Country the Candy Comes From
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
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
Links Dove Chocolate Website
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)