There’s a really nice gourmet store in my area called Bon Appetit Fine Foods that I like to stop in and look around every so often. They carry all sorts of edible delights, but I’m obviously interested in the chocolate and candy that they carry. It seems that their stock changes slightly every time I go. On one of my more recent trips I discovered these bags of panned chocolate candies from France. I picked up two different kinds, and this is one of them.
“Pomme d’ Amor” or “Apple of Love” is what these are called. How lovely! They’re pieces of apple, from the looks of the package it’s either dried or a jelly of some kind. It’s then covered in milk chocolate and then again in a colored white chocolate or confectioner’s glaze. I don’t read French so I couldn’t really tell you. I’m guessing that each color is a different flavor or variety of apple. Or perhaps not. Only one way to find out!
Yellow Brown Speckled: Hard for me to place, but it has a big fruity flavor with a bright sour note and something very cinnamon about it. The interior jelly’s texture is nice, a little softer than I expected.
Green: The jelly in this is much softer and darker in color. This is very pear tasting. The fruity flavor is strong and combined with the chocolate here it has a cheesy essence to it. Strange to read I know, but trust me, it’s an odd thing to taste! This also has an odd spiciness to it.
Red: This one just tastes sweet and I finally taste a little of the chocolate. No extreme fruity or spicy notes here.
Orange/Yellow Speckled: The most chocolatey out of the bunch. It still has a big sweetness to it; you get some of the chocolate and the rest just burns away with the sugar. The jelly is a light “golden” flavor, but other then delivering a slight tartness toward the finish of the piece, there’s not much to mention
I really needed a glass of water after these.
These were fun to try, but not something I was impressed with. It’s also nothing I’d particularly crave either. I could see these working as a nice accompaniment to a cheese dessert platter maybe. But alone as a treat, I don’t like it much.
Rating:Might Eat Again
I know, I know. This is yet another limited edition that I’ve reviewing way past its prime. I found these in a kiosk in a local mall, and I couldn’t help but take the opportunity to snatch up a packet to review for the blog. Especially considering that I’m an M&M and a white chocolate lover.
These were released back in 2006 for the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest movie sequel. I remember hearing about their original release and searching high and love for them like a mad woman. I finally found them in a randomly placed display in my local ShopRite.
The package design is odd and cluttered, but that seems to be a standard thing for these movie release M&Ms. The designs for the Indiana Jones Mint Crisp M&Ms packages are equally as ugly. I also find it amusing how Green managed to get all up close and personal with the attractive male leads. Lucky gal.
The colors of the M&Ms are pretty and are a fitting color scheme for white chocolate and pearls with varying off shades of white: pink, blue, yellow, white. Very pretty and delicate. I also love the designs on them, a skull, ships, spyglass, cannon, a hook. Very cute! The ingredients list is promising too, listing real cocoa butter, as white chocolate should. I’m happy to know that Mars is holding onto its standards.
The flavor is very interesting, because unlike all the other M&Ms, I can taste the candy shell on these (which tastes oddly flat and sweet). The white chocolate is nice and sweet with a mild cocoa butter flavor (which taste mainly fatty with a light cocoa flavor). I was a bit fatigued after eating the pack as the sweetness really built itself up and I felt like I needed a glass of water.
As a white chocolate lover I was hoping I’d like these more that I do. I like the format of the little bits in a candy shell, but I miss the creaminess a bar allows you to experience, especially with good white chocolate. The pieces alone aren’t enough to convey the delicate flavor for me. Regardless, if they were fresher I would have stocked up on a couple of packs. It’d be nice if these became a regular in the M&M line.
Rating: Will Buy Again
I remember when Hershey’s first introduced Hugs back in 1993, where I was about 10 years old. I have always been a lover of white chocolate, so the idea of getting it in Hershey’s Kisses was so appealing to me. Sadly my mom could not be persuaded to by them. I assure you I tried to change her mind!
