Just when you thought all the Vosges reviews were done right? Nope! I’ve been saving the best for last. Vosges has come out with so many bars over the year it’s really hard to keep track of them. But, I am able to recognize the new kid on the block, and this is how I found the Blood Orange Caramel bar. The pretty photography and packaging design stood out to me right away, and I was immediately excited to try it.
The bar is described with having hibiscus flowers, blood orange caramel, Campari, and 70% dark chocolate. An interesting and pleasing combination of flavors. The chocolate is a nice rich brown color with a glossy sheen. It snaps easily, as the bar is pretty thin for most “filled” chocolate bars. The caramel is flowing and smooth, and not very thick.
The orange flavor is immediately preset in the caramel. It’s got wonderfully juicy fresh citrus notes that aren’t too bitter. Then the floral flavors of the hibiscus come through with a hint of butter and salt underneath, which blends in with the blood orange flavors and it makes this taste extreme exotic and luxurious. The chocolate holds it together with its subtle sweetness and intense chocolatey flavors. The 70% mixes with it perfectly as it lets the caramel carry all the bar’s sweetness.
This bar is amazing. It’s different enough with the exotic flavor of the orange and hibiscus to make it taste like something new, but it’s delivered in a format we all know and love. If you’re ok with having to pay a little extra for Vosges chocolate bars, this is a great one to try.
Links Vosges Website
Onto the last pocket-sized box Valentine’s Day candy! After the last two boxes of the Sweethearts, I was a little apprehensive to give another “message” candy a try. I then say these Wonka SweetTarts hearts and figured what the heck. The package is still very much Wonka styled but has a hint of Valentine’s Day on it. It has a nice spot to write your “To” and “From” on the box. I wonder if anyone uses it?
The candies inside are about the diameter of a penny and made of that same compressed dextrose as normal SweetTarts. they come in five colors: red, purple, orange, green and blue.
First off, these candies are such an improvement over the Necco Sweethearts. None were broken, the candy has a nice sheen to them, and the part that’s most striking to me is that the messages are imprinted into the candy as opposed to printed on like the Sweethearts. They say the typical cute things like “XOXO”, “Cutie”, “Kiss Me”, “Love U” and “Maybe”.
Red is sour and fruity like cherry. It’s extremely tart and bitter.
Orange is bright and zesty with a wonderful juicy orange flavor.
Blue is very sour with a strong floral flavor that kinda tastes like berries.
Green is tart with a strange apple/melon taste to it.
Purple is a medicinal sour grape.
These are just like normal SweetTarts, so this is a cute candy alternative to the Sweethearts if you’re a big fan of SweetTarts and the style of flirty Valentine’s Day candy.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Wonka Website
Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like a box of chocolates in a heart shaped box. This box from See’s is filled with all sorts of chocolate goodies. With boxes as large and decorated as this it’s hard to tell which part of the gift is the treat.
Here comes Necco Sweetheart’s newest member of the family: Dazzled Tarts. These Sweethearts are trying, they’re are trying so, so hard to be cool. The original Sweethearts come across as a more “classic” candy to me, like their sister candy Necco Wafers. It feels like an older candy, so I can see how Necco wanted to make a version of their classic Valentine’s Day candy for the younger crowd.
Now, I’m not saying that you have to make everything pink and glitzy to make them more popular. But, apparently that’s what Necco seems to think. These are more glitzy looking and portrayed on the box as sparkling and shiny. It really makes me wonder what the actual candy looks like.
Terrible, that’s what they look like. The quality control on these must have been non existent. Most were broken, others the words were not printed correctly so they were either cut off or illegible on the candy. They didn’t sparkly or shine at all, but looks mottles and blotchy.
The candies have sayings on them like “Drama Queen”, “Just Dance”, “Hehe”, “Holla”, “Rock out”. I can’t help but look at these and have a Valley/Jersey girl voice run through my head. The colors are red, purple, orange, green and blue. Let’s see how they taste…
Red is watermelon with with that fake Jolly Rancher flavor. It had an extremely bitter end to it, gross.
Green is a fruity, bright apple flavor.
Blue was this funny perfumy color that I couldn’t identify
Grape tastes like this strange cotton candy flavor.
Blech. Really, what were they thinking? The original Sweethearts look and taste better than these, and that’s saying something. If you’re going to try and make an improvement, please make it more than just the design on the box. Do yourself a favor and go for the originals.
Rating: Not Worth It
Links Necco Website
Sweethearts are the Valentine’s Day candy that everyone seems to know, but not many actually care to eat it. They’re a candy that’s strikes me as having more of a decorative purpose, which I know sounds silly cause part of candy’s job is to look pretty and enticing. But, candy should also be delicious, and for me personally, these Sweetheats never fell into that category.
I remember Sweethearts from my earliest years back in preschool. Back then, they were called “Conversation Hearts” and they were a popular candy to be passed around by my classmates, along with an array of paper valentines that we’d make for everyone in the class. Back then I couldn’t really tell you why I didn’t like them. I just…didn’t. I think it was mainly because it wasn’t chocolate as that was my favorite childhood sweet (it still is).
Swetthearts are little chalky heart shaped candy tablets.They’re about the size of a penny and have a matte color to them. The come in rainbow of colors which are purple, green, pink, yellow, orange and blue. These used to also have a white color but it seems like they were omitted this year.
On each candy tablet, there’s sweet and flirty messages printed on them. I only took a sampling of some of the messages, but I recorded were things like “Kiss Me”, “Shake It”, Tweet Me”, “For Ever:, “Race Me”, “Sweet Love” and “Soul Mate”. You get the idea.
The candy itself is extremely hard so it’s difficult to chew. Yes, they’re chalky like I always remembered them, but they’re also extremely hard. It takes a few moments of working in your mouth to even break the thing.
So how do they taste? Purple is a very medicinal grape. Green is a very standard sour apple. Blue is this non descript flavor, kinda like cotton candy. Pink also starts like cotton candy or strawberry. Yellow is lemon, but very perfumey and fake tasting like floor cleaner. Orange is a mild citrus orange flavor. The ones ones I liked were orange and pink.
These flavors surprised me since I recall them being spice flavored as a kid. Turns out they were recently changed. I recommend checking out Cybele of Candyblog.net’s original review of the Sweethearts and the new updated version I’m reviewing here.
So in conclusion, these were never a favorite of mine, but I’m sure they must have a fan base out there. They’re a great candy to have on hand for Valentines’s Day, even if you don’t plan on eating them. They’re still festive and fun to have around.
Rating: Might Eat Again
Links Necco Website
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