See’s Candies is up to something new!From now until October, they’re releasing limited edition flavors of their chocolates in stores for purchase. These flavors are test runs to be added into See’s seasonal and permanent lines of chocolates. How sweet it that? It frustrates me that I’m no where near a See’s store to be able to see this promotion in action. Thankfully, I’ll be getting free samples of these chocolates thanks to See’s, and I’m pleased to give you a review of their first flavor: Dark Hazelnut Cream.
This flavor was described to me as “roasted hazelnut butter with cream and milk chocolate” and it sounds pretty good! I’m curious as to where the “dark” in the name comes from, though. It is covered in dark chocolate and the milk chocolate mentioned is blended in the middle? Is it dark because they use roasted nuts? It’s unclear to me.
The chocolate is very pretty with a nice square shape, about 3/4 inch tall and an inch in length and width. It smells sweet, chocolatey with a hint of coconut. The enrobing is beautifully done and the chocolate is well covered.
My first bite was a cit of surprise. I was expecting this to be soft with a fluffy cream center, but it is not that at all! The dark hazelnut creme is hardy and grainy, like a fudge. Once chewed, it becomes smooth and creamy on your tongue. And the flavor? it’s lovely, the milk chocolate surrounding the center is rich and creamy. The hazelnut center tastes just like you’d imagine, a really rich, way more flavorful version of Nutella (which is really called gianduja). Because of the texture, I find it allows me to eat and savor it more slowly, which I like. It goes beautifully with a cup of coffee.
So if I was in a See’s store picking out an assorted box, I’d certainly choose this one to add to it. I don’t believe See’s has a flavor like this in their current line up, and it’s really a classic combination. Worth seeking out, especially if you’re a fan of Nutella.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links See’s Candies Website