Brach’s Rich and Dreamy Chocolatey Cremes

I think the unofficial theme for this week is something along the lines of “Candy that’s so fake tasting it may actually be a crime against nature.” Had I been paying attention when I picked these Brach’s Rich and Dreamy Chocolatey Cremes out of the bulk candy bins at my local HEB in Austin, TX, I never would have bought them in the first place. In the candy world, “chocolatey” is code for “not made of real chocolate” and is usually an indicator of candy badness. In this case, it was a sign of candy terribleness. Please note that they are not filed under chocolate.

The Chocolatey Cremes came in Orange Sorbet, Cherry Jubilee, Double Dutch, Raspberry Parfait, and Vanilla Bean. I guess you could call the shapes of these to be like oversized Rolos. I only got a photo of the Double Dutch out of the wrapper (below) because I was too busy tasting nasty candy and spitting it out to remember to take pictures of the others. I think the orange, cherry, raspberry, and vanilla ones had unnaturally colored fillings, but I’m not sure. My notes on these are pretty sparse because I was so distracted by the terrible taste. In fact, I think it’s best if I just reproduce my notes below.

Double dutch – EWW. fake and sugary

Orange Sorbet – like orange creamsicle

Cherry Jubilee – bright cherry popsicle flavor

Raspberry Parfait – gritty raspberry (translation – I was referring to the slightly bitter, seedy olfactory taste artificial raspberry can have, as described here in one of my first ever reviews)

Vanilla bean – caramel vanilla

What is left off of my notes was exactly how mindblowingly terrible they all were. Fortunately for this review, unfortunately for me, I still remember. My tasting process for these basically consisted of take bite, make blech face, spit out bite, hurriedly jot down notes so that I could taste the next one to get the taste of the previous one out of my mouth, make blech face, and so on. Texturally, they were awful – gritty and grainy with a fake chocolate shell that cracked because it was so dry – and the fake chocolate just made the fake fillings taste worse. A , coupled with a wish to rebrand them as Poor and Nightmarish and a temptation to tag these as “not candy”.

  • Jae

    I’ll get you some Chinese candy!

  • So you’ve mentioned fake chocolate/mockolate on here before, and I am wondering: what makes it fake? I assume it’s at least still made of cacao, yes? Is it cocoa powder mixed with other things, like vegetable fats, instead of other parts of the cacao bean?

    God bless the USA (and the European Union, I assume): in Russia there appears to be no regulation on calling something chocolate. Maybe they’ll get there someday… they did just pass a law saying that juices with added ascorbic acid (as a preservative) can’t claim to be higher in vitamin C…

  • Sarah

    I am completely addicted to these. They are delicious.

  • Elizabeth

    I love these, but cannot find them anywhere in NC. Apparently when Brach’s was bought out they discontinued them. Sad day?!

  • kate

    these are the best things ever where can i buy them

  • Steve

    Those were my favorites as a kid and I’ve been looking everywhere for them locally! I guess they’re not made anymore so you may be correct about the terribleness and my taste buds are colored by rosy childhood memories of eating these till I about puked. But I’d like the chance to see! Ah well, I’ll have the memories at least….