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White chocolate covered organic crispy freeze dried blackcurrants are rolled in the highest grade organic premium Belgian chocolate.
Wickedly scrumptious and 100% Certified Organic.
• Organic premium Belgian chocolate
• Organic NZ blackcurrants
• No GMO used
• Gluten Free
I could not have picked up this product for review at a better time. I had just developed a sore throat and totally lost my voice, so a good helping of Vitamin C was a perfect way to combat the bug. I checked the label for portion size and it was five servings per packet. That is an awful lot of berries as they weigh quite light, but on checking further I found that this amount is 72% of the daily intake of the vitamin. So I just went for it and ate my handful of berries!
This was not the arduous task it might have been as they were pretty good. I have tried the others in the range as they have become available, and I like some better than others, but I think this one is the best yet. I like white chocolate anyway, but the little rush of sourness you get when you have sucked away all the chocolate and have come up against the crisp inner is a sensation all on its own. Usually I find that the recommended serving size of most confectionery items is too much for me to eat in one go, but I had no difficulty this time round in finishing my handful. I even considered having some more but decided that would be silly!
I had some children coming around so I decided to try the berries out on them. Because children can be fussy eaters, I mixed the selected fifth-of-a-packet serving with some other lollies including licorice allsorts, coke bottles and jellybeans, plus a few nuts, then put them on the table without saying anything. When the children came in, they went straight to the table, drawn by the bright colours of the sweets. They all stood looking, trying to be polite, but I could see what they all wanted to do! I asked if they would like to try some. Six little boys, all aged seven or eight, nodded happily and then pounced as I called out "Take one at a time!"
The boys demolished everything on the plate, including the berries. Only then did I ask them if any of them had noticed the white chocolate berries. One little boy said he had eaten three because they were so yummy and much nicer than the other lollies on the plate, and he liked the way they crunched. One of his friends said he had eaten two because they were just as good as jellybeans. (High praise indeed!) The other four boys had all eaten at least one, but said they had liked ALL the lollies. Oh well - I guess that is good feedback in a way as the other items on the plate were not organic and undoubtedly contained lots of preservatives.
The moral is that kids will eat anything as long as it tastes good. It is up to the adults to offer food which is a healthy option as well as being attractively presented. Incidentally, after another two days eating the berries myself, my voice has come back and my throat is back to normal. More than I can say for a few of my colleagues who are still hoarse and hanging out till Friday. Whether it was the berries' influence or not, I don't know, but I would like to think so. In the meantime I still have the last fifth of the packet left to enjoy.
I have loved all of the Viberi products that I have been lucky enough to try through KIWIreviews with my absolute favourite so far being the Viberi Ruby, so when I saw the Pearl come up for review I was very excited to get the chance to try it as I knew it was more than likely going to be amazing and of course it was!
Unlike the Ruby the Pearl consists of crispy blackcurrants which are then rolled in white chocolate, they are not rolled in blackcurrant powder. After trying my first berry I knew I was in for a treat, the crispy crunch and tartness of the freeze dried berries surrounded by a rich and creamy belgian white chocolate was amazing and such a winning combination, unfortunately for me Miss 4 agreed that these tasted pretty good so I had to share! Reading the back of the packaging I was happy to see that VIberi products are made right here in NZ which means that buying these products means I am supporting NZ made, making me happy to pay a little bit more for this yummy little treat. I was also really interested to see that just 1 serve of these provides you with 72% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, who would have thought something so tasty could be so good for you?
As easy as it would have been to sit and eat the bag of these as they are I decided to put them to good use and baked up some cookies using them. I prepared my usual chocolate chip cookie dough and instead of putting in some chocolate chips I put in half a cup of white chocolate chunks and half a cup of the Viberi Pearl's. I was a little concerned that these may melt in the process but I found that they generally held their shape pretty well, they added a very yummy fruity flavour to the cookies which my work colleagues and family all loved.
With the rest of the packet remaining I used these over the course of a few days adding them to my breakfasts which consisted of yoghurts, porridge and cereal and I can happily say that these went down great in every way and were SOOOOO much better than using yoghurt coated raisins or the likes. They were a great way to entice Miss 4 to eat breakfast though she did spend a little of time trying to find these in her bowl so she could pick them out and eat them first.
Overall these are now my favourite Viberi product which I will be buying again soon, I love the great range of products which Viberi produce as there is something for every meal or occasion!
We are always being told that blackcurrants are good for us particularly as it is winter and that brings cold and flu season. I have just started a new job so can't afford to take any time off with sick kids or get sick myself. My kids are also the type that don't want to eat something is it might be good for them so dried blackcurrants covered in white chocolate sounded like a sneaky way to get vitamin C into them. According to the packet each serving is 72% of the recommended daily intake.
This is when I'll confess that I am not a white chocolate fan but I loved the ViBeri Pearls. It might be because it wasn't cheap compound chocolate but it was quality Belgian white organic chocolate. My children loved it too and always asked for more than their handful. The blackcurrant had a sweet tang that I was expecting but the addition of chocolate didn't make it over sweet.
There is only the thin layer of chocolate around the blackcurrant but it makes up 83% of the packet. This is probably because the blackcurrant has been dried so is missing the weight of its water. The blackcurrant has a nice crunch to it which surprised me because I was expecting more of a raisin consistency. This made it a good contrast in textures between the smooth chocolate outer and the currant inner.
The price means that this will not be a regular purchase for us but rather a low guilt indulgence. This would be a great addition to a gift basket especially for someone with the flu.
I enjoy the Viberi range. Ribena has always been my choice in "healthy" drinks (a.k.a. when I get told off for drinking too many energy drinks), as I really enjoy the blackcurrant flavour, and the levels of vitamin c in the products useful if dehydrated and feeling under the weather (read: hungover). So Viberi product definitely have an appeal as they provide snack options that involve blackcurrants.
The black currants are freeze dried, which means they retain their round shape, so the amount of chocolate is somewhat less than if it was soft dried (which tend to shrivel up and lose their shape a lot more. This thinner layer of white chocolate does mean that the colouring of the blackcurrant does often show through. The belgian white chocolate is very full flavoured though, and has almost a cream cheese texture and flavour to it, so the product doesn't need more chocolate in it.
Being freeze dried, the berries are very "airy" which gives the larger pieces an audible crunch to them which I always liken to that of a malteser if it had softer chocolate). The berry also has a nice burst of flavour that is consistent throughout the piece, not just concentrated in the centre. Interestingly though, I did find that the pieces were on average smaller than the other freeze dried variety. The flavour is much tarter for the larger pieces (the biggest pieces almost felt like they had a fizz to them), so the smaller pieces are smoother in flavour, and Viberi could be aiming for a product that is more towards the smooth side. But there's nothing wrong with smaller pieces; smaller pieces, means more pieces, which makes it easy to share, because everybody wants to try them.
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