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 Marks & Spencer Made Without Dairy Dark Chocolate Mint & Sugar Crunch Bar

Ok, so I like a little chocolate as a treat. Grabbing a quick bar to enjoy is never easy when you are dairy free as even many dark chocolates contain milk. So when I saw on Twitter that Marks & Spencer had produced some new dairy free chocolate bars I had to hunt them down to give them a try. I popped into one of their local food halls and discovered all three flavours. Ok, so I got them all in the name of research of course. I choose to try the mint flavour first as its my favourite.
I liked the simplicity of the packaging with its varying shades of green and its interlocked pattern. I liked the boldness of the dark chocolate logo. Sadly, I thought the made without dairy should be to the same design. Yes it was clear but it didn’t catch your attention as much and this is 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. Oh it is also labelled as being suitable for both a vegetarian and vegan diet.
On opening the package I was immediately greeted by a fairly strong aroma of peppermint. 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 sweetness from the sugar crystals. I then got a pow from the strength of the peppermint. I have to say all three flavours worked perfectly together. What I would say is that the peppermint is fairly strong I loved this but some may find it a little strong. 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 mint bar, oh my goodness yes. It is a great value everyday chocolate bar with the right balance of flavours and textures. So if you like chocolate and mint follow a dairy free, vegetarian or vegan diet give this bar a try. I can’t wait to try the other chocolate bars in this range. So thank you Marks & Spencer for producing a chocolate bar that I can enjoy.

Review of Celtic Fine Dark Chocolate Mint Crisps

Ok so I’m known as a girl who likes her chocolate. I am very lucky that both friends and family seek out new varieties for me to try for my blog. Recently my friend Lucy found some Celtic fine dark mint chocolate crisps. She noted that they were free from dairy so decided to treat me. I was a tad excited by her gift as I love a After Eight style chocolates and I couldn’t wait to give them a try.
I liked the packaging of these chocolates due to its simplicity. The picture of 3 chocolates with mint leaves clearly tells you what to expect. I also loved the crafty quote at the bottom love life…. Love chocolate. The chocolates are also gluten free and suitable for vegans. The only allergen listed is soya.
On opening the packet I couldn’t note any aroma. This was a tad disappointing because even when the chocolate inside is sealed it is not uncommon to get a hint of cocoa. The chocolates themselves are chocolate discs wrapped in gold foil. On opening the foil there was a hint of cocoa noted although I hoped for a stronger aroma. That said this didn’t put me of and I dived right in. There was a good crunch noted on biting into the chocolate. I’m afraid I didn’t enjoy the texture of the chocolate as it melted in my mouth it just wasn’t smooth. I noted a subtle hint of cocoa but this was a lot weaker than I had hoped. I was expected this to be intermingled with mint but I struggled to taste this. I had a couple more following my 3 chocolate rule and the mint element became a little stronger.
Would I recommend these to anyone who follows a dairy free, gluten free or vegan diet no I’m afraid not. I simply didn’t enjoy the texture, the chocolate itself wasn’t that palatable and I found it difficult to taste the mint element. I’m sorry Celtic but I much preferred Sainsbury’s free from chocolate mint crisps.

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.

Review of the Fabulous Freefrom Factory Dairy Free Chocovered Raisins

I really needed a chocolate fix the other day and just had to give into it. Now I have a few dairy and lactose free chocolates at home at the moment, the question was which one to have. I decided to go for these little gems. They are marketed as being dairy free and being suitable for a gluten free diet as well. They are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The packaging is predominately orange with a hint of purple and brown noted. There is a nice circular window allowing you to see the raisins inside. The bag weighs 75g and the nutritional information provided is for a 100g serving. A 100g serving contains 432 calories, 21.05g of fat, 45.5g of sugar and 0.0097g of salt.
On opening the bag I knew what to expect as I could see the chocolate covered raisins inside. I noted a subtle sweet aroma of the raisins with a hint of chocolate. The packaging describes the raisins as scrummy, yummy, juicy rolly raisins. To me that appeared to be a lot to live up to. The raisins were all coated in a thick layer of dark chocolate which did not melt in my fingers. On biting into the raisin I had to first go through the outside chocolate layer this was spot on. It was a nice deep chocolate flavour without being to strong as I sometimes personally find. This was then followed by the nice sweet and moist taste of the raisin underneath. The combination of the thick dark chocolate followed by the sweetness and moistness of the raisins was spot on. The description in the front of the packaging was spot on.
These make a wonderful sweet treat and definitely resolve a chocolate craving. I ate the raisins in one setting and just remembered to save a raisin for this post. So if you follow a dairy, lactose or gluten free diet, or are vegan I definitely recommend you give these little gems a try, I am sure you won’t regret it. So thank you Faboulous Freefrom Factory for producing a yummy sweet treat.