So this should be a relatively simple review, this is one of the many impulse item candies you'll see near the checkout this holiday season. And its pretty simple in concept too: chocolate and caramel. I firmly believe all you really need for a solid candy experience are these two items. Seriously, chocolate and caramel are so simple but can be so good when done right... lets just hope Russell Stover has it down this time.
Looking at the packaging I have to say I'm a fan. Its simple but effective. This is a chocolate Santa. I like that Santa is wearing the long robe / coat instead of Santa pants. It just seems more classic. And hey is that a spear Santa is holding?! Well it may look a bit like it but instead I think its probably a walking stick. This Santa is old school. No flying reindeer for this guy.
Other than that the package is pretty straightforward. Santa is walking into a Green night, atop a snowy field. Interesting that this actually isn't called a Caramel Santa on the packaging, but just Caramel... I guess they know what they want to emphasize. However if you look at the display pic above that I snapped in the store on the box it clearly says Santa. No big deal, I just thought it was a bit odd. Also and finally of note, there is a small message on the back of the package saying this is made with "real chocolate".
Getting into the packaging though we find that this chocolate looks more like some sort of vaguely person-shaped blob instead of anyone specific (much less Santa). I don't want to be disappointed by this... I mean I get it. But I still wish they had done something more with the look of this chocolate.
I will say this though, its thick, and smells good. Also the wavy lines across the top of the chocolate are nice, just not overly Santa-esque.
Look, I won't say this is great. Its not Lindt, but it is better than most standard American chocolate fare, and for a quick deal at the checkout I don't think you can possibly go wrong here. Also these are the kind of things that go on super sale after Christmas, so keep an eye out. Even if you're paying the full dollar (ish) price though I think this is definitely worth the time and money. Check it out.
Walking the Candy Aisle rates Russell Stover Caramel Santa - 4 / 5
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