Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Peppermint Roca - Target - Cherry Hill, NJ

Peppermint Roca  - Target - Cherry Hill, NJ
Some of you might have noticed, but I haven't been posting any winter and holiday themed candy. Truth is, I'm a bit of a Scrooge. Right after Thanksgiving the stores become insane, radio stations play nonstop Christmas music, and lawns are covered in giant inflatable snowmen. It's just not my cup of tea. (Plus I hate winter and cold weather.) Don't get me wrong, I love baking sweets and giving gifts to my loved ones, but I'm more of a Halloween kinda girl.
Although I have been avoiding stores and holiday candies, I just had to pick this up. Apparently I have been living under a rock, because I had no idea that Almond Roca came in new flavors. (It seems like I've been under this rock a long time, since this flavor came out in 2003. Whoops.)
The packaging is very shiny, so it catches your eye easily, but that made it difficult to photograph. (So. Much. Glare.) Simple, but retro, the design is a mixture of white, silver, and red. I feel like the stripes give me more of a mint-y feeling than a Christmas-y one, but I'm not sure if this the standard packaging, or a seasonal one. (Does anyone know?) Either way, I like that it is festive while being nostalgic and classy.

Inside, there are four individually wrapped pieces of candy. Each piece is shaped like a little log, which makes a decent portion size, and it's covered with a foil wrapper. (Actual foil wrappers are rare these days.)

As soon as I opened the foil I could smell chocolate and mint. Actually, this candy smells just like a York Peppermint Patty.

I took a tiny bite of the outer layer, and the chocolate coating began melting right away. I may be mistaken, but this tastes like actual chocolate and peppermint. A lot of classic candies have revamped their formulas to use cheaper, artificial ingredients, but I think this brand might be sticking to it's roots. (Although I could be wrong.) This flavored chocolate tastes just like peppermint patties used to, and I love it.

As for the inside, I think it was the classic Almond Roca filling. It was very crunchy, sweet, buttery, and toffee-like with a hint of salt. It was really rich and delicious, but I couldn't taste any added peppermint. The two layers worked well together, but I preferred to nibble the dark chocolate and peppermint coating off the outside and eat it separately. (But That's just me.)

Overall, this was a rich and satisfying candy, and I am really happy I bought it.
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