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Caramel

May
30



Snickers 3X Chocolate

I found this Snickers 3X Chocolate in a local CVS in Eagle Rock on lunch break from work one day. My eyes were attracted to it immediately as I don’t seem to find Snickers limited editions much anymore. I completely zeroed in on the bright blue wrapper and the giant “3X” on it.

So how is this Snickers 3 times the chocolate? Well the package says it’s “Milk Chocolate, chocolate flavored nougat, chocolate caramel and peanuts”. Guess that is 3 whole chocolate elements in there.

This really smells intensely of chocolate with only a hint of peanuts at the end. My first bite was indeed a mouthful. At first it reminded me of brownies, then the flavor transforms once you hit the peanuts. They add a nutty saltiness to it which really levels out the chocolate’s sweetness. The chocolate caramel is surprisingly absent, s I don’t taste any of it at all. heck I don’t even see it when I take a bite. There’s no beautiful ribbon of caramel. So odd. The flavor pretty much is the same as a normal Snickers to me, it’s just that initial moment of the bite that tastes like brownies. That’s all that tasted different to me, really.

As far as Snicker’s bars go, this is n’t bad. I just didn’t find it tasting that differently from a normal Snickers. I’m more of a 3 Musketeers or a Milky Way girl, so as far as Snickers bars go, they just don’t excite me that much. Maybe more seasoned Snickers fans can taste the difference in the 3X Chocolate. But for me, it wasn’t anything new.

Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again


Links Snicker’s Website

 


May
23



Au Beurre Sale Caramels Box

My sister and I both love food shopping of any sort, so it’s often that she’ll find a new store or specialty boutique where she’ll stumble across some new and/or interesting candy for me to try. So it was her who found these pretty Au Beurre Sale Caramels on one of her culinary scouting trips. The French on the package reads “fabrique en Bretagne” which I think means “made in Brittany”. Regardless, there’s a foreign, salted caramel in front of me, and I need to tell you how it tastes. 

The package is a small flimsy wooden strip box. It has the stylized image of a large woman in front of a church that reads “1907” above the door and a strange, multi colored rock next to her. I wish I understood what it meant. The French women and rocks must go to Church? The top reads “et a la fluer de sel de guerande”, which is “and the flower of salt guerande”. Thanks Google translate!

I also had a fellow reader write in with more details on this candy, she writes: “These caramels are indeed French. They’re from Brittany (la Bretagne), a region of France. Britain is “La Grande Bretagne.” The rock is a menhir, or an upright stone that dates to pre-history. They are found throughout the region. The lady is wearing traditional Breton dress, including the tall bigoudène headdress. The church refers to the Pardons, a series of religious folk festivals that take place in the region. People wear traditional costumes for these processions.” Thank you so much Molly!

The caramels inside the box are about the size of two tootsie rolls, each a wonderful rich rusty color and wrapped in clear plastic wrappers. The caramels smell extremely buttery and sweet, with slight burnt notes to it.

The caramel’s chew is thick, sticky and dense. It reminds me more of fudge than it does caramel. The flavor is sweet and extremely buttery. You can really taste the rich dairy flavors in here. There’s sweetness paired with a lovely salty edge to it, so the flavor is more balanced that sickenly sweet. The salt is blended beautifully in, so there’s no crystals to feel as you munch down.

Magnifique! C’est parfait! Délicieux! These caramels were amazing! Now I wish I knew where my sister got these so I could get some more. Or at least got more in the box.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


May
16



Villars Swiss Milk Chocolate

Villars is a chocolate brand that I see around infrequently, yet I’d never bought it to try some before. I always recognized the packaging right away, and I can’t say exactly why, but I always ended up grabbing another chocolate bar instead. So when I saw these the other day in Cost Plus World Market, I figured it was finally time to give these chocolate a try.

I really like the packaging on these, as they’re very whimsical and pretty. They have a nice logo design, and the image of the pastoral Swiss countryside is very cute. It reminds me of the “Snow White” chocolate hazelnut Lindt bar wrapper. There’s something very classic about it.

The first bar I picked up is the “Chocolate au Lait Suisse”. Unwrapping the bar from its foil covering, you can see it’s sectioned off into two pieces wide and six deep. The design of the bar is very pretty, as each section has a flower relief on it. The chocolate is a nice light brown and is blended well. The back of the chocolate has no dents, bubbles or rippling.

The texture of the chocolate is grainty at first, then becomes incredible rich and smooth in the mouth.

The flavor is very European. The taste starts off sweet, then a blossom of chocolate and milky flavor takes over your taste buds. You have rich choocolate flavor complimented with that “dry milk” dairy flavor. It’s also very sweet, and I preferred to eat this chocolate with a cup of black coffee to cut the sweetness a bit.

