Thursday, February 24, 2011

Seth Ellis Truffle Assortment

My greatest weakness, chocolate-wise, is definitely truffles. Yum. I was thrilled to get the chance to try these, especially since they're so hard to find. But they're delicious, and I love that this assortment has so many different flavored truffles/chocolate pieces in it. It comes in a nice, thick box too! Opening it was like opening a nice old book. The different chocos are:

Blueberry truffles: these look like little witches' hats, and they taste like little witches' truffles! Very liquidy cream filling (ok that sounds gross, but it's not. It's choco, but it's not thick or too dense inside. It's good!) and creamy chocolate exterior. Yum.

Dark chocolate truffles: These are dark chocolate squares with a white horizontal line across the top. Tastes like dark chocolate! (It was fun because I didn't know what flavor it would be, and I wasn't totally sure it WAS dark choco until I was done. I could imagine that it was milk choco, coffee, or even caramel. Shows what I know about taste, heh.) Anyway, yum again!

Raspberry Truffles: These are dark chocolate rectangles with a pretty dark red 'x' swirl. They have a very strong raspberry taste; you can tell it's real fruit because there are even little hard raspberry seed part things in the filling! It's sweet and delicious. Yum x3.

Coffee Truffles: So, I don't drink coffee, I don't like coffee ice cream (though I love the smell), but I'm a huge fan of these truffles (surprise surprise!). They're rectangles with one coffee bean on top, and they're very good. They taste like vacation in a hotel or staying up late to do homework (my only coffee experiences). Anyway: yum!

Ginger Truffles: Verrrry interesting. These look like pretty gumdrop shapes with yellow-orange splotches on top. They have a very strong ginger flavor with only a hit of dark chocolate, kind of like a ginger snap but without the snap and with more ginger. I think it's my one of my least favorites just because it's so very intense!

Lemon Truffles: Man, a lot of these truffles look like game pieces! Anyway, it's a dark chocolate square with a small yellow square of yellow fondant on top. It tastes like lemon inside, all right! It's sweet and lemony and refreshing. Yum! I will say that by this point, I started to wish more of the truffles were milk chocolate covered instead of dark chocolate, but I think that's just personal preference. Anyway, I repeat: Yum.

Mint Truffles: A rectangle with a green swirl and dot on top. Note that these are SPEARmint truffles, not peppermint. It tastes a lot like eating a mint leaf. If I were a cat, I'd love this -- but I'm not a cat. Way too "spearmint gum that's mixed with creamy chocolate" weird for me. No yums. :(

Caramel Snobinettes: A stout little chocolate circle with a spiral on top of choco. These are quite gingery!! They're like a less-intense ginger truffle with a bit of caramel sensibility. Much better than the ginger truffle for me, but also not as nice as I expected from a caramel. (Sorry to be a "snobinette" about it!) Ho ho ho.

Candied Lemons: This is a dried lemon piece with chocolate coating. I don't know if it's just me, but the dried lemon was very...dry. Hard to chew through and not pleasant. I request softer lemons!

Milk Chocolate Truffles: No complaints here. Just a good old fashioned milk chocolate truffle. It's a square with a dark brown line across the top.

Cost: 4/10 (Truffles are expensive, but there's no avoiding that. It could be worse. Plus: organic!)
Rating: 7.5/10 (Good taste, great look. I'll be back, truffles!)

Laura says: "what?" because I ate them all myself. Sorry, Laura.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Chewy Sweettarts

I went to Smart and Final the other day and was looking for a good allergen-safe candy I could treat myself to. I decided on a bag of chewy sweet tarts, since I couldn't remember how they tasted. Note to self: a lot like actual sweetarts, i.e., TART. Whoops. They're pretty good - sweet, too, I mean, and small and uniquely flavored to some extent. I ate quite a few, but then I developed a sore on my tongue from the sours! Yikes! OK, anyway, these aren't my favorite candy, but if you like sour stuff, I bet these are great for you.

At the same time, it's pretty rare to find allergen-free Wonka candy nowadays! So, if you want something different, maybe these are a good bet. You can get them for pretty cheap on Amazon.

