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Real Rice Sticks add a modern touch to rice made snacks. Made with brown rice and rice bran oil, and hot air baked, they are light, crunchy, and very tasty. Their unique mouthwatering flavours are hard to resist. They are perfect for light snacks, lunch boxes, and gatherings with friends and family. This crunchy premium rice snack will tantalise your taste buds.
Everyone loved these rice sticks. There were a few double takes when I told them all what the flavour was, but once they had got their heads around that and tasted one for themselves, they were all hooked. The flavour was rich and strong, and each little stick delivered the promised full on crunch experience. We all thought the taste was, as promised by the product name, more like cocoa than processed chocolate, despite the picture on the packet cover. Chocolate is very rich and creamy and I find it hard to eat very much of it as it is so sweet. The coating on the sticks, however, is much more of a real pure cocoa taste with more full on flavour and less sweetness.
After we had tried a few on their own, we started to put them together as part of a dessert. The children were in charge of organising this as they often come up with good ideas and of course this is good practice for when they eventually leave home. In the end, they decided not to make a dessert at all but instead to make a hot chocolate drink for everyone to accompany them. I agreed that this might be a good combination, but suggested they make chocolate milkshakes and serve them cold as the weather was not really suitable for hot drinks.
Mr Seven commented that he thought they were a bit like cocoa pops, only nicer. Miss Five said the first one she ate was a bit strong but when she had another one she had decided she had become used to the flavour and really liked it - I think it was more that her first impressions were unexpected so she had to think about it! All four of the adults gave them the unreserved thumbs-up, but then they are all chocolate addicts so that was to be expected. (I am more selective about my chocolate but this one was closer to my personal dark chocolate favourite anyway.)
There was one negative reaction to the sticks, and that was due to the cocoa coating being quite messy. Mr Seven was wearing a white top when he started so he was made to change to a blue top because the white one was getting stained. We had to insist that everyone washed their hands after they had finished so that we did not have cocoa tracked all around the house. Luckily, we were eating them outside, so there was minimal gratuitous decoration of the carpet!
Other than the reservations we had about the dusty aspect of the cocoa coating, we really enjoyed these rice sticks. They tasted good, they were surprisingly filling considering their light texture, and the sugar content was low enough to make them a healthy snack. With the chocolate milkshake they made a satisfying dessert; now that soy milk is readily available, the two of us with cow's milk sensitivity were able to have almost exactly the same combination as the others. Did I mention that they come in a resealable packet? No need - there is no way there would ever be any leftovers!
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