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See's Candies

Feb
02



See's Strawberry Truffle

I know this is going to sound crazy, but Valentine’s Day Candy is getting harder and harder for me to find. I realize the stores have aisles overflowing with red and pink packages filled with sweet treats, but, to me a Reese’s in a red package is still a Reese’s to me. So it’s hard for me to find something that only appears for Valentine’s Day that I haven’t covered or tasted already. Things are becoming less unique for this holiday I feel. So imagine my delight when See’s contacted me about trying heir new Strawberry Truffles for Valentine’s Day. Finally, something new and appropriate!

The Strawberry Truffles come in a set of five in a long rectangular top. It’s covered with a clear plastic top which showcases the white, heart shaped truffles beautifully.

These truffles aren’t small, they feel heavy in my hand and they stand a little over a 1/2 inch tall. They smell sweet and buttery of the real white chocolate that enrobes the strawberry truffle interior.

My first bite is lovely. The truffle is dense, so you get an extremely decadent mouth feel from it right away. The truffle feels sturdy and rich. The flavor starts out with the extremely sweet and buttery flavor of real white chocolate, and I mean the really good quality stuff too. Then the sweetness blends into a fresh, fruity, very authentic sweet strawberry flavor. it reminds me a really fresh strawberry ice cream minus the cold temperature. Together the flavors match beautifully and like all the other See’s products, they make my taste buds go “wow”.

So if your sweetheart is a strawberry white chocolate fan, I highly recommend these. They’re thoughtfully and tastefully packaged, along with just the right portion of truffles since these buggers are rich.

Rating: Hoard

 

Hoard


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Oct
18



See's Deep Dark Chocolate Truffle

I am sad! Today I review the last of the See’s Limited Edition flavors for the year. Hopefully it’s a trend they continue to keep up, but for now it’s the last one. Today’s offering was sent to me as a sample, and it’s Deep Dark Chocolate Truffle. The description reads: “Dark chocolate blended with semi-sweet cocoa powder and cream drenched in premium dark chocolate”. Yummy!

First off, my apologies for a lack of an original photo this entry. I am currently driving cross-country because I am moving to Los Angeles. I received these samples once all my photography equipment was packed up. So for once I’m using a photo given to me from See’s.

 

See's Deep Dark Truffle II

The truffles are circular in shape, and are about 3/4 of an inch tall. A nice little chocolate tower, as so to speak. The chocolate enrobing is a gorgeous deep, rich chocolate color with three chocolate stripes decorating the top. The aroma of the truffle is a very deep and rich chocolatey scent, full of nice notes of cocoa, coffee and cream.

The first bite is lovely. The chocolate shell easily gives way to a rich interior which is a truffle in the best sense. It’s both dense and creamy, with a wonderfully smooth texture that isn’t slick or greasy. The dark chocolate is beautifully chocolatey, with notes of coffee, cream, and hazelnuts. There’s no fruitiness or acidity in this flavor, which is what some people struggle with in dark chocolate. Overall it’s incredibly decadent and wonderful flavor, which is a testament to Sees since the flavor is really simple, yet it’s executed beautifully.

Out of all the flavors I tried out of this limited edition run, I think this one falls in second place as my favorite after the Black Forest Truffle. This is a flavor that really captures the idea of a truffle in my mind: something that’s incredibly chocolatey and rich to eat. I can’t wait to have one with my coffee in the morning, I’d imagine it’d be a great combination. So if you can find these, I recommend them!

CONTEST: I have another two gift certificates from See’s to give away! It’s for one pound of these chocolate, and can be used in their stores or by phone at (800-895-7337). So how do you enter? Please comment on this post by Friday the 29th at noon, PST (since I’ll be on the west coast now!) and share your favorite type of Halloween candy. I’ll choose a winner randomly from those who enter. Best of luck!

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

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Sep
20



See's Dark Rum Raisin

My newest sample of See’s Candies’ September limited edition candy has arrived! This month’s flavor is Dark Rum Raisin, and I’m really excited to try it considering how yummy last months flavor was.

Rum raisin is a flavor I don’t get to have too terribly often. I’m not a big drinker of alcohol, so my experience with actual rum is fairly limited. There’s been a few tastes of rum raisin ice cream in my childhood, a piece of fruitcake here and there (my Dad is a fan of them), and then of course a sip from drinks offered by friends.

The candy is rectangular, with a beautiful drank rippling of chocolate on top. It smells of the sweet dark chocolate and no hint of the flavor inside.

