It’s no secret that Dove makes some of the best mass-produced chocolates on the market. With its super-smooth texture (resulting from high levels of cocoa butter) and an unbeatable chocolaty flavor, it has always seemed a cut above the Hershey’s and Nestle brands sold alongside. And their venture into the “miniature” chocolates arena, Dove Promises? Melt-in-your-mouth and perfectly satisfying. Seemingly sinful, yet pretty much guilt-free.
What might come as a surprise, though, is that Dove has only recently released its take on the classic chocolate-peanut butter combo. Though I hadn’t seen a Dove peanut butter candy before, I’d always just kind of assumed that one had to be out there somewhere. Every sort of chocolate, I’d thought, had its peanut butter, and vice versa. So when a bag of new Dove Promises Milk Chocolate with Peanut Butter arrived on my doorstep, after recovering from my initial surprise, I was eager to try such a great brand’s take on the blend.
Now, I have a major weakness where really good candies are concerned. If I really like a certain candy, I may finish off the entire bag in the space of one day. Yummy and self-indulgent, yes. Healthy and waistline-friendly, no. So, anticipating these pieces would be as nice as they looked/sounded, I refrained from sampling until I’d given half the bag away.
The Promises received major thumbs up from both of my landladies, five maintenance workers, and my boyfriend. The reaction was near-identical – a second or so after placing the chocolates on their tongues, a smile would cross the sampler’s face. The smile would widen to a certain degree and often the sampler’s eyes would roll back in their heads. As the chocolate and peanut butter melted and mixed upon their tongues, they’d offer commentary varying from “That’s really good” to “I don’t think I tasted enough to know yet, I need another!”
Finally, when over half the bag had been depleted, my turn came to sample the gems and see if the wait for Dove’s version of peanut butter in chocolate had been worth it. I gently placed a morsel on my tongue, contemplating the oh-so-profound affirmation on its inner wrapper (“It’s not bad to be different – it’s fantastic”). As I absorbed that nugget of wisdom, the chocolate began to melt across my tongue, bathing my mouth in the full flavor and texture of the Dove milk chocolate.
This is very good chocolate. I’d forgotten how good Dove was. The silky texture makes for an especially quick, flavorful and evenly-spaced melt. The flavor is richer and more “genuine” tasting than most comparable chocolate brands.
Once the milk chocolate melted away, I found a peanut butter center that was sweet, but not overly so. Nearly as smooth as its chocolate shell, the inside reminded me more of Skippy’s Creamy than Reese’s. In lesser candies, this sort of peanut butter may have been overpowered by the chocolate. Here, the two components complimented each other beautifully. The flavor left a distinct impression on my palate, one which lingered and left my sweet tooth satisfied until my next meal.
Maybe the perception of peanut butter and chocolate as a simple, even juvenile combination is why Dove held off on developing this candy for so long. However, I for one am glad they finally went through with it. Put the two ingredients together in any form, and they’re delicious. Leave the task to Dove, and the results are truly, well, promising.