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Mar
19



See's Orange Cream Lollypops

I first heard about the See’s Orange Cream lollypops last year when I saw Cybele’s review of them on candyblog.net from last year. I had made plans with my fiance to run to the nearest See’s store over the weekend to look for these lollypops, when I was thoughtfully sent samples during the week. They somehow read my mind! Thank you See’s!

You can find these Orange Cream lollypops in stores and online. They retail for $5.55, which isn’t a bad price as each package comes with 8 lollypops. They come in a compact little baggie that’s tucked into a decorative sleeve with the candy’s logo and information on it. It’s a nice cheerful orange color.

These lollypops are very similar to all the other lollypops that See’s makes. They’re large and square, and come on a sturdy stick with the the See’s logo printed on it. The orange foil wrapped on there pops are pretty. Once unwrapped the lollypops are a slight beige color.  The smell slightly sweet.

 

See's Orange Cream Lollypops

The flavor is certainly creamy, which is always nice in a lollypop. You can immediately taste the flavors of vanilla and orange in here, and I am reminded of a creamsicle. It’s a I was expecting the flavor to have more intensity, since orange and vanilla are such powerful flavors. It it still very flavorful, but it’s just not a hit in the face like the root beer and cinnamon lollypops were.

I really liked these lollypops. They’re a fun way to have the “creamsicle” flavor without having the cold ice cream part. I also find the flavor very appropriate for Easter, it’s light and reminds me of spring. Due to their substantial size, they’re treats that will last a good long time, so it’s easier to savor it. What could be better on Easter Sunday than savoring a nice treat?

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links See’s Candies Website


Feb
27



Ritter Sport Cornflake

One of the first times I ever heard about a Ritter Sport bar, was in regard to this specific one with the cornflakes added to it. I recall it’s bright yellow package and thinking about how the color matched the hue of cornflakes. I also recall thinking about what an interesting idea it was, to finally use a different type of cereal in a chocolate bar. Now that I think about it, the possibilities are endless. So naturally I’m confused as to why only one with crisped rice and cornflakes exist. I digress. I am excited about finally trying this bar after admiring for so much time.

The cornflakes have been crushed, so they’re not the full cornflake size. I was a bit worried about that, because if they were full size they wouldn’t fit well in the chocolate bar or my mouth. Plus I imagine that could possibly hurt!

The bar is incredibly crispy. Think of it as a Nestle Crunch bar on steroids. It’s not too chunky, but just enough to be addicting and satisfying. The milk chocolate is sweet and creamy. It doesn’t taste too tangy, unlike many European chocolate tend to taste like. Instead it’s just sweet and chocolatey. You don’t really taste the cornflakes at all, just a nice crunchy texture.

I really liked this bar! It’s familiar yet different at the same time. Id certainly go so far as to say this is one of my favorite Ritter Sport bars. The texture contrast of the smooth chocolate and the crispy corn flakes is incredible, and it makes eating this bar all the more fun. I look forward to when I will treat myself to another one.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links Ritter Sport Website

 


Feb
22



Ritter Sport Espresso

I was shopping in Cost Plus World market in November specifically looking for this Ritter Sport Espresso bar. I’m a big fan of Ritter Sport’s offerings, so I was very disappointed when Cost Plus didn’t have it anywhere in the store. Thankfully I found it on a second visit closer to Christmas, where I was doing some last minute shopping. I immediately snatched up three bars, as I anticipated that they were going to be really good. Finally I had my long awaited new Ritter Sport Espresso bar!

The packaging is classic, with the standard square shape that Ritter Sport is known for. The wrapper is a deep brown color, reminiscent of coffee, with a snowflake pattern all over it. It’s accented with a illustration of nice cup of espresso.

I opened the bar with the special “snap and open” method I’ve only seen on Ritter Sport bars. The chocloate smells rich and toasty with notes of caramel and smooth, roasted coffee. It’s an amazing aroma. I easily snap off a piece from the first, four-sectioned row.

The flavor starts out sweet and creamy with the chocolate. Beautiful notes of chocolate and cream, which are both smooth and very deep. The espresso flavor kicks in about halfway, introducing very intense flavors of smooth, roasted, earthy coffee flavors. The mixture of the two is incredibly heavenly.

This bar is amazing. The flavors blend so beautifully with each other while also remaining distinguishable. The texture of the bar is silky smooth to boot. I cannot wait to have this with a cup of coffee, as I imagine it’d be the perfect pairing. This bar is a must for any coffee and chocolate lover. You won’t be disappointed.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links Ritter Sport Website

 


Feb
20



KitKat Pumpkin Cheesecake

I found this bag of Pumpkin Cheesecake Kitkats when I was out doing some shopping in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. There’s a ton of adorable little shops down there, and it’s my “to-go” place for much of my holiday shopping. While there, I came across these Kitkats. I’ve had many a Pumpkin Kitkat in my time, and I’m always game for trying them. I’m such a sucker for pumpkin anything. Despite being somewhat pricey due to the fact they’re imported, I snatched these up and excitedly took them home.

The package on these is so adorable. Halloween is long and gone, but I still can appreciate the rich brown and orange color scheme and the adorable Jack ‘O Lanterns with their happy grins. The one with the heart shaped eyes is especially cute. Inside the main bag there’s a bunch of smaller, individually wrapped two finger bars. A nice serving size as it’s not to big, not too small.

The Kitkat smells sweet and slight cream cheesy. The color is an pale golden yellow.

The flavor is very sweet and cream cheesy at first. It’s very delicate as there’s more white chocolate in there to cut the tang of the cheese. You do get a hint of pumpkin, which, I am happy to report, is more like the plain squash part of pumpkin instead of pumpkin pie. I like the real flavor of pumpkin a lot, so I’m happy this isn’t dragged down with a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg. The result is this nice blend of the flavors described that does taste like a delicate, Japanese cheesecake. It’s awesome!

I am really smitten with these. They’re be a treat I’d buy regularly if it wasn’t for the limited availability and the import price. Still, I am going to enjoy the rest of my bag to the fullest. These are a terrific little afternoon pick me up, and they’re also diving with coffee. I recommend these highly to any fan of pumpkin. Mixed with Kitkat, it’s a match made in heaven!

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links Kitkat Website (Japanese)

 


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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