Thursday, June 2, 2005

Newman’s Own Sweet Dark Espresso & Orange

Name: Sweet Dark Orange and Sweet Dark Espresso
Brand: Newman’s Own
Place Purchased: Whole Foods
Price: $1.89 each
Size: 2.8 oz
Calories per ounce: 145
Type: Chocolate

I probably shouldn’t buy chocolate bars called “sweet” and expect something other than sweet. And this being a candy blog, I should probably stop mentioning that I find candy sweet. I’m just calling them like I taste them.

These bars are of excellent quality. Smooth and without grain. The chocolate has good flavor, not much vanilla essence, mostly a roasty, robust chocolate flavor. Each has a flavor added to it. The Espresso has an excellent rich coffee flavor and of the two, I liked the mix of flavors best. It’s not as sweet, and stays true to espresso’s smoky vibe.

The orange one has a wonderful orange peel aroma to it, but the chocolate flavor gets lost in it and of course, I found it a little too sweet.

The chocolate yielded well, melting smoothly on the tongue. Of course it helped that it was very hot over that weekend that I picked them up. I took the bars next door and Amy and Robin agreed that the espresso was the best.

It should probably be mentioned that Newman donates all proceeds from sales to charity and the products are, to the best of their ability, fair trade and organic. But for a high priced “gourmet” bar, I expect just slightly better flavor balance and meltiness.

Rating: Espresso - 7 out of 10
Orange - 6 out of 10.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:09 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewNewmans OwnChocolateCoffee6-Tempting7-Worth ItUnited StatesWhole Foods

Comments
  1. I sometimes pick up the orange one, when I’m at a couple natural foods groceries and need a chocolate hit. Half the time, it reminds me of coffee - and I don’t like coffee, so that’s bad! I wonder if that’s from the manufacturing, transport, storage - or just wonky taste buds on my part?? Anyway, I’m hesitant to buy them nowadays.

    Comment by Tricia on 5/02/06 at 3:09 am #

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