Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate Tasting Collection

24 miniature bars of milk, dark and white chocolate with a small dark 70% chocolate bar and tasting notes

“A tasting journey around the world to discover the intense and refined flavours of Green & Black’s.”

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So I got this a while back and worked my way through each of the small bars in the collection. You get two small, some might call premium ‘fun size’, bars of each flavour and a ‘over the counter’ small bar of the 70% cocoa dark chocolate version. Along with these is a small fold out booklet with tasting suggestions, where you could use the particular flavouring of the chocolate and drinks to serve with them. Kind of pretentious. Kind of made to be reviewed by a food reviewing blog. Kind of ironically there isn’t too much to say on each flavour and the taking notes are more enticing in their description than my blunt version. I taste and then look what the ‘tasting suggestion’ says. Just like wine tasting you will inevitably think the obvious ‘yup that looks, tastes and smells like wine/chocolate, alright it’s definitely wine/chocolate… I am tasting what I expected to taste.’ I am being pedantic but you will know what you are tasting when you select a bar as there is no ‘mystery’ flavours or obscure naming confusing you expectations here. There is a map on the inside of the lid indicating where the ingredients come from which adds some interesting additional information for extra value.

The reviews are going to one or two lines, rather than my usual longer analysis, as this post is incredibly long already just having the basic ingredient information and tasting notes alone.

“Tasting is a special art. Each bar has its own distinct character comprised of unique aromas, textures and flavours… With these tips you can explore and enjoy a truly inspiring experience.”

395g Soil Association – Organic
Fairtrade
Suitable for vegetarians

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DARK 70%: DARK CHOCOLATE WITH 70% COCOA SOLIDS
ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE WITH 70% COCOA SOLIDS
ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE: MINIMUM COCOA SOLIDS 70%

Ingredients: Cocoa mass #, raw cane sugar #, cocoa butter #, emulsifier (soya lecithin), vanilla extract #, May Contain nuts, milk
# = Certified Organic, Cocoa, Sugar, Vanilla: traded in compliance with Fairtrade Standards, total 99%.

Review: Dark chocolate is dark chocolate. Tastes like cooking chocolate. I like extremely dark chocolate. It’s very bitter and savoury. Like the taste texture of black coffee though obviously not the same taste.

Tasting Notes: Let a single square slowly melt and see how many flavours you can pick out: rich nuttiness, roasted coffee, savoury notes, bitter cherry, smooth and sweet vanilla… Our original dark chocolate is anything but plain.

MILK CHOCOLATE WITH ANGLESEY SEA SALT

ORGANIC MILK CHOCOLATE: MINIMUM COCOA SOLIDS 37%, MINIMUM MILK SOLIDS 24%
Ingredients: Raw cane sugar #, whole milk powder #, cocoa mass #, cocoa butter #, Anglesey sea salt (0.7%), emulsifier (Soya lecithin), vanilla extract #. May contain nuts.
# = Certified Organic, Cocoa, Sugar, Vanilla: traded in compliance with Fairtrade Standards, total 73%.

Review: Luxurious milk chocolate. Melts in the mouth. Grains of salt. I like it. You may not. Anglesey is in North Wales so have to support the hometeam (but I would like this anyway). A unique flavour for the tasting collection unlike many of the others which you will find have been made by other companies to the point of being ubiquitous.

Tasting Notes: The delicate flakes of Anglesey Sea Salt are recognised as some of the best in the world, and we’d accept nothing less for our delicious chocolate. They really help to bring out the caramel notes in our 37% cocoa milk chocolate, and delight your taste buds with that moreish balance of sweet and savoury.

DARK CHOCOLATE WITH TOFFEE PIECES

ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE WITH TOFFEE PIECES

Ingredients: Cocoa mass #, raw cane sugar #, toffee # (15%) (raw cane sugar #, glucose syrup #, butter (from milk) #, palm oil #, molasses #, natural flavouring). cocoa butter #, emulsifier (soya lecithin), vanilla extract #, May Contain nuts, milk
# = Certified Organic, Cocoa, Sugar, Molasses, Vanilla: traded in compliance with Fairtrade Standards, total 93%.

Review: Once as a student I decided to make caramel. I knew it was just melted sugar. We did this in the kitchen. What we had was an exceptionally bitter substance the colour of a brown glass bottle. Suffice to say I was the only one to consume anything more than a single lick of it. That is exactly what the toffee in this is like. Little shards of burnt toffee. The chocolate melts away like some sort of intentionally weak substance as if the intention was to harmfully prank someone by offering them some of this and, once the chocolate fades away quickly to the point it does literally melt on the tongue upon contact and the shards expel the taste of charred toffee. I like it but I like it for reminding me of the past, of a nostalgia that only I have, one I hoped never to remember. Masochistic. This might actually be even more to my taste than the extremely high coca content dark chocolate.

