(See's Chocolate Adventure: A First-Round Report,
See's Chocolate Report Continued: The Weird Intriguing Ones, and
See's Chocolate Report Concluded: The More Ordinary Flavors.)
That was fun, wasn't it? Normally the price per pound would have inhibited me from much experimenting, but it was different when I knew I'd be writing about them so
So I tried to be bold again this time. I ordered enough pieces I knew I liked so that I'd be happy no matter what, and then I used a "Let's try one of everything!" approach to anything that looked appealing. The boxes were once again heavier than I paid for: almost exactly one and a quarter pounds per pound box (including the box itself, but still).
I wouldn't have bothered with Cashew Brittle two boxes ago: I like brittles but I wouldn't normally think of them as a FAVORITE, and I don't like white chocolate anywhere near as much as milk/dark. But I loved California Brittle and wished I'd ordered more, and I liked their Polar Bear Paws (also white chocolate-based), so I tried Cashew Brittle. It was fine, and definitely appealing in the box and interesting to try. But I'm not sure the combination of white chocolate and brittle was my thing. I don't think I'd order it again, but if I were getting a mixed box for someone else I'd want to put a piece in for variety and coolness and fun.
The Almond Square reminded me of the Walnut Square from last time, but it had a saltier and more roasted flavor that I liked, along with the caramel and chocolate. I think I'd prefer it with more chocolate, though. Probably wouldn't order again, but I'd want a single piece in an assorted box.
Apple Pie Truffle is another one I never would have tried pre-last-experiment. White chocolate is not usually my favorite, nor is apple flavoring, nor are truffles. But remember the Pineapple Truffle? MMMMmm. So I tried the Apple Pie one, and it's uncanny how much it tastes like apple pie---and how much the TEXTURE reminds me of it. It's like...little bits of apple peel! and little bits of crust! The spice flavor is pretty strong, and I liked it. The white chocolate didn't seem like a dominant flavor---more for sweetness and to hold the filling. I would only want one per box, but if I were ordering in the fall I would definitely include one, and I can imagine really looking forward to it. Middle tier for the piece as it falls in my particular preferences, but upper tier for an unexpected/fun idea and an excellent execution of it.
Anne recommended the Dark Nougat to me, and since she and I are Rum Nougat twins, I trusted her advice. DELICIOUS. It's described as having honey, roasted almond, vanilla, and coconut flavors, and it's all chewy and delicious and coated in dark chocolate. Upper tier for me; I'd definitely order a few next time. I didn't taste any coconut, but I may have just been overwhelmed by the almonds and dark chocolate and chewiness. Plus, I LIKE coconut, so if you don't like coconut you might notice it way more than I did.
I also tried the Peanut Nougat. It was good, like a gourmet Snickers bar. I think at this price level, though, I would just get the Snickers and have about ten times as many of them.
I wouldn't have been interested in the Key Lime Truffle last time: white chocolate, fruit flavoring, truffle---meh. This time I tried one, because I am reformed and adventurous! As with the Apple Pie Truffle, the coating was mostly to hold in the filling and wasn't a strong influence on the taste. The inside was dense as you'd expect with a truffle, and the texture made me think of fillings/frostings made with powdered sugar (like the filling in a buckeye, if you've had those). Nice intense key lime flavor. I'd definitely order this in a mixed box for someone else because it was so cool and different. For myself, I'd probably want one in a box but it wouldn't be a top priority.
More later, when I've made more progress through the box!