Christmas is over, and the January blues are sinking in. By now, most of us have broken our New Year’s resolutions, pay day is still a long ways away, the nights are long and cold, and Springtime is still just a glint in Mother Nature’s eye. On top of all that, we have Trump’s inauguration and the triggering of Article 50 to look forward to. So I would like to look back with fond memories to the many generous gifts and cards I received from my lovely Anipal friends on twitter- when all is going wrong, they are there to remind me that the world hasn’t quite gone to hell yet.
So please enjoy my slideshow, and thank you again to all my pals for making my Christmas very special. See if you can spot your card in there, and shout out in the comments if you do!
Hello everyone. Soon it will be the birthday of Jesus and I hope you are having a lovely Christmas (or Crispmouse for all my kitty friends out there), a happy Hannukah, or just enjoying the season’s festivities in a non-faith related manner. I think I’ve covered all my bases there.
So, as is tradition now, let us begin by finding out which celebrity on twitter likes chocolate this week…
Why it’s none other than Radio 4 comedy writer and friend to the stars*, John Finnemore! Well done, sir. Well done.
1. Hammond’s Candy Corn and Pumpkin Spice Chocolate
Twitter legend and world traveller Tourguide Ted (you all know him, said in best Citizen Khan accent) went to the U.S. of A. recently and brought me back a nice selection of autumnal-themed candy (including my favourite Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses, so sweet, so very very sweet *drools*). Ted jets around the globe so often that our friend Doctor Red had to invent the Ted Tracker 2000 (patent pending). Please take a look at his site and check out his thoroughly blogged adventures by clicking the link above.
Hammond’s Candies are made in Denver, Colorado, and their candy bar packaging is very bright and eye catching. The Pumpkin Spice is a dark chocolate bar with a creamy pumpkin spice flavour filling. One bar alone contains 320 calories, and I enjoyed each and every one of them. 4 paws out of 5.
Candy Corn is a very American product (much like Pumpkin Spice, but that’s becoming more prevalent in Europe thanks to companies like Starbucks using it in their coffees every Autumn). A bit of online research tells me that Candy Corn is mainly made of sugar, corn syrup and confectioner’s wax, and is painted yellow, orange and white to mimic the appearance of actual corn. This milk chocolate with candy corn filling was also 320 calories, and I also enjoyed each and every one of them. 4 chubby bears out of 5
2. Baratti & Milano Gianduitto and Cremino Classico chocolate box
Goodies from Japp and Camilla
On a recent tweetup with Camilla and Japp the Bear’s Human in the Museum of London, I was very lucky to have been brought many treats from Venice (from Japp Bear) and Norway (Camilla), including beer!! More on the beer later.
First, a big thanks to Japp’s humans, who visit Venice regularly and make the most GORGEOUS jewellery out of Venetian glass- please check out their site here and maybe buy a nice gift for a loved one? I personally love myself and treat myself to goodies and treats regularly, but that’s just me.
Baratti and Milano confectioners were founded in Turin in 1858. I’m only a little bear and have little concept of time, but 1858 sounds like a very long time ago. I wonder if my human was around then. The chocolates themselves come individually wrapped, and are best described as decadence in chocolate form. Creamy, smooth nutty, yummy morsels of heaven. If any advertisers wish to use my descriptive services on their products, I am freely available and will work for chocolate or beer. Preferably both. 5 paws out of 5.
3. Stratos Melky and Laban Seigmenn
Stratos is a Norwegian chocolate company I have reviewed previously on this hallowed blog. However, I have only just discovered the “moo moo moo” commercial. Genius.
Stratos Melky is a milkier, maltier, less sweet version of our Aero Bar; less crumbly and with a thicker milk chocolate coating round the outside, this chocolate really hit the spot. And by spot, I mean my fat bear tummy. 4.5 paws out of 5.
