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I have a massive weakness when it comes to chocolate! I do try and balance my diet but I do cave into chocolate and especially new chocolate or one I haven't tried before.
Flipz - Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels:
'Flipz pretzels are always fresh baked in a brick oven in the heart of Pennsylvania. Each golden pretzel is slow baked to perfection and then enrobed in a delicious milk chocolate coating!'
- www. americansoda.co.uk
As I do like pretzels in general and love chocolate so a good match in my eyes when I saw chocolate covered pretzels. We were at my favourite place again Cyber Candy in Birmingham and I always pick a few new items to try and this was one of them.
Flipz are very eye catching in there bright blue bag and yellow wording but this at the same time not over the top. When opening the packet up for the first time you have a lovely sweet chocolate scent hit my nose. It was also in a foil wrapper I guess this is to keep the product fresher.
Tasting milk chocolate Flipz for the first time I was surprised as they were a lot nicer than I imagined them to be. I had a lovely taste of smooth milk chocolate which was sweet then a salty crisp after-taste then to follow with an added crunch afterwards.
The milk chocolate over the pretzels is coated well, not overly thick but a good amount to cover the whole pretzel nicely. The pretzel under the milk chocolate is crisp and if you suck the chocolate off first you can feel the odd salt grain on the pretzel.
I love the sweet and salty combination and in this case it has worked perfectly. These used to be available within the UK a few years back but sadly they stopped selling them for reasons unknown.
Price and Availability:
You can purchase different sized packs I had the 2oz pack which cost me £1.59, however you can get the larger size of 5oz for £3.99 and the 7.5oz for £5.49 which I'm really tempted to buy next time I go. There are also several online stores. Others I have seen are white fudge, dark chocolate, peanut butter and chocolate and yoghurt and chocolate.
I have become a massive fan of these and can not wait to try the others available. If the sweet and salty appeals to you then I would certainly recommend these without a doubt. They have a gorgeous rich milk chocolate with a crunchy yummy pretzel what is not to like?
Five out five stars from me.
Thank you for reading.
Made on machinery that also handles nuts.
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate Liquor, Nonfat Dry Milk, Milkfat, Lactose, Soy Lecithin, (an Emulsifier), Vanillin (Artificial Flavor), Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Corn Syrup, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Yeast, Barley Malt (Barley, Wheat Flour, Dextrose), Sodium Bicarbonate
A truly remarkable combination - they shouldn't work together, chocolate and pretzels - but oh boy they do! It's basically your standard pretzel dipped in chocolate. Now I don't know if its a special chocolate or coating because I've tried different brands of chocolate Pretzel's and nothing can compete with the Pretzel Flipz.
Savour yet sweet, normally I'm not a big fan of chocolate which isn't Cadbury but this is on a whole different level, it's not chocolate but its not a savoury pretzel. You get the salty pretzel taste mixed in with the sweet chocolate and it just works! My personal favourite is the White Fudge variety but to be honest, I'd happily much through my own body weight in any of the varieties.
You can still buy these but only from specialist stores that import them from the US or online - either option is fairly expensive when you consider what you are buying. I saw a pack for sale in a specialist store for nearly £7 the other day... So I keep it to a rare treat but if Nestle were to bring these back - I would probably end up restoring the UK economy with my purchasing of them.
A few (or probably a few more than a few) years ago, there was a product that came out that I adored, I remember buying little bags of them form Superdrug for about 50p, they were called Pretzel Flipz. Real crunchy salted pretzels covered in milk chocolate or white fudge. I believe you can now get a dark chocolate variety in the US. It seems though, I was the only one who used to obsess over these gorgeous creations, because they were soon no more, over here anyway.
I was so excited a few weeks ago however, when I found a rare stockist of these still in existence. Garson's Farm is a farm, pick your own and garden centre in Esher, Surrey. The farm shop there has a section which seems to cater for Amercians over here that miss the brands they love from home. However, these products aren't cheap as they are imported, though I loved my Pretzel Flipz so much I parted with £4.99 for my bag, admittedly this was a huge 212g bag, but nevertheless an expensive way to cure a craving.
I've since seen them since in other places, mainly department stores which have an imported food range, such as Bentalls and Fenwick, they sell them for much the same price, however.
So why do I like them so much? Were they as good as I remember? I think these are an acquired taste, it's become a cliché, but a bit of a marmite product. I guess there were more haters than lovers. Most people don't like them because of the salty and sweet tastes together. I admit is unusual, bit in my opinion not unpleasant. The pretzels are normal salted crunchy pretzels and the chocolate is made by Nestle, so it's fairly good quality. The salty edge seems to take away the sicklyness of eating lots of chocolate, which makes them all do easy to devour in large quantities!
I have to say though, much as I enjoyed them, they weren't as good as I remember. I guess the product had a journey and I don't know how long they had been sitting at the other end or indeed in the shop I bought them from. They were in date and crunchy still but the chocolate was beginning to bloom slightly, whilst not bad for you slightly takes the appeal away as they don't look as shiny and delicious. I guess there's not a huge deal of demand so the product isn't number one priority for the shop, which have probably stored them incorrectly.
As I mentioned the chocolate used in the product is Nestle, but they are now products but DeMet's Candy company who purchased the brand from Nestle in 2003. I've mentioned a few retailers where they can be purchased and they are also a range of online stockists in you type Pretzel Flipz into Google, or visit DeMet's website, which is actually rather funky! They seem to cost £6.99 and upwards per bag online without postage, which I was surprised at considering I paid less on an expensive little farm shop.
Right, biscuit, salt and chocolate? Who wants to know just how bad these are for you, well I'd rather not considering how many I've just devoured but in the interests of writing a very useful (I hope!) review here goes. According to the manufacturer's website my 7.5 oz / 212g should have contained 7 servings. Per serving in states that the product contains 130 calories and 5g of fat. Doesn't sound to bad does it? Well it wouldn't be if I hadn't have done my bag in two sittings. 7 servings indeed! Pah!
Well I'm sure you can tell, I like these things. So it's full marks from me but I can see why they wouldn't be to everyone's taste. If you have tried them before and have an adventurous palette, I recommend them. Maybe get someone else to treat you though!