Will Eat Again
I'll eat it buy won't pay for it.
One of the candies I hear people go absolutely ga-ga over is honeycomb (also called “sponge” or “foam”) candy. It’s really a simple confection, and according to this recipe it’s basically sugar and corn syrup boiled together and then foamed up from vinegar and baking soda as it cools. It sounds like one of those science class labs from middle school, pretty neat! It can be harder to find depending on where you live, and if you want in in bar form like Cadbury’s Crunchie here, you have to look for it overseas if you live in the United States like I do.
“Milk chocolate with golden honeycomb center” is how the package describes the Crunchie. Simple and direct, I like it! It’s a very long and thin bar; about 3/4 inch wide and 6 inches long. The chocolate coating is extremely smooth with no enrobing ripples at all. The aroma is very sweet and milky; I’m reminded of how a Milky Way smells. The cross section of the bar is beautiful with its thin chocolate coating revealing the golden honeycomb center that’s dark brown and almost burned in appearance. The honeycomb dissolves away similarly to malt in malt balls when you suck on it. If you’re a chewer like I am, the texture is very light and crunchy shatters cleanly and doesn’t crumble. It’s really nice.
The first bite was very sharp as the honeycomb cleaved with a clean break instantly. The flavor is extremely sweet with a mixture of the milky flavors of the chocolate with the honey notes of the center. I also get a “burnt sugar” flavors from the honeycomb that give this bar an extra bit of depth. I find that I enjoy that aspect of the flavor most. The different sweetness meld together into something that’s thankfully not very overpowering, like one would assume.
To top things off, Crunchie has this awesome train robbery commercial ad campaign. I approve!
Rating: Will Eat Again
Cadbury Crunchy Webpage
Altoids always lived up to their tag line “Curiously Strong” in my book. I remember having my first taste of them in middle school and totally having my mind and taste buds totally blown by how intense they were. The friend who shared them with me told me they were from England, and somehow that made these killer mints feel very exotic to me. I didn’t like them at first, but as I grew older my tolerance for the “curiously strong” flavor increased. The wintergreen flavor soon became my choice mint to carry in my purse.
I noticed these new Dark Chocolate Creme de Menthe Altoids and knew I had to try them. I didn’t try the first generation of chocolate Altoids, so the bright yellow “NEW” on this package prompted me to change my chocolate-less mint status.
I haven’t had the Creme de Menthe Altoid alone, so I can only comment on how it works together with the dark chocolate coating. Firstly, I’m very pleased to see that the coating is real dark chocolate. No fake stuff here, thank you very much. You can taste the richness of it too, it’s very nice. I let the mint sit in my mouth so the chocolate slowly melted away to then reveal the traditional chalky pastille underneath. It was brilliantly sweet and minty and it complimented the coating very well. My only complaint is that it left an odd fruity aftertaste in my mouth, and it didn’t feel particularly “fresh” to me.
Tasty for sure. But I prefer my Altoids to freshen my breath, so I’ll be sticking with my wintergreen standby.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Musk? Musk? What exactly is musk? And why is it a Lifesavers flavor? When I think about the word “musk” things like old houses, grandmas, skunks and deodorant come to mind. Not something edible, and certainly not something tasty. So what does such a candy exist? Is it some sort of cruel joke?
Obviously, I have many questions in regard to these odd Lifesavers from Australia. That was reason enough for me to buy them. I had to taste what “musk” was for myself. Surely, there must be something redeeming about it, otherwise, why bother producing it? Granted, candies like circus peanuts, spice drops, NECCO wafers and spearmint leaves still exist yet no one really seems to eat them. Musk Lifesavers seem to fall outside that mysterious circle, since not only did Wrigley’s manufacture them, but some company imported them as well. I’m now curious to see what the demand for musk is here in the United States.
Opening the roll and taking out my first ring, I notice right away that these are compressed dextrose and not hard candy like traditional Lifesavers are. Interesting. They are pale pink in color, speckles with darker pink spots which is oddly pretty to look at. They smell floral, but that’s all I can get before needing to taste one.