Tasting Notes: We add a nice touch of molasses to our burnt toffee pieces to give a richer flavour that stands up to our intense chocolate. Made in Yorkshire, their textured crunch is just as enjoyable as their bitter-sweet taste.

HAZELNUT & CURRANT
DARK CHOCOLATE WITH HAZELNUTS & CURRANTS

Ingredients: Cocoa mass #, raw cane sugar #, currants # (12%) chopped roasted hazelnuts # (8%), cocoa butter #, emulsifier (soya lecithin), vanilla extract #, May Contain nuts, milk
# = Certified Organic, Cocoa, Vanilla: traded in compliance with Fairtrade Standards, total 79%.

Review: The chocolate is good in a bitter way. The currants flavour intermingles with it successfully. The hazelnut is just kind of there. Just bits of non-flavour you have to choose through. It’s the kind of bar that would be good for hiking expeditions as its trial mix plus chocolate to keep your energy levels up but it always reminds me of that prank you can play by melting a bar of fruit and nut in your hand and asking a person in the next toilet cubicle for some toilet paper. Have never heard of anyone ever doing it but it reminds me of that.

Tasting Notes: The combination of the three main ingredients equals more than the sum of their parts: the bittersweet chocolate hits you first as it melts, followed by the roasted crunch of hazelnut and finally the sweet-sour currants bringing everything together in perfect harmony.

DARK CHOCOLATE WITH GINGER
ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE WITH CRYSTALLISED GINGER PIECES

Ingredients: Cocoa mass #, raw cane sugar #, crystallised ginger # (20%) (stem ginger #, sugar #), cocoa butter #, emulsifier (soya lecithin), vanilla extract #, May Contain nuts, milk
# = Certified Organic, Cocoa, Vanilla: traded in compliance with Fairtrade Standards, total 79%.

Reviews: The chocolate seems overly dried out and the ginger is weak compared to other chocolate and ginger bars I have tried. I like it but there are better alternatives out there.

Tasting Notes: 60% dark chocolate comes through initially and, as it melts away, is followed by the gentle warmth of ginger. Our crystalised pieces come from China, and offer a taste that lingers on the palate, until replaced with the next chunk’s chocolaty opening…

MILK CHOCOLATE WITH BUTTERSCOTCH
ORGANIC MILK CHOCOLATE WITH BUTTERSCOTCH PIECES

Ingredients: Raw cane sugar #, whole milk powder #, cocoa mass #, cocoa butter #, butterscotch (10%), (raw cane sugar #, glucose syrup #, butter (from milk) #, palm oil #, molasses #, natural flavouring), emulsifier (Soya lecithin), vanilla extract #. May contain nuts.
# = Certified Organic, Cocoa, Sugar, Molasses, Vanilla: traded in compliance with Fairtrade Standards, total 72%.

Review: Rapidly melting in the mouth chocolate. It lines the mouth with its butterscotch flavour. Then the small pieces of butterscotch are left to chew on. (Side note – the tasting suggestion uses the phrase ‘mouthfeel’ without irony… is this Adventure Time or something?!)

Tasting notes: Our butterscotch pieces are expertly made in Yorkshire, and are the star ingredient in one of our most indulgent bars. As well as the crunchy pieces, we add some of the finer butterscotch ‘dust’, so that the flavour runs throughout the bar, leaving you with a buttery mouthfeel at the end.

MILK CHOCOLATE WITH 37% COCOA SOLIDS
ORGANIC MILK CHOCOLATE

Ingredients: Raw cane sugar #, whole milk powder #, cocoa mass #, cocoa butter #, emulsifier (Soya lecithin), vanilla extract #. May contain nuts.
# = Certified Organic, Cocoa, Sugar, Molasses, Vanilla: traded in compliance with Fairtrade Standards, total 74%.

Review: Milk chocolate is milk chocolate. Nice but nothing special. Easily melts in the mouth. Very nice… nicer than most…. But its milk chocolate.

Tasting notes: Our milk chocolate is rich in both cocoa and milk, for those that like a darker shade of milk chocolate. As well as the bittersweet cocoa flavours, you’ll discover dark caramel notes, and even subtle fruity flavours of figs and dates.

MILK CHOCOLATE WITH RAISINS & HAZELNUTS
ORGANIC MILK CHOCOLATE WITH RAISINS & HAZELNUTS

Ingredients: Raw cane sugar #, whole milk powder #, cocoa mass #, cocoa butter #, raisins # (12%) (raisins #, palm oil #), chopped roasted hazelnuts # (8%), emulsifier (Soya lecithin), vanilla extract #. May contain other nuts.
# = Certified Organic, Cocoa, Sugar, Molasses, Vanilla: traded in compliance with Fairtrade Standards, total 59%.

