The last of my free samples from Brach’s is this bag of their new product; Peanut Butter Poppins. I have to admit, I judged a book by it’s cover here. The package is fresh looking, with bright colors and lots of white, but it doesn’t really read as “chocolatey” to me. Which, when offering a chocolate candy, it kinda important in my mind. I want something indulgent, and the packaging should make me feel like I’m making that choice. There is a beautiful illustration of the candy that makes me rethink this, as it does draw you into the treat you’re going to purchase. But, as with most thing, appearances can be deceiving, so the candy has yet to prove itself with my taste buds.
These Peanut Butter Poppins are described as “Creamy Peanut Butter Center Coated in 100% Milk Chocolate”. It sounds very promising, as skimping on the chocolate is always the first thing I am skeptical of when I see a new chocolate candy. But these are legit, which makes me smile as well as let go a sigh of relief. They do, however, skimp on the peanut butter part, as peanuts aren’t the first on the list. What comes first are “Palm Kernel Oil” and “Partially Defatted Peanut Flour”. It’s not the worst situation, but I still felt the need to point that out.
Opening the package you get the wonderful aroma of peanut butter and chocolate. they’re a little larger than chickpeas. They smell sweet, salty and a little nutty.
These are amazing. Thy have a nice sheen to them. The flavor is a mix of the delicious peanut butter and the milk chocolate. These remind me of the flavor of Reese’s Pieces, but with more sweetness because of the addition of mill chocolate. Which makes them way more awesome in my book. The peanut butter is smooth and has a slight grain to it, but it’s wonderfully flavorful and salty.
My boyfriend and I easily polished off the bag. We need more. I can’t being to rave about how tasty and pop-able these are. If you can’t control yourself around peanut butter and chocolate, then I warn you to stay far away because once you taste these, you can’t stop. They’re that amazing.
Links Brach’s Website
There’s a new Snickers on the block! I am unsure about the distribution of these, but I’m starting to see them around in most stores, so chances are they’ll be easy to find. I believe I picked this one up in Target, so that would be a good place to start checking. So what is this new Snickers? And why is it squared?
Well, to start, there’s it extremely bright, eye-catching yellow package. This Snickers also doesn’t have it’s normal caramel stripe, but instead a ribbon of peanut butter. The comes in the squared bit, unlike all the other Snickers (aside from the mini’s, of course) this one isn’t one long bar. It’s broken into two, square candy pieces. They’re easily an inch by inch square. What makes up this bar is a layer of peanut butter, a nougat layer with peanut chunks in it, all enrobed in milk chocolate.
The wrapper encourages you to twist the package closed and “save one for later”. I gave the other square to my boyfriend.
The texture of these are dryer than normal Snickers bars. The caramel added some moisture to the bar, but since here it’s been replaced with the peanut butter, it’s a much sticker candy to eat. It tastes good, it’s a rich peanut butter and chocolate flavor. The peanut butter is smooth, creamy and salty and blends nicely with the chocolate flavor. This bar still has the bits of peanut chunks like a regular Snickers does. It’s a great candy if you’re a peanut butter fan, it’s not as intense as a Reese’s but it’s pretty close.
I’m not sure how much of this bar feels like a regular Snickers since the peanut butter really intensifies this bar. It’s really tasty and I plan on returning to it soon since it’s a fantastic taste. A must try if you’re a peanut butter fan.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Snickers Website
Clark bar is a classic candy bar that hasn’t been as popular as say, Snickers. It’s been around for years, but hasn’t acquired the star status. Currently Clark bar is made by New England Candy Company (NECCO) and comes in milk and dark chocolate varieties. Since Clark bar is kinda hard to find, I felt extremely lucky to find this Clark Dark in a Rite Aid in the Philadelphia area.
So what is a Clark bar? I admit the first time I came across one I didn’t know what it was. Clark bar is similar to a Butterfinger bar: a peanut butter crisp surrounded by chocolate. Yet in my mind, Clark bar is more “natural”. The peanut butter insides of a Clark bar aren’t neon yellow/orange like Butterfinger’s, plus the chocolate is real, unlike the Butterfinger’s mockolate coating. So Clark bar appeals more to me because of this.
Now I know what you’re wondering, how does it taste?
The Clark bar’s bite has a wonderful crispiness to it that’s very pleasing to chew. The chocolate is nice and rich with a sweetness that’s hard for me to declare it as milk to dark chocolate because the peanut butter crisp interior is just so powerful of a flavor. The color of the chocolate is darker, so it fits the description. The peanut butter crisp interior has the really strong flavor of a creamy, salty peanut butter and it matches beautifully with the chocolate. The chocolate, according to the ingredients list, it also the real thing, so all I can say is, as far as I’m concerned, I’d much rather eat a Clark bar than Butterfinger.
Overall, I’m impressed. This was really tasty. If you haven’t ever tried a Clark bar, I’d pick one up if you ever come across one.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Clark Bar Webpage
These chocolate bars were a surprise gift from my boyfriend. He knows all too well my love of sweets, and presented these to me one day after work. Apparently one of his co-workers was selling them as a fundraiser, and since he knew these would be blog fodder for me, he bought me some. What a sweetheart, right?
Wolfgang is a candy company over in York, PA which, unlike many other small candy companies, have been bought out by the larger corporations. It started out as a family business and has stayed that way for almost a century now. Pretty impressive.
