Every Halloween season ever confectioner has a field day with appropriate candies and chocolates. There’s no limit to the number of pumpkin, ghost, bat, witch, etc. shaped sweets lining the shelves at our favorite store. How’s a girl to choose? Among other things, this year I decided to give Godiva’s seasonal Pumpkin Truffles (since I’m a sucker for all things pumpkin)a try. I’ve eyed these for a few years and figured it was time to cave in.
They’re gorgeous to look at since the packaging job on these is top notch. Beautiful orange foil wrappers with a tiny coil and leaf on top. Almost too cute to eat!
The milk chocolate is unremarkable: sweet with a dairy taste. The truffles have a cinnamon dusting on the which adds a nice spiciness to the whole thing.
Now, as Mom always said “it’s what’s inside that counts” and that’s really what this truffle is all about. The inside is just heavenly. It really tastes of pumpkin pie which is a major plus since most pumpkin confections I taste don’t taste of anything…or if they do, it’s of cinnamon. The texture of the ganache is lovely; nice and rich without feeling greasy on the tongue.
Beautiful and delicious, these are a great fall treat or a nice gift to a friend.
Rating: Will Buy Again
This is going to sound odd coming form someone who hates nuts in their chocolate, but I love Payday. All jokes aside, I am referring to the candy bar. For some reason, taking the nuts out of the chocolate works for me, and that’s what a normal Payday is. So imagine my surprise when I saw this Payday Chocolatey Avalanche bar, I was curious to see how I liked chocolate in my nuts, for once.
Notice the wording “chocolatey” here, we’re obviously not looking (and soon to be eating) the real thing here. Oh, no. We got mockolate here peeps, which is always disappointing. Regardless, this is a Payday, and Payday is more about peanuts than anything else, so I will try and not let it sway my opinion too much. In hand, the bar looks like a normal Payday, just enrobed in the “chocolately” coating. I’m curious as to where the “avalanche” is though. Hrrmm.
My first bite was hard, literally. My teeth had to crack down on this sucker. It was really that hard! I have no choice to assume it’s not fresh, and judging from the code on the back (32Mr3E7f) so that would be…3rd week of 2002? Yikes, I hope not. Anyways, the center of the Payday is what’s rock hard and is giving me the tough time. The rest of the bar is great, and I’m relieved that the peants are still the star here: fresh with a good hit of salt. The chocolatey coating isn’t adding much, it does have an extra little sweetness to it overall, but flavor wise, I get nothing.
Unless you’re like me and are insistent trying every candy on the planet, I’d skip this and keep getting the regular Paydays. You always win with those!
Rating: Not Worth It
As a fan of licorice, but not a fan of Twizzlers, there can be a drought of red licorice options when the craving hits me. That’s why I was so excited to learn of Red Vines, a traditional licorice confection that’s mainly found on the West coast. Which is probably why it took me so long to learn of it.
It took some looking, but I finally found some Red Vines to try. I located the Sugar Free Strawberry vines in Target. Usually I am weary of sugar free stuff because some of the side effects they can deliver and of course the odd aftertaste associated with them. They’re a wonderful thing if you can’t have the real stuff, but since I can, I don’t see much point in eating them. Regardless, I was so eager to get my first taste of Red Vines, I decided to get them. Sugar free or not.
That being said, I was pleased with the flavor of these. It is a standard “red flavor” licorice flavor but with more strawberryness to it. It’s a tad sweeter and the berry flavor shows in the aftertaste. It has a nice texture to it; not too sticky so it’s lodging itself in my molars but still giving a good chew. If you let these sit out for a few days they do get harder and I find the flavor fades some. The texture also becomes firmer and a little more rubbery. Still tasty, it really just depends on your licorice mood. The twists themselves are a gorgeous red color and are just delightful to look at.
Fun fact, Red Vines are the number one non chocolate confection in the West, according to their website. Pretty cool! I am hoping they get wider distribution out East here so I can try the rest of their line.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Red Vines Website
When I heard back in May that Starburst was coming out with a line of liquid filled gummies, I was pretty darn excited. I love, love, love Starbursts and always have. So the idea of the same flavors in a different textural format really piqued my candy interest. I finally acquired them in a care package from Cybele and was so giddy to finally try them.
Immediately Gushers come to mind, and all the childhood drama with it. As any kid knows, Gushers are the Porche of fruit snacks at school. My mom would never buy them so I was eternally doomed to un-coolness amongst my peers. Maybe my mom was onto something never buying them becasue they are candy, and Starbust seems to have picked up on that.
They come in four flavors: strawberry, cherry, orange and lemon. As I kid I would have loved these even more since there was no grape or “green” flavor. I always loved yellow and happily took the rejects that my friends had. The strawberry one was hard to spot at first, since it’s not pink, but a red-orange as opposed to red or orange. They’re nickel sized and quite plump, about 1/4 inch tall with the curly starburst “S” on it.
The texture is on the firmer side with a good chew, like Swedish Fish. The center is indeed liquid and had a syrupy feel to it. I wouldn’t say it was a “burst” though, but it was a nice contrast to the firm gummi casing.
Cherry: Tastes just like the cherry Starburst: very furity, a little floral with tart notes to it.
Orange: This is loyal to the original flavor. A strong juiciness with tart, authentic citrus qualities.
Strawberry: This one also tasted just like the Starburst chew to me. It was a little on the tart side but it did have a good “strawberryness” to it.
Lemon: Oh, so good! Has those great fresh zesty notes of the original starburst candies. A little sweet, mostly sour and all lemon. My favorite of the bunch.
I was slightly disappointed with these, only because the flavors weren’t 100% loyal to the chews and the texture wasn’t as “gushy” as I’d hoped. Still, these would do if I needed a break from the Starburst chew routine. I haven’t tired of them yet though.
Rating: Might Eat Again
This candy is totally new to me. Until I saw it just before buying it, I hadn’t any idea such a thing existed. That was the novelty, the new candy terrain to be discovered. It also sounded pretty promising, as I’m a fan of its cousin the NERDS Rope. Surely this would be an interesting twist on that. Or at least that’s my hope.
Each rope is about five inches long and looks like red licorice with a blue green goo on the inside. It smells very sour and well, tart. Like a red licorice injected with some sass. I could see this really appealing to kids.
The texture is awesome. You get the nice chew of red licorice and the smoothness of the inside, which is just slick and not slimy. It reminded me of frosting and it has a little bit of graininess to it like chunks of sugar that missed getting mixed in. The licorice is more rubbery and isn’t sticky.
The flavor starts out nice as a good fruity red licorice-like chew, then the goo comes in with a sour berry like flavor. It all goes wrong from there. An intense flavor of soap comes through and just washes all the candy flavors out. Seriously, this aftertaste of fake, perfumey, waxy soap just kills this whole thing, it’s really nasty. I couldn’t finsih my first log because I felt like I had bitten into the bar that was sitting in my shower.
So nasty ICK.