Archive for April, 2011

Hedonist Farm Egg Truffles

April 15th, 2011 by Rosa

Usually I review Easter candies after the holiday is over – love those steep next day sales! But today, I’m actually reviewing an Easter product before Easter, thanks to free samples from Hedonist Artisan Chocolates.

These Farm Egg Truffles are made to look like (aka are not made from) farm eggs. They are mind-bogglingly gorgeous with their shiny, speckled shells. Each truffle was about the size of a real egg, if that egg were cut in half and left with a flat back.

They came in Bittersweet (dark brown with white speckles), Peanut Butter (light brown with dark brown speckles), and Coconut (white with yellow streaks and blue-green speckles).

Bittersweet lived up to its name. Its ganache was dry, rich, heavy, and thick, with almost no sweetness.

It tasted of pure chocolate goodness, lots of genuine dusky cacao flavors, and a lightly smoky cocoa finish. Sometimes simple can be so good!

Peanut Butter had a dry and crumbly peanut butter ganache. I polished off the whole thing before I remembered that I had meant to retake the cross-section photo – there were whole roasted peanuts hidden in there as well!

The whole peanuts were a great addition – dry and crunchy with a strong, roasted nuttiness. They also carried a perfect hint of saltiness that really made the classic chocolate and peanut butter combination sing.

Coconut had a thin, white chocolate shell with a lusciously creamy ganache. The white chocolate was high quality, very mellow, lightly sweet, and full of vanilla goodness.

Strands of coconut were mixed into the ganache, which added a textural contrast – that special squeaky chewiness that coconut has – and a lovely floral nuttiness.

I’m a little ashamed to say that I ate all three of these in one sitting. My friends were disappointed to learn that there was none left to share, though they delighted in eating the extra Easter truffles that Hedonist also sent me.

Peanut Butter and Bittersweet get OMGs while Coconut gets a ZOMG! For the sake of my waistline, it’s probably good that these are a holiday-specific treat.

It looks like noon on April 20th is the deadline if you want to order some for yourself in time for Easter. I promise they’ll draw oohs and ahhs and yums!

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Ode to a Norwegian Kit Kat

April 14th, 2011 by Rosa

Robyn Lee of Serious Eats wrote a post that’s a darling ode to Norway’s version of a Kit Kat. The serious eater that she is, she had a blind taste test comparison!

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Butterfinger Snackerz

April 13th, 2011 by Rosa

Butterfinger Snackerz are a relatively new addition to the Butterfinger lineup. I got mine as a free sample as part of a gift bag from the National Confectioners Association.

The front of the wrapper called them, “crispy bite-size candies with a smooth Butterfinger-flavored center, ” while the back anointed them, “crispy, chocolatey bite-sized treats with a smooth Butterfinger candy-flavored center then topped with a peanut-buttery drizzle.”

Why am I sharing both descriptions? Because the back is far more telling than the front – the keywords “chocolatey” and “peanut-buttery” indicate the presence of neither real chocolate nor real peanut butter. Hooray!

The Snackerz are about thumbnail sized. They had a hollow “peanut butter” schmear in the cetner which was surrounded by a candy crisp shell, all dipped in “chocolate” and prettily striped with more “peanut butter.”

The candy crisp had a great textural crunch, like superthin shards of toffee, and a light peanut flavor. There was a nice saltiness to balance the sweetness of the confection.

The chocolate, however, was less impressive. It had a muted cocoa flavor that was practically non-existent. That’s what you get when you make your “chocolate” from palm oil!

I think this would be awesome if it were mixed into ice cream or baked into cookies (as long as the texture could be preserved through baking), but on their own, they’re rather meh thanks to the lack of true chocolate flavor. An O.

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Chocolate is a Super Fruit

April 12th, 2011 by Rosa

The science is in: According to this paper published in the Chemistry Central Journal, cacao seeds “provide nutritive value beyond that derived from their macronutrient composition and appear to meet the popular media’s definition of a ‘Super Fruit’.”

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Cadbury Curly Wurly

April 11th, 2011 by Rosa

This Cadbury Curly Wurly came to me via my friend Neil, who’s currently living and working in the Netherlands. I’d had one before during my summer in England, but it somehow never made it onto the blog.

I do believe that the Curly Wurly is named after its crazy loopy shape. It’s comprised of strands of intertwining caramel all covered in milk chocolate.

