Previous posts in this series:
See's Chocolate Adventure: A First-Round Report
See's Chocolate Report Continued: The Weird Intriguing Ones
See's Chocolate Report Concluded: The More Ordinary Flavors
See's Chocolate Report: REVISITED!
By the way, I suggest taking a screen shot (or writing it down, pfff, whatever) of your custom-mix order before you place it: the boxes arrive labeled, but with a small handwritten label that only mentions a couple of varieties in the box, not all of them. Oh...I wonder if it was printed on the packing slip as well? I forgot to notice.
But if you forget to write it down (or if you remember but still can't tell some of the pieces apart), the custom-mix ordering form doubles as a chocolate-identification cheat sheet. I appreciate the way they make them all look different, so I don't have to bite into what I think is a vanilla cream only to find a chocolate cream. Because that is true suffering.
Also, if you're ordering more than one pound of custom-mix, customize each pound separately. You can choose up to ten different kinds of candies per custom box---but if you select "3 pounds," it considers that "a 3-pound custom box" and you can choose ten different candies total for it. Whereas if you say "1 pound" and you do it three times, you can choose ten different candies for each pound---or up to thirty different kinds of candies total. Is this clear? No? Here's the "Don't try to figure it out, just obey me" version: add each custom pound to your cart separately if you want to try more than ten kinds.
One more note: the smallest amount you can choose for a variety is 5%. There are ABOUT 20-24 pieces per pound-box, but of course this varies depending on piece-size. Still, it's a good rule of thumb. So 5% is about 1 piece, and 10% is about 2 pieces and might be 3, and 15% might be 3 pieces or might be 4 pieces. I think of it as "one piece per 5%, but round up." I ordered 10% Polar Bear Paws and I got 3 of them.
Now back to the flavor-trying:
Milk Cocoanut is the first OMG reaction of this order. I like coconut fine, and I'll eat a miniature Almond Joy out of the Halloween bag after I've eaten all my favorites, but I often share the Russell Stover coconut ones with Paul because they're his favorites and I'm just so-so with them. But this! This is not just all-coconut like I'm used to: it's like a dense buttercream filling combined with coconut flakes. YUM YUM YUM. It's very sweet, especially with the thick milk chocolate coating, so I can imagine it being too sweet for some people---but it's upper tier for me, and I would definitely order more next time. I'm sad that I only ordered one piece this time.
The Raspberry Truffle was also delicious. Nice raspberry flavor, with LOTS of dark chocolate flavor: the inside of the truffle and the nicely-thin coating. Upper tier for me; I'd want several in a box.
I wouldn't have thought to put lemon and chocolate together, but it works! I like these more than the Key Lime Truffles, less than the Raspberry Truffles. I'd want one in a box.
I'm not sure I would have bothered to try a Polar Bear Paw, but SOMEONE sent me a Crappy Day Present that included some and I loved them. It's salty peanuts and some caramel (but just a little caramel, not a huge chewy amount), covered in white chocolate. So good. Upper middle or lower upper tier for me, and I love them mixed in with the more chocolate-dominated flavors.
I think of marzipan as yucky, without ever having had any. Did I have a children's book that described it as gross and dry and disappointing? That's the sort of opinion-forming memory I have of it. But in fact it turns out to be yummy if you like almond flavor, which I do. My mother-in-law had a pastry recipe that called for an almond-paste-based filling very similar to what's in these chocolates, and although I didn't bow down before that pastry as she said everyone in her town did (only because she repeatedly told them they were expected to do so, is my guess), I thought it was quite nice. In the Marzipan chocolate, there's too much of it for me, and I'm not crazy about the texture: it's probably the same texture that makes me think "Little bits of apple peel and pie crust!" for the Apple Pie Truffle, but I liked it less in the Marzipan. I finished the piece and was glad to have tried it, but I wouldn't order it again and I'd probably give it to someone else if I encountered one in a mixed assortment.
Chelsea is one of the varieties I ordered so I'd be sure I'd have a nice number I already knew I liked. It's like a piece of chocolate walnut fudge, coated in milk chocolate. Except that description sounds way too heavy and sweet, and it isn't. It IS one of the sweeter ones, though, like the Milk Cocoanut.
Strawberry Cream is another I already know I like. Nice strawberry flavor, and I like the milk chocolate with it.
Ditto the Vanilla Nut Cream: already a favorite. Some vanilla cream, a nice number of walnuts (i.e., not just a fragment here and there, but a lot), and a nice amount of milk chocolate coating.
There are still more to go!
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