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Marks & Spencer Espresso Coffee Kick Bars

By Kev A @kevvieguy
Marks & Spencer Espresso Coffee Kick Bars
Coffee is amazing. Fact. So is chocolate. Combine the two together? Perfection! But what happens when you remove the cocoa solids and replace them with ground coffee? Let's find out!
M&S have created what must be a first for the UK market, a coffee and cocoa butter concoction that "melts in the mouth like chocolate but has a coffee kick". Why they haven't called it mochalate I don't know...I suppose it wouldn't roll off the tongue easily!
The ingredients comprise of cocoa butter, sugar, ground coffee (29%) and soya lecithin. For £2.50 you get 5 small bars; each 12g bar contains 45mg caffeine which is equivalent to half a 30ml M&S dark roast espresso.
When I saw these in M&S I noticed there was also a latte variety, but as a lover of intense rather than milky coffee there was no doubt these would be ending up in my basket!
Marks & Spencer Espresso Coffee Kick Bars
I ate my bar with a cup of coffee (what else?!) to intensify the experience further and tucked in.
Taking a bite, I was met with a very smooth and sweet coffee flavor that melted in the mouth easily. I'm torn over what to think over this...I'm so used to real chocolate it's hard to compare. It certainly gives you a nice caffeine boost and tastes very rich, but the sugar and cocoa butter kind of make it feel watered down. I feel it would've been better to include cocoa solids along with the ground coffee to be honest.
Overall, this is a nice idea from M&S and I did enjoy it for what it is. It gives you a nice caffeine boost in bar form and it's a bit different and unique, but I think I'll stick to consuming my caffeine in liquid form from here on.
Stay tuned for a review of the latte variety!
7.5 out of 10.

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