Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Honey Roasted Peanut Roca

imageI tried the Honey Roasted Peanut Roca for the first time at the All Candy Expo in Chicago last summer. It took quite a while before I saw it in the “wild” and I was really surprised that my first sighting was at the 99 Cent Only stores.

I don’t have a photo of the innards, but I can tell you that it looks just like any other Roca. The foil wrapper on this one is coppery-orange but the little turd-looking candy is just like you’d expect.

The aroma was definitely peanutty with a strong initial crunch in the toffee. The toffee softens quite quickly to a firm chew and then becomes very buttery and a tad grainy as the sugar gives up its structure. I didn’t get much of the Honey Roasted Peanut vibe but the toffee was certainly competent (and I’ve eaten a lot of toffee this week.)

The faux chocolate coating on the candy was less than satisfying though. Rather greasy and soft, it was held in place by the peanut bits stuck to it. I appreciate that they’re experimenting, but this particular one was distracting for me. It didn’t add any “chocolate” flavor to the mix.

On a side note I did try the Candy Cane Roca while at the Fancy Food Show. The combination of toffee and minted chocolate was kind of odd, but overall nice. I don’t think I’d buy it, but I’d pop a few in my mouth if they were sitting in a candy dish.

I found the packaging for Honey Roasted Peanut Roca a little odd on this one as well. Perhaps it was that it was sold at the 99 Cent Store, but the incongruous 3 PIECES on the lower left kind of cheapened the whole thing. It also didn’t look like it belonged because of the font and it didn’t have the gold shadow the rest of it had. I know, I’m being super picky here. But I actually looked at the label rather critically when I first picked it up because I thought it was some sort of knock-off.

I think I’m going to stick with Almond Roca.

Name: Honey Roasted Peanut Roca
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Brown & Haley
Place Purchased: 99 Cent Only Store
Price: $.50
Size: 1.2 ounces
Calories per ounce: 167
Categories: Mockolate, Toffee, Peanuts, United States, Brown & Haley, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:04 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. Can you review the new Twix bar that has come on as a Limited?  It is a Triple Chocolate one.  I bought one and have yet to try it.  I want to live vicariously smile

    Comment by Chloe on 1/24/07 at 8:47 am #
  2. Growing up I used to think that Almond Roca was a high class candy with it’s pink regal-looking tin and gold foil wrapping, but now that you’ve found a variation of it at a 99 cent store my image of Rocas have been shattered.

    Comment by Marvo on 1/24/07 at 8:48 pm #
  3. $1.49 for a Mountain Bar!! Here in Portland the local Walgeens drug store chain sold them for 3 for $1.00 for years . Recently went up to 40cents each . They do still have them 3 for $1.00 from time to time . At that price I think they are a bargain and I don’t remember them ever being real Choc but the filling used to have more flavor.

    Comment by Will Schou on 9/04/08 at 9:28 am #

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