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Might Eat Again

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Dec
26



Tic Tac Holiday

Tic Tacs are a candy that I don’t eat too terribly often. They’re both candy and mints (and you can argue that all mints are candy), so they hybrid nature of these candies always left me confused. If I wanted a candy I’d go after something like Starburst. If I wanted mints I’d look for something intense and minty like drop or gum. So poor Tic Tac is left in the strange purgatory for me. I like them, I really do, but I never find myself buying them. Until this month, where I saw this adorable holiday themed box of Tic Tacs.

The box is so festive with a blue label that has a happy snowman on it and is accented with pretty white snoflakes. The candies themselves are a bright red and green. So even if you are not a big candy eater (if so why are you here?) and yet want to have a festive sweet, these fit the bill.

The red cherry flavor is very metallic and perfumey at first. Its only until I have sucked on it for a few moments where the sweeter, more rounded flavors coeme forward. Somewthing about this tastes very herbal to me, and I can’t wuite lay my fingre on it. I get those fruit flavors, but it’s partly ruined by a strong hit of cough syrup every now and again. Only when I started chewing the Tic Tac did I get more “juicy” fruit flavors.

The green one’s flavor is very mild to start. It’s light, juicy and very floral and reminds me of more guava and topical flowers than it does apple. The flavor reminds very sweet and mild, with it’s light fruity notes. I like it, as it really doesn’t read as apple to my tastebuds. Tasty!

So I really only found the green half of these Tic Tacs to my liking. Which is ok, you can’t be perfect every time. I prefer to traditional orange flavor the most so far, but I plan on trying more Tic Tacs to see if any other flavors rival that. These are so cute, and if you’re a fan of Tic Tacs I encourage you to give these a go. Just because I didn’t like them doesn’t mean you will! That’s the beauty of candy.

Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again


Links Tic Tac Website

 


Nov
28



Michel & Augustin Petits Carres: Caramel Milk Chocolate

This is the last of the Michel & Augustin Petits Carres bars I bought while out shopping with my sister. The last two bars I tired the Dark Chocolate and the Hazelnut Dark Chocolate were unimpressive to be honest. The cookies crust bottom was hard and sometimes overcook to the point of it looking burnt. The chocolate center is flavorless and strangely gummy. So as I prepped for this review, I’ll admit, I wasn’t excited. I don’t like “being a hater” and panning bad candy. I try to look for the good in everything. These are just…in this strange middle ground. They’re not horrible, not to the point where I gag and spit it out. That’s usually the signal for a “Not Worth It” or “Inedible” review on the blog here. No, these are just a good idea executed terribly.

So today is the Caramel Milk Chocolate flavor. Same format, just different flavors. This is the only milk chocolate one I had, as the other two were dark. I’m curious to see if there’s any difference.

Much like the Hazelnut Dark Chocolate, the cookie edges here are darker and somewhat burnt/over cooked looking. They’re also incredibly hard to break, which is annoying since I hate have a crumb explosion every time I wanted to take a piece. The chocolate center tasted more chocolatey and sweet. I didn’t really taste any caramel. I did get a nice flavor of salt toward the end like the dark chocolate one, and I am unsure if it came from the cookies crust or the caramel.

This bar was better than the other two, but still not enough to redeem them all for me. Again, it’s a good idea, just not terribly well done. It’s mediocre at best, and now I know these just dn’t do it for me.

Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again


Links Michel & Augustin Webpage (French)

 


Nov
23



Michel & Augustin Petits Carres: Hazelnut Dark Chocolate

Today is the second Michel & Augustin Petits Carres bar that I bought at the Grove Farmer’s Market. I recall them having a few varieties. If I bought all they had I clearly don’t remember. My sister just chose a few for me and I went with them. I didn’t care enough to make sure if I was trying all the varieties or just some of them.

This is the Hazelnut Dark Chocolate flavor, which, I am hoping will be a bit more flavorful than the plain dark chocolate. Time will tell though.

The first thing that had me bummed about this bar was it has overcooked cookie base. Not just darker than the last, no. It has inconsistent coloring all over and in some parts it was a dark as the chocolate was. Not good. The flavor is not as strong or yummy as Nutella is, which I found disappointing. The filling is only slightly nutty and just comes across as bland. Sadly there’s no saltiness in the cookies base. Just a bland sweetness and a rock hard texture which made it even more difficult to separate and eat as the Dark Chocolate variety.

