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Indecision 2012 – Angie’s Artisan Treats

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What’s good friends? I’m sure like most of you who are in the USA you have been glued to your TV watching the pending election results. I for one am not one to delve into politics much, but I find myself getting extremely anxious every 4 years with the announcement of the new president. I am not going to go on any sort of political rant, as this is not the place for it, but I will say that I will be happy when this is all over and done with. I am sick of seeing campaign stuff EVERYWHERE.

So tonight, in the spirit of the election, I thought I would present to you two fancy new holiday foods and you can decide which you like! I have never seen Angie’s Artisan Treats Holidrizzle Kettle Corn in stores before. I feel like she must have partnered up with Snoop Doggs camp to come up with that name. The two flavors that I have seen thus far are Which Chocolatier Peppermint and Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt. Popcorn and I have a love hate relationship. I love it and it hates me. Despite the impending upset stomach that is to follow later, I could not resist trying these as I love kettle corn, more than I love plain buttery popcorn.

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I decided to start with the White Chocolatier Peppermint flavor first. Upon first opening the bag, I only smelled a faint smell of peppermint. I was a bit disappointed that the bag is so large, yet is half air! I popped a handful in my mouth and gave it a whirl. I enjoyed the flavoring. The classic taste of kettle corn which is sweet with a hint of salt with the peppermint topping and drizzle of white chocolate were a nice pairing. I felt like they were a bit stingy with the white chocolate drizzle. So far most of what I have tasted from the bag I bought, I would say about 40% has white chocolate on it. Kind of a let down. While the flavor of this is good, and I didn’t realize that I was on a crazy train to attempting to eat the whole bag mindlessly, it does not hold a candle to the Peppermint Bark Chex Mix.

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Texture: 3/5 – I don’t know if it is the white chocolate or the weather in California but I found that the popcorn was a bit mushy. The peppermint crystals added a nice crunch to the mix.

Smell: 3/5 – The aroma of this treat is rather non-existent. What you can smell is rather inviting though.

Appearance: 3/5 – Because of the color of the popcorn, you can’t easily see the white chocolate on the pieces, which makes hunting for the really chocolate-y pieces a bit tough. I do like the addition of the red peppermint crunchies instead of mixing the mint flavor into the chocolate. It gives it a nice festive kick.

Taste: 3.5/5 – Overall the flavor is pretty middle of the road. I enjoyed it, but I felt like it kind of missed the mark. The mixture of sweet and salty is definitely present but nothing really took it to the next level.

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Next we have the Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt. I am an extreme fan of dark chocolate. I am the person that will dig out all the Special Dark Hershey’s minis that no one usually wants. A few years ago, I think maybe 4 years ago or so, my Mom and I were celebrating New Years Eve together. We decided to get a bar of dark chocolate to enjoy at midnight, and in our infinite wisdom, we chose a bar with the highest cacao percentage at the time. WHAT AN AWFUL MISTAKE. As we counted down the clock, we each snapped a little square off the chocolate and at midnight we gave each other a little peck and popped the chocolate in our mouths. It immediately turned into a mad dash for the trashcan because it was so bitter that you couldn’t even swallow it. To add insult to injury I had braces at the time and the chocolate was all kinds of stuck in them. Worst idea ever.

I imagined that the dark chocolate sea salt mix would be a nice balance of sweet and salty, and I was right. But with Sea Salt in the name, I was expecting a little more salt in the mix than just the light dusting in regular kettle corn. The chocolate drizzle in this mix greatly exceeded that of its counterpart, and was pretty satisfying. I do fail to see how this is considered a holiday flavor when I can easily find it on shelves year round from retailers like Costco and Target.

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Texture: 3/5 – I encountered the same problem with the Dark Chocolate version of this treat as I did with the White Chocolate version, kind of mushy. Unlike the white chocolate version however, there were no saving elements like peppermint crystals to make up for the lack of crunch.

Smell: 3/5 – There was pretty much zero smell upon opening the bag.

Appearance: 4/5 – The dark chocolate version visibly had more chocolate in the mix than the white chocolate. I feel like the amount that was drizzled over was inviting and guaranteed you that you were in for a nice chocolate treat.

Taste: 3.5/5 – Trying a single piece by itself proves to be nothing spectacular. It really takes some investment of eating a few handfuls to taste the entire flavor. I wish that the sea salt element was a little more prominent in the flavoring. All in all it was good.

So in the end, I did what any self respecting foodie would do, I mixed the two together in my bowl. I feel like this made the entire thing extremely good, and it is an untapped market for Angie. Someone let that lady know.

November 6, 2012
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