On that same trip to Target I found these Caramel Apple Milky Way minis. This find took me completely by surprise, since I hadn’t heard any announcement by Mars nor had seen any mention of them on fellow candy blogs. This was a new candy gem that I had found completely on my own, which I will admit, makes it more exciting. I immediately snatched up a bag and knew they’d be an excellent new limited edition Halloween candy to review for my readers.
Thankfully these came in a big bad of minis, because they’re so much easier to share that way. The bag is a delightful apple red, with an image of a caramel apple on the side with caramel ripples from a opened Milky Way bar making the “Caramel Apple” wording on the bottom. The minis have the pretty red stripe belting the wrapper on the minis. Opening one up, you can immediately smell the caramel apple. It’s quite impressive actually how they do get the aroma spot on.
The flavor starts off sweet, with the first flavor you notice is definitely apple. It’s a strange flavor, mainly because it’s not just apple. It’s apple cinnamon, like it’s a packet of instant hot cider mix. This was unexpected on my part. I’m guessing the apple flavor is coming from both the caramel and the nougat filling, as the nougat filling is bright white and isn’t the same as classic Milky Way. Once the apple flavor subsides some, the caramel flavor popes through with great buttery flavors. I’m surprised because you really don’t taste much chocolate in this Milky Way, despite there’s still a chocolate coating. On the whole it does indeed convey the flavor of a caramel apple, but the apple is “off” because of the addition of the cinnamon element. It’s a little strange, but still tasty.
My fiance loved these way more than I did. I thought they were good, but I didn’t really eat any beyond the few I needed for the review. My fiance however kept eating them and even grabbed a few to add to his lunch at work. Point being, there are certainly worth a try.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Milky Way Website
I wasn’t terribly surprised to see this box of Pocky Salt sitting on the shelf at my local-ish Japanese Market. Salt has been an “it” gourmet food thing for a few years now. Most major candy companies who consider even a little sliver of their product to be gourmet have tried it. Off the top of my head Lindt, Godiva, Michel Cluizel, Kit Kat (Japan), come to mind, but to list them all we’d be here all day. So seeing that Pocky is finally giving it a go, I say good for them. It’s not a food fad that is over by any means, so I was happy to see them trying something new. I tossed the box into my shopping cart to take home.
The box is pretty and I like how they tried to make the box look “salty” by adding sparkles. It does give the effect of salt crystals catching the light and shining on the sticks of Pocky. It’s fun, blingy and seems very Japanese all at the same time.
Inside the box there’s two packets of Pocky. It’s hard for me to understand how they decide on dividing the pocky sticks into packets. It seems every time I open a box of Pocky it’s a different number of packets inside. I know it doesn’t matter, but it does make me curious.
The sticks of Pocky look like normal Pocky. Slender with a coating of milk chocolate. I don’t see any granules of salt on the outside, no covered up in the chocolate. I take a bite, and the flavor is pretty consistent to regular Pocky. You taste the sweet, smooth milk chocolate and the slight buttery vanilla flavor of the biscuit stick. It took me a few bites before I tasted the salt. I think it was on bite three or four when I finally got a hit of salt. It was as if a singular large chunk of salt was just sitting there, waiting for me. I took some more bites, to see if perhaps the first few were dudes. Again, I tasted nothing until I hit another single chunk of salt. Very strange. I mean, it’s good, but in no way does it feel that the salt in this Pocky is evenly distributed.
I think, considering how infrequently I tasted the salt in this Pocky, that if you want to give a salted candy a try as your first time, this is a good candy for that. The salt is infrequent enough so that if you can still enjoy the candy, but you still get a taste of what the inclusion of salt is like. It’s like a baby toe into the hot tub. Even as an experience salted chocolate eater, I still liked these. It’s hard to go wrong with Pocky!
Rating: Will Eat Again
LinksPocky Website (Japanese)
~~Today I’m trying something new. My fiance, who is a big chili head, ordered some chili candies that are made with extremely hot peppers. Now, I can take a pretty good dose of hotness in my foods, but even these were a little out of my league. I asked he he wouldn’t mind doing a guest review of these candies for me, as I didn’t think I could do a full review myself with the small nibbles I took (it was a hotness that I could handle). So please, enjoy!~~~
I first heard about these Scorpion Sting Caramels from aTed Barrus review. I’m a fan of spicy things, specifically the natural heat of peppers, so I decided to try these as they use powder from the Moruga Scorpion which currently one of the hottest peppers in the world. They’re made as a collaboration between Volcanic Peppers and The Madison Chocolatiers and can be purchased from either site. They came in a clear package with six caramels: two white chocolate, two milk chocolate, and two dark chocolate. They were wrapped in orange, maroon, and gold foil (with no indication of which was which) and were about an inch square and 1/3 of an inch thick. The important thing to note about these chocolates is that they are getting their heat from a very hot chilli pepper. This makes it different than most hot candies in that the heat here is coming from the capcasin in the peppers, not from anything artificially added.
I’ll start with the orange wrapper:
Turns out this one is the dark chocolate. It definitely smells rich, like chips used for cookies. You can smell the butteryness of the caramel immediately and as it was fairly solid, it allowed me to break it in half cleanly exposing a rich molasses color. The initial bite is sweet and creamy, though with a fudge like consistency. The chocolate melts nicely and in about 15 seconds you begin to feel the heat from the peppers. Honestly, to me it isnt very hot, however I enjoy fiery foods. In terms of the burn, I can feel it mostly on my tongue and down the back of my throat, almost like drinking some good brandy. Actually it feels really good in my humble opinion. It is a nice, warm, tingly burn that never peaks to a huge degree. It just settles into a nice warm burn and lasts for a few minutes.
