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Product Description:

Toffee Break Dark Chocolate Jer’s Squares are crafted with buttery rich toffee bits mixed with all natural Valencia peanut butter covered in premium dark chocolate.

I received a package of Jer’s Squares Toffee in my February Love with Food box.

Tea Suggestion:

I think that these squares could go with just about any tea, but I wanted to choose a pure tea – that is, an unflavored tea – so that the flavors of the tea wouldn’t attempt to compete with the delicious flavors of dark chocolate, peanut butter and toffee because that’s what I wanted to taste!  Instead, I chose a tea that would complement the flavors of the Jer’s Square … I chose Master Han’s Wild Picked Yunnan Black Tea From Verdant Tea … and what a delightful pairing it was!  The rich tea with it’s hints of spice and unique complexity brought the flavors of the square into focus, while the chocolate seemed to enhance the spice notes and bring forward some of the underlying layers of the tea.

What I Think:

YUM!

The rich dark chocolate is a thin shell of chocolate, just enough to give it a delicious, chocolate-y taste, but not so much that it overpowers the flavors locked inside the shell.

Peanut butter!  Creamy, delicious peanut butter and tiny bits of buttery toffee.  Crunchy little bits, and a smooth creamy peanut butter filling.  I think the peanut butter is a really interesting and compelling component in these delicious squares – I don’t think I’ve ever tasted toffee and peanut butter together before … but I like it!

My Final Thoughts:

Delicious!  But then, I’m not surprised … it’s chocolate!  It’s peanut butter with chocolate!  And it’s TOFFEE with chocolate!  I mean, come on … seriously?  What’s not to love?  A perfect treat – goes so nicely with my tea!

Photo from Foodzie

Product Description:

We love the act of opening a box of Valerie’s toffees, all trussed up with beautiful silk ribbon; it’s almost like you’re undressing it. Inside, handmade rich, buttery toffee, enveloped in dark Valrhona chocolate, beckons. Crunchy, organic California almonds stud the toffee, which is made in small batches, and the whole thing is finished off with fleur de sel for a lingering savory finish.

Tea Suggestion:

While these are delicious enough on their own, everything goes better with a spot of tea!  I chose to pair these toffees with Samovar from Kusmi Tea.  The smoky notes of the tea added a lovely depth to the toffee, and brought a savory quality to the overall experience.

What I Think:

In the Valentine’s Box from Foodzie, I received an elegant little box tied up with a pretty pink ribbon that contained two of Valerie Confections’ Dark Chocolate Toffee squares:  one topped with a whole, roasted almond and one encrusted with a sprinkling of sea salt.

The toffee inside is crunchy and hard, much like what you’d experience when biting in a Heath bar.  But this is WAY better than a Heath!  It is buttery and sweet with a delightful nutty flavor in the background.  What really surprised me is just how buttery these are.  I could taste the sweet, creamy butter with which these were made.

Each piece is enrobed in a thin coating of bittersweet dark chocolate, which offers a pleasing contrast to the sweetness of the toffee.  What I really like about these is how the different toppings change the flavor of the confection, even though inside each square is the same toffee.  The almond topped square brought out the nutty tones to the toffee; while the salt encrusted square brought a compelling roundness to the confection – providing sweet, salty and bitter flavors for the palate to enjoy.

My Final Thoughts:

An immensely enjoyable set of toffees … tasting this treat made me happy that I chose the Valentine’s Box for February!  These were absolutely delicious!

For the month of February, Foodzie focused on Valentine’s-y type themes from which to choose for the subscribers of the monthly tasting box.  There was the “Date Night” box which included ingredients to help make a memorable dinner at home for that someone special.  There was also the “Movie Night” box which included gourmet concession stand type goodies such as heirloom popcorn and chocolate covered raisins.  I was leaning towards choosing the Movie Night box because it included one ingredient that really intrigued me:  Chai Cola from Taylor’s Tonics.

However, the other items in the Movie Night box, while delicious in their own right, simply did not excite me as much as the idea of the Valentine’s Box which is filled with chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate … plus some hand pulled hard candies.  Did I mention the chocolate?

YES, I said chocolate!  And when Foodzie goes for the chocolate, they REALLY go for it!

Tucked inside my box this month is one of the most tempting array of chocolates I’ve yet to lay my eyes on.  (For a more tempting array, I suggest visiting The Meadow and feasting your eyes upon their wall of chocolate.) This box includes Dark Chocolate Toffee from Valerie Confections, Coconut Palm Sugar Caramels from Kika’s Treats, Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie from Blissful Brownies, Dark Chocolate Salted Almond Bar from Theo Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Covered Pistachios from Fiddyment Farms, and finally a bag of Valentine’s Candy from Papabubble.

This is truly a box created for … well, me!  The only thing that could have made it more perfect for me is perhaps some chocolate flavored tea, but then, as you might imagine, I do have some chocolate flavored tea in my tea cupboard that I will be brewing to enjoy with the sweet delights from this box.

Also tucked inside the box was the theme card.  Here is what the theme card has to say about the inspiration behind the Valentine’s Box:

My dad was my first Valentine long before Rob came along.  He would come home with a red heart-shaped box of chocolates and a big red balloon with a roll of SweeTarts weighted to the bottom for each of his four girls.  (I think those candies were always his subtle way of saying having daughters is mostly sweet with just a hint of sour.)  This box is our way of creating that same delight on Valentine’s Day, with a slightly more grown-up taste.  We’re thinking outside the heart-shaped box, with a full artisan chocolate bar, hand-pulled hard candies, palm sugar caramels, pistachios enrobed in chocolate, a fudgy peanut butter brownie, and dark chocolate-covered toffee.  Perhaps you’ll share them with a spouse, a significant other, or a few of your besties, but if you choose to keep hem all to yourself, we won’t love you any less for it.  ~Emily & Rob

Hmm… sharing chocolate is not something that comes easily for me.  So I’ll keep you posted on that.

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!