Dolfin is a chocolate company from Belgium that I’ve gotten very familiar with in the past couple of years. I originally bought their chocolate because they offer these adorable pocket sized bars in interesting flavors. I figured it’s be a safe way to expand my flavor profile without much risk if I didn’t like how something tasted. I was excited to find that they released a bunch of summer limited edition flavors and found them during one of my trips to New York City to visit family. I am aware that it’s December now ad very far away from summer, but I feel the need to review these flavors before another season passes.
The first limited edition flavor I’ll review is the “Southern Passion”. It’s described as: “milk chocolate with apricot and rosemary”. Doesn’t that sound tasty? I’ve had apricot in chocolate, but not rosemary, so I was pretty excited to give it a taste.
The chocolate is a light brown color and it’s very attractive. The bar smells lightly of chocolate but mainly you get the woodsy, herbal notes of the rosemary. It still comes off as “sweet”, but the scent certainly overpowers everything else.
The flavor is immediately sweet and you get the light peachy/appley taste of apricot with a good creamy sweet cocoa hit. The rosemary hits very lightly, more of a hint and suggestion (also a slight texture from the pieces ground in there) than an actual strong presence like the smell suggests. The bar is also slightly salty too, so you get this really beautiful balance of creamy milk chocolate with caramel and cream notes, but no dairy tang, with a light authentic flavor of apricot. Those flavors are balanced with a light herbal kick and the dose of salt. Beautifully done and terribly tasty.
I’d buy it again, easily. Since it’s a limited edition I can see myself hoarding it if I could find more to buy….
Rating: Will Buy Again
Lindt is one of those chocolates that I’ve always felt were a little more “upscale” then the other brands that I’d see in more mainstream stores. In my mind they’re part of the chocolate “it” clique with Ghirardelli and Godiva , and they look down on chocolates such as Hershey’s, Dove, and Nestle’s. Lindt is part of the cool chocolate crowd.
I was excited when this bar was first released a little over a year ago. I remember seeing it at the All Candy Expo booth, but I didn’t get to try it until I visited a Lindt store and bought one for myself. It was actually on a day I was getting a haircut and I shared the bar with my hairdresser, who liked it a lot. I recently picked it up again because I wanted to re-visit the flavor, as I’ve gotten more familiar with spicy chocolate and was curious to see the taste comparison.
The bar is broken into large squares. Two of them make up the width of the bar. The squares are filled, as the cardboard wrapper indicates.
The aroma is nice and deep of dark chocolate. I get no spice or fruitiness at all. Inside, the cherry filling is gooey and akin to jam, but not as think or flavorful. Still, it delivers a nice fruity hit that blends and matches the chocolate. Ah, the chocolate. Lindt does do it well for such a large company as they still manage to get a very upscale feel to it. It’s very rich and slippery on the tongue and delivers nice roasted flavors. A good example of a nice 70% dark. As for the chili? Well, it’s hard to find. I tasted a little of it in the aftertaste, as a subtle warmth. That was about it.
This is a nice bar for beginners who want to try and expand their chocolate tastings. If you’ve never had a spice bar, this is a good one to try as it’s like putting your toe into the hot bathwater.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Lindt USA Website
I’ve been paying much more attention to companies and their products since becoming an active candy reviewer a few years ago. It’s amazing to me how some brands and products really stand out and other fade into the candy shadows. One of the companies that have really stood out to me is Albanese Confectionery and their line of gummi candies.
I first tasted their products with their popular 12 flavor gummi bears. I was impressed with them to say the least, and that says something since I’m not a big fan of gummi bears to begin with (unless we’re taking the cartoon show). I usually find them too rubbery and tasteless, but these proved me wrong.
So naturally I was excited to find some of Albanese’s other gummi candy. So here you have it, their Gummi Army Guys. Is this a cool idea or what? To start they’re just awesome to look at. The molds are great; really well done and the size is good too. I want to stick them to a window and re-create a war scene.
Firstly, the texture is awesome. The army guys are firm, chewy, yet not too hard so my jaw gets sore. The chew is terribly ideal and exactly what I look for in gummi candy.
The flavor is fruity and is very apple like. I’m immediately reminded of fresh apple cider. I’m really pleased with it as it’s not overly done and is really fresh and tasty.
These are too fun for words and I wish I had a younger brother to share there with, as I can see boys really appreciating the shape and flavor (not to say a little girl wouldn’t, mind you!). My boyfriend will have to suffice.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Albanese Confectionery Website
One of the Halloween candies I routinely stock up on each year are gummi pumpkins. I admit that a good 75% of the reason is the fact that’s they’re cute little pumpkins and most of the time I’m not really taking the taste into consideration. This is a mistake really, if eating them is what you plan to do with them, which is what I do with them after I’m done cooing at how cute they are and squishing them with my fingers. Yes, pumpkins have that effect on me.
I’ve seen these made by several different brands, so it’s hard for me to pin down a specific one to review. I’ve had several over the years and it’s hard for me to really say if one is better than the other. They are all good in my book. These specific ones were samples from the All Candy Expo, but I’ve seen these in bulk bins at grocery stores. So they’re pretty easy to find if you’re willing to look.
The flavor of these is not pumpkin, sadly. Although that’d be a little strange now that I think about it. Instead, they’re the (next) best flavor in line: orange. It’s a nice fresh, slightly zesty orange, a little sweeter than a Lifesaver. The sugar coating gives a nice crunch and the texture is very firm and chewy. So much so that some tend to get stuck and all sticky in my teeth which is extremely annoying.
I also like how multi-purposeful these gummi pumpkins are. I’ve seen the used in many Halloween baking creations as they make wonderful toppers for cupcakes. Your imagination is the limit, really.
My favorite way to enjoy them is to leave the bag open and out on my table. I nibble on a few each day and taste enjoy them as the texture gradually hardens as they get a little stale. Strange, I know, but they’re fun and I always am disappointed when I find my bag empty. Which is always sooner than I expect.
Rating: Will Buy Again
HiChew were one of the first Japanese candies I’d ever tasted. And frankly, I was quite impressed. I’ve sort of been on an unofficial mission to taste every flavor I’ve come across. Even when I was over in Japan I scoured all the train station kiosks to see what different kinds were stocked and I’ve lost track of how many kinda I’ve eaten. This Mixed Fruit flavor is one of the most recent releases.
One of the things I love about HiChew is the texture. It’s a cross between gum and Starburst. It’s a nice fruity chew, but it’s more latexy and longer lasting. It’s really built for maximum chew time and satisfaction.
I was hoping that this roll would be a flavor assortment as opposed to a generic mixed fruit flavor. I was disappointed when I tasted one though, as it was obvious that it was the latter.
The chew is a light beige white with a little orangey pink center. The flavor is very strong and complex and I taste every single fruit that was pictured on the front of the package. I get the soft starchy sweetness of the banana first, then the tartness of the orange and pineapple, rounded out but the sweetness of the peaches and then finally the juicy notes of the grapes. I’m immediately reminded me of those Del Monte canned fruit cocktail mixes (and I mean that in the best way possible) and it all I need is a glass dish with some vanilla yogurt and an intensely bright maraschino cherry on top.
Worth giving it a try if you see it! Especially since I don’t’ know how long they’ll be selling it for.
Rating: Will Eat Again
HiChew Website (Japanese)