Alas, mine was a bit broken by the time it made it to me, but that didn’t affect the taste at all – just the Curly Wurly-ness.

The caramel was quite chewy and sticky – as I chomped through the bar, it managed to wind its way into all the nooks and crannies of my teeth. It tasted sweet and butterscotchy.

The chocolate layer was quite thin. It tasted sweet and slightly sour with a light malt flavor and a mild cocoa-ness.

Despite the extra-stickiness of the caramel, I enjoyed the pure caramel + chocolate combination. For a mass produced, check-out aisle-type bar, it was quite good! Taking price point into account, I’d say this deserves an OM.

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Green and Black’s Dark 70% and Toffee

April 8th, 2011 by Rosa

These miniature Green and Black’s bars came in my Chocolate Gift Pack, courtesy of the NCA. We’ll start with the Dark 70%.

Both bars were lightly scored into 12 rectangular segments, each prettily imprinted with Green and Black’s apostrophe/leaf logo.

The Dark 70% was simply described as “dark chocolate with 70% cocoa content.” It had incredibly deep burnt coffee notes and a strong earthy intensity.

I enjoyed the start, but the finish was rather chalky and lightly astringent. If it weren’t for that lingering unpleasantness, it would merit an OM. With the finish that it does have, an O.

The Toffee was described as “milk chocolate with toffee.” The milk chocolate on its own was only so-so. It was grainy and lacked any thickness to the melt.

The toffee was what really made this treat. It had a great crunch and a clean cleave. Strong notes of butterscotch candy (think Brach’s discs) were tempered with a slight sourness and saltiness that really brought out the toffee notes.

This was quite enjoyable. Not nearly as delicious as Vosges’s take on milk chocolate and toffee, but definitely far cheaper and decently delicious for the dinero. An OM.

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Ridiculously Realistic Chocolate Candy Mushrooms

April 7th, 2011 by Rosa

Etsy is full of amazing food finds. Check out these incredibly realistic-looking chocolate candy mushrooms from Andie’s Speciality Sweets. I don’t know about restricting oneself to just one bite per half hour though…

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Wilbur Chocolates – Cashmere and Bronze Medal

April 6th, 2011 by Rosa

I got a few of squares of Wilbur Chocolates in my free Chocolate Gift Pack from the National Confectioners Association. I’ve never heard of them before, so I was happy to get the chance to try them.

They call their milk chocolate Cashmere, which I find a fitting name, as I associate milk chocolate with a softer, more luxurious melt than that of dark. It was significantly lighter in color than the semisweet, which looks almost black in comparison.

The Cashmere was super thick and amazingly, tongue-coatingingly creamy. Yet it also had a strong snap to it when bitten into, an unusual combination.

Its flavor had strong butterscotch notes with a fruity, sweet finish. I thought it was a delicious milk chocolate treat that would convert any dark chocolate snob. An OM.

Bronze Medal was extra snappy. Its cocoa flavor was genuine, dark, and incredibly deep, with notes of cherry and dried cranberry.

If I could figure out how to buy this, I would reach for it as a great snacking chocolate. I loved its depth of flavor and lingering finish. Another OM.

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Chocolate-Dipped Beer Marshmallows

April 5th, 2011 by Rosa

1) These Truffle Truffle Beer and Pretzel Marshmallows look ridiculously delicious.

2) As does this homemade recipe version from The Kitchn. If you feel intrepid enough to take it on, tell me how it is. And send me some!

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Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Drops

April 4th, 2011 by Rosa

I got to try this small, sample-sized bag of Hershey’s Drops as a free sample via the National Confectioners Association.

It’s hard for me to envision these Drops as anything but a wannabe M&M’s competitor. Even Drops’s slogan of “No candy shell – No mess” calls to mind the M&M’s catchphrase, “Melts in your mouth, not in your hand.”

The Drops were spheroids, like M&M’s, but they were significantly larger and more irregularly shaped. All of them were imprinted with the Hershey’s logo, which stood out in sharp contrast to the brown Drops.

The flavor was that of classic milk chocolate Hershey’s, with that distinctive sour finish. It’s not the classiest chocolate, but it’s certainly a classic!

The chocolate was surprisingly solid. I was expecting a creamy melt. Instead, it didn’t melt so much as dryly dissolve.

The Drops was a suitable shape for a chocolate vehicle, but it lacked the textural contrast of a candy shell and the nice, tongue-coating melt of M&M’s. It was nice to try them, but I wouldn’t buy them. An O.

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