I was most intrigued to see a packet of caramel slices wrapped in the colours of the Union Jack, with the 2012 Olympic logo (which I don’t particularly like) printed on the front. I was scourering the shelves of Morrisons searching for any caramel slices, in fact I came home with three different packets (out of a possible 4! (The other one was the Thorntons one that I have already tried and loved!)).
The first for me to try had to be olympic branded ones, simply because it’s different and the Olympics are fast approaching. The slice itself looks pretty darn good – apart from its size – It’s sooooo small (2.7cm x 2.7cm). In actual fact the wrapping/packaging and the shape and size of the slice ar almost identical to the Thorntons caramel slice. But they aren’t the same.
Particularly you’ll notice the lovely white prints on the top of the chocolate of the Olympic slice. I may be getting a little too excited about this simple thing, but it’s soo different and special. But it wasn’t special enough to simply stare at it, it’s here for the tasting after all.
The packet describes it as: “Scrumptious shortcake squares covered with a delicious caramel layer and topped with an edible transfer onto smooth milk chocolate.” One thing, that does sound very nice. It is also, for a change, very close to the truth. I’ve come across a few packets that describe a completely different item, but not this one.
A good strong sniff (I still have a cold – which doesn’t affect my taste buds) takes in a particularly lovely smell of cakey caramel. Soon after, my mouth began to water, in fact it’s doing it now, as I think about the slice…
The most noticeable point about the slice was the comparison I created to fudge, the caramel had a brilliant consistency and mixed with the creamy chocolate and solid chewy base it felt like I was eating warm, soft fudge.
Firstly, the base, it is shortcake like it’s described, it has that digestive taste to it. It isn’t crumbly (thank goodness!), but saying that, the pieces are small so you could eat them in one whole, thus avoiding crumbs entirely.
The caramel is, dare I say it? Perfect. It’s of a great consistency, it’s creamy and it tastes of caramel. It melts smoothly in the mouth and the taste isn’t too in your face, it’s just right, I very much like that. 🙂
The chocolate however has that cheap advent calendar taste, but from an up market shop. It’s creamy like the caramel, but the taste is very noticeable. Together the chocolate and the caramel, even in such a small piece, can become sickly (and I had only eaten two) but simply don’t eat them on their own, make sure the base is there, it adds the strength and pulls it away from a sickly state.
All together, the flavours mix and blend into a relaxed, creamy, fudgey taste. I could imagine myself with a tray or two of these sat in the stalls alongside Archery at the Olympic Games (archery, because I do archery, 🙂 ) with a Thermos of PG Tips and I would enjoy my time there. I would put my sunglasses on and relax, or more likely I’ll put my umbrella up and be the only person sat there smiling, until I offer my caramel slices around.
I want to award really high, and I’m going to, but it loses a few points for size (the size when you put all of the 2.7cm squares together comes to 8.1cm which is just above average, which is a good size and so the price of £1 reflects well. But the fact that they are cut up so small gives the impression you aren’t getting enough for your money, does that make sense?) and a couple of points lost due to the chocolate. It’s a tough decision, as I don’t know whether it is better than Thorntons…
After some thinking = 9.6 out of 10
Final message (hidden under the plastic flap) “Thank you for purchasing this Official Product of London 2012. Your purchase supports the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
I say, go support your country and buy these caramel slices, you wont be disappointed.
Now, the important, yet boring stuff:
Allergy advice: contains: Wheat, Oats, Gluten, Milk, Soya and may contain Nuts
Carbohydrates: 9.3g of which are sugars: 5.1g
Fat: 3.8g of which are saturates: 2.1g