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Thursday, June 2, 2005

Newman’s Own Sweet Dark Espresso & Orange

Name: Sweet Dark Orange and Sweet Dark Espresso
Brand: Newman’s Own
Place Purchased: Whole Foods
Price: $1.89 each
Size: 2.8 oz
Calories per ounce: 145
Type: Chocolate

I probably shouldn’t buy chocolate bars called “sweet” and expect something other than sweet. And this being a candy blog, I should probably stop mentioning that I find candy sweet. I’m just calling them like I taste them.

These bars are of excellent quality. Smooth and without grain. The chocolate has good flavor, not much vanilla essence, mostly a roasty, robust chocolate flavor. Each has a flavor added to it. The Espresso has an excellent rich coffee flavor and of the two, I liked the mix of flavors best. It’s not as sweet, and stays true to espresso’s smoky vibe.

The orange one has a wonderful orange peel aroma to it, but the chocolate flavor gets lost in it and of course, I found it a little too sweet.

The chocolate yielded well, melting smoothly on the tongue. Of course it helped that it was very hot over that weekend that I picked them up. I took the bars next door and Amy and Robin agreed that the espresso was the best.

It should probably be mentioned that Newman donates all proceeds from sales to charity and the products are, to the best of their ability, fair trade and organic. But for a high priced “gourmet” bar, I expect just slightly better flavor balance and meltiness.

Rating: Espresso - 7 out of 10
Orange - 6 out of 10.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:09 pm     CandyReviewNewmans OwnChocolateCoffee6-Tempting7-Worth ItUnited StatesWhole Foods

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Bali’s Best Coffee & United Coffee Candy

Name: Bali’s Best Coffee Candy
Brand: Fusion Gourmet, Inc.
Place Purchased: 99 cent Store
Price: $.99
Size: 7.05 oz
Calories per ounce: 125
Type: Hard Candy

Name: United Coffee Candy
Brand: United Foods Public Company Ltd.
Place Purchased: gift from Mom
Price: $1.75
Size: 7.05 oz
Calories per ounce: 125
Type: Hard Candy

Two different kinds of coffee hard candy. United Coffee Candy is from Thailand and the candies are little, flat rectangles and the Bali’s Best are from Indonesia (Bali) and are circular. Both have similar ingredients - leading with Sugar, then Glucose Syrup with Bali’s Best adding a little dried milk and then both round it out with coffee powder and oil. Pretty simple, and both get it absolutey right.

Each of them are crisp and densely rich. Sweet but with a robust and full sweet coffee flavor. Bali’s is just a little creamier because of the milk powder, but it also has a little more of a bitter twang to it.

Though the shapes are different, each are individually wrapped in sealed pouches.

Both are definitely keepers, something I’ll keep in the car or my purse or even the desk drawer. Easy to share and since I’m the type who likes to crunch her hard candies, these are very satisfying with a toffee consistency.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Related Candies

  1. Werther’s Caramel Coffee Hard Candies
  2. KitKat Mocha
  3. Hachez Chocolates
  4. Coffee Crisp

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:48 pm     CandyReviewCoffeeHard Candy & Lollipops8-TastyIndonesiaThailand99 Cent Only Store

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Coffee Crisp

Name: Coffee Crisp
Brand: Nestle (Canada)
Place Purchased: Bristol Farms (Pasadena)
Price: $.79
Size: 1.76 oz
Calories per ounce: 148
Type: Chocolate Candy

Nestle’s known for the Nestle Crunch bar. This one is a bit of a twist. This huge, light block of a bar has layers of crisped cookie alternating with creamy coffee coated crisp. It’s all covered in a light layer of milk chocolate or more likely a waxy chocolate-like product.

It’s very sweet, but though the bar is large, it’s very light and crunchy. The ingredients list such artery-clogging items like palm and shea oils and hydrogenated soy oil. But I’m doing this for the good of science so I tossed aside my usual embargo on trans fats and wolfed this down.

The scent of coffee as you bring the bar to the mouth is quite evident, but the taste really isn’t there. The bar has lots of good textures, the crunch was crunchy without being dangerous like Cap’n Crunch or anything. But the whole thing was just too sweet and oily feeling. It’s a satisfying bar in that you don’t even feel you need to eat the whole, but it’s not one I’d probably buy again.

Rating: 5 out of 10

(Note, since this review the Coffee Crisp is now distributed widely in the United States by Nestle and was reformulated to contain only a trace of trans fats.)

Related Candies

  1. Nestle Crunch Cappuccino Stixx
  2. Cafe Select Chocolate Coffee Trios
  3. Pocket Coffee
  4. Coffee Beat

POSTED BY Cybele AT 5:37 pm     CandyReviewNestleCoffeeCookieMockolate5-PleasantCanada

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