Taste: 6/10
Cost: 8/10

Laura says "Eek sour! Can I have a few more though?" aka 4/10

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Vermont Nut Free School of (Chocolate) Fish

They swam into my heart, all right! These tasty chocolate fish are a little bigger than a Hershey's Kiss, in terms of cubic area, but way tastier! They're creamy and satisfying to bite into. Not much else to say, really. If you're looking for some smallish fish-shaped nut-free milk chocolates in a bag (and who isn't!) you should definitely check these out. Yum.

Cost: 6/10
Rating: 7/10

Laura says "yum! fish!" aka 7/10.

Amanda's Own Chocolate Hearts ~ Cello Bag

First of all, my name is Amanda, so the idea of a company called "Amanda's Own Confections" that sells allergen free snacks is basically the dream I imagined for my own future, so it's pretty great! Anyway, I got this cute bag of semisweet heart chocos for Valentine's Day, and it was very cute, all tied up with a little ribbon. The chocolates are decently sized and a perfect thickness for biting into. They don't melt in your hands, either! In essence, they're just semi-sweet dark chocolate, so there's nothing really unique taste-wise, but if you want a semisweet chocolate with no nuts, this is a fine choice!

Cost: 5/10
Rating: 6/10

Laura says "dark chocolate? in MY mouth? :/" aka 4.5/10

Domino's Pizza (& wings)

Domino's is a good nut-free option, since their only nut product is the chocolate lava cake, a simple "may-contain"! So, over the weekend, Laura and I ordered a regular pepperoni pizza, a thin crust mushroom & half-tomato pizza, wings, and salads. The online ordering system is pretty neat, and you can even track your order being made (and delivered, if you choose). Pretty cool.

Their new pizza recipe (new being post-2009, I think) seems to be basically "more seasoning and butter", but it's pretty delicious. Plus, it's still not quite as oily and bad-for-you feeling as Pizza Hut's pan pizza. The pepperoni, mushroom and tomato were all generous and tasty, and the salads were large and fresh too. The BBQ wings are moist and pretty good (but nothing amazing), and the mild buffalo wings are completely unseasoned and not very interesting! We still have to try the hot ones. Anyway, all in all I had a good meal and I'll definitely order Domino's again, so two thumbs up! I didn't even have a terrible stomach ache afterwards.

Cost: 6/10
Taste: 7/10

Laura says "I'm not saying I want Domino's, but do you want to order Dominos later???????" aka 8/10.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Rice-A-Roni (Chicken)

Is it just me, or is Rice a Roni just not very good? I keep buying it, of course, because it's cheap and very easy to add meat or vegetables to. What's more, there's 3+ cups of rice in those little boxes, so it's a filling, sensible choice when it comes to a Reasonably Healthy Dinner For Two.

At the same time -- no matter how I follow the directions, this rice comes out either mushy or burnt. There's no middle ground. And if I ever decide NOT to add chicken or veggies to it, this rice is seriously bland, flavorless mush.

But I guess for 1$, I can't expect culinary perfection. So I'll probably buy it again - although I think the Fried Rice is a little better (though awfully similar) than the chicken flavor.

Taste: 5/10
Cost: 9/10

Laura says, "tastes fine to me! 7/10."

Friday, February 4, 2011

Lean Cuisine - Chicken Chow Mein

I don't know exactly how "chow mein"y this is -- there aren't any noodles in it -- but since I love chinese food, I take all the non-allergenic opportunities I can to sample it, even if it's a laughable imitation.
Anyway, this is a pretty small dinner for hungry people like myself, but I guess that's the point, isn't it? And for a healthy meal, it tastes pretty good. Not too flavorful, but it's not completely bland. There's a fair amount of chicken per rice and the sauce is pretty good. The vegetables are good as well - I like the carrots and waterchestnuts. No mushroom or bamboo though! I buy this pretty often, so I'd recommend it!

Cost: 6/10
Rating: 7/10

Laura says: "I don't like vegetables". Thanks, Laura.