April 2010
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Wonka Chocolate Dome & Chocolate Waterfall Bars

Wonka has been cooking up some new things in that crazy candy factory of his. There’s several new candies on the market, following in the footsteps of the Sluggles and Puckerroom candies that came out last year. The first set of these newcomers are new chocolates! Horray! So when I was contacted by Nestle for free samples to give them a try, I was super excited. Wonka has been up to fun stuff lately, and I can’t wait to taste them.

First thing’s first. I adore the new packaging! They’re bright and colorful and really convey the wackiness that is Willy Wonka. The curly design and the mismatches fonts really give a fun feel to these bars of chocolate. You cannot help but let them catch your eye on the shelves.


Wonka Scrumdiddlyumptious Bar

Scrumdiddlyumptious: What a fun name! The bar smells chocolatey and creamy with a hint of nuts. You can easily see that the chocolate is generously studded with nuts and toffee bits. The flavor is complex with lots of sweets things. Bits of peanuts and toffee you can taste right in the forefront, the toffee is buttery and intense and the peants are fresh and salty. The chooclate is milky and sweet, and takes the backstage to the additions. Overall,y the effect is very sweet, with a salty edge. chocolate texture is creamy, and the peanuts and toffee are wonderfully crunchy. it’sl ike a much crunchier Krackle or Crunch bar. the texture here is really fu

Chocolate Waterfall:Milk and White Chocolate swirled, and the bar is gorgeous to look at. The white chocolate swirls are deliberate and very well defined, and the pattern is really pretty. The chocolate smells sweet, with no hints of chocolate scent. The first bite is very sweet, heavy notes of cream and sugar, with almost a light yogurty flavor to it. My second bite was the same, and I let the chocolate melt in my mouth more slowly so I could try and detect the milk chocolate flavor. Sadly, it’s very mild, so if you really like creamy, sweet chocolate without a big chocolate hit, this bar is great for you. It’s like a mix of white chocolate and milk chocolate, (well, duh) as the flavor really sits between those two classifications. It’s great with a cup of coffee.

Chocolate Dome: A dark chocolate base with a milk chocolate dome in the center.  it smells dark and fruity. the dark chocolate is extremely smooth and cremy, there’s no acidity to it at all, and it melts nicely on the mouth with little frutiness to it. The milk chocolate has a nice coconutty flavor to it, and sweetenes the dark chocolate nicely, balancing out all the creamy flavors. there’s no way to really separate the dome from the base, so you have to eat them together and enjoy the flavor as the two chocolate mix. it’s very nice.

Overall, a really excellent effort on Wonka’s part for trying to make something unique and wacky feeling while keeping the candy familiar and tasty. Certainly worth trying.

Rating: Will Eat Again


Will Eat Again

Links Wonka Website


Now and Later Packages

I can’t remember where I found these, but I was intrigued by the interesting flavors like pineapple and blueberry. I remember liking how they tasted ,but hated how hard and incredibly chewy they were. It made my mouth hurt.


Bissingers Gummi Pandas Grapefruit Bag

I remember seeing these Pink Grapefruit with Grapeseed Gummi Pandas back at the Bissinger’s booth at the 2008 Fancy Food Show. At the time they only displayed them, and weren’t offering samples, so I just froze in my tracks when I saw them and tried to imagine how wonderful they must taste. I’m not a big gummi bear person, except for the TV show, but somehow the grapefruit flavor had me hoping these would be different. As soon as I saw them in stores, I piked yup a bag to try.

The gummies come in a nice bag that has a resealable top so you don’t feel like you have to eat it all in one sitting. There’s an ample few servings in the bag, and it’s taken me some time even to eat a little bit of them. The bears are chubby and stout, they have nubbins for arms and legs, and their lightly lined facial features are often muddles and non descript.


Bissingers Gummi Pandas Grapefruit

Like most gummi bears to me, the flavor is very mild. It do get a lightly sweet flavor that has some bitterness to it, like they were trying to re-create the flavor of the pith. I admit, I’m disappointed as I don’t get any intense flavors and juicy notes that I love and expect from grapefruit. These are really delicate and mild and I have a hard time finding and flavor in them.

I was disappointed by these, but I feel that’s more because I’m just not a gummi bear person. I’m sure if you’re a fan of them to begin with, you’ll enjoy these.

Rating: Not Worth It


Not Worth It

Links Bissinger’s Webpage


Ragolds Naturals Assorted Sour Citrus Mix Bag

When I laid eyes on this package hanging on a shelf, I was immediately drawn to it. This beautiful image of an orange just called to me. Under closer inspection, I realize it was gummi candy, and I knew I had to try them.

The gummis come in three flavors: orange, lemon and grapefruit. The gummies are maybe an inch long, and shaped like a segment of the citrus fruit. They have a coating of granulated sugar on them, and the colors are a little hard to see because of that. The lemon and the grapefruit almost look the same.


Ragolds Naturals Assorted Sour Citrus Mix

Orange: The flavor is delicate and slightly orangey, it’s more tangerine to me as there’s a deep sweetness under the citrus zest. Really tasty.

Lemon: Stars out very tart, fresh and zesty. The tastes authentic to me, and

Grapefruit: I was looking forward to this one the most. It’s a lovely sweet tart taste. I feel it’s the most authentic of the three, they really nailed that rich grapefruit flavor. Yum!

Overall, these were a lovely impulse buy. I’m not sure if I’ll ever see them again on the store shelves as the stock changes so frequently, but I’m happy I got to try them. They were loved by the friends I shared them with, so I hope to find them again someday.

Rating: Will Buy Again


Will Buy Again


Franklin Chocolate Animals

These are adorable hollow chocolates made by Franklin, and are actually made of real chocolate. I bought the yellow themed pack, but there was a blue, green and pink set too. The owl is my favorite!

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