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Chocolate

Apr
18



Ritter Sport Marzipan

I believe the first Ritter Sport bar I ever recall seeing was their Marzipan bar. Something about Germany and Marizpan catching my eye, or perhaps it was the very bright red wrapper. Either way, for some reason, I always felt this was their “signature” bar. My appreciate of marzipan come from my Dad, who is a big fan of the stuff. If it wasn’t for him letting me try marzipan as a kid I probably won’t have been exposed to it until college. I immediately liked marzipan, but it’s something I only treat myself to occasionally. The I realized that I had never reviewed the Ritter Marzipan bar, thus here I am with today’s review!

The first thing about this bar is that it’s dark chocolate. Which I think is a very wise choice, as marzipan can be very sweet. The square bar smells rich and sweet and has a beautiful sheen to it.

The marzipan is delicious. It’s moist, flavorful and has a really nice texture that’s both smooth and grainy at the same time. The chocolate snaps cleanly and easily when you take a bite. It doesn’t lose its form so the marzipan won’t ooze everywhere. The dark chocolate is flavorful, it’s got some nice deep coco flavors that are a little fruity and they balance well with the nice almond flavor of the marizpan. This isn’t too sweet, it’s just right. Love it!

Out of all the marzipan bars I’ve had, I think the Ritter Marzipan bar stands up really well with the best of them. Dark chocolate and marzipan is a match made in heaven, and it’s nice to see a bar like this that’s so easily accessible in American stores. If you’ve never had marzipan before, and you’re a fan of almonds, I really think you should give it a try. This Ritter Sport bar is a great place to start.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links Ritter Sport Webpage


Apr
11



Russell Stover Strawberry Cream Egg

The Russell Stover Cream eggs hold a special place in my heart. They’re the candy that was always the big treat during the Easters of my childhood. I liked the fact that they came in different flavors, so there was always one that appealed to your current mood. My favorite flavor is the Maple Cream (review to come!) but the Strawberry always came in as a close second. The vanilla, coconut and the white chocolate coconut eggs (which are sadly discontinued) were always present too. So much yumminess!

This Strawberry Cream egg is milk Chocolate covered. You can smell its sweetness as soon as you open the package. It’ sweet, milky and has a slight berry kick to it. It reminds me of how a milkshake smells in a way. When you hold the egg in your hand, it’s surprisingly light for it’s size. It weighs in as only an ounce, but really packs in the flavor.

Taking my first bite, I notice that the milk chocolate is sweet and creamy. It has a great caramel cream taste to the chocolate. Out of many mass produced chocolates here in the US, I think Russell Stover’s falls on the sweeter side. That has both its pro and cons. One I peel away a bit more of chocolate, I get to the flavored interior. The strawberry center is very fuffy and rich. The taste is sweet at first, then a nice jammy flavor kicks in and it’s very fruity. It does taste of the strawberries, kinda like strawberry ice cream. Its’ very sweet, so I get a throat burn. I make sure to have a glass of water or coffee handy.

I feel like I should mention that I eat these eggs a little strangely. I nibble off all the chocolate top and side then lick out the fluffy inside. It feels like pulling chocolate panels off a soft object. This makes the candy somewhat interactive and last longer.

I really love this Strawberry Cream Egg, and I ok with saying I think a lot of that love is the nostalgia of them. If you’ve never had one, I recommend trying one out to see if it’s your kind of thing. Traditions always start somewhere!

Rating: Hoard

 

Hoard


Links Russell Stover Website


Apr
09



Russell Stover Maple Cream Egg

This egg is the one Russell Stover Egg that I am on the hunt for every Easter. Out of all the flavors they offer, this one is my favorite. I’m a sucker for anything maple and this candy is a great example of how much I love it. I was lucky enough to find a few of them in the CVS by my current job. Usually you have to find these pretty swiftly after the stock being put onto shelves because this flavor sells out quickly. I bought a few of them for myself and my fiance (he is in love with this flavor too), and was excited to do a review of them for the blog.

I really love the packaging on these as they’re simple and colorful, so they feel festive without going overboard on the design elements. That and the package does a pretty good job of keeping things fresh, even though there’s no protecting them if they happen to get squished. So you need to be careful transporting them. 

This egg is covered in dark chocolate and smells heavenly once unwrapped. It’s a rich smell full of note of cocoa, maple, coffee and coconut.