Laban Siegmenn (translation- Jellymen) are yummy sugar coated fruit jellies shaped like people. The flavours include apple, lemon, pineapple, raspberry and peach. And of course, as the sweets are people shaped, there is only one way to eat them- BITE THEIR HEADS OFF FIRST!!!!!! 4.5 paws out of 5. Thanks Camilla.
4. Hogs Back Chocolate Lager and Tre Gamle Damer Pale Ale
As I mentioned above, Tourguide Ted gets around. On an earlier visit to (*checks Ted Tracker 2000*) Cornwall with Reddy Teddy and Boo Boo Bear Green to meet #TedMates LT, Lu, and Christian, they were kind enough to send me a selection of Cornish choccies and even a chocolate beer. The beer in question was by famous brewery Hogs Back in Tongham, and is 4.5% abv.
The Montezuma Hogs Back beer is surprisingly tasty- the beer is smooth and crisp, and the chocolate is subtle and almost tastes like milk chocolate. I was surprised by how much I liked this. Perfect on its own, or even as an accompaniment to a meal or pudding. 5 paws out of 5
Tre Gamle Damer is Norwegian for “three old ladies”, and this Belgian style pale ale was brought specially back by Camilla from a Norwegian beer festival for me to try. It 5.5% abv. Whilst I am by no means the beer connoisseur that Jezza and Arpad are, I know what I like and I like this. Also, it made my teddy ears tremble in tipsiness, so it must be good. 4.5 paws out of 5
5. Crevin cafe, pistache, vanille and caramel
Speaking of beer connoisseurs Jezza and Arpad, on a recent trip to Bruges, Brussels, they were lovely enough to send me some delicious pawcrafted marshmallow style chcolates of various flavours, all coated in a delicious crisp chocolate shell. I would love to show you a picture the chocolates in all their glory, but a certain human got his greedy paws on them and, well, see for yourself…
Well, I think it is safe to say that these chocolates were exceptionally yummy, if we judge it by drunken/ hungry human behaviour. So let’s give it 5 greedy humans out of 5
6. Fuffle (Part one)- “Tia’s of Joy”
Last, but by no means least, we have a very special selection of freshly made confectionaries sent to me by #FurryTails Spa Manager Lucky and family. Lucky enjoys my drunken antics at FurryTails. Just ask him.
Fuffle are freshly made chocolate truffle bars made by a chap called Gary Davis in Bromsgrove. They come in a variety of naughty flavours, and so far I have tried just one- the chocolate and Tia Maria Fuffle.
The bars are so beautifully wrapped, it’s a shame to unwrap them. But of course I must. The bar itself has a very unusual texture, almost crumbly like a brownie. And yet smooth and not dry at all. Very strange. First bite: wow. Extremely decadent flavour of Tia Maria combined with the luxury of fresh chocolate and truffle. This is just AMAZING. Honestly, you need Fuffles in your life. I bet teddy bear heaven tastes like this. If I ever get to teddy heaven, watch out- I’m going to eat you! 7 paws out of 5
MERRY CHRISTAMAS EVERYONE!!
*one big star really, Benedict Cumbablah, who appeared in his brilliant Radio 4 comedy Cabin Pressure.
“Hi…. It’s Sugah here… writing my first EVER guest chocolate review for the wonderful Jeremy Bear! It all started with a plop through my letter box… Read on to see how the story unfolds…
It was a beary special day when this happened
What could it possibly be!?
…. Yes ! My fav. kind of surprise….. Chocolate from my friend Jeremy!
The technical part, requires some looking into
Oh yes … It’s the new Cadbury Dairy Milk Chips Ahoy up first…. Which is milk chocolate with a biscuit flavour filling and chocolate chip biscuit pieces.
….. The tasting!
*Takes a bite* It’s rude to talk with one’s mouth full, but I’d just like to mention how delightful the packaging looks with its funny little pirate and his cutlass on a sea of cream …CHIPS AHOY MATEYS!!.. *Swallows*
I can confirm it’s a smooth yet gritty biscuit (in a white cream layer) with a crunch and lots of smaller crunches to follow, with the familiar creamy taste of Cadbury Dairy Milk. The combination does make it a bit sweeeet after the first 6 pieces! There were not many visible chocolate chips like the name suggested, but did enjoy this one 4 paws out of 5!
