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Lotus Biscoff Milk Chocolate Bar Reviews

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First they were launched on the continent. Then, they were available in the UK through food importers at eye-watering prices. Now, they're available in supermarkets across Great Britain.

I may be years behind the trend, but I've finally got my paws on the chunky 180g Lotus Biscoff Milk Chocolate bars after a chance visit to Morrisons. I picked up two varieties of the bar, one with Lotus Biscoff crumbs and the other with Lotus Biscoff cream.

So, were they worth the wait, especially given there are plenty of copycat and "inspired" bars crammed full of Lotus Biscoff on the market now?


Packaging

Both bars follow near-identical packaging apart from a few minor differences in graphics and wording.

Both feature white packaging, with a wide red stripe running vertically in the centre right around all sides.

Lotus Biscoff Milk Chocolate Bar Reviews
Lotus Biscoff Milk Chocolate Bars

A large Lotus and Biscoff logo sit at the top, with the text "milk chocolate" beneath. A graphic of a chocolate smothered Lotus Biscoff biscuit sits beneath, with a description of the variant (Biscoff cream or Biscoff crumbs) right at the bottom. A bright yellow "new" graphic sits in the top right hand corner, although this bar is hardly new any more.

The reverse is slightly different for each bar. The Biscoff Cream bar contains a blurb about the product, with the ingredients and nutritional information in English. The Biscoff Crumb version doesn't have space for the description as the ingredients and nutritional information in both English and Spanish.

Both bars carry the Lotus Bakeries Foundation for Education emblem as well as the Rainforest Alliance badge for the cocoa content, with more information about the Kusasa Project contained inside the wrapper.

Inside the Lotus Biscoff wrapper
More information about the Kusasa Project in South Africa

Each bar is annoyingly clad in heat sealed gold-coloured foil that can't easily be reused, once torn open, to keep your bar fresh for later. A regular piece of foil would have been better here.

Each bar contains 16 segments, each one cast like a mini Lotus Biscoff biscuit. It's an adorable format and makes portioning out easier. On that note, Lotus recommends 15g as a portion, so one segment at a time. Good luck trying to stick to that!

While the bar format (180g) is identical to Tony's Chocolonely bars, the uniformity of the cute Biscoff biscuit-shaped segments makes portioning easier with these bars.


Lotus Biscoff Crumb Milk Chocolate Bar Review

Lotus Biscoff Crumb Milk Chocolate Bar ingredients:
Sugar, caramelised biscuits (17%) (wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oils (palm, rapeseed), candy sugar syrup, raising agent (sodium hydrogen carbonate), soya flour, salt, cinnamon), cocoa butter, whole milk powder, cocoa mass, emulsifier (soya lecithin), natural vanilla flavouring. Cocoa solids: 31% minimum.

The cocoa mass and cocoa butter is Rainforest Alliance certified, and the palm oil is from sustainable and certified plantations.

Sugar levels are 52% in this bar, with each 15g serving containing 80kcals.

The recipe contains wheat, dairy, and soya ingredients and may contain traces of nuts.

A creamy milk chocolate aroma is present here, with notes of biscuit and a hint of caramel too. It's not a nuanced chocolate, and, as it's made in Belgium, I'd be surprised if this wasn't good 'ol finest Belgian chocolate.

Lotus Biscoff appears as crumbs inside the chocolate itself and there's a decent quantity of them too (17% to be exact).

On tasting, it's sweet, smooth, caramel milk chocolate that leads. It's only when you hit a fleck of crunchy Lotus Biscoff do you get a hint of my favourite caramelised biscuit, but it quickly fades. Admittedly, you get lots of these little pops, but the Biscoff flavour then comes and goes in waves, fighting against the sweet milk chocolate.

In the aftertaste, caramelised biscuit eventually balances with the sweet chocolate flavour, where both are equally detectable.

