Friday, August 19, 2005

Dido

Name: DiDo
Brand: Ulker
Place Purchased: India Sweets & Spices (Los Feliz)
Price: $.99
Size: 29 grams
Calories per ounce: haven’t a clue - the printing is teensy-tiny
Type: Chocolate/Crisp

Does this candy bar look familiar to anyone? I picked this up because it looked like a KitKat bar on the package and found that it looked just like it inside too. However, instead of four little bars, there were three. Unfortunately this is no match for KitKat - the first ingredient is sugar, and after opening the package and that sweet smell, it was obvious. The second ingredient is not milk chocolate or even cocoa butter but hydrogenated oil. That means this isn’t real chocolate on the outside? Nope, it’s not. It even gives you a hint to that in the description - “wafer fingers in milk compound chocolate.” Think “cheese food.”

However, the wafers were wonderfully crisp and the chocolate compound ratio to the wafers was nice. There was also a nice hint of hazelnut to it. If I found myself in Turkey and really wanted a candy bar, I might actually seek this one out, if only for its familiarity.

So, as far as DiDo goes, I’ll keep buying her albums, but she can keep her candy bar. 

Interesting note - Dido is the Queen (and founder) of Carthage.

Rating - 6 out of 10 (but if they were made with real chocolate it’d be an 8)

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:36 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewChocolateCookieKitKatMockolate6-TemptingTurkey

Comments
  1. that’s pretty funny about the hydrogenated oil based “chocolate”.  I’ve run into a few candy bars that I think were based around this over the years and it always ends up as a disaster in my mouth.  If I remember correctly, this fake chocolate doesn’t really melt, but just kind of sticks around in your mouth like “cheese food” as you said… is it the same thing?  I can’t remember what the ingredient was, just that it didn’t melt… really gross.

    Comment by Bryan on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    I just read someone’s comment on slashfood earlier this week and they mentioned that Brazilian chocolate has paraffin added to it! It certainly makes it waxy, but it also stabilizes the bar in the heat. I guess there are tradeoffs. Maybe Turkey finds that this bar needed some waxy stabilizers because of the heat.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  3. You had commented in my post about a Turkish “Nestle Crunch” knockoff.

    A second look at the ingredients of my “Nice Rice” bar reveals vegetable oil as the second ingredient.  This would definitely explain an observation of my friend who shared one with me:

    comment on my blog:

    Lemme tell you, that NiceRice tastes HORRIBLE. Kind of like you’re eating a bar of wax with a slight chocolate flavor.

    It was definitely nothing special.

    Also, it seems like the Turks are really into hazlenuts.  The website of the manufacturer (http://www.misbis.com.tr) of “Nice Rice” is filled with hazlenut flavored delights.

    Comment by dwlfennell on 4/26/06 at 7:23 pm #
  4. Oh my god misbis is really bad chocolate firm in turkey.? from turkey and ? always try eti.(http://www.etietieti.com)

    Comment by Bora on 1/06/11 at 11:31 am #

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