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The Candy Review: Marks & Spencer Praline Milk & Dark Chocolate Bar – A Nutty Delight?
What’s your favourite chocolate centre? Everybody has one, and we’re all different in this respect. Some people love the soft fruity fondant centres – strawberry, orange, lime etc. some adore Turkish Delight or cracknel, the oddball centres for a specialist taste. Me, like any right-minded person I adore the nutty centres, the brazils and hazelnuts and peanut clusters. And that includes the pralines, full of delicate nutty flavour combined with a soft yielding texture. Why does the box empty of them so rapidly shortly after opening, while the toffees and fruit centres just go on forever?
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But if you want to get a pure shot of your favourite chocolate centres, maybe candy bars are the way to go rather than boxes of chocs. Marks and Spencer have introduced a range of bars with yummy centres including a praline milk and dark chocolate bar. Is it worth checking out if that's what floats your boat confectionery-wise? After a careful evaluation of several test samples – the things I do for you people – I can honest transmit to you my following considered opinions. Considered as a praline centre, it's not the very best I've ever had – but taken for what it is, at the actual price, it's pretty much a bargain. If you're not going to a dedicated, exclusive choclatier's, then this is a pretty good substitute at a high street price. It was certainly no hardship wolfing down a couple! (Blushes.)
The chocolate coating is rich and just the right thickness. I would say that the praline centre itself verges a little too much on the side of a dark chocolate flavour, and could have done with an extra touch of sweetness. But what a very minor quibble that is!
How about the nutritional aspect of scoffing the odd bar of Marks & Spencer Praline Milk & Dark Chocolate Bar? Is it liable to cure cancer or give you bingo wings? One or the other, both, neither? Well, I doubt that the end results will be much different to the ingestion of a number of other candy bars! Do you really want the awful details of all that chocolatey goodness and its consequences? Hey, don't say I didn't warn you!
Buckle up and brace yourself, this is the goods from the horse's mouth (also known as the label): yer actual fat content, fourteen grams, sugar content, sixteen point five grams, calories per thirty-six gram bar, two hundred and five. Is there any upside to the nutritional contents of this delicious choc bar? Get real, it's chocolate! The upside is it's chocolate! Stop worrying: start scoffing, that's my philosophy.