Monday, 9 December 2013

Review : CHOC SHOT & Chocolate Biscotti Recipe (Competition Ended)

ChocShot Liquid Chocolate For Hot Chocolate
Choc Shot is surprisingly adaptable, great for
hot chocolate and to use in baking as natural sweetener.

A little while ago I came across a product called 'Sweet Freedom'. I was very surprised to have not heard of it in my sugar-detox investigative days. I had tried so many sugar alternatives and here was something I could buy easily in my local supermarket. I wrote to 'Sweet Freedom' and they sent me some of their fruit-based sweetener to review along with this new revolutionary liquid chocolate, based on 'Sweet Freedom' and not containing refined sugar or anything that will cause intense sugar highs. I enjoyed sampling and testing it out and it was so good that I regularly buy both the Choc Shot and the Sweet Freedom now. Sweet Freedom is in my handbag at all times as I use it in my coffees when I visit cafes now.

Now Choc Shot was my first taste of a cafe-style hot chocolate at home without the extreme sugar levels I had been used to, and I had missed that taste and was so pleased to experience it again. So I wrote about my experiences of Sweet Freedom and Choc Shot HERE - Sweet Freedom Review, both of which can be used in baking as well in beverages and as toppings.

So I just had to ask them if they would like to join my '12 days of Christmas' so one of you lucky people out there can get the chance to win some Choc Shot for yourself.

Now for this give-away and review I decided to do something different with the Choc Shot. In my previous use of Choc Shot I had used it as a hot chocolate and I wanted to see how it stands up when using in baking, to both sweeten and add an extra chocolate flavour to my sweet cakes and biscuits. So being a bit risky, I decided to make something I had not made before. And it turned out surprisingly well (I still feel such a novice in the kitchen, but we all live and learn).

So I chose to bake one of my most-missed and most-loved biscuits. A biscuit I would buy regularly in my sugar-addiction days, the biscotti biscuit. As a coffee lover I love dunking biscotti in my coffee and I came across a chocolate biscotti recipe in the book 'Homecooked' by Donal Skehan. I had to make a few adaptations to the recipe as I was not using refined sugar but replaced that with Choc Shot.

And here is this wonderful recipe and I think I am probably going to overindulge as they turned out beautifully.

Chocolate Pistachio Espresso Biscotti Recipe 


This is super dark chocolatey, so if you like dark chocolate 
this may make a nice change to normal almond biscotti.

Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti Biscuits

Ingredients 


 (recipe says makes 18 but if you have smaller ones 
like mine you can get 20-30 out of the recipe) 


 150g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 
50g cocoa powder 
1 tbsp instant expresso powder 
1 tsp baking powder 
100g Choc Shot (or sugar if you are using sugar) 
Pinch of sea salt 
2 Large Eggs (lightly beaten) 
2 tsp vanilla extract 
50g Pistachio nuts (roughly chopped) 
100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), roughly chopped (can be unsweetened or sweetened) 


 Instructions 

 Preheat oven to 180C (160C Fan, 350F, Gas Mark 4) 

 Line baking tray with baking parchment (or silicon sheet). 

Combine the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl (if using Choc Shot add after mixing dry ingredients as below). 


 Add the eggs, vanilla extract & Choc Shot to form a sticky dough. Turn the dough onto a floured work surface and then fold and knead the nuts and chocolate into the mix. Shape into a 20 by 10 cm log (8x4 inches), place on a baking tray and pop in the oven for about 25 minutes until the dough has puffed up and spread. 



Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly and harden (for about 10 minutes). Cut slices about 1cm thick with a serrated knife (bread knife), place the slices back on the baking tray and pop back into the oven for a further 15 minutes until crisp, turning them over half way through. Note: I also cut them in half length-ways to get the usual biscotti shape.



 Remove from oven, place on a wire rack to cool completely. Store in airtight container.

ENJOY


If you hop over to their  Sweet Freedom website HERE you can find other recipes for Choc Shot. As it is fairly new on the market I am sure more recipes will come as the days go on. I also saw they had added a new recipe on their Facebook page for Choc Shot porridge bars click HERE to find out more.

If you like what you see in this review, you can purchase Choc Shot from a number of supermarkets HERE (in the UK) and if you are outside the UK you can purchase from HERE You can also keep up to date with Choc Shot / Sweet Freedom on Twitter HEREFacebook HERE.

