Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Manhattan Chocolates Dipped Mint Cremes

Manhattan Chocolates Chocolate Dipped Mint Cremes - Kosher for PassoverTonight marks the start of Passover (the 15th of the month Nisan).

The dietary restrictions during Passover not only mean no grains, chometz, except for matzo meal but also no kitniot (legumes). This means a lot of the ingredients commonly used for candy preparation are forbidden during this festival. No peanuts is obvious, but also no corn syrup, no soy lecithin, no cornstarch, no soy or canola oil.

Most observant Jews I know simply go without candy during this time or stick to the tried-and-true holiday specialties like macaroons or chocolate dipped matzo. I know that it’s possible to make great candy that’s Kosher for Passover - something that goes beyond the mediocre Manischewitz molded chocolate items.

The Gelson’s Market near my house had a nice display of Passover items near the entrance and I was pleased to see a few more upscale and decadent items than the common jelly slices. I picked out these Chocolate Dipped Mint Cremes from Manhattan Chocolates.

Manhattan Chocolates Chocolate Dipped Mint Cremes - Kosher for Passover

The box was pretty, just green themed on white with chocolate drip along the top. Inside it was a little less upscale. The mint cremes are nestled in little cubbies in a plastic tray, which isn’t such a big deal, except that the candies were much smaller than their little nooks, so they rattled around quite a bit when I carried them home ... and is probably why they look a bit scuffed. (A piece of that fluffy, corrugated waxed paper would probably help.)

The ingredients look great: Chocolate (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, vanilla), sugar, tapioca syrup, natural and artificial flavors. (During the rest of the year there’s soy lecithin in the chocolate and corn syrup instead of the tapioca syrup.)

There are 15 pieces in the box, which holds 6 ounces (so each piece is .4 ounces).

They’re rather tall, more like a cream chocolate than a patty, a little larger in diameter than a quarter.

The chocolate shell is nicely done, no voids or little leaky spots. They smell sweet and a bit like toasty hot chocolate. There’s only a slight whiff of mint.

Once I bit into one, the cream revealed its mintness. It’s soft, the cream is quite silky with only a slight small grain to it. It’s not flowing soft like a Junior Mint and not hard and crumbly like a York Peppermint Pattie ... just a bit in between.

The dark chocolate shell is sweet and not quite bitter enough to offset the very sweet center. But overall it’s a very good post-Seder treat to refresh the palate after those bitter herbs.

I wouldn’t call these glorious or anything, but if I were in a week where I was limited in my choices, the Manhattan Chocolates seem very promising as a line. They’re also lactose free - all year round.

Carl at the National Confectioners Association also found that Oh Nuts! has a great selection (and there’s still time to order before Passover ends).

Related Candies

  1. Ritter Sport Peppermint
  2. Mint Cremes from the Makers of Jelly Belly
  3. Sweet Earth Chocolate Cups
  4. Joyva Joys
  5. Halvah and Turkish Delight
  6. Candy Source: Economy Candy, NYC
  7. Manischewitz Frolic Bears
Name: Chocolated Dipped Mint Cremes
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Manhattan Chocolates
Place Purchased: Gelson's (Silverlake)
Price: $2.99 (on sale!)
Size: 6 ounces
Calories per ounce: 121
Categories: Chocolate, Mint, Fondant, United States, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:53 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. I have a box of those at home!
    I also have a few Sally Williams dark-chocolate covered nougat, and Sakidia brand chocolate covered espresso beans, which are very good.
    All kosher for passover and parve (no dairy).

    Comment by Rachel B. on 4/08/09 at 10:20 am #
  2. Make that SHKEDIA—check them out, Cybele.
    Happy Passover everyone!

    Comment by Rachel B. on 4/08/09 at 10:31 am #
  3. These look similar to the Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Mint Cremes. Anybody had both and want to compare?

    Comment by Paul on 4/08/09 at 10:49 am #
  4. Cybele's avatar

    Paul - I had the TJ’s mint cremes (which I bought for review before Christmas, then promptly ate). If they were the ones that come in a tub, they’re smaller than these and a bit mintier - with a bit more chocolate in the ratio. As long as you’re not looking for Kosher for Passover, I say go for the TJs.

    Rachel B. - thanks for the recommendations!

    Comment by Cybele on 4/08/09 at 11:30 am #
  5. We bought a box of the “Manhattan Chocolates” Chocolate Covered Jelly Rings for our seder and then went and bought more and then back for even more when our local Ralph’s had them at 75% off.  They were really a great product and we look forward to buying them next year. The raspberry jelly was not overpoweringly sweet and the dark chocolate was perfect.

    Comment by Amy on 4/24/09 at 9:26 am #

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