Last year Brach’s, my favorite brand for candy corn, surprised us all with new flavor varieties of this iconic fall candy: Milk Maid Caramel Apple and Milk Mail Caramel. I reviewed these last year when I was writing for CandyAddict, and you can see my impressions of them there. I was pleased to find in my local Target that Brach’s is continuing the tradition and released a new flavor: Milk Maid Chocolate Caramel Candy Corn.
The candy corn still smells sweet, but now there’s a really strong buttery smell to them. The kernels are really pretty to Different shades of
The flavor is very interesting. It’s immediately sweet and the flavor is immediately the caramel. It comes across as a very intense, salty, fake, buttery flavor. The cocoa appears in the finish and aftertaste working hard to mellow out the strength of the butter flavor. I know it sounds odd, but this works. The caramel and cocoa flavors match well and neither come across as overpowering. My only criticism is that the caramel has a stronger presence than the cocoa, but I can live with this.
I love candy corn to begin with, so these will be a nice addition to my eating rotation so things won’t get too boring.
Rating: Will Buy Again
This is a very unique candy bar, in case you couldn’t already tell from the image. It’s a Hershey’s chocolate bar from China filled with a green tea creamy center. Since I do not read Chinese, I was confused as to what this bar was at first. The image on the front shows a green filling in the center and some green leaves. They’re meant to be tea leaves but I think they could be easily mistaken for mint leaves I think.
The format of the bar is made of of six filled sections, each rectangular and molded with the Hershey’s name on top. Appearance wise, it look likes all the other filled Hershey’s bars you can get here in the United States. The bar smells terribly sweet and milky, more so than other Hershey bars from what I can recall. The whole bar is very soft and easily breakes apart. The green tea filling looks creamy and has a good, pale green color. Anything brighter would have looked too artificial.
The flavor is really nice. Surprisingly the chocolate flavor, or it’s sweetness, doesn’t overpower the tea. The tea tastes grassy and sweet. It definitely tastes like green tea from China, as it lacks the intensity and bitterness of Japanese matcha. The chocolate appears as a flavor toward the end and has good notes of milk and sugar. The texture is smooth and creamy without being greasy.
This bar is impressive in it’s zen like balance of textures and flavors; everything is working in harmony. Why doesn’t Hershey’s execute this bar for us in the United States? Please?
Rating: Will Buy Again
Some great chocolates you seek out on your own and others are thrust upon you as gifts. That was the case with these adorable bonbons from Asher’s Chocolates. I enjoy seeking out chocolates on my own since I know what my tastes are and how I feel like catering to them. Yet, it’s always so nice to try something new thanks to the thoughtfulness from a special someone. Not only is the surprise nice, but I also don’t admit to knowing everything out there in the great wide chocolate world. I do need to rely on other’s experiences and recommendations from time to time.
Asher’s is a chocolate company based in Philadelphia where they rose from humble beginnings back before the turn of the 20th century. Their story is similar to that of See’s Candies, a family run business that prided itself in making excellent confections. Asher’s is actually the oldest family owned candy making company in the Unites States and are being run by the fourth generation at the moment. It’s great to see a family so interested in their sweet traditions.
I was given a sampler pack of their milk and dark bonbons:
Mint: The dark chocolate is nice and rich and thankfully not too sweet. The mint has a nice freshness without being overpowering, which is a lot of my problem with minty and chocolate combinations. The texture of the ganache is smooth, creamy and just heavenly.
Peanut Butter Cup: The peanut butter is creamier, richer, and sweeter than the crumbly, dry standard of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. The milk chocolate is very smooth and sweet. Paired with the nutty, slightly salty peanut butter it makes one addictive little treat.
Coconut:Very sweet. The coconut is moist with a good dense, chewy texture. The full coconut flakes are still intact and I love chewing them. I consider this to be a more decadent version of a Mounds bar.
Peanut Butter Bonbon: Like the cup version but since the size ratios are different, it comes off as denser, sweeter, richer…Yum!
Blood Orange: Dark choc orange. orange jelly on the inside, can taste the fresh orange oil, flavors balanced well so neither overpower the other.
Marshmallow: Very, very mellow in flavor. The marshmallow is fresh and tastes lightly vanilla. The chocolate delivers most of the flavor and it’s very creamy and sweet.
These were certainly a step above of the other chocolate confections of this type, and the best of this kind I’ve had in a long time. Freshness was a big contributor, but I also feel the quality flavors and chocolate played a big part too. I look forward to visiting their retail store someday to try what other delights Asher’s has to offer.
Rating: WIll Buy Again (Even though I didn’t buy it the first time, haha)
Asher’s Chocolates Website
Altoids always lived up to their tag line “Curiously Strong” in my book. I remember having my first taste of them in middle school and totally having my mind and taste buds totally blown by how intense they were. The friend who shared them with me told me they were from England, and somehow that made these killer mints feel very exotic to me. I didn’t like them at first, but as I grew older my tolerance for the “curiously strong” flavor increased. The wintergreen flavor soon became my choice mint to carry in my purse.
I noticed these new Dark Chocolate Creme de Menthe Altoids and knew I had to try them. I didn’t try the first generation of chocolate Altoids, so the bright yellow “NEW” on this package prompted me to change my chocolate-less mint status.
I haven’t had the Creme de Menthe Altoid alone, so I can only comment on how it works together with the dark chocolate coating. Firstly, I’m very pleased to see that the coating is real dark chocolate. No fake stuff here, thank you very much. You can taste the richness of it too, it’s very nice. I let the mint sit in my mouth so the chocolate slowly melted away to then reveal the traditional chalky pastille underneath. It was brilliantly sweet and minty and it complimented the coating very well. My only complaint is that it left an odd fruity aftertaste in my mouth, and it didn’t feel particularly “fresh” to me.
Tasty for sure. But I prefer my Altoids to freshen my breath, so I’ll be sticking with my wintergreen standby.
Rating: Will Eat Again
I’ve been meaning to get ahold of one of these Cadbury Triple Decker bars for some time now. I can’t remember where I originally hard about them, but I do recall the first thought that passed through my mind when I did: “WANT”. The original variety was a strawberry flavor, yet when I saw this raspberry version in an import store I didn’t feel like being choosy. I knew what I wanted and I went for it.
Sometimes the anticipation of a candy gets the best of me.
It’s an extremely beautiful bar with a bright fuschia pink top, a white chocolate middle and milk chocolate bottom. It looks like a beautiful chocolate Neapolitan. Despite the stunning appearance, this unfortunately didn’t taste like much at all. I do get some sweetness, but not a lot, surprisingly. I can’t taste the difference between the white and milk chocolate. I don’t even get any “chocolatelyness” from this bar. What I do taste though is the frutiness from the raspberry flavor. It’s very light with notes of raspberry, strawberry and grape. It reminds me of a berry flavored Popsicle.
It’s a shame that this bar lacks the flavor punch that the appearance suggests. If only it tastes as nice and it looks.
Rating: Not Worth It
Cadbury Australia Website