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Red Ginseng Chocolate

This one is certainly interesting. During all these years of trying different kinds of candy and chocolate, I’ve never seen such a thing. When I think about it, it seems like a logical thing to do, since ginseng is put into a lot of products nowadays. I’ve just…never seen it in chocolate until now.

It was actually my boyfriend who found this in an Korean market near where he lives (it’s a gorgeous store, I’m jealous it’s so close to him). It’s a pretty box, I really love the ample use of red. The thing is, the design of it doesn’t read as candy or chocolate to me. It might have something to do with the giant ginseng roots and the white chunks on it. Maybe it’s just me.

Inside the box are the chocolates, each an individually wrapped dice-shaped cube. The base is white chocolate, as the box shows and was confirmed by unwrappeing my first, and only, piece to try.

All I can say is, these taste of dirt. No sweetness, no grassyness, no chocolate. Dirt.

There is a “crunch” texture to it that I could glean from the few moments I had it in my mouth. I’m guessing it’s bits of ginseng root.

I immediately swallowed the bite I’d taken and threw the rest in the garbage. Some things are better kept there. Chocolate should never taste of dirt. Never.

Rating: Inedible




Chimes Mango Tin

It was a cold and rainy January day when my and my boyfriend ducked into a grocery store in New York City. We wanted to take a peek since we love exploring and looking at all the different products, and as we neared the checkout we saw these beautiful tins. Intrigued, we looked closer to find that they were Chimes ginger chews. One thing that always screamed to my boy’s tastes is ginger and peanut butter, and we say a chew there with those two elements. We snatched one up and took our first tasted as we headed out back into the city street.

We where immediately hooked and the tin didn’t last us very long.

Since then we’ve given the other flavors a try as we found them in stores. We were excited to visit the Chimes booth at the Fancy Food Show and got to try their two newest flavors, Mango and Orange.


Chimes Ginger Chews Packate

Starts of lightly sweet and the ginger is delicate and fresh. The flavor then grows and intensifies into a lovely medium hot burn of the ginger and the sweetness. The texture is thick and chewy without being annoying. It’s very refreshing and very tasty.

Peppermint: The first impression is this is an odd combination. The favor starts out with the note of peppermint, it’s very intense and herbal. It strengthens as you chew, with the hot notes of the ginger warming under it like a fire. It’s a very interesting cool/hot sensation in the mouth, with both flavors competing with one another. It’s strange. The ginger is the last flavor in regard to the finish, as the peppermint peters out slowly to leave that warm bun of the ginger behind.

Peanut Butter: It starts off tasting a little of the ginger, then the warm, nutty, wonderfully roasted flavor of peanut butter kicks in. It blends beautifully with the ginger, giving a warm and nutty flavor that’s really addicting.

Mango: This immediately tastes of mango. Sweet and juicy of that tropical mango flavor. The ginger shows as you being to shew, starting off with a swarming flavor that grows into a full-blown ginger kick. The heat is never too much and the mango flavor is never lost or overpowered.

Orange: This has such an authentic orange flavor. It’s juicy and fresh and also has a bit of zest to it which is wonderful. Again the ginger flavor grows and becomes a wonderful full flavor of the heat and spice of ginger. Yet, it’s not overpowering or drowns out the orange at all. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

Needless to say, if you’re a fan of ginger, you need to get your hands on these. I can’t praise them enough.

Rating: Will Buy Again


Will Buy Again

Links Chimes Website

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