Wednesday, April 23, 2014

McCormick World of Flavors Chocolate Bars, Part 2

McCormick World of Flavors Chocolate Almond Bar

Place purchased: McCormick World of Flavors, Baltimore 

Price: $4.49

Number of reviewers: 6

Appearance - 6.0

The McCormick World of Flavors Chocolate Almond bar is consists of 31% milk chocolate with small roasted almond pieces dispersed throughout the chocolate. The chocolate is a dull brown color and has a thin layer of bloom. 

Flavor and Taste - 6.0

The almonds taste very oxidized, and the chocolate is sweet. 

C: Kind of blah.
J: Creamy chocolate. Almond flavor is great. 
L: Good chocolate, slightly oxidized. 
S: Strong nutty flavor.

Texture - 5.5

The chocolate is crunchy. It is difficult to distinguish the crunch of the almonds from the crunchy chocolate.  

C: Crunchy, brittle. 
J: Nice contrast between creamy chocolate and almond pieces. 
S: Brittle chocolate. 

Aftertaste - 5.8

The flavor of the milk chocolate dominates the aftertaste. 

J: Lingering almond flavor is dry and persistent. 
L: Bland.
L2: Rancid. 
S: Sweet. 

Overall - 5.7

I was unimpressed by this chocolate bar. The almonds were oxidized, and the chocolate was too dry and crunchy.

McCormick World of Flavors Chocolate Jalapeño & Peanuts Bar

Place purchased: McCormick World of Flavors, Baltimore 

Price: $4.49

Number of reviewers: 6

Appearance - 6.2

The McCormick World of Flavors Chocolate Jalapeño & Peanuts bar is comprised of 31% milk chocolate, small pieces of peanuts, and jalapeño powder. The chocolate is rich brown in color, unlike the chocolate in the almond bar. 

Flavor and Taste - 7.3

The chocolate bar tastes like milk chocolate with salty peanuts at first. The heat from the jalapeños comes in toward the end, though there is no actual jalapeño flavor. 

C: Get peanut flavor first, then spicy jalapeño at the end. 
J: Good chocolate flavor. A bit of salt from the peanuts. Nice spice at the end. I really like the subtleness. 
L: Nice nutty, love the spice. 
S: Salty with a lot of heat. Spicy. 

Texture - 7.3

The milk chocolate is softer in this bar than the almond chocolate bar, which is strange since they both contain 31% milk chocolate. 

C: Crunchy.
J: Nice contrast. 

Aftertaste - 6.6

The aftertaste is very spicy. 

C: Mostly just spicy.
J: Spice is too persistent. 
L: Good burn.
S: Has a lot of heat. 

Overall - 7.3

The Jalapeño & Peanuts bar is significantly better than the Almond bar. The chocolate is softer and creamier, the peanuts provide a welcome flavor rather than rancidity, and the jalapeño powder gives a powerful kick.

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