Saturday, April 16, 2005
Name: Fondente Nero
The Man brought this back from Italy on his last visit. It was a stack of three of these generous bars - one was given to his parents and we kept the other two.
It’s a wonderfully dense and rich chocolate, smooth but with a dry finish. It has a very good mouth feel, a good snap and then melts suddenly but there’s something oddly plastic about it. I don’t know if it’s the cocoa butter or we got a bad batch or the vanilla, but it’s just a little off, maybe tastes like its wrapping. However, this is a mass produced bar and readily available in Italy and a good value for a low end gourmet chocolate. Rating: 6 out of 10
Friday, April 15, 2005
Name: Meiji Chocolate “Mild Bitter”
My mother and I purchased quite an assortment of chocolates and candies on our last trip to Little Tokyo. The Meiji Chocolate is similar in its packaging to the Hi-CROWN. It looks like a little box of European cigarettes. These little sticks of chocolate are narrower than the Hi-CROWN, but of equal quality.
The dark chocolate rivals those that I’ve gotten from the Europeans. It is very smooth, though starts a little waxy and dense, it mellows on the tongue with a good dry finish. They’re a little pricy per ounce, but I like the packaging which allows you to only open enough for one at a time. I like the fine deluxe bars that have turned up lately, but breaking them off can be quite messy and I never seem to finish a bar quickly enough so it starts to look unappealing when I get towards the end.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Name: Jasmine Green Tea Chocolate
The prettiest tasting chocolate I’ve ever had. These medallions of milk chocolate are a little on the sweet size, but have a good mouth feel. There’s slight bit of graininess to it towards the end.
But the taste is the real winner here. It’s milk chocolate, but has the fragrance of jasmine tea. It’s not clingy or soapy feeling, simply floral and clean.
The flavor lingers, like a mint would a half hour later. It’s not really the kind of candy you’d idly snack on, it’s more of a finishing chocolate. Something that you eat at the very end of the meal.
I plan to try the other flavors.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Name: Maltimus Maximus
I love malt. I love really good malted milk balls. I will buy Ovaltine and eat it by the spoonful.
I saw this candy bar while walking around on a rainy night in New York and thought, “this is the candy bar for me!”
Oh, it isn’t. It’s clever. It’s cute, but lacks the real malt punch that I desire. It’s made by Cocoa Pete’s Chocolate Bars, they guy who says that he brought us Pete’s Wicked Ale. This is a guy who should know malt!
Opening the package it is a bar divided into four domes that can easily be broken off for easy consumage. Two domes equals one serving. It is a nice, if a little sweet milk chocolate with malt crunchies throughout. No matter which way I ate it (sucking on it until the chocolate melted away and left me with the malty bits) or crunching it down I never got that malty taste.
This is not the malt bar for me (I’m not even sure malt bars exist), but I’m willing to give his other bars a try. They’re a little pricey.
Rating: 4 out of 10
Name: Hi-CROWN Chocolate
I was attracted by the European cigarette box styling of this and expected to open it and have a wave of clove scent wash over me. However, inside was much more delightful. There were six chocolate wafers, each individually wrapped about the size of a thick stick of gum. They were scored in the middle, so you could break them in half.
The chocolate is smooth, buttery and very strong. Not too sweet though just a tad waxy to the mouth before it melts. Not at all bitter, but with a good solid acidic kick to it.
The price is quite appropriate for other types of premium chocolates and I will purchase this again. In fact, as a stocking stuffer, I would certainly prefer this to one of those chocolate oranges. The packaging is lovely and really sells the product. It’s protective and quite a conversation starter.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Name: Super Butter Caramel
I’ve never had better caramels than my grandmother’s and for commercially produced ones I’ve usually opted for See’s. However, I loved this package. The fat little cows just made me laugh.
Inside the package is a tray that fits two caramels across, tiny little cubes that resemble chicken bullion more than candy. They’re a bit grainy but definitely have the super-butter element to their credit.
When I went back to the same store, I couldn’t find them there on the shelf. As far as recommendation goes, if they were sitting around, I’d eat them.
Rating: 5 out of 10
Saturday, April 09, 2005
Let’s face it, there are a lot of sweets out there.
There are the classic favorites that we remember from our childhood and then there is the global marketplace.
I live in one of those international cities where I come into contact with candy from all over the world. Generally I’ve stuck to my own favorites, but now I’m going to share my experiences with the world.
I’ll try to have at least a photo of everything I document here and the basics on price and size.
My taste is not the same as everyone else, so I’ll try to be objective.
Keep watching and I’ll try to have fun new stuff up as often as possible.
Meticulously photographed and documented reviews of candy from around the world. And the occasional other sweet adventures. Open your mouth, expand your mind.