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Sep
22



Chinese Hershey Bars with Green Tea Filling

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

Will Buy Again


Sep
18



Ashers Chocolates

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)

 

Will Buy Again

Links:
Asher’s Chocolates Website

 


Sep
11



Cabury Raspberry Triple Decker

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

 

Not Worth It

Links:
Cadbury Australia Website


Sep
09



Wawel Maciek Bar

This is a Polish chocolate bar I stumbled across in a random grocery store. I never have had Polish confections before, therefore I was immediately drawn to it. The only English on it says “chocolate filled bar” with a bright red wrapper with strawberries on it. I’m relieved for the illustrations otherwise I wouldn’t have known what I was buying exactly. 

The bar is broken into six filled sections. The chocolate is a nice medium brown, a little washed out looking from the dairy in it. Because of this coloring, I’m guessing it’s a milk chocolate. The bar doesn’t smell chocolatey at all but of strawberries with a sharp, dairy tang. Snapping off a section a grainy looking beige-pink center is revealed. The strawberry smell is even more intense now and I can pin point what the aroma reminds me of: Japanese strawberry yogurt drinks (duh).

The flavor is very sweet, which I find strange considering the strong tangy notes in the aroma. The flavor is neither chocolate or strawberry, although there are subtle nuances of each in there. It really just tastes sweet which I find disappointing. The texture is fun though since the center isn’t oily like I’d expect, and instead is moist and grainy like marzipan. It gives a very rich, substantial feel in the mouth that I enjoy immensely. Too bad the flavor isn’t up to par though, since I’m so smitten with the texture.

A good first step into Polish candy I think, I look forward to trying more of it.

Rating:Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again

Links:
Wawel Catalog Website


Sep
03



Hershey's Kisses: Caramel Apple Package

Hershey’s is following in their footsteps from last year and are releasing new flavors of Kisses for the fall. The big newbie last year were the Candy Corn Kisses, which were an exclusive limited edition release for Target. For those of you who were fans of those Kisses will be happy to know they’re back with a wider release this year and brought new friends with them this time: Caramel Apple Kisses and Pumpkin Spice Kisses.

I searched high and low for these new flavors, and unfortunately have had success in finding the former. The hunt for the Pumpkin Spice continues, I will not rest until I find them.

The Caramel Apple Kisses are beautiful to observe. The packaging is attractive with nice rich festive colors and nice illustrations. The Kisses are wrapped in even more eye-catching fall-colored wrappers with brilliant red and orange stripes. I look at these and am immediately reminded as to why I love fall so much.

Opening the bag with great anticipation, the kisses smell perfectly normal: sweet and chocolatey.

 

Hershey's Kisses: Caramel Apple

I took one of the Kisses to cut one in half for a photo. This proved dangerous as the center wanted to ooze everywhere. The caramel center is almost liquid, I was very surprised by. I don’t recall the regular Caramel Kisses being so flowing.

The flavor is first the sweet Hershey’s chocolate along with the creamy caramel flavors with nice burnt sugar notes. After that is when the apple taste comes in. It’s very artificial with a floral essence and strong juicy notes that have a slight tang to it. It reminds me of what candied apples taste like in a way: fruity, but something is a little off from the coating. They really remind me of those radioactive green Caramel Apple Pops that Charms makes. Despite the flavor oddness from the apple, the Kisses work somehow for me. They taste like fall.

As a side note, not everyone I shared these with agreed with me. As I fed some to one of my sisters and she scrunched her nose up at them.

Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again

Links:
Hershey’s Kisses Website

 


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