Friday, May 13, 2005

Chalky Bites

Name: Botticelli Bites
Brand: Botticelli Chocolates
Place Purchased: Big Lots
Price: $1.79
Size: 7 oz
Calories per ounce: 140
Type: Chocolate

I was excited to see these at Big Lots. I’ve been buying something called “Cookie Joys” made by Harry London Chocolates from Trader Joe’s for a few years now. I assumed that these were the same thing. And they probably were - about four years ago when these were probably manufactured.

I guess this is one of those things you learn the hard way from buying at the closeout stores. Chocolate is not something to buy on the cheap. Most often I am sorry when I do.

These came in three different flavors - Mint Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Double Chocolate. Only the Mint Chocolate ones did not have a bloom on them.

The Chocolate Peanut Butter looked fairly good (as they do in the photo) but the peanut oils must have gone rancid. The Double Chocolate were just plain white and chalky and I tossed them after sorting through to see if any of them were good.

Wholly disappointing.

However - if you ever find the Harry London varieties, I heartily recommend them. Hershey’s introduced a mint cookie bar a few years back which I was positively addicted to. This is the new replacement for it.

EDIT: Since writing this review I’ve found out that Botticelli is owned by Alpine Confectionery that also owns Harry London. They’re the same thing, just different packaging. Obviously these were stored improperly and were past their prime, thus got a poor rating.

Rating: 2 out of 10 (because I actually ate some of the mint ones, otherwise it’d be a 1)

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:23 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewBotticelliHarry LondonChocolateCookiePeanuts2-AppallingUnited States

  1. I love your blog, It’s so awesome.

    Hmmm, you reviewed this on a friday the 13th! Coincidence maybe that they were so bad?

    Comment by Stacey on 1/22/08 at 1:48 pm #
  2. I recieved a box of candy for V-day.  It is your perfect pecan patties.  They are hollow and the carmel has leaked out of the patti and has hardened.
    VERY Poor quality.
    It is extreamly dissipointing to recieve inferior product that you can not open and share with your guests.
    Laural Miller

    Comment by Laural on 2/23/09 at 10:23 am #
  3. Cybele's avatar

    Laural - you do know that I’m not the candy company, this is just a blog where I write about my experiences. Your best bet is to contact the company directly. (Or have the person who gave it to you return it to the store where they bought it, it’s more likely that they sold past-due merchandise.)

    Comment by Cybele on 2/23/09 at 10:32 am #
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