Back in middle school I watched a lot of CBC since I was fond of several shows they had in their after school lineup. Out of all the things I recall out of those long afternoons watching Canadian TV, the Riesen Chocolate Chew commercials and jingle are the most vivid. They showed..oh heck, why don’t I just link the video:
I had no idea what a Riesen was, and it was years before I even encountered one in the stores. But, for some reason that silly commercial stuck with me, so when I finally did encounter the Riesen Chocolate chew, I had to try them. I wanted to know what the fuss was all about!
The package describes them as “Chewy Chocolate Caramel covered in Rich European Chocolate”. I turned the package over to look at the ingredients, as the words “Chocolate Chew” rang in my mind from the commercials. I was relieved to find that these are real chocolate, not mockolate like I was suspecting.
The chews are plump little rectangles, almost an inch long and a half inch tall. They smell of rich chocolate right away and l sense my saliva kicking in.
The bite is thick, even more so than with fudge, so you know right away that this is a dense caramel and will be a good jaw workout. The flavor is chocolatey and sweet. The caramel and the chocolate coating taste about the same, with the caramel having more nuances of sugar and milk and therefore not tasting as “intense” as the chocolate coating. This is more about texture, and you get the cool, smooth chocolate shell that gives slightly when you bite in. Then comes the terribly dense chewy caramel, which is a good 2-3 minute chew (of course taking into account how aggressive you are). It’s very satisfying without being too tiring. The flavor is good, but a little too light for me to choose it to satisfy a chocolate craving. I think this’d be a good choice for those who are sensitive to stronger flavors and sweetness and suffer from throat burn a lot.
I enjoyed these, and I certainly plan to add them to my regular candy rotation.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Riesen Webpage