Neapolitan M&M’s

My co-worker Brian G. brought in these unusual M&M’s.

These M&M’s were odd. Each one was a large core (the same size as big Mint M&M’s) of strawberry flavored white soft cores, coated in milk chocolate, and then surrounded by a candy shell. The shell was either white, pink or brown, but they all tasted the same: overly sweet artificial strawberry with a vanilla aftertaste. If there was any chocolate flavor, it was drowned out by those other flavors. Still, they were fun to try.

Thanks Brian!


Pemberton Candies Heaven On A Stick

My co-worker Dini M. gave me this chocolate turtle on a stick.

I took this home to try and broke it open on a rainy Saturday afternoon while watching a Taiwanese horror movie. Since this confection was milk chocolate I wasn’t expecting much. I took a bite and tasted soft, delicious caramel and crunchy pecans, all covered in a rather mundane milk chocolate and some white frosting with sprinkles. I thought it was too sweet, but as the movie progressed, I found myself taking bite after bite until it was gone. It was actually quite good! I would remake it with dark chocolate and skip the frosting, but the caramel was perfect.

Thanks Dini!

Kabaya Finger Chocolate

I found this bag of chocolate sticks at my local Japanese grocery store.

I normally don’t buy milk chocolate, but I had to get these because first,  Japanese candy makers usually use dark chocolate since many Japanese people are lactose intolerant. But second and more importantly, I don’t have any Japanese finger chocolate in my collection (and I have only one other finger chocolate at all)!

But in the end, these were still milk chocolate and therefore just OK. Some were wrapped in gold and some in silver, but they both seemed to be the same thing, a long thin cookie coated in milk chocolate. It would have been MUCH better with dark chocolate, and I was surprised there wasn’t a dark version available, but my co-workers seemed to like these. The bag contained fourteen “fingers”, and they were all gone in five minutes.

Milka Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar

My co-worker Dini M. brought in this chocolate for the group to try.

I have had Milka milk chocolate before, and I was not happy with it. It was not very chocolatey, and its ingredient list had chocolate as the fourth ingredient, after milk and cocoa butter and sugar. This bar had chocolate as its fifth ingredient, with palm oil mixed in there too. So I was pleasantly surprised when I liked it. I didn’t love it, as it was too sweet, but it was nice candy bar, a thin top and bottom layer of milk chocolate, with a creme filling with bits of Oreo cookie in it. Very tasty, but it would have been way better with dark chocolate. Still, several of my co-workers liked it a lot, and they ate two or three pieces each.

Thanks Dini!

Wild Huckleberry Chocolate Bar

My producer Shana B. gave me this chocolate bar to try.

I have had exactly one huckleberry bar before this one, and that one was a dark chocolate bar and also mixed with wine, so I had to be careful about headaches (wine can trigger migraines for me). Still, I liked it better than this bar, since the milk chocolate in this one was fairly low quality (I would guess 15% cacao or so), and there was very little huckleberry flavor, and that was limited to a thin layer in the middle of the bar. My co-workers were all excited that they got to taste huckleberry though, and the generous size of the bar let everyone try a piece. I also thought the label was very pretty, which is why I unfolded it so I could take a picture of the whole thing.

Thanks Shana! This was an unusual bar!

Valrhona Jivara

My co-worker Cathy N. gave me several Valrhona chocolate tablets, and this was the first one I tried.

I have had a lot of Valrhona before, mostly dark chocolate of various types, but this tablet was milk chocolate. The cacao percentage was 40%, and it was quite chocolatey. I liked it, but it doesn’t hold a candle to their dark chocolate. The chocolate flavor was not as deep and intense as I expected.

Thanks Cathy.

Choc Zero Milk Chocolate

My co-worker Dave W. brought me this milk chocolate to try.

Before I tell you what I thought about the taste, let me tell you two amazing things about this chocolate. First of all, this milk chocolate contains 45% cacao, which is a LOT for milk chocolate and in the range of some dark chocolates. And second, it contains no sugar. Instead, it uses monk fruit for its sweetener, and since that is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, it comprises less than 1% of the bar, as opposed to sugar which would comprise over half the bar.

But how did it taste?

Wonderful! It tasted like a rich dark milk chocolate tablet. In fact, if I had not been told it was sugar-free, I wouldn’t have known. There was no odd taste or aftertaste or texture. It tasted like regular milk chocolate, and a good one at that.

Now…to try the dark chocolate version of this…coming soon…

Thanks Dave!