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

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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

Chunky choc fudge KitKat

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I keep saying I’ll only post one more KitKat, and then I keep finding new and unusual flavors. This time around it was a so-called choc fudge sundae flavored KitKat chunky. With that name you expect to taste chocolate, of course, as well as gooey fudge and maybe some vanilla or ice-cream. What I got was a KitKat chunky with some kind of indistinguishable sweet mush inside. It could have been labeled dulce de leche or vanilla milkshake for all I know. Not one for the books. These KitKats chunkies are starting to disappoint. The Japanese ones are so much better and interesting.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 5

Cookie crumble KitKat

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You know I like my KitKats. If you don’t – shame on your and go read my blog. It’s not necessarily my absolute favorite candy bar, but I do like that they come in all different flavor combinations. Usually the weird, wacky and wonderful KitKats hail from Japan, but every once and a while there’s another country that wants to see if it can follow suit. That’s how I stumbled upon a cookie crumble KitKat.

I do love cookies as well. KitKat pretty much is a cookie on its own. That might be exactly what was wrong with this variety. It was simply too plain to stand out. As the candy bar already has a cookie wafer at its core, you could barely notice the pieces of cookies crumbled throughout. Unfortunately this was another fail. Leave it to the Japanese. They’ll know what to do.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 6

Sake KitKat

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I’ve tried a lot of different KitKats over the last two years, but never one that contained actual alcohol. Until now. In Japan, where else, the good people of KitKat decided it would be a good idea to not only infuse their candy bars with the flavor of sake, but to infuse it with actual sake. Now I will don’t mind a drink every now and again, so when I saw these on sale I just had to buy a box.

Unfortunately the chocolate had melted a bit, but that should not interfere with the taste too much. The wafers were coated in a white chocolate, which seems to be the chocolate of choice for unusual flavors. As soon as I bit into it I knew there was actual alcohol in there. You can really taste it. The actual percentage of alcohol is very low though, so you don’t need to worry about getting drunk. It was a fun experience, but on a whole I found the candy bar to be too sweet. Perhaps a dark chocolate would have been better.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 7

Passion fruit chocolate

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Dove in China has come up with some interesting flavor combinations in the past such as green tea and lemon. It just got a whole lot more interesting with the addition of a few new flavors including passion fruit. It’s a bar of white chocolate infused with passion fruit flavor and some biscuit crumbs for added crunch. I wasn’t sure if the sourness of the passion fruit would work with the chocolate, but it worked surprisingly well. You could definitely taste that it was passion fruit, and yet it didn’t clash with the chocolate. It worked for me, but there are other combinations that work better.

Fear Factor – 1 / Taste Test – 7