Like chocolate-covered graham crackers, pretzels dipped entirely in chocolate can pass the "no candy" test when I put them in my daughter's lunch box. Taster's Choice judges didn't need an excuse to enjoy the treats. They tried five varieties of milk chocolate-covered pretzels and didn't leave many crumbs behind.
Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent
|Product/Score (out of 100)||Nestle Pretzel Flipz/76||Godiva/74||Nabisco Mister Salty/56|
|How'd it look?||Like twisted bliss. Chocolate is rich but not shiny.||Tasty with two-toned chocolate.||Doughnut-shaped, tiny chocolate circles.|
|Judges' comments||"A great balance of sweet and salty," said one panelist who liked the crunchy texture of the pretzel. "You could probably eat a bag full of these and then say, 'Oh my God, what have I done?' " said another.||Creamy and dreamy. "Almost, dare I say, too much chocolate," said a judge who devoured all of the sample. Another described the flavor as "cocoa but not dark chocolate."||Extra crunchy and in need of a bit more chocolate coating.|
|Would they buy?||Four of the five judges said yes.||Four judges said yes and one said maybe.||Two said yes.|
|Shopping information||Widely available. $2.99 for a 7.5-ounce bag at CVS.||Widely available. $22 for a pound at Dillard's.||Widely available. $2.50 for a box of six 100-calorie packets at Wal-Mart.|
Panelists: Ron Heller, Western Civilization teacher at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg; Paula Cheshire, first-grade teacher at Oakhurst Elementary School in Largo; Kim Thomson, fifth-grade teacher at Pasadena Fundamental School in St. Petersburg; Jan Robison, Latin teacher at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg; and Steve Sims, theology teacher at Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa. All foods were tasted blind.
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