Review: There’s something in my milk chocolate. What it is I cannot tell. Oh wait… slightly sickly sweet moment. Sombre release of nut flavour when I bite into the chunk in the bar… on the whole I never liked nut and fruit chocolates growing up as it seemed to be missing the point that you wanted the chocolate – as if you were being punished by having bits of ‘better’ food inserted into your treat. Years later and I still feel like this. I want chocolate. Flavoured chocolate also. Not chocolate plus other stuff. If I wanted that I would go buy a biscuit. I always remember that there is a prank where you melt a nutty chocolate bar in your hand and pretend you act like you wiped your backside with you bare hand. I have never heard of anyone doing it but it makes me think of that prank.

Tasting notes: Milk chocolate is often described as containing ‘brown fruit’ flavours. That’s why the raisins almost blend into the chocolate, adding a quite distinctive texture, yet a surprisingly complementary taste sensation. The nutty crunch of hazelnuts adds a third texture and a welcomed savoury finish to the bar.

MILK CHOCOLATE WITH ALMONDS
ORGANIC MILK CHOCOLATEWITH CHOPPED ALMONDS

Ingredients: Raw cane sugar #, chopped roasted almonds # (23%) whole milk powder #, cocoa mass #, cocoa butter #, emulsifier (Soya lecithin), vanilla extract #. May contain other nuts.
# = Certified Organic, Cocoa, Sugar, Molasses, Vanilla: traded in compliance with Fairtrade Standards, total 57%.

Review: almonds. The texture always makes me feel like I am eating plastic wrapping. If you like almonds and chocolate you will like this but the texture to me personally is extremely offputting.

Tasting notes: Leaving the skins on, and roasting just to the right amount, helps to really encapsulate the savoury nuttiness of our almonds. As it melts, the cocoa-rich milk chocolate coats every nutty surface giving a sublime taste and texture combination, with a fragrant almond finish that carries on and on.

DARK CHOCOLATE WITH HAZELNUTS
ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE WITH HAZELNUTS

Ingredients: Cocoa mass #, raw cane sugar #, chopped roasted hazelnuts # (20%), cocoa butter #, emulsifier (soya lecithin), vanilla extract #, May contain other nuts, milk.
# = Certified Organic, Cocoa, Vanilla: traded in compliance with Fairtrade Standards, total 79%.

Review: As above. I am not a fan of nuts in chocolate. The hazelnuts drain the taste of the chocolate away.

Tasting notes: The rich flavour of toasted hazelnuts is the perfect partner for the cocoa-richness of our dark chocolate, also working beautifully with the fruity notes from our special Trinitario cocoa beans.

WHITE CHOCOLATE WITH 30% COCOA SOLIDS
ORGANIC WHITE CHOCOLATE

Ingredients: Raw cane sugar #, cocoa butter #, whole milk powder #, emulsifier (Soya lecithin), vanilla pod #, vanilla extract #. May contain nuts.
# = Certified Organic, Cocoa, Vanilla: traded in compliance with Fairtrade Standards, total 71%.

Review: The milky bar kid is strong and tough, and milky bars are only good enough. Its white chocolate. A bit smoother than others I have had before. The tasting notes contain a spelling mistake. White chocolate isn’t my thing.

Tasting notes: The secret to our white chocolate is a generous dose of Madagascan vanilla. You can see the vanilla seeds speckled throughout the bar, which along with the organic whole milk, help to round of the sweetness of the cocoa butter-rich chocolate.

DARK CHOCOLATE WITH 85% COCOA SOLIDS
ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE WITH 85% COCOA SOLIDS

Ingredients: Cocoa mass #, cocoa butter #, fat-reduced cocoa powder #, raw cane sugar #, vanilla extract #. May Contain nuts, milk
# = Certified Organic, Cocoa, Sugar, Vanilla: traded in compliance with Fairtrade Standards, total 100%.

Review: Cooking chocolate. You put it in your mouth and there is bitterness. If you have never had such dark chocolate before you wouldn’t even think this is chocolate. It is near tasteless if you go chewing through it quickly. Let it dwell and there is the taste… like carcinogens. Like the nice sensation when you eat something burnt in that infinitesimally minute line between the cooked and carbonated sections. This is the black pudding of chocolate… except its good for you as it has none of the dairy of other chocolate.

Tasting notes: We use 85% cocoa solids for an intense hit of cocoa with just enough sugar to balance the bitterness and acidity, resulting in an almost savoury note. The generous organic vanilla content naturally seasons the chocolate and softens its bitterness, slightly increasing perceptions of subtle sweetness.

