One of my best friends when to France over the summer and was thoughtful enough to bring back a treat for me. So today’s review I’m writing about the gift she gave to me, Les Gourmandises de Sophie. They came in a little clear plastic bucket that has a top that snaps off easily. There’s an ample amount of candies in there, so you certainly get your moneys worth. The label on the bottom of the container reads: “Violette (bonbon de sucre cuit)”. I don’t speak any French, but it’s very clear that these are violet hard candies. I’ve never had anything violet flavored before, so I’m very much looking forward to trying these.
The candies are gorgeous to look at. They’re shaped like violet flowers and they’re a beautiful deep purple colored. They have raised lines on them that have turned white due to being stressed and tossed around. This really accents the flowers and their wonderful shape of the candies. The purple color is nice and rich, with good tones of blue in it, like real violet. Sadly the candies have no aroma, but hard candies seldom do.
The flavor starts our incredible juicy surprisingly enough. The taste if that of blackberry jam, it’s a very rich flavor. The blackberries are accented with some pleasant tartness, and then there’s an herbal aftertaste. The aftertaste is part pine and part perfume. There’s something definitely floral about it. The hard candy’s texture is very nice, as it melts evenly and doesn’t break off into shark shards that cut your mouth. I found myself reach for one after the other of these. They are terribly delicious!
I was really surprised by these, they’re way tastier than I would have ever imagined. It’s sad in a way that I can’t buy more myself, but I’m sure they’re just a Google search away. I’ve been trying to coax my husband to try them too, but I think he’s put off by the fact they’re flower flavored. No matter more for me! It just goes to show you never know what you’ll like, you just have to try them!
Rating: Will Buy Again
One of the most surprising samples I’ve received in 2012 were these two limited editions of Uno® and Apples to Apples®. I hadn’t played Uno® in some time, and I’ve never played Apples to Apples® before, so my first step was to read about how the games are played. Little did I know there’s been several limited editions to each of these games over the years, and the Jelly Belly versions are just one of the newest ones.
Each game comes with some changes to the original product. The Jelly Belly Uno® comes with Jelly Belly jelly bean shaped cards, new Jelly Belly inspired rules and of course, Jelly Belly beans! There’s multiple flavors included with Jelly Belly Uno®, which include: Very Cherry, Sour Apple, Sour Lemon, Blueberry and Tutti-Fruitti. The colors look like they’re very appropriately chosen, and they match all the colors represented in the Uno® game. I especially liked the addition of the Tutti-Frutti flavor that’s the “wildcard” bean that incorporates all the colors. That felt very clever to me.
Apples to Apples® is a new experience for me. I first heard of it from my husband who would often play it with his family. My family, being more book-ish, never played board games much, but when we did it was more along the lines of RISK® or Stratego®. Apples to Apples® also has a lot of limited edition variations, according to Wikipedia at least. Again, I didn’t realize that this was such a popular thing for board games! Like the Jelly Belly Uno®, this version also has Jelly Belly jelly bean shaped cards, Jelly Belly inspired rules, and flavored Jelly Beans of Red and Green Apple.
My husband and I sat down to give these games a try. It was a learning experience for me since I basically had to learn both the games from square one. Regardless, the Jelly Belly inspired rules were easy to distinguish and added a nice “flavor” to the game. The bean shaped cards were fun, but a bit hard to shuffle. We both had a lot of fun trying them out. Also, if you are already familiar with each of the games, the slightly changed rules aren’t too difficult to learn. Each game is recommended for ages 7 and up, so I can see how these would make for a fun family night of gaming.
As for the Jelly Belly jelly beans? Yes, of course they were really tasty!
Rating: Would Play Again!
Links Jelly Belly Website
Jelly Belly has been branching out a lot in the past few years. They have found ways to keep flavors interesting and fresh, while keeping faithful to the classic beans. I feel today’s review of the Jelly Belly Chocolate Dips are one of those products. It’s the classic jelly beans we all know and love, but with the addition of a chocolate coating. I’ve reviewed some of the Dips in the past and today I’m trying one of the newer of the flavors: Strawberry.
The package has a wonderful smell once you open it. You mainly get notes of chocolate with a hint of sweetness of red berries and perfume. The chocolate covered Jelly Bellys have a nice sheen and they look like bigger, prettier Raisinets.
