One of the greatest perks of being an official Candy Addict is the occasional box of review candy that comes in my mail. Any box that smells of chocolate is a good box in my book. That chocolate aura surrounding the drab cardboard exterior speaks of tasty treasures lurking inside. Last week, I hit the mother lode.
The UPS guy showed up at my door the other day, set a box on the deck, and rushed off. I picked up the box and – Oh! This is heavy! I couldn’t believe how heavy. The shipping label clearly stated its weight of 11 pounds. Eleven pounds… of chocolate.
I was so overcome with amazement at the huge amount of chocolate I had in my hands that it actually took a few minutes before I ate any of it. First I had to examine the variety of chocolates Q.bel had sent to me. In the box were three packages of wafer rolls and three packages of wafer bars.
- Milk Chocolate Crunchy Crispy Wafer Rolls
- Dark Chocolate Crunchy Crispy Wafer Rolls
- Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Wafer Rolls
- Milk Chocolate Crispy Rice Wafer Bars
- Dark Chocolate Crispy Rice Wafer Bars
- Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Wafer Bars
Can you guess which one(s) I wanted to try first? It’s no secret that I’d live in a jar of peanut butter if I were only small enough. The problem with deciding which candy to try first is that I love little crispies almost as much as I love peanut butter. Notice I said “almost.”
I entered the Q.bel world via the Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Wafer Bar. The wafer bars come two to a package and measure about 3″ x 1″. The wafers pack a nice, crisp crunch and taste very fresh. The peanut butter variety has, of course, peanut butter layered between three wafers, while the milk and dark chocolate varieties have their respective chocolate layers. I wasn’t overly impressed with the peanut butter flavor, which was very mild. It reminded me more of a Little Debbie Nutty Bar as opposed to the sweeter Reese’s Sticks, for example. The mild flavor didn’t stop me from eating more, though….
The Crispy Rice Bars are very crispy indeed with plenty of delish to go with their crunch. The combination of crispies and wafers was interesting. I’m not sure I’ve had another candy with both of those textures. While the wafer crunch was definitely more noticeable than the crispies, it was still possible to detect and enjoy those crispy little guys. The chocolate was sweet, smooth, and very good.
A couple days later (yes, I made myself wait), I sampled the Wafer Rolls. Being the cloistered Candy Addict that I am, I just experienced my first wafer roll style candy about three weeks ago. I immediately fell in love and was quite disappointed that I didn’t have any more to enjoy. (They had arrived in a gourmet cookie package sent from my uncle in California. Note to Uncle: Next time keep the cookies and send the wafer rolls.) Q.bel Wafer Rolls, I’m happy to report, did not disappoint.
About 4 1/2″ long, each Q.bel Wafer Roll is a thin, light wafer with a chocolate coating. The hollow inside is filled with either chocolate or peanut butter. Surprisingly, the peanut butter in the Wafer Roll was tastier than the peanut butter in the Wafer Bar. It was thick, yet not gummy or teeth-sticking. Maybe I enjoyed it more because there was more of it.
I’m not a dark chocolate eater, but I offer my husband’s words on both of Q.bel’s dark chocolate bars: “Smooth, not bitter, lightly sweet.” He’s a man of few words, but he liked them and has eaten several over the last few days. He calls it research.
The thing that sets Q.bel apart from your average chocolate bars is that they are all natural. According to the packaging, you’ll find no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup, and no hydrogenated oils. I don’t normally read candy ingredient lists (out of fear), but I imagine that’s a very rare claim in the candy bar world. Q.bel offers very delicious candy bars without all the chemicals and unpronounceable ingredients.
Beginning this month, you can find Q.bel products at Whole Foods.