Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Rogers’ Chocolates Victoria Creams

Rogers' Victoria CreamsWhile on vacation I spotted a new store in Cambria, CA called Sweet Offerings. Unlike many other candy shops in the area, they didn’t make anything of their own (no taffy pulling machine, no fudge). It’s just a well curated shop where they have a little of everything and some things that are pretty hard to find.

I was thrilled to see these little gingham wrapped creams from Rogers’ Chocolates of Victoria, British Columbia. I’d never heard of them before, but as you’ll see, it’s easy to see why someone would go through the trouble of importing them.

They come in a huge variety of flavors, at least 16 in the creams. Each wax paper wrapped piece weighs 45 grams (1.59 ounces) - which is like a candy bar. The price was a bit steep ($3.50 each), but I figured I was on vacation (and the Candy Blogger) so I carefully chose what I thought would be a good representation of their products. I got a Vanilla Cream, Coffee Cream, Rum Cream and then two of their other offerings, a Chocolate Almond Brittle and a Dark Empress Square.

Rogers' Vanilla Victoria CreamFirst, the wrapping is exquisite. It’s a simple pink gingham print wax paper. It’s carefully folded and then sealed shut with a little sticker that shows what’s inside as well as the expiry date.

The dark chocolate Vanilla Cream puck has lovely little ripples on top. The chocolate is thick and made the trip rather well (I think this one was actually dropped on the floor while in the shop and was only slightly cracked by it).

The white cream center is interesting. I wasn’t sure what these creams were and the Rogers’ website isn’t much help either. I didn’t know if it would be a fondant, fudge or buttercream.

It’s somewhere between all three. The main ingredient is but the second ingredient in the filling is cream, so it’s a buttery soft center. It’s not at all grainy but not so stiff that it doesn’t sort of “flow”.

The flavor of the vanilla cream is sweet and has a light touch of vanilla ... but mostly the dark chocolate flavor with its smoky semisweet flavor came through.

This is what I’ve always wanted a Cadbury Creme Egg to be.

Rogers' Coffee Victoria Cream

The dark chocolate of the Coffee Cream is well suited.

The center has a pretty mocha color to it. It’s smooth and has a toasted sugar and coffee flavor. The coffee isn’t that intense but comes out as a sweet and mellow flavor eventually. I enjoyed this one since it wasn’t as sticky sweet as the vanilla. 

Rogers' Rum Victoria Cream

The Rum Victoria Cream was quite lovely and had a great texture to the cream center, much smoother than the vanilla one.

However, the flavor was odd. It was fake and was more like some sort of plastic aroma than the woodsy molasses notes of rum. The textures were great, but I couldn’t get over the less than true rum-ness of the whole thing. I ate it rather begrudgingly ... but finished it mostly because it was my last one.

It left me disappointed that I didn’t get a fruit flavored one instead (raspberry sounded nice).

Rogers' Dark Empress SquareThe next item, the Dark Empress Square really doesn’t explain what it is at all. The only thing I was pretty sure about with this light brown gingham wrapped piece was that it was dark chocolate (well, their dark chocolate isn’t completely dark, there’s some milk in it).

Upon opening it I was no wiser. The ingredients were vague enough that it could have been any number of things but it looked like either a toffee or a caramel.

So I was a bit tentative when I bit into it.

Rogers' Dark Empress Square

It was soft ... it was caramel!

The base is a short caramel (not quite grainy but not stringy & chewy). It’s studded with almonds. The flavor is a little on the rum side with good toasted sugar and butter notes and of course the pleasant crunch of crushed almonds. The dark chocolate keeps it all from tasting too sticky sweet.

Rogers' Chocolate Almond BrittleThe final one confused me several times. Black type on brown gingham? Was it some sort of color blindness test?

Chocolate Almond Brittle was at least clear enough for me to know that it was going to be a toffee of some sort studded with nuts.

This was by far the smallest of the pieces I had, though it probably still weighed about the same (there was no weight listed on the wrapper) it was dense and hefty like a chocolate dipped brick.

Rogers' Chocolate Almond Brittle

The brittle center was crispy, a little salty and had a nice buttery flavor to it. The almond pieces were nicely sized, not whole but big chunks that gave a texture variation to it. The dark chocolate went well with the whole thing. The only complaint I had was that the thick chocolate flaked off sometimes when biting it, and when I cut it in half most of it came off completely.

The distinctive and appropriate packaging were what drew me to these, but I appreciate that they are unique - I don’t know if I’ve ever had such good quality and large sized creams before. I’d like to explore the flavor versions a bit more, I have a feeling I’d like their ginger, peppermint and maple ones.

The other butter-based caramel/toffee items were also well done, but not quite as original ... but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t appreciate them and a good candy shop should always have a little something for everyone. (And it’s true that a lot of folks just don’t like creams.)

Roger’s Chocolates has quite a few locations through British Columbia including Victoria where their candy factory is located.

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Name: Victoria Creams, Empress Square & Chocolate Almond Brittle
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Roger's Chocolates
Place Purchased: Sweet Confectionery Offerings (Cambria, CA)
Price: $3.50 each
Size: 1.59 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Caramel, Coffeel, Fondant, Nuts, Toffee, Canada, Kosher

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Comments
  1. Oh, you should have gotten an orange one… those are sooo yummy.

    My family is also a big fan of the Rogers Dark Chocolate orange candy bar… it is filled with tiny bits of candied orange peel and is by far one of the best ones that I’ve had…

    Comment by Mione on 8/11/09 at 8:11 am #
  2. o m ggggg back when i was really young my family would take vacations to Canada and Victoria.. and we would get some of these… Then we started ordering them from the website, and you had to pay almost $100 bucks for the order since the shipping was so high and the creams were expensive, but I haven’t had one now in almost 10 years, I can STILL taste then flavor in my mouth. They are the most delicious things on the planet!!!

    Comment by Erin on 8/11/09 at 9:29 am #
  3. Tricia's avatar

    Maple? And orange? Swoon!

    Comment by Tricia on 8/11/09 at 10:23 am #
  4. i went on a university exchange to victoria for a semester last year, and these are one of the things i miss most!

    Comment by Frith on 8/11/09 at 12:49 pm #
  5. awesome! i live close to victoria and i never knew these existed!

    Comment by tia on 8/11/09 at 6:27 pm #
  6. I live near Victoria (It is an island about an hour and a half ferry from Vancouver) and have these all around BC. In the small town I live in these are widely available and are truly delicious, though not as steep in price (though I’m sure that’s mostly from being imported). Very good and it’s good to see some Canadian treats on here!

    Comment by meghan on 8/12/09 at 1:50 am #
  7. These are famous, and oh so good! I particularly like the fruit flavor cremes… mmm… Wish more places carried them.

    Comment by jessica on 8/12/09 at 8:00 am #
  8. I find the Empress Square and the brittle to be the most tempting.

    Comment by Pam Walter on 8/12/09 at 10:47 am #
  9. I can shed a little light on the name Dark Empress Square. A little… The Empress Hotel is a big, old, famous hotel in Victoria’s inner harbour. Tourists go there for high tea. It’s very, very British. Toffee’s British, no?

    Comment by Andrea on 1/11/10 at 10:17 am #
  10. The fruit ones are really lovely, especially strawberry and orange. But my favourite flavour by far is the ginger. It has big pieces of candied ginger inside. The mix of the sweet creamy filling, the dark, deep chocolate and the spicy ginger is to die for!!!

    Comment by Nicole on 7/29/10 at 4:11 pm #

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