“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Turkish Delight „
So first off, I have to admit that I really don't like authentic Turkish Delight. It's just too claggy for my taste. Secondly, I'm also bit of a philistine when it comes to chocolate - the less cocoa solids the better as far as I am concerned. So when a friend brought round a box of these Tesco thins I didn't think they were for me. How wrong was I?! After trying one, I was immediately smitten. The Turkish Delight is reminiscent of the Fry's version (so probably not for the Turkish Delight purist) and the chocolate (only 30% cocoa solids) is just delicious!
The thins look like plump after eight mints although the chocolate is smoother, milkier and thicker. You get 20 in a box - so at £1 a box, that's 5p per thin. However, one is simply not enough. Unfortunately two thins contain 90 calories which means that once a box is open, I'm likely to completely blow my diet. They really are frighteningly moreish.
Milk Chocolate (65%), Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Water, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Acidity Regulators (Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid), Colour (Anthocyanins), Flavouring, Milk Chocolate contains: Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Milk Solids, Cocoa Mass, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithins), Vanilla, Milk Chocolate contains Cocoa Solids 30% minimum, Milk Solids 14% minimum
This is far from authentic Turkish Delight but I absolutely love it! Yes they are very sweet and just a bit sickly but somehow they hit the spot. Definitely 5 out of 5.
I have always liked Turkish Delight, as a child a bar of Fry's was always a real treat. It is something I have never quite grown out of and today I quite often purchase a box of Turkish Delight thins from my local Supermarket.
For a box of twenty Turkish chocolate thins the current selling price is £1.00. You can only get this particular product from Tesco as it is part of their range. For me this price constitutes very good value as a similar branded product could cost you in the range of £2.50.
I found this product when I was shopping on line quite recently and was immediately impressed by the price of the product. But not only that as well as the Turkish Delight product I am reviewing here you can also get a 200g box of both Orange flavour chocolate thins and mint thins as well.
All the information about the product is kept on the bottom of the box. It advises the nutrition values of the product, plus allergy advice and a long list of ingredients. The other information comes under the heading of additional information and it advises how to get more information about the product itself.
Two Chocolates contain:
This product contains milk and soya
No nuts were used in the recipe.
This product is suitable for vegetarians.
Milk Chocolate (65%), Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Water, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Acidity Regulators (Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid), Colour (Anthocyanins), Natural Flavouring.
Milk Chocolate contains: Sugar, Cocoa, Butter, Milk Solids, Cocoa Mass, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithins), Vanilla.
As soon as the product arrived I as impressed. The Turkish Delight Thins were sold in a rectangular box that was purple in colour. Once the plastic wrapping is taken away you see 20 square mints within an attractive box. Unlike the more expensive branded ones these chocolates do not have their own wrapper or sleeve and are loose within their own compartment within the box.
The Chocolate mint is 35mm in both wide and height and 4mm in depth. They smell of the famous Turkish Delight that I remember as a child and it made my mouth water.
As soon as you bite into the mint you are greeted with an irresistible chocolate and Turkish Delight taste. It was easy to bite into and it is a Turkish Delight wrapped in a quite thick chocolate outer casing. The milk chocolate and Turkish Delight melt in the mouth and I found them very morish and in no time I found I had eaten and really enjoyed six of them.
==My thoughts on this product:==
I believe these are definitely worth a try. I know Turkish Delight is a bit like Marmite you either love it or hate it and I think anyone who enjoys Turkish Delight would really enjoy this product. It is tremendous value for money and because the product is presented in a stylish if basic box I would be more than happy to give it to my guests particularly after a meal.
I have tried all three varieties within this range and for me the Turkish Delight Thins are the best of the batch. The only annoying fact I found was the box once opened kept springing open and rather than just closing it again I found myself taking one and closing it again. I really enjoyed the crisp chocolate taste with the very sweet inner combined superbly to produce a gorgeous chocolate.
When I looked at the base of the box it says 'milk chocolates with rose flavour centres'. I struggled to understand what rose flavour was, as to me these chocolates taste more of Turkish Delight than this.
I really enjoyed this product and I found it to have a very high quality taste and it wasn't messy when I picked the chocolate segment up. This product also is easy to store and has a nice long shelf life for me it was 10 months, not that they are going to last in my household that long!!
