I first heard of Sucre back when I was still writing for CandyAddict. I was given a sampler of their bonbons to review for the site. Needless to say, I was impressed with their work. Now, fast forward to just a few days ago when I came home from work to find a box of Sucre’s newest offerings waiting for me on my doorstep. Valentine’s Day came early for me this year.
The exquisitely designed turquoise box holds a sampler of their new “For the Love of Chocolate” Valentines Day collection. A set of three different heart bonbons, each easily distinguishable from one another in milk, dark and white chocolate. They’re beautiful to look at; colorful and iridescent. They smell of chocolate, and I was able to find the flavors by looking online: Chic Raspberry, Grand Coeur and Rose.
Red Raspberry (dark chocolate heart filled with raspberry ganache) : A beautiful, deep, sparky maroon color. Gorgeous to look at! It smells deep of dark chocolate with notes of red fruits and coffee. There’s no raspberry scent at all. The first bite is so smooth and rich, with only the top shell, which is very thin, having a bit of a crunch to it. The flavor is luxurious with a subtle, authentic raspberry flavor that’s very jammy. The chocolate is beautifully mild and sweet, complimenting the raspberry favor so well. It’s a delicate, graceful bonbon. The texture is silky, smooth, and it’s lovely.
Heart of Rose (white chocolate heart filled with rose water and island vanilla scented white chocolate ganache) : Smells sweet and of plants; part of it reminds me of vanilla and other like leaves. It’s not perfumey like rose, but I do get “vegetation” in there. The first bite tastes very cheesy, like a sweet brie. I don’t get much in terms of vanilla or rose, but the smooth cheesy flavor is nice. It’s interesting how my taste buds read this combination of flavors. I want to eat this with a baguette.
Grand Coeur (milk chocolate ganache infused with orange and triple sec coated in a dark chocolate) : This one has a beautiful copper/bronze color to it. It smells earthy and rich, with a subtle citrus zest to it which immediately gives it awesome points in my book. The flavor is heavenly. This is the purest, most beautiful pairing of chocolate and orange I’ve had to date. The orange is fresh and zesty, and the triple sec adds that authentic citrus bite and bitterness on the tongue. The chocolate is sweet, creamy and compliments the more tart and bitter qualities of the flavorings. Again the texture is silky smooth and the overall effect is just out of this world. I can’t gush enough about how lovely this is.
These hearts are so wonderful I can’t decide how to eat them: savor their rich flavors slowly or shove hand fulls into my mouth. I feel the instinct to do both as they’re just that delicious. But, in the spirit of the season, I’ve saved 3/4 of the box to share with my sweetheart.
Links Sucre’s Website
Galaxy is a bar (or brand) that’s made by Mars over in the UK. I’ve only been seeing them in import markets in the past few years, and only because I’ve started paying attention to such things then. I’ve had the regular bar, which I believe is similar to a Caramello; a milk chocolate bar with a stripe of thick caramel down the center. I got my hands on this limited edition variety as my boyfriend was sweet enough to bring me some treats back from his trip to England.
Packet comes with three “kisses”, which, according to the Brits, look like peaked dominoes. The sides are smooth and one has the decals of mistletoe on them. The smell strongly of caramel, cream and burnt sugar.
Biting into a pieces you immediately hit the caramel, so it’s very well dispersed inside the chocolate. The chocolate is typical Mars variety: sweet, very creamy and a nice chocolatey flavor. The caramel is a good middle texture: not too thick, not too watery, and nice enough to have staying power. It also creates those tantalizing threads when you bite into it.
Together, the caramel and the chocolate create this wonderful symphony of sweetness in your mouth. It’s really a nice, representation in chocolate of what a kiss to your special someone under holiday mistletoe would taste like. Maybe if Galaxy and Milkyway got together…?
I grew up in a household devoid of marshmallow peeps. It wasn’t until college that I finally became familiar with this popular marshmallow confection. My roommate bought them by the dozen around Easter (they were still an Easter exclusive item back then) and set them out to get stale. She then nuked them in the microwave, froze them, and finally consume them. I had never witnessed such an elaborate candy eating ritual, and I was both confused and intrigued by it.
Since then I have tasted my way though the different types of Peeps. Their light, marshmallow texture is delightful but the flavor leaves a lot to be desired in my book. They come across as flat and cardboard-tasting, and they remind me a little of Communion wafers. They’re terribly cute though, and I can’t help but eating a row of Chicks in the spring and some Pumpkin ones in the fall. Perhaps my love form them would grow if I experimented with my eating techniques a little. As of now I enjoy them fresh.
