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Sep
22



Chinese Hershey Bars with Green Tea Filling

This is a very unique candy bar, in case you couldn’t already tell from the image. It’s a Hershey’s chocolate bar from China filled with a green tea creamy center. Since I do not read Chinese, I was confused as to what this bar was at first. The image on the front shows a green filling in the center and some green leaves. They’re meant to be tea leaves but I think they could be easily mistaken for mint leaves I think.

The format of the bar is made of of six filled sections, each rectangular and molded with the Hershey’s name on top. Appearance wise, it look likes all the other filled Hershey’s bars you can get here in the United States. The bar smells terribly sweet and milky, more so than other Hershey bars from what I can recall. The whole bar is very soft and easily breakes apart. The green tea filling looks creamy and has a good, pale green color. Anything brighter would have looked too artificial.

The flavor is really nice. Surprisingly the chocolate flavor, or it’s sweetness, doesn’t overpower the tea. The tea tastes grassy and sweet. It definitely tastes like green tea from China, as it lacks the intensity and bitterness of Japanese matcha. The chocolate appears as a flavor toward the end and has good notes of milk and sugar. The texture is smooth and creamy without being greasy.

This bar is impressive in it’s zen like balance of textures and flavors; everything is working in harmony. Why doesn’t Hershey’s execute this bar for us in the United States? Please?

Rating: Will Buy Again

Will Buy Again


Sep
19



Bit-O-Honey Package

I honestly can’t remember when I first had Bit-O-Honey. Or where I first saw of them or where I first heard of them. It was as if “Bam!” one day I saw them and due to the “unfamiliarity default”, I bought them to try. I believe part of the reason I finally noticed them was the fact that I’d recently discovered one of my favorite bars, Big Hunk, and Bit-O-Honey seemed like it’d be something similar. 

Bit-O-Honey is described as a honey flavored taffy with bits of almonds blended in. From what I’ve seen, you can either find them in bar form or in bite sized pieces like I have shown here. I prefer getting the bag simply because it allows me to get more of a good thing. But in the end, it’s the flavor that matters and not how it’s packaged. Bit-O-Honey has quite a bit of history behind it as well, as it first hit shelves in 1924 and was eventually acquired by Nestle in the 1980s. It looks like Nestle was eager to include this enduring classic into its repertoire.

 

Bit-O-Honey

Smells sweet and lightly of nuts. The texture is sooooo nice. It’s dense and firm, yet is easily bitten into. The chew takes some working in the mouth but it never is a threat to your teeth and/or fillings. I’d like to think of it as a Starburst on steriods. And the flavor? Sweet, creamy with a smooth flavor of honey and almonds. It’s not intense like the flavor of marzipan, it’s much milder and reminds me more of a nougat in a Zero bar. Just enough flavor to compliment the sweetness and texture. I don’t really feel the almonds in the texture of the bar, but I prefer it that way. I hate getting nuts caught in my teeth.

I love these. They may not push Big Hunk from my favorite nougat/taffy bar, but they come in a close second. I’ll have have room for these in my stash.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links:
Bit-O-Honey on Nestle’s Website

 


Sep
18



Ashers Chocolates

Some great chocolates you seek out on your own and others are thrust upon you as gifts. That was the case with these adorable bonbons from Asher’s Chocolates. I enjoy seeking out chocolates on my own since I know what my tastes are and how I feel like catering to them. Yet, it’s always so nice to try something new thanks to the thoughtfulness from a special someone. Not only is the surprise nice, but I also don’t admit to knowing everything out there in the great wide chocolate world. I do need to rely on other’s experiences and recommendations from time to time.

Asher’s is a chocolate company based in Philadelphia where they rose from humble beginnings back before the turn of the 20th century. Their story is similar to that of See’s Candies, a family run business that prided itself in making excellent confections. Asher’s is actually the oldest family owned candy making company in the Unites States and are being run by the fourth generation at the moment. It’s great to see a family so interested in their sweet traditions.

I was given a sampler pack of their milk and dark bonbons:

Mint: The dark chocolate is nice and rich and thankfully not too sweet. The mint has a nice freshness without being overpowering, which is a lot of my problem with minty and chocolate combinations. The texture of the ganache is smooth, creamy and just heavenly.

