Happy Halloween! I hope Sandy hasn’t ruined it for y’all or knocked out your power.
This Sirius chocolate bar was another gift from my friends Nate and Jane, who mailed me some Icelandic candy after they got back from their awesome Icelandic honeymoon.
The wrapper was matte instead of shiny, which made the bar seem classier somehow. The back ingredients flap translated it as “milk chocolate with orange flavour.”
This bar was lightly scored into squares etched with squares with Sirius in the center, giving it a picture frame effect. The milk chocolate was soft but had a solid chew that gave way to a creamy melt.
The orange flavor in the bar was subtle and sort of spicy, more like dried orange peels than orange oil, and it lingered in the finish. It was much less in-your-face and less cloying than Terry’s version of chocolate and orange, which I appreciated.
The bar was well-balanced and quite tasty, but though I enjoyed it, I don’t like the combination of chocolate and orange enough to want it again. An O.
Halloween is tomorrow! If you’ve yet to buy your candy for trick-or-treaters (I think it’s not a bad idea to wait; if you buy too soon you risk eating it all yourself), get that done ASAP! Unless you live in Sandy’s path – then you should hunker down and stay safe.
What candies do you like to buy to give out on Halloween? My mom always bought miniature Crunch bars because they were her favorite. I love the individually wrapped strings of Whoppers that come in a big mixed bag.
This bar of Sirius Karamellu Nizza (say that last part carefully) came all the way from Iceland! My friends Jane and Nate went there on their honeymoon, and they were thoughtful enough to send me candy that they bought on their trip.
The Sirius Karamellu Nizza was translated on the underside of the wrapper to milk chocolate with toffee. The bar was scored into six segments, and each was imprinted with the Sirius logo.
The milk chocolate was full of little bits of crunchy toffee bits. The chocolate portion had a thick and creamy melt and tasted lightly sweet, with notes of caramel.
The toffee bits shattered cleanly between my teeth. They had a great buttery flavor that was a nice foil to the lightly sweet milk chocolate, and their crunchiness contrasted with the melting chocolate as well.
I wish this bar was available in the U.S. It was so well-balanced and delicious – an OM. There was also a licorice version that I probably won’t review since I don’t like black licorice.
I bought these Valrhona Chocolate Covered Pearls from Whole Foods, where they were sold by weight in a little tub (yes, I know the sell by date says 01/24/2012; this review is based on notes I took about a year ago. Yes, I know that means they’ve been kicking around in my backlog for a while. No, you cannot give me grief about it, unless you always finish everything exactly when you mean to).
The pearls had a crunchy center covered in Valrhona chocolate that was panned and polished to a glossy sheen. They were slightly variable in size but all were around the size of a dried split pea.
Valrhona has a stellar reputation for its high quality chocolate, and these pearls lived up to that reputation. The dark chocolate had a velvety melt with a slightly smoky, deeply earthy cocoa flavor.
The center added a toasty crunch and just a hint of carb-y sweetness. The ingredients list called it “biscuit cereals”, and it was mostly made of wheat.
These guys were addictively poppable, with their delicious mix of crunchy biscuit center and smooth chocolate complexity. At $16.99/lb, they are far from cheap, but a little goes a long way if you can patiently eat them one by one. I think they’d make a great keep-you-awake-on-a-long-drive snack.
They’d also make a great ice cream topper – my mouth is watering thinking about them mixed with my favorite salted caramel ice cream from the Parlour in Durham. Mmm… An OMG.
I can’t believe I’m still eating what I bought in Switzerland nearly six months ago! I’ve been dying to tuck into this one in particular, but have held off for a rainy day. Here we are: it’s raining.
The Ovomaltine bar is produced by Wander, a subsidiary of the Associated British Foods company, which also does, yes, make the classic chocolate malt powder Ovaltine. I loved Ovaltine as a kid, and that’s meant that ever since then, I’m pleased to try new forms of malt.
The bar broke on its own when I was unwrapping it, showing that the twelve brick-like pieces were positively riddled with malt powder.
Eating it was pure joy. The milk chocolate worked very well as a vehicle for the malt, as any fan of Whoppers or Maltesers could tell you. The powder was evenly distributed and so every bite effervesced.
If you told me I had to eat six of these bars a day, I’d be a happy camper. OMG, this bar was wonderful.
I don’t remember where I picked up this Chocolove bar. It could have been downtown here or on my Swiss trip. Either way, I clearly didn’t read the label closely to find out that it’s made in one of the Fifty Nifty United States. Rosa’s reviewed other Chocolove products before, but not this one, so at least it’s somewhat novel that way.
The bar looked a bit dusty and dried up when I opened it, which detracted from its otherwise curvaceous and heart-icon-covered appearance. Each piece broke off cleanly; only a few flakes fell on my coffee table.
The chocolate itself was fairly unremarkable, with a thin flavor. I wanted it to be creamier. The bits of raspberry provided a very welcome crunchiness, though their fruitiness took a while to build up, not at all the “tart… burst of flavor” the package promised.
Not a huge winner for me in the end, but maybe my expectations were set too high. This gets an O.
I was at the Society for Neuroscience conference in New Orleans earlier this week, so I’m turning things over to some globe-trotting friends. Cameron and Meredith are former roommates of mine (we did lots of chocolate truffle tastings together), and they’re writing about some treats they bought on a recent trip through Japan. ~Rosa
Here’s the rest of the Meiji Gummies first covered on Wednesday.
Cameron: A bit firmer than the rest, but unfortunately the bog-standard strawberry flavor that you get from any mass-produced strawberry gummy – it tastes like cheap jam. I’m not totally opposed to it, and perhaps it’s better for a mass market product like this to go with the de facto standard, but it certainly isn’t an innovative or unique take on the flavor. O
Meredith: I have a problem with a lot of strawberry-flavored candy: I can’t stand peanut butter, and apparently over the years I’ve picked up an PBJ-mediated distaste for certain mass-produced strawberry jam flavors too.
I like fresh strawberries and some strawberry-flavored products (again, Hi-Chew comes to mind), but this sort of mass-produced strawberry jam flavor is seriously offputting to me. This strawberry gum actually had a peanut butter aftertaste for me that is almost certainly illusory, so I have to give it a highly subjective –.
And finally, the odd one out – the white grape flavor, from the Pupurun line. (Which has a particularly adorable mascot.)
Cameron: No question, this is a superior gummy to the other product line. It’s super soft, with a center that’s just barely not liquid, and the flavor is very nice and authentic to the fruit. It’s got a bit of complexity that’s similar to the difference between seedless and seeded grapes, and some wineyness in the aftertaste. OMG
Meredith: First off, I loved the texture of the dome gummy! It has a sproingy outside layer and an oozy melty inside, much like an actual grape. And its flavor is spot on in the “real grape flavor” category. Makes me want to go to the market and buy some Finger Lakes grapes! A solid OMG.
We ended up rating the Pupurun a bit higher than Rosa did – I think this is the closest you’ll get to a direct comparison, so you can maybe say that we’re a hair less discerning than your usual host!