It is hard to believe that there was a time in my life before Chocablog, but there was. And in those days, I wasn’t seeking out chocolate quite as obsessively as I do now and when I found myself in Denver a few years back, I did see a lot of Hammond’s Candies in various shops although most of them were of the colourful hard candy variety rather than chocolate. I sampled a few but they didn’t really make too much of an impression.
So I was kind of surprised to find a bar of chocolate with their name on it in a local shop because I had no real idea that they made bars, especially fun ones like Hammond’s Crackle Crunch.
The name hints at what lies inside the very colourful wrapper – this is a bar of milk chocolate with popping candy scattered liberally throughout. And that’s about it really. The chocolate is of an undetermined percentage, but it has a decent flavour – a hint of creaminess and not overly sweet. Plus, to be perfectly honest, the chocolate is only there to play a supporting role to the raspberry popping candy and that does a very respectable job of that. As the chocolate melts in your mouth, it is accompanied by a cacophony of pops and cracks and a hint of sweet raspberry which increases in magnitude as the chocolate leaves. By the end of it all, it does get a little oversweet for me, but others were happy enough.
Really, this isn’t the kind of chocolate that you eat because of the specialness of the chocolate. It’s something you eat because it puts a smile on your face. So it succeeds simply because it made me happy; there may have been a little bit of giggling involved. This is a perfectly acceptable bar of chocolate that delivers what it promises and that’s not a bad thing although I’m thinking the novelty would probably wear off.