I’m not sure how widespread Marich is. Their products did make it to a shop in the microscopic ghost town of Jerome, Arizona, but seeing as they’re based out of California (like nearly every other U.S. chocolate company, it would seem), that isn’t the greatest distance to have traveled.
Their origins are actually in Holland, where Marinus van Dam worked on candy-making. His sons have since taken over.
There’s one thing I love about this. Unless you consider the lime green particularly bold, there’s nothing too daring or crazy about anything on the box. The only words are the quick description on the front and the ingredients, along with a brief company history. So I had to smile when I lifted the top flap to find in bold, plain letters, “Quick… While Nobody’s Looking.” Not over the top, taking over, but just a subtle, unexpected detail.
Now for the “Premium California almonds in a buttery toffee glaze and creamy milk chocolate.” Since the almonds already taste a little like peanuts, once you add the sweetness and saltiness of the toffee layer, there’s a slight Reese’s Cup flavor going on. The milk chocolate seems smooth with some vanilla flavors, the almonds clear and fresh, though their real work is done as a pair.
They do have the addictive quality of small crunchy, sweet, salty, chocolatey, chewy things. Although I’m not rushing out to find more Marich products (most of them seem to be chocolate-free candies, anyway), I’m pleased to have tried these.