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PL-EKO-07 Non-EU Agriculture
Soil Association Symbol Holder P11117. Organic Certification PL-EKO-07. This product meets the Soil Association standards for organic food and farming

Overall review: A nice gift or way to try new flavours without investing in a whole bar that may not be to your liking. I would suggest you eat them as soon as possible as there are not the various preservatives you will find in many other bars and the chocolate with oxygenate over a short period (this however is more an appearance issue than one of affecting the taste). It suggests not eating more than six varieties on any one day so your palate doesn’t become desensitised but really these are ‘just got in from work’ snacks unless you have gatherings in which this tasting collection would be a desired pastime with friends or family. A nice idea to entice people to try premium chocolate but overall I would say if you want a range of tastes going with a generic box of chocolates is a safer bet compared to this which may come across as a bit too try hard. Personally I find their dark chocolate is their strength. The tasting notes and serving suggestions (which I have omitted but will add later if I find time) while interesting are not something which added much to the experience unless you enjoy bragging about where your food comes from and being more worldlier than others. Rather than enjoy the experience it feels like a task where you are now eligible to speak with authority about the taste of chocolate types. I like the chocolate itself but the pretension of the packaging and tasting notes make me less invested than they should in future purchases of this brand except for the Fairtrade aspect they heavily promote regarding the brand.


I wrote this a while ago but I probably have left a few aspects of the tasting collection out so it is better to see this post on the whole as a information dump of mini reviews about the brand.

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Ptasie Mleczko – Waniliowe

Dark Chocolate Covered Vanilla Marshmallow Confectionaries

380g (13.4 oz) Produced by E.Wedel

Available at Tesco and other retailers. The price I am not certain of as it was a gift. (approximately £4-7?)

Oryginalna wedlowska czekolada – Original wedlowska chocolate.

Gwarancje smaku [Translation: Taste guaranteed]
Otwórz i poczuj niebiański smak [Translation: Open and feel the heavenly taste]

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Ptasie Mleczko: to niebiańsko lekka i puszysta pianka ukryta pod warstwą kruchej czekolady. Nowy sposób zamknięcia chroni jego wyjątkowy aromat i najwyższą jakość na jeszcze dłużej. Odkrywaj więc warstwy niebiańskiego smaku kiedy chcesz i tak, jak lubisz.

[Translation: Ptasie Mleczko: A heavenly light and fluffy mousse hidden beneath a crisp chocolate coating. Our new method of closure protects its unique flavour and ensures the highest quality for even longer. Discover the layers of immense heavenly taste when you want and the way you want.]

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Background information: Ptasie Mleczko is a soft chocolate-covered Polish confectionary filled with soft meringue (or milk soufflé). In Russian it is called ptichye moloko (птичье молоко) and in Romanian lapte de pasăre. All these names literally mean “bird’s milk” or crop milk, a substance somewhat resembling milk, produced by certain birds to feed their young. However, this is not origin of the name; rather, ptasie mleczko is also a Polish idiom meaning “an unobtainable delicacy” (compare English: “hen’s teeth”; also, a similar idiom can be found in Bulgarian – тук/там и от пиле мляко има, meaning “even bird milk can be found here/there”).

In Poland, Jan Wedel, owner of the E. Wedel Company, developed the first Ptasie mleczko in 1936. Wedel’s inspiration for the name of the confectionery came from his voyages to France, when he asked himself: “What could bring greater happiness to a man who already has everything?” Then he thought: “Maybe only bird milk.”

In Poland it is one of the most recognized chocolate confectionery having exclusive rights in Poland for the name — other confectionery producers also make similar candies but named differently e.g. Alpejskie mleczko, “Alpine milk”.

In Russia ptichye moloko is both a popular candy and a famous soufflé cake. The brand was introduced in the Soviet times and is nowadays used by the companies operating the factories which produced these candies and cakes since that time. The candies are also produced in other post-Soviet states, in particular in Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova.

Review: Very light confectionaries you will likely eat a few of before realising how many you consumed as they are so tasty but not feel the impact of. You will eat more than you intend because of the nice taste and texture. There is the distinct flavour of vanilla which was surprising as ‘vanilla’ has become a byword for ‘bland’ as things claiming to be vanilla flavoured often have no real taste at all. The chocolate coating is thin and crisp but still enough you can taste the chocolate rather than it being like a brittle, tasteless, sugar coating as is the case with many other confectionaries. The chocolate melts in the mouth so I do wonder what condition these would be in if you left them in a hot environment. The texture of the marshmallow is quite dense when compared to the sort of marshmallows you buy in a bag (usually coloured pastel pink and white) but is still quite springy in texture. Even though the marshmallow is dense the confectionaries themselves are exceptionally light so you will not feel burdened by the consumption of them. It is all about the flavour with them, as it should be with all confectionaries, not about a short lived sense of a full stomach or having a sugar rush as a substitute for eating a proper meal as is often the case when people snack instead of dine during the day.

