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      26.01.2010 22:35
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      With some serious chocolate.

      .Marks & Spencer Belgian Collection **************************** What is it? ******** A box of biscuit by Marks and Sparks(!) Special Features? ************** Contains a selection of dark, milk and white chocolate & plain Belgian style biscuits. What do I think? ************* We had a box of these given to us at christmas and they are fab, probably best box of biscuits we've had in a long time. I think I managed to eat about 80% of it. *Mini Piped Butter Shortcake Half Coated with Dark Belgian Chocolate: (8/10) This is a nice one, quite buttery and moist and with some chocolate(!). * Pecan Nut Crunchy Biscuit: (6/10) Not really my favourite one but still ok. A bit dry and very crunchy. The texture is good, almost crumbly and a nice one for nibbling. * Crisp Cocoa, Butter and Almond Heart Shaped Biscuit: (7/10): This is an interesting one. It looks a bit off colour and stale, you'd expect to be quite dry and hard, but it's actually a bit softer than you'd imagine. A nice one to dip in the hot chocolate. * Crunchy Coconut Biscuit: (6/10) Not much chocolate on this one, so not my favourite;). It's quite nice with the coconut aroma but not one I would pick up from the packet. * Cinnamon Demerara Sugar and Butter Crunchy Biscuit: (8/10) Despite the name, this one isn't really crunchy and it's better this way. It's quite moist and probably the most exotic tasting amongst all the others. Some might find this horrible as it can give that 'soggy' feel in the mouth but I like it! *Shortcake Biscuit dipped in Belgium Dark Chocolate: (7/10) Really, this one's the same as the first one but with dark chocolate. I tend to find this one with less chocolate on it. Also has a nice buttery taste. *Light Crisp Biscuit Curl: (8/10) Has a nice delicate sweet taste. I like this one, not sure what it is but for some reason it tastes good! * Crisp Cocoa Biscuit Curl: (6/10) Not as nice as the plain one, reminds me of some burnt biscuit, doesn't really have such a nice taste - though still edible ! * Belgian Milk Chocolate Coated Biscuit Decorated with Dark Chocolate: (6/10) Looks like a yummy chocolate but no, it's a little disappointing. It's just a plain digestive biscuit dipped in a thin layer of chocolate. The chocolate isn't really enough to cover the dryness of this biscuit. * Chocolate Cream Filled Wafer Covered in Belgium White Chocolate: (8/10) This is one of my favourites, there's more chocolate than the biscuit itself (!) It's quite sweet as well, so may feel a bit sickly for some. * Crisp Biscuit Set in Thick Belgian Milk Chocolate: (8/10) This is a favourite of mine, the reason is pretty obvious(!) - a large slab of chocolate ona thin layer of biscuit. Surprisingly, the chocolate doesn't hide the biscuit, you can still enjoy the biscuit in its own right, I'm not sure what sort of biscuit it is, but it seems like some kind of European style honey biscuit. Two treats in one! * Crisp Biscuit Set in Thick Belgian Dark Chocolate: (8/10) The same as above but in dark chocolate. A wonderful selection and I would probably buy this again. Thanks for reading. ©Leighsa 2010

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        15.01.2010 17:53

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        I find these biscuits to be nice. They arent out of this world, butthey are nice. Ive had better, but they do go very nicely with a cup of coffee!! Theres a good selection within the box and they are quite chocolately, which being a chocolate lover found rather good! Theres only one layer to the box and I thought for the price there could have been two, but saying that the box did go rather further than I thought it would. The biscuits themselves are crunchy on the inside with thick chocolate on the outside, but what I foiund to be little dissappointing was the fact that they all seemed to be much of a likeness other than their shape etc. Ok, so some were better than other, but for marks and spencer I did expect someting a little more luxurious for the price I paid. Worth a try, but not amazing.

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        13.01.2009 17:28
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        Very disappointing, wouldn't buy the belgian biscuits again.

        I would describe Marks and Spencers Belgian Chocolate Biscuits as nice. Just nice. About 10 years ago, my grandma always had these had christmas time. They used to be very special biscuits and some of the nicest I had ever tasted. I always used to ask for them for christmas. About two years ago I asked for a box of the belgian chocolate biscuits, as I always remembered them being lovely. But I was suprised, and very disappointed, to see that they had changed the majority of the biscuits! They still have a few of the same ones, like the sugary long round ones, but most of the nice ones have gone! I was very disappointed with the box and will never buy them again as they just aren't the same. Not quite sure why they changed them! The biscuits are now very boring and some are quite tasteless. However I would recommend any of there other biscuits, particularly the extremely chocolatey orange and extremely chocolatey ones. They are big biscuits coated with loads of yummy chocolate! But as for the belgian ones, I would not recommend them! Especially if you bought them years ago and are expecting the same!