Tossing a couple into my mouth I lightly chew them to try and taste the chocolate before I get to the jelly bean. The chocolate tastes like a nice bittersweet chocolate. It’s not too bitter and it’s not too sweet. It has a good chocolate flavor without being too milky or sweet. The flavor of the strawberry bean is really strong. I’m not sure which of their strawberry beans they used for this one, but it’s really floral and has notes of raspberries in it. I was expecting more the strawberry jam flavor which was more authentic and concentrated. Balanced with the chocolate, the strawberry flavor is more floral then it is juicy, which I was surprised by. Together the flavors work really well and are really tasty. Neither the chocolate nor the strawberry steal the show, and they works together in balance. Once thing I did notice was that the beans don’t have the panned coating they normally do as “naked” jelly beans. I’m not sure why this is, but it’s something I noticed as I ate these.
I really enjoyed these and the friends I shared them with really enjoyed them too. One of the friends normally doesn’t like jelly beans but he expressed since the bean inside is different, it made the jelly bean enjoyable for him. I thought that was an interesting remark. Either way, it seems that whether or not you’re a fan of Jelly Belly’s jelly beans or not, it’s worth giving these a try to see if you like them!
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Jelly Belly Website
I cannot see Sour Punch products and not think of one of my college roommates, who was the one who really introduced me to the Sour Punch candies. It’s amazing to me how many things, people and experiences you can associate with a certain candy. Since I really am a sucker for citrus flavors, this box of Tangerine Lemonade Sour Punch Bit really called to me. The box is a decent size, colorful and appealing. I really love the expressions of their Sour Punch characters on the front puckering up.
My readers may remember that I reviewed another Sour Punch Bits flavor last year, Strawberry Watermelon. These bits are way more colorful with their orange and yellow stripes. They are brightly colored and covered with a sour sugar. These exude a more “sour” presence than the other flavor did. They remind me of those colored erasers you see in Staples and Office Max.
The texture of these is soft but similar to plastic. The flavor is nice and way more up my alley than the Strawberry Watermelon. The tangerine flavor is spot on as it’s like orange, but way more zesty and tart. The lemonade accents it nicely with a lemon zip that keeps the flavor contrast from fading at all. This flavor has way more “punch” to me because the actual fruit flavors are zesty, so when the sour sugar wears off there is still sourness to the candy. I couldn’t help but pop one another another into my mouth to continue that sour flavor. It’s really addicting!
These are one of my favorite Sour Punch candies to date. I really like the shapes of them as opposed to the straws and belts. They’re just more pop-able and more intense since they’re individual pieces. This also makes them easy to share too, in my experience. So if you’re a fan of Sour Punch or any sour candies, I feel these are worth checking out.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Sour Punch Website
Having a Cost Plus World market nearby certainly gives me easy access to a lot of foreign candies. That is where I found this E.Wedel Milk Chocolate with Raspberry bar. I grabbed it because it was Polish and I felt I hadn’t reviewed anything Polish in a long time. This chocolate particularly called to me because of the addition of the fruit. I really enjoy fruit fillings in chocolate, so I felt particularly drawn to this chocolate bar.
The package is beautiful with a background of deep royal blue with some of raspberry pink and white as accents. The illustration on the front shows a square of the chocolate being splashed with more liquid chocolate and full, plump raspberries. I can’t read most of the package as it’s all written in Polish, but I’m sure it must be very descriptive.
The chocolate is a nice middle brown color and the squares about about one inch square. It’s incredibly soft to break and I easily took a piece off. Although, it could be the LA heat that makes it so soft! You can see some of the cream filling in the broken off square. The chocolate smells sweet and very intensely of raspberries. It’s floral with an hit of something artificial that I can’t lay my finger on. Overall it’s a very nice scent.
To start, the taste is nice! On your first bite you get all three flavors blended at once. The chocolate is sweet and doesn’t deliver much flavor, then you get the creaminess from the filling, then the sharp fruitiness of the raspberry jam. The jam is very “red” and has the sweet berry flavor, but it also has an unexpected tartness to it. Overall the flavors blend together very well and make for a delicious filled chocolate. I’d certainly say that the raspberry is the foremost flavor here, as the chocolate and cream tend to recede behind the powerful fruitiness. The flavors are balanced beautifully and I’d image it’d have a very wide appeal.
To add to this review, my husband also bought a black cherry version of this bar. He liked it so much it was gone in a sitting. Well then. I believe that speaks for itself! This bar was really tasty and I’m glad I gave it a try. It just goes to show that Poland makes tasty chocolate too!
Rating: Will Eat Again