A reasonable person would be scared of a box of chocolate after encountering some caramels so bad that they required a visit to the trash can.
I am not a reasonable person.
On to the milk chocolate peanut butter piece from my Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory box.
The couverture was soft but a bit waxy, and featured very faint aromas of nuts and dairy. It had a slight burnt edge, but was quite sweet – to the point that it was reminiscent of white chocolate.
Inside that sweet shell was a mousse-like creamy filling with a strong peanut flavor, which tasted a bit like slightly burnt or over-roasted peanuts. As it was not very sweet, it paired nicely with the sweet milk chocolate. Overall, it’s better than a drugstore peanut butter cup, but was still a little plain.
At least I didn’t have to throw it out.
On to another filled chocolate: the Aspen cream.
The couverture is very similar to that of the peanut butter piece: soft, a bit of a burnt edge and a distinct vanilla flavor.
The interior has the density of a good caramel that is neither overly chewy nor runny, and the texture matches that of the shell nicely. The cream features a vanilla flavor with a hint of maple, and trends towards too sweet. I like the concept of a mild maple-flavored cream, but a less sweet couverture would work better.
Have you ever had a chocolate filled with maple cream before?