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Just before Christmas we had a visit from Mother-in-Law who always arrives bearing gifts, no mater what time of year it is. This time was no exception. As well as Christmas presents, we were presented with a vast array of chocolates and goodies to see us through the festive period. The most expensive looking food product was a tin of Marks and Spencer Belgian Collection Biscuits, resplendent in a gold and green coloured metal square tin, the colours chosen specifically no doubt to create a Christmas atmosphere. The tin contains 1kg of biscuits, and 15 varieties are enclosed, with 135 biscuits in total. I hot-footed it over to the Marks and Spencer website and was appalled to see that the tin cost £10.99. After recovering from my cold sweat, I was tempted to frame the biscuits rather than to eat them, but curiosity got the better of us over the Christmas period, and they have now nearly disappeared. So, do the biscuits warrant such an extortionate price tag? Let me take you through the contents and perhaps all will become clear. The first thing that I noticed on reading the contents, was that Marks and Spencer do not give fancy names to any of the chocolates. A silly niggle maybe, but I think biscuits that cost so much could be named appropriately. However, I digress??. SHORTCAKE BISCUIT DIPPED IN DARK CHOCOLATE ▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬& #9650;▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲τ 4;▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬ The biscuit is a long fat fingered shape, formed from a whipped biscuit dough, rather like Viennese varieties. The biscuit is cream in colouring but the ridges along its surface are slightly darker in colouring, giving it a somewhat overcooked appearance. The ends of the biscuit have been dipped into dark chocolate, which forms quite a thick layer on each end. The taste of the b iscuit is quite disappointing. Although crunchy, it does have a slightly burned taste, but the chocolate manages to mask it quite well. Being chocolate of the Belgian variety, it has a smooth creamy taste with no hint of bitterness, yet the biscuit itself is quite a disappointment. Not a good start. LIGHT CRISP BISCUIT CURL ▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬& #9650;▬▲▬▲ Formed into a tube shape, the biscuits have a hollow middle and are very reminiscent to Brandy Snaps. The biscuit seems to be formed from layers of dough, rolled into a cylindrical shape. The surface has a golden colouring, but oh no, the edges are again overly browned, leaving me wondering whether the Marks and Spencer baker had an off day when he was cooking this batch. The biscuit is so delicate that when the teeth come into contact with the tube, it practically falls away and positively melts in the mouth. First impressions were misleading; the taste of this is superb. A rich buttery flavour fills my mouth, leaving the biscuit to melt on the tongue. Beautiful. DARK CHOCOLATE WAFER ▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬& #9650;▬▲▬▲ You might think that the wafer is going to be of the normal variety, but what a pleasant surprise. A rectangular shaped biscuit is covered in dark chocolate, rippled on the top surface to form wave like designs. Layered wafers sandwiched together with a chocolate cream filling form the interior to the biscuit. The chocolate covering is quite thick, and once the teeth have penetrated its creamy depths, they are met with a soft wafer inside, which adds a slightly chewy texture. The chocolate cream filling is sweet, but because the amount used is small, there is no chance of it being too sickly. Definitely a favourite. CRISP BISCUIT SET IN THICK DARK CHOCOLATE ▬▲▬ ▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲τ 4;▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲&# 9644;▲▬ These biscuits look absolutely divine. A rectangular biscuit with fluted edges, similar to the Nice variety, is smothered with a thick blab of dark chocolate. The biscuit itself is cooked to perfection, beige in the centre, and a rich golden colour on its edges. The chocolate itself is heavenly, a rich, dark concoction, that tastes creamy with no hint of bitterness. The biscuit itself is crunchy, leaving a smattering of crumbs in the lap. Yum. There is also a version of this biscuit covered with a layer of milk chocolate in the tin, which I preferred, as the chocolate had a rich creaminess and there was so much of it that it coated my tongue. Lovely! HALF COATED MILK CHOCOLATE BISCUIT SPRINKLED WITH BELGIAN CHOCOLATE FLAKES ▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬& #9650;▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲τ 4;▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲ A small circular biscuit, very thin in appearance, again a beautiful beige colour and the edges turning to golden corn colour. The top of the biscuit has a covering of milk chocolate, with tiny flakes of darker chocolate sprinkled randomly on the surface. Mmm. The chocolate has a rich silkiness, with tiny hints of bitterness as the dark chocolate flakes hit the tongue. The biscuit itself was not as crunchy as I imagine, instead it has a slight softness, but a rich buttery taste erupts when eating. Glorious. CHOCOLATE CREAM FILLED WAFER COVERED WITH CHOCOLATE ▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬& #9650;▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲τ 4;▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬ 650; Not normally a white chocolate lover, I eyed this biscuit with some trepidation. A small rectangular biscuit, chunky in appearance, the wafer is covered with a thin layer of white chocolate, decorated with swirls of milk chocolate. However, Marks and Spencer have got this right. The layer of chocolate is not too thick, indeed it is possible to see hints of the wafer beneath the covering, and there is no overriding sickly taste when biting into it. The wafer beneath is crisp and the chocolate fondant cream has been sandwiched between the layers perfectly, with