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March 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Godiva Shamrock Truffles

Godiva Shamrock TrufflesSaint Patrick’s Day isn’t exactly a big candy holiday. Potato and shamrock flavored candies, thought they exist, aren’t exactly mainstream.

Godiva, who is always good at merchandising, has a limited edition Shamrock Mint Truffle. These dipped bonbons are right up my alley, they’re a a classic mint ganache with Godiva chocolate chips enrobed in a dark chocolate shell and strung with a lucky green shamrock.

Godiva was kind enough to send a box of them to me, you can also get them as singles in the store. A box of 5 retails for $12. (The samples I got came in a box of six ... dunno why that was.)

Godiva Shamrock Truffles

The spheres are beautiful. I’ve mentioned before that I prefer enrobed chocolate over molded pieces, there’s something about the tempering of enrobed chocolate that I think has a better mouthfeel. So these had me right away with their excellent attention to detail. The little clovers in a white chocolate colored light green were cute - the flavoring wasn’t too sweet and didn’t distract from the rest of the confection.

The pieces smelled mostly of minty chocolate. The whole thing reminded me of mint chocolate chip ice cream. The shells were thin and coated the cream filling expertly - none had any cracks or leaks.

The filling was creamy smooth with a light mint touch. They were sweet, but the dark chocolate did a good job of balancing it out. They really were the bonbon version of mint chocolate chip ice cream. The only hesitation I had with them were the colors - I don’t know what the ingredients are but the center looks like it might have a touch of coloring in it, which makes it look like grout, not some sort of decadent peppermint ganache. There’s no reason why this couldn’t be a year round item (though I could see a little peppermint candy candy decoration for Christmas).

I ate the whole box with very little help: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

Johnny also has a review of them.

Related Candies

  1. Fannie May Mint Meltaway
  2. Robitaille’s Presidential Inaugural Mints & Turtles
  3. Hershey’s Nuggets Double Chocolate
  4. Kohler Chocolates Garden Ganache & Toffee Mountains
  5. Ritter Sport Peppermint
  6. The Mint Kisses: Chocolate Mint & Candy Cane
Name: Shamrock Mint Truffles
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Godiva
Place Purchased: samples from Godiva
Price: $12.00
Size: 3.33 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Mint, United States, Godiva

Name: Shamrock Mint Truffles
Place Purchased: samples from Godiva
Price: $12.00
Size: 3.33 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: 6-Tempting

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:07 pm     Comments (8)

Eat with your Eyes: Godiva Chocolate Pearls

I love candy.

Godiva Chocolate Pearls

That is all.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Espresso Filled Dark Chocolate

Espresso Filled Dark ChocolatesFeeling a little sluggish after having an hour ripped from your lazy Sunday?

How about a little spot of sweet espresso and some dark chocolate to get your going?

I picked up these little Espresso Filled Dark Chocolate nuggets at Cost Plus World Market. I think they’re made by Mieszko, a Polish candy company. I was hoping they’d be like the Ferrero Pocket Coffee that are so hard to get here in the United States.

The packaging was nicely done. The stand up pouch has a zipper lock for re-sealing. Each individual piece is wrapped in a paper-backed foil and then a thin cellophane over that to seal it up tight. Often I worry that filled chocolates will be cracked or oozy, but every one was perfect.

Espresso Filled Dark Chocolates

The little domed rectangular nuggets are about one inch long, 3/4 of an inch wide and about the same high. The dark chocolate isn’t particularly dark, the package says that it’s at least 40%. It smells rich and dark, but that’s about as good as it got on that front.

Espresso Filled Dark Chocolates

The chocolate shell was nicely tempered and thick enough to be a strong container for the liquid center. The chocolate is smooth but far too sweet and lacking in bold chocolate punch. The espresso goo inside is a smooth and syrupy texture. It smells nicely of coffee but is sticky sweet. I liked the sweet roasted barley notes to it, but it wasn’t what I’d call espresso at all, I’d call it a Postum syrup.

It’s too bad, the price was decent and the fact that they’re pretty easy to find if you have a Cost Plus World Market nearby would make them a great item for coffee lovers. But these aren’t for coffee lovers, they’re for people who heap spoonfuls of sugar into their espresso and call themselves coffee lovers. In reality they’re for sugar lovers who like coffee flavor ... nothing wrong with that and here’s a candy to go with that. (I know, I said at the top of the review this might be the caffeinated pop to get you going after the time change, I was wrong.)

