Thursday, October 6, 2005

The Rocas

Name: Almond Roca and Cashew Roca
Brand: Brown & Haley
Place Purchased: Cost Plus
Price: $.99 each
Size: 1.26 oz
Calories per ounce: 159 (Cashew) 161 (Almond)
Type: Toffee

Almond Roca is cool. It’s the perfect hostess gift when you only have time to dash into the nearest drug store. Everyone likes it, it isn’t expensive, but feels like it is. It comes in a frighteningly pink tin, which is easy to slap a premade gold bow on. People who bring me Almond Roca don’t come off as cheap at all, I consider it a treat. (For the record, I don’t think anyone has ever given me Almond Roca, though I’ve been offered it at other people’s houses, no doubt someone else brought the host it as a gift.)

Almond Roca is a simple little invention - a small log, like a chubby pinky finger of crispy toffee is covered in chocolate and rolled in crushed almonds. (Sorry, it kinda looks like something you’d find in the cat litter but that’s probably why they wrap it in that sassy gold foil.) Cashew Roca is the same thing, only rolled in crushed cashews and wrapped in an even more luxurious cobalt blue foil.

Honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference between the two, the nuts are crushed into such small bits and their proportion to the overall mass of the toffee and chocolate is minute. The almond one has more calories, but besides the swap of nuts on the ingredients, they’re the same but maybe the cashew one is a bit creamier.

The coating is a bit disappointing though, it’s always a bit greasy, sometimes comes off in clumps. It’s not real chocolate, but a pretty good grade mockolate.

Still, it’s dang tasty.

Ratings - 7 out of 10

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:45 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewBrown & HaleyMockolateNutsToffee8-TastyUnited States

  1. It’s kind of misleading, the picture posted on the Almond Roca website (what else is new).  They make it seem as if you can actually identify the nut peices.  In real life, like you have shown us, we only get nut dust.

    Comment by Sarah Lou on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. For a very long time, I avoided Almond Roca because I didn’t like almonds, but when I finally tried it I was hooked.  Heck, I even like almonds now.  Very good stuff.

    Comment by Marvo on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  3. They also have Mocha Roca, which happens to be my personal fave.  Mocha Cashew Buttercrunch Toffee.  Lil hard to find tho.  My dad got me a tin of it from Seattle.  Good coffee taste to it.

    Comment by Jae on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  4. Although I do like Almond Roca, something about it, probably the design and packaging, makes me think of it as “old lady candy” and reminds me of the Golden Girls.

    Comment by Calamari on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  5. Cybele's avatar

    calamari - yes! Golden Girls! Or Mary Kay cosmetics ...

    Jae - I really wanna try the mocha roca, maybe I’ll check around to see if I can find it today. They didn’t have any at Cost Plus (otherwise I would have bought all three).

    Sarah Lou - yes, I kept looking inside when I bit into it to see if I was missing the nut pieces in the toffee, but never saw any. And my little pieces definitely had nut dust and not nut chunks on the outside. Still tasty. Less chewing!

    Comment by Cybele on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  6. love the headline - “the rocas” ... like a geographical term, “the americas” ... or like a clan, “the hatfields”

    Comment by tg on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  7. Target has been putting the Cashew Roca version on sale over the past couple of months, so I tried them. For some reason almonds do not suit my digestion, but cashews are fine - so I was very excited to find these, since crunchy toffee is one of my favorite candies but most of them seem to have almonds…

    Comment by Tricia on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  8. I live near Tacoma were this candy is made and I have to say they just came out with a new kind of candy that just blew me away.  ROCA Thins.  If you can find them try them.  “Premium” Dark & Milk chocolates! Its like Almond Roca but with more chocolate & less nuts.  WOW!!!

    Comment by Kathi on 3/19/08 at 8:23 am #
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