just the right amount so that it does not become too sickly. Perfect. MILK CHOCOLATE BISCUIT WITH CINAMMON ▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬& #9650;▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▬υ 0;▬▲▬ By the time I sampled this biscuit, I was beginning to realise that Marks and Spencer do not believe in providing everyday thick biscuits. This concoction is a smell rectangular biscuit covered with a layer of milk chocolate, piped with dark chocolate swirls. The biscuit is very thin, but you can almost smell the cream wafting from the covering. The biscuit has a very crumbly texture and is very crisp to bite into, but sadly I can taste no cinnamon in it at all. However, the chocolate covering makes up for this, and is deliciously smooth and creamy. HALF COATED DARK CHOCOLATE BICUIT THIN SPRINKLED WITH COCONUT ▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬& #9650;▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲τ 4;▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲&# 9644; This biscuit is similar to the variety with dark chocolate flakes. Again, a very thin circular biscuit, but this time the surface has a thin layer of dark chocolate, and a sprinkling of coconut pieces decorat es its surface. Oh, this one is to die for. The chocolate covering is quite bitter, but the sweetness of the coconut pieces compliment it beautifully, and add a hint of sweetness. The favourite so far. DARK CHOCOLATE COATED FINDER BISCUIT COATED FINGER BISCUIT WITH CANDIED ORANGE PIECES ▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬& #9650;▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲τ 4;▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲ The biscuit is a long log shaped affair, with a covering of dark chocolate, and having a rough texture. The taste of this is amazing. As you bite into the slightly bitter dark chocolate, a crisp biscuit lies beneath the covering. The surprise however, is the fact that the candied orange pieces beneath the surface of the chocolate emit a blast of citrus flavour that is quite beautiful. A sharpness combines with the chocolate to give a very interesting taste, and make these chocolate fingers with extra oomph. CHOCOLATE CREAM FILLED LAYERED WAFER ▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬& #9650;▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▬υ 0;▬▲▬▲▬ I suppose you could name this biscuit the most boring one in the box. A square shaped wafer biscuit, sandwiched together with layers of chocolate fondant cream, I am afraid this did little for me. The wafer was crisp enough, and had a very slight chocolate taste, and the fondant inside was not overly sweet, but it seemed to be missing something. Probably chocolate! My children loved it however, and these disappeared first from the box. MILK CHOCOLATE COVERED FINGER BISCUIT ▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬& #9650;▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲τ 4;▲▬▲▬ < br> Although the biscuits are long and thin, and similar to normal finger type biscuits, the difference with Marks and Spencer?s version is that they have blunt ends, rather than smooth rounded curves. The biscuit within is perfect. A light golden colouring, the biscuit crunches perfectly and leaves a few crumbs when biting into it. The only reservation I have about these is that the milk chocolate covering is quite thin, and cannot be nibbled off as in normal versions. Apart from that, yes these are lovely. The chocolate is creamy and smooth and tastes wonderful. HALF COATED MILK CHOCOLATE VANILLA FLAVOUR BISCUIT ▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬& #9650;▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲τ 4;▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬ A small circular biscuit, having a browned appearance on its rough surface. Two edges of the shape are covered in milk chocolate as is the underneath of the biscuit, so the name is a little misleading. This was a disappointment. The biscuit had a horrible burned taste which masked the taste of the chocolate so I rally couldn?t say what the covering tasted of. A shame, as it looked really attractive. MILK CHOCOLATE COATED BISCUIT ▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬& #9650;▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬ I fat oval shaped biscuit, covered in rippled milk chocolate, and decorated with dark chocolate lines. The chocolate is totally divine. Cocoa can be tasted as well as it having a rich creaminess, but disaster strikes when I bite through the covering to the biscuit beneath. The biscuit is again burned round the ages and tastes very overcooked. By this time I am feeling quite annoyed with the sub-standard biscuits in this tin, as with some it is impossible to taste anything other than burned bits. HALF C OATED DARK CHOCOLATE BISCUIT ▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬& #9650;▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲▬▲τ 4;▲▬ It comes as no surprise to me when I pull the last variety from the tin to see that it has an overcooked appearance also. Another fat oval shape, this biscuit has a decorative underside, rather like a seashell, and although the middle is beige, the edges are supposed to be, I would assume, golden. Unfortunately, they are edging more towards brown, so I bite into it with a feeling of foreboding. The dark chocolate covering on this is quite watery, and bitter, and is not particularly pleasant. The biscuit, although nice and crunchy, again taste burned, which completely ruins the taste experience. Well, what a disappointment. I could only muster up a good word for just over half the biscuits in the tin. I am glad that I did not buy these myself, as I would have been tempted to return them for a refund. I was chuffed to bits when I opened these, as I could not possibly justify spending so much on a tin of biscuits, and really expected them to be something out of the ordinary. I suppose they have fulfilled that expectation. They were nasty!

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