There are 3 columns of 6 making for 18 pieces on each of the tray adding up to a total of 36 pieces all together in the box. The ‘new method’ they brag of that preserves the taste is basically cling film over a plastic carton within the cardboard casing. They are kept ‘fresh’ and in excellent condition by this but it seems odd to brag about it… that is probably why the inside of the lid is not translated into English as it is such a ludicrous boast to make.

I find Polish chocolates to be of a high quality, having often bought jeżyki chocolate bars in the past, and there is a certain sense of nostalgia in the taste of them as they no doubt use ingredient choices and techniques which have gone from the Western confectionary production industry for one reason or another. I highly recommend them as a fantastic alternative to the over saturated and growingly homogenised main brand chocolates we are growing all too willing to impulse buy due to brand recognition alone.

They don’t translate everything on the packaging but the few bits I had to attempt a translation of, so they sounded similar in tone to the English language equivalents by their competitors, are just the generic packaging boasts you will find on any number of products and all the key important information is printed clearly in English.

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Nutritional information: Wiesz co jesz – sprawdż GDA*:

Wartość odżywcza/Nutrition Information \ %GDA* w/per 10,6g \GDA* \ 100g \ 1 ostka/cube ~10,6g
Wartość energetycczna / Energy 2,4% 8400kJ 1842kJ 195kJ
2000kcal 440kcal 47kcal
Tłuszcz / Fat 3,3% 70g 22g 2,3g
W tym kwasy tłuszczowe nasycone / of which saturates 7,5% 20g 14g 1,5g
Weglowodany / Carbohydrates 2,3% 260g 58g 6,1g
W tym cukry / of which sugars 5,7% 90g 48g 5,1g
Białko / Protein 0,6% 50g 2,6g 0,3g
Sól / Salt <0,2% 6g 0,06g 0,01g
Produkt zaweira 36 x ~ 10,6g. / Product contains 36 x ~ 10,6g.

*GDA – Referencyjna wartość spożycia dla przeciętnej osoby dorosłej (8 400 kJ / 2 000kcal). Indywidualne zapotrzebowanie na energię i skladniki odżywcze może być wżsże lub niższe w zależności od płci, weiku, wysiłku fizycznego i innych czynników.

*Reference intake of an average adult (8 400 kJ / 2 000 kcal). Personal requirements for energy and nutrients may vary depending on age, sex, physical activity and other factors.

Ptasie Mleczko Waniliowe. Delikatna Pianka w Czekoldzie.

Skałdniki: Czekdolada deserowa 28% (Cukier, Miazga kakaowa, Tłuszcz kakaowy, Tłuszcz mleczny, Emulgatory: lectyna sojowa i E 476, Aromat), Cukier, Syrop glukozowy, Masło, Mieko zagęszczone słodzone, Roztwór cukru inwertowanego, Białko jaja w proszku, Substancja zelująca (agar), Regulator kwasowości (kwas cytrynowy), Substancja konserwująca (E202), Aromat, Naturalny aromat waniliowy. Czekolada deserowa: masa kakaowa minimum 47%

Ingredients: Dark chocolate 28% (Sugar, Cocoa mass, Cocoa butter, Milk fat,

Emulsifiers: soya lecithin and E476, Flavouring), Sugar, Glucose syrup, Butter, Sweetened condensed milk, Invert sugar solution, Dried egg white, Gelling agent, (agar), Acidity regulator (citric acid), Perservative (E202), Flavouring, Natural vanilla flavouring.Dark chocolate: cocoa solids 47% minimum.

CONTAINS MILK, EGG, SOYA. MAY CONTAIN PEANUTS, NUTS, CEREALS.

ZAWIERA MLEKO, JAJA, SOJĘ, MOŻE ZAWIERAĆ ORZECHY ARACHIDOWE, ORZECHY, ZBOŻA.

marka ptasie mleczko została stworzona w latach 30 tych xx wieku przez Jana Wedla i obecnie jest chroniona na terytorium Unii Europejskiej na rzecz LOTTE Wedel sp. z o.o. jako słowny znak towarowy
[Translation: The Ptasie mleczko brand was created in the 1930s, by John Wedel, and is now protected in the European Union for Lotte Wedel Sp. z oo as a trademark.]

