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May
19



Danusia Bar

This bar had me laughing in the store. It’s so very serious looking for a candy bar, and therefore, came across as silly to me. The packaging is very classic looking, with a 1930’s styled lady on the front and the intense font. The bar is all in Polish so I can’t read a word of it, but it’s still pretty to look at. My best guess is that it’s a chocolate bar of some sort, and it’s trying to appear luxurious. I can’t help but wonder what it tasted like, so I decided to give it a go.

The bar is indeed chocolate, and once unwrapped it’s sectioned off into four squares. The chocolate is soft and has no sound to it when I break off a piece. When I do, I find a cream like center in it, that’s the same color as the chocolate. Very interesting.

The flavor is a mix of the milk chocolate, which is sweet with notes of cocoa and malt, and the center, which is a light chocolate/hazelnut paste. The texture is smooth with little crispy bits, and overall it’s very sweet, but satisfying.

Overall, it’s tasty, but it didn’t stand out as anything special. I’d say my favorite part of this bar is the packaging, as it’s just so funny to me.

Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again

 


May
17



Sees Dark Hazelnut Cream

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

 

Will Buy Again

Links See’s Candies Website


May
14



Rakugan Shapes

Rakugan is a type of special Wagashi (Japanese Confection) that’s made using pressed sugar in wooden molds. These were sent by a friend of mine who lives in Kyoto. Aren’t they pretty?


May
12



Mentos Bananas 'n Creme

I realize that I’m very late with the pick up here in reviewing these Bananas’n Creme Mentos. So not only do Japanese Kitkats come in funny flavors, but their Mentos do as well. This is one of their crazier flavors, but to be honest I’ve only had their pineapple flavor before and it was really good. I at least applaud them for giving more flavor options than we do here in the states, where you mostly see mint, cinnamon, mixed fruit and strawberry.

In case you’re not in the know, Mentos are chewy dragees, or little M&M shaped candies about the diameter of a nickel. The come in an iconic tube (and some you can find in boxes now) that you often see places next to the gum and mints in the grocery store. I never understood that.

These Mentors are nicely sized and matte with an light, whitish yellow color. The texture is nice and chewy, with a crisp shell and a good long chew to follow. About 1/3 way into the roll, my jaw was already sore form the chewing. Which makes me wonder if one is supposed ot each the whole roll in one sitting. I certainly didn’t make it.

So how is the flavor? Well, I taste more of the “n creme” part than I do banana, really. I do get the banana flavor first, it’s light, fruity and perfumey tasting, like a lighter sweeter version of circus peanuts. Then this flavor is knocked aside from a strong hit of cream, witch is smooth, sweet and then turns into a yogurt like tang.

It was tasty, but not something I’d buy again because I’m not big on banana, even tho the flavor was mild. I know any banana lover would really enjoy these though, if you could buy them anymore that is.

Also check out Cybele’s opinions at Candyblog.net, who reviewed them in a much more timely manner.

Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again

Links Japanese Mentos Page

 


May
10



HazerBaba Apricot Almond Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight is one of the oldest candies out there.  Just take a gander at the wikipedia article on it! For those of you who aren’t in the know, it’s a candy that’s kinda like a gummi, but more of a soft sugar confection that’s often flavored with rose water or citrus oils and has nuts in it. It’s often dusted in powdered sugar and they’re really beautiful to look at when all piled on a dessert platter. Most of you may be familiar with it as it’s mentioned in the Narnia books.

This is one of the many store bought brands of Turkish Delight out there. I admit, I’ve never had the stuff fresh and homemade, so it’s hard for me to make an accurate comparison. I’ve had a few varieties of boxed versions before, and I was never really a fan. Part of that is the rose flavoring I’m sure, as I never could get into that. I enjoy fruit flavors much more, and this box appealed to me because of the apricot.

The pieces are closely packed inside this box, so much so that a bunch of them had stuck together despite the heavy coating of powdered sugar everywhere. They were hard to extract because of this, both because of the stickiness and the fact that it made a mess every time I took one out.

The squares are heavily coated in powdered sugar. Co much so I often inhale it accidentally and find myself a coughing fit. The texture is very dense and chewy, and once it’s moistened it gets very sticky. The almonds are very fresh and crunchy and are a nice contrast to the Turkish Delight soft part. The flavor is sweet, and the flavor is very mild, yet delicious. I do get notes of honey, with it’s floral notes, but not so much the apricot. It’s a delicate flavor, and it’s fun to chewy and crunch with the almonds.

Terribly tasty, I’d happily buy it again.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


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