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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.

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  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    

Eat with your Eyes: Godiva Chocolate Pearls

I love candy.

Godiva Chocolate Pearls

That is all.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:07 am     CandyFeatured NewsFun StuffPhotography

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.)

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  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    

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 StuffPhotography

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 StuffPhotography

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