Wednesday, November 12, 2008
One of the candies I kept seeing in Philadelphia (okay, I only saw it at two different places) were Molasses Pops. Even though I grew up in the area, I still didn’t know what they were.
But I was willing to take that $1.25 gamble to find out whether or not I’d like them. But it seemed like a no brainer because it looks like a dark chocolate covered molasses crisp ... or was it?
This variety is by the Balsius Candy Factory in Philadelphia.
It’s a stunning looking candy, with little ripples of dark chocolate on the outside.
Biting into it I found out what it was, a fluffy molasses taffy.
It has a nice pull to it, coming off in satiny strings. At first it was just sweet and the chocolate was the star. Then as I chewed and took further bites the molasses notes came out, giving it a deep woodsy flavor. It was smooth and not at all grainy.
It’s not the neatest candy, but I really liked the combination of flavors and the light chew of the taffy portion.
(David at Candy Addict tried Blasius Candy Factory’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Pop.)
When I mentioned Molasses Pops to a coworker, Jennifer, she immediately asked me if the ones I’d picked up on my travels were from Wockenfuss Candies.
Well, there’s another company I hadn’t heard of, because with a name like that I would definitely remember them. Wockenfuss is based in Maryland and makes other regional favorites including their own Molasses Pops, Taffy Pops and other Maryland Shore favorites like salt water taffy and fudge.
So Jennifer set out to immediately rectify the Wockenfuss hole in my life and ordered three boxes of their pops and shared them with me.
The Wockenfuss Molasses Taffy Pop is about the same size, clocking in at 1.1 ounces and is also covered in dark chocolate. It’s wrapped in gold foil (and if you order a whole box I can say that it’s a stunning looking presentation to see a dozen of them stacked in there).
The chocolate is thicker, wonderfully tempered and smells divinely sweet and a bit like coffee.
The chew is smooth and silky with the easily-melting chocolate providing a wonderful mix of flavors. Like the Blasius, it’s all very sweet that beginning but as the chew progresses it gets salty and woodsy and the molasses flavors come out.
The other pop they do is the Caramel Taffy Pop which I went ahead and sampled. These are wrapped in yellow foil and covered in milk chocolate. At first it’s a very sweet chew, not quite as stiff as the molasses one but with lots more milky flavors. Then it gets rather salty, a nice change from other caramels that keeps it from getting to cloying.
I have to say that this recent trip (and a taste of Fralinger’s Molasses Taffy as well) makes me miss molasses candies. I just don’t see them in my California travels as much and it’s a shame because it’s such a wonderful flavor.
I give all of them 7 out of 10
POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:29 pm
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