Will Eat Again
I'll eat it buy won't pay for it.
Onto the second of my 5 Gum reviews, today is 5 Cobalt. Out of all the different 5 Gums that I collected for this series of reviews, Cobalt was the only one that I was able to guess the flavor just by reading the name. I like the theme of having these “cool” names for the gum instead of just announcing the flavors, even if it does make it a little confusing at times.
Cobalt is a really great name for a gum. It sounds bold and powerful, as well as evoking a deep blue minty color. The fact that the majority of the package is black also enhances this effect. The foil on the wrappers is an intense cerulean blue, and it’s really pretty. This gum just exudes the feeling of being refreshed. I take a whiff and it smells like an interesting mix of spearmint and wintergreen.
The gum itself is a intense blue color and it’s a lot more saturated than I would have expected. The flavor starts off powerfully minty and tastes like wintergreen with a frosty flavor accented with sweetness. As you chew, you then experience the more pronounced hot and spicy flavors of spearmint. They just kick in and gives it a really complex, incredibly refreshing minty flavor. Sadly, the flavors don’t last very long, most are well gone by the time I have been chewing for two minutes.
The brevity of the flavor in this gum, no matter how tasty, makes me hesitate to bring this gum into my inner circle of “amazing candy that I’ll buy all the time”. However, the flavor is good enough that if I was handed this for free, by a friend, or at the candy table at work, I would certainly take a few pieces after lunch. Point being, Cobalt is tasty, so if I ever need a quick breath freshener, this gum would certainly fit the bill. Isn’t that one of gum’s jobs in the first place anyways?
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links 5 Gum Webpage
I saved the most famous cookie impersonator for last, and that is the Thin Mint. Everyone I know who loves Girl Scout Cookies goes crazy for the Thin Mints. I kind of understand it, and then I really don’t. It’s a cookies that tastes powerfully of mint, despite the cookies being dark chocolate and covered in chocolate. I think I have a hard time understanding why people would prioritize mint over chocolate, as I’d take chocolate any day! Despite my confusion they are a terribly popular flavor, so it’s only smart of Nestle to incorporate it into their line of Girl Scout Cookie candy bars.
I open the wrapper and find myself confused. The aroma is odd. It smells spicy at first, then the minty scent comes through. The chocolate scent is faint, and is barely noticeable under the mint. Interesting!
I take a bite and immediately I’m surprised to find that the wafers are dark, as if they’re made of chocolate. The taste is intensely minty, and the chocolate flavor only accents the mint. Again, I feel they nailed the thin mint cookie flavor. I am not sure as to why the wafers are chocolate, other than the thin mint cookie’s cookie is also chocolate. Appearances aside, this bar does a stellar job of imitating the original.
I still have to say that I liked the peanut butter creme the best, but this bar does a really good job of tasting like a think mint. If I was to rate all the cookies based on their likeness to the original, this one would win for sure. I’m just, not a big fan of mint. It really comes down to that fact. I think if you’re an avid Thin Mint fan you’d enjoy this candy bar. I think you’d miss the intense crunch of the cookie though.
Links Nestle Crunch Website
Today I’m reviewing the second Girl Scout Cookie themes Nestle Crunch candy bar. This one is based on the Samoas cookie, which I have had before and will admit to being quite tasty. I am already confused by the candy bar, as they make no mention of the Samoas on here, even though it’s extremely obvious that that is what they’re trying to mimic. Maybe it is a copyright or trademark issue? If that’s the case I don’t know how they got the Girl Scout’s logo on the wrapper. I digress, but I am looking forward to tasting this one since I do have a frame of reference for it.
This bar looks vastly different from the Peanut Butter Creme bar. Yes, it is also separated into two pieces but the chocolate looks much darker, so I’m guessing it’s perhaps dark chocolate. It smells richly of coconut with an odd additional sweetness to it.
The bar tastes exactly like the Samoas. I can taste the coconut, and even the flakes of coconut tucked into the bar. That strange sweetness that I smelled comes out as a slight caramel flavor. The chocolate is oddly flavorless and sweet. The bar is still tasty, and reminds me exactly of the cookie, minus the cookie texture.