So this one was disappointing. I was hoping it’d improve my thoughts about this candy, but instead it just made me think worse of it. If I wanted to eat flavorless burnt cookies I’d make some myself, as it’s easy to leave a batch in the oven too long. I mean, it didn’t taste terrible but it wasn’t great either. Especially since I paid about $4 for this, imported from France no less. Fool me once….

Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again


Links Michel & Augustin Webpage (French)

 


Nov
21



Michel & Augustin Petits Carres

I came across this Michel & Augustin Petits Carres: Dark Chocolate at the same trip to the Grove Farmer’s Market down in Los Angeles on 3rd and Fairfax. The stores there carry and amazing array of items, and these bars from France are one of many. It was actually my sister who noticed them at first and kept picking them up to look at the packaging. The purist that I am, I was more interested in the huge bars of Felchin and Dolfin chocolates. It wasn’t until I she came over and tugged on my sleeves suggesting that these would be great to review on my blog. “Look at how unique these are!” she exclaimed. That line of reasoning was exactly why I bought them.

This is a candy bar that I have never seen before. This isn’t because it’s French and I just haven’t seen it on shelves here in the USA. No, I mean by the fact that this style of candy bar is completely new to me. Usually you see instead is a bar that is similar; where cookie bits are crumbled into the chocolate, or the chocolate is put into the cookie and it sold as a…well, a cookie. So this idea of a molded cookie base and chocolate interior which is a candy bar is very new to me.

 

Michel & Augustin Petits Carres: Dark Chocolate

I shall start with the first flavor: Dark Chocolate.

So these bare have butter biscuit as the bottom with a chocolate filling pressed into “wells” in the top. The bar is broke into six biscuit sections, two wide and three tall. Out of the wrapper it’s pretty to look at. Kind of like a stained glass cookie. Also though, due to the denseness of the cookie bottom, the sections are kinda hard to break. Everyone single one of them gave me a difficult time.

The bar is 73g in size/weight. I admit I wasn’t quite sure if this was a candy or a cookie. But, one seldom sees a 73g cookies wrapped like a candy bar. Much less from France.

The butter biscuit bottom is soft and crumbly. It doesn’t require a lot of chewing to make it break apart. The flavor is very sweet and buttery, with nice notes that aren’t too sweet. It’s a nice butter shortbread. I was surprised by it’s intense salty aftertaste, which was strange at first then ended up being the part I looked forward to most. The chocolate filling is soft and gooey, but solid. When I opened the wrapper it stuck to it and came out as a solid whole. Which is…odd. The flavor is sweet but very…flat. It reminds me of creamy cocoa powder. The flavor gets stronger,  but it’s not very sweet and it has a very flat chocolate flavor.

So this is ...meh. I’ve had chocolate bars that are better and cookies that are better. I just can’t help but feeling that this is better off as a cookies, as opposed to packaged like a candy bar.

Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again


Links Michel & Augustin Webpage (French)

 


Sep
26



New Tree Belgian Biscuit

New Tree has done a lot of evolving over the years as a chocolate company. I recall back a few years ago when their chocolate bars had emotions and specific flavors paired together. You can see an early candy review of mine from CandyAddict.com where I reviewed all the current New Tree flavors at the time. Since then they’ve really changed their flavors and chocolate philosophy now. They’ve gone “healthier”, which is the best way I can put it now. Let’s look at this Belgian Biscuit bar as an example.

To start, this bar is a 65% chocolate and is labeled as “dark chocolate with golden flax seeds” along “3x more fiber, omega 3 and -30% sugar”. Healthier that most chocolates on the market now, wouldn’t you say?

Taking a bite the chocolate immediately has a lot of crunch to it. You taste sweetness and the butteryness of the biscuits, the chocolate really takes a back seat here. The biscuit’s flavor is the main star here. You don’t really taste the flax at all, it’s more of a texture at the very end when you get the seeds separating from the chocolate on your tongue and then stuck in your teeth.

Tasty, but not the best bar if you’re looking for a chocolatey hit. I found the texture to be the dominant factor in this chocolate bar, and it makes the bar difficult to be eaten in any other manner other than chewing it.

To be fair, New Tress does carry a collection like the originals I expressed above in the 2007 review. Yes, there’s been some changes. but the idea remains on the whole. Their branching out into more unique, healthful and innovative chocolate bars are interesting. I can’t say that these are something I’d immediately go for, but I’m sure they do appeal to certain consumers. It’s a quality bar at the end of the day, so it’s a good thing to go for if it sounds interesting to you.


Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again


Links New Tree Webpage

 


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