Monday, August 23, 2010

Arcor Whisper

I picked up a handful of these enigmatic peanut butter bonbons in Ohio at the Dollar General Store. I really had no idea what they were, but at 33 cents each it was hardly a gamble.

Whisper Peanut Butter Bonbon

I was concerned they wouldn’t travel well, but they did surprisingly well considering the mileage and temperature/humidity variations.

I had to take the wrapper off completely to find out exactly what they’re called and who makes them. They’re called Milk Chocolate Bonbon Whisper. They’re made by Arcor in Mexico. Now, I’m not a huge fan of Arcor’s chocolate candy. But since I already had these in hand I tried to keep an open mind.

Not only is the package vague, but it also leaves out the most important part about this candy, the peanut butter. The domed chocolate pieces are about 1.5 inches in diameter. Nicely formed, they’re glossy and rather cute. I picked up four of them and three made it back in good shape (and even the smashed one was still edible).

The construction is simple and rather familiar. There’s a large sphere of peanut butter surrounded by a light wafer then covered in milk chocolate. It reminds me of a New World Ferrero Rocher (swapping peanut butter for hazelnuts). There are no crushed nuts on the outside though.

The piece is about .7 ounces, so about the same heft as a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. It smells lightly like peanut butter, a little hint of a grassy note instead of the dark roasted flavors of Reese’s. The chocolate looks light and milky, and though I was concerned that it wasn’t real chocolate but the ingredients listed cocoa butter and I think the soybean oil is in the peanut butter filling.

The chocolate isn’t fabulous, it holds everything together and is rather soft, but it’s not overly sweet or grainy. It just doesn’t have much of a cocoa punch. So the focus of the bonbon becomes the center. The peanut butter filling is smooth and fresh. It’s not greasy but feels a little empty at moments, like there’s a filler in it (maybe that soybean oil that’s so high up on the ingredients list). It’s sweet and salty and has a good overall peanut flavor. The crispy wafer is overshadowed a bit but still provides a nice crunch.

The wrapping is just a large piece of mylar. It wraps the piece very well though, even though it’s not completely sealed. The ingredients and manufacturing information was nearly impossible to read. The mylar is gold and the printing is blue. I ended up taking photos of the info and then blowing it up on the computer and adjusting the levels in order to read it.

It’s an odd little candy. It’s a great idea, but it lacked a bit of oomph and balance of textures with the flavors. It needs better chocolate and I think it could use little bit more crunch. But the price is certainly decent and the originality of the candy is a plus.

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Name: Whisper
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Arcor
Place Purchased: Dollar General (Youngstown, OH)
Price: $.33
Size: .7 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Candy, Arcor, Chocolate, Cookie, Peanuts, 6-Tempting, Mexico

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:55 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewArcorChocolateCookiePeanuts6-TemptingMexico

Comments
  1. These look very similar to Brazilian bonbons I’ve had made by Garoto and Lacta, respectively. The only difference was the Brazilian ones had cashew butter in the middle. They’re very popular, you should see if you can get them at an import shop. My favorite was made by Lacta and was called Serenata de Amor. Yum.

    Comment by Jen on 8/24/10 at 12:22 am #
  2. I would just like to know how can I get the bonbon’s in some of the stores around oconee county I love this candy and would love to see more stores carry it

    Comment by Elaine Mize on 11/14/10 at 2:12 pm #
  3. I used to buy Whispers at the Dollar General in big bags.  Now all I can find is the individual.  Do you still seel them in the bags?  Where can I buy them?

    Comment by Paula on 12/18/10 at 8:19 am #
  4. Cybele's avatar

    Paula & Elaine - I just saw these at CVS in the big bag. It was in with the Christmas merchandise.

    It was on an endcap with some other Russell Stover and Lindt Lindor Truffles.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/18/10 at 9:04 am #
  5. I looked at CVS, I did not see them.  What state are you in?

