Saturday, November 10, 2012
South Bend Gift Basket 2
Turtles and see how SBC does with this commonly made treats. This is the milk chocolate variety but they also have a sugar free type as well. This is their standard milk chocolate that they put on most of what they make -- cocoa butter and chocolate liquor and a sizable amount of vanilla as well to give them a distinctive if not unique taste. As max the turtles around just under two inches in diameter and about 1/3rd of an inch thick. You can see that they are not identical suggesting a hands-on assemble. Through the shell I can only smell the vanilla and the chocolate. The coating has a slightly shiny gleam to it and it starts to melt on my fingertips. Biting into it reveals a mostly tangy caramel with several half pieces of pecans. This isn't too sweet so the nuts, the caramel, and the milk chocolate all blend very well. Further bites do build up the caramel so just slow down a bit between bites to get a fuller taste of the chocolate.
LaSalle are a South Bend Chocolate favorite and the 3.5 oz box is very common in their gift baskets. These are a milk chocolate peppermint candy with the peppermint mixed into the milk chocolate filling center. The peppermint fragrance comes through the milk chocolate easily. The coating is so thick that it makes soft sound when I take a bite. Immediately I can taste the very creamy milk chocolate followed by peppermint that adds a bit of cooling sensation to my mouth. Letting a bite melt in your mouth takes a bit of time but it does increase both the milk chocolate and then the peppermint's power on your tongue. For the milk chocolate lover who just can't really handle the bitterness of a York Peppermint Patty, these LaSalle mints are a good choice; peppermint lovers will enjoy these, too.
Milk Chocolate Candy Bar that has 15 sections of 3.5 oz of their basic milk chocolate. Each section has this three wave pattern over diagonal lines on it. Taking just one section is easy because the chocolate is a bit soft and make no sound at all. It has a strong vanilla and creamy chocolate scent to it and even feels slightly soft in my fingers. Biting into it does make a bit of a noise. It melts easily and soon my entire mouth is coated in creamy chocolate that builds up in intensity but has far less vanilla flavor than either the scent or the previous milk chocolate covered treats in this basket suggested. This is still more creamy than the standard Hershey's bar so if you like a creamy milk chocolate then give this one a try.
One of the nicest things about the gift baskets from South Bend Chocolate is that if you order one from their website you have the ability to pick a few of the items. I bet if you walked into one of their Chocolate Cafes they could help you create a very special gift. You know, both Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up so take a good look at this company especially if you are Hoosier, and consider them as one of the places you buy from this season. For using as many local products as they can and for producing a signature taste, these treats get a Sacramental status today.