Thursday, September 22, 2011

Black Cow Chocolate Caramel

When the classic Slo Poke Caramel was revived earlier this year, its chocolatey partner Black Cow was also on the slate for reboot by the Classic Caramel Company.

Black Cow Delicious Chocolate Caramel

Originally released back in the 1920s by Holloway, makers of Milk Duds, the Black Cow was just a chocolate covered Slo Poke (not that dissimilar from the Sugar Mama which was a chocolate covered Sugar Daddy.) In this new version the Black Cow becomes an actual chocolate infused caramel.

The candy now comes in two formats, a large bar (in this case mine is 20% larger at 1.6 ounces instead of the standard 1.5 ounce) and the little individually wrapped pieces.

Black Cow Delicious Chocolate Caramel

Unlike Tootsie Rolls which only have cocoa in them, Black Cow uses whole chocolate (cocoa liquor which includes cocoa butter) in their recipe.

The chew is quite soft. Though you can whack it to make bite sized pieces, I found I had to refrigerate mine. (And once I had broken it into pieces, they reformed into the bar after they came back to room temperature.)

Slo Poke & Black CowThe chew is not quite as smooth as the Slo Poke or even Tootsie Rolls. But the flavor is actually very well rounded - the chocolate notes are rich and woodsy thought not entirely chocolatey. It’s kind of nutty with creamy dairy flavors that are authentic without a greasy partially hydrogenated taste. Still, the ingredients aren’t exactly wholesome, which is sad because real caramel doesn’t really have a lot of expensive ingredients and is relatively shelf stable. This one has both high fructose corn sweetener and partially hydrogenated coconut oil in the list (though very far down, not as predominant ingredients).

For a really satisfying, very chocolatey caramel, you really can’t beat the Storck Chocolate Riesen, which is an actual real chocolate covered chocolate caramel. However, these are far and away better than a Tootsie Roll, which never ceases to bring chewable cardboard to my mind unless encased in hard candy and on a stick.

Trivia: back its heyday the Holloway Black Cow came in a lot of other flavors, including Purple Cow, Pink Cow and Orange Cow, plus the tantalizing Banana Cow.

Related Candies

  1. Slo Poke Caramel
  2. See’s Double Caramel
  3. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Tahitian Vanilla Caramels
  4. Storck Chocolate Riesen
  5. Twix Triple Chocolate
  6. Sugar Mama
  7. Chocolate Covered Sugar Babies
  8. Junior Caramels

Name: Black Cow Delicious Chocolate Caramel
Brand: Warrell Corp
Place Purchased: Dollar Tree (Morro Bay, CA)
Price: $1.00
Size: 1.6 ounces
Calories per ounce: 138
Categories: Candy, Caramel, 7-Worth It, United States, Dollar Tree

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:36 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewWarrell CorpCaramelKosher7-Worth ItUnited StatesDollar Tree

  1. At our local Dollar Tree (which is the only place I’ve seen these so far), the Black Cow sold much faster than the Slo-Poke. Both sold out rather fast, but the Black Cow were gone almost immediately. For a cheaper candy, I thought it had a really nice chew and flavor, but i also like Tootsie Rolls and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews, so I’m obviously a fan of chewy chocolate flavored candies.

    and thank you for the confirmation of the Purple Cow. I had a vague memory of these being available for a short time when I was a kid, but nobody I’ve ever talked to about older candy has ever remembered them. They all seem to remember the short-lived Magic Cow cereal (probably because the commercials inundated TV at the time), but nobody remembered a candy called Purple Cow. I’m sure that they weren’t very good, but I remember always getting one when I’d find the random store that had them available.

    Comment by jim kosmicki on 9/23/11 at 4:27 am #
  2. Just had one of the new black cow but this is on true black cow. A true black cow is a slo-poke dipped in chocolate. Now that is good. not this remake. it’s a fake.

    Comment by David on 10/11/11 at 2:34 pm #
  3. I recently got a Black Cow candy bar after about 30 years of waiting. My friend got it for me and I was so happy. After I ate it though I was very sad. As a child it was my favorite candy that my Dad would buy me at the store.I was extremely disappointed! It is not at all like it was when I was a child.I remember it lasting a very long time and it was like a Sugar Daddy covered in chocolate on a stick. This to me was a sad replacement of not only a candy but of times gone by. If something is going to be redone it should be accurate! I never get on the computer and I felt the need this time to express my opinion in this sad, sad remake of someting I personally have waited years for to no avail.

    Comment by Lisa Richmond on 6/28/12 at 9:45 am #
  4. What a rip off, as stated above this is not the real deal you may have had as a child. Just a cheap choc flavored caramel with no texture. I guess you can’t buy back your childhood.

    Comment by dave on 8/23/12 at 1:45 pm #
  5. Well, Jim K., on Black Cow suckers, ANY-thing sells faster than a SloPoke!

    Comment by SteveCarras on 1/06/15 at 1:37 am #
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