I don’t think I enjoyed this one as much as the Peanut Butter Creme bar. This one was just cloying sweet from the combination of the coconut and caramel. In the cookie form you have some shortbread to add some substance and a little salt to the mix, but here the wafers don’t contribute nearly as much. It’s still a tasty candy bar, and if you’re a Samoas fan I think it’s worth trying to see how you think it measures up to the cookie.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Nestle Crunch’s Website
I had heard of Nestle Crunch doing a series of candy bars based off of popular Girl Scout Cookie flavors. The problem is with these candy rumors is you never really know if they’re true or not, and until you either see them on a blog or in stores, there’s no way of telling for sure. I happened across these in my local Ralph’s supermarket, in a display right by the self checkout stations. I was in luck as they were on sale to boot. I grabbed one of each flavor and did my best to keep them cool in this intense Los Angeles summer hear until I had time to review them.
I first have to admit that I’m not a big fan of girl scout cookies. I’m a fan of the girl scouts and what they stand for, just no the cookies. I blame my Mom for always making cookies homemade and from scratch all my life. So I haven’t ever had the Peanut Butter Creme cookies that this candy bar is based on. I open the wrapper and he bar smells very intensely of peanut butter. It just reeks of it, which is good if you’re a big peanut butter fan. The candy bar is separated into two pieces, so you can enjoy one now and save the other for later or share with a friend.
The flavor is a peanut butter lover’s dream. It tastes intensely of peanut butter, so much so that you can barely taste the chocolate. There’s a thick layer of peanut butter sandwiched inside each of the three rows of wafers. The peanut butter is rich and delightfully salty. The wafers are crisp and crunchy. The bits of puffed rice that decorate the top are very crispy as well. As you can guess this bar has excellent texture. A great combination of smooth, creamy and crunchy.
This candy bar is super tasty, more so than I was expecting. As good as it is I still am not compelled to go and try the cookie inspiration. But I can certainly enjoy it for what it is: a really tasty, crispy peanut butter bar. If you’re a fan of peanut butter, I highly recommend giving this a try if you happen to come across it.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Nestle Crunch’s Website
I wasn’t terribly surprised to see this box of Pocky Salt sitting on the shelf at my local-ish Japanese Market. Salt has been an “it” gourmet food thing for a few years now. Most major candy companies who consider even a little sliver of their product to be gourmet have tried it. Off the top of my head Lindt, Godiva, Michel Cluizel, Kit Kat (Japan), come to mind, but to list them all we’d be here all day. So seeing that Pocky is finally giving it a go, I say good for them. It’s not a food fad that is over by any means, so I was happy to see them trying something new. I tossed the box into my shopping cart to take home.
The box is pretty and I like how they tried to make the box look “salty” by adding sparkles. It does give the effect of salt crystals catching the light and shining on the sticks of Pocky. It’s fun, blingy and seems very Japanese all at the same time.
Inside the box there’s two packets of Pocky. It’s hard for me to understand how they decide on dividing the pocky sticks into packets. It seems every time I open a box of Pocky it’s a different number of packets inside. I know it doesn’t matter, but it does make me curious.
The sticks of Pocky look like normal Pocky. Slender with a coating of milk chocolate. I don’t see any granules of salt on the outside, no covered up in the chocolate. I take a bite, and the flavor is pretty consistent to regular Pocky. You taste the sweet, smooth milk chocolate and the slight buttery vanilla flavor of the biscuit stick. It took me a few bites before I tasted the salt. I think it was on bite three or four when I finally got a hit of salt. It was as if a singular large chunk of salt was just sitting there, waiting for me. I took some more bites, to see if perhaps the first few were dudes. Again, I tasted nothing until I hit another single chunk of salt. Very strange. I mean, it’s good, but in no way does it feel that the salt in this Pocky is evenly distributed.
I think, considering how infrequently I tasted the salt in this Pocky, that if you want to give a salted candy a try as your first time, this is a good candy for that. The salt is infrequent enough so that if you can still enjoy the candy, but you still get a taste of what the inclusion of salt is like. It’s like a baby toe into the hot tub. Even as an experience salted chocolate eater, I still liked these. It’s hard to go wrong with Pocky!
Rating: Will Eat Again
LinksPocky Website (Japanese)