I came across these Dove Cookies and Creme chocolates by accident while searching out the Extra Root Beer gum. I was in Target and just checked the candy asile to see if the gum was there, and it was, but I also found these. I was excited to see these Dove Cookies and Creme candies because I love white chocolate. I haven’t seen any white chocolate offerings from Dove since the peppermint chocolates that they sell around Christmas. Excited with my find I grabbed a few bags, as they were on sale, and took my treasures home.
I remember when Dove chocolate hit the market back in the 1990s (when they had wrappers that looked like this). Dove has done really well with moving from just the candy bars to a selection of bagged chocolates in different flavors. They have a large selection of different types of chocolate available now, and this Cookies and Creme flavor is one of their newest.
Opening the bag, the chocolate pieces all have a black and white design on the wrappers. They are undone easily and each interior has a inspiration message. The one I had for this review read “Rick big. Win big”. Inspiring indeed.
The chocolates are a nice creamy off white color, as good white chocolate should be. The chunks of cookie are easily seen in the chocolate. They are large and give it a real “cookies and cream” appearance. The chocolate has a faint aroma, but that of cocoa butter as white chocolate should smell.
The flavor starts off extremely creamy, with nice fatty notes of cocoa butter and a subtle notes of chocolate and vanilla. The cookie pieces are delightfully crunchy, but they have no real flavor from what I can tell. Together you get this wonderful creamy and crunchy contrast. You get the flavors of nice white chocolate accented with the cookie bits. They’re fun to eat, and the fact that they’re in single pieces makes it easy to ration them. Even though I admit I’ve eaten more than anticipated on more than one occasion.
I really enjoyed this candy, and I’ve been recommending them to my friends who enjoy the Hershey’s Cookie’n'Creme bar. “Why?” do you ask, well, it’s because they are made with better ingredients than the Hershey’s version (but they are also more expensive). In this case you pay for quality. I commend Dove for these, and I hope they will stick around for a long time.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Dove Chocolate Webpage
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)
I was pleasantly surprised when I found this box of Winter Coffee Pocky during my last rip to Little Tokyo. The “winter” varieties of Pocky are my favorites, with the extra layering of chocolate and the dusting of cocoa powder on top. For the past few years Pocky has been releasing just a normal, everyday chocolate flavor during the winter. It is awesome, let me tell you. So I was quite surprised when I saw that this past winter they decided to change things up a bit and come out wit ha new flavor: Winter Coffee.
The package has less of a “wintry” feel to it than the other Winter Pocky, which used cool blue tones and white on the package. This one is green, a nice forest green. Perhaps they are trying to evoke the jungle where the coffee beans come from.
Opening the packet I get a rich aroma that I can only say is the wonderful mix of chocolate and coffee. I taste my first Pocky stuck, and immediately I get the slight bitter cocoa powder dusting. The the rich chocolate comes forward, sweet and rich, but full of wonderful earthy coffee notes. The biscuit serves as a palette cleanser, not really carrying a flavor of it’s own, but allows the chocolate to shine and to provide a nice crunch. All I can say is, this is beyond delicious and terribly addicting.
Both my fiance and I really loved this Pocky. It’s so familiar, yet just that hint of a different makes it even yummier. I found I really craved this Pocky with my morning coffee. Considering how importing these candies from Japan takes time and a means a more limited supply, I would really recommend trying this Winter Coffee flavor if you happen to see it.
Links Pocky Website (Japanese)
This was a find from my local Cost Plus World Market. I was thankful that they carried Lion Bar. I’ve actually had it many times over the year. I just haven’t gotten around to reviewing it yet. I then decided it’s been too long, so I went and searched it out. What I like most about is it the lion roaring on th package. There’s no description or anything that this bar is exactly. Only the words “New and Improved”. Ok I’ll take your word for it Mr. Lion.
Upon further inspection I notice a neat little detail on the package. On the wrapper where it says to recycle. They have a lion putting the paper in the bin, which is very cute.
The bar is long and knobby, like a piece of wood. I bite into it and it immediately it has an interesting texture. It’s thick and chewy with bits that are very light and crispy. Looking at the cross section, it has a wafer center, like a Kit Kat, but more delicate. Surrounding that there’s bits of peanuts, rice crispies, and caramel. It’s a very fun, tasty and complex flavor. The chocolate is smooth and sweet, but not very chocolatey. The wafers are crispy and light. The caramel is thick and sweet and the peanuts add a hint of nuttiness. It’s like a child of a Snickers and a Kit Kat.
It’s a very tasty bar. Hopefully you can understand how I keep going back to it all the time. It’s just so much fun to eat. I recommend trying it if you ever encounter it.
Rating: Will Buy Again
I saw this Peeps Crispy Rice Marshmallow Treat neat the normal Peeps on the store shelf. Something new! I immediately scooped one up to take home to review for the blog. Not once did I stop to ask myself if this was really candy. It had “Marshmallow Peep” written all over it so I didn’t question it. Once I opened it up to review it, I had a bunch of questions filling my head. Had this been a “normal” rice crispy treat I would have not considered it candy. This is different somehow. Maybe it’s the branding, maybe it’s the inorganic colors. But when I bought it it seemed a perfectly natural addition to my blog.
I will try to think more about these purchases in the future.
So what we have here is a Marshmallow Peep Marshmallow Treat. The package does its best to display what’s inside the wrapper. It’s a bight blue marshmallow treat in the shape of a bunny with pink and yellow bunny shaped sprinkles. Pretty straightforward. I think the only thing missing from the actual food inside are the bunny’s eyes.
This thing is terrifying to look at. It’s bright turquoise and has pink and yellow bunny sprinkles on it. It smells of fake butter and vanilla.
It’s perfectly moist and it’s easy to pick apart. The flavor is the same as it smells. Fake butter, fake vanilla flavor. It’s very sweet, and has a strange artificial flavor to it. Maybe it’s all that food coloring? The rice crispies are nicely crisp, and that’s the only nice thing I can say about this.
I’m probably too spoiled on homemade treats all my life to fully appreciate this. I taste too many fake flavors and odd textures for me to find this appealing. That color alone is enough to make me go running in the other direction. Still, if you’re a big fan of marshmallow treats and unusual colors appeal to you, I suggest you seek these out.
Rating: Not Worth It
Links Marshmallow Peeps Website