Review of Kinnerton Dark & Smooth Chocolate Mints

Now I’m a lady who loves her chocolate as a guilty sweet treat. It can however be quiet difficult to get a chocolate fix when you follow a dairy free diet. So many chocolates contain milk. So I always have to a secret supply of chocolate for such occasions. One chocolate that I heard about via social media was Kinnerton dark & smooth chocolate mints. I love mint chocolate so just had to give them a try. They were quiet difficult to find so I was mightily pleased when my other half got me a box as a surprise treat.
Onto the packaging I liked the simplicity of the design of the box. It’s brown colour with a simple green ribbon to the centre with a circle describing the chocolates inside. I also like the subtle addition of a mint leaf within the circle.
They are clearly labelled as being dairy free, egg free, gluten free and nut free. They are also suitable for a vegan diet. Onto the ingredients list the only allergen highlighted is soya. To the back of the box the labelling also states that they are suitable for individuals who have a peanut allergy.
On opening the box I have to admit to being a tad surprised. I was greeted by three separate layers of 9 chocolate discs. Onto the aroma I was greeted by a subtle cocoa that I associate with dark chocolate. This didn’t change of my famous close up sniff test. If I’m honest I was a tad disappointed as I hoped for a combination of cocoa and mint. Maybe this is a little unfair. On biting into the chocolate disc a nice hard crunch was noted followed by a smooth consistency. Onto the flavour my taste buds got hit by the slight bitterness from the chocolate this was preceded by a slight sweetness from mint. The mint wasn’t too strong and overpowering and complimented the cocoa perfectly. They would make a perfect after dinner mint.
So would I recommend these chocolates? Yes I would. I loved everything about these chocolates from the simplicity of the packaging through to their subtle aroma, textures and flavours. It was well worth the wait. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free, nut free, or vegan diet why not give these chocolates a try. So thank you Kinnerton for producing some mint chocolates that I can enjoy.

Review of Beyond Dark Chocolate Drops

Now I confess to being a girl who loves her chocolate. I don’t let being dairy free get in the way if this. Luckily there a variety of chocolates for me to try. A work colleague got me this packet of Beyond Dark chocolate drops to cheer me up. I hadn’t tried them before so was a little excited by what I would find. They come in a small black and gold packet and contain chocolate drops. As well as being suitable for dairy free me they are also gluten free and suitable for a vegan diet. The only ingredient component highlighted in the ingredients list is soya.
On opening the packet my senses were immediately hit am by a strong aroma of cocoa. I couldn’t wait to dive in and give them a try. I guessed by the aroma that these little chocolate drops were going to be rich and indulgent. On placing a chocolate drop on my tongue the aroma intensified. I certainly got an immediate chocolate fix. The drop was indeed strong and rich in flavour. It tasted like it had a high cocoa content. It melted nicely on my tongue and it’s flavour lingered. I had a few more drops. I didn’t need many due to their richness. I would definitely describe these as a grown up treat. Although the packaging is only small the chocolate easily lasts a few days.
I will definitely be buying these for myself in the future. They have been one of the nicest chocolates that I have tried recently. I would recommend anyone who follows a dairy free, gluten free or vegan diet gives these little gems a try. So a big thank you to Beyond Dark for producing these chocolates.

Review of Sainsbury’s free from chocolate mint crisps

Now I’m more of savoury person and prefer to have a starter and main as opposed to a dessert. One thing that sways my palate is chocolate. I’m afraid it is one of my weaknesses. Following a dairy and lactose free diet often means that I can’t enjoy most chocolates and like any food or drink I consume I always have to check the ingredients list. I personally prefer dark chocolate and if it has a bit of mint thrown in for luck even better. I recently to received a packet as a gift so of course I just had to review them.
The chocolates come in a small box style packaging. This is the same green colour and style as Sainsbury’s other free from products. For me personally I find this a little dull and bland. The only semi exciting element is that there is a small clear sealed window to the front allowing you to see the chocolate inside. The ingredients list on the back of the packaging highlights the only allergen as being soya. They are also suitable for vegans.
On opening the box you are greeted by chocolate discs covered in green foil. There was a pleasant aroma of rich chocolate with a subtle hint of mint. I just wanted to unwrap one of the discs and dive in.
On removing the foil you find a dark chocolate disc. The aroma of both the chocolate and mint are slightly stronger but not overpowering. On biting into the chocolate a nice crunch was noted. The chocolate was fairly rich and slightly melted in the mouth. This alone would have mad me happy but this combined with the slight crunch from the mint and the pleasant refreshing flavour was a real treat. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by how nice these chocolates were. They were certainly a nice grown up treat. I have had them both by themselves and as a treat after a meal. In fact at a recent meal I took one with me so that when the tea, coffee and mints arrived I didn’t feel left out.
So if you follow a dairy, and or gluten free diet or a vegan why not give these chocolate mint crisps a try. I’m sure you won’t regret it. So thank you Sainsbury’s for producing a really nice sweet treat that I can enjoy.