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Crisp chocolate-flavoured mini-minion cookies. Made with natural flavours, preservative-free.
• Contains wheat (gluten), milk (dairy) and soy.
• May contain traces of oats, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.
I opened this packet several days before carrying out my quest for feedback as I wanted to check how well the product would maintain its freshness, given that the packaging was not re-sealable. I left the biscuits in their open packet and was very pleased to find that there was no significant loss of crispness after several days. This is a positive as some biscuits appear to go soft overnight!
On first sight, I was intrigued by the cute shapes of this product so I tried them on several different groups - work colleagues, some of my senior students, and family members. The feedback was fairly consistent. First, the appearance. Everyone loved the cute little figures. Miss Two was happy to get one for each hand; like all small children, she expects two of everything.
The children, ranging in ages from two to eleven, were all positive about the taste - although they could not work out what the flavour was meant to be. We had not told them it was chocolate flavoured so there was some guessing as to what it was. Mr Seven thought he could taste drinking chocolate, and Miss Five agreed with him. Mr Ten said he had tasted this flavour before when he had made a chocolate cake using a cake mix. His sister, Miss Eleven, disagreed; she said the taste reminded her of a toffee bar.
My students were not too keen on the flavour at all. One said if she had not known it was chocolate, she would have thought she was eating a malt biscuit. They thought they would be better served with a dip, possibly one made of melted chocolate, or iced with chocolate icing. My malt biscuit champion also thought they might be nice dunked in a hot drink, and demonstrated how you could hold the biscuit by one "hand" so as not to lose it in the liquid!
My colleagues' comments ranged from "not a lot of flavour" to "really interesting flavour but I just can't put my finger on it". All in all, people in general liked the product; they just did not accept it as chocolate flavoured. One colleagues thought it would be better marketed without the word "chocolate" being mentioned at all. She would then be more likely to give it the thumbs up.
My own reaction was similar - the impression I got was that the flavour is one that is common in many diet bars and shakes, a low-sugar, low-fat substitute for conventional chocolate. The product is described as preservative free and made with natural flavours, so this would make sense. I thought the biscuits were ok, but nothing special - the selling point for me would be the attractive shape. They would be great for a little kids' party or as a lunchbox snack for younger children.
This review will be rather similar to the review for the banana variety, as apart from the flavour difference, the product is identical. The product involves 200g of chocolate flavoured mini minion shaped cookies, in a plastic packet, itself inside a cardboard box. The 200g works out to around 10 servings of 20g; the servings are not packaged separately, so unless you are weighing them, the servings size would be an approximation (there's no 10 cookies equals 20g conversion). This has the same issue with the packaging where there is no resealability factor in the plastic packet or cardboard box, so unless you are going to eat it all in a couple of days, you'll need some pegs, bag sealers, or airtight containers to store them in, otherwise they will go very soft.
This chocolate flavour has a much stronger aroma, and smells slightly bitter, like that of cocoa (interestingly cocoa isn't mentioned as an ingredient in this chocolate flavoured product). The flavour is quite strong, though the sweetness of the flavour is subtle, which gives the product a lower calorie count than that of the banana variety (84 calories per 20g, vs 91 calories).
I really think more effort should have been put into the packaging of the product. If not making the packet resealable, then smaller packs that hold a serving each, or include some kind of dipping sauce would be ideal; these mini cookies definitely get stuck in your teeth if you eat them plain. Packed differently, these would make a great treat for the kids at school. But as is, it would work well for kids parties, or large families, where 10 servings would go very quickly.
Random listing from 'Food'...
A soft and sensual block of delicious peppermint delight, generously coated in dark chocolate made with 60% cocoa.
Lovingly crafted in the Waikato by brothers and chocolatiers, Mark and Paul Donovan. Donovans Chocolate's uniqueness is achieved by combining the finest quality ingredients with European technology and Kiwi expertise to deliver the ultimate chocolate experience to your taste buds.
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