Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Werther’s Original CaraMelts

Werther's Original CaraMeltsThe past few times I’ve been in Target I’ve eyed these Werther’s Original CaraMelts. I wasn’t quite sure what they were, but the did seem to be different.

I like the bag, it’s a little gusseted mylar/plastic bag that stands up easily. There’s not a lot of extra air or weight to it, so it seems efficient but still inviting and durable.

The package says that they’re Soft Creamy Caramel that Melts in Your Mouth. I didn’t know what that meant because the image on the front was just a drawing, not a photo of the actual product. The ingredients list didn’t actually sound that tasty: Sugar, Vegetable Fat (from one or more of the following: Sheanut Oil, Illipe Butter, Mango Oil, Sal Oil, Palm Oil), Cream Powder, Sweet Whey Powder, Butter Fat, Maltodextrin, Skim Milk Powder, Fat Reduced Cocoa, Soy Lecithin, Caramel Sugar Syrup, Artificial Flavor, Salt.

It sounds like some sort of artificial coffee creamer.

Werther's Original CaraMelts

The pieces inside are individually wrapped and look a lot like other Werther’s Original Caramel products. Each was well protected and emerged looking in good condition.

Werther's Original CaraMelts

The pieces are odd. They’re stocky oval swirls of solid “white confection” in some sort of butter toffee flavor. I was thinking they’d be like butterscotch baking chips. The color is kind of dead - it’s not yellow (or even artificially colored at all) but more of a that grayish color that some people turn before they faint. They’re shiny, but not slick looking. The color reminds me of support stockings.

The smell is, well, buttery. It’s fake but not like the Buttered Popcorn Jelly Belly. It’s pleasant and not overwhelming. There’s a lot of milky dairy notes to it, and guessing from the ingredients that’s an authentic scent. The bite is like a white chocolate confection. It’s quite smooth but lacks a good melt - it’s like the melting point is a little too high for the human mouth. So it’s vaguely waxy and greasy at the same time. The flavor is lightly salted and buttery with a toffee and caramel note.

I just can’t figure out why I’d want to eat these, unless I was looking to put on weight and perhaps get some calcium (8% of your RDA in 7 pieces). They’re not too sweet, but also just not very satisfying for any of the cravings I get on a regular basis.

I like the classic Werther’s products, but their diversion into chocolate products (I don’t know what to even call this) is hugely disappointing. I think the best caramel product Storck makes is Reisen.

Related Candies

  1. Rococo Bee Bars
  2. Storck Toffifay
  3. Werther’s Original Caramel Dreams
  4. Werther’s Caramel Coffee Hard Candies
  5. Werther’s Original Chewy Caramels
  6. Green and Black’s White Chocolate

Name: Werther’s Original CaraMelts
Brand: Storck
Place Purchased: Target (West Hollywood)
Price: $2.29
Size: 5.2 ounces
Calories per ounce: 131
Categories: Candy, Storck, 5-Pleasant, Germany, Target

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:26 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyStorck5-PleasantGermanyTarget

  1. Hi Cybele,

    It’s interesting to see you review these Caramelts. Here in the UK they are due out soon to supplement the other chocolate flavours in the range. I totally get what you mean about the texture being somewhat odd. I thought it was a bit of unnatural melt that I wasn’t all that sure about at the end of the day. I thought it spoilt some pretty tasty chocolate caramels.

    Comment by Jim on 9/08/10 at 12:41 pm #
  2. Ilipie butter??

    The only comprehensible link for “ilipie” that Google finds is this very entry.

    Comment by Cactus Wren on 9/08/10 at 4:37 pm #
  3. I googled the ingredients for these, and here is what Wal-Mart lists on their site:
    Ingredients: Sugar, Vegetable Fat (From One Or More Of Sheanut Oil, Palm Oil), Cream Powder, Sweet Whey Powder, Butter Fat, Maltodextrin, Skim Milk Powder, Fat Reduced Cocoa, Soy Lecithin Emulsifier, Caramel Sugar Syrup, Artificial Flavor, Salt. Sugar, Vegetable Fat (From One Or More Of Sheanut Oil, Palm Oil), Cream Powder, Sweet Whey Powder, Butter Fat, Maltodextrin, Skim Milk Powder, Fat Reduced Cocoa, Soy Lecithin Emulsifier, Caramel Sugar Syrup, Artificial Flavor, Salt.

    No ilipie butter that I could find.

    I am surprised, Cybele, that you didn’t compare the rather dead- or nylon-looking color of the actual candy with the picture (or drawing) on the package, which looks colorful and kind of pretty, and more what you’d think caramel is actually supposed to look like.

    Comment by Sarah tobergta on 9/08/10 at 4:44 pm #
  4. Cybele's avatar

    Sorry, it’s illipe butter (my old eyes are having trouble with too many I’s & L’s in sequence). Illipe has a higher melting point than cocoa butter so it’s more often found in candles, lip balms and soaps.

