Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day! I hope all our servicemen and women, past and present, know that our country is grateful for their sacrifices, and I hope that all active duty military get to make it home safe and sound and soon.

I also hope that those who get the day off enjoy it! I’m taking a day off too. See you tomorrow!

Palmer Peanut Butter Crispy Yums

On Wednesday, I reviewed some free samples of Palmer‘s Kiddie Chow. Today, I’ll cover their Peanut Butter Crispy Yums, which were also included in my free sample shipment.

They came in the same-sized tub as the Kiddie Chow, but because the Crispy Yums were denser, the tub was 12 oz. rather than 7.

Despite their Crispy Yum moniker, the peanut butter centers were actually rather soft. The crispiness came from little rice crisps that were mixed into the filling. It was still a nice textural touch; it was just that I was expecting something more like a Butterfinger.

The filling had a nice peanuttiness that paired well with the chocolate coating (real chocolate!). I felt that it was lacking salt, however.

Just a bit more saltiness would have made for a nicer salty/sweet contrast with the chocolate. That saltiness is what makes Reese’s so successful!

I liked that the treat was a novel confection. While the flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter was a classic one, the soft center/crispy rice/melting chocolate mix was unusual.

I could have used more peanut flavor and more saltiness, but I still found the treat to be enjoyable. I left the rest of the tub out at work, and it quickly disappeared. An OM.

Palmer Kiddie Chow

I recently received several free samples of chocolate goods from Palmer Candy. Today I’ll review their Kiddie Chow, and Friday I’ll cover their Peanut Butter Crispy Yums.

The Kiddie Chow came in a generous 7 oz. tub. I’ve made Kiddie Chow before, though I knew it as Puppy Chow. It’s called that because it’s made from kid and puppies!

Not really. The treat is a combination of Rice Chex cereal, melted chocolate and peanut butter, and powdered sugar.

The rice cereal made a nice, crunchy base that added a toasty flavor to the confection. Most of the pieces of the treat remained whole squares, though there were many misshapened nubs of broken cereal that still got completed covered in chocolate and powdered sugar.

The chocolate flavor was so mild as to be nearly non-existent, more that of muted cocoa powder. Alas, while the ingredients list included cocoa powder, it also included palm kernel oil, presumably as a substitute for true cocoa butter.

Similarly, the peanut butter flavor was just that of a mild nuttiness. The ingredients list revealed “partially defatted peanut flour.”

The powdered sugar was the dominant flavor of the treat. It added an intense sweetness that the chocolate and cereal could only partly temper.

I enjoyed the treat, but the overwhelming sweetness of the powdered sugar became cloying after a while. An OM if you can manage to eat just a few in moderation, before they get too sweet.

I was tempted to downgrade them to an O for the cloy, but I found myself grabbing a few, a few times a day, until the whole tub was gone. That does define “revisiting” so the OM stands.

Dagoba Xocolatl

Here’s another bar from the Dagoba line, the Xocolatl. It’s described as “rich dark chocolate, chilies, and nibs.”

It had a 74% base, perhaps the same chocolate that made up the New Moon? The chocolate had a dry and crunchy snap.

It was tough for me to get a flavor profile from this bar because the fiery heat from the chilies was overwhelmingly hot. It wasn’t a slow, pleasant burn. Instead, it was the intense, immediate heat of cayenne pepper.

The spiciness lingered in the finish and kept my tongue tingling. I usually love chili chocolate, but this had far too much chili burn that completely displaced the chocolate’s flavor. An O.

Dagoba Chocolates – Milk and New Moon

I received a couple of Dagoba chocolate squares in my American Chocolate Week Chocolate Gift Pack: Milk and New Moon.

I’d reviewed the Milk before, but that was years ago, and it was nice to take another gander at it with a much darker Dagoba bar for contrast.

The Milk was 37% cacao. The coloring was dark for a milk bar (left in the photo below). It had a snappy break and a smooth but not thick melt.

It had a nice complexity – woodsy and dark with burnt caramel notes. I found it quite enjoyable, so an OM.

The New Moon was labeled as “rich dark chocolate” and had 74% cacao (right in the photo above). Its melt was on the grainy side.

The chocolate had a burnt tasting edge with extremely fruity notes of cherry. There was a slight bitterness that persisted in the finish that I didn’t appreciate. An O.

Look – Parfait a la Mode

Monday, I reviewed the Look Baskin Robbins Collaboration. Today, I’ll cover the Look Parfait a la Mode. I received both Look sets as free samples from Tsunami.hk.

Like the Baskin Robbins Collaboration, the Parfait a la Mode was 12 little filled rectangles of chocolate. This time, the four flavors were Blueberry, Pudding, Strawberry, and Chocolate.

The structure of the fillings was different than that of the Baskin Robbins version. These were half-filled with a white cream, then topped with a contrasting flavor goo, except for the Chocolate parfait, where the topping was more solid.

Blueberry was white with purple goo. It tasted darkly sweet at first before the bright fruitiness of jam came through.

Based on the picture on the box, I think Pudding was supposed to be flan flavored. It was white with a gold goo.

Pudding turned out to be my favorite of the bunch. At first, it tasted of just chocolate. Then the flavor of charred, just-shy-of-burnt caramel came through and lingered in the finish.

Strawberry had just a faint fruitiness and a mild, jammy finish. It was similar to the blueberry but more mellow and less flavorful.

Finally, Chocolate was the worst of the bunch. It was poor quality chocolate inside more poor quality chocolate, and the finish was weirdly fruity, but not in a pleasant way.

Another O for the set. As a concept, Look has great potential for fun and versatility, but they really need to use better ingredients to win on the execution.