Look – Baskin Robbins Collaboration

I received two packages of Look chocolates as free samples from Tsunami.hk, an online purveyor of Asian goods, including candies. Today I’ll review the Baskin Robbins Collaboration, and Wednesday I’ll review the Parfait a la Mode.

The Look chocolates came as 12 little filled rectangles, three each of four flavors. In the Baskin Robbins Collaboration, the flavors were Strawberry Cheesecake, Jamoca (sic) Coffee, Orange Sherbet, and Vanilla.

Strawberry Cheesecake had a grainy thin chocolate shell with a pink filling. It tasted sweet and brightly, artificially fruity, with a slightly seedy bite.

Jamoca Coffee had a grainy lighter brown inside. It had barely any coffee flavor, just a light, chocolate sweetness.

Orange Sherbet’s filling was grainy and the color of a creamsicle. It had a bright, artificial citrus fruitiness that didn’t blend with the chocolate in a harmonious way.

For some reason, Vanilla’s center was solid (the others had a grainy paste). It smelled weirdly of fake coffee and didn’t have any flavor of its own that I could discern – this one just tasted of the chocolate outside.

While the idea of the Look chocolates was interesting, the execution was underwhelming with meh chocolates and fillings. An O.

Milka Nussini Hasselnuss

This Milka Nussini Hasselnuss bar was a gift from my friend Neil, of Dutch ex-pat fame. I don’t know what Nussini means, but I’m taking an educated guess that Hasselnuss means hazelnut.

The Nussini bars were wafer sandwiches topped with hazelnut bits and covered in chocolate. The wafers were quite light and airy, an absolute delight to crunch through.

The hazelnuts added a great roasted nuttiness through the bits of actual nut, and I think they may have been hidden in the cream in the wafer sandwich cookie as well.

Finally, the chocolate was unobtrusively mild and nicely tied the hazelnut and wafer cookie together. This was a light and wonderfully well-balanced bar that was a pleasure to crunch through. An OM.

Oh Henry

The Oh Henry bar is an old school classic that’s been around since the 1920’s. In my experience, they’re pretty low profile – I see them in the candy aisle and in occasional fun size mixes, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen advertisements for them.

They were labelled as “peanutty, caramel, fudge bars in milk chocolate.” There were two bars in the package.

The bars were solid, dense little logs. The fudge and caramel insides were chewy but not sticky and quite grainy. That combination of caramel-flavored fudge packed a powerful sugar rush wallop.

Half peanuts dispersed throughout the bar added a light crunch to the texture and a strong nuttiness that did little to dispel the sweetness. The chocolate had a mild cocoa flavor that was totally overwhelmed by the fudge center.

While the make-up of the bar sounded promising, it was entirely too sweet for my taste. A glass of milk helped with the cloying sweetness, so an O – but it just barely escaped getting a — rating.

Delicious Chair

Via Design Milk, news of a chair that looks good enough to eat – because it is! The sugar chair is “a life-sized chair made entirely out of sugar (30 kilos). Because it is made of sugar, the chair can be shaped and personalized by its owner, making each one unique.”

I don’t think it’s a good idea to eat and sit, in this case…

Tic Tacs and Canadian Giveaway

Tic Tac Canada sent me a bunch of Tic Tacs to help promote their Fun Fresh Talent Search, a contest that asks Canadians to upload videos of themselves showing off their talents for a chance to star in a Tic Tac commercial and win $5k.

I used to love Tic Tacs when I was a kid. They were marketed as mints, so they made me feel grown-up, but they tasted like candy, so they pleased my kiddie palate. When I hit middle school, Altoids were the “in” mint, and I left Tic Tacs behind… until now!

Orange Tic Tacs were my favorite when I was a kid. Either they’ve changed since then, or Orange Tic Tacs are different in Canada – they were white, not orange! But they did taste like I remembered.

All of the Tic Tacs that I received were shaped like tiny pellets. The orange ones had a smooth, glossy shell that tasted mildly sweet.

Once the shell was gone, the Tic Tac took on a more granular texture, and the orange flavor came through – sweet with a slightly sour tinge and a round, mellow orange ctirus flavor. While the shell was hard, the center was slightly softer and chewable.

Green Apple was a fruity flavor that didn’t exist when I was a kid. The shell of these had a bit of candied green apple flavor, which I enjoyed, but the flavor of the center was way over the top – sweet and sour but with way too much artificial sweetener aftertaste.

The Tic Tacs were as I remembered – fun little pellets that are really more candy than mint (neither of these fruity flavors made much lasting impact on my breath). I preferred the orange to the green apple, but I’ll give both O‘s because they’re both pretty innocuous.

If you’d like a chance to try an assortment of Tic Tacs for yourself, and you live in Canada, you’re in luck! Thanks to Tic Tac Canada’s PR people, I get to give away one set of Tic Tac swag to a randomly selected commenter. To enter, leave a comment about what your talent is by 11:59 PM, EST on Friday, May 13th. Be sure to leave a valid email address in the email field. Canadian readers only. Good luck!

Perles au Miel (Honey Beads)

These Perles au Miel, loosely translated as honey beads, were a gift from my friend Neil, who’s currently living and working in the Netherlands. The wrapper says that they’re “fourrees miel”, which means filled with honey.

They were extremely hard-shelled little balls with a prickly granulated sugar shell. The flavor was spot-on with the amber complexity of genuine honey – just a skotch darker than clover honey.

Once the sugar sand dissolved, the resulting candy was literally a thin shell of its former self. The shell was thin enough that just a hint of pressure was enough to crack it, revealing the sticky, thick, honey ooze within.

The ooze was quite viscous and held its shape like a gooey caramel. It was quite capable of working its way into the nooks and crannies of my teeth.

The shell became chewy when combined with the oozy center. Overall the candy was sweet without being cloying. If you love honey sticks, as I do, you’d love these. An OM.

I wasn’t able to find an exact match for these online, but I found similar products called “boules de miel“, or balls of honey. They seem like a very European thing.

Blommer Pure Milk Chocolate and Pure Milk Chocolate with Almonds

I got these Blommer bars in my American Chocolate Week giveaway bag: one of pure milk chocolate and the other of pure milk chocolate with almonds.

The pure milk chocolate bar was extremely snappy. It was slow to melt in my mouth, but once it did, it was incredibly thick and coated the entirety of my mouth.

It tasted of rich caramel with a slightly too sweet finish. Even though it was a tad too sweet for my taste, I still found it quite good for a milk chocolate bar. An OM.

The pure milk chocolate with almonds bar had the same milk chocolate base. The addition of the almonds let it take on a whole new depth.

The almonds were raw (I think they were unroasted?) and nutty and made for a nice addition to the milk chocolate. Another OM.