Chocolate from the land down under

I’ve just received a treat from Australia in the form of Nestle’s Double Blend Rum and Raisin flavour hot chocolate drink which comes with it’s own tiny chocolate shaker though despite the box depiction (click picture to expand) does not come with complimentary mini marsh mallow pieces (hiss boo!).

The box describes the contents thus:

  • An indulgent, frothy hot chocolate made from an exotic blend of West African and Ecuadorian cocoa
  • All four delicious flavours are 99% fat free

Nestle Double Blend in Australia

It’s a little decadent to enjoy a chocolate drink in the middle of the day but hey sometimes you just have to treat yourself. It does puzzle me as to how localised food products can be as I haven’t seen this product on our UK shelves and am always intrigued as to what tantalising variations and flavours are available in countries other than your own.

My partner had a Bicardi breezer red grapefruit flavour drink in a bar some years ago but that flavour is not available to the public here outside of the licensing trade and yet is readily and cheaply available on many European shelves. Why? Where’s that global market that business types all go on about.Where’s my right to never ending consumer choice?

I tried to find out more about the Nestle range in Australia and came across a range of chocolate bars with distinctly enticing flavours that would be equally nice to try (hint hint).
Product description

  • DOUBLE BLENDTM rich, creamy milk chocolate made from a blend of West African andDouble_blend_choc Ecuadorian Cocoa

Flavours / variants

  • Fruit & Almond
  • Coconut Eclair
  • Raspberry River
  • Mud Truffle
  • Crunchy Cookie
  • Double Blend

I’ve already had one other treat a few weeks ago when I was sent a bag of soy chips which are like crunchy nuggets of onion flavoured soy things similar to a product that I used to be able to find in Holland and Barrett health food stores in the UK but which now seem to be absent at least around these parts. Sadly I probably won’t get another packet as they cost an arm and a leg to send.

I’m grateful for the things that I have received though as it’s nice to taste how the other half lives.

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One thought on “Chocolate from the land down under

  1. Tigger and I enjoy the odd hot chocolate, especially in winter. We don’t have any at home, however: that would be just too tempting. A good time for it is on a cold day, perhaps in winter while we are waiting for the washing at the launderette or arrive at the Lizard on a cold wet Sunday to find everything closed except one friendly cafe.

    Quality does vary, though. We have experienced truly gorgeous stuff and pretty dire stuff.

    Presumably, hot chocolate in sold in Britain is manufactured to British taste, the same taste that is responsible for the sickly sweet pale stuff on supermarket shelves to which Continentals refuse the name “chocolate” in their own countries.

    To be fair, it is becoming easier to find “proper” chocolate, that is, chocolate containing 70% or more of cocoa. Maybe makers of drinking chocolate powder will start marking the cocoa percentage on the packet.

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