Najlepiej spożyć przed: data na boku kartonika./ Best before: See side of box
LOTTE Wedel sp. z o.o.
Ul. Zamoyskiego 28/30
03-801 Warszawa
Polska/Poland
http://www.wedel.pl;
http://www.czekolada.pl
http://www.ptasiemleczko.pl/site/

Warto porozmawiać – Infolinia konsumencka [Translation: Customer Hotline]: 801 811 011 **
**Opłata według tary lokalnej. Only for Poland


I received these as a gift from a colleague a while ago but only now got around to reviewing finally. They are very good, give them a go. Many thanks Anna! 🙂

As a sign of my appreciation, and support of her work, I ask you to please visit the following site she has recently launched. It contains a number of venues to visit around Wales, and other parts of Britain, so even if you don’t speak Polish at least you can see the pictures, click on the links (which go to English language pages), stick the information in a translator and get some ideas of places to visit:

Polski? Proszę odwiedź:

Smok Walijski

Also here are some other links to other blogs that might be of interest:

[Polish language]: https://annawwalii.wordpress.com/
[English language]: https://annainwales.wordpress.com/


… and one day there will be reviews of some Jeżyki chocolate bars or selected works of Dorota Masłowska. But that will be a long time from now. One post a week is the standard for now although it would have been a good idea to prepare a number of posts so I could have done a ‘Polish Week’ of a post per day and got them all out of the way. Then I could do a Russian Week! Welsh Week! French Week! American Week! etc, etc and so on… but its just a lot of effort for one person unlike teams that run websites and can combine their efforts.

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The Cool Night Air

Once more spring has passed and it is now summer. A cool breeze drifts past the window.
I think of childhood and how the days of summer did not end back then.
Now, when the light begins to fail, I want to go for a walk in the cool night air.

Where to? I do not know.
Until what time? I do not care.
If I left I would not return. What is there to return to?

People have dreams and make memories in the dark hours. Especially during the summer when the darkness is a soothing comfort not a sign of insensitive death.

As a child you think adults have freedom while you yourself have routines and people to answer to.
You answer to your parents, your teachers, you community.
When you are an adult you still have chains but now they are invisible.

The barbed wire of etiquette twisted around you harming you every time you allow others to treat you as an inferior for decorum’s sake.
The razor blades of financial worries giving you the death of a thousand cuts.
The pressure of self-inflicted moral restraints contorting who you were, are and will be.

Existentialism poses the question asking what exactly is stopping you from dropping everything and walking away. These tethers we bind ourselves with are not real, physical, things. But they are there all the same.
An adult answers to their employer, to their family, to their peers and to the government that cannot see them as anything other than a statistic to be checked off the page.

The night air soothes the skin. Caresses it like a woman placating the injured thinking this tactile moment of amity, invading the solitude of suffering, will ease the tormented and assure their soul.

I will walk away from the lights of mankind’s pointless struggle against the beautiful night but in the end, no matter what direction I walk in, eventually I will return to it.
The only other choice is to blindly walk off a cliff into the awaiting pitch black sea who will claim me for her own. A phone will ring at the chapel down the bottom of the slope and the Samaritans will be told it was too late but they will go home in the end and sleep peacefully.

I cannot go because I will not return. There is nowhere to go. I am ensnared by responsibilities others have foisted on me because of the choices I made and the indecisions I allowed. I am in a gilded cage of my own creation and soon the night will past. I will wait. Wait until it returns once again. The cycle will continue until autumn kills it once more, dressing the floor with its golden red entrails and we bow our heads during the winter songs where the world is washed away to muddied grey and white tones.

The air is stale in here. I can breathe – but only with a heavy heart. I will embrace the night and sleep. I know when I awake the light wll have been victorious over the night and the cycle of maturity will repeat once more.


I have the past few evenings wanted to go for a walk. I have not though. I don’t know where I would go. There is nowhere but to the town with its glittering lights and dirty covered paving. To sit in a bar and drink until the ring of the bell for last orders and the long, lonely, walk back home. Tomorrow is another day – a day like any other day.

Unplanned piece. Flawed but then it fills the blog until the next entry.

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Marks & Spencer Dutch Shortcake Biscuits

Melt in the mouth shortcake dipped in Belgian milk chocolate

At the moment there is a 2 for 1 promotion at Marks and Spencer so it cost £1.5 for 18 biscuits (there are 9 biscuits per 150g pack).

A buttery, crumbly, shortcake biscuit half dipped into milk chocolate. It is packaged in some corrugated cardboard under the plastic wrapper to preserve the biscuits which are quite fragile. Even with this preventative measure you will still find a bit of crumbling but it is minimal. These are quite an ‘afternoon tea’ kind of biscuit. They arequite savoury and pleasant. I really liked them but, as each biscuit is individually quite large, you will likely find yourself going through them quite quickly unless you consciencly ration them. One buscuit by itself would seem excessive if served with a cup of tea so I am not sure under what circumstances they expect you to ue them except as part of a selection at an afternoon tea.

