Tuesday, October 18, 2005

All the Pretty Mint Horses

Name: Milk Chocolate filled with Dalecarlian Polkamint Truffle
Brand: Dalecarlia Chocolates
Place Purchased: gift
Price: unknown
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 160
Type: Chocolate/Mint

I got these little cuties as a gift from fellow webmaster, Russ, from NaNoWriMo last month. (Unfortunately the box only had three little minty horses left!)

Inside the box are little individually wrapped candy horses. Made with a molded milk chocolate shell, they’re filled with a pink mint cream:

 

The detail on them is really nice, the proportions are good (nobody likes to eat what looks like a deformed animal). Not just an ordinary horse, they’re Dala horses, which are a common symbol for Sweden. The chocolate is rather in between a milk chocolate and a semi-sweet. It’s not heavy on the dairy milk notes, which is just fine with me. The chocolate is smooth and the cream filling is not too sweet. It has a nice mild peppermint hit to it that doesn’t overwhelm the chocolate.

The packaging is obviously for the English-speaking market and I think they probably should have consulted some English-speaking folks to comment on their catch phrase of “A Nice Taste of Sweden!” I’m not sure if other tastes of Sweden are foul and they’re trying to differentiate themselves or if perhaps it’s a catch phrase from their popular culture that just didn’t make it in translation. I think they could also work on the name of the candy. I like to know what to call the things in conversation ... Dalamints? Horsetruffles? Milk Chocolate filled with Dalecarlian Polkamint Truffle, well, you’ve already dozed off reading that, haven’t you?

That aside, it’s nice stuff and if someone gave me a full box of these, I’d be pleased. I was pleased to get 3/10ths of a box ... it can only get better than that!

Rating - 8 out of 10 (I’m a fan of mint and chocolate)

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:43 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewChocolateMints8-TastySweden

Comments
  1. AHHHH MY HEAD I CAN’T SEE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD I’M A _SHOW_ HORSE, HERE!

    Comment by Anonymous on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. What an adorable chocolate! I love oddball candies. Any idea where I can get a hold of these?

    Comment by Porgy on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  3. Porgy - I think Ikea is your best bet.

    Cybele - they come in lots of flavors, actually! I just finished a box of Gingerbread-Truffle filled ones! Yummy!

    Anne in Sweden smile

    Comment by Anne on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  4. Cybele's avatar

    Anne - Gingerbread ... that sounds good.

    Anon - you always hafta eat the head first ... no one likes to start with horse-butt.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  5. Oh those sound nice!

    I bought some Laima chocolates in Latvia- Laima is a famous brand of chocolate there, in fact they’ve been advertising on a big clock in Riga since the 1920s, and so it’s now known as the Laima clock.

    People say “See you at Laima, at 1”.

    Little cultural candy knowledge for you there grin

    Sammy

    Comment by Anonymous on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  6. Thanks Anne, I’ll be on the lookout for the gingerbread model.

    Comment by porgy on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  7. Cybele's avatar

    Hi Sammy!

    Comment by Cybele on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  8. I am rushing to Ikea as soon as I can.  I love the Dala horse design and candy-oh my goodness.

    Comment by Libby on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  9. i live in sweden and i have never heard of those horses. those are nothing we eat here.

    Comment by sweden1 on 9/19/06 at 10:55 am #
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