Start entering on the competition app below. You get extra entries for social sharing and much more.
I would like to say a great big thank you to Sweet Freedom
for sponsoring this give-away and providing me with products to review.

                       MERRY CHRISTMAS & may 2014 be full of blessings for you!

                                                               GOOD LUCK!


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Day 9 - WIN 6 Bottles Of Choc Shot


Question being answered in the comments is:

What would you use Choc Shot for?

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if entrant goes through the GLEAM app above.


*Post Disclaimer: I received 6 bottles of Choc Shot from Sweet Freedom based in UK for review. All opinions are my own. 


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104 comments:

  1. I'd be boring and just use it as hot chocolate - I've yet to find an easily available [and not hugely expensive] alternative to flour so no low-carb baking for me, yet. Hot chocolate has become my go-to when battling sugar addiction, although I really struggle to find sweeteners that I'm not sensitive to or don't mind the taste of, it'd be interesting to see how this holds-up.

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  2. i'd make a chocolate christmas pudding :)

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  3. I've got a bottle in the cupboard and not tried it yet - I think I'll try your biscotti recipe. I hadn't thought about using it in baking, so I'd use it for that,

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  4. Mainly hot chocolate, but may try some baking with it now you've given me the idea!

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  5. would it work with cookies? id give it a go with them (-:

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  6. I would say it would Rebecca, my biscotti if I had underbaked them they would have had a more cookie like texture. Good luck!

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  7. I would have it on some chocolate ice cream - chocolate overload!xx

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  8. I would use it for my son's porridge in the mornings x

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  9. I would try use it in homemade icecream - think it would give a lovely flavour!

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  10. I'd use it in my christmas chocolate mousse :) x

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  11. I would have hot chocolate all day long

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  12. I would dribble it over ice cream to make a delicious desert :)

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  13. as an alternative to cream on chocolate cake

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  14. To make hot chocolate, for baking and to mix with ice cream.

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  15. I'd have lots of choccie milkshakes

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  16. Everything from chocolate brownies to swigging it straight out of the bottle!

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  17. First thing I'd try would be brownies!

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  18. oooh melted caramel brownies! xx

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  19. I'd put a few tablespoons in my morning green smoothie (spinach, banana, all natural butter) for a delicious and healthy pre workout fuel :) I'd even like to make mocha using chocshot :)

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  20. I have just bottled some pears and I'd pour it over some of these and serve with vanilla ice cream

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  21. Hot chocolate, but that recipe for the espresso brownies looks delicious!

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  22. I would like to try and make the biscotti

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  23. An interesting product to experiment with. I think I would try it in all sorts of recipes including savoury

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  24. Drizzling on my morning oats as a healthier alternative to sugar (and a more delicious one too!).

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  25. I would try it with cereal, or perhaps make some cupcakes. I could even use it in the butter cream for the cake, although I'd probably have to still use some icing sugar to get the consistency right.

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  26. Chocolate brownies, they sound delicious

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  27. cooking and drinking yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmy

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  28. making hot choc! my daughter gets through gallons of it!

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  29. on some toast before bed for a guilt free treat xx

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  30. probably to make some brookies thats brownies with chocolate chip cookies baked into them delish

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  31. panforte had some home made the other day as good as bought panforte so I am making it

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  32. I would try some of the recipes on their website.

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  33. Cooking some of your pictures made my mouth water

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  34. I would definitely try the Chocolate Pistachio Espresso Biscotti Recipe - love biscotti, and this would be a new twist on a favourite - and give that chocolate hit too!

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  35. Buckwheat Pancakes (sweet), these sound great!

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  36. I would use it to drizzle over a bread and butter pudding

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  37. In my baking! Good luck everyone :)

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  38. ooohhh I don't know, il have to see where my imagination took me

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  39. hot chocolate to dip shortbread in.

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  40. Hot chocolate AND chocolate brownies :)

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  41. Nice warming hot chocolate with cinnamon!

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  42. everything possible, cos I love chocolate :)

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  43. Bedtime hot chocolate or chocolate brownies

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  44. A chocolate cake and hot chocolate...yummy!

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  45. I'd add it to my chocolate gnache icing and lose some of the icing sugar :)

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  46. I think I would try hot chocolate first

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  47. Hot chocolate, would experiment with brownie and chocolate cake recipes too :-)

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Thanks!

Great to connect.

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