C - North America - Unique

Chocolate Coal Boulders

Kimmie Candy Company

Taste: 3

Texture: 2

Novelty: 4

All scores out of 5

I'm not really sure where the idea of chocolate rocks came from, but over the last few years I've seen them around more and more. These on the other hand are chocolate rocks like I've never seen before. These chocolate rocks are gigantic. The average chocolate rock is about the same size or only slightly bigger than an M&M; these are closer to the size of a pinball or golf ball. With their dark candy shell, they're a fun way to give someone a bag of coal for Christmas, and probably cheaper too since coal prices are always on the rise.

As a candy, these are both successful and a bit of a failure at the same time. I'm assuming that the point of these giant chocolate rocks is more novelty than fine snack, so I'm willing to overlook the failures a bit. Successfully, the chocolate is pretty good. It's smooth and tasty, and there's plenty of it. It's also a fairly unique treat in that it's a giant candy coated chocolate rock, bigger than any I've ever seen before.

It's strange, one of the reasons why I like it, is also one of the reasons I don't think that this treat worked, and that's its size. While it's nice to get a big piece of chocolate, and it's unique to have such a big chocolate rock, it was kind of hard to bite into. The chocolate is very dense, and the candy coating crumbly. Every time I took a bite it was a bit of a chore. My only other complaint was with the coating on the outside. If you happen to get any part of the outer coating even slightly damp, it starts to leave dark splotches of colour all over your hands. Even after attempting to lick them clean, there still seems to be a bit of a black left on my fingertips.

As a gimmick Christmas gift these are pretty good. More often than not gimmick candies completely fail when it comes to quality, but these are OK. There are a few faults with this treat, but that's OK. After all, if I got a bag of coal for Christmas then I probably deserve stained fingers and a sore jaw.