Thursday, August 24, 2006

Choxies in Boxies

I picked up a couple of little Choxie items at Target over the weekend while I was getting my new bike tuned up.

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The first one was an impulse buy, the lines were very long and I was scouring all the checkout areas for limited edition items when my husband pointed out this bar. It doesn’t have a very sexy name: Choxie Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar, but the package was certainly cute and all the elements were compelling.

It’s like a combination of a peanut butter meltaway and a chocolate covered pretzel.

The bar is thick and has an ultrasmooth peanut butter filling. Mixed into that are pretzel bits and peanuts. The whole thing is cloaked in milk chocolate.

The pretzels and nuts are unevely mixed and the first two squares I ate didn’t have anything in them but peanut butter. The peanut butter filling is nice and as far as I can tell from reading the ingredients label it’s so freakin’ smooth and sweet because it’s blended with white chocolate.

The real distraction here are the pretzels. They’re stale. They’re not crispy, they don’t add a satisfying crunch. Color me disappointed.

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I don’t have much to say about these Choxie Caramel Pecan Nesters. They’re basically milk chocolate turtles: pecans, caramel and chocolate. They came in a little box and there were only two of them, each individually wrapped.

I took the photo and I gobbled both of them up!

High praise, I’m usually the model of restraint. It’s not that they were so divinely delicious, but they smelled awesome, that sweet pecan smell and chocolate, I wish I could bottle it. Though the caramel wasn’t anything more than sweet and the chocolate was just ordinary, the pecans were fresh and tasty.

Even on clearance (are they discontinuing them?) they were $1.40 for this wee box that had only two in them (one ounce). If you’re looking to torture yourself with a very small portion, this might be the way to go. At the regular price of $2 a box, pass this up and go straight to See’s.

Name: Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar & Caramel Pecan Nesters
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Choxie
Place Purchased: Target (Eagle Rock)
Price: $2.00 & $1.40
Size: 2.5 ounces & 1 ounce
Calories per ounce: 168 & 154
Categories: Chocolate, Peanuts, Cookie, Nuts, Caramel, United States, Choxie

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Comments
  1. I was very disappointed by the PB Pretzel Bar. It seemed waxy and flavorless. Why don’t more companies follow the Reese’s salty pb lead? Overly sweet pb with milk choco is just not good.

    However, the Choxie “Coffee Toffee” bar is decent. Not amazing, but edible. And now I need to try the Caramel Pecan Nesters!

    Comment by Kate on 8/24/06 at 8:27 am #
  2. I’m totally with you on the pretzel bar.  This is something that would totally be up my alley, being a huge fan of the Take 5, but it’s crap.  The creamy texture weirded me out, and the pretzels were not salty.  What’s the point if the pretzels aren’t salty?!

    Comment by Tara on 8/24/06 at 8:48 am #
  3. Hey just wanted to say i tried Pocky the other day! I never would have looked at them twice if it wern’t for your blog. I was just cruising the asian foods store looking for some dashi stock and saw them at the counter. They only had chocolate and strawberry. But hey don’t shoot a gift horse in the mouth. Thanks for pointing these out to me, they’re great to keep in the car (well in winter) and eat on the road.

    Comment by leigh on 8/24/06 at 11:16 am #
  4. hey there, just wanted 2 drop a note on what a fantastic blog u have. i dont really eat candy but i love ur pics and mouthwatering descriptions!!

    Comment by reez on 8/24/06 at 1:20 pm #
  5. I really enjoy the toffee sticks (sort of like giant Almond Rocas), but most of the other things I’ve tried have just been so-so, and definitely not worth the price tag. Target seems to be trying to pass off a mediocre product as “gourmet chocolate.” But perhaps I’m being cynical.  smile

    Their packaging is uber-cute, though! Genius marketing plan.

    Comment by Lesley on 8/25/06 at 11:20 am #
  6. I was disappointed by the PB bar, too. Stale pretzels do not a tasty candy make.

    Comment by Laura Rebecca on 8/27/06 at 2:20 pm #
  7. I haven’t tried the Pretzel Bar, but I’m a sucker for anything w/adorable packaging at Target, and I actually found the “chocolate flakey truffles” to be quite good!  Not true truffle good, but a nice texture change from the chocolate-covered Tootsie Rolls I’m usually munching at my computer!  Obviously, I prefer the dark choc over the milk.

    Comment by Marla on 9/03/06 at 2:31 pm #
  8. Yesterday I randomly felt the urge to try the Choxie PNB-Pretzel bar so went on a candy-hunt at Target in Clairemont, CA.  After browsing and grazing through the candy aisles for quite some time (I brought the empty wrappers to the counter so not to have stolen the treats!!), I have to say that yesterday’s Choxie Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate balls were truly the best find.  I still have yet to try the PNB-Pretzel bar, as there was only one on the shelf, and it had been mangled badly…ick, so I’ll have to return soon.  Anyway, there are also sample packages (which are basically 2 hefty servings of candy!) of a Choxie PNB-chocolate truffle version which come in pentagonal-prism shaped packages bearing the same Choxie aqua/blue graphics for $1/box in the check-out line.  The PNB-filled chocolate balls are sold in packages of about 10 and are irresistable.  I had to have two servings (2 balls).  The PNB filling is cool on the palette, creamy and sweet but still peanutty and with a light chocolate pastyness but does not stick or linger in a way too intense.  Give it a rating of 8.5 for generic candy.

    Comment by ACS on 9/03/06 at 7:43 pm #
  9. I love CHOXIE!!! everyday i wake up, go to the bathroom, and get the sudden urge for choxie. I go and clear out the target isles… YUMMY!!!! My fav is PB pretzel choxie. I usually have 5 or 6 bars for breakfast. Lunch is the choco. covered cherries and dinner is the truffles!!!!!!!!!! YUM, I love choxie. my kids tell me i am insane when i go to pick them up at school singing CHOXIES IN BOXIES.i love them more than my husband. he doesnt taste half as good as choxie.

    Comment by Rolanda on 12/06/06 at 10:16 am #
  10. I bought my lovely husband a box of Choxies - dark chocolate coconut macadamia clusters - from Target for the hefty price of $12.99.  On opening the rather large container this evening I discovered it was(un)filled with only eight (8) candies.  They were nice but for the price, of approx. $1.70 each (inc. tax) I think I would have rather eaten the dollar equivalent of Mars Bars or Almond Joys.  It is quite a rip-off and will reconsider purchases of choxies from Target in the future.

    Comment by Fleur on 4/03/08 at 4:14 pm #

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