Per biscuit 376 kJ / 90 kcal
Energy 5% of your RI
Per 100g 2254 kJ / 540 kcal
Milk chocolate coated shortcake biscuit

Not suitable for nut allergy suffers

INGREDIENTS: Wheatflour (contains Gluten) – Vegetable Oils (Palm Oil, Rapeseed Oil) in varying proportions – Sugar – Milk Chocolate (15%) (Sugar – Cocoa Butter – Cocoa Mass – Dried Skimmed Milk – Butter Oil (Milk) – Dried Lactose (Milk) – Emulsifier: Soya Lecthin – Vanilla Flavouring) – Butter Oil (Milk) – Dried Whey Solids (Milk) – Salt – Raising Agent: Sodium Bicarbonate, E450 – Lemon Peel – Acid: Citric Acid – Modified Potato Starch. Milk chocolate contains Cocoa Solids 30% minimum, Milk Solids 20% minimum.

For allergens see ingredients in bold.

Not suitable for Nut and Sesame allergy sufferers due to manufacturing methods.

Suitable for vegetarians

NUTRITION: Serves: 9 / Per 100g / Per Shortcake (16.7g)
Typical Values:
Energy kJ 2254 / 376
Energy kcal 540 / 90
Fat 30.8g / 5.1g
Of which saturates 15.9g / 2.7g
Carbohydrates 59.0g / 9.9g
Of which sugars 27.0g / 4.5g
Fibre 2.5g / 0.4g
Protein 5.4g / 0.9g
Salt 0.93g / 0.15g

(This information is also available in French and Dutch)

STORAGE For Best Before, see front of pack. Store in a cool, dry place. Once opened, store in an airtight container.

Made in Netherlands.

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Another M&S biscuit review!? Really? What is becoming of this blog? I should get some sponsorship money…

… No actually there are one or two drinks lined up as well so for the following week so this is the current theme for this blog but it will return to normal next weekend. After they are done we will be back on track with a few live performance reviews (a few weeks too late to be of immediate relevance) and maybe one or two other random things.

Marks & Spencer’s Belgian Triple Chocolate Cookies

£2 for one box but £3 if you take advantage of the ever present offer from the M&S range of premium biscuits.

Very rich tasting and the chocolate chunks melt in the mouth. Strong enough you could dip it in tea if that was your thing but crisp enough to have a satisfying bite. Not as soft and chewy as fresh made biscuits of this sort but that is in its favour as they can seem doughy. The chocolate almost instantaneously melts in your mouth as you chew it releasing its rich flavour. Definitely a better all-round biscuit than the crystallised stem ginger ones I bought with them. An indulgent item which lives up to its name.

But onto the important bit and provide you with the box information so you are not stood in the store reading off ingredients and coming across as a bit too obsessive about your diet. Personally I find that with the more enjoyable taste you are also going to pay by it being that much worse for you nutrition wise. This is a ‘treat’ kind of biscuit not something you should be eating every day.

Per cookie 461kJ / 110 kcal
Energy 6% of your RI
Per 100g 2151kJ / 515 kcal

Chocolate cookies with chunks of dark, milk and white Belgian chocolate half coated in Belgian dark chocolate.

Not suitable for nut allergy suffers.

Ingredients: Wheatflour contains gluten, Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin) Belgian Dark Chocolate (17%) (Sugar – Cocoa Mass – Cocoa Butter – Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin – Vanilla Flavouring) –– Butter (Milk) – Belgian Dark Chocolate Chunks (13%) (Sugar – Cocoa Mass – Cocoa Butter – Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin – Vanilla Flavouring) – Sugar – Belgian Milk Chocolate Chunks (8%) (Sugar – Dried Whole Milk – Cocoa Butter – Cocoa Mass – Emulsifier: Soya Lecthin – Vanilla Flavouring) – Belgian White Chocolate Chunks (7%) (Sugar – Dried Whole Milk – Cocoa Butter – Dried Skimmed Milk – Emulsifier: Soya Lecthin – Vanilla Flavouring) – Golden Syrup (Invert Sugar Syrup) – Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder – Raising Agent: E450, Sodium Bicarbonate, E503 – Salt. Belgian Dark Chocolate contains Cocoa Solids 46% minimum. Belgian Dark Chocolate Chunks contain Cocoa Solids39% minimum. Belgian Milk Chocolate Chunks contain Cocoa Solids 25% minimum, Milk Solids 14% minimum. Belgian White Chocolate Chunks contain Milk Solids 25% minimum.

For allergens see ingredients in bold.

Not suitable for Nut allergy sufferers due to manufacturing methods

Suitable for vegetarians

NUTRITION Serves/Portions: 7
Typical values: Per 100g / per cookie (21g)
Energy kJ 2151 / 461
Energy kcal 515 110
Fat 27.9g / 6g
Of which saturates 17.6g / 3.8g
Carbohydrates 58.1g / 12.5g
Of which sugars 41.2g / 8.8g
Fibre 4.0g / 0.9g
Protein 5.8g / 1.2g
Salt 0.63g / 0.13g

Reference intake (adult) Energy 8400kJ / 2000kcal

Fat 70g Saturates 20g Sugars 90g Salt 6g

STORAGE For Best Before, see front of pack. Store in a cool, dry place. Once opened, store in an airtight container.

