Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wolfgang Skipjacks & Jungle Jacks

Wolfgang SkipjacksI’m often puzzled whether the mere act of covering any food item in chocolate makes it into candy.

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.

Wolfgang Skipjacks

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.

Wolfgang Jungle JacksA companion product are the Jungle Jacks.

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.

Wolfgang Jungle Jacks

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.

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Name: Small World Chocolates: Select Origin
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Wolfgang Candy Co.
Place Purchased: samples from Wolfgang
Price: unknown
Size: 7 ounces & 6 ounces
Calories per ounce: 133 & 128
Categories: Chocolate, United States, Cookies, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:18 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. yay! I grew up on Wolfgang because I live in York, PA. In school we would always sell their stuff as fundraisers. my favorites are the raspberry petals.

    Comment by Michelle on 4/23/09 at 2:03 pm #
  2. bettyfelon's avatar

    I think I’d buy these if they were made with dark chocolate instead of milk

    Comment by bettyfelon on 4/23/09 at 8:30 pm #
  3. Very neat…

    Comment by Bubbles on 4/24/09 at 2:17 am #
  4. I would love, love, love these!  But where can I find them?  It doesn’t look like I can order online from their store, any ideas?

    Comment by Jaime on 4/24/09 at 6:02 am #
  5. ooh, i love the animal crackers. i tried to make those for my boys’ first birthday party, and it was a mess. a delicious mess, but a mess. probably because i didn’t have a mocklate dot on the bottom. raspberry

    Comment by pam on 4/24/09 at 7:18 am #
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