Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Riegelein Confiserie Hollow Chocolate

Riegelein Confiserie Halloween Hollow NoveltiesCost Plus World Market always has a great mix of candies that are both decorative and good quality. This year I picked up their Riegelein Confiserie Halloween Hollow Milk Chocolate foil mix.

They were on sale for $9.99, but going further into the store to the Christmas displays (yes, already out) they had several Christmas mixes that weren’t on sale ... for the same price.

The bag is big, as this is hollow chocolate, and holds 14.1 ounces of actual confection. Not a bad deal for 30% cacao milk chocolate, if it’s good quality.

There were two shapes and seven designs.

Riegelein Confiserie Halloween Hollow Novelties

Each piece is rather light, weighing approximately 12 grams (about the same as a tasting square).

The designs are cute, the little figures come in ghost, witch, monster and jack-o-lantern ghost. The spheres are just different varieties of jack-o-lanterns.

Riegelein Confiserie Halloween Hollow NoveltiesEach of the pieces has a little design embossed on it, nothing that reflects the foil design in the slightest (I’m guessing that it’s generic so they can use the same molded pieces year round).

The figures look like of like board game pieces, little pegs with flat bottoms (though much bigger, about the size of a meaty thumb). The spheres are about the size of a golf ball.

The chocolate itself is glossy and well molded. It smells, well, a little like parmesan cheese and caramel. Not entirely sweet or chocolatey. I’m guessing this is the high milk content (14% minimum) that comes from dried whole milk.

It takes a little getting used to, it’s rich and creamy, rather smooth but still has a strong dairy component that is less confectionery tasting and more like something I’d expect in a bechamel.

The foils are very pretty and nicely done. They’re a bit thin and I had to pick my package carefully as it’s easy to break these (I’m guessing some thumbs poked through two of mine before I got it home).

The ingredients include PGPR and whey (not allowed in the American definition of real chocolate) but also natural vanilla. But the package was fresh, which I think makes a big difference. (Expiration is July 2009.)

They’re well worth it on sale after Halloween if you can find them, but I think that the Christmas ones are a bit nicer. There’s more variety to the shapes, the balls come with little strings so that you can hang them as edible ornaments and I found the Santa to be quite attractive and would make a great centerpiece accent. But I wouldn’t buy a bar of this chocolate.

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Name: Halloween Hollow Milk Chocolate
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Riegelein Confiserie
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (3rd & Fairfax)
Price: $9.99
Size: 14.1 ounces
Calories per ounce: 150
Categories: Chocolate, Germany, All Natural, Halloween, Novelty

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Comments
  1. “size of a meaty thumb”

    There’s a Halloween image now in my head…

    Comment by Cat Skyfire on 10/29/08 at 8:54 am #
  2. The broken piece in the bottom picture kind of LOOKS like a meaty thumb!

    Our CPWM flyer this week shows a “haunted gingerbread house” and it has some of these figures in front. My 5 year old is enamored with it. Maybe I’ll see if they get marked down considerably on Saturday…

    Comment by Tricia on 10/29/08 at 9:21 am #
  3. I am flabbergasted…

    I’ve never seen such an in-depth review of a piece of candy in my life. This, I must say, is rather mind blowing.

    (I’m referring to the whole blog, not just this post.)

    Comment by Rex on 10/29/08 at 2:44 pm #
  4. Sera's avatar

    My gosh these are sooooo cute!

    Comment by Sera on 10/29/08 at 5:41 pm #
  5. YuK…. do not want to try this….ikkkkk
    meaty thumbs????

    pass

    Comment by rufuslady on 10/30/08 at 3:55 pm #
  6. Riegelein, is a family-owned company for more than 50 years. I love the “mega” Father Christmas with 500g fine milk chocolate.

    Comment by susi kochmesser on 9/10/10 at 8:02 am #

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