Enter the newest Marshmallow Peeps, Chocolate Mousse Bears for St. Valentines Day.
These look the same: puffy marshmallow with a colored sugar coating in an standard animal shape. They smell noticeable different, though. It’s a very sweet, cocoa aroma, like a good hot chocolate mix.
The flavor is much sweeter than a normal Peep to me. I’m also surprised to find they’re actually really flavorful, and I’ve tried all the varieties to date. They taste like I just took a spoonful of Nestle’s Quick, except in that wonderful puffy Marshmallow Peep form (you know, soft inside, slightly crunchy sugary outside). Immediately I finished off a row, promising to save the rest out in the open to get stale. They didn’t last a week.
Finally there’s a Peep I can say that I’m hooked on. I can’t help but recommend them whether you’re a Peep lover or not. You may just become a convert like myself.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Marshmallow Peeps Website
Sometimes the strangest holiday candies are released. Most make sense like the mint flavors I’m seeing everywhere; Mint Truffle Kisses, Hershey’s Bliss Creme de Menthe, Hershey’s Mint Miniatures, and the Mint M&Ms, just to name a few. Then I spot these two oddities: Holiday Edition Sugar Babies and Inside Out Junior Mints. I was perplexed right away, but since I hadn’t tried them, and are a fan of the originals, I picked them up.
From the outside of the box, the Holiday Sugar Babies don’t seem to be very different. The selling point is that they’re covered in a “candy shell” in holiday colors: white, red and green.
They look terrible. They’re matte and flat looking. Nothing about them feels inviting or attractive. Which leads me to ask, why color them to begin with? If you were going to put the in a bowl for guests or anything, so you can “see” them in there festive colors, why not make them look…nice.
The candy shell is indeed a shell as opposed to a soft, colored coating as I suspected. It actually cracks when I bite down and it softens from there, turning into a regular Sugar Baby. The taste is the same: intensely creamy, burnt caramel flavors with a sticky, grainy chewy texture. I don’t see a point to getting these over the regular ones…unless you have a thing for food coloring.
The Inside Out Junior Mints I was excited about. They’ve been a limited edition candy for years, yet I haven’t seen them until now. I did see the new edition of Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch that were released last year and I reviewed for CandyAddict.
These have white outside and a chocolate interior, just the opposite from the originals. Reading the description on the back where it calls the outside a “white topping”, I knew something was amiss. Uh oh. Mockolate.
The exterior is slightly hard and it “cracks” a little when you bite into it. The intense minty flavor we associate with Junior Mints is there, but it’s hard to say exactly where it’s coming from. I just sucked on one for a bit and I got no mint from the exterior. So my guess is the center is doing double duty here. Other than the appearance, I don’t really see the draw of these. Nothing says to me that these are any improvement or especially unique, so I don’t get the point.
Both these candies don’t do anything to improve or tweak the original enough for me to justify buying them. I just had to satisfy my curiosity. Learn from me and stick with the originals.
Rating: Not Worth It
Junior Mints Webpage
Sugar Babies Webpage
I first tasted the Hot Cocoa Kisses back at the 2006 All Candy Expo. I wasn’t impressed with from what I remember, but at the same time I was experiencing flavor fatigued from all the samples I had tasting prior to visiting the Hershey’s booth. They first appeared in stores as a holiday limited edition last year and I made sure to ignore them. This year I decided to go back and give them as shot.
These are similar to the Truffle Kisses, as there’s not an easily detectable filling. It’s more a smooth texture you feel in your mouth as opposed to anything you see. The center is cool on the tongue, a little greasy and very slippery.
I was expecting the flavor to be like the Truffle Kiss; basically an intensely smooth, sweet chocolate flavor. The Cocoa Kisses are not like that. Yes, they do have an intense chocolate taste, but there’s something sweeter and more buttery about this these. Thankfully, it’s not an intense fake buttery flavor like the Candy Corn Kisses. I’m instantly reminded of cupcake frosting: sweet, buttery, creamy, a little tangy with a dash of salt.
I don’t get “hot cocoa” from this at all, it’s really more like frosting. They’re tasty and I like them better than the fudge center ones.
Be forewarned as these are very, very sweet. By the time I was on my fourth Kiss I started to get a throat burn. That didn’t stop me from polishing off more than a serving or two in one sitting. Oops.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Hershey’s Kisses Website