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Sep
07



Godiva Assorted Sundae Truffles Bag

Godiva seems to be a busy place recently. It feels like every time I’m in a store or pass by their boutique in the mall that they have some new chocolate to announce. So imagine my delight when I saw these Godiva Ice Cream Parlor Truffles in Target. They were beautifully set up at an end aisle display. These were many flavors and different packaging options for the flavors (hmm, so I want a bar, a bag, or a big bag?). Being frugal, I got a bag mix of the Ice Cream Parlor flavors I’m reviewing here, and the smaller bags of the non mixed flavors.

So in this specific mix of flavors we have Milk Chocolate, Dark Vanilla, and Milk Strawberry. They’re trying to cover the basic “ice cream” flavors, although I realize they’re mixing the chocolate candy with the ice cream. For instance, I’m guessing Dark Vanilla has a dark chocolate shell and vanilla ice cream interior. It took me a bit to figure this out, because at first I thought they were just trying to come up with unique ice cream names. D’oh!

Inside the bad there’s a pretty even mix of flavors. The flavors are easily told apart by their brightly colored wrappers: pink for strawberry, cream for vanilla and a rich brown for chocolate. I was a little disappointed about the amount of flavors in the bag, as it seemed like there was a lot of air in it before the candy actually started to take up space.

Each truffle is about the size of a golf ball.

 

Godiva Assorted Sundae Truffles

Milk Chocolate: The aroma is sweet and not very chocolatey. The flavor is that of chocolate fudge, like the kind you get pumped onto your chocolate sundae. It is very sweet and has a nutty flavor to it, and the chocolate flavor is superficial. It is a good flavor never the less, and it’s a very nostalgic one.

Dark Vanilla: Smells sweet and rich of vanilla and cocoa. It has very deep notes to the aroma, and it has this extra creaminess to it. The vanilla interior is smooth and creamy, and tastes like cookie batter. It’s very rich and sweet. it looks like it has flecks of vanilla in it, which is impressive.

Milk Strawberry: Doesn’t smell much of anything. The strawberry interior is very rich and creamy. The berry flavor is intense and has a slight tang to it. Not sure if it’s supposed to be the strawberry or a dairy tang. It does remind me of ice cream, as the chocolate exterior evens out the more tart notes.

This is a nice mix. Granted I did prefer some of the flavors over the others, but as a whole it’s pretty solid. Worth trying if you want to try something different but is still familiar.

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again

Links Godiva Website


Sep
05



Blanxart

I’ve seen Blanxart’s chocolates around for some time now. I see it in stores that carry “fancier” chocolates, like ones by Valrhona and Michel Cluizel. Since moving to Los Angeles I haven’t gotten to locate a store yet to fulfill these chocolate needs of mine for the blog, so it was a nice surprise when I found this Blanxart bar in a gift shop.

Blanxart always stood out amongst all the other chocolate bars I’ve seen in stores because it’s simple. It has a brown paper wrapper with a medieval styled carving printed on it. Amongst all the other chocolate bars that have super saturated colors as backdrops, you can now see why this on was eye catching. I do need to admit the medieval illustration really drew me in as well, since I’m a big sucker for that sort of thing. So, as you can imagine, I kept putting off trying that back since I felt I can always go back for it. Then I moved and was unsure where to find it again. So that’s why I snatched it up this time. 

This milk chocolate bar is more tall and long, unlike others which tend to be flat and wide. The paper wrapper comes off easily to expose a nice protective foil. Inside there you find the chocolate which has a nice middle brown color with a subtle sheen. It smells lightly sweet.

The melt is nice and smooth. The flavor is more European, with more “powdered milk” creaminess to it. It’s very, very nice. The cream flavor is very pronounced and it really heightens the chocolate’ sweetness. The flavors aren’t very complex, but chocolate doesn’t need complex flavor to be really good. This bar is an excellent example of it. The quality of the cream gives it a great caramel/butterscotch flavor in the chocolate and allows the sweetness to be not too intense, but pleasant. All I can say is: yum!

Really, really awesome. If you are a milk chocolate lover, this is a bar to indulge in.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links Blanxart Webiste


Sep
02



Whittakers Slabs

These candy bars are called “Slabs”. I like that name, as it makes you feel like you got a exceptionally big chunk of candy in your hand (or tummy!).


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