Related Candies

  1. Javaz - Milk & Dark Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
  2. Bouquet of Fruits Vinyeard - Wine Filled Chocolates
  3. Java Twix
  4. Trader Joe’s Espresso Chocolate
  5. DeFranco’s Espresso Secrets
  6. Pocket Coffee
Name: Espresso Filled Dark Chocolate
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Mieszko
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (Glendale)
Price: unknown
Size: 5.1 ounces
Calories per ounce: 126
Categories: Chocolate, Coffee, Poland

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:24 pm     Comments (6)

Eat with your Eyes: Twix Triple Chocolate Returns

The Twix Triple Chocolate is three layers of different chocolate textures: a chocolate cookie, chocolate caramel covered in chocolate.

Twix Triple Chocolate

Here’s my original review.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:48 am     CandyFeatured NewsFun StuffPhotographyComments (2)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: KitKat Chunky Peanut Butter

Every once in a while I buy something to review, not realizing that I’ve covered it on the blog already. I bought this KitKat Chunky Peanut Butter last year before I was on Good Food to talk about KitKats around the world. (Package image here.)

KitKat Chunky Peanut Butter

It was really good. The peanut butter flavor is much more earthy and grassy than the peanut butter candies here in the US.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:06 am     CandyFeatured NewsFun StuffPhotographyComments (1)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: Straight out of the Package

I love opening a candy wrapper and finding a picture perfect bar inside.

Nestle Crunch - Even More Scrumptious

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:59 am     CandyFeatured NewsFun StuffPhotographyComments (0)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Powerberries

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Covered PowerberriesTrader Joe’s Powerberries look like a dream. They’re dark chocolate covered real fruit juice pieces made with acai, pomegranate, cranberry & blueberry juices.

I don’t know what pieces of juice are, but the package makes them look like dark chocolate M&Ms that are packed with powerhouse antioxidants.

The stand up zip pouch is actually quite attractive. Often with Trader Joe’s products I look at them a couple of times in the store over several weeks before I buy them. Maybe it was the lavender background or the font that made me feel like a Jane Austen novel. What was especially pleasant was that the product inside looked exactly like the package showed them on the outside.

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Covered Powerberries

They are stunning. They’re glossy little obloid spheres - some the same size as M&MS, others smaller or larger. The dark chocolate is nearly black though it’s only 41% cacao. Sniffing the bag did not yield a chocolatey aroma, instead it was deep berry. It smelled like blueberry yogurt and maybe a little coffee.

Though it says on the package that it’s dark chocolate, there’s actually milk products in there, so this is out right away for vegans. Further reading and I saw that there’s confectioners glaze, so it’s out for vegetarians as well. They’re gluten free and low sodium (50mg per serving) but made on equipment that processes tree nuts and in a facility that handles peanuts and wheat.

Trader Joe's PowerberriesThere’s no crispy coating on them, it’s chocolate (with the light glaze to keep them from sticking together). The bite is soft and immediately I got fruity flavors. Even when I let the chocolate melt first, I got fruity flavors.

The center isn’t a jelly like I’d expected, but more like a grainy berry fudge. At first I was disappointed, but then I kept eating them. The berry flavors are sweet but really well rounded with blueberry and pomegranate having the best flavor notes. Blueberry gives it a tannic quality like strong tea and the pomegranate and cranberry have good tart and dry flavors. The chocolate does little more than give some body to it, the cocoa notes are overshadowed.

I had no trouble eating the whole bag within a week - I’m not sure if I’ll buy them again though. They might make a fruity alternative to M&Ms for Easter though or a really elegant chocolate candy for favors for a wedding or party.

I suspect that these are made by

Terra Nostra, but that’s only because they’re made in Canada and the package says that the dark chocolate contains 100mg of natural flavanoid antioxidants in each 40g serving. Trader Joe’s has a long track record of selling not only Terra Nostra’s products but also repacking them in their house brand.

It appears that I was incorrect, these are made by Brookside Foods.

Another review of them here on Danica’s Daily also shows the extremely long but all natural ingredients list.

Related Candies

  1. Wonka Squishy Sploshberries Gummies
  2. HiCHEW World Fruit: Dragonfruit, CamuCamu, Durian & White Peach
  3. Bissinger’s Pink Grapefruit Gummy Pandas
  4. Gourmet Gumdrops
  5. Loukoumi Artisan Confections
  6. Brach’s Gummi+Plus & Tropical Gummis
Name: Dark Chocolate Covered Powerberries
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Trader Joe's
Place Purchased: Trader Joe's (Laguna Hills, CA)
Price: $3.49
Size: 8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 128
Categories: Chocolate, Canada, Trader Joe's, Kosher, All Natural

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:43 pm     Comments (17)

Eat with your Eyes: Snickers Xtreme

When I take pictures I usually shoot 5-10 products in one session. So at the end of the session I’m usually left with a dish of bitten or broken pieces of candy. Here’s what a photo session remains for the Limited Edition Snickers Xtreme looked like. (Original review here.)

Snickers Xtreme Leftovers

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:20 am     CandyFeatured NewsFun StuffPhotographyComments (0)

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