« November 2011 | Main | September 2012 »

2 posts from December 2011

December 12, 2011

Enstrom's Almond Toffee

 

IMG_2661

I was recently sent some Milk Chocolate Almond toffee from Enstrom's for review here at the Chocolate Blog.  Enstrom's has been around for about 50 years, and they make things the old fashioned way.  The ingredients here are just what you would expect -- Almonds, butter, sugar, milk chocolate, and salt.

IMG_2665

The toffee arrives in two large slabs and you can break it apart as desired, which is kind of fun.  Plus it means the box is completely filled with toffee -- a full 16 oz in the box I received.

The toffee is generously dotted with almonds, and as you can see from the photo, the milk chocolate is completely covered in finely ground almonds too.  The toffee has a wonderful shatter and satisfying crunch.  The flavor is nutty, salty, sweet and ridiculously addictive.

If you want good, old-fashioned toffee, I highly recommend giving Enstrom's a try. 

December 02, 2011

H.S. Chocolate Co.

IMG_2593
H.S. Chocolate Co. recently sent me a couple of their artisan candy bars to sample, and I'm glad they did!  Since starting the Chocolate Blog and sampling all these gourmet chocolates, I find that your run of the mill candy bar just doesn't cut it anymore.  I've been craving a fancy candy bar that recalls my favorites from my youth, but kicks up the quality a couple notches.  That is exactly what these bars do.

IMG_2595
Peanut Butter Trance -- Caramel, Peanut Butter Nougat and Dark Chocolate -- This bar was amazing!  The peanut butter nougat was fresh and nutty with a solid, almost flaky, consistency.  The caramel was chewy and satisfying and it's sweetness was tempered by the rich dark chocolate covering.  There was also a nice salty note that really elevated the whole thing.  As soon as I finished this bar, I wanted another.

IMG_2597
Troop 652 -- Sea Salt Caramel, Marshmallowy Coconut Nougat and Dark Chocolate -- Another winner.  Here again the ingredients tasted fresh and decadent.  The coconut layer had a chewy, marshmallow feel and the caramel had a great salt hit.  A wonderful candy bar for the coconut lover.

H.S. Chocolate Co. also has some interesting looking Chocomels, which I have not yet had the opportunity to sample.  The Maple Bacon is especially intriguing and judging from the caramel in the two bars I sampled, I'm sure they would be tasty.  You can see more at their website.