Monday, November 5, 2007

Harry and David Dark Chocolate Maltballs

These candies are dark and shiny. The shape is irregular; they aren't perfect spheres, but they are still pretty. The box is pretty cute too, and contains about four servings of candy.

Now, let me say that I LOVE malted milk balls. My top 3 candy choices are always changing, but malted milk balls are a constant. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be that popular with others. It's rare to see a single serving bag of Whoppers down even the most well-stocked candy aisle. So I get excited when I see a malt product, and I'm not overly picky with them.

That being said, I was incredibly disappointed my these. I didn't even finish the box, and that's saying a lot.

My problem was with the chocolate. It had a fruity quality which came off as medicinal to me, like cherry cough syrup. The flavor completely overwhelmed the malt in the center; I could hardly taste it. Even worse, and rather odd, was the that the chocolate didn't melt well. I had to bite or scrape off the chocolate with my teeth. It is real chocolate, not 'mockolate,' so I'm not sure what the problem there was.

I can say that these were fresh. I never encountered one of those hard-sticky centers that can occur. Each was nice and crunchy. I can only tell you this because I spent time dissecting the candies (yes, I'm still playing with my food). I only ate a couple; the rest ended up in the trash because I really disliked the chocolate, and no one else in the house wanted them either.

I wonder if dark chocolate is too overwhelming for malted milk balls, or if it's just this brand? Or just me?

Rating: 4/10

Name: Dark Chocolate Maltballs
Brand: Harry and David
Store: Target
Price: $2.08


Kelly said...

I know I am a couple of posts late, but I am just digging into a Frey Japonais bar, and I really like each type I have had from the company. Can't wait to hear what you have to say about the hot chili pepper bar!

Alicia said...

Kelly: I just posted the hot chili pepper review today. I actually wasn't that fond of it, but I'm still really interested in the Frey bars. The Japonais and Tiramisu are next on my list!

nick said...

I had a chance to try a Harry & David malt ball yesterday (don't believe it was dark chocolate though) and it was perhaps the most amazing malt ball I've ever tasted.

What I particularly liked about it was that it contained both a lot of chocoalte (which seems unlike a malt ball), and also a great malt center. Simply amazing.

I wasn't until I inquired where they came from did I learn that it was from Harry and David.

Anonymous said...

I've never tried the straight dark chocolate malt balls by Harry & David, BUT their peanut-butter milk chocolate malt balls are TO DIE FOR!!!!!!! I bought two bags of them in Florida almost a year ago and have been rationing them ever since because they are so delicious and I don't have access to them in Canada. You MUST try these before fully forming your opinion of H&D malty products!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I just got my first box of Harry and David dark chocolate milk balls in a Christmas basket. I love them! My colleagues do too. I don't detect anything fruity about the chocolate and it melts with a rub of the tongue. Sorry your experience wasn't so great... but I'm sold!

Anonymous said...

maybe you had a bad box or something. They are my favorite treat in te world!!! in fact, I live in chicago and can't find them here anymore, so my friend out in OR mails them to me. Try again... maybe it was just that batch?

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