    Comment by Paula on 12/18/10 at 5:46 pm #
  6. I would like to but some milk chocolate Bon Bon whispers in lare bags and cannot fine them. FMILY dOLLAR IS CHARGING $1.00 EAC H pLEASE LET ME KNOW WHERE I CAN GO.

    Comment by aNNE rEMLEY on 12/22/10 at 2:08 pm #
  7. they are okay. i wish the peanut butter tasted more peanuty, but okay.

    Comment by Kayla on 2/06/11 at 6:22 pm #
  8. Hello! I’m from Argentina, where this candy Whisper was created, and it’s called “BON O BON”. Whisper it’s an adaptation from the Bon O Bon, but smoother. That’s what manufacturers says.
    Here’s some more info:
    http://www.lanacion.com.ar/218411-cincuenta-anos-endulzando-el-mundo
    http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_o_Bon

    it’s in spanish…

    Comment by Leandro on 11/01/11 at 8:17 pm #
  9. I have bought Whispers for the last couple years during Christmas Season at Dollar General.. I have searched two stores and they don’t have them. Have you stopped sending them to Dollar General?
    Please, let me know.
    Thank you,

    Comment by Sherron Pistole on 12/09/11 at 11:51 am #
  10. These are heavenly!  I like them better than Reese’s and Snickers…which says a lot!  Light, but fulfilling of my occasional sweet tooth/peanut butter fix!

    Comment by Kelley James on 1/02/12 at 12:28 pm #
  11. Oh please if anyone knows where to get these please post!! I used to enjoy these as a kid, especially during Easter and Christmas.. I haven’t seen them anywhere in both Wahington state and Arizona. Would love to find them again so I can share their deliciousness with my kids and my hubby. smile

    Comment by Leigh on 1/04/12 at 7:52 am #
  12. I love this candy!  Our Walmart superstore had them by the bag (9.17 oz.) during Christmas.  I’m hoping they stock them again for Valentine’s Day! They were about $2.40 a bag.  You might check with your Walmart (if you have one, of course)to see if they stock them.

    Comment by Cheryl on 1/23/12 at 2:28 pm #
  13. I bought these by the bag at our local Wal-Mart for
    $2.77 per bag prior to the Christmas holidays.

    Comment by Ray Brrry on 2/13/12 at 2:28 pm #
  14. I asked the clerk who was stocking candy at the local Walmart if they would have Whispers for Valentine’s Day, and she said the only time of year they could get them was Christmas.  Odd! I noticed my Dollar General has the individual ones too—three for $1.00.  That’s pricey!

    Comment by Cheryl on 2/13/12 at 2:48 pm #
  15. i really really need these Walmart had them but now i cant find them anywhere !!!!!

    please pleae please please !!!! im desparate

    Comment by Hunny White on 4/01/12 at 2:46 pm #
  16. Our Walmart had these several years ago and they were seasonal thru Christmas and Valentine’s Day. I used to put the bags in the freezer. I recently had the same candy from Dollar General but the flavor didn’t seem to be as enjoyable.

    Comment by dogpatch on 6/07/12 at 6:23 pm #
  17. I used to by this candy at Dollar General and WalMart. In the last couple of years, I am not able to find them. Could you, please, tell what happened to them?
    Thanks,

    Comment by aSherry on 11/30/12 at 11:57 am #
  18. My fiance just left cvs and came home with some whispers, they are now cvs brand named chocolate covered bon bons by arcor. I am thrilled they are back, yummy!

    Comment by Rebekah on 12/16/12 at 3:48 pm #
  19. I am from Brasil and the BonBons are SONHO DE VALSAS..I hve not been able to find them at Dollar General or Walmart for awhile now…am so hoping that they will be at our CVS. ..they are the best ever..the pkg I would buy at walmart,  the BonBons were wrapped in a gold foil and were the same as Whispers Bon Bons..please let me know whever else someone finds them.

    Comment by bkt on 12/07/13 at 4:00 pm #

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