Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ghirardelli Pumpkin Spice Caramel Squares

Place purchased: Walmart

Price: $4.99

Number of reviewers: 6

Appearance - 7.2

The Ghirardelli Pumpkin Spice Caramel Squares are sold in bags of 20 individually-wrapped squares. Each square has a glossy milk chocolate shell filled with a pumpkin spice flavored caramel containing visible flecks of spices. 

Flavor and Taste - 7.6

The caramel squares have a perfect balance of sweet caramel, milk chocolate, and spices. 

D: Yum! Good balance of pumpkin and spice. 
E: Spicy nutmeg/clove flavor dominates. Very rich.
E2: Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, caramel, sweet. Milk chocolate overpowers the caramel/pumpkin.
G: Nice amount of pumpkin flavor. Not too overpowering. 
N: Not much pumpkin. 

Texture - 7.4

The milk chocolate shell has a firm bite The caramel filling is very soft and runny, which could be a problem if the square is eaten in multiple bites. 

D: Could have more snap, but great. 
E: Crisp chocolate with good melt. Gooey center. 
E2: Smooth, creamy, not too hard or too soft. 
G: Very creamy texture. 
N: Sticky! 

Aftertaste - 6.8

The aftertaste is of milk chocolate and spices. 

D: Mmmmm.
E: Sweet, acidic, dairy, spicy. 
E2: Sweet, dairy/milk. 
G: Aftertaste is more from the chocolate flavor, can't taste any of the pumpkin flavor. 
N: Caramel mostly.  

Overall - 7.6

Overall, the Ghirardelli Pumpkin Spice Caramel Squares are the best pumpkin spice and chocolate combination I have tasted. Unlike most pumpkin spice chocolates, the milk chocolate in this application did not overpower the flavor of the spices. 

D: Love it! 
E: If you like chocolate caramels and fall spices, you'll like this. 
E2: Satisfied, very fall appropriate. 
G: I am not a pumpkin fan, but I love caramel and chocolate. And I love Ghirardelli.
N: More pumpkin! 

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