Annie B’s Caramels

I bought these Annie B’s Caramels at a very fancy design/decor shop. So fancy, in fact, that the caramels were all that I could afford in there.

These caramels came in long rods, each about the size of my index finger, rather than in what I consider to be the traditional cube shape. I got one in original (blonde) and one in chocolate (dark brown).

I think Annie B’s was shooting for an old-timey look with their crinkly cellophane wrappers. I wasn’t such a big fan of the packaging – while it did a nice job not sticking to the caramel, it tore awkwardly in places when I tried to unwrap it, leaving me with random bits of cellophane.

The original caramel was far too sweet for my taste. There was a bit of butteriness to it, along with some bright fruity flavors that verged on sourness. The texture was also not what I expected – grainy and chewy rather than sticky and pulling.

I liked the chocolate one far more. In fact, before I looked it up, I thought it was treacle. It’s not as sweet as the original but manages to retain some of that bright fruitiness. There are notes of molasses and a depth to the flavor that’s reminiscent of bitter chocolate.

I enjoyed the chocolate one, which gets an OM, but the original was too sweet to be appealing for me, so that gets just an O.

See also  Kasugai Mangosteen Gummy Candy