I found this extremely classic-looking bag of Bavarian Malt Candies in a German deli a good 15 minute drive from where I live. My friend insisted on take my boyfriend and I to this place in search of good sausages and since I’m a food lover, I accepted her invitation. The deli itself was adorable and the cured meats and sausages they had are delicious. One things I didn’t count on was a German candy selection, and that’s where I saw this bag. An interesting find for sure!
The bag is very 1950’s looking with its white and blue checkered background and simple graphic design. It’s a familiar, yet simple visual presentation. The back of the bag describes the old tradition of these boiled-sugar malt candy, which is a nice touch. Apparently is used to be medicinal (which is where candy evolved from).
The pieces inside are an array of sizes and shapes, but they all have a rich, molasses brown color to them. They remind me of smoother, more well formed rock candy chunks. They smell toasted and sweet.
The flavor is familiar and classic. The taste is sweet with notes of toasted wheat. Every so often there’s a hint of smoke in them. It’s a very simple, yet robust flavor. I am a fan.
This is an excellent example of something simple being extremely tasty. Hopefully I can go back to that deli for more sausages and a few more bags of this nice treat.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Many know Jelly Belly for their jelly beans, especially around this time of year. What many don’t know is that Jelly Belly makes other candies besides their signature beans, especially around Easter. They can be hard to find, but I have come across these other confections in Bed Bath and Beyond, Marshalls, Ross, TJ Maxx and some specialty stores (thankfully the website has an item locator to help with this). I found this bag of their Speckled Chocolate Malted Eggs in Marshalls when I was there shopping for a new skillet.
I’m no stranger to these eggs. I reviewed them when I was writing for CandyAddict, and enjoyed them very much. Now that some time has passed, I wanted to give them another go and see if they still held up to my more seasoned candy tasting palette. Plus the colors are so pretty, how could I resist?
The eggs are really stunning with a light, sweet smell. The shells are smooth and matte in color. They each have a unique speckled pattern on them with green, magenta, blue and yellow.
The first bite reveals that the shells are wonderfully crisp and crunchy. One egg can be two bites or a single bite if you like to get a mouthful of malt like I do.
I’m happy to report that the whole egg, not just the shells, is very crunchy. The malt center is a key player in that. The center is wonderfully strong and malty. The chocolate between the shell and malt center adds sweetness and not much flavor. Depending on the color the shell adds subtle flavor too, white is more vanilla, purple grape, pink strawberry, yellow lemon and green lime. It’s not enough that it takes of the whole egg, but instead adds an extra level to the malt interior, just enough to keep things interesting.
I like these, but as much of a fan of malt balls that I am, I find that after my initial tasting, I didn’t feel compelled to go back and finish my bag. I don’t think there’s a big enough chocolate hit to these as I prefer. Yet, if I found these in my Easter basket, I’d certainly scarf them down with no hesitation.
Rating: Will Eat Again
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