Chocolate covered crickets

 

FullSizeRenderPppMy birthday party last weekend was pretty great, with lots of mescal as you ma have read. Of course I brought out some snacks as well. No potato chips this time, but chocolate covered crickets hat I bought in San Francisco and had saved for just such a special occasion. Surprisingly though my friends actually wanted to try. I guess I’m rubbing off on them.

First thing I thought was that the pieces were rather small, but then again we’re talking crickets not grasshoppers. Then when I tried one I was hit with an amazing dark chocolate. Probably the best chocolate I ever got in the States. And yes, there was a crisp and a crunch inside, but nothing that tasted strange. The only thing was that every so often you’d have a bit in your mouth that would kind of stick around unwanted. Otherwise a great little snack.

Fear Factor – 1 / Taste Test – 8

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Matcha and red bean KitKat

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This is going to be my last blog entry of many. My last entry on KitKat, my last entry on matcha and my last entry on red beans. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere, I just think those three topics have been dealt with enough. I had talked about them individually and even paired with each other, but had yet to try a combination of all three. That was until I was leaving Thailand and had a few last Baht to spend at the airport and spotted this KitKat at the on site newsagent.

I unwrapped it only after I got back home. What greeted me was a green KitKat hat was obviously coated in green tea flavored white chocolate. Biting into it I first got that signature crunch, and soon after a hit of nutty, roasted red bean, a flavor which you know I don’t care for. That flavor soon dissolved and I was left with a mild matcha flavored candy bar which was pleasant enough to eat without being thrown off by those beans.

Fear Factor – 4 / Taste Test – 7

Bakeable kitkats

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Oh KitKat, my old friend. What will become of you next? I’ve had many a different KitKat over the pas year. From pumpkin to green tea to pistachio and grapefruit. KitKat has developed in Japan as the candy bar of choice, and there have been plenty of choices at that.

This time around I won’ present you with a different flavor of KitKat, but a whole different kind altogether. These ones are meant to be baked in an oven, which is exactly what I did. My first try wasn’t a great success. On the contrary, I managed to burn them to a cinder. Mind you, white chocolate does but pretty fast.

The second try was much more successful and I ended up with a perfectly brown and toasted KitKat. After letting the candy bars cool a bit I couldn’t wait any longer and had to try one. The texture had changed from a soft chocolate to a crispy outer shell, more like a caramel than chocolate. Taste wise I found it a little too sweet. It was supposed to taste of ice cream, but the sickly sweet white chocolate had the upper hand here. Great concept, but perhaps another flavor would suit me better.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 7

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Red velvet Magnum

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I told you before how much I love Magnum with it’s velvety center and crispy chocolate. They often have a limited edition with fruits or coffee or caramel, but in Mexico I found something a bit more unusual. A red velvet Magnum. It looked promising with swirls of red and white in the center. Unfortunately if it tasted like cake at all, it must have been a week old stale cake. It was almost like eating cardboard. I’ll stick to the original for now.

Fear Factor: 0 / Taste Test – 5

Cinnamon Crisp Ritter Sport

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One of my favorite spices is cinnamon. It’s so versatile it goes with almost anything. Even chocolate. My first time trying out that combination was at an amazing little gelato place in Milan. This time I got it in the form of a cinnamon crisp Ritter Sport. Unfortunately it was a very sweet white chocolate. A little too sickly sweet for my taste. It was nice to pick up on the cinnamon, and it gave a nice crunch, but I did feel like paying a visit to my dentist afterwards.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 6

Cookies ‘n Cream milk

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Hersheys has been popping up quite a bit lately. That’s not necessarily a good thing, but they sure have expanded their empire beyond just plain old chocolate. In Mexico you could find Hersheys cookies ‘n cream flavored milk. I was expecting a white chocolate milk with bits of cookie in it, but instead I found a plain old chocolate milk. It did have something odd to it that I disliked, but can’t quite put my finger on. I had a feeling it was a little chunky. Perhaps there were cookie crumbles in it after all.

Fear Factor – 3 / Taste Test – 5

Irish cream Milky Way

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After so many different flavored KitKats from Japan it was refreshing to come across an usual MilkyWay bar. I don’t think I had ever seen any besides the regular MilkyWays. I found this one, an Irish cream flavored one, at the airport in Cancun. I honestly can’t say I detected a great difference with the regular candy bar, but I could very faintly pick up on a Baileys flavor. Very, very faintly. Not enough to win any high scores. Pretty tasty though.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 6

Chipotle chocolate

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I had tried chili chocolate before, but Mexico is the land of chili, and there are so many different varieties. I chanced upon a chipotle flavored chocolate. A chipotle is basically a jalapeño pepper that has been smoked. You could really tell that there was chipotle in the chocolate as it had spice, but also a smokiness. Both notes worked really well with the slightly bitter chocolate.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 8

Tequila chocolates

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As a chocoholic I love my chocolates, and I do like the ones with alcohol in the center. In Europe it’s quite common to see champagne truffles, or liqueur chocolates as well as whisky ands some other stronger drinks. In Mexico I found some with Jose Cuervo tequila, which is a filling I hadn’t seen in Europe before. I was expecting a liquid center, but it was almost the same consistency as the chocolate itself, just a tad creamier. Initially there was a shock of alcohol, but that disappeared straight away and only the chocolate remained. Not enough tequila if you ask me, but then again when is there ever enough?

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 6

Cherry cheesecake chocolate

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I mentioned before how I never thought highly of Hershey’s chocolate, and yet I found myself gravitating towards the big Hershey’s store at Times Square in New York. I treated myself to a big ‘s more made with a whole bar of chocolate which was sickly sweet. I also walked away with a bar of cherry cheesecake chocolate, which consisted of a white chocolate bar with pink pastry crumbs running through it. I can’t say it reminded me much of cheesecake, but the crumbs gave a nice contrast in textures.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 7