced Gems from years ago, often served at childrens' parties, I'm unsure as to whether Choc Gems were around at the same time or whether they are a recent variation on the Iced Gems, nevertheless it was only recently that I tried these and loved them.
The choc gems can be found in the biscuit aisle at most supermarkets, they come in multipacks of five plastic mini packets that you open like a crisp packet, priced at over £1 but under £2, I often find them on a 3 for 2 offer, along with other mini packets of biscuits. They make a perfect lunchbox snack for the kids, and even for us adults as a little nibble, easily carried around in a handbag, and I've even managed to squeeze a packet into my jeans pocket! Also good for kids parties, either as a snack during the party or can be put in the party bags.
The choc gems are made of biscuit and chocolate. The biscuit is round and mini, with a milk chocolate swirly blob on top. The biscuit tastes a bit like a digestive biscuit, only sweeter. The chocolate, again tastes like a piece of Cadburys chocolate, sweet but not too rich. However as it is actual chocolate, during summertime or general hot weather the chocolate does melt and creates a sticky situation, if you have left a half eaten packet open in your handbag. The mini packet usually has a game at the back, like a maze or a crossword puzzle to keep you entertained for about 10 seconds.
The choc gem almost melts in your mouth, leaving a pleasant sweet taste behind, and they are quite addictive.
I prefer to eat them as a snack on its own, although I have tried it with a mug of hot chocolate before, and personally found that it wasn't a good combination.
Each individual packet contains around 12 to 15 of these biscuits. Many times you will find that there are one or two biscuits in your pack where the chocolate has come unstuck from the biscuit. I've also noticed that the chocolate is sometimes stuck on the wrong side of the biscuit (the bottom as opposed to the top), not really a problem, just an observation.
Comparing this with Iced Gems, I prefer Choc Gems. This is mainly because I prefer the chocolate blob, rather than the icing on the iced gems. The chocolate blob is softer and the taste is nicer, though there isn't much difference in the level of sweetness, I prefer the way the chocolate melts in my mouth rather than the crumbling of the icing.