Lotus Biscoff Crumb Milk Chocolate Bar Review

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Sweet. Crunchy. Chocolatey and a little biscuity. For me, the distinctive flavour of Lotus Biscoff caramelised biscuit just isn't strong enough to compete with the sugary milk chocolate. The result is a sweet treat that gets close to the mark but doesn't quite hit it (for me, at least).

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Score: 3.6

Lotus Biscoff Cream Milk Chocolate Bar Review

Lotus Biscoff Cream Milk Chocolate Bar ingredients:
Caramelised biscuits (31%) (wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oils (palm, rapeseed), candy sugar syrup, raising agent (sodium hydrogen carbonate), soya flour, salt, cinnamon), sugar, palm oil, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, cocoa mass, emulsifier (soya lecithin), natural vanilla flavouring, citric acid. Cocoa solids: 31% minimum; milk solids: 18% minimum.

The cocoa mass and cocoa butter is Rainforest Alliance certified, and the palm oil is from sustainable and certified plantations.

Despite significantly more Lotus Biscoff biscuit content in this bar (31% versus 17% in the bar above), sugar levels are a hefty 57% in this bar, with each 15g serving containing 84kcals.

The recipe contains wheat, dairy, and soya ingredients and may contain traces of nuts.

The aroma of this bar is similar to the Biscoff Crunch bar, except for a noticeable lack of biscuit notes. Perhaps that's because the Lotus Biscoff flavour is contained within a "cream" (a paste) that is sandwiched inside a thick milk chocolate shell.

The appearance of the paste reminds me of peanut butter cup fillings, but thankfully tastes of caramelised biscuit instead. Bite into the cream and you get a mouthful of the classic Lotus Biscoff flavour you know and love. The paste even contains pieces of Biscoff for added crunch.

The 50/50 ratio of chocolate to filling is a much better fit here, so you still get the sweet, smooth, caramel notes from the milk chocolate, but you also get a clearer Lotus Biscoff flavour, which, to be fair, is the whole point of these bars.

Lotus Biscoff Cream Milk Chocolate Bar Review

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"Cream" is better than crumb in my opinion, especially given the paste contains crumbs of Lotus Biscoff anyway. I'm not a huge fan of the sweet, bland chocolate and here, the caramelised biscuit paste is more the start of the show.

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Score: 4

Are they Worth Buying?

That's a good question. I'm glad I tried them (eventually), but will I buy more? I'm not so sure.

I assumed the bars would follow the jars of Lotus Biscoff Spread, where crunchy is far superior to smooth (to me, at least). So, I thought Biscoff Crumb would be the more flavoursome option, but in fact it was the Biscoff Cream that wins it for me.

But while the Biscoff Cream bar was the better of the two, I think there are better alternatives out there made by local chocolatiers. These predominantly use Lotus Biscoff spread or pieces of actual Lotus Biscoff in a variety of chocolate bases, with some better than others.

If you're a Lotus Biscoff fan like myself, these should be tried at least once, but be sure to check out the creations available from your local chocolatier. Only then can you make your own mind up.


Where to Buy Online

You can follow in my footsteps and pick up these Lotus Biscoff milk chocolate bars at Morrisons, either in store or online (crumb/cream).

The milk crumb version is available on Amazon here°, and is also available in a 17-pack bundle here° (presumably for those who regularly dream of Lotus Biscoff). The milk cream version is here°.

A dark chocolate version is also available on Amazon here°.

I am years behind this trend, so expect a write up of the latest trend, the Lotus Biscoff white chocolate edition, in a few years. If you want to try this one, Amazon is your friend here° (single pack) or here° (a 17 pack for serious Biscoff fans). It's also available at Morrisons, although wasn't on the shelf when I found these two.

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Would you buy these Biscoff bars, or would you prefer to buy a bar made by your local chocolatier that incorporates Lotus Biscoff pieces? Let me know in the comments below.

Disclosure: I purchased two 180g bars of Lotus Biscoff Milk Chocolate from Morrisons for £5. I was not asked for a review. My opinions are my own.

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