Choices Choc N Orange Rondellos [Food Review]

Choices Choc N Orange Rondellos

 

Choices was the first chocolate I was introduced to it when I realised that I can’t digests milk, and lactose. Sainsbury’s stocked the Choices truffles, and I ate a lot of them.  It was obscene that mount I had. Nowadays, I’ve been ‘cheating’ on Choices with Moo Free, and the odd indulgence of a Booja Booja chocolate, but I was given Choices Choc N Orange Rondellos as a gift by a family member – and who am I to turn down free free from chocolate!

The Basics

  • Price:  From what I’ve seen it ranges from 89p (Ocado) to £1.19 (specialist food shop)
  • Size: 25g
  • Ingredients: Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Rice Powder (Rice Syrup, Rice Starch, Rice Flour), Inulin, Coconut Oil, Natural Flavourings, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Orange Oil, Cocoa Solids 38% minimum
  • Free From: Free From Dairy, Free From Eggs, Free From Gluten, Free From Wheat
  • Allergens: Soya
  • Made in a dedicated ‘free from’ factory: Yes
  • Dietary Information: Suitable for Vegetarians; Suitable for Vegans

Packaging

My one, admittedly massive, gripe with free from chocolate – and free from products in general is the packaging. I’m a 24 year-old woman who can’t eat lactose or milk (and a bunch of other things). I don’t want my chocolate to be packaged and aimed at kids. I want nicer packaging – and I don’t even mean fancier, I mean more ‘adult’. Are the stick figure drawings really needed on the packaging? I know that a lot of children are free from nowadays, but so are a lot of adults. We want to eat our chocolatey snacks and public … just without the stick figures!

First Impressions

Somehow, I had enough self-control to not eat every single packet of these sweet treats in my possession (3 in total). The highest compliment I can give Choices Choc N Orange Rondellos is that they taste like Terry’s chocolate orange, that was my first thought when I munched in to the little rounds of chocolatey goodness.

Texture

It’s really difficult to get creamy free from chocolate, though, it Is becoming easier nowadays. Choices was one of the brands that’s felt creamy from the get go. It doesn’t feel waxy in your mouth like some store brand free from chocolates (or even, dare I mention Cadbury). The Choices Choc N Orange Rondellos feel like good, decent, and like Terry’s chocolate orange – that’s my go to comparison to today.

Taste

One of my chocolate weaknesses is orange flavoured chocolate. However, there aren’t a lot of brands that produce a decent chocolate orange flavour, as I tasted a lot that are vial. The Choices Choc N Orange Rondellos are a happy exception to that rule. As is the theme today, and as previously mentioned, they really do taste like miniature Terry’s chocolate orange segments.

If you can’t tell, the cravings are strong today.

Overall

Of course, tastes are subjective, and I’ve been eating free from food for 8+ years now, so if you’re new to free from foods don’t expect them to feels and taste full on ‘chocolatey’ chocolate. However they’re a darn good substitution!

For free from chocolate Choices have always been a strong brand, I’m quite happy to say that the Choices Choc N Orange Rondellos are no different. Creamy texture, great taste, the only letdown as the packaging. I will no doubt pick a pack of five of these up whenever I see them, even though I’m not a fan of the packaging – I’m still a fan of good chocolate.  

 

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