I loooovvvvveeee Chuao Chocolatier and since I missed out on the few candy/food shows this year, I didn’t get to see what their new chocolate bar was this year. Well, my patience was rewarded when I walked into Wegmans the other day and saw this bar sitting on the shelf: the Chuao CoCo bar.
What goes into new CoCo bar isn’t exactly simple. According to the description, it’s dark chocolate with coconut, almond, cinnamon and coriander. This sounded like an intriguing mix of flavors and textures to me, so I was very excited to try this once I brought it home.
Tearing into this sweet treat as soon as I could, I was able to detect the The bar smells very strangely of the coconut with a edge of spice to it. You mainly smell the coriander, but the cinnamon gives a warmth to it. The chocolate’s color is a nice rich brown with a subtle sheen.
The flavors starts off sweet with notes of the coconut and cinnamon. Then the warmer notes of the coriander and almonds mix in. Then to top it all off, the rich notes of the dark chocolate with warm fruity notes enters and blends all the flavors on your tongue. The taste of this is awesome, but the texture is odd. It’s extremely gritty, as I get the coconut strips and bits of the almonds. It’s less like eating creamy chocolate and more like chewing a granola bar. I’m not sure I like that.
As delicious as this bar is, it’s really the texture that ruined it for me. But, if you don’t mind not having a super smooth chocolate bar, the flavor of this is excellent and unique.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Chuao Chocolatier Website
Following up on last week’s review of the Crunky Purple Potato Chocolate, today’s another variation of the Crunky bar that I haven’t seen before: Strawberry cheese tart. The package is gorgeous with it’s pink background and bright, saturated red strawberries. Crunky is a jumbled engrish name which I think mixes “Chocolate” of “Chunky” or “Crunchy”. Or maybe they tried for “Crunchy” and screwed it up. It’s hard to say. But it sure is amusing.
This Crunky bar is a pretty light pink color. The crisps are easily visible and you also see little red flecks of strawberry pieces. It smells sweet of that “Japanese strawberry flavor” that’s this interesting mix of fruity/bubble gum/floral flavors. It comes across as playful and fruity.
The taste starts of sweet and…. tasting like cream cheese. There’s a very distinct cheesy note to it. Then you get the Japanese strawberry flavor that starts off very fruity and leave a hint of flowers in your mouth. It’s very nice. The texture of the crisps makes the bar’s texture much more interesting for sure. The bar doesn’t come across too sweet, but it’s not bizarre at all, especially if you’re have strawberry flavored Japanese candies before. I liked it, especially since the cheesiness of it added a new level of depth to the flavor.
So this candy was pretty accurate in regard to it’s flavor description! Yummy and unique, if you come across it it’s a nice change from a normal candy bar.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Lotte Website
I’ve heard that bubble gum cigarettes are slowly being phased out of candy stores so they don’t move kids onto real cigarettes as they get older. I’ve never been a fan of them myself, but I do admire the artwork that goes into them. That owl is so cute!
Trips to Japanese markets are always like Christmas in a way. You go in there not knowing what to expect and you always find interesting things that feel like presents to take home. My most recent trip to Mitsuwa Market yielded a lot of new candy surprised. One of them was this Lotte Crunky Sweet Potato Crisp chocolate.
One of the most popular sweet potatoes varieties in Japan are purple inside. Yeah, you heard me, purple. So naturally when they’re in season you find this sort of stuff in stores, purple potato chocolate. The image on the box depicts a bright purple color, so I’m curious to see the real thing. Like some Japanese candies, this box has individually wrapped single serving portions of the potato chocolate. Each little packet hold two squares of chocolate. As soon as I open one up I immediately take photos of it. This is just too strange to behold!
The color is much paler than the box suggests. It’s more of a light lavender than a intense purple. You can see the crisps in the chocolate easily, and it makes me excited to taste it as I love the texture they bring.
Taking my first bite, the texture is awesome as the chocolate is nice and creamy and the crisps are crunchy and crispy, which is a great contrast. As for the flavor? Well, it’s sweet, a little starchy, but overall it’s kinda bland. Not that I mind, but I was hoping for something a little more punchy. Something that tasted more of potatoes. Still, I was impressed, as many white chocolate candies are just overpoweringly sweet.
There’s a novelty to eating purple chocolate so I’m glad I gave this a try. If you’re a fan of Crunky, Nestle Crunch, white chocolate or the color purple you might like this chocolate.
Rating: Not Worth It
Links Lotte Website
Clark bar is a classic candy bar that hasn’t been as popular as say, Snickers. It’s been around for years, but hasn’t acquired the star status. Currently Clark bar is made by New England Candy Company (NECCO) and comes in milk and dark chocolate varieties. Since Clark bar is kinda hard to find, I felt extremely lucky to find this Clark Dark in a Rite Aid in the Philadelphia area.
So what is a Clark bar? I admit the first time I came across one I didn’t know what it was. Clark bar is similar to a Butterfinger bar: a peanut butter crisp surrounded by chocolate. Yet in my mind, Clark bar is more “natural”. The peanut butter insides of a Clark bar aren’t neon yellow/orange like Butterfinger’s, plus the chocolate is real, unlike the Butterfinger’s mockolate coating. So Clark bar appeals more to me because of this.
Now I know what you’re wondering, how does it taste?
The Clark bar’s bite has a wonderful crispiness to it that’s very pleasing to chew. The chocolate is nice and rich with a sweetness that’s hard for me to declare it as milk to dark chocolate because the peanut butter crisp interior is just so powerful of a flavor. The color of the chocolate is darker, so it fits the description. The peanut butter crisp interior has the really strong flavor of a creamy, salty peanut butter and it matches beautifully with the chocolate. The chocolate, according to the ingredients list, it also the real thing, so all I can say is, as far as I’m concerned, I’d much rather eat a Clark bar than Butterfinger.
Overall, I’m impressed. This was really tasty. If you haven’t ever tried a Clark bar, I’d pick one up if you ever come across one.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Clark Bar Webpage
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