I know, I know, I’ve been gone for a long time. Turns out having two small children, a full time job with TONS of grading and friends and family I don’t want to avoid takes up a lot of time. I know that’s not a surprise to most people, but I haven’t quite adjusted to two kiddies yet. My early resolution is to not let myself get so behind (or stressed) that I let this blog go again. Not saying it’ll happen for sure, but I’m going to try really hard.
Any kid who had any sort of a childhood loves Willy Wonka. I’m not sure if I read the book first or saw the movie (I’m old school, I not only grew up on but still adore the Gene Wilder version), but from the instant I was introduced to Wonka, I was obsessed. I’m not sure how many times I’ve seen the movie (although I know I’ve read the book three times), but even as an adult, I still fantasize about being unleashed in that chocolate room for an hour or so. Sure, now that I’m older, I can tell most of it is plastic and only very certain pieces have anything actually edible on them (and don’t even get me started on the chocolate “river” that really does look like dirty water), but when I close my eyes and hear Wilder sing “if you want to view paradise,” I’m suddenly 10 years old again, and that room holds nothing but delicious treats.
So, when my husband brought home a bag full of bite-sized Wonka Exceptional Scrumdiddlyumptious Chocolates, just like Augustus, I was ready to dive right in.
Amazingly, despite my love of the novel and the movie, almost all my Wonka candy experience has been of the sugary sweet variety. Everlasting Gobstoppers, Tart n’ Tinys, Runts, Sprees, Sweetarts and Pixy Sticks were my vices. It wasn’t until adulthood that I had any Wonka chocolate. Heck, I’m not even sure when they started actually cashing in on the chocolate aspect of their legacy. To look at their website, it appears they actually only make three different chocolate bars (and bags with mini versions in them). It kind of seems like a waste to me since the movie practically handed them a chocolate empire on a silver platter, but then, I just review chocolate, I don’t have to come up with the recipes for it.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from something with such a mouthful of a name. Turns out I should have expected just that: a real mouthful. The chocolate was a bit busy with toffee and cookie bits and peanuts. It really lost any distinct flavor since all the ingredient flavors were competing with each other. I could feel the different bits in the texture but none of them hand a stand out taste. I felt like I was eating crunchy chocolate. Only I couldn’t identify the crunch at all.
The chocolate itself was creamy, but didn’t live up to the promise of my childhood movie fantasies. It was scrumdiddly to be sure, but the umptious is a real stretch. It was more like the movie as viewed through my adult eyes: a bit of a candy let down. The taste reminded me a bit of something that could have been made using that chocolate waterfall.
They were definitely fun to try. I liked having a bit of my childhood to snack on. If I’d eaten them when I was 8, I would have loved them. As an adult who has tasted some mighty fine cocoa tidbits, I do not. Ok, but not worth spending my own dough on. Good thing they were a gift.
Price: 5/10 (about $2.75 for a bar)
Appearance: 6/10 (the wrapping was cute, but like the chocolate, a bit busy)