My first bite reveals a creamy, beige colored interior studded with raisins and candied cherries. The flavor is of rum right away, with it’s warm, buttery, alcoholic taste. There’s not burn here thankfully, but the flavor is authentic as far as I can tell. The raisins and cherries are tart and fruity like I expect them to be. The chocolate serves to round out the candy with its deep, rich, slightly sweet chocolatey flavors and keeps the rum from being too intense. It’s beautifully balanced and I find myself enjoying it a lot.

If you’re a fan of rum raisin flavors I highly suggest you seek these out. It’s a great take on this flavor in a nice, compact small dose. The Black Forest Truffle from last month still holds as my favorite so far, but this piece is also a delight to indulge in, and I appreciate how I am now more familiar with this flavor.

CONTEST: I have another two gift certificates from See’s to give away! It’s for one pound of these chocolate, and can be used in their stores or by phone at (800-895-7337). So how do you enter? Please comment on this post by Friday the 24th at noon, EST and share your favorite See’s flavor if you have one. I’ll choose a winner randomly from those who enter. Best of luck!

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links See’s Candies Website


Aug
23



See's Black Forest Truffle

The new limited edition See’s flavor has arrived! Yay! I am super excited about this month’s free sample of the See’s Black Forest Truffle. Who doesn’t love chocolate delivered to your doorstep? I digress. I get excited about all candy, but when I heard these were headed my way it made me happy because I love sampling See’s Candies’ products.

The bonbons arrived halfway melted, by no fault of the company, simply because the heat where I am was oppressive that day. I popped them right in the fridge to cool some, which made it hard for me to wait to sample my first one. Also, because of the melting, the bonbons in the photo may not be the most attractive, but I did my best. I’m sure if you got them in store they’d look as impeccable as ever.

Once they were cool and solid enough to handle, I went in for my first taste!

The dark chocolate is rich and smooth with notes of berries and coffee.The richness of the chocolate with it’s full flavors blend into an intense fudgey sweetness that’s crowned with the fresh flavor of black cherries. The cherry flavor is very complex, as it’s tart, sweet, has a wonderful depth to it. It its a nice mix of jam and cordial. It’s lovely. The chocolate’s “red” notes allow for it to blend beautifully with the cherry flavors. The texture is soft and fudgey and incredible luxurious. This is an incredible pieces of chocolate art.

I know I enjoyed the past two Limited Edition flavors, but this one they’re really outdone themselves. I hope they bring one one back as a regular addition to the See’s lines of incredible candies.

CONTEST: I have another a gift certificate from See’s to give away! It’s for one pound of these chocolate, and can be used in their stores or by phone at (800-895-7337). So how do you enter? Please comment on this post by Friday at noon, EST and share your favorite See’s flavor if you have one. I’ll choose a winner randomly from those who enter. Best of luck!

Rating:

Links See’s Candies Website


Jul
21



See's Coffee Walnut Caramel

The newest limited edition flavor from See’s Candies has just been released in stores this past Friday, the 16th! I would have gotten this post out sooner if I had been home to receive my free samples of the new flavor: Coffee Walnut Caramel. I had gone out of town for a long weekend and thankfully the chocolates were waiting for me upon my return! These are not available by phone or online ordering, so if you have a See’s Candy Store nearby, you’re in luck!

These chocolate sound like a tasty mouthful, don’t they?. Coffee, walnuts and caramel? That’s a lot of stuff right there! I opened up my sample box and was greeted by rows of lovely, square, chocolates with beautiful rippled tops from the milk chocolate enrobing. Picking one up, it’s much heavier than I expected, and much taller too. Usually these sort of chocolates are about 1/2 inch tall of so, these are more like 3/4 of an inch. Impressive to say the least. The smell is sweet, creamy and very inviting.

Picking up a piece in my had, the chocolates are well formed. I take a bite and find that the texture is dense, like a thick and chewy fresh fudge. The caramel isn’t watery or flowing but more solid, again, like fresh fudge.

The caramel is wonderful thick and chewy, and not the least bit sticky. it has nice toasted sugar notes with a well rounded buttery taste. the coffee flavor is seamlessly blended in, and you get a good roasted, nutty, coffee taste mixing in with the buttery sweetness.

The walnuts are large chunks sprinkled in the caramel. they are extremely fresh with a nice, meaty chewy to them. They have that buttery, nutty, slightly tannic flavor and it’s awesome. The milk chocolate coating proves a flavor that binds all the elements while adding a nice sweetness to it.

A really awesome and flavorful chocolate bonbon here. These are going to be really popular when I share them with friends.

CONTEST: Ok, I have a gift certificate from See’s to give away! It’s for one pound of these chocolate, and can be used in their stores or by phone at (800-895-7337). So how do you enter? Please comment on this post by Friday at noon, EST and share your favorite See’s flavor if you have one. I’ll choose a winner randomly from those who enter. Best of luck!

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links See’s Candies Website


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