The Hugs were one of the first combined Kisses, two flavors or chocolate combinations in one. Out of the wrapper they’re a pretty white chocolate base that’s striped, or “hugged”, with milk chocolate. I was interested in giving them a try again for a few reasons. The main two were I wanted to see how the flavor compared to my memory of them, and to see if they actually do taste of white chocolate. That’s a big test for me nowadays.
All I can say is they’re as attractive as I recall and they smell very sweet and milky in their bag.
The flavor is sweet and has that nice, white chocolate taste to it: slightly cocoa and very hard on the milkiness. The center has a chocolate center, so just as the white chocolate’s sweetness starts to wane and become nondescript, the flavor of the center brings it back to life. The texture is creamy and they’re cloying, but I also find them addictive.
As far as Kisses go, I certainly prefer these over the regular ones. Still, most of my attraction to them is from the intense sweetness, which I can find elsewhere with higher quality ingredients. Hugs are nice to revisit once every blue moon or so.
Rating: Might Eat Again
Hershey’s Kisses Website
I’m sure many of you have never heard of Boyer’s Smoothie, as it’s the ignored sibling to the ever popular Mallo Cup. The Smoothie was a creation that Boyer Candy Company made back in the day to ride the popularity of the Mallo Cup. It’s a unique candy, as it’s made of a smooth peanut butter center covered with butterscotch coating.
I was lucky to find a package of Smoothies in a random gas station in Upstate New York on my way to visit my parents. The package is so very dated in it’s design with almost garish colors and bland font. For some reason I find it terribly appealing, because it reminds me of a time when the flavor of a candy was it’s selling point. Not the package design and marketing campaigns.
Opening the package reveals the two cups, same format as Mallo Cup. They’re yellowish brown in color and I’m reminded of those horrid Reeses’ Inside Out Peanut Butter Cups that came out a few years ago. The Smoothie also comes with those cute cardboard money cards you can collect and save up for prizes. I’m still saving mine up.
The butterscotch is very sweet with that strong buttery flavor. The texture a little greasy and therefore slick on the tongue. Like the Mallo Cup it has a bit of texture, but instead of bits of coconut there’s small chopped chunks of peanuts layered in the coating on the top. If I had to liken the taste to something else, I’d say that these tasted like Reese’s Pieces if they were in cup form. I was disappointed with the flavor a little as it’s hard to taste where the butterscotch flavor ends and the peanut butter flavor begins, and vise versa. Last time I ate one of each they tasted very different, so I was of let down by this. Texture was the only tell tale sign I was eating one or the other.
Despite the faults I find with Smoothie, I still liked it. I can’t really explain it, but something about it appeals to me. It’s not something I’d eat regularly, though.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Boyer Candy Company Website
Happy National Candy Corn Day! I know it’s ironic that I review a candy corn flavored Hershey’s Kisses to mark the occasion, but I feel it’s fitting. You’ll soon understand.
Candy corn is something I find people either love or hate with very little gray area in between. Those of us who are fans, and yes I am a fierce candy corn lover, also tend to have strict loyalties to specific brands. I find that Brach’s candy corn sings to my taste buds compared to the others. That’s the beauty of candy though, everyone has their own tastes.
These flavored Kisses were released for the first time last year as a limited edition exclusive to Target. I was excited by the idea to say the least. The first release of these Kisses were real white chocolate (from what I remember, I could be wrong) that were colored and layered to look like squat candy corn kernels. Today they’re a blend of funky tropical oils but keep to the original appearance.
The bag really smells odd when you open it, and it immediately is a spoiler for the flavor. It reeks of butter. Not the good, real, fresh butter either. Oh, no. We’re talking the fake stuff that Fabio made a mint selling on TV commercials.
Let me just cut to the chase and say that these Kisses smell and taste of microwave popcorn. Last I checked, candy corn didn’t taste like that to me.
Despite the fact that the flavor is completely off and therefore horribly unappealing, there Kisses do have some uses. They are simply stunning to look at, and I’m sure one could get creative with these in the kitchen. Unless you buy them for this specific purpose though, I can’t bring myself to recommend them. Along with beauty, I also crave substance.
Hershey’s Kisses Website