I certainly will be buying these again. They were a very good quality chocolate and although being the product it is it is rich in both sugar and calories. For me that is the only down side to this product and I recommend it most definitely to anyone who likes Turkish Delight as this is very similar to the more traditional bars.
Thanks for reading my review.
This review is published solely for Dooyoo under my user name.
@CPTDANIELS April 2010
My uncle brought a box of these round to my family today because he was given them for Christmas and doesn't like them. I love turkish delights normally and didn't receive much chocolate for Christmas so I've been tucking into these all night. Considering they are Tesco's own make the chocolate doesn't taste cheap at all. The turkish delights are designed to be thin but the filling has not been scrimped on. I am normally put off by supermarket own brands and am a bit of a snob when it comes to buying premium food but these were actually rather lovely and you can't tell the difference between these or a more pricier product. I am pleased to say that I polished the last of them off and my siblings didn't get a look in!
The packaging is extremely basic but not to the point where it is off putting. I don't know about you but Tesco Value's packaging is just enough to make me not want to purchase anything from the range because it looks so bland and boring. These chocolates however come in a nice pink rectangular box. There is an image of the turkish delight on the top and two sides. The lid folds up to reveal four sections but unfortunately because I have eaten all of them I won't be able to count how many you get! I can guess there were approximately 8 in each section, equalling 32 in total.
If you eat two chocolates it will cost you 90 calories. I think this is quite a lot considering they are so slight. I don't know the price of these but I'm guessing it'll be a snippet compared to the original brands. Although these turkish delights get my vote, if they are left in a warm room the middle bit melts and turns a bit gooey. This is okay though because it doesn't effect the taste and it doesn't all come pouring out causing a mess as it contains itself pretty well. They are sizable enough to eat whole or to nibble on and take dainty bites from.
These Turkish Delight Thins from Tesco are wicked and I don't even like turkish delight very much. They look like After Eights and come in the same sort of box but because these are sweet turkish delight instead of mint the chocolates taste completely different from each other.
The chocolate that covers the turkish delight centre is milk chocolate and it is nice and sweet but it's not very creamy or rich.
The turkish delight is sweet and sugary. It's soft and chewy but is loads thinner than a Turkish Delight chocolate bar so it doesn't have the proper nice jelly texture that they have. The turkish delight is nice and it melts in my mouth but I wish it was a bit thicker even though that would change the whole chocolate.
I like how the chocolate and centre go well together and the chocolate melts into the turkish delight when I am chewing it. I am lucky because i'm the only one in our house that likes these so when I get a box I can eat them all to myself.
I think they are proper sickly after a bit because they are so sweet. The centres taste of sugar and is a bit fruity but the chocolate is the main thing I can taste and that is the strongest flavour.
Sometimes I carry on eating them even when I feel sick and they lie real heavy on my stomach if I'm too greedy with them but I can usually eat the whole box in a day and that is just by picking them out of the box every time I go into the kitchen!
Tesco Turkish Delight Thins are pictured here with a Christmas themed box, but you can buy them all year round in a non-Christmas themed box. The packaging they come in now is bright pink with a picture of the Turkish Delight on the front, and they cost just £1 for a 200g box.
Opening up a box of these I find a long row of little chocolate thins that look just After Eights do. There's probably around 20 in the box, which isn't full as they cleverly insert a little plastic tray inside the cardboard box to take up some of the space and also hold the chocolates in place. You do get your money's worth at this price though.
These taste absolutely lovely. The milk chocolate coating is thick and very milky. It isn't as creamy as a premium brand milk chocolate would be, but it's a lot better than say Tesco Value milk chocolate is. It's got a really nice, rich smell to it, and it tastes really nice at first bite with a good after taste too.
The Turkish Delight is really thin, and almost like a liquid centre. I was surprised the first time I had these because I'd expected it to be solid Turkis Delight like you get in a bar of Frys. I was surprised though, not disappointed. And I thought the quality and flavour of the Turkish Delight was really quite good. It had a strong rose flavour to it that was sweet but not sugary.
I rate these really highly. They're no luxury gift, and they're not authetic Turkish Delight. But as a sweet for people who like Turkish Delight flavour, they're a really good bargain buy.
