Thursday, December 12, 2013

Haviland Holiday Dark Chocolate Nonpareils

Haviland Holiday Dark Chocolate NonpareilsHaviland Holiday Dark Chocolate Nonpareils come in a smart looking brown and red gable box, probably nice enough to tuck into a gift basket, stocking or take with a bottle of wine as a hostess gift. It’s just a little more upscale than a bag of chocolate chips, but pretty much the same thing in the end.

Haviland is a brand owned now by Necco. They’re probably best known for their mints, which are a cross between Junior Mints (a soft creamy center) and York Peppermint Patties (a crumbly fondant in a patty form). The nice thing about most of the Haviland line is that they’re available at drug stores and major retailers but usually use good ingredients without too many artificial things in there.

Haviland Chocolate Nonpareils

The chocolate is quite nice, but better than something like SnoCaps (which are more candy than chocolate) or Flicks (which have no sprinkles). The flavor has a little bit of a dusty quality to it, it’s not bitter, just kind of deep. It’s mostly a woodsy chocolate profile, with pretty strong notes of vanilla.

The chocolate contains butterfat, so it’s not considered vegan, there’s also no sustainability or sourcing statement on the box or the Necco website for their chocolate. As far as I know they don’t make their chocolate from bean to drop, so the sourcing is probably done by one of the big agrichocolate companies like Callebaut, Cargill or perhaps Blommer or Guittard.

I plan on setting them out in a bowl and I expect that they’ll be eaten up by some guests without complaint. But I’m more likely to just buy a bag of the Guittard or Ghirardelli chocolate baking drops and set those out instead in the future.

The big problem I have with the colorful sprinkles is a rare one, the red food coloring is extremely bitter. In this case, it was really unpleasant when I would put the disks in my mouth with the sprinkle side on my tongue. The bitterness was lost in the chocolate if I chewed quickly. But that’s no way to enjoy what’s supposed to be a treat. All white sprinkles solve that problem.

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Name: Haviland Holiday Dark Chocolate Nonpareils
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Necco
Place Purchased: Walgreen's (Echo Park)
Price: $2.99
Size: 5.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 135
Categories: Candy, Christmas, Necco, Chocolate, 7-Worth It, United States, Walgreen's

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:37 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewChristmasNeccoChocolate7-Worth ItUnited StatesWalgreen's

Comments
  1. FRANKLY WHEN I SAW THE SKITTLE AD ON T.V. WITH THE YOUNG MAN COVERED WITH SKITTLES AND HIS GIRLFRIEND EATING ONE OFF HIS FACE I ALMOST THREW UP. WHAT ON EARTH WOULD POSSESS AN AD PERSON TO COME UP WITH AN AD LIKE THIS ESPCIALLY WHEN SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE ACNE AND COULD EASILY BE COMPARED TO THE “SKITTLES BOY” AND TEASED.  IT’S A RIDUCLOUS AD AND ALSO THE CANDY TASTES TERRIBLE. I AM DISGUSTED WITH THIS AD AND HOPE IT IS DELETED BY THE COMPANY WHO DID IT.WHAT WERE YOU THINKING OR WERE YOU THINKING AT ALL? I’D LIKE AN REPLY AND ALSO HOPE TO HEAR YOU WILL GET RID OF THIS AD SO PEOPLE WITH ACNE WILL NOT BE MADE MORE FUN OF THAN THEY ARE ALREADY.

    Comment by del on 12/12/13 at 4:07 pm #
  2. At the above comment: LOL!  Seriously, that may be the most hilarious post I’ve ever read on this site.  That it has nothing to do with the Haviland Nonpareils or with the author/creator of this REVIEW blog just pushes it over the top.

    Reading comprehension, people.

    Comment by Paul on 12/13/13 at 6:34 am #

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