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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: New Tree Milk Chocolate with Lavender Confirmed sighting: New Tree Milk Chocolate with Lavender
Posted: 12:35 Thu 29-04-2004. Price: 1.99. Location: Waitrose, Woodley Reading. Sub-flavours: See below. Nutritional unusualness: Has the same relaxing effects as 3 cups of lime blossoms tea.
"Diarmuid Mallon" reports: We've had smart drugs, smart drinks, smart food and now smart snacks. The full range features chocolates to address your precise needs: Stimulating - dark chocolate with coffee; Relaxing - milk chocolate with lavender; [More] Relaxing - milk chocolate with orange and crisped rice; Youth - dark chocolate with blackcurrant; Digestion - dark chocolate with lemon; Pur Plaisir - dark chocolate with 73% cocoa. The chocolate was "nice", but not worth the price. In the mouth it felt slightly gritty, and to my mind tasted mildly tangerine rather than lavender. Recently Waitrose have expanded their chocolate range than now includes: Guylian chocolate bars - I tried the milk chocolate (1.99). It was good, but nowhere near the richness and fullness of their Sea Shell chocolates; Swiss Delice (all under 1) - their chocolates are my favourite at the moment. Rich, full and subtle. And not too much of the "sick" taste if you eat too much. Waitrose are carrying their bubble bars - milk and dark - both far superior to Aeros, and Marc De Champagne - is is really good; and finally a few of the Rococo Artisan Bars - however at 3.29 I doubt they've been selling many. I tried the milk chocolate with cinnamon, which was a nice mix of flavours, but just not that great to justify the price. The chocolates do come in a pouch not unlike loose tobacco, which is very handy for eating one square at the time, which at that price you feel compelled to do.

...Fantastic detail there "Diarmuid" - but, while Snackspot appreciates all the pics you send in, did these recent ones have to be quite so dark? Did you have to take them in a cupboard or something in case your partner found out?


Posted: 17:29 Thu 29-04-2004 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: Sorry - I've been experimenting with my new camera. Although I have to confess the McVities homemade biscuits were photographed on the front seat of my car, at Pink Elephant parking at Heathrow! I've got two more photos to take today, so I'll try an sort out the brightness. Getting back to the snacks, my partner spotted the Rococo bars at the weekend and declared 'I have to taste what £3 bar of chocolate tastes like' so I had to act innocent and pick up bar.
Posted: 17:40 Thu 29-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: no worries D, just thought I'd mention it for the future (i found i could get quite good results by "increasing the gain" on my camera - even on quite a grey day...)
Posted: 01:50 Sat 01-05-2004 by "elmsyrup" # permalink comment
Comment: I don't know how to use my digital camera, really. I never read manuals. But the results haven't been too bad, have they? I must go to Bath to try these Waitrose chocs. I *adore* lavender flavoured food.
Posted: 10:19 Sat 01-05-2004 by "Victoria" # permalink comment
Comment: Did the chocolate really taste of lavender? I bought a bar of the lemon variety last time I went to a Waitrose, purely because the idea of the claims on the packaging (that, *by eating chocolate*, you could reduce your caloric intake) made me laugh. Seems unlikely to me. Anyway, it didn't taste very nice (and not at all of lemon), so I only ate a couple of squares which, at that price, is saying something. I'm usually a big fan of dark dark chocolate, but this just tasted kind of acrid. yuck.
Posted: 10:03 Sun 02-05-2004 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: I'm not 100% sure I know what lavender tastes like, but to my mind the taste was more a slight orange/tangerine taste. I agree with you that given the price they chocolate was a disappointment.
Posted: 13:34 Thu 07-Oct-2004 by "Lavender Lady" # permalink comment
Comment: Lavender chocolate should NOT taste of orange or tangerine. It should taste of lavender which is NOTHING like it smells. I have developed a lavender extract which we use to make margaritas and ice cream and currently I am working on a lavender mint chocolate bar. Check out my website for further developements. And remember....good chocolate shouldnt be expensive. They are just trying to exploit the lavender trend.
Posted: 16:45 Tue 30-May-2006 by "Mandi Apple" # permalink comment
Comment: I thought this particular chocolate was gorgeous, actually - I liked the fact that there was a slight citrussy edge to lift the lavender (presumably the high level of lime blossom gave it that interesting extra taste...?). It was expensive, but I felt it was worth the money just because it was so unusual. 76233 4 26
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