One of the reasons I got so! excited! about this See's order is that I chose one or two pieces each of a bunch of kinds that were pretty adventurous considering the price per pound. If I'm just considering a box of regular chocolates, I keep converting it into "bags of peanut M&Ms I could have for the same price." But if I'm SAMPLING ODD FLAVORS---well! That's valuable scientific experimentation right there!
I was very curious about the Almond Truffle, in part because I think it LOOKS so yummy. One of the reasons I don't usually choose truffles is that I don't like how they're so dense and rich AND covered in chocolate: it's like taking a piece of fudge and dipping it in chocolate (okay, that sounds a little good). The Almond Truffle is like a piece of fudge rolled in crushed almonds. Upper tier for me.
I chose the Walnut Square mostly because it was so neat-looking: why only dipped on the bottom half? And it's a very satisfying piece to pick out of the box and hold: heavy and largish. The caramel has a noticeable butter flavor and is a nice "chewy but I won't have to keep prying it off my teeth" consistency, and I like the nuts in it. I'd want one of these in an assortment (for beauty as well as for variety), but I don't think I'd specifically order it again: I would prefer it with more chocolate, I think.
The Scotchmallow intrigued me: "Honey marshmallow" and caramel. I can't tell you if I liked it or not. The contrast of very-thick caramel and very-light-and-fluffy marshmallow (I didn't notice any honey flavor, but I also forgot I meant to take a nibble of it separately to check) was odd, and I didn't like the way the chocolate was breaking off with each bite. But...I think I like it anyway, and it's definitely distinctive in an "I wouldn't/couldn't make this myself" kind of way. I would put it in the middle tier so far, with more testing required while I get used to the oddness.
In my top three favorites from a box of Russell Stover chocolates is the Roman Nougat. I would buy a whole box of just those. (And in fact, in looking on their website to make sure I got the name right, I found that I CAN buy a whole box of just those, as soon as they're back in stock. This is a happy, happy day.) ANYWAY, when I saw See's Rum Nougat, it looked very similar to the Roman Nougat and I wondered if it WAS similar. And it IS! The See's version has a more intense rum flavor, and it has raisins as well as cherries and walnuts. I lovvvvvve it, but it's one of those WEIRDISH candies where if someone else said "AAAAAAAAAAAA how can you EAT those, I SPIT THEM OUT patooie-patooie!!" I would said, "Dude, I TOTALLY see what you mean, and also can I pick them out of your assortment box?"
I don't usually like coffee-flavored things unless they are coffee, but the Kona Mocha looked so yummy I tried it anyway. But I was right: I don't really like coffee-flavored things. I would like a variation with chocolate buttercream covered in white chocolate and toasted coconut but without the coffee flavor. Still, really fun to try.
I ordered the Pineapple Truffle out of astonishment: PINEAPPLE? with CHOCOLATE? But I really liked it: intense pineapple flavor, with teensy barely-noticeable bitlits of pineapple in the filling. Upper tier for me: A+++ would order again. Not a whole box, but definitely would get some in any custom mix.
The Divinity Puff looked a little WHITE: divinity, white chocolate, walnuts, coconut. I wanted to try it because I wasn't sure I'd like it but I thought I MIGHT. And it is kind of yummy! I'd put it in my middle tier, maybe lower-middle. I'd want one in an assortment but probably wouldn't specifically order it.
A Mayfair, to me, is like if you liked the taste of chocolate-covered cherries (which I do), but you didn't like the way they sploosh if you don't bite into them carefully (indeed I don't), and so you chopped the cherries and filling into a buttercream instead and then added walnuts. YUM. Upper tier for me.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 1 of 2 - I have TWO 8-year-olds to buy for, so I’m going to split it up into two posts. Today will be the things we’re getting for Edward. I dislike saying “Gift id...