Elizabeth Shaw have recently been inviting bloggers to review their range, sending out a generous box of their classic mints as well as the new chocolate crisp flavours and their chocolate flutes.
Although I love a bit of posh chocolate, there are times when the tastes of our childhood are what’s called for, and I’ve long been a fan of Elizabeth Shaw mint crisps. For me, the dark chocolate mint crisps were better than the milk chocolate ones. I was also a huge fan of the dark chocolate mint creams – classic after dinner mints. The squares of mint chocolate were alright, reminiscent of the mints our local Indian takeaway sends out with an order! Pete liked the milk ones as well as the dark.
The new Crisp Collection was intriguing. From left to right, the chocolates are described as Dark Cocoa Crunch (dark chocolate with cocoa nibs), Milk Butterscotch Crisp (butterscotch flavour milk chocolate with honeycomb), Dark Caramel Crisp (caramel flavour dark chocolate with honeycomb) and Milk Honeycomb Crisp (honeycomb flavour milk chocolate with honeycomb).
The three honeycomb ones had the best texture, in my opinion – the cocoa nibs didn’t work as well on that front, though the discs taste fine. The Dark Caramel Crisp was as described, with a strong, almost burnt caramel flavour which worked quite well. But I was confused about the other two: For me, the Milk Butterscotch Crisp had no discernible butterscotch flavour and tasted like regular milk chocolate with honeycomb pieces. And yet the Milk Honeycomb crisp had a strong butterscotch flavour, as well as the honeycomb crunchiness. My best guess is that these two were mixed up on the packaging floor and had their shiny metal wrappings swapped. I liked these chocolates well enough, but not quite as much as the mint originals.
The flutes are long slim sticks of chocolate which come in mint, amaretto, orange and latte flavours. For me, they were a little too sweet and the flavour a touch synthetic, but Pete found them pleasant and polished them off quickly.
I haven’t yet had a chance to try the bars but as they’re dark chocolate mint crisp, dark chocolate cocoa crunch and milk chocolate butterscotch crisp, I’m sure they will be much as the disk versions in taste and texture.
Elizabeth Shaw are generously offering the same selection of chocolates they sent to me, to one Kavey Eats reader.
HOW TO ENTER
You can enter the competition in 2 ways:
Entry 1 – Blog Comment
Leave a comment below, answering the following question:
What flavour chocolate crisp would you create, if given the chance to suggest a new flavour?
Entry 2 – Twitter
Follow @KaveyF on twitter. Existing followers are, of course, welcome to enter!
Then tweet the (exact) sentence below:
I’d love to win Elizabeth Shaw chocolates from Kavey Eats! http://goo.gl/dbkzv #KaveyEatsEShaw
RULES & DETAILS
The deadline for entries is midnight GMT Friday 7th September 2012.
The winners will be selected from all valid entries using a random number generator.
The prize is a selection of Elizabeth Shaw chocolates (as detailed above) and includes delivery to a UK mainland address only.
The prize cannot be redeemed for cash.
The prize is offered directly by Elizabeth Shaw Limited.
One blog entry per person only. One twitter entry per person only. You do not have to enter both ways for your entries to be valid.
For twitter entries, winners must be following @KaveyF at the time of notification, as this will be sent by Direct Message.
Blog comment entries must provide an email address for contacting the winner.
The winners will be notified by email or twitter. If no response is received within 7 days of notification, the prize will be forfeit and a new winner will be picked and contacted.
This competition is now closed. Winner = Corina (entry via blog)