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Taste Test: Chocolate-covered pretzels

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
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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.
Also sampled: Also sampled: Archer Farms ($3.99 for an 11-ounce bag at Target, 45 points) and Dollar Tree Stores brand ($1 for a 7-ounce bag, 45 points).

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.

Send suggestions for product testing to: Taste section, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 or e-mail them to jkeeler@sptimes.com. Please put TEST SUGGESTION in the subject line. To read past Taster's Choice columns, go to food.tampabay.com.

Taste Test: Chocolate-covered pretzels 09/23/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 1:05pm]

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