Posts Tagged ‘Brittle’

Product Description:

Everyone knows the best piece in a batch of brownies is the crispy corner. With Brownie Brittle, every bite is a corner with silky smooth chocolate chips! Crunchy, wafer-like texture and deep chocolate flavor, this brittle is a little taste of heaven.

I received a pouch of this Brownie Brittle in my October Goodies Box.

Tea Suggestion:

Because these are very crunchy and cookie-like, I recommend choosing a tea that you’d drink with crispy cookies, like maybe a dessert tea!  Since these are really chocolate-y on their own, I thought that a chocolate tea might be a tad too much (although there really is no such thing as too much chocolate, is there?) so I decided to go with a coconut tea!  This Coconut Dream from New Mexico Tea Company is one of my favorites, and combining the chocolate brownie brittle with the coconut tea is quite indulgent!

What I Think:

Is it any surprise that I love brownies?  Hello?  I’m a chocoholic!

And when I bake a batch of brownies, my favorite parts are the edges.  I love the tender, chewy, fudge-y flavor of the brownie, but I like it even better as it gets toward that slightly dry, crispy edge.  When  I bake brownies, it doesn’t get too crispy or crunchy, there’s just a little bit of buttery caramelization there, and it’s heavenly!

So when I read the package to this, suggesting that with this Brownie Brittle there is no fighting over the corner piece … I thought, Oh!  Awesome!  That slightly crisp edge!  YUM!

But, this is a bit MORE than crispy.  It’s crunchier than any brownie edge that I’ve ever produced.  I usually go for the slightly underbaked brownie so that it retains some of that fudge-y texture once it’s cooled.  But this tastes as though the brownie were overcooked!  Not burned, exactly, but certainly left in the oven too long.  It’s dry, absolutely non-fudge-y, totally un-chewy, crisp as a cracker and thin as one too.

I like it alright as it is chocolate, but unfortunately, that it it’s only redeeming quality.  The chocolate.  I think that the concept of offering all the crunchy edges of the brownie is a good one, but, it just doesn’t work out with this product.

My Final Thoughts: 

As the only thing that’s really good about this is that it’s chocolate, it is certainly not something I’ll be buying again.  I think I might like them better if they were a little thicker (like maybe a chunky biscotti) or if it were a little less crisp, with some true brownie-esque qualities to it.  As it is, it sort of feels like I’m eating a burnt brownie without it actually being burnt.  That part is good, of course, but, I find myself wanting more brownie than brittle.

This month, my Knoshbox arrived on what turned out to be a very bad day for me.  As I was walking down to the mailbox to check the mail, I rolled my ankle and sprained it.  Painful!  And I mention this because there was no mail in the box – the mail carrier had not yet arrived – and because this box was delivered in a medium flat rate box the mail carrier had to bring it up to the door anyway.  My disastrous trip to the mailbox was completely unnecessary.  How fate laughs at me.

A scan of the theme card in this month’s box. I didn’t get a photo of the box and its contents before I started munching on the Bacon Peanut Brittles. By the time I got home from the hospital, I was on painkillers and had totally forgotten to snap a picture before I began munching! Sorry!

But… let that not lead you to think that this month’s box is also disastrous – far from it!  This may just be the best Knoshbox ever!  It contained only four items, but, one of these items is so beyond exciting!  A full-sized container of Pumpkin Sauce from Skillet Street Food!  OH yeah!  I’ve been wanting to try this since trying their Bacon Jam.

Also in this month’s box was a full-size package of granola as well as a Toasted Orchard Bar, both from Nate’s Naturals, and a full-size package of Bacon Peanut Brittles from the Redhead, NYC.  I’ve already sampled the Bacon Peanut Brittles, and they are amazing… so perhaps I might share this package with my husband.  Maybe.

Then again …

Anyway, this is a very exciting box, and I’m so happy that I have the opportunity to try these products.  Also included in the box is the theme card (this month’s theme is “Autumn Harvest”) which told of the inspiration behind the four selections.  The only thing that I’m missing this month is the little handwritten note on the back of the card.  It’s a small thing, but, I like that special touch.  It makes me feel like I am getting a gift from a friend that was packaged with care rather than an assembly line packaged box.  Knoshbox, if you’re reading this … I like the handwritten note.  It was a nice little touch.

As you can see by my little note under the scan of this month’s theme card, I have already started diving in to the yummy goodies in this month’s box!

Learn more about p.o.p. candy on their website.

Product Description:

Enjoy slabs of our all natural single-nut butter crunches—Almond, Pecan, and Pistachio—in one package. People love this choice when they’re new to p.o.p.’s hand-made butter crunch or they just can’t decide on one excellent flavor.  It’s a GREAT sampler gift for someone you love or just for yourself cuz you deserve it!

What I Think:

When I first started munching on this delightful candy from p.o.p. candy, I wasn’t sure exactly what kind of toffee I was eating.  It seemed that with every piece the nuts tasted different.  At one point, I knew I was tasting pecans, and with the next piece, I thought I was eating pistachio, and at least one piece tasted like almonds.  I thought that maybe someone had made a mistake and mixed it up, but, then I read the little card insert and realized I had a classic trio pack.

The “butter crunch” toffee is incredible.  Not quite as “brittle” as a brittle, it is crispy but there is a little more softness and chewiness to the texture than in a traditional brittle.  It is sweet and buttery, and rather addictive.