Moving to the gold wrapper:
This one was the milk chocolate. It had the same sweet smell as the first, however not as powerful. It melted fairly quickly on my fingers. The chocolate and caramel seem sweeter than the first and actually seem to hold off the burn of the peppers a bit longer than the dark variety. Again, the chocolate melts very well and the caramel is rich and has that fudge-like quality. One of my biggest gripes about caramel is that it often sticks to my teeth and this fortunately avoids that entirely. Again I get the same burn sensation as the dark due to the dusting of Scorpion powder with similar localization of the burn.
Finally, the dark maroon wrapper:
This one was the white chocolate and as soon as its wrapper is removed you get this great white chocolate aroma which reminds me of a Zero bar. You don’t smell as much of the caramel because the lovely aroma of white chocolate is so strong. The flavor of white chocolate seems an even better coating for these caramels in my opinion. The white doesn’t seem to melt as fast and provides a bit of a chew to it, not much, but enough to give you a choice: either let it melt slowly and definitely get more heat, or chew and swallow and not feel it as much. Thats a recurring theme here, the longer you hold them in your mouth the more heat you’ll get. The pepper flavor and heat are quite strong here and build to a nice burn like the previous. At this point I’ve eaten three of them and their heat definitely starts to stack. I can feel the burn on my tongue, down the back of my throat and now I’m feeling a nice warm sensation in my belly. I’m the kind of guy that enjoys a nice after dinner cordial and honestly, it feels a bit like that right now. My stomach feels a nice warm tingle. The difference is that my mouth and throat get a bit of that capsacin burn.
These are lovely caramels and I applaud the use of such a rare and distinct chilli in their creation. It tames the scorpion heat VERY well. I’ve had some other things that were made with the pepper and let me tell you, they’re mind BENDINGLY hot. Just check out some internet videos of people eating the pepper whole and you’ll see what I mean. But these caramels used just right amount of the powder and blended it with the right ingredients to make it a quite enjoyable flavor. I wont say its for the chili novice and you’d certainly have to have a palate for, and enjoy spicy foods, but if you like your curries or chicken wings pretty spicy, these would be a great candy to try out.
As for the long term, Its been about 15-20 minutes since I’ve started the review and the ‘pain’ or ‘burning’ of the peppers has gone away, but I’m left with a really nice warm feeling in my throat and belly. Great job!
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links The Madison Chocloatiers
On a recent trip to CVS, I stumbled across a sale on all the Godiva chocolate bars (lucky me). Godiva has been doing a lot to make chocolate bars with new flavors, especially ones that hit up on the flavor trends of right now. The other flavors in this line include salted caramel (milk and dark), hazelnut, almond, vanilla bean and strawberry. I only saw a few of the flavors at CVS, but since the deal was a two for $4 deal, I decided to get this and the salt caramel bar.
Firstly, I have to commend Godiva for making a package that has really nice design. The photography of the chocolate with the flavor elements is really beautiful and appealing. Inside the hard paper exterior, the chocolate is beautifully protected in a gold foil wrapper.
The chocolate smells sweet with heavy notes of caramel and cream. The color is a nice middle brown with a subtle sheen. The back of the bar you can see little bums from the fruit pieces.
The chocolate is pretty sweet with nice notes cream, caramel and some cocoa. It’s a very sweet milk chocolate, but it’s tasty. The fruit pieces are just texture elements at first, you don’t really taste them right away. Once most of the chocolate has mostly melted away, then you ca taste the flavor of the fruit. I don’t really taste the tangerine or blueberry, but the mango bits really stand out. They’re flavorful and juicy, and the pieces easily get stuck in your teeth. The ripe flavor blends nicely with the milk chocolate and gives it a very exotic flavor.
This bar is tasty, more so than I thought. If you’re looking for something a little more unique than your traditional chocolate bar flavors, this bar would be good for you. Especially since you tend to see this fruit flavors blended for dark chocolate, so this is good for milk chocolate lovers. Godvia is doing a pretty good job with their new flavor line, I like where this is going.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Godiva Webpage
I’ve been noticing new Godiva bars on my trips to the grocery stores and pharmacies. They have an attractive rich brown color tho them and enticing macro photography on the front. On my last trip I managed to catch some of the bars on sale, so I figured new blog fodder. Plus these new bars looked so delicious! The first I’ll review is the Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel bar.
The packaging on this is really pretty, as I mentioned. The maco photography shows stacks of this bar with pieces of hard caramel crumbs. It’s very pretty and gives you a really good idea of what you’re buying and about to enjoy. The package opens easily to reveal a gold foil protecting the chocolate. I like how they keep the gold color scheme throughout the packaging.
The chocolate is a nice matte brown color, and you can see the pieces of the salted caramel flecks in it. It smells very rich and sweet and oddly enough a little salty. It feels off to describe something as smelling salty, but these does.
The milk chocolate is smooth and creamy. It’s sweet with nice flavors of cream and vanilla. The salted caramel are hard little crispy pieces in the chocolate, and they just are bursting with flavor when you encounter them. The are light and crispy, so it’s a really great textural contrast with the smooth chocolate. The flavor is just bursting with butter and cream and a saltiness that is perfect. It’s not too salty, not does it disappear around all the sweet flavors. it stands out just beautifully and compliments the chocolate so wonderfully.
This bar was really tasty. I am personally a big fan of the salt and chocolate combination. I realize it’s not for everyone, but if you’re interesting in giving it a try, I think this bar is a good place to start. It has the right balance of chocolate to caramel to salt ratio that I feel compliments all the ingredients. I really enjoyed this, and I hope to find it on sale again soon.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Godiva Website