Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Russel Stover Pumpkin Pie Chocolate - Wegman's: Cherry Hill, NJ

Russel Stover Pumpkin Pie Chocolate - Wegman's: Cherry Hill, NJ
Okay, I'm on a roll. Today I woke up and my stomach didn't hurt as bad as it had been, and throughout the day I was able to eat nearly three meals! My stomach issues come and go, but right now they seem to be subsiding, so let's hurry up and plow through this review before it changes it's mind!

This little treat was something I saw on Candyblog last year and, although I don't think pumpkin and chocolate are two flavors that should really be combined, I wanted to give this a try.

Maybe I'm a snob, but I don't like Russel Stover's designs. Looking at this package specifically, the colors are bright and festive, but the design makes me think of items I would buy in those weird mail order catalogs that my grandma magically gets in the mail. (No one ever requests them, I think they automatically start showing up at your house when you turn 60.)  The art just doesn't appeal to a younger audience, it looks like something elderly neighbors would get printed up on flags to hang outside during Halloween. Or something that would be printed on a teacher's sweatshirt. Again, I might be really picky about designs, but this drawing just doesn't appeal to me. I bought this candy because I'm a food blogger and I want to review it, not because the packaging caught my eye.

Inside, the candy is vaguely pumpkin-shaped. It smells sweet and mildy spiced, kind of like you left chocolate out next to a pumpkin spice candle. It's not a really bold or intense aroma, but you can smell that there's more to this than just a milk chocolate pumpkin.

I took a bite, and the chocolate started melting right away. The outside coating was sweet and enjoyable, but the filling is textured and crumbly. It's kind of like the inside of a Reese's cup, but this is a bit more moist. I'd say the inside was like a crumbly fudge, and the flavoring it has is very mild and...weird. Mixed with the chocolate it's pretty hard to place. It's definitely spiced, although very lightly, but I can't taste anything pumpkin-y.

I nibbled around a bit so I could try the filling on it's own, and there is a slightly mild pumpkin pie spice flavor, but no way would this ever be mistaken for pumpkin pie. I wasn't too sure how I felt about this little chocolate. I liked the outside shell, which was real chocolate, but that filling...

It took me eating the entire thing to really form an opinion and no. No, I do not like this. The filling makes me feel like something has been close to a candle, or a perfume, or something fall scented that should not be food, while the outside chocolate shell is delicious.
On a Pumpkin Scale of 1-5 (5 being the most pumpkin-y) I’d give this a 0. The chocolate is great, but this tastes absolutely nothing like pumpkin. Maybe if you accidentally sprayed your candy with Pumpkin spiced Febreeze it would taste like this, but who would ever want that? 
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