Well, all I can say is: on with the tasting!
Milk Chocolate Roasted Almonds: The bar is about a 1/3 inch thick, which is a good thickness in my mind. It smells very sweet, salty and nutty, almost like peanuts because of all the saltiness I detect. I can see hints of the almonds pieces in the back of the bar. The flavor is very sweet and nutty at first. The chocolate is sweet, and a little milky. The almonds deliver a wonderful fresh crunch and a great nutty flavor. It’s yummy, but after one piece I felt like that was enough, as it was very sweet.
Milk Chocolate Caramel: The caramel pieces are thinner and taller than the others. I snapped one off and I saw the caramel start to ooze out of the cavity. Try to think of it as a more watery Caramello. The caramel is extremely buttery and sweet, and combined with the milk chocolate it’s almost too much. something about it tastes metallic, and almost rummy. It’s strange.
Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter: The peanut butter tastes center stage as the flavor here, and as I take my first bite I can’t help but notice that I can hardly taste the chocolate at all. The peanut butter has a nice strong nutty flavor to it, which is balanced with a nice sweet/salty aspect to it. The texture is creamy and a little dry, but it melts beautifully on my tongue and it feels lovely. Peanut butter lovers would adore this one I think.
White Chocolate Peanut Butter: This is real white chocolate, and oddly, I can taste more of this white chocolate with the peanut butter than I could the milk chocolate. Very strange. The peanut butter here is much milder in flavor that the milk chocolate version, but it’s still the same in all other regards. The white chocolate delivers a nice creamy sweet flavors that balances out the nutty flavors and it makes for a very nice balanced taste. I really liked this one.
Dark Chocolate Peppermint: I could immediately smell the peppermint as I opened the wrapper. It’s the same shape and size as the caramel bar, yet I got no oozing when I took a piece off. The peppermint is fresh, and intense, and the sweet dark chocolate really cuts the strength of the peppermint. It’s like an Andes mint, except bigger and in a bar form.
These were pretty tasty! Not all of them appealed to me, but I ate more of them than not. Worth a try if you find someone selling them.
Rating: Might Eat Again
Links Wolfgang Website
Surprise! I’m doing a review today with a giveaway instead of my normal Eye Candy Post. I figured my first bog Giveaway should show up on a special day. Read on how to enter….
Around this time of year candy companies try to do something special for Mother’s Day. “Candy season” pretty much ends with Easter, yet I see more and more companies produce specific sweets for us to give to our Mom’s on her special day. Peanut Butter & Co ( PB&Co for short) sent me some free samples of their “Mom’s Lil’ Box O’ Bonbons” that they too created in honor of this holiday. I’ve had some of PB&Co’s other seasonal treats before and have really enjoyed them, so I was all too happy to take them up on their offer.
The box describes the bonbons as: “Milk Chocolate with a crispy white chocolate peanut butter center”. Sounds promising already! The logo is printed on paper that slips around a sturdy folded white box. I admit, at first I was surprised at the small size of the box, as it weighs in at 2.3 oz and it about the size of half of a VHS tape (does anyone know what those are anymore? Now I feel old…). I reminded myself that it’s “quality not quantity” and realized that this size is a good amount. What Mom wants to be handed a pound of chocolate anyways, seriously? Especially in this day and age when everyone is trying to be healthier to boot. I know for one my Mom would prefer a smaller size, as I’d imagine it’s a less intimidating sort of food gift. I know I’d feel that way.
Each box has eight bonbons in it and I was utterly delighted when I opened the box. The bonbons were neatly nestled inside and were well protected.
The bonbons are beautiful to look at. They’re square, and about the diameter of a quarter. There’s a design of pink spring blossoms printed on the top of each. They feel very fresh and delicate.
The flavor is extremely peanut buttery right away. First you taste the smooth sweetness of the chocolate, then the flavor of the center comes through. It’s very fresh, creamy, nutty, sweet and a little salty. Just like your favorite peanut butter! The texture is awesome too, as it’s very smooth and creamy, yet it’s not dense or oily. There’s also something very crispy in the center too, and I can’t say what exactly is doing that, even though I’ve inspected the bonbon and nibbled at it in hopes of figuring it out. The chocolate coating is not very thick or heavy, so at best you get the chocolate’s sweetness and a little of the flavor. No matter, as the bonbons really are all about the peanut butter.
I really liked these, as a packaged set and in flavor. I think it’s a nice gift as it’s really not too much candy, as each piece clocks in a 50 calories. The flavor of the bonbons is really intense so you don’t feel compelled to eat them all at once. So yes, really yummy! I’d share them with my Mom if she was a big peanut butter lover herself, so I’ll just have to share them with my boyfriend instead.
GIVEAWAY! Peanut Butter & Co was kind enough to give me an extra box to give away to you, my dear readers! Want to win one? Here’s what you need to do:
1. Comment on this post with your favorite peanut butter candy.
2. Please make sure to include your email address, so I have a way of contacting you as the winner. I won’t be sharing it with anyone, pinky swears.
3. You must be a resident of the Unites States. My apologies to all of you elsewhere.
4. Post by 12 noon EST on Sunday, May 2nd.
I will randomly draw a winner that night and email you for your address so I can send your box of bonbons out to you. Thanks and best of luck.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Bonbons on Peanut Butter & Co’s Website