Thursday, February 26, 2015

Caramel Filled Waffle - Gift

Caramel Filled Waffle - Gift
It's been a very, very long day, so I'm taking a break to treat myself with this little chocolate covered treat. This is going to be a pretty short review, since there's really no packaging, so let's just get right to it!

Like I said earlier, there's really no packaging for me to discuss here. The chocolate coated triangle is inside a heat-sealed plastic bag with two stickers that let me know the shops' name and the nutritional information. That's it. I mean it works, and from what I understand this came from a small family-owned chocolate shop, so I'm sure their focus is on the candy and not snazzy packaging.

I had never heard of Giambri's before, so I had to look them up. Turns out it's a chocolate and candy shop located in Clementon, New Jersey. Oh man, I can't even remember the last time I was in that town. As a kid I used to go to Clementon Park which was a small amusement park and petting zoo, but that was years and years ago. (Random fact: My sister and I let the goats there eat our shirts when we were little. Good times. Good times.)

Once it's free of it's plastic prison you can see how decadent this little snack is. There's some kind of white chocolate drizzle, a coating of what looks like Buncha-Crunch, and the whole thing is coated in chocolate.

When I saw that this was a "waffle" I wasn't too sure that that meant. I have seen that term used for light and fluffy wafers, as well as the sweet and fluffy Belgian variety. Due to all the coating I can't see if this has the tell-tale square indents of a breakfast-y waffle or not, so I had just assumed it was a wafer.

Turns out, I was wrong! This is a soft trianglar piece of Belgian-style waffle. I wasn't too sure a baked waffle would be shelf stable, even if it was coated in chocolate, but this tasted just fine. From what I can see, I am guessing that this was a small square waffle, they cut it in half diagonally, made a little sandwich of it using caramel as the filling, coated it in milk chocolate, then topped with with the chocolatey crisped rice and white candy drizzle.

The waffle is soft, due to it's chocolate coating, and sweet on it's own, mix that with the soft caramel, and milky chocolate and you've got a sugar rush headed your way. This little snack is sweet. VERY sweet. There's no hint of salt or savoriness to balance out all the pure sugar I am consuming here. I really wish the caramel inside had been salted, or maybe that there was dark chocolate as a drizzle instead of white. When I first saw this treat I thought it was a bit on the small side, but I think it's the perfect portion for the level of sweetness that's here. It's about 5-6 bites worth, but I needed to pair it with some unsweetened tea to eat the whole thing.

If you really love sweets, this is like a deliciously decadent caramel filled waffle candy bar. I personally would have liked to see a bit of salt or something to break up all the sweetness, but I am sure there are a LOT of people out there who would love this as-is.
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