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Sep
17



CRUNCH Girl Scouts: Thin Mints

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.

Rating: CRUNCH Girl Scouts: Thin Mints

Links Nestle Crunch Website


Sep
12



CRUNCH Girl Scouts: Caramel and Coconut

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

 

Will Eat Again


Links Nestle Crunch’s Website

 


Sep
10



CRUNCH Girl Scouts: Peanut Butter Crunch

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

 

Will Eat Again


Links Nestle Crunch’s Website

 


Sep
05



Dove Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel

It’ll probably come as no surprise, but I found these Dove Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels along side the Cookies and Creme flavor on the shelf at Target. I admit that the unusual colors of these packages alerted me that they were new. It’s amazing how just a splash of color can carry so much meaning! Since I was already there looking for new candy, I figured one more for the blog wouldn’t hurt. Plus, dark chocolate and sea salt caramel? Too tasty sounding to resist. 

The chocolate’s wrappers are a shiny light blue foil with the Dove logo and black writing on it. The chocolate has a lovely aroma, it smells rich and sweet, with notes of coffee and cream and burnt sugar. Again, these Promises (which I believe these pieces are actually branded) have inspiration messages on the inside. I ate these too fast that I forgot what they said. Oops.

The chocolate is extremely creamy. It has an intense chocolate flavor with a slight note of coffee. The chocolate forms a nice hard shell around the creamy caramel interior. It’s not too sturdy and not too frail, a perfect thickness to keep the caramel protected but easy to bite into. The caramel is buttery and sweet, and you can certainly taste the hint of sea salt. The sea salt is only enough to notice, so it’s not overly salty. The caramel is flowing and smooth, and thankfully not too liquid so that it would be easy to spill. Overall the mix of flavors is really nice; mix of chocolate and buttery caramel that’s kissed with salt. It’s a really lovely combination.

I enjoyed these far more than I expected. These are super tasty and I shared my bag with my coworkers, who also all loved them. I really enjoyed them with morning coffee, as the chocolate and caramel are perfect compliments. Regardless of how you prefer to eat them, if you’re looking for something new to try, if you’d like to give a salted chocolate a go, or if you enjoy chocolate with caramel, do check these out. They just might be your new favorite. 

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links Dove Chocolate Website


Sep
03



Dove Cookies and Creme

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

 

Will Buy Again


Links Dove Chocolate Webpage


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