The Madhouse Mini-testers have had a whole host of exciting new products to review over the summer, so it was nice to get one that just the grown-ups could enjoy ! : the newest flavour to join Douwe Egberts' The Flavour Collective. The gourmet coffee range already offered three different varieties - Smooth Caramel, Roasted Hazelnut and Delicate Vanilla - so the latest addition to the range was the obvious choice : Enticing Chocolate.
I'm not actually much of a coffee fan so I wasn't really expecting to be bowled over by the smell when I twisted off the top and had a sniff, but I was pleasantly surprised. You do instantly get a hit of coffee but there is a definite chocolatiness coming through as a rich undercurrent, making it much more appealing to those (like me) who often turn their nose up at coffee.
It's totally simple to use - you just add a spoonful to boiling water then add sugar and milk or cream to taste or, if you want a more indulgent drink, you can try using it with hot milk or even as iced coffee. I think this would be lovely in cakes or spongecake filling too.
So what does it taste like? Well, for those who like an intense coffee hit (like Madhouse Daddy with his tiny French cups of expresso) it's a bit too sweet and "corrupted", but for those who sometimes find coffee too bitter, it's lovely. I think this will be the product to reconcile me to drinking coffee.
Another huge bonus if you're watching your weight but are desperate for a chocolate fix, a teaspoon of Enticing Chocolate coffee contains just 2 calories. Can't say fairer than that !
Douwe Egberts have come up with a whole range of delicious-sounding recipes using their The Flavour Collective coffees, which I shared with you earlier in the year, so make sure you click through to try some of those out. The Whoopie Pies and Creme Brulée look gorgeous. You can also grab yourselves a free sample of the Smooth Caramel coffee from the Douwe Egberts Facebook page.
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £2.99 for a 50g jar (25 servings)
Disclosure : We received the product in order to write an honest review.
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