See’s Candies is up to something new!From now until October, they’re releasing limited edition flavors of their chocolates in stores for purchase. These flavors are test runs to be added into See’s seasonal and permanent lines of chocolates. How sweet it that? It frustrates me that I’m no where near a See’s store to be able to see this promotion in action. Thankfully, I’ll be getting free samples of these chocolates thanks to See’s, and I’m pleased to give you a review of their first flavor: Dark Hazelnut Cream.
This flavor was described to me as “roasted hazelnut butter with cream and milk chocolate” and it sounds pretty good! I’m curious as to where the “dark” in the name comes from, though. It is covered in dark chocolate and the milk chocolate mentioned is blended in the middle? Is it dark because they use roasted nuts? It’s unclear to me.
The chocolate is very pretty with a nice square shape, about 3/4 inch tall and an inch in length and width. It smells sweet, chocolatey with a hint of coconut. The enrobing is beautifully done and the chocolate is well covered.
My first bite was a cit of surprise. I was expecting this to be soft with a fluffy cream center, but it is not that at all! The dark hazelnut creme is hardy and grainy, like a fudge. Once chewed, it becomes smooth and creamy on your tongue. And the flavor? it’s lovely, the milk chocolate surrounding the center is rich and creamy. The hazelnut center tastes just like you’d imagine, a really rich, way more flavorful version of Nutella (which is really called gianduja). Because of the texture, I find it allows me to eat and savor it more slowly, which I like. It goes beautifully with a cup of coffee.
So if I was in a See’s store picking out an assorted box, I’d certainly choose this one to add to it. I don’t believe See’s has a flavor like this in their current line up, and it’s really a classic combination. Worth seeking out, especially if you’re a fan of Nutella.
Rating: Will Buy Again
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Since I had the amazing luck to find myself in a See’s store, I couldn’t help but buy as many of their items as I could. I knew they carried bars along with their lollipops and boxes, but I had never laid my eyes upon the Awesome Walnut Square Bar until then. Pleased to know there was more single-serve bars for me to purchase (I already had it out for the Awesome Nut & Chew and the Awesome Peanut Brittle bars), I tossed a few into my shopping cart. I didn’t know when I’d see them in a store again, and I didn’t want to take any chances.
The bar itself is a square, unlike most standard candy bars that are usually rectangular. I think Walnut Square and Chunky should go out on a date.
Unwrapped the bar is beautiful, with the glossy chocolate coating slightly rippled like wind-blown sand. I tried to break off a piece for a photo only to find that’s it’s very pliable and dense. Smells very sweet and of the chocolate coating.
The texture is very thick and dense, like a slab of ultra chewy caramel, which is mainly what this is made up of. You taste the caramel right away: mild and buttery with a touch of salt. It’s so good that you hardly notice the chocolate at all. Then there’s the walnuts which are really the star of this bar (hence the name!). The chucks are a good size, and you taste their nutty and sweet flavors immediately. The chewy caramel paired with the soft but slightly crunchy nuts gives an incredible textural sensation and chew in the mouth.
Even though this is a combination I don’t really crave or specifically look for, I really enjoyed it. It’s a nice quality unique piece of candy. If you’re a walnut lover, you need to get your hands on this.
Rating: Will Eat Again
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Even on the East Coast, I have heard tales of the wonder and delight about the See’s Awesome Nut & Chew Bar. My friends out west all rave about it and I never understood what the fuss was about since I’d hadn’t eaten one before. It wasn’t until I read Cybele’s review of the bar that I specifically began to crave it. My love of chocolate and good nougat just called to me in this bar, yet I dawdled in purchasing myself some. It was only this past summer where I located them in a See’s store and bought a bunch to compensate.
The bar’s wrapper describes it as “chewy nougat with almonds and honey covered in dark chocolate”. I love the look of this bar, or should I saw the wrapper. The red is pleasing to look at, and the yellow lettering has a classic feel to it. The little bee is a whimsy element, and reminds me that I’m in for a real treat.