Very good and very tasty.

Villars Swiss Milk Chocolate Caramel

The second bar I bought is the “Swiss Milk Chocolate with Caramel Chips”. This chocolate bar is set up the same way as the normal Swiss Milk flavor. The exception here is that there’s caramel chips in here. The bar design is the same, we have a beautful flower relief on each section. The chocolate is darker than the plain milk chocolate, and you can see the speckles of the caramel chips in the chocolate.

The flavor is a tad different. This milk chocolate is darker than the other, with less of a “dry milk” flavor. Instead you get the flavor of the caramel chips, which are sweet and buttery. The deliver a crisp crunchiness to the chocolate, which makes the texture experience quite different from a normal chocolate bar. Surprisinly this bar is less sweet than the plain milk. It has more going on in terms of flavor and texture, so it feels more complex.

I was impressed with both of these chocolate bars. They seem simple and unassuming, but they are some very nice Swiss chocolate, especially if you’re into that European milk chocolate flavor. I really enjoyed this chocolate with coffee, as the flavors paired up really well. I can see this chocolate pairing up with lots of things, since good chocolate is so versatile like that. I am glad I finally gave Villars a try.

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again


Links Villars’ Website (French)


May
09



Black Cow

Today is my last review from from OldTimeCandy.com’s samples. It’s Black Cow®! I chose this candy because I had no idea what this candy was other than it was indeed a retro “classic” candy that recently made a comeback. I haven’t seen it in stores anywhere myself, so I figured it was my change to give this classic a try.

Firstly, I love the wrapper on this bar. The brown and yellow color scheme is very stylish and appealing, yet evokes an “old time” feel. It’s a flat, pliable candy, even in the wrapper. I immediately compared it to Big Hunk, Abba Zabba and the Turkish Taffy candies right away because of it. The all seem to belong to the same “family” of styles. What I find interesting about Black Cow® is that it says it’s “chocolate caramel” and not “taffy”. Sadly this bar is not real chocolate either, as there’s no cocoa butter on the ingredients list.

Opening the wrapper, the candy smells like brownie batter. We’re off to a good start! It’s chocolate colored and have a nice gloss to it. The flavor is very sweet and sure enough, I do get notes of chocolate and buttery caramel in there. I do taste the butter very strongly, and it does compliment the chocolate flavors well. The chew is dense and sticky, yet it doesn’t stick to your teeth. This really is brownie batter in taffy from wow!

Now I am sad with myself for requesting only one sample! I was floored I wasn’t expecting Black Cow® to be so good! It just goes to show you never know what a candy is like until you try it.

Rating: Hoard

 

Hoard


Links The Warrell Corporation


Feb
13



Russell Stover Sampler

Since I am conducting a test of the boxed chocolates you can get at your local store, today I am doing the small Russell Stover sampler. I am curious to see if differs from the Whitman’s Sampler at all, since they are made by the same manufacturer.

This box is a small same sized box as the Whitman’s sampler. This one has the design of a rose cluster on the cover. Again, beautiful and simple. No cute animals for me!

Opening the box, this one also has three pieces of chocolate. The shapes are different and they smell sweet with a hint of coconut.

The first piece, is a square covered with milk chocolate. The bite is dense, and inside it’s a smooth, thick, chewy caramel. The Whitman’s caramel was softer and less dense than this one. This one is robust and chewy, but also not sticky. The flavor is a nice mix of the sweet chocolate and the very buttery caramel. A nice combination.

The second piece s oblong and ark chocolate. It smells sweet with an accent of coffee. I take a bite and inside is a fluffy, rich, fudge center. Again I am reminded of the Whitman’s sampler, as these on takes oddly familiar even though this one is enrobed in a different chocolate. This one tastes like a chocolate chip chocolate ice cream. Sweet, creamy, with a nice dark chocolate flavor.

The third chocolate is cup shaped. very much like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup mini. The top has a texture to it to suggest there’s something crispy in this one. It smells powerfully of coconut. Sure enough, my first bite reveals a delicious solid with chocolate filled with coconut flakes. It’s very flavorful, the texture has a nice play of chewy and smooth. Very delicious.

I also want to mention that these are a little nostalgic for me, as I recall my Mom buying these for my and my sisters when we were littler. So there’s my review of the two most common boxed chocolate varieties from your local drugstore. They’re both slightly different while remaining somewhat the same, which is a terrible conclusion since it’s somewhat confusing. My point is, you really can’t go wrong with either the Russell Stover or the Whitman’s sampler as they were both delicious. Besides, it’s Valentine’s Day, it’s the thought that counts!


Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links Russell Stover Website

 


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