Now onto the second chocolate bar, which is the new Cadbury Dairy Milk Ritz
I was quite intrigued with this one… as I does like the Ritz saltiness … here goes… I loved the share sized pieces and the fact that they were easily separable. I had a sniff and there was only a small whiff of savoury and on closer inspection I thought there should have been more biscuit to chocolate ratio. On tasting, my taste buds worked really hard to get the saltiness and I did think at one point I tasted a grain…. But it was a V. good grain…. The biscuit did kinda feel strange in my mouth, like no crunch, more of a softness…. Thought overall it was a good idea to have chunky chocolate and a savoury together, it just needed more oomph with the saltiness. 3 paws out of 5!
Thank You Jeremy for the chocolates and letting me write this chocolate review. Love to you all, Sugah”
Hello friends! Welcome to a special edition of Jezzer Checks Chocs, released to coincide with Teddy Embassy Chocolate Night on twitter.
1. I’d like to start things off by telling you about my wonderful friend Dee H. Dodgson. Many of you will already know that she is the creator of a wonderful series of books about very special bears called Dinkers; and more recently magical tree dwelling creatures called Twecckles. Some of you will even have actual Dinkers and Twecckles living with you! I myself am lucky to live with two Twecckles- Chewba and Tookal.
And I’m also very honoured to be part of the Twecckle books. You can find the series of Twecckle short stories available to download on Kindle here. And I highly recommend them.
On my birthday, knowing my love of chocolate (shocking news I know) lovely Dee and assistant Potter “Potty” Winkles sent me some delicious home made chocolate to try- “Potty’s Popapa- Aftershock” and “Potty’s Popapa- Eyeball Squeezer“.
In case you were wondering, Popapa means Potty’s particular passion. And the verdict? Both the Aftershock and Eyeball Squeezer sweets were delicious, but i think of the two, my favourite was the Aftershock with its raisins and popping candy. Thank you Dee! 5 paws out of 5.
2. Now here’s something unusual. A chocolate bar that’s also good for the eyes? The theory behind “Eye Bar” is that it contains essential nutrients which studies have shown can be beneficial to the eyes. This particular chocolate contains zinc, lutein/ zeaxanthin, vitamins C and E, and copper.
The cocoa content was unavailable at the time of tasting. The taste itself was unremarkable, except for the presence of an unusual citrus-like twang afterwards. The texture is slightly crispy, and on the whole the chocolate was not unpleasant. However, I can’t help but think that this is a bit gimmicky. Hoomin says if you keep a balanced diet with plenty of green vegetables and some oily fish, you’ll be fine. If you can quit smoking and make sure you visit your friendly local Optometrist on a regular basis, even better! 3 paws out of 5
3. Football- the beautiful game, and something Jezzer knows nothing about (being bottom of the Bearclays Anipal League is proof of that!) But one thing I do know is my good friend Sir Scamp (bows head to his lordship) loves football. Liverpool is his team of choice (others are available) and even I know that they’ve recently signed one of Italy’s great forwards, Mario Balotelli aka “Super Mario”. He has a catchphrase: “Why always me?”. I have no answer. But I do have two chocolate bars from Sir Scamp to review. Let’s go:
–Morrison’s “M” Signature Creamy Cappuccino Milk Chocolate– it’s not bad. But where’s the coffee taste? It’s there somewhere…. hiding. Possibly behind my bear tonsils. 3 paws out of 5
–Morrison’s “M” Signature Caramel & Raspberry White Chocolate- white chocolate, she sweet. Caramel, she sweeeeet. Freeze dried raspberries, she sweeeeeeet. The whole thing- she so sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. 4 paws out of 5
THANKS FOR READING AND ENJOY THE REST OF TEDDY EMBASSY CHOCOLATE NIGHT FURIENDS!!