Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wolfgang Skipjacks & Jungle Jacks
I don’t do well in drawing that line. Fruit covered in chocolate, that’s candy. Nuts covered in chocolate, that’s candy. Cookies covered in chocolate ... hmm, if they’re bite sized, sure. Ice cream covered in chocolate? No, that’s still ice cream.
Wolfgang Skipjacks are milk chocolate covered oyster crackers (bite sized saltines).
They’re sold in stand up 7 ounce bags ...which sounds more like the packaging of a snack item than a candy item ... but I’m going to just call this candy. Otherwise I can’t review it and I’m currently eating the third bag I got from them after posting the new product announcement.
The pieces are about one inch in diameter and a half inch high. There are little squiggles on the top of the chocolate enrobing.
The crackers are flaky and crunchy with very little flavor of their own beyond the bit of granulated salt.
The milk chocolate is very sweet and has a milky and sticky quality to it.
The light and crisp crunch combined with the dairy milk chocolate is a good combo ... it’s definitely snackable, though not quite decadent they do satisfy.
The only thing that I found disheartening about these was the fact that they’re not all milk chocolate. Reading over the ingredients there are three components listed. Milk Chocolate, Oyster Crackers and then Bottom Coating Compound. Sure enough when I turned over the candies on some of them I could see a different colored chocolate dot on them. I’m sure this was a manufacturing decision and the only thing I can think of is the fact that these crackers, before getting coated, are probably devilishly light and maybe didn’t “sit still” while going through the curtain of chocolate to coat them. Maybe they needed a little chocolate foot ... why it has to be a mockolate foot, well, I don’t know. (They show a little of their enrobing in this video.)
Overall, I thought they were definitely worth it if you’re a crunchy with salt & chocolate person. I also thought the name was pretty cool, the package design is fun and spare (no unnecessary tray or inner bags).
Rating: 7 out of 10.
These are chocolate covered animal crackers.
This bag is 6 ounces instead of 7.
Like the Skipjacks these are milk chocolate coated (and have that same mockolate bottom coating).
The crackers vary in size - about 1.5 to 2 inches wide by one inch.
Like uncoated animal crackers, I had a hard time figuring out what creatures these were. Most I decided were zebras and rhinos, though they might have been lions or elephants.
The crunch on these little light shortbread cookies is denser than the Skipjacks and has a light toasted flavor, maybe a bit of a graham cracker note.
It’s a little sweeter overall, and I was satisfied much quicker eating these than the Skipjacks - maybe the salt makes me want more.
It says there are 6 servings in the bag ... in my experience there were two.
Overall, a nice change from chocolate covered pretzels or cookies ... but I can’t see myself buying these again. But I can see kids loving them and parents liking how they can give out just two or three pieces of “candy” at a time.
Rating: 6 out of 10.
POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:18 am
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