Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Rum Cordials

Rum CordialsOne of my favorite chocolate treats since I was a teen are Koppers’ Cordials. They’re little dark chocolate spheres, about the size of a hazelnut that hold a crystal sugar shell inside filled with a “cordial” of some sort. They’re just flavored, not real alcohol. The easiest flavor to find is Rum, but I’ve picked up Cognac, Mandarin Orange, Mint and Sambucca (Anise). In fact, Koppers has at least 40 different varieties.

Most of the time I find them at the chain bulk candy stores like Candy Station or Sweets Factory. They’re usually rather expensive (being a chocolate item and also rather difficult to make), most of the time approaching $20 a pound. But I was happy to see them at the Jelly Bean Factory over the weekend. They’re a great movie candy because they’re easy to eat and easy to savor, so that’s what I did with them.

The bonus to buying them in a pre-packaged bag is that you’re pretty sure you’re getting the flavor your want. The problem I have getting them in bulk sometimes if they have a large assortment is that they all look the same and can get jumbled up by a careless employee or a devilish customer. There are a few flavors that I find really unpleasant (Amaretto), so it’s no fun to get one of those by accident.

Rum Cordial Close-UpI’m positively spellbound by everything Koppers makes. They’re all so beautiful to behold. They’re always so shiny and perfect. It’s one of the things I’m looking forward to about the All Candy Expo ... that huge wall they do of all of their products with little spoons so that you can taste each and every morsel.

The dark chocolate is sweet and mellow. Not too bitter or complex. It’s really just there to hold the cordial. The sugar shell is crunchy if you like to bite yours in half or just chew the whole thing. The cordial filling is like a hit of rum extract. I felt very sophisticated as a kid when I’d go to the candy counter at the department store and get a quarter pound of these (and a half a pound of gummi bears).

It’s also kind of fun to dissolve the chocolate slowly to get to the sugar sphere. It’s pretty durable, until of course enough of that to dissolve and out comes the little trickle of the cordial center.

Rum Cordials are the easiest to find, but I have to say that I prefer the darker flavors of Cognac and Whiskey or the real flavor zaps of Mandarin Orange or Sambucca.

If you want to feel really sophisticated, you can try real cordials from K Chocolatier in Bevery Hills (I know I was kind of harsh about the price, but they were $40!) for a real vodka martini inside of a chocolate sphere. Now that’s a sophisticated indulgence.

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  4. Fairway NYC
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Name: Rum Cordials
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Koppers
Place Purchased: Jelly Bean Factory (Burbank)
Price: $5.00
Size: 8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 121
Categories: Chocolate, United States, Koppers, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:48 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Just wanted to say, i love your candy reviews.. got me craving all kinds of sweets, i’ve got to run down to the store now and get me some sweets.. must be fun doing it.. Yumm..

    Comment by Ima-chan on 7/18/07 at 11:14 am #
  2. I didn’t like these as a kid and haven’t had one in years.

    But you have talked me into buying a bag the next time I’m in Fairway. You’re very persuasive!

    Comment by The Velvet Blog on 7/18/07 at 11:32 am #
  3. Damn. Fairway has many of the Koppers candies, but I couldn’t find any cordials.

    Comment by The Velvet Blog on 7/20/07 at 4:52 am #
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