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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
19



Bit-O-Honey Package

I honestly can’t remember when I first had Bit-O-Honey. Or where I first saw of them or where I first heard of them. It was as if “Bam!” one day I saw them and due to the “unfamiliarity default”, I bought them to try. I believe part of the reason I finally noticed them was the fact that I’d recently discovered one of my favorite bars, Big Hunk, and Bit-O-Honey seemed like it’d be something similar. 

Bit-O-Honey is described as a honey flavored taffy with bits of almonds blended in. From what I’ve seen, you can either find them in bar form or in bite sized pieces like I have shown here. I prefer getting the bag simply because it allows me to get more of a good thing. But in the end, it’s the flavor that matters and not how it’s packaged. Bit-O-Honey has quite a bit of history behind it as well, as it first hit shelves in 1924 and was eventually acquired by Nestle in the 1980s. It looks like Nestle was eager to include this enduring classic into its repertoire.

 

Bit-O-Honey

Smells sweet and lightly of nuts. The texture is sooooo nice. It’s dense and firm, yet is easily bitten into. The chew takes some working in the mouth but it never is a threat to your teeth and/or fillings. I’d like to think of it as a Starburst on steriods. And the flavor? Sweet, creamy with a smooth flavor of honey and almonds. It’s not intense like the flavor of marzipan, it’s much milder and reminds me more of a nougat in a Zero bar. Just enough flavor to compliment the sweetness and texture. I don’t really feel the almonds in the texture of the bar, but I prefer it that way. I hate getting nuts caught in my teeth.

I love these. They may not push Big Hunk from my favorite nougat/taffy bar, but they come in a close second. I’ll have have room for these in my stash.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links:
Bit-O-Honey on Nestle’s Website

 


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
17



Christopher's Big Cherry Wrapper

Christopher’s Big Cherry is one of those hard to find regional/retro candies that I’ve been meaning to get my hands on for ages. It was only when I found myself in Los Angeles, Big Cherry’s home turf, that I was able to finally buy one to try. It boggles my mind sometimes how I search high and low for a certain candy out East where I live, only to find it sitting in every gas station store once I get out West. It makes things interesting (and frustrating) for sure.

The big selling point for Christopher’s Big Cherry is that in the very middle of this big mound of mockolate, peanuts, and fondant sits a whole maraschino cherry. Over the years the candy has changed companies and now currently resides with the Adam & Brooks candy company.

The candy smells very sweet of the mockolate and there’s a strong peanutty edge to it. It looks like an unimpressive lumpy mound. The peanut bits give the surface and uneven texture, and the mockolate is lackluster and unexciting.

 

Christopher's Big Cherry

The flavor is sweet; so very, very sweet. The mockolate delivers a subtle cocoa flavor and a greasy mouth feel. The best part of this candy so far comes from the peanut bits which give it a nice, nutty flavor. They also have a knack for getting themselves lodged in my teeth. The fondant in the center is a brilliant Pepto Bismal pink with a thick texture and a subtle grain. The flavor is awfully sweet, but doesn’t really taste of cherry. I didn’t get any cherry flavor at all, in fact, until I bit into the maraschino cherry. The cherry is throat-searingly strong with that sweet and bitterly fake cherry flavor and the crystallized cherry texture. 

I’m glad to have finally tried this, but the bland mockolate and the intense sweetness doesn’t tempt me enough to give it a second try anytime soon.

Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again

Links:
Adam & Brooks Website


Sep
16



Altoids Dark Chocolate: Creme de Menthe Tin

Altoids always lived up to their tag line “Curiously Strong” in my book. I remember having my first taste of them in middle school and totally having my mind and taste buds totally blown by how intense they were. The friend who shared them with me told me they were from England, and somehow that made these killer mints feel very exotic to me. I didn’t like them at first, but as I grew older my tolerance for the “curiously strong” flavor increased. The wintergreen flavor soon became my choice mint to carry in my purse.

I noticed these new Dark Chocolate Creme de Menthe Altoids and knew I had to try them. I didn’t try the first generation of chocolate Altoids, so the bright yellow “NEW” on this package prompted me to change my chocolate-less mint status.

 

Altoids Dark Chocolate: Creme de Menthe

I haven’t had the Creme de Menthe Altoid alone, so I can only comment on how it works together with the dark chocolate coating. Firstly, I’m very pleased to see that the coating is real dark chocolate. No fake stuff here, thank you very much. You can taste the richness of it too, it’s very nice. I let the mint sit in my mouth so the chocolate slowly melted away to then reveal the traditional chalky pastille underneath. It was brilliantly sweet and minty and it complimented the coating very well. My only complaint is that it left an odd fruity aftertaste in my mouth, and it didn’t feel particularly “fresh” to me.

Tasty for sure. But I prefer my Altoids to freshen my breath, so I’ll be sticking with my wintergreen standby.

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again

Links:
Altoids Website

 


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