Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Things I’m Not Going to Get Around to Reviewing

I’d say that I don’t review about half of the candy that I acquire. Some is for personal consumption or gifts, but a good proportion I just never get around to. Most of that you’ll never even see. These shown below are ones I at least took photos of, yet I still couldn’t muster a review.

Do if you’ve had any of these, please feel free to chime in with your thoughts so that at least other folks can get some feedback on them.

Brix Chocolate for Wine

Brix Chocolate - Special milk & dark chocolate blends made just for eating with wine. It comes in huge blocks that seem like they’d be difficult and messy. I picked up these tasting squares at the Fancy Food Show. I photographed them, I ate them. I read some other reviews.

Valerie Gold Leaf Fleur de Sel Caramel

These are Valerie Confections liquid caramel eggs in a dark chocolate shell with a dusting of gold flakes. They were divine and I ate a half a dozen of them in a matter of three days. (Along with a fabulous box of my favorite Lemon & Hazelnut Nougat.)

Eurocrem BlokI bought this in Pennsylvania last year at the grocery store near my sister’s house. Eurocrem Blok - it sounds like it could be the name of any number of products. A brand of butter. A solid deodorant stick. Maybe a fine chocolate.

I bought it because of the name and the package design, not because I thought it’d be good. Even though the package clearly says it’s good until October 2009, it was bloomed. Could have been my fault, could have been something that happened in my luggage. Could have been the store. But it wouldn’t be fair to review it and I’m not really into eating chalky chocolate.

Brandini Toffee Samples

Brandini Toffee has been suggested for review several times by readers. I thought that the Fancy Food Show was a perfect opportunity to do that. They gave me these itty-bitty samples (mostly because I visited them on the last day, not because they were stingy or anything ... not that any candy company is obliged to give me free samples just to get reviewed, because that’s also not true).

Not really the way to review toffee. One of these days I’ll find it in stores and buy a real-sized portion, not these sugar-cube-sized stuff made for Barbie dolls.

Lake Champlain Java Truffle Egg

I diligently picked out these samples of the missing flavors in my set of Lake Champlain truffle eggs when at the Fancy Food Show.

These are the Java Truffle Eggs.

Then I ate them. They were good. I did actually intend on getting more of them, since they were already photographed at the Whole Foods by my office, but sometimes I get lazy.

Frey Swiss Delice Dark Chocolate samplesThese are little plain dark chocolate tasting pieces of Frey Swiss Delice Dark Chocolate in 72% and 55% cacao.

I picked them up because I thought it’d be interesting to taste the chocolate base for the bars that seem to be so popular at Target and come in a bajillion flavor combinations except just plain chocolate.

I never got around to it and then I lost these eensy little pieces. (Seriously, you think they’re small, but they’re actually smaller than that.)

Goat's Milk CaramelI thought this was a fabulous little bite of caramel.

Goat’s milk is a little gamier, a little tangy and sometimes a little musty tasting compared to cow’s milk. These Beurre et Lait de chevre were no exception. It was like eating a bit of cream cheese with my caramel.

At the point where I ate them after the Fancy Food Show, I’d completely forgotten where I got them from. Then I found the second one a few weeks ago and I have to say that I think they’re product best eaten fresh.

So there you have it, if not full reviews, at least lots of eye candy.

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  5. Ethel Holiday Assortment
  6. Lake Champlain Hazelnut Eggs

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  1. bettyfelon's avatar


    the Valerie Confections liquid caramel eggs are making my mouth water

    Comment by bettyfelon on 4/21/09 at 9:01 pm #
  2. Sera's avatar

    I suffer the same dilemma! ^^

    Comment by Sera on 4/22/09 at 1:55 am #
  3. Those last caramels—is there a brand name?  I googled “Beurre et Lait de chevre” but came up with nothing.  Caramel with a hint of cream cheese?  I must have them!  Please, if you have more info, post it or email me.  And thanks for your wonderful blog!

    Comment by Kathleen on 4/22/09 at 3:21 am #
  4. The Valerie eggs are really outstanding. Divine. Delicious. I don’t know which adjectives to pick, because so many of the positive ones describe said eggs.
    But the best part is how I came to enjoy them: A couple of weeks ago I was driving home on Beverly and thought, hey, Valerie is close by. I’ll go in and buy myself one chocolate. I went in, and really it’s not a store so much as a kitchen with one tiny retail counter. And on that counter, a giant platter of all their full-sized chocolates and toffees. The sales lady was VERY nice and encouraged me to try every single one. For free. Even though I was just buying one chocolate. I just tried three, because it seemed to all be too much. Go there today. But don’t over do it! We don’t want them to take the giant platter away!

    Comment by Rebecca on 4/22/09 at 8:06 am #
  5. The “Eurocrem Blok” is a chocolate that comes from Croatia (small country in Europe…next to Italy). It’s made of hazelnut, milk and cocoa cream. It tastes sweet and feels very crumbly, so it tastes pretty awful.
    The slogan “35 godina rastemo zajedno” means more or less “35 years of growing together”

    Comment by candyholic on 5/15/09 at 1:06 pm #
  6. Belatedly seeing these lovely comments.  The eggs will be back for Easter, and the Liquid Caramels are now available year round, paired with 72% Bittersweet Truffles.

    Oh, and the giant plate of chocolate samples will never go away.

    stan @ valerie

    Comment by Stan on 1/11/10 at 8:28 am #
  7. The Euroblok actually isn’t bad. It isn’t very sweet, at least none of the ones I’ve every come across have, and I’ve been getting them here in Germany for several years now. The chocolate is smooth, slightly crumbly - yes, but not dry, or bitter either. I wouldn’t call it bittersweet, or milk, or dark. I would say it’s got milk and cocoa butter in it, but a rather minimal amount of sugar in the chocolate layers. The real ‘sweet’ comes from the white layer, which is made of tightly packed and high sugar/cream content hazelnuts. If you’re looking for something sickeningly sweet, this isn’t your candybar. It takes me four sittings to finish mine, as I only have them with an evening coffee, so I cut them into little squares. It’s a perfect accompaniment to a cafe con leche or macchiato.

    Comment by rhion on 11/09/12 at 11:15 pm #
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