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Nov
07



Palmer's Kiddie Chow

I was contacted some time ago by Palmer’s Candies in regard to reviewing some of their products. I was a little worried at first, because the previous experience I’ve had with Palmer’s chocolate is the “mockolate” candies you see sold in large bags at the holidays. They come in adorable packaging and the flavor isn’t very chocolatey at all, it just tastes very sweet. I decided to give Palmer’s Candies a chance, since one look at their website and you see they do lots of other confections besides the stuff you see during the holidays. I was excited to give their other offerings a try, so here we go!

Kiddie Chow:Like the “Muddy Buddies” Chex cereal recipe. Crispy square cereal with chocolate and powdered sugar. The flavor is crispy and sweet. You don’t’ get any flavor from the cereal, but you do get a hint of chocolate and a nice, refreshing sweetness from the powdered sugar. The cereal is perfectly crispy and gives a great texture. The sweetness isn’t too overpowering as one might think. the chocolate flavor isn’t as intense as I’m used to, but that is a difference in the recipe I’m sure. There aren’t messy either, the powdered sugar sticks to the pieces really well.

 

Palmer's Peanut Butter Crispy Yums

Peanut Butter Crispy Yums: Little mounded treats with a coating of chocolate and peanut butter stripes. They’re very soft, and the chocolate sticks to my fingers when I handle them. they smell sweet and peanutbuttery. The peanut butter inside is smooth and creamy ,with bits of crispiness to it, as if it has a crumbled up Butterfinger n it. It’s a delightful texture contrast. The peanut butter is salty/sweet and has a nice roasted peanut flavor. I don’t taste any of the chocolate, which, makes me wonder if it’s really mockolate. But since there’s not ingredients label I can only surmise. Still, they’re tasty and can see peanut butter fans enjoys these a lot.

 

Palmer's Caramel Swirl Pretzels

Caramel Swirl Pretzels: Pretty looking with white chocolate base covering the pretzel with caramel stripes. They smell tangy and sweet like yogurt raisins. They taste tart, of the yogurt coating on the pretzels. They’re sweet and tangy. I don’t get too much of a caramel flavor in there. Its a nice sweet/salty combination, and therefore it’s a satisfying snack. The pretzel is fresh and crunchy and really is a great texture element.

Palmer's Peanut Butter Pretzel Swirls

Peanut Butter Swirl Pretzels: The smells sweet, no scent of chocolate or peanut butter. They’re pretty to look at, dipped in chocolate and drizzled with a line peanut butter. The pretzel crunches nicely so it’s good and fresh. The flavor is a nice mix of sweet and salty. I taste the starch and salt of the pretzel, and the sweetness of the chocolate coating. It doesn’t really taste much like peanut butter to be honest. It jut comes across as a sweet coating on a pretzel, which, is tasty, but not as the description really lends one to believe.

 

Palmer's Peppermint Skippers

Peppermint Skippers: They’re little domes of chocolate with a peppermint center. They look like little mountains, actually. Pretty cute. They smell sweet and of peppermint oil. The peppermint interior is a think, sticky fondant. It’s very dense and grainy and extremely tasty. The chocolate exterior compliments it perfectly with a nice sweetness that depends the peppermint flavor. These taste like a richer, more intense York Peppermint Pattie.

I admit I was a little hesitant about these free samples at first. I knew I’d be sent something I’d appreciate, but these exceeded my expectations. It’s good to know that my old opinions were challenged. My boyfriend was a big fan of the Peanut Butter Crispy Yums, as were the friends I shared these with. Personally my favorite were the Peppermint Skippers, as I really loved the creamy center of those. Which, may I remind you readers, peppermint is a very hard sell for me. Overall I was impressed with this sampling and I look forward to trying the Twin Bing that Palmer’s also sent me. That review coming soon!

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again


Links Palmer Candy Website

 


Nov
04



Hershey's Kisses Marshmallow Creme

Hershey’s Kisses have had many flavor variants in the past few years. Most of which have coincided with a holiday. These were July 2008, an odd time to release a candy as it is out of season and in the middle of summer’s heat. They were tasty and kinda reminded me of S’mores a little bit.


Nov
02



See's Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips Bag

I was contacted a little big ago by See’s and asked if I was interested in reviewing their new See’s Semi Sweet Baking Chocolate Chips. These especially appealed to be since I’m a big baker in my free time, along with my candy reviewing, so this felt like a very good fit to me. I’m easily excited about samples to new products, and See’s chocolate is no exception.

The chocolate chips arrived safely into my hands, of which I was grateful as we’re having some hot days here in our Los Angeles fall weather. The package keeps to the classic design of See’s, with a white background and black lettering all decorated with a checkerboard boarders. The bad is sizable, a little larger than what most bags of chocolate chips are. I found out why when I opened the bag, as the chips are quite large, as you can see!

 

See's Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

This answered a lot of questions I had about these chips, once I saw them. I know See’s uses Guittard chocolate as their couverature. If you’ve ever been to any supermarkets in California, (or maybe just in LA?) you’ll find Guittard brand chocolate chips in the baking aisle. I know this because that’s what I buy for my baking needs. So I’m was wondering if these See’s semi-sweet chocolate chips were going to be the same thing, just re-packaged. So no, these are quite different!

The chips are large, the bottoms about the size of nickels. They’re somewhat flat, which I think would help them melt easier in baked good. They smells rich of chocolate, with notes of caramel, cream and coffee.

The flavor is incredible rich, with really intense, smooth chocolate flavors. The chips are sweet, but not overly so. They have a really nice richness and are very buttery. it’s an excellent semi sweet chocolate.

Now, I’m sure you’re wondering, how do they taste in baked goods? I tested that out too, of course. I made a batch of my boyfriend’s favorite Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies.  The chips melt, but still retain their shape. The chocolate is flavorful and goody fresh out of the oven. Just heavenly!

I certainly plan on adding these into my baking rotation. I plan on using these when my baked item needs a bit more of a chocolate hit.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links See’s Candies Website

 


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