Brand of Candy
When I was very early in my candy writing career, Chuao Chocolatier was one of the very first “gourmet” chocolate companies that I became very well acquainted with. Back then I wrote for Candyaddict.com, and easily wrote several articles regarding Chuao’s extensive chocolate line. Since then, I’ve done my best to keep up with the new chocolate bars and flavors they’ve introduced. Now that I live in Los Angeles, visiting one of their cafes is also on my to-do list. The point I am trying to make is I’m a big fan, and I was very pleased to find one of their newest bars in Cost Plus World Market recently. May I present, the Potato Chip Bar.
Yes, you read that right. Potato Chip. I really admire how Chuao Chocolatier, much like Vosges, just goes there with their more offbeat flavors. They branch out from the stranger chocolate flavors (like sea salt and chili) that are slowly becoming more mainstream. Flavors like honeycomb (the candy variety), panko, and even pop rocks are fair game to Chuao Chocolatier. The bar comes in an eye catching wrapper that is in the style from their “classic” range of chocolate bars. It goes from golden to bronze. The shapes of cacao pods decorate the edges, and the wording on the front is centered and clear.
The chocolate is a pretty medium brown color. On the back, you can see the light yellow flecks of the potato chips blended into the chocolate. The chocolate has a nice snap, but the break is not clean. The potato chips cause some rough edges and crumbling.
The the flavor starts out very creamy and sweet. The milk chocolate has intense flavor of milk, cream and caramel. It’s a very milky milk chocolate. You get some really nice chocolate flavor once the milky notes dissolve away. It’s a little sad, because as soon as the chocolate flavors arrive they’re immediately drowned out by the saltiness and flavor of the potato chips. The chips are pleasantly salty and have that nice crisp, starchy flavor. It stands out alone to me, as it doesn’t really mingle with the flavors of the chocolate since it appears right at the end. It’s a little disappointing since I wanted a chocolate and potato chip experience, but the flavors read separately so it’s hard to really get the together. The only way I found to resolve this is to later bites at once, but I don’t like feeling I have to gobble a chocolate bar to get the intended flavor fusion.
This bar is unique and that’s something I really appreciate. I liked the saltiness the bar had, but after eating this bar for a bit made me wonder if potato chips are the best way to get that salty kick in a chocolate bar. They do add a subtle starchy flavor to the chocolate, and also a slightly crunchy texture. Like all candy, such a preference depends on the person. You have to try it to find out if you like it, which I encourage to do with this bar. Plus, there’s the bagging rights of having eaten a chocolate bar with potato chips in it.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Chuao Chocolatier Website
Out of all the Halloween candy that I’ve found, this is the only one that’s actually fruit flavored. Have you realized that so much of Halloween candy is chocolate? I know there’s candy corn to balance it out and a handful of Halloween shaped gummies, but mostly it feels like it’s chocolate. There’s certainly a reason for this, as chocolate is immensely popular and well loved. Even as a kid I ranked a lot of the chocolate candy I’d get at Halloween as the “favorites”. This is a big reason why this mix of Mike & Ike Mummy’s Mix stood out to me. Yes it was new, but also it’s a fruity candy and that stood out to me.
So, I’m a little sad to report that the only thing that’s Halloween themed with this candy is the packaging. Once you open the box you have normal Mike & Ike’s in your hand. I’m not complaining mind you, I just don’t want my readers to expect more when there isn’t more. Right now there’s a big ad campaign regarding Mike & Ike who are splitting up right now, but maybe they’ve come back together and made peace for Halloween since both their names are proudly side by side here. This is a movie theater sized box and once you open it, it’s opened. There’s no extra plastic or foil bag in here to help contain the candy, only the box.
Lemon: Oh, how I love lemon! This flavor is only lightly tart, so it’s a good lemon flavor for those who prefer the sweeter flavors. You do get some citrus flavors, but they are very bright and are accented with the sweetness. Not as tart as I’d like, but very tasty.
Orange: The flavor is immediately really juicy and sweet. You get a nice sweet/tart notes of orange that gradually fades to just sweetness. Very tasty and great flavor.
Grape: The candy is very dark in color, it almost looks black. The taste is very authentic grape, I’m pleasantly surprised. It’s like grape jam, but more sour. I even get hints on wine in the sour bits, I’m please with how complex this tastes. Normally I’m not a big fan of grape flavored candies, but this one is really awesome.
Lime: Lime can be a flavor that’s really hit or miss. Thankfully this flavor is very good. It doesn’t taste of floor cleaner, but you do get the notes of lime zest. Like the lemon, they’re made much softer by the additional sweetness. That makes this also very friendly to people who prefer the sweeter flavors. This is much tastier than I was expecting.
Raspberry: I have to hand it to Just Born, I’m glad they went with a different flavor other than cherry for the red. The flavor is sweet and I am strongly reminded of jam. It has a rich sweetness rounded out with some tart notes and some nice floral berry flavors. It’s good, but I like the lemon, grape and orange flavors way more.
I am really pleased with this mix! I am a fan for sure. I think if you’re more of a fruity candy lover, you should certainly try these out. I can’t say that the actual candy is the most “spooky” with all the rainbow colors, but it tastes great and that’s what really matters.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Mike & Ike Webpage
One of the candies I really look forward to every Halloween is candy corn. I know it’s the type of candy that people either love or hate, and I feel it’s pretty obvious that I belong in the “love” category. I love how it look, how it tastes, and how it symbolizes that Halloween is coming. In the past few years candy corn has been getting some makeovers. There’s been new flavors of candy corn, gummi candy corn, marshmallow candy corn, and even Hershey’s Kisses Candy Corn. So I hope all this means that candy corn is gaining in popularity.
