I seriously thought that last nights’ episode of Recipe to Riches was going to give me an aneurysm. We had macarons, raspberry slice and chocolate coated popcorn. All products that are already on the market, yet again!
What I really want to see is something truly different make it through to the final three for batch up. I am starting to crave Daniel’s prawn ice cream that didn’t make it through last week, just due to uniqueness.
Last night was Episode 6, and it was about Sweets. Who were our lucky golden ticket recipients and what did they have to offer?
Patsy the sweet grandmother from Tasmania with her raspberry slice. Patsy is here due to her grandson Lochie’s nudging. It looks a lovely raspberry slice, but very similar in look to coconut slice you can buy at most cake shops and supermarkets. I am sure she would take out 1st prize in any CWA bakeoff.
Self taught macaron maker, Karen from Canberra, with her chocolate ganache filled Violet French Macarons. I am slightly over the macaron hype, they are everywhere, including your freezer section in Woolworths. When I saw Karen’s macarons I actually blurted out loudly “Pleeeeease No!”. What makes these macarons unique compared to all others out there, she uses edible perfume/essence. Apparently this have never been done before. Let me call Adriano! I need to warn him, I am sure he is shaking in his boots.
I think it is Karen’s back story that was of more interest to producers of the show, rather than her recipe. She sadly had a head injury three years ago which robbed her of her sense of smell and taste. I can’t imagine going through life without those two senses, especially as food is a major part of mine. Her daughter is her taste tester.
Then there was the episode winner, Garth. Chocolate covered popcorn inspired by trips to the movies where popcorn was dipped into his choc top. Personally I like Smiths chips and Smarties together
Ingredients: Usually I share with readers the ingredients of the product. With three different flavoured popcorns the list of ingredients is as long as a novel, apologies, but not this week. Please refer to the product packet.
Allergen advice: gluten, milk, soy, almonds and macadamias.
May be present: peanuts, other tree nuts and sesame seeds.
General: There are 2.5 suggested servings per popcorn flavour, 3 packets in the box, each packet is 75g. Suggested serve is 30g, 660-687kJ/158-164Cal. One serve has around 12-13% of your recommended daily intake (RDI) of total fat, 18-13 RDI saturated fat, 18.5-19% RDI carbohydrates, 15-18% RDI sugar and 3-4% RDI sodium. The product is made in Australia.
‘A selection of exquisitely covered popped corn kernels in 3 luxurious flavours. Dark chocolate with fleur de sel. Milk chocolate with roasted hazelnuts. White chocolate with macadamia nuts.’
What did I think? Firstly it is again a very expensive product for what it is, chocolate covered popcorn which costs $3.55/100gms. Cadbury have an equivalent product on the market. I purchased a 130g packet for $2.50 which equals $1.92/100gms. Yes, Cadbury sell chocolate covered popcorn. The Chocorn in my packet also doesn’t resemble the picture on the package by a long shot.
The popcorn in Chocorn is the same for all three flavours, it is toffee covered. On tasting I note that some don’t have much of a crunch but with others you get a nice toffee crack.
Dark chocolate with fleur de sel: The chocolate sadly tastes like compound. According to the packet information I don’t think it is, but it sure tastes like it. Dark chocolate is my favourite and there is always a packet of Lindt’s dark chocolate with sea salt in my fridge. The combination should be a winner, but the quality of the chocolate lets it down.
Milk chocolate with roasted hazelnuts: I like this one a little more. More hazelnuts off the product than on.
White chocolate with macadamia nuts: I am not a huge white chocolate fan, but I don’t mind this. It has a lovely texture in the mouth when eating. Melts on the fingers a little too easily. Not very generous with the macadamia nuts.
Of course I had to road test the Cadbury product along-side Chocorn. It is the same product, as in it is toffee popcorn coated in chocolate. Only one type of chocolate, milk, plus they don’t add nuts etc. There is however a salt kick, so you get the salty/sweet result. The popcorn toffee has a crunch and the popcorn is well coated.
Chocorn is being marketed as a luxury product. This is a big mistake, it is simply popcorn and chocolate. Maybe if some of the other flavours mentioned during the program had found themselves in the box, like the chipotle and chocolate. Now that would’ve been interesting.
Sadly I can’t see this product winning out against Cadbury’s cheaper and just as tasty version. Really is just bad timing on the launch of the product, Cadbury pipped you to the post.
Garth, congratulations for winning Episode 6 and I wish you all the best with the rest of the competition. I am sure your home-made Chocorn is killer!
Do tell dear Belly Rumbles’ reader, what did you think of the three recipes last night? Who do you think should of won? What did you think of Chocorn?
Belly Rumbles is in no way connected to Recipe to Riches, Woolworths or any of the contestants
Episode 1: Concetta’s Croqs
Episode 2: Sara Jade’s Chilli Con Carne
Episode 3: Hickory Hollow Smoked Sauce
Episode 4: Manju’s Authentic Vegetable Samosas
Episode 5: Sweet Billie’s Chocolate Sandwich Cookies