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Sep
07



Chews Better

I feel that candy is something that a lot of people have a love/hate relationship with. We love it because it’s tasty and sweet, and gives us that great rush of dopamine. We hate it because it’s probably not the healthiest thing we could be eating, and it’s very easy to overeat. I won’t go into what is and isn’t healthy here, because I think it’s something that varies from person to person. I’ve always believed in moderation, and that has worked well for me.

Chews Better is a candy that hopes to solve this conflict. It’s a candy that’s better for you. It’s all natural and each bag contains 250mg of Omega-3’s in there, along with 3 grams of fiber for only 100 calories. The ingredients are very straightforward, nothing fishy in here. Or, er, wait, I’m wrong. They do use Anchovy and Sardine oil in here, so if you’re vegan you need to be aware of this.

Strawberry Lemonade: I open the package to discover five individually wrapped pieces. They’re all uniform in shape and covered in a nice folded silver wrapper. smells very fruity of berries and a hint of tartness. Almost metallic in a way because of the lemon I believe. The chews are dark pink in color, and they look like a naturally colored hunk of BubbleYum.

The texture reminds me of Starburst. It’s thick, chewy with a light grain to it.

The flavor is sweet, with strong authentic flavors of strawberries complimented with a tartness from the lemon. It’s very flavorful and completely awesome. I polished my bag off pretty quickly.

Pomegranate Blueberry Acai: These three berries are a buzz word of health as of late. This package also had five individually wrapped chews. They look similar to the strawberry one, as it’s dark pink with tiny darker pinks spots.

The flavor of this one is…well, it tastes like a Flintstone vitamin tablet to me. It’s fruity, but none of the flavors says specifically “blueberry” or “pomegranate” to me. It’s just…fruity with an interesting metallic sort of tartness to it. It’s good, but I liked the Strawberry Lemonade flavor better.

Out of all the “better for you” candies I’ve had, this is one of the best. I’d recommend it to anyone who’s looking for an alternative but still wants to feel like a kid eating candy again.


Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again

Links Chews Better Website

 


Sep
04



Annabelle's Rocky Road

I may not have expressed this at all recently, but I have a big soft spot for retro/classic candy and the companies that produce them. One of my favorites is Annabelle’s candy Company, and sadly their products are so hard for me to find here on the East Coast. Luckily, one of my best friends recently went to San Francisco and thoughtfully brought me back a new favorite of hers: Rocky Road.

I can’t recall the first time I had a Rocky Road bar, but I did remember liking them very much. I was tickled with the opportunity to try one again and get to write about it.

The Rocky Road comes in normal milk chocolate (in a red wrapper), Dark Chocolate (gold wrapper) and Mint (green wrapper). They also came out with Supreme Bars and Double Dipped Bits, both of which I reviewed for CandyAddict.com a few years ago. I have not had the mint, but the other two are

The bar is long and rectangular and very light to hold. The top looks like, well, a rocky road. One of those many cobblestone streets in Soho that I’d never want to drive my car on. The aroma is light with an overpowering scent of rich chocolate.

The first bite is soft and fluffy, as the marshmallow center is very fresh. The chocolate coating does not flake off at all, and stays perfectly attached o the marshmallow. The marshmallow is sweet with a hint of vanilla, and the chocolate has a lovely rich flavor and mild sweetness. The cashews you don’t taste much at all, and provides a subtle crunchy texture.

This bar is lovely, and I can see the appeal of it. It’s a filling, tasty, simple candy bar that doesn’t make your tummy feel heavy or gross afterward (which, I hear some complain other candy bars do). I do enjoy the Rocky Road, but if given the choice over some of Annabelle’s other selections like the Look! or Big Hunk bar, there’s no contest for me.

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again

Links Annabelle’s Candy Company


Sep
02



Schogetten Jamacan Rum Box


Another interesting candy treat from Bavaria: Trumpf Schogetten Jamaca-Rum Truffle. I had no hopes or expectations for these, as I know little about them. The only thing I can glean from the box, other than the text, is they’re milk chocolate. I’m not the biggest fan of alcohol, but I’ve had some successful combinations with chocolate so I remain optimistic.

The box opens on one side to let a little try of chocolate squares to pull out. There’s four chocolate in a row and they’re beautiful to look at. They have nice rounded sloping sides and an eight pointed star carved into the top. This packaging reminds me of the Lindt Lindors truffles in bar form. So nice to just take one and save the rest for later.

The chocolates smell sweet and slightly of rum with that buttery toasty smell. In the first bite shell breaks easily to reveal that the center is a light yellow fondant. It’s a little dry and holds it’s form.

The flavor is lacking. The chocolate is sweet and doesn’t taste of much else. I taste no rum in the center fondant at all, again it just tastes sweet. I chew a piece and wonder if there were ingredients in this other than cream and sugar, because I really can’t taste anything else. Very strange. I feel odd complaining about the lack of alcoholic flavor, as I’m not a big fan of the stuff to begin with. I just feel like if you’re going to say it tastes like a certain something, the product should stand up to that claim. 

Not something I’d ever want to touch again specifically, but after looking at the website and seeing the many varieties that exist out there, I admit I’d give Trumpf chocolates a second try if I ever came across them.


Rating: Not Worth It

 

Not Worth It

Links Trumpf Schogetten Website


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