Peanut Butter Cup: The peanut butter is creamier, richer, and sweeter than the crumbly, dry standard of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. The milk chocolate is very smooth and sweet. Paired with the nutty, slightly salty peanut butter it makes one addictive little treat.

Coconut:Very sweet. The coconut is moist with a good dense, chewy texture. The full coconut flakes are still intact and I love chewing them. I consider this to be a more decadent version of a Mounds bar.

Peanut Butter Bonbon: Like the cup version but since the size ratios are different, it comes off as denser, sweeter, richer…Yum!

Blood Orange: Dark choc orange. orange jelly on the inside, can taste the fresh orange oil, flavors balanced well so neither overpower the other.

Marshmallow: Very, very mellow in flavor. The marshmallow is fresh and tastes lightly vanilla. The chocolate delivers most of the flavor and it’s very creamy and sweet.

These were certainly a step above of the other chocolate confections of this type, and the best of this kind I’ve had in a long time. Freshness was a big contributor, but I also feel the quality flavors and chocolate played a big part too. I look forward to visiting their retail store someday to try what other delights Asher’s has to offer.

Rating: WIll Buy Again (Even though I didn’t buy it the first time, haha)

 

Will Buy Again

Links:
Asher’s Chocolates Website

 


Sep
12



Twizzlers Fire Package

I’m not a fan of “hot” candies, nor am I a fan of Twizzlers. So by all logic, I should have avoided this new variety of Twizzlers at all costs. Yet, I found myself intrigued by them. No, I can’t explain it, but something about them called to me like the sirens from the shelf. I was helpless and could only comply to their evil candy wishes.

You can smell their spiciness right away which is a very sweet, warm, cinnamon aroma. I’m reminded of red hots or atomic fireballs. The Twizzlers are the pull ‘n peel variety, meaning they’re not the standard ribbed licorice tube, but instead a rope of twisted laces of licorice. The color is very dark, a deep crimson. It’s also extremely soft and pliable, I was expecting them to have a more plastic like consistency.

 

Twizzlers Fire

Peeling off the first strand was quite fun as these beauties really prefer to remain stuck together. I popped a piece in my mouth and to my surprise, I liked it.  And this comes from a gal who hates “hot” candies, so please understand the magic that is happening here. The cinnamon flavor is vivid and strong, but it’s just enough to register as “hot” but decides to play nice and instead of burning your mouth out, it levels off with a subtle sweetness. The texture is the best part, it’s wonderfully soft and chewy, but not sticky. I found myself pulling and peeling another lace off the rope before I realized what I was doing.

The bag of these won’t last long, I assure you. The biggest surprise of all, I found a Twizzler product I actually like. Hershey’s finally found a way to take my main complaint of Twizzler’s typical “lack of intense” flavor to work in it’s favor. And that’s what Twizzler’s Fire does. Yum!

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links:
Twizzler’s Webpage

 

 


Sep
08



Sour Punch Straws Strawberry Package

I first became familiar with Sour Punch Straws during my freshman year of college. My roommate was intent on searching them down and hoarding them for special care packages she’d send to her friends at home. It was during this time that I tasted them for the first time and now whenever I have them, I am overcome with an extreme sense of nostalgia. 

The packaging is very approachable with bright colors and puckering smiley faces on them. It feels very comical to me, as the expressions are of pleasure yet there’s electric bolts shooting from their mouths. It makes me very optimistic about the sourness of the straws, to say the least.

 

Sour Punch Straws Strawberry

Sour Punch Straws come in many flavors, but I figured the tastiest one to start with would be the Strikin’ Strawberry flavor. They come nicely packed in a tray that pulls out easily from the wrapper. The straws are long, about 6 inches and about 1/4 inch diameter, and are very brightly colored with a sanding of granular sugar. The smell of the straws is tart and fake, and reminds me more of “cherry” then “strawberry”

The sandy sugar coating is the sour part, but I wouldn’t call it “punchy”. Instead, it’s a nice “sassy” sour, noticeable and certainly the starring trait of this candy, but not anything over the top. The chew is dense as I’m reminded of a good red licorice stick. As for the strawberry flavor, it’s not really. It tastes more “red” than anything, with strong artificial flavor and little indication of any specific fruit.

I like how these are flavorful yet don’t burn my mouth out like really intense sour candy tends to. My interest is piqued and I’m eager to check out the other Sour Punch Straw flavor offerings.

Rating:Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links:
Sour Punch Website


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