I've heard rumblings for quite some time now about Roni-Sue's Chocolates in NYC, but I've never had the chance to test out their products until now.
I tried the MoCorn, which is made with sea salt, espresso, brown sugar, agave, locally grown ‘hull-less’ popcorn, cultured butter, and drizzled with their origin dark chocolate from Belize. I also tried the Chocolate Beercrunch, which is comprised of beer syrup, sugar, Martins Pretzels, beer nuts, mustard seed, and cultured butter, and I tried the Beer Caramel Pretzel Nuggets, which is basically exactly what it sounds like.
Now, let's start with the two I absolutely loved. First, the Beer Caramel Pretzel Nuggets have a big crunch with a very tiny hint of salty followed by a flow of caramel sweetness. The pretzel nuggets weren't overly sweet; they had the perfect balance of flavors.
Onto the Chocolate Beercrunch. This product is just ridiculous. I'm almost tempted to tell you to stay away as trying to eat just one will probably result in you eating the entire bag – and maybe the bag as well. I've never liked the combo of beer and chocolate, but you bite down and get the crunch of the beer syrup and the nuts, and just when you're getting a hoppy beer taste, the strong and rich chocolate bursts right in there, the flavors blend together perfectly, and your mouth is filled with so much happiness. The taste lingers for a few minutes, then that happiness is over and you reach for another one. Seriously, they're addicting.
Prices for the Beercrunch range from $19 for a half pound to $34 for a 12 ounce gift tin. Yes, it's expensive, but well worth the price ESPECIALLY if you ask your partner to skip getting you flowers and just get you this instead. The Beer Caramel Pretzel Nuggets are $10 for a half pound bag or $15 for the half pound gift tin.
Now for the MoCorn. I wish I could say I was a fan, but I wasn't completely thrilled with it. I'm all for chocolate drizzled popcorn – and any type of popcorn really – but it was a bit on the mushy/soggy side and seemed a little too heavy. I had someone else taste it as well (I kept the pretzel nuggets and Beer Crunch all to myself. Mine! All mine!), and he wasn't a fan either and had the same opinion I did.
Regardless, the trip to Roni-Sue's Chocolates is worth it, or you can order their products online and have them delivered right to your door. I highly recommend getting the Beercrunch or Beer Caramel Pretzel Nuggets, the latter of which would also make a great addition if you're putting together a beer-inspired gift basket for a beer aficionado.Oh, and please excuse the lack of product in the pictures. Frankly, I ate most of it before I realized I had to take a picture. Oops.
120 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
Disclaimer: The food reviewed in this article was generously provided by Roni-Sue's Chocolates. However, the opinions are my own and are fair and accurate based on my own experiences.Reprint of the photographs included in this review is not permitted without my express and written consent.