Tuesday, January 15, 2008

World’s Finest Continental Chocolate Almonds

World's Finest Dark Continental Chocolate AlmondsAfter Christmas sales tend to make me more adventurous. I saw these World’s Finest Chocolate Dark Continental Chocolate Almonds at Walgreen’s while they were still in their 50% off mode.

The box is very tasteful and appealing with a tiny cellophane window that shows that they’re nice looking glossy dark chocolate covered almonds. While they’re not the largest almonds in the world (I think Trader Joe’s consistently has the largest chocolate covered almonds I’ve ever seen) I was hoping that they were fresh.

The box is interesting, larger at the top than the bottom, which was kind of odd when I opened it because it means that the opening for spilling out the almonds from the top is pretty wide (and that means easy to fumble).

World's Finest Dark Continental Chocolate Almonds

My experience with World’s Finest Chocolate is limited to the fundraising bars, and since I don’t have any neighbors or co-workers with kids in band, I haven’t had one in about a year (and that was a milk chocolate crisp bar). I never much cared for their chocolate, I always found it a bit sweet and waxy. (Our band in high school sold mostly those boxes of M&Ms ... or at least that’s what I bought.)

Some of the pieces looked about the size of a Peanut M&M and others were the larger almond size you’d expect. They smell very sweet, though not much like chocolate or almonds, more like a vanilla candle.

The chocolate coating is passably creamy, a little on the dry/chalky side with a very strong sweet and fake-vanilla finish. The almonds inside are pretty consistently crunchy, but not very fresh tasting. There wasn’t a bad nut in the bunch, but they just didn’t have a strong nutty taste ... it seemed to be all about the chocolate.

Dark chocolate covered almonds are one of my favorite foods. In fact, I think a handful with some pretzels and coffee are an ideal breakfast. I’ve had these sitting on my desk for a little over a week and I ate less than half the box. They look great, the spare packaging is elegant and the price, even when not on sale, is pretty decent. But the taste just didn’t wow me. These taste more like the box than those two great elements: dark chocolate and fresh almonds. Instead I find myself eating my plain old raw almonds instead.

I may give World’s Finest Chocolate another try at some point, though according to the WFC website, the Continental Almonds are their top seller.

Note: the bittersweet chocolate World’s Finest Chocolate uses contains milk, so is not suitable for vegans. Their website says their Kosher, but the package doesn’t indicate that.

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  4. Cocoavia Chocolate Almonds
Name: Dark Continental Chocolate Almonds
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: World's Finest Chocolate
Place Purchased: Walgreen's (Echo Park)
Price: $1.25 (after Christmas sale)
Size: 5.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 163
Categories: Chocolate, Nuts, United States, Christmas, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:24 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. hmm. those sound really good!

    Comment by Alyssa on 1/15/08 at 7:54 am #
  2. I haven’t had the dark but I do really like the milk chocolate ones.

    Comment by Alicia on 1/15/08 at 1:09 pm #
  3. Hurmmm, interestingly enough, I almost went to HS there for my senior year…but I decided to stay where I had gone since 1st grade rather than try something new for a year!

    Comment by Kristi on 1/15/08 at 2:26 pm #
  4. Uggh. I absolutely hate Worlds Finest Chocolate. If you want an amazing dark chocolate covered almond, go to See’s. Theirs are to die for.

    Comment by Karen on 1/15/08 at 3:17 pm #
  5. Hmm, I have tried these and found them OK…good not great. Like Movie-theatre grade.

    Comment by Cakespy on 1/15/08 at 5:26 pm #
  6. I got this candy from a friend who came to visit me 3 weeks ago.
    I didnt think they were a hit, but they were ok.

    Comment by Maytal on 1/15/08 at 10:19 pm #
  7. Maybe I’m the only freak in the world, but I love love love World’s Finest milk chocolate. I found these almonds in milk at Walmart and they were okay but not as good as the bar. I never get them anymore - I don’t think they are sold much here in Seattle.

    Comment by Kate on 1/16/08 at 9:47 am #
  8. I absolutely love World’s Finest Chocolate and it isn’t at all how you described!  The milk chocolate covered almonds are my absolute favorite! My other favorites include the Godiva milk chocolate bar and the all american favorite Hershey’s!

    Comment by CandyQueen on 12/11/08 at 10:28 am #
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