I can take or leave chocolate. I love me crisps and my savoury delights but chocolate? Well I have to be in the mood for it but watch out when I am! The mood took me in a large way when I was walking around Tescos yesterday and I ended up doing something I really shouldn't and I know I shouldn't and that was buying boxes of chocolates...for me. I always try to live by the rule that if I want something naughty to try and do it on a small scale so I don't over indulge more than I should! However these at a pound a box seemed a real bargain and I love Turkish Delight and afterall I felt better when I read on the box that they are thins! Great thing to read I don't feel quite so piggy now I thought as I clocked that!
Long, oblong, cerise and brown oblong box (not quite the same as on the review photograph). The lid is attached to the back of the box and on that lid there is a picture of the Turkish Delight Thins on the left hand side. Down the middle on the brown area colour I'm told they are indeed a Tesco product and are indeed Turkish delight thins which are 'milk chocolate with rose flavourerd jelly centres'. On the right hand side of the box there is an at a glance nutritional chart which is so handy to see how naughty your about to be, oh what joy lol!. On all four sides on the box I'm then told what they are etc and on the front and back there is a picture on both sides of the Turkish delight and on the back the best before date is stamped on (these were bought on the 9th Nov and are to be eaten by Sept 2009! (Who manages to keep chocolate that long eh?!) The bottom of the box is white and has small black writing on it. I'm once again told what they are, given a full nutritional run down chart (in detail), allergy advice is given and then I'm told they are suitable for vegetarians, ingredients are listed, storage details are given, weight of the product is shown (which is 200g), contact details for Tescos are on there as well and finally there is a bar-code. Now this is a nice enough box to look at without a doubt and I do like the colour scheme however the box doesn't look a luxury brand and/or one you would particulary give as a gift because after-all it is a stores own brand product and loses that posh feel! They do look a tad cheap so if buying them they're best given to yourself!
The Turkish Delight...
Pull back the lid and you are met wth a black plastic tray and 20 milk chocolate thins split into groups of five all standing in formation. The first thing I noticed was there was no chocolaty smell to them at them. I missed that and didn't feel all that seduced by them at this point. Even smelling the now empty box, nope no smell of where chocolate was once stored at all!
Pick one chocolate out and the rest stay standing upright and what your holding is a perfect square of shiny, milk chocolate and although smooth you can see what appears to be a factory set sort of ripple on the top of it but other than that the chocolate is smooth. Sure I detected a hint of a chocolate smell at this point when I shoved it up my nose but not really a rich and creamy one. Although I'm told they are thins well they are not wafer thin. They don't bulge at the middle but are robust and when you bite into them not only do you get a crack and a snap you actually get taste and you know what it is that your eating beyind a doubt!
Sweet?...yes and the more you eat of these the more sweet they become of course. If you love sweet and sickly these are fabulous for you. If you want a sugar hit quick these are great and generally if you have a sweet tooth these are amazing! They melt quickly in the mouth without in the hands. There is a generous helping of rose flavoured jelly in the centre which is firm till it melts in the mouth along with the chocolate. The bit that is sugary in this product is the chocolate rather than the jelly itself but what is nice about these is that the chocolate tastes of chocolate and although not the best milk chocolate in the world it really isn't cheap and nasty rubbish with any bitter taste to it. At this price I'm sure we dont expect it to be the best chocolate in the worl but the Turkish delight bit...well tastes of that and richly so. It isn't gooey but it isn't rock hard either and all of it just nice.
Not my favourite chcolates in the world but saying that I did eat all 20 watching Top Gear one after the other. I felt a bit full but not sick and I did have a sugar rush whilst I drooled over Richard Hammond (sorry but even for a really small guy he is fit!). They leave no particular aftertaste, are simple and unfussy to eat but once I popped I couldn't stop because although as I said not the best chocolate I've ever tasted these are entirely edible and excellent value for money! Recommended for purchase at this price cos if you end up loving them they are so cheap and a really affordable treat!
Contains Milk, Soya
Recipe: No Nuts
Ingredidnts: Cannot guarantee nut free.
Factory: Before being prepared for manufacture of this product, the equipment was previously used to make products containing nuts
Nutritional Information.... Per Two Chocolates (20g)....
of which is sugars 10.3g
of which is saturates 2.2g
Salt equivalent Trace
Only available in Tesco stores at the price of a pound a box.