Out of all the treats from England, the Starbar was the only one I specifically requested. I’d heard tales of how utterly delicious this bar is from other candy blogs on the web, so I’ve been secretly waiting for the day I might stumble across one in a random import New York City deli. Alas, I’ve had little luck with my passive search, so I decided to take the opportunity to ask my boyfriend to please, please search one down for me. Obviously he did not disappoint!
The description of the the Starbar is: “Shot through with peanuts and caramel”. I’m not sure quite what that means but it sounds awesome, doesn’t it?
Out of the wrapper, the bar looks like a giant Twix finger. It’s rounded at the top with flats sides. It smells very malty, milky, sweet, and of mainstream UK chocolate (sweet with a tart, creamy notes).
My first bite is so very thick, soft and chewy. Oh wow. It’s marvelous.
Here’s the breakdown of the construction: the center is a giant log of thick, chewy caramel with bits of peanuts in it. Then the whole this is enrobed in chocolate. Simple and very tasty.
The flavor is similar to peanut brittle. It’s sweet, lots of burnt sugar flavors, peanutty, lightly salt, cocoa and strong dry milk flavors. The milky flavors are very tangy and they’re complimented with notes of malt and vanilla in the aftertaste.
The peanuts are lightly crispy and there aren’t too many in the bar. They’re a good size too, about 1/4 of a full nut. Thankfully they don’t stick to my teeth.
I was so sad once I finished my Starbar, as it was every bit as tasty as I was described. It really lived up to its reputation. I want more, and I hope a return trip to England isn’t the only way to get another.
When I first laid eyes on this, I could hardly contain myself. Black Jack is an aniseed flavored chew bar, and until that moment I didn’t know such a thing existed. I was so excited! I love anise and the thought of it in a taffy just made my little heart skip a beat.
Unwrapping the taffy I was interested to find that it looks like a black/charcoal grey Airhead. It’s also about the same thickness, but the shape is a bit thinner and longer.
The texture is immediately extremely hard and sticky. I refrained from chewing to keep my teeth from being cemented together. Best method for consumption is to suck on it, or cut it.
The difficulty of eating this didn’t keep me from falling in love with it though. The flavor is where this candy sings. The taste is strongly of anise, with it’s licorice, spicy, woodsy, herbal flavors. It’s also, to my surprise, fruity as well. It has note of apple and pear in it. Delicious!
Another downside to this taffy I found out after eating it. It turned my tongue and mouth black. I felt like a giraffe. This was an unexpected side effect, to say the least. I didn’t realize it has happened until my boyfriend started laughing at me when I smiled at him.
Despite Black Jack’s oddities, I really, really liked it. I wish things like this were sold in the US, but a girl can keep dreaming, right?
I first heard of Sucre back when I was still writing for CandyAddict. I was given a sampler of their bonbons to review for the site. Needless to say, I was impressed with their work. Now, fast forward to just a few days ago when I came home from work to find a box of Sucre’s newest offerings waiting for me on my doorstep. Valentine’s Day came early for me this year.
The exquisitely designed turquoise box holds a sampler of their new “For the Love of Chocolate” Valentines Day collection. A set of three different heart bonbons, each easily distinguishable from one another in milk, dark and white chocolate. They’re beautiful to look at; colorful and iridescent. They smell of chocolate, and I was able to find the flavors by looking online: Chic Raspberry, Grand Coeur and Rose.
Red Raspberry (dark chocolate heart filled with raspberry ganache) : A beautiful, deep, sparky maroon color. Gorgeous to look at! It smells deep of dark chocolate with notes of red fruits and coffee. There’s no raspberry scent at all. The first bite is so smooth and rich, with only the top shell, which is very thin, having a bit of a crunch to it. The flavor is luxurious with a subtle, authentic raspberry flavor that’s very jammy. The chocolate is beautifully mild and sweet, complimenting the raspberry favor so well. It’s a delicate, graceful bonbon. The texture is silky, smooth, and it’s lovely.
Heart of Rose (white chocolate heart filled with rose water and island vanilla scented white chocolate ganache) : Smells sweet and of plants; part of it reminds me of vanilla and other like leaves. It’s not perfumey like rose, but I do get “vegetation” in there. The first bite tastes very cheesy, like a sweet brie. I don’t get much in terms of vanilla or rose, but the smooth cheesy flavor is nice. It’s interesting how my taste buds read this combination of flavors. I want to eat this with a baguette.
Grand Coeur (milk chocolate ganache infused with orange and triple sec coated in a dark chocolate) : This one has a beautiful copper/bronze color to it. It smells earthy and rich, with a subtle citrus zest to it which immediately gives it awesome points in my book. The flavor is heavenly. This is the purest, most beautiful pairing of chocolate and orange I’ve had to date. The orange is fresh and zesty, and the triple sec adds that authentic citrus bite and bitterness on the tongue. The chocolate is sweet, creamy and compliments the more tart and bitter qualities of the flavorings. Again the texture is silky smooth and the overall effect is just out of this world. I can’t gush enough about how lovely this is.
These hearts are so wonderful I can’t decide how to eat them: savor their rich flavors slowly or shove hand fulls into my mouth. I feel the instinct to do both as they’re just that delicious. But, in the spirit of the season, I’ve saved 3/4 of the box to share with my sweetheart.
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Galaxy is a bar (or brand) that’s made by Mars over in the UK. I’ve only been seeing them in import markets in the past few years, and only because I’ve started paying attention to such things then. I’ve had the regular bar, which I believe is similar to a Caramello; a milk chocolate bar with a stripe of thick caramel down the center. I got my hands on this limited edition variety as my boyfriend was sweet enough to bring me some treats back from his trip to England.
Packet comes with three “kisses”, which, according to the Brits, look like peaked dominoes. The sides are smooth and one has the decals of mistletoe on them. The smell strongly of caramel, cream and burnt sugar.
Biting into a pieces you immediately hit the caramel, so it’s very well dispersed inside the chocolate. The chocolate is typical Mars variety: sweet, very creamy and a nice chocolatey flavor. The caramel is a good middle texture: not too thick, not too watery, and nice enough to have staying power. It also creates those tantalizing threads when you bite into it.
Together, the caramel and the chocolate create this wonderful symphony of sweetness in your mouth. It’s really a nice, representation in chocolate of what a kiss to your special someone under holiday mistletoe would taste like. Maybe if Galaxy and Milkyway got together…?
It’s HiChew time again! I’ve already gushed in my previous reviews of how much I adore HiChew, so I will spare you that rant again. This version, with it’s wonderful Engrish name, is pineapple flavored. I was just jumping out of my seat when I first started seeing it for sale online this past spring. Thankfully, since then, it’s now in most Asian markets so you can find it pretty easily if you have the mind to.
Firstly, aside from the amusing name, I am really drawn to the packaging of this flavor. It’s much more decorative than the other HiChew packages I’ve seen, and I think the frilly type and imagery works for it. It certainly catches my eye.
Opening the package carefully (so I could save the pretty wrapper!) to find the row of neatly wrapped pieces. They smell faintly sweet, but it’s a soapy sort of smell. I’m a little worried.
The flavor is extremely authentic. The taste is every bit pineapple with it’s sharp juicy notes and that hint of pine-like tartness. This is a little milder and sweeter than the real thing, but come on, it’s candy!
No question about it. I’m in love, and I’m currently working on my stockpile. Hopefully Morinaga will add this to their regular line of flavors.