I'm going to start with my favourite of the bunch - these Cornetto Vanilla Chocolate Cones. The detail on these is fantastic, from the wrapper to the chocolate itself. The packaging is almost identical and it unwraps in the same way as the ice cream version!
Just for size comparison here is the new Cornetto chocolate next to a standard supermarket ice cream cone. See just how cute and diddly it is??
Under the wrapper it looks like a perfect mini Cornetto and it's hard to believe that it's not really an ice cream! It's a familiar Cornetto cone filled with a vanilla flavour white chocolate truffle topped with caramelised hazelnuts pieces. The nuts were really delicious because unlike nuts on an ice cream which tend to go soft, these were crunchy and full of hazelnut flavour.
The white chocolate truffle centre is soft and smooth, with a very sweet vanilla flavour. It compliments the crunchy outer wafer very well. As a Cornetto made into a chocolate goes, you can't get any closer to perfection than this!
The Magnum Chocolates are also fantastically well presented, and very similar to it's big brother - the Magnum Ice Cream. Of course, in reality it's much smaller than a Magnum Ice cream, the wrapper is about the size of a regular Dairy Milk chocolate bar.
Inside there are three Magnum chocolates which look just like miniature Magnum Ice Creams - but without the sticks!
This is filled with a vanilla flavoured white chocolate truffle. It's not like a regular white chocolate truffle, it's much softer and so creamy that it's hard to believe that it isn't ice cream. The outer milk chocolate is standard Magnum chocolate which contains 38% minimum cocoa solids and has a lovely rich quality.
Overall these Magnum chocolates are quite simple in terms of flavour, but they're also a very successful reproduction of the ice cream that they're based on. I'd love to see other flavours from the Magnum range made into miniature chocolates too! Kev's Snack Review has also reviewed these Magnum Chocolates here.
Lastly it's the kids' chocolate of the bunch - chocolate lollipops based on Mini Milks! These were available in both a white chocolate and a milk chocolate version. As far as my children are concerned, Mini Milks have to be vanilla so I only bought the white ones!
Inside is a fantastic chocolate replica of a Mini Milk ice cream. Making this a lollipop on a stick is very fitting for a Mini Milk chocolate and one that I'm sure kids will love - mine certainly did.
The white chocolate lollipop is described as having a "soft milky centre".The inner chocolate is indeed slightly softer than the outer layer but it all has the same flavour. It's a VERY sweet white chocolate, even sweeter than a kids white chocolate like Milky Bar. It has a strong vanilla flavour alongside the white chocolate, that for me was slightly cloying. However this chocolate is quite clearly aimed at kids and it was very popular with my taste testers! Each lollipop contains 30% of recommended daily calcium, with no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat.
What do you think of this new range of chocolates inspired by ice creams?
Grocery Gems Verdict: Cornetto Vanilla Chocolate Cone, Magnum Chocolates & Mini Milk Chocolate Lollipops:
Rating: Cornetto - 8.5/10, Magnum - 8/10, Mini Milk Lollipop - 7/10
Buy Again: Yes - superb fun range, and I love the Cornetto chocolates!
Nutrition: Cornetto - 110 cals, Magnum (each choc) - 66 cals, Mini Milk - 90 cals.
Price: Cornetto - £0.50p, Magnum - £0.65p, Mini Milk Lollipop- £0.40p.