--- Introduction: Why I brought this product ---
Quite simply put, I brought this product because I am a chocoholic and a big impulse buyer. These were on display at my local shop as they were on offer for £1 and I was intrigued. I don't often buy Mikado products as I think they are overpriced, but I love Daim bars so I thought these would be a nice treat. I was also tempted because they are a chocolate product that is not horrendously bad for you. All of these factors meant it only took me a split second to decide I was going to buy them.
--- The Product ---
Mikado are biscuit sticks dipped in chocolate. There are many different varieties, including milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate and novelty flavours such as the Daim bar one. The sticks were designed to be similar to the sticks used in the game Mikado (Pick Up Sticks), as this is what inspired the product. They are long and thin and you get a far amount of sticks in the packet.
Usually a 70G packet is sold in supermarkets for around £1.30-£1.50, however they are often on special offer for £1. You get quite a few sticks in the packet, around 20-25, which is not bad value for £1 odd. However, they are very moreish so if you have a sweet tooth like me, you might well find yourself munching through a whole packet pretty quickly!
Nutritionally, these are not awful. They are a chocolate biscuit product, so they are never going to be the healthiest snack, but compared to many other chocolate products they are not too bad.
Typical values 1 stick (2.3g) -
Energy 11 kcal - 45 kJ -
Protein 0.15 g -
Carbohydrate 1.6 g -
Fat 0.41 g
Allergy wise, this product is made in a factory that also produces products with nuts and so a warning is given that this product may contain nuts. For the Daim Mikado, the ingredients list is as follows:
Wheat Flour,Caramel Flavour Milk Chocolate 43.9% (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Paste, Skimmed Milk Powder, Glucose Syrup, Milk Fat, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Flavourings) ,Sugar ,Caramel 5% (Sugar, Glucose Syrup) ,Vegetable Fat ,Lactose and Milk Proteins ,Salt ,Raising Agent (Ammonium Hydrogen Carbonate) ,Yeast
--- My Opinions ---
I enjoyed this product. The sticks are very moreish and are yummy. I found the amount of Daim bar on each stick to be a little sparse (the picture on the box is deceiving in this respect), but you could taste it. The biscuit part of this snack is very tasty, and tastes like a rich tea biscuit to me. Around three quarters of the biscuit is dipped in chocolate, I like this, because it gives you something to hold onto without the chocolate melting all over your fingers and you get a good balance of chocolate and biscuit flavours. The sticks are also sealed in a foil packet inside the cardboard packaging, which ensures that they are fresh when you open them.
I do feel that this product is a little bit of a gimmick. If you enjoy Daim bars, I would buy a Daim bar, but if you like chocolate biscuits and enjoy trying something a bit different then you will probably enjoy these. I personally think these are good snacks as you can have a few sticks without feeling too guilty, settling your chocolate cravings! They are not particularly fancy, but they are dainty and have a novel feel to them. I definitely wouldn't be buying these everyday or in my weekly grocery shop, but I would repurchase them. I don't think I would be too fussed about the Daim flavoured ones as they didn't have a great amount of Daim, which I disappointing if you brought them especially for the Daim flavour, but I would like to try some of the other flavours.
Overall, if you enjoy chocolate biscuits then these are a nice treat. I can imagine they would look nice on a table in a glass at a party as they are a little bit different and novel looking. However if you are a big Daim fan and want these to get your Daim fix, I wouldn't recommend these as you will be disappointed by the lack of Daim pieces and flavours. I enjoyed my packet and I will probably buy Mikado again if I see them on offer, especially as I don't have to feel too guilty about eating them!
Mikado Daim 70G