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  1. Lauren

    Ah, balancing an artisan chocolate appreciation with a graduate school budget. A difficult task! Good thing you don’t have my obsession with organic (read: WAY overpriced) mascara, blush, foundation, lip pencil and lipstick, as well.

    So, in a way, Lincoln and I sending you chocolate is actually quite selfish. I want to supply you with a couple week’s worth of chocolate reviews, because if not for Wayfaring Chocolate — what else could I read online? Newspapers? Pfft!

    1. Hannah

      Teehee, that’s the kind of selfishness I shall never have a problem with 😀 I can’t wait to repay your generosity with procastinatory blog reviews 🙂

      P.S. Also, I’ll reply to your email soon, but I’m a bit overwhlemed with the effects of half a bottle of wine last night and the fact that I’m about to collect 45 essays to be marked in a week!

  2. goddessvaala

    I used to adore crunchie bars! I’d suck off all the chocolate and then let the hokey pokey centre dissolve in my mouth. How I had such patience to eat the thing so slowly I don’t know ’cause I certainly couldn’t do it any more but you’ve taken me on a nice nostalgic trip. Hmmm, it’s been quite a day! 😉

    1. Vaala ◪

      Hmmm, it wants me to be a goddess again…I really should check before I go and post a comment (I don’t know why it bugs me so much. It’s weird).

      1. Hannah

        Nothing wrong with being a goddess every now and again 🙂 I used to eat crunchies really slowly too – eating parts of the chocolate then eating the honeycomb, as you did, then slowly moving down the bar, repeating this process the whole way. Maybe we dragged it out because we weren’t in a financial position to buy chocolate whenever we wanted? I know my pocket money only stretched so far…

  3. Anna Johnston

    I love the way your chokky reviews allow you to get down & dirty with the plebs at times 🙂 Not having tried these little sukka’s myself…, I’ve detected an obvious ‘but worthy of noting’ tone to your review should one ever have the need for a serious sugar hit, so….. duly noted.
    And BTW…, we need to talk…., potatoes and chocolates…., give me time, I’ll come up with something 🙂

    1. Hannah

      Maybe a vegetarian mole sauce with potatos and black beans? I’m sure we can make the chocolate and potato thing work 🙂 And yep, I’m all about frolicking with the peasantry 😉

  4. Helen (grabyourfork)

    Oh dear I must protest – Picnics are my absolute favourite chocolate bar. I love the chewy caramel and the crunch of the wafer and peanuts. It’s a meal *and* dessert, and that can only be a good thing. lol.

    1. Jess


    2. Hannah

      In all honesty, I used to like them a lot when I was younger. If they brought out a dark chocolate kind, I’d be there in a flash…

  5. Jess

    Boost bars- Ick – Hannah!!

    Boost bars are the greatest chocolate ever!

    1. Hannah

      I disagree – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are the best candy-chocolate ever 😀

  6. Kath Lockett

    Crunchie bars are one of my favourite ‘daggy’ classics but these ‘rocks’ don’t do it for me…. for precisely the situation you described:
    ‘they lacked the mystical dissolving property that real Crunchie bars have. You know, the way the honeycomb melts away into nothingness once you’ve placed it in your mouth? Those of you who have eaten Crunchies might recall that one side of honeycomb plank never dissolves like the rest of it does, and instead stays brutally hard. That’s what the Crunchie bits in these rocks were like. Brutally hard, as if waging war on your teeth.’

    1. Hannah

      At least these ones didn’t have icky raisins in them, though 😛 But, as always, I’m super chuffed to be on the same chocolate page as you 🙂 P.S. There’s something ineffably awesome about having my own words quoted back at me 😀 😀

  7. Agnes

    Oh I saw these in the supermarket and considered buying a bag… and then I realised I don’t actually eat much chocolate (I know, I know) so left them behind.

    But speaking of supermarket chocolate/candy bars – I personally really like Milky Ways, Malteasers, and mint Aero. The rest I don’t really go for. Crunchies are okay, but something I’d eat once every five years.

    And… potatoes…. I see what you did there. 😉

    1. Hannah

      Malteasers! I’d forgotten about those little blighters! Yes, they’re the Good. Mmm, malt. (I may or may not have a container of Milo at home right now, despite the fact that prior to buying it, I hadn’t touched the stuff in a decade.)

      What do you mean, you don’t eat much chocolate? Not even in the form of brussels-sprouts-dipped chocolate?

  8. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Ahh yes supermarkets chocolates are always so disappointing. I have to say my favourite however is a Kit Kat. Especially the Japanese Kit Kats! Have you tried those? So many cool flavours! 😀

    1. Hannah

      Absolutely – when my brother lived in Japan, his job was to send me crazy kit kats 🙂 I remember liking the kinako, matcha, azuki-matcha, and black sesame ones best 🙂

  9. L-Izzle

    Picnics? WONDERFUL. I love those lumpy, turd-esque logs of joy.
    Snickers? Also great, but less bulