Review of Marks & Spencer Dark Chocolate With Orange & Sugar Crunch

Ok, so I like a little chocolate as a treat. Grabbing a quick bar to enjoy is never easy when you are dairy free. Even dark chocolates can contain milk. So when I recently popped into Marks & Spencer I just had to get some of their dairy free chocolate bars. They had proved to be very popular as they only had 2 of their orange and sugar crunch bars left. So I had to grab both, needs must.

I liked the simplicity of the packaging with its varying shades of orange and its interlocked pattern. I liked the boldness of the dark chocolate logo. I personally think that the made without dairy should be to the same design as due to its USP, but that’s just my opinion. Onto the ingredients list soya is highlighted as an allergen with a warning that it is not suitable for those with a nut allergy due to the manufacturing process. It is also labelled as being suitable for a vegan diet.

On opening the package I was immediately greeted by a fairly strong aroma of orange. This was stronger than I expected, slightly artificial but nether the less very pleasant. The actual chocolate bar was made up of squares with a nice M&S logo on each. I was personally impressed by this. On breaking of the first square I couldn’t wait to dive in and give it a try. The chocolate was fairly hard to bite into. My taste buds were first hit by the cocoa flavour which was just the right strength. This was proceeded by the strong citrus flavour from the orange and a little sweetness from the sugar crystals. All three flavours worked perfectly together. Oh my goodness I’ve not mentioned the textures. The chocolate melted nicely in the mouth and was slightly smooth in texture, but those little pieces of sugar gave it a little mix up of crunchiness. This was eveningly distributed throughout the bar just perfectly.

So would I recommend this chocolate orange bar, oh my goodness yes. It is a great value chocolate bar with the right balance of flavours and textures. So if you like chocolate and follow a dairy free, and or vegan diet give this bar a try. So thank you Marks & Spencer for producing a chocolate bar that I can enjoy.

107 Comments

  1. Sarah
    August 17, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    i’ve never seen one of these before! it looks delicious would love to try one.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 6:01 am

      Hi, Sarah, it’sin their free from section. If you give it a try please let me know what you think, thanks.

  2. fatherlee1986
    August 18, 2017 / 9:25 am

    My wife hates chocolate and fruit together…which means all the new for me! Will definitely be keeping an eye out for this #thatfridaylinky

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      This combination is just right, I hope you find it to give it a try.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      Hi, it certainly is delicious. Let me know what you think if you give it a try, thanks.

  3. Anumita
    August 18, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    This looks so tempting. Wonder if I can get this in my country!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 6:46 pm

      Hi, I’m not sure sorry. I hope that you can.

  4. August 18, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    glad you found a reasoanbly price treats!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 6:46 pm

      Indeed, I’m sure that I will be more in the near future.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 6:44 pm

      Hi, yes it is a great combination and a nice alternative to mint chocolate after dinner.

  5. August 18, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    Even though I’m not really a dark chocolate kind of girl, it does look pretty tempting. So interesting to put a citrus flavor in it.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 6:43 pm

      Hi, yes the citrus element is just right and puts a nice twist on the chocolate. I need to get some more now.

  6. August 18, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    Ohhh….this chocolate looks super delish. I never try it before, even I’m actually a chocolate fan.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 6:42 pm

      Hi, it sure is a delicious chocolate and well worth rating even if you’re not dairy free.

  7. August 18, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    England never gets its just due for good chocolate. Glad M & S is getting into the game.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 6:41 pm

      Hi, me to as I love chocolate.

  8. August 18, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    I totally love chocolate ๐Ÿ™‚
    Please check out my blog. A Swedish family that’s sells all we have and moves to another country ๐Ÿ™‚

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 7:18 pm

      Who doesn’t like chocolate? This was a real treat for me and I shall be getting some more soon.

  9. abbeylouisarose
    August 18, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    I always love reading about vegan alternatives, chocolate and orange is an amazing combo and the fact that it’s dairy free too is even better! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Abbey โœจ http://Www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 7:19 pm

      Hi, it sure is. I need to get some more soon as I just loved the combination of flavours.

  10. August 18, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    Omgggg doesn’t this look delish! Clearly I need to get myself to Marks and Sparks asap! (pls, I’m not the only one who calls it that, right?)

    whatevawears.co.uk

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 7:29 pm

      Hi, no you’re not alone calling it that. I hope you can pop in soon and give it a try.

  11. August 18, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    Marks and Spencer’s do some absolutely gorgeous treats, and chocolate and orange is one of my favourite combinations! ๐Ÿ˜

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 7:30 pm

      Hi, they sure do. I just wish that they would do more dairy free options.