Oh, and how do they taste? The flavor is like how the hand soap from country bed & breakfasts smell. I detect lavender, rose and a sweetness that’s similar to bubblegum. It’s odd at first, but by the time I got to my third one, I started to find them somewhat addicting.
To make sure I wasn’t going crazy, I shared a few with friends who were willing enough to try them. Those who did were pleasantly surprised, and admitted to finding them strange, yet tasty.
The best way to describe it is they must be like black licorice: sort of an acquired taste that you either love of you hate.
Rating: Will Eat Again
These cute little boxes of chocolate are made by the San Francisco Chocolate Factory, so it’s a wonder that I was able to locate them in Chelsea Market in New York City. I was immediately drawn to the design of the boxes, especially since they really played on the idea of the cocoa percentages of the product. I’m not really surprised by this either once I researched the company, since the San Francisco Chocolate Factory does excellent packaging work.
I find myself being much more critical of dark and white chocolates, I decided upon trying the 72% dark, 61% bittersweet and 31% white to see the quality of the chocolate. The boxes are really adorable with each containing 14 little buttons, each about the size of a quarter, of the chocolate in it. It reminds me of a portion-controlled collection of tempering chocolate couverture.
31% White Chocolate: The texture is very thick and slippery from all the fatty cocoa butter, and it’s a real pleasure to let it melt on the tongue. The flavor is very lacking I feel. I applaud the fact that they didn’t dump ten tons of vanilla in it which often happens with white chocolate I find. I get a light cocoa notes from the cocoa butter, a good sweetness which isn’t overpowering (which is another common problem with white chocolate) and has a very large flavor of, well, butter. Overall, it’s just too mild. A good starting white to get an idea of what to expect, but I encourage you to move on to see the difference with the El Rey ICOA bar.
61% Dark Chocolate: It’s nice to see a simple list of ingredients: cacao beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, coya lecithin, vanilla beans. It smells rich, ad very fruity with strong notes of blueberry, mulberry, raisins and blackberry . The flavor is very smooth with high notes of cream, caramel, raisins, molasses, malt and vanilla. They appear immediately and remain constant through the life of the chocolate. The fade in the finish and the aftertaste is clean and lightly chocolatey. I liked it.
72% Dark Chocolate: This smells very sweet with notes of cream, coconut and vanilla. The color is quite dark with blue-brown undertones and it nice to look at. The flavor is slow to come out at first but it’s light and tastes of coffee, almonds and moss. As the flavor grows it gets more notes which is of vanilla, caramel, and coconut along with “starchy” flavors of puffed rice and cereal. The finish is dry and doesn’t really taste of much; it gets more of a cocoa essence and a slight burn in the mouth from the sweetness. I also detect some raisins in there with an aftertaste that is slightly fruity and acidic.
Maybe I’d buy these again. Maybe. Although I’d certainly eat them if given to me.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Sa Francisco Chocolate Factory Website
If that isn’t a gorgeous candy package, I don’t know what is! It was totally on impulse that I grabbed these at the Mitsuwa in Los Angeles. The bright colors called right out to me. Whatever was inside, no matter how potentially nasty, had to be mine.
Thankfully, just as the package’s design suggests, these are watermelon flavored gummis. It’s nice that I can read the Japanese to know this, but I also appreciate the package’s intuitive design to bridge the language barrier and let anyone know what to expect from this candy.
The gummis are so adorable. Really, I had to sit there and just coo at them because they’re so cute. The gummis come in two colors, red and yellow. Each have a wonderful wedge shape to them and a green rind. They smell fresh and fruity and the texture is nice and firm.
Red: Color aside, this one is watermelon flavored. It’s very juicy tasting with notes of melon and peach (where I think most of the “artificial” aspect of candy melon flavors come from). It’s pleasant, kinda perfumey and very, very tasty.
Yellow: This one is much more tart and apple-like in flavor as opposed to the red ones. These taste more authentic because of the strong apple presence, but conversely less like a melon. I prefer this one over the red.
I think watermelon works as a great flavor for gummi candy and I can’t help but wonder why there isn’t more non sour varieties like this available. Just goes to show that sometimes you can judge a candy by its packaging.
Rating: Will Eat Again