    Comment by Cybele on 9/08/10 at 4:52 pm #
  5. These were really good before they repackaged them, at least for awhile. About 3 months after I first saw them the flavor completely changed.

    Comment by Anne on 9/09/10 at 6:24 am #
  6. They might work for caramel corn. Think I’ll test them out.

    Comment by Jeanna on 9/09/10 at 9:51 am #
  7. That doesn’t sound good.  I know that you’re meticulous about your photography, and I’m sure that your color balance here is essentially correct (the wrapper looks “Werther’s”), and disgusting.  If it were any other color it would look better, but beige isn’t a normal food color to me…even raw grains have more character to the color than that.

    Comment by Dave on 9/09/10 at 12:20 pm #
  8. “(my old eyes are having trouble with too many I’s & L’s in sequence)”

    This is why they invented serif fonts!

    Comment by Russ on 9/10/10 at 3:18 pm #
  9. You are so funny. These sound just awful to me and frankly I’m surprised. Give me Caramel Cremes any day.

    Comment by Jenny on 9/13/10 at 12:18 pm #
  10. These are a 10, superb, in my book!!! Delicious melt in your mouths. My coworker & I just die for them.
    But my supe just told me to find the hard ones with a delicious soft center…?

    Comment by Christiana on 1/18/11 at 4:39 pm #
  11. These candies are a flat out 10 to me. I have a hard time finding them and it’s really disappointing. I just ate my last bag of them and I am desperately looking for more!

    Comment by Sam Smith on 9/23/11 at 10:06 am #
  12. Though I usually don’t eat much candy, I’m mad about the Caramelts!!!!  Like Sam, my last bag is gone and I can’t seem to find more….  Help?

    Comment by Tamara Morgan on 11/13/11 at 2:57 pm #
  13. I thought these little melt-in-your mouth confections were ABSOLUTELY DIVINE and it was all I could do not to polish off the whole bag in one sitting

    Comment by SweetSparkina on 3/23/12 at 7:17 pm #
  14. I disagree with the reviewer.

    First, who cares about the bag?  When I bought this the bag and whether it stood up did not occur to me.

    Second, I did not look at the color.  And, why does it have to be compared to support stockings (which are not edible) or a fainting person?  To me, the color is - buttery caramel.

    Third, when eating candy, never look at the ingredients.  If you are eating candy, why look at the ingredients.  It will never be good.  If you care about ingredients, go get a yam.

    Fourth, I think they taste great!  Very addicting.  Soft so won’t break dental work or teeth like NIPs, or stick to teeth like Jujubees.


    Comment by Christine on 6/05/12 at 8:00 am #
  15. Cybele's avatar

    Christine - why would you visit a candy review blog is you don’t care what other people think, notice or think about? Let alone comment.

    Comment by Cybele on 6/05/12 at 8:08 am #
  16. I first had these about 6-7 years. I had went over to my grandma’s house, and she offered me one. She told me they were soft, and not the hard candies (which I like, but they hurt my teeth). I kind of looked at her funny because they looked kind of weird to me, but I ate one anyways. They were so good, and between my grandma, my son, and I, we ended up going threw just about the whole bag. From then on everytime I went over to her house, she always had them in her candy dish. My grandma ended up passing away 4 years ago to lung cancer, and I guess I never thought about those candies again until today when I was at CVS and passed all the werthers caramel. I looked all over for the caramelts, but couldn’t find them. When I got home I looked on the werthers website and there is no mention of them. Are they not being produced anymore? If they are can anybody tell me where I could possibly find them? I live in KS….

    Comment by Amanda on 5/06/13 at 9:37 pm #
  17. That’s odd that yours were a whitish color. The ones I bought at the Caramel Shop in Disney’s Epcot’s Germany were the golden color of caramel and they were absolutely delicious! I LOVED them and have been looking for them everywhere! Thanks for letting me know you found them at Target. I will definitely have to look there now. But I found them wonderful and a change of pace from caramel that is of gooey and liquidy consistency and the other side of the coin where it is so sticky it sticks to ones teeth. I give them 5 stars. I wish I knew why yours were a whitish color as I said, mine were caramel colored.

    Comment by Marie McGregor on 1/05/14 at 11:40 am #
  18. Has anyone been successful at finding these in the U.S. This year? I haven’t located them anywhere and now they are no longer available online through Amazon either. This was our favorite candy! If anyone has success in locating a vendor please post,

    Comment by LMilliga on 8/20/14 at 2:03 pm #
  19. I like the taste of these but since purchasing my first package a couple of days ago I have been ‘racking my brains’ to remember what other sweet they remind me of….And I have now remebered - It is CARAMAC - a chocolate bar shaped product originally made by MacKintosh and now by Nestles.

    Comment by Mac Candy on 10/04/16 at 6:46 am #
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