  12. lisamclachlan
    August 18, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    I’m not dairy free (luckily) so I’d normally never look at this kind of chocolate but my mouth is watering now! Thank you, what a great review ๐Ÿ˜

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 7:54 pm

      It is great Chocolate it’s just a bonus it’s dairy free. Sorry for making your mouth water.

  13. August 18, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    It’s nice to see more dairy free chocolate options available. I’ll have to give this a try!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 7:55 pm

      Hi, it sure is. If you give this a try please let me know what you think, thanks.

  14. August 18, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    This sounds so nice – love a bit of chocolate orange!

    Carla x

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      Indeed I’m so glad to have discovered it.

  15. August 18, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    Ooh I need to check if we have these here in Helsinki at M&S! Sounds delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for the review!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 7:55 pm

      Hi, I hope they have it do you can give it a try.

  16. August 18, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    I keep telling myself that I am on a diet but knowing me, the next time I walk in M&S, I will justy magically be drawn to this chocolate after reading your review – it sounds incredible and I am such a sucker for chocolate x
    Claire | clairesyear.com

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      Chocolate is good for you though ๐Ÿ˜Š

  17. Shell
    August 18, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Orange? Dark chocolate??? This combination sounds absolutely delicious!!! I would love to try this sometime! Yum!!!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      It surely is, you should give this little bar a try.

  18. Erica
    August 18, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    I have to be gluten-free. so I definitely appreciate the joy when someone comes up with a food you can eat on a restricted diet. When I found out someone made a gluten-free ice cream sandwich, I was beyond excited. That chocolate looks delicious. Orange and chocolate are flavors that go really well together.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      I always get excited when I find a new food that I can have. I’ve had a new ice cream tonight it had chocolate but no orange. Thanks for stopping by C.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 18, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      It sure was.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 19, 2017 / 6:59 am

      Hi, it certainly is good, if you try it please let me know what you think, thanks.

  19. August 19, 2017 / 12:22 am

    I love mostly all things sweet, and especially chocolate. I’ll have to try this one! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 19, 2017 / 6:56 am

      Hi, if you do give this a try, please let me know what you think, thanks.

  20. Alice
    August 19, 2017 / 9:30 am

    That sounds absolutely delicious! I love Terry’s Chocolate Orange so this looks so good

    Alice | Dainty Alice

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 19, 2017 / 11:09 am

      Hi, yes I guess that this is the dairy free equivalent x.

  21. August 19, 2017 / 10:51 am

    I’ve just decided to go dairy/lactose free! Thanks for sharing a bunch of good treats I’ll be able to try! ๐Ÿ’–

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 19, 2017 / 11:09 am

      Good luck with your food journey. I you find lots to try ๐Ÿ˜Š

  22. Oh, I love dark chocolate with orange! It’s my favorite combination! Marks and Spencer really put an effort in this chocolate since they made it dairy free, suitable for vegan diet and made sure those who are allergic to soya notice it!
    B, xx | http/www.queenbsdiary.com/

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 19, 2017 / 1:41 pm

      Hi, yes M&S are certainly upping their game with their free from range. I font mean yo moan but I just wish they had more that was dairy free. That said I shall be eating their supplies of this chocolate.

  23. helenevlacho
    August 19, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    I love chocolate and i love chocolate with orange and strawberries and any other combo. This one looks so delicious!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 19, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Hi, it sure is delicious ๐Ÿ˜Š.

  24. diynige
    August 19, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    I’m not a fan of dark chocolate but it looks tasty great review Thank you for linking to #ThatFridayLinky Please come back next week

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 19, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      Hi, it sure is tasty ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 20, 2017 / 7:40 pm

      Hi, it sure is yummy ๐Ÿ˜Š.

  25. Kayleigh Zara
    August 20, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    I absolutely love dark chocolate so this sounds like something I would absolutely love, I’ll need to head to m&s and try it x

    Kayleigh Zara ๐ŸŒฟwww.kayleighzaraa.com

  26. Kayleigh Zara
    August 20, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    I absolutely love dark chocolate so this sounds like something I would absolutely love, I’ll need to head to m&s and try it x

    Kayleigh Zara ๐ŸŒฟwww.kayleighzaraa.com

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 20, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      Hi, if you try it please let me know, Chloe.

  27. August 20, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    This chocolate bar looks fantastic! It is quite hard to find a yummy dairy free chocolate bar so ill have to check it out!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 20, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      Hi, it sure can if you try it please let me know what you, thanks.

