The first of the Halloween candies! It seems that each year finding new, original Halloween candy just gets harder and harder to come across. So far, this year candy hunt has felt a bit easier than past years. Yes, I did see many repeats from years past, and like old friends I am happy to see them again. I’m happy when a seasonal candy is successful. Which, leads me to today’s gem of a find, as I squealed out loud when I saw it in its display: The Cadbury Scream Egg!
It seems Cadbury has finally solved the issue of the CCE only being available at Easter. We now have a Halloween variety, with a very clever name to match! The wrapper sports a black, green and purple color scheme, and it feels very festive. The Cadbury Bunny was shown on the display wearing a wizard’s hat. I will certainly scream at the cuteness!
I unwrap the foil on the CSE, and it looks the same as the CCE. It has the same outer rings on the edges and the star etched into the middle. It smells the same as a CCE. It’s sweet with an intense dry milk dairy scent to it. So familiar and so awesome.
The flavor is just as I remember it. The chocolate is smooth and sweet with the same dairy notes to it as the aroma. It’s creamy with a slight yogurt tang. The nougat cream center is thick and very sweet. The “yolk” is green. Clever! The flavor of it is, sweet of course, with very slight flavors of vanilla and a hint of coconut in there. The texture is slightly grainy and yet so smooth. It’s just a good as the regular CCE from Easter.
So here you go CCE fans! Finally you can get your CCEs during another time of the year. As for myself, I am very happy about it. Now I wait 6 months instead of a year for my fix. I hope you all are as excited about this as I am, as it feels that if any other holiday would make room for a CCE, it would be Halloween.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Cadbury Website
I got this small package of Starburst Tongue Tangles from my sister who thoughtfully gave it to me when she returned from a trip to Scotland. I am always excited to try foreign candies, especially ones that have a foundation here in the United States. It’s interesting for me to see how candies translate for a different country. So you may understand my excitement for this candy and the thoughtfulness behind it.
At first I thought these Starburst were going to be chews like the normal Starbursts here. I found out otherwise when I opened them. The texture is like a chewy Gushers fruit snack. The outside appears to be hard and molded, but its chewy and soft and there’s a flavored liquid center inside.
Banana and Mango: Sweet banana exterior is mild and starchy flavored. It’s thankfully does not too much like perfume. The mango center is bright, fresh, and full of tropical flavor. It’s much more intense than the banana exterior and they blend nicely.
Blueberry and Lemon: Blueberry is perfumey and berry tasting. The lemon center is extremely tart and artificial. It’s too sour with an odd metallic flavor to it. I was very disappointed.
Apricot and Cherry: Apricot is sweet and perfumey. It tastes sweeter than peaches, with more of a fruity flavor than a perfume one. The cherry is very tart and tastes more tropical than jammy to me. It’s tart and sweet yet lack a cherry essence.
Out of all the flavors my favorite is the Banana and Mango.
I found two of the three flavors in this mix a little too artificial for me, so I am sorry to say that I didn’t like this mix very much. I think the Starburst gummies we get out here are a better version of this. Still, if you’re really into Starburst and have the opportunity to try these. I do recommend that you give them a go yourself.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Starburst UK Website
This chocolate bar is a gift from my sister upon returning from a trip to Scotland. She knows that anything unique catches my eye, and that’s what prompted her thoughtful gift of this Rococo “Orange & Geranium” chocolate bar.
For a chocolate bar, it’s beautifully packaged. A orange wrapper with geometric shapes and a blue and white logo with hand written ink script in indigo ink. Has a very exotic and antique feel to it.
The bar is a minimum 65% dark chocolate, which is stated on the back of the wrapper by the ingredients. So really it lies in my favorite chocolate % (I prefer the 50% to 70% range). The wrapper has a long paragraph on it that explains the artistic nature of the chocolate bar. I was going to wait to read it so I could paraphrase it for you all here, but then I decided I didn’t care much for what they said, so I doubt you would too. Lets just say they put a lot of thought into the flavors of this bar.
Opening the bar the chocolate has a wonderful red/brown color to it and a pretty sheen. The aroma is extremely powerful with strong hints of spices and flowers. It’s intense and reminds me of a perfume shop.
The flavor is…sadly just as strange as it smells. It’s overwhelmingly soapy with flavors I can’t really describe but I know they’re flowery and strong. I don’t taste any orange at all in here, just this odd, odd taste.
I couldn’t take more than a bite of it since the flavor is just too much like soap. I couldn’t bear it. The additions to the chocolate just overpowered the flavors so much that it really ruined it for me. I hope to try some of their other flavor varieties sometime so my opinion is tainted by this one bar.
Links Rococo Chocolate’s Website
Looks like Terry’s Chocolate Orange is no longer a Christmas season item! I’ve seen them in regular packaging for the rest of the year, but this is the first time I’ve seen them in packaging decorated for another holiday. Which, they did a really good job on, it captures the feel of Easter nicely with its colorful package and design to make the chocolate orange look like a decorated Easter egg.
The orange once out of the package is a regular chocolate orange though. No oblong egg shape for this one! I was a little perplexed by this at first, but then I realized it was just a candy re-packaged to look festive, like the Easter Reese’s and Kitkats.
If you ever had a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, you’ll know what to expect. First comes the pleasure of whacking the orange so the pieces separate. The the fun of eating it! It tastes the same to all the milk chocolate oranges I’ve had. The chocolate has that nice dairy twinge to it and is very sweet. The melt on the chocolate is extremely rich and smooth. The orange notes compliment the chocolate beautifully, which is what make Terry Oranges so addicting.
A nice addition to any chocolate lover’s Easter basket.
Rating: Will Eat Again
In my family, a Terry’s Chocolate Orange is a traditional Christmas treat. They’re a perfect stocking stuffer and me and my sisters and I always enjoyed opening on by whacking it hard on the coffee table and enjoying it with coffee as we spent Christmas morning with our family. Over the years it seems that Terry’s Chocolate Orange was hard to find at points, as I recall a few years where we went without them. I’ve seeing them resurface in recent times and I always feel the impulse to purchase them when I see them now. That is why this new variety of Terry’s Chocolate Orange, the Toffee Crunch, caught my eye when I saw it at my local Target.
One of the things that makes a Terry’s Orange so much fun is the fact that they’re interactive. You have to “whack and unwrap” them, because the segments are fused together by a chocolate center. You need to whack them loose in order to eat them. It’s pretty fun! So I whack the Toffee Crunch orange and start to work on the wrapper.
Once unwrapped, the orange smells surprisingly…like orange. I was expecting more toffee here, hence the name, but I guess I’m mistaken. Then popping a slice into my mouth, the orange flavor soon transformed into a creamy toffee flavor. The toffee flavor is very buttery with a nice toasted caramel flavor and blends beautifully with the creamy chocolate. There’s also a texture element at play here, as there’s bits of toffee mixed into the chocolate that provide a crunchy stickiness. It’s really delightful, as it’s not as cumbersome as a Heath or Skor bars where the toffee is ample enough to cement your teeth together.
This is a tasty remix of a classic. I really enjoyed it, and this is a good addition to any holiday tradition.
Rating: Will Eat Again