I got this bag of Brach’s “Fall Favorites” Candy Corn mix on a trip to Target. I was lucky to catch their early Halloween displays which is where I found this mix. What immediately called out to me about this mix was that it has chocolate covered candy corn in it. I’ll say that again, chocolate covered candy corn. I cannot express how excited I am.
Brach’s candy corn is my favorite out of all the brands that exist out there. It’s the one I enjoy most, with its grainy texture and sweet flavor kissed with honey. The candy corn are colorful, but more irregular in shape than I’m used to in other mixes. Some pieces are missing color stripes, some are smaller in shape, other have tips that have crumbled off in transit. Still, on the whole they are beautiful and incredible tasty.
Mixed into the candy corn is the chocolate covered candy corn. The front of the package reads 100% Milk Chocolate, and indeed the ingredients list backs it up. The chocolate covered pieces are large, almost double in size as a normal candy corn. Brach’s did not skimp on the chocolate dipping. The flavor first of the sweet chocolate, the texture is soft and smooth. You get lots of notes of butter and cream, accented with the honey of the candy corn. On the whole it’s incredibly sweet, but still tasty and enjoyable.
I really liked these, but unless you’re someone who can handle intense sweetness, these may be too much for you. Personally I think I still prefer normal candy corn, but in a festive candy bowl I’m sure there would go over really well. I think I am going to buy a few back so stockpile so I can get my candy corn and my chocolate fix at the same time.
Links Brach’s Website
On that same trip to Target I found these Caramel Apple Milky Way minis. This find took me completely by surprise, since I hadn’t heard any announcement by Mars nor had seen any mention of them on fellow candy blogs. This was a new candy gem that I had found completely on my own, which I will admit, makes it more exciting. I immediately snatched up a bag and knew they’d be an excellent new limited edition Halloween candy to review for my readers.
Thankfully these came in a big bad of minis, because they’re so much easier to share that way. The bag is a delightful apple red, with an image of a caramel apple on the side with caramel ripples from a opened Milky Way bar making the “Caramel Apple” wording on the bottom. The minis have the pretty red stripe belting the wrapper on the minis. Opening one up, you can immediately smell the caramel apple. It’s quite impressive actually how they do get the aroma spot on.
The flavor starts off sweet, with the first flavor you notice is definitely apple. It’s a strange flavor, mainly because it’s not just apple. It’s apple cinnamon, like it’s a packet of instant hot cider mix. This was unexpected on my part. I’m guessing the apple flavor is coming from both the caramel and the nougat filling, as the nougat filling is bright white and isn’t the same as classic Milky Way. Once the apple flavor subsides some, the caramel flavor popes through with great buttery flavors. I’m surprised because you really don’t taste much chocolate in this Milky Way, despite there’s still a chocolate coating. On the whole it does indeed convey the flavor of a caramel apple, but the apple is “off” because of the addition of the cinnamon element. It’s a little strange, but still tasty.
My fiance loved these way more than I did. I thought they were good, but I didn’t really eat any beyond the few I needed for the review. My fiance however kept eating them and even grabbed a few to add to his lunch at work. Point being, there are certainly worth a try.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Milky Way Website
I am super happy that I found this candy: Zombie food by Skybar. If you are unfamiliar with Skybar, it’s a classic candy made by Necco, that has four different sections that each have a different filling. I recall my Mom introducing them to me at a very young age, and she claimed it was one of her favorite candy bars. I will forever think of her when I see Skybar. I found this Skybar Zombie Food at Michael’s of all places. I had stopped in for some things and saw them on the candy shelf while I was making my way to the checkout. The bring package immediately caught my eye, as did the word “Zombie” and the Skybar logo in the top left corner.
“So what is Zombie food?” I wondered as I picked up one of the packages. The front of the wrapper reads: “Milk Chocolate covered assortment of brains, feet, and hearts filled with and oozy red caramel”. Well, that certainly explains it! I feel it’s a terribly clever idea! I feel up the wrapper and I find the candy is one large piece, so I’m guessing it’s one “body part” for each package. For my review, I was guessing that the one I had chosen was a brain, as the candy felt head-shaped. I was mistaken.
The first piece I tried was shaped like a realistic heart. It was leaking a little from one of the top corners on the back as the red caramel found a crack and tried to leak out. No matter, it still looked delicious, and I’m not a zombie!
The chocolate smells sweet and creamy. It reminds me of how a Cadbury Creme Egg smells. My first bite is quite flavorful. I was expecting the chocolate to be more hollow on the inside, and have the caramel be more liquid. The candy is not structured that way, although it was a very hot day when I did this tasting, so it’s possible that the candy has lost some of its structure. The caramel is very buttery and toasted, it almost comes across as peanut butter to me at first. The combination of the caramel and chocolate is incredibly sweet, so much so that I had a hard time finishing the sample piece.
This candy was really tasty and really fun. I could see these being handed out at parties and to trick or treaters. They’re the size of the Reese’s Pumpkin, so they aren’t as large as a normal candy bar nor as small as the mini sizes. I mentioned this find to my Mom and she asked me to save her some, which I will as I’m interested to see how she likes them. If you see these around I highly recommend you check them out.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Skybar Webpage