125g along side one of those scannable code things and a recycling ying yang arrows sign.

French / NL versions of ingredients are also provided

Made in Scotland.

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PO Box 3339 Chester
CH99 9QS
United Kingdom

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Tray – Minimum
50% recycled plastics
Recyclable Carton – Paper – Widely recycled.
Recyclable Tray – Plastics – Check local recycling
Recyclable film – plastics – Not currently recycled


The other box of biscuits along with the ones that had gigner in them. I prefer these ones although the pieces of crystalised ginger were very nice in the others. Marks and Spencers really want you to know how dedicated they are to their civic duty of recycling.

Next time on the misadventures in blogging… we will see. Hopefully on the weekend get around to reviiewng the stage production of The Woman In Black I saw recently.

Belgian Dark Chocolate & Stem Ginger Cookies – Marks & Spencers

£2 for one box but £3 if you take advantage of the ever present offer from the M&S range of premium biscuits.

A nice, smooth, rich tasting chocolate with a biscuit at its core which I personally find perhaps a little too dry. Of course you say that is how all ginger flavoured biscuits taste as they are ‘warm’ tasting but the biscuit seems a little too dry considering this is meant to be a luxury item. If you happen to catch one of the pieces of crystallised root ginger on your tooth it is extremely chewy. The chocolate almost instantly melts in your mouth coating it with the taste of dark chocolate. It is an enjoyable biscuit but as there only seem to be 7 in each pack you will probably find that they are ‘a treat’ rather than something you will buy often. Certainly as I have always seen these premium biscuits in 2 for 1 offers it seems they are successful but not enough to warrant reconsideration on how M&S market them. Like the dark chocolate. Like the chewy stem ginger. The core biscuit is low quality unfortunately…

Nonetheless let me now give you all the information off the box…

Per cookie 386kJ / 92 kcal
Energy 5% of your RI
Per 100g 2159kJ / 516 kcal

Cookies with stem ginger pieces, fully coated in Belgian dark chocolate

Not suitable for nut allergy suffers

Ingredients: Belgian Dark Chocolate (38%) (Sugar – Cocoa Mass – Cocoa Butter – Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin – Vanilla Flavouring) – Wheatflour, Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin) – Butter (Milk) – Sugar- Crystallised Stem Ginger (9%) (Stem Ginger – Sugar) – Belgian Milk Chocolate (Sugar – Dried Whole Milk – Cocoa Butter – Cocoa Mass – Emulsifier: Soya lecithin – Vanilla Flavouring) – Ground Ginger – Raising Agent: E450, Sodium Bicarbonate – Salt.
Belgian Dark Chocolate contains Cocoa Solids 46% minimum.
Belgian Milk Chocolate contains Cocoa Solids 25% minimum, Milk Solids 14% minimum

For allergens see ingredients in bold.

Suitable for vegetarians

NUTRITION Serves/Portions: 7
Typical values: Per 100g / per cookie (18g)
Energy kJ 2159 / 386
Energy kcal 515 92
Fat 27.3g / 4.3g
Of which saturates 16.8g / 3.0g
Carbohydrates 61.5g / 11.0g
Of which sugars 38.7g / 6.9g
Fibre 1.9g / 0.3g
Protein 5.2g / 0.9g
Salt 0.53g / 0.10g

Reference intake (adult) Energy 8400kJ / 2000kcal
Fat 70g Saturates 20g Sugars 90g Salt 6g

STORAGE For Best Before, see front of pack. Store in a cool, dry place. Once opened, store in an airtight container.

125g along side one of those scannable code things and a recycling ying yang arrows sign.

French / Dutch versions of ingredients are also provided

Made in Scotland.

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Copyright Marks and Spencer plc

PO Box 3339 Chester
CH99 9QS
United Kingdom

Marksandspencers.com

FSC MIX Paper FSC C002324

Tray – Minimum
50% recycled plastics
Recyclable Carton – Paper – Widely recycled.
Recyclable Tray – Plastics – Check local recycling
Recyclable film – plastics – Not currently recycled


A dry,dull, review for biscuits which didn’t make much of an impression on me. They seem quite intent on making sure people now they recycle their packaging. Premium product demanding you agree with the sort of thing which concerns their target market.

Next time more biscuits or something.,, maybe reviews of things I aw in the theatre recently.

I am going to try and do a post a day as I had a bit of a break recently (did I? I’m not sure now…)