KitKat Cone

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I don’t know if you guys are getting tired of reading about KitKats on my blog. I’m certainly not tired of eating them. Although usually I wrote about a new flavor of KitKat, this time I’m writing about KitKat and ice cream cone hybrid that I came across in Bali. To be honest, it wasn’t all that special. It was pretty much just a Cornetto style chocolate ice cream cone with a KitKat stuck in it, almost like a “whippy” in the UK. Not that it wasn’t good though. I enjoyed it, but if I never see one again I could live with that.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 6

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KitKat Gold

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I haven’t been hiding my love of KitKats on this blog. We don’t usually find them here in China, so it’s often restricted to when I’m traveling. If you’ve been reading my blog you’ll know I found many different varieties of KitKat in Japan, but during my trip to Australia I wasn’t disappointed either. On my first day in Oz, pretty much the first thing I bought was a so-called KitKat Gold. It was named that after its golden hue, but no actual gold was used. Instead the golden appearance was obtained by using caramel. They could have just called it a caramel KitKat, but what’s the fun in that. This KitKat, unlike some of the other ones I’ve had, really delivered on flavor. You could taste the caramel, and it was just a joy to eat.

Fear Factor 0 / Taste Test – 8

Mint Maltesers

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I might have mentioned before that it is hard to find a different version of Maltesers as I’ve only seen a handful of renditions over the years. To me, that’s not necessarily a bad thing as perfection is a difficult thing to perfect. I really do think nothing’s better than a crispy crunchy Malteser. Australia seems to think otherwise as I not only found a raspberry flavored Malteser, but also a mint flavored one. Mint and chocolate is of course a classic combination, so it’s hardly original or risky, but it’s considered a classic for a reason. It’s just that damn good. I loved these minted Maltesers and wish they’d be released worldwide, but I’ll still take my originals any day.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 9

Rum raisin pretzel sticks

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Every once and a while I try out a new flavour of pretzel sticks or bread sticks such as the famous Japanese Pocky. In China they have recently added a rum raisin variety, which used to be my favorite ice cream flavor as a kid. An alcoholic in the making, perhaps. These sticks were somewhat reminiscent of that ice cream I remember so well, but the taste was not very intense. It was nice, but is nice ever really good enough?

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 6

Durian filled chocolate

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Durian has been my nemesis since day one on this blog. I tried it in Bali and found it taste as awful as it smells. It really does remind me of rotting onions, even though I have never tried those. Over the two years of writing my blog I have tried a variety of durian flavored products. There has been the odd occasion where I didn’t mind the durian so much, such as a durian tart served during high tea in Bangkok. This is not one of those occasions.

Dove in China has recently released a set of filled chocolates ranging from rose flavored ones to wasabi. Amongst them was also a durian filled white chocolate. Chocolate usually pairs well with just about everything. Durian, however, is the exception. It only took me one careful nibble to realise I was defeated by the king of fruits once again. Needless to say I did not enjoy it and did not finish the rest of the package. The mighty durian reigns triumphant once again.

Fear Factor – 6 / Taste Test – 0

Mint cream and cookie smash KitKat

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I’m always excited to find a new flavor of KitKat. Usually it’s Japan that helps me with that, but in Australia they have their own line of KitKats. This one came from that line, but I didn’t get it while I was in Australia but rather in Singapore if you follow. The wrapper described it as “mint cream and cookie smash”.
I can’t for the life of me say anything about the cookie smash part, as I couldn’t find that anywhere, but the mint cream was definitely there. The KitKat was stuffed with a mint flavored cream, hence the name, that made the whole thing resemble an After Eight chocolate. This just happens to be one of my favorite chocolates as a kid, so it’s safe to say that I was content eating my way through the entire block of KitKat without coming up for air.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 8

Mango chocolate

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Dove in China has been known to bring out some more unusual chocolate combinations. A recent batch saw the arrival of mango flavored chocolate, a pairing I had never seen before. Where most of the Dove creations in the past had been made with white chocolate, the mango one was made with regular milk chocolate. In the end there was nothing to be concerned about as the combination of the sweet mango and the creamy chocolate did indeed work. You could definitely taste the mango and the chocolate, but luckily the flavors didn’t clash.

Fear Factor – 1 / Taste Test – 7

Raspberry maltesers

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Just a couple of posts ago I mentioned how Maltesers are my favourite candy, but they never really have any unusual varieties. So I thought anyway. I just arrived in Australia for a trip and one of the first things that caught my eye at the 7-eleven was a bright pink bag of Maltesers.

As it turned out this was indeed a new kind of chocolate malt balls. This was a raspberry coated Malteser. I expected a bag full of little pink balls, but they looked the same as usual with a regular coating of chocolate. It did taste of raspberry, though it was a subtle flavour with the actual chocolate being dominant. After a handful or so they started to taste like regular Maltesers though perhaps with a hint of raspberry every once and a while.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 7

Lamington M&M’s

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Growing up as a kid in the 80’s, and even as a teenager in the 90’s there were only two kinds of M&M’s. The regular brown ones and the peanut centered yellow ones. As I hate peanuts that left me with no choice but to eat the plain ones. Not that I minded, of course, they are pretty great. Then they came out with M&M crunchy which were great, but that was about it in Holland. In America I recently discovered a few new ones such as caramel centered ones, but in China it’s still just plain, peanuts and crunch.

In one of the import supermarkets I visited I discovered a bag of lamington flavored  M&M’s which were obviously imported from Australia. A lamington is Australia’s national cake, usually with a raspberry jam filling and covered in chocolate and coconut shavings. It makes sense then that these M&M’s were a mixed bag of three different flavors. You guessed it, raspberry, chocolate and coconut. I could definitely taste the berry, albeit quite an artificial flavoring, but the coconut went straight by. Take a handful and you get the flavor of plain M&M’s really. An interesting idea, but a lack of flavor.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 7

Honeycomb Maltesers

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I have written a lot about KitKats, but that’s not actually my favorite chocolate candy. That honor goes to Maltesers. I just love the malty crunch with the chocolate coating. Though Maltesers nowadays has many other products such as chocolate spread, ice-cream and Easter bunnies they don’t generally change their flavors except for maybe using dark or white chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Maltesers are just that amazing that they can’t be improved on.

That’s why I was quite surprised to find a honeycomb Malteser on a recent trip to Hong Kong. Instead of the malt filling, these ones had a crunchy honeycomb filling. I’m talking about the sugar mixed with baking soda kind, not the honeycomb that’s made by bees. I tried a handful and thought they were really quite nice. It still has that crunch of regular Maltesers, but these ones have more of a caramel flavor. Yes, they were really good, but I still don’t think anything can beat the originals.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 8