The variety of nuts taste fresh and add a nice crunch to the toffee.  When I first saw that this was toffee and not brittle, my immediate thought was “why isn’t it coated in chocolate?”  But as I’ve mentioned several times, I’m a chocoholic, and I can’t seem to help myself from such thoughts.

But, I didn’t miss the chocolate for long.  After the first bite, I forgot all about the fact that it wasn’t coated in chocolate and just savored the delicious buttery flavor.  This little bag is full of wonderful!  My only complaint?  It disappeared too fast.

My Final Thoughts:

Completely and utterly YUM.  MUST get more!

As I mentioned last month (several times, I think), Foodzie has changed, and I am still not sure if these changes are for the best.  That being said, they certainly did tempt me this month.  They offered several different boxes to choose from at the beginning of the month, and I couldn’t decide between two of them:  The Bacon and Bourbon Box & The Stocking Stuffers Box.  So, I ordered one for a Christmas gift for myself.  So, I guess it could be argued that the changes are for the better, but, I must admit that part of me does miss the SURPRISE of the tasting boxes of the past.

But, I did get one surprise this month… and that is that I got one of the boxes a bit earlier than I expected.  I had ordered the Bacon and Bourbon Box as my subscription box, and the Stocking Stuffers box was the box that I placed an additonal order for.  I had expected to receive the Stocking Stuffers box today … not the Bacon and Bourbon box!  But that is what was in my mailbox this afternoon!

This Bacon and Bourbon Box contains five delicious treats:  Bourbon Cocktail cups from Lillie Belle’s, a Jar of Bacon Jam from Skillet Street Food, 2 Bacon Raleigh Bars from Xocolatl de David, a jar of Bourbon Smoked Paprika from Bourbon Barrel Foods, and a package of Bacon Peanut Brittles from The Redhead.

The reason I chose this one as my subscription box is because two of these items have been on my mental “wish list” for quite some time, and I’m thrilled that I will finally be tasting them.  And I’m even more excited to learn that three of the five items in this box are local!

Also enclosed in my Foodzie box (as always!) was the card formerly known as the map card (which I guess I should now start calling the theme card), which tells the story behind the Bacon and Bourbon card:

We’ve learned by now that the salty tang of bacon doesn’t pair with everything, but it’s irresistible when paired with peanuts and chocolate.  Bourbon provides a smoky complexity that takes meats and even chocolate to a whole new depth of flavor.  We’ve sourced five of the best Bourbon and bacon products in the country for you to taste.  Each has it’s own special take on at least one of these two memorable ingredients.  You’ll especially enjoy the Bourbon Smoked Paprika, smoked with the wood from old Bourbon barrels, which lends both sweetness and spice to an already memorable spice.  Our canister is sitting right on the Lazy Susan by our stove, ready to be sprinkled on a fried egg.  We loved the idea of taking these two favorite ingredients and putting them into one box.  Enjoy!

I loved the idea too, especially when the box included the bacon jam and the bacon peanut brittle!  I can’t wait to dig in to this box!

Alright, so… I guess I might try another month with Foodzie… and as long as they keep creating tempting boxes such as this one, they may keep me hooked.

Where to Buy:  Morning Glory Confections on Foodzie

Product Description:

Morning Glory’s New Mexico Chili & Pumpkin Seed Brittle uses earthy and hot New Mexico chile powder, cumin, coriander, Mexican oregano and other spices to create a taste experience that lingers long after the brittle is gone.

What I Think:

I ordered these tasty bits of brittle after I saw another brittle from the same company (their Chai Tea and Cashew Brittle, which I shall review at a later date on the SororiTea Sisters Blog) on the homepage of Foodzie.  I was intrigued by this particular brittle because I love pumpkin seeds and I love the combination of spicy and sweet… this brittle seemed promising!

cute little plastic box - keep it and reuse it!

The brittle is packaged in a cute plastic box and is reasonably priced at just $5.  There are four pieces of brittle in each box, two large pieces, and two that are about half the size of the large pieces (so, I guess one could technically say that there are three “whole” pieces of brittle in each box).  The brittle is quite thick at 3/8 to 1/2 inch thick!

This brittle is an explosion of flavor.  The crunchy brittle is sweet and buttery and just like other brittle candies I’ve had, starts out with a lot of crunch and then turns kind of caramel-y sticky in the mouth.  YUM!

The chili does not hit the palate until about midway through the first bite, and then POW!  This brittle delivers a powerful kick of spice!  That spicy taste stays with you, too.  It is a long, lingering, WARM aftertaste (or shall I say burn?) that is quite pleasant.  However, if you don’t like spicy treats, this is not the brittle for you.

That’s not to say that this is extraordinarily hot – it isn’t.  I would categorize it somewhere between warm and medium heat.  Not quite mild, not too hot.  For this palate, it’s just right!

I love the texture and flavor of the pumpkin seeds.  They don’t really seem to present a lot of flavor at the start, but as I continue to snack on these confections (and I can’t seem to stop snacking on them!) the flavor develops.

My Final Thoughts:

This tasty treat offers a palate-full of flavor – spicy, sweet, and salty – all in one bite.  And, in case you’re wondering, I recommend sipping on a white tea (like this one from Imperial Tea Garden)with this treat.  White tea has cooling properties to it, and it will help soothe the palate!