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Candy Review: DeFranco’s Espresso Secrets

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DeFranco's Espresso Secrets

Tired of drinking your morning coffee? Why not eat it, surrounded by chocolate? That’s one idea for enjoying DeFranco’s Espresso Secrets, anyway. And wouldn’t that be faster, tastier, and reduce your chance of getting burned? Of course it would. And if you put a crazy amount of sugar in your coffee (like, 14g), then it’d be about the same calories, too (160). Okay, enough numbers.

Almost. This 1.3 oz/36g package contains three good-bite-sized pieces of 55% dark chocolate, with a coffee center. If you want a caffeine kick, you better eat all three. But how’s this candy taste?

Not bad at all! Bite through the pretty thick dark chocolate layer, and you hit the semi-liquid coffee center. It’s a little gooey, but doesn’t drip all over the place at room temperature. (In other words, you don’t have to throw the whole thing in your mouth at once if you’re a nibbler.) And what sets this coffee candy apart? The coffee is real, not just a flavor, and it’s just over the edge of bitter. Wow, they’re not messing around.

When I isolate the chocolate, it’s not bad, not great. A little chalky, and not much mouth feel. And if you just taste the filling, it’s like a viscous version of black diner coffee. It is not sweet. (I know the candy calls itself “espresso secrets,” but I think the secret is that it’s not espresso; the ingredient list just says “instant coffee,” and that’s what it tastes like. Rich and full-bodied this ain’t. And crema? Forget it.)

But when you taste both the dark chocolate and gelatinous diner coffee together (as you should of course), DeFranco’s Espresso Secrets is actually a nice little treat.

Start your day right.

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