The dark chocolate is a nice “medium” flavor. It’s not too sweet, and it had tastes of chocolate and coffee. The flavors are muted though, and you have a very think mouth feel from the chocolate’s melt. It’s really lovely. The maple cream is fluffy almost like a marshmallow, but it’s much moister and behaves more like a mousse. The flavor is immediately of maple, with sharp sweet notes, a hint of toast and a slight nutty edge to it. It’s so good it’s sublime.

I really don’t know what else to say about this candy, since I’ve gushed about it enough. I have a small stash going since I can only get this treat once a year!

Rating: Hoard

 

Hoard


Links Russell Stover Website


Apr
02



Peeps Chocolate Mousse

I was happy to find these chocolate dipped Peeps in my local Target. Goodness that name is a mouthful though! So much information packed into one little name. I was sad that I didn’t find the Easter version of these, which were the strawberry chocolate ones. Chocolate mousse is good enough for me though! I readily admit that I was never the biggest Peep fan. They were a candy my parents never bought or enjoyed themselves, so it wasn’t until college that I had my first Peep. I admit I wasn’t terribly impressed with them. But since doing my candy blogging and trying the chocolate covered Peep from last year, I am ready to say that I found a Peep variety I finally enjoy.

These Peeps come packed three to a package, all neatly nestled into a tray that keeps them upright and safely separated. The package came in both pink and green colors. That made me take way too long in the store deciding which I’d prefer to photograph.

The do smell chocolatey. The aroma reminds me of packaged brownie batter or hot cocoa mix. The peeps are cute, as always. They are only different in their brown coloring (before only found in the bunny shape) and their chocolate dipped butts.

They taste….pretty good! The overall effect is pretty chocolatey. The marshmallow is soft aand has that crispy sugar coating that we all love in peeps. The chocolate bottom adds and great chocolate hit that makes this Peep taste particularly heavenly. It’s a great way to eat a Peep and have your chocolate too!

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links Marshmallow Peeps Website


Mar
21



See's Rocky Road Egg Box

I will start off saying that this egg from See’s Candies is big. Really big. 9.5 oz of chocolate, marshmallows, walnuts and sugar big. 1200 calories big. Larger than than my hand in a fist big. I think you get the idea. I know over sized chocolate eggs are big during Easter. I see them every year. Yet, I have never really had one. I think it’s the sheer size of them. I can’t imagine myself eating something that big. I’m happy with the smaller, more “normal” portions of candies. Still, I was definitively excited when I got this egg as a sample from See’s. This is my first time to try one of these over sized eggs, and I’m pumped to do so.

Liked I expressed before, this this is big. Because of that, I didn’t really know where to start with this thing. Should I just pick it up and chomp on it? Take a knife and cute it like a block of cheese? Such questions ran through my mind. The egg is very beautiful though, with a nice chocolate shell and pretty decorations on it. A ring of swirled white frosting circles the top of the egg, and yellow roses spread across the top.

 

See's Rocky Road Egg

It smells very lightly sweet. I try to break off a rose to nibble and I find the frosting is very hard. Rock hard in fact. It crumbles in my mouth like sugar rocks. It’s a pleasing texture.

I decide that a knife is the best way to get into this chocolate rocky road egg. I try to slice off the bottom edge, but find that the frosting and the walnuts make it somewhat hard to cut. Still, with more force I manage to slice off a chunk. The inside is big, sticky, fluffy marshmallow and generously sized walnuts. Eagerly, I take a bite.

The chocolate is sweet, and comes off nice as creamy as eat it. The texture is very exciting, as you get the smoothness of the chocolate, the spongy marshmallow and the crunchy walnuts. The walnuts are fresh and deliver that wonderful, nutty flavor. The marshmallow is just sweet, and because of the walnuts and chocolate it’s hard to tell if it has any flavor of it’s own. Overall the flavor is really good, and I have enjoyed this so fay way more than any Rocky Road ice cream I’ve ever had.

For any fans of Rocky Road, I think this egg is a must. I think it incorporated everything Rocky Road should be. I was impressed with this egg, as I am with most See’s products. I can imagine this would delight anyone on Easter, as giant Easter eggs are, well, fun. And I think this egg is very fun! 


Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again


Links See’s Candies Website


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