Unwrapped the bar is lovely. Long and slender with the dark chocolate looking glossy and flawless. The dark chocolate is perfect for this bar, and I’m glad they didn’t decide to use a milk chocolate. It smells lightly sweet with nice notes of cinnamon, coconut, coffee, and cocoa.
The nougat is immediately impressive as you can really taste the honey in it. The almonds are crunchy and fresh. The bar’s texture is a nice chew that’s not flimsy, yet still soft so it’s satisfying. You can tell the ingredients are pure, simple and combined to make something really out of this world. I know it’s a short description, but it’s accurate since the flavors are very straightforward and clean cut. It’s simply something I suggest you to experience yourself.
I was able to by more of these back in December and everyone I shared them with were immediately addicted. Just a warning.
You have to be pretty darned confident to name a candy bar with “awesome” in it. This bar lives up to it’s name. It’s so good. It’s a good thing I don’t live in California otherwise I’d be eating these all day.
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Another popular item in See’s line of Awesome candy bars is the Awesome Peanut Brittle Bar. I know See’s really pride themselves on their peanut brittle, among many of their other items like the Scotchmallow and the Bordeaux, so I was interested to see how it tasted when covered in chocolate. Better, of course! Wouldn’t everything taste better coated in chocolate? I digress…
Firstly, I like the size and price of these. They weigh in at about an ounce and cost as much as a Snickers bar or a packet of M&Ms. The premise of the bar is simple, you get a small bit of the brittle covered in chocolate to enjoy by yourself. Granted, it’s so good I’d understand if you’d want to buy their large box of the brittle, but large boxes mean sharing or immediate death in my book, so I like my modest portions to be handed to me ready to consume.
It took some work, but I was able to break it in half with a hard snap. You know, for the photo! You can already see the huge peanuts that are in the brittle. It smells sweet, nutty and a touch salty.
The texture is extremely crunchy, and it’s, well…..awesome. The brittle is perfect in that regard. Not too soft, and it’s not too hard either, so it’s safe for your teeth! I appreciate that.
The flavor is a great mix: immediately buttery and sweet. A burst of salt then smacks you which is then alleviated buy the peanuts and eased out with the sweet milk chocolate. So good.
This won’t take first place as my favorite bar in the Awesome line, which is reserved for the Nut & Chew bar, but it’s still a strong contender. Anyone who’s crazy for brittle needs to be sent a case for their next birthday.
Rating: Will Buy Again
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The See’s Scotchmallow is infamous in the candy world. For the longest time I didn’t understand why, mainly because I hadn’t ever had one. I did wonder how something so simple and unassuming could be so mind-blowing. It wasn’t until this past summer that I finally had a chance to have my taste bugs exploded into space by one. I went up to the bonbon counter in the See’s store and bought a few to take home with me. I wish I had the foresight to get more.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, a Scotchmallow is a bonbon (it also comes in bar form, but I’ve never seen it) that has a honey marshmallow on top of a round of thick, creamy caramel. The whole thing is then enrobed in semi-sweet Guittard chocolate. Are you drooling yet?
The Scotchmallow I got is round and almost an inch tall and about 1 1/2 inches across. So it’s not tiny by any means. It’s also lighter than it looks, which I can credit to the fresh fluffy marshmallow inside.
Let’s just say this is a bite of heaven. The chew is substantial, since the caramel is so soft and thick, so this little bonbon packs quite a punch. The dark chocolate is flavorful and holds its own against the marshmallow and caramel, and does a nice, neat job of holding it all together. The caramel is awesome: thick, chewy, and soft with strong burnt sugar notes and a subtle saltiness. The marshmallow is fresh and spongy, with a subtle sweetness. Ambrosia.
There also seems to be many ways in which you can eat a Scotchmallow. You can pop the whole thing in your mouth in one go, nibble off the chocolate bit by bit, eat a hole and suck the marshmallow out first, etc. etc. I was recommended by a friend to work it so that the marshmallow is the last part you eat, so you can really taste the honey. It’s impressive that was and you so can taste the wonderful, subtle flavors in the fresh marshmallow.
You have no lived until you’ve tried one of these. If you haven’t, I suggest rectifying that right away, you won’t regret it.
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