  28. August 20, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    Ooh I love how this is suitable for a vegan diet! My friend is currently undergoing a vegan challenge and she’s been finding it difficult to eat anything chocolately, so I’ll definitely recommend this to her!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 20, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      Oh I’m sure that they will love this bar. They are kept in the M & S free from section.

  29. August 20, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    I have never heard of this but from your review it sound so delicious- I may need to pick this up and give it a try! – K (makeupandmummydays) x

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 20, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      Hi, if you grab one to try please let me know thanks.

  30. August 20, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    I will definitely be picking up a bar of this next time I’m in m&s! I really struggle with getting nice chocolate now I’m dairy intolerant, it either tastes fake or too strong so I’ll have to give this a go!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 20, 2017 / 7:45 pm

      I know what you mean about chocolate. I think you will enjoy this. Please let me know what you think, thanks.

  31. August 20, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Definitely want to give this a try!! X

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 20, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      Hi, if you try please let me know what you thin, thanks.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 21, 2017 / 5:52 am

      Hi, it sure was.

  32. rinalosingit
    August 21, 2017 / 12:43 am

    Yum! That looks incredible!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 21, 2017 / 6:20 pm

      Hi, it sure is an incredible chocolate bar.

  33. August 21, 2017 / 9:02 am

    I’m always looking for vegan or dairy free chocolate. This sounds yummy, I’ll look out for it when I’m next in M & S ๐Ÿ™‚

    #MMBC

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 21, 2017 / 6:21 pm

      If you find it and give it a try please let me know what you think, thanks.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 21, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      It sure is nice. If you don’t have access to an M & S shall I have one for you? ๐Ÿ˜Š

  34. RaisieBay
    August 21, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    That looks and sounds really delicious, I will definitely pop into M&S and try out their chocolate bars.
    #mmbc

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 21, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      Hi, it certainly is delicious. If you pop into M & S and give one a try please let me know what you think, thanks.

  35. August 21, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Oh wow that looks delicious

    #bigpinklink

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 21, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      It sure is.

  36. August 21, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Why have I never heard of these before?!! Chocolate and orange is definitely the best combination x

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 21, 2017 / 6:28 pm

      Oh you need to pop into M & S and give this bar a try, your right chocolate and orange a great combination.

  37. twicemicrowavedtea
    August 21, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    This sounds delicious! I love orange chocolate so will definitely be keeping my eye out for this one! #bigpinklink

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 21, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      Hi, if you find the bar to try please let me know what you think, thanks.

  38. August 21, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    Ohh! I do love the sound of this. Chocolate orange may be my favourite flavour of chocolate. #MMBC

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 21, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      Hi, it’s delicious and choc & orange flavours work together very well.

  39. August 23, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    I’ve not seen this before. Sounds yummy. I love chocolate ๐Ÿ™‚ #MMBC

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 25, 2017 / 4:47 pm

      Hi, it sure is you should give it a try if you can find it.

  40. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
    August 24, 2017 / 8:30 am

    My partner is dairy free so I will tell him about this. I am wheat free so good for me too! #bigpinklink

    • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
      August 24, 2017 / 10:47 pm

      My kids aren’t keen on chocolate orange… what a shame! NOT ๐Ÿ™‚ popping back from #globalblogging

  41. August 24, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    Sounds DELICIOUS! ๐Ÿซ

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 25, 2017 / 5:10 pm

      It sure was ๐Ÿ˜Š.

  42. August 25, 2017 / 6:20 am

    I have tried these myself and totally fell in love! They are usually sold out in my local Marks and Spencer. Orange chocolate is my favourite and these are absolutely gorgeous.

  43. August 25, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    Hi Chloe, chocolate and orange is one of my taste favourite combinations and being a bit of a sugar addict the addition of crunchy sugar bits makes this chocolate bar sound rather tempting!

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.

    xx

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 25, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      Hi, I hope I tempt you enough to give it a try. Thanks for stopping by.

  44. August 26, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    Oh this sounds delicious I LOVE dark chocolate, and orange too, so this would be perfect! Ill check this out next time I’m at M&S! Thank you for joining us at #bigpinklink

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 27, 2017 / 8:11 pm

      Hi, if you do find it to try please let me know what you think, thanks.

  45. August 26, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    Never met a chocolate bar I didn’t like! Thanks for linking up to #globalblogging

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 27, 2017 / 8:09 pm

      I have but I’m fussy.

  46. Corinne and Kirsty
    October 16, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    This chocolat bar sounds so delicious! love chocolate and i love orange so it’s really the perfect combo! xx corinne

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      October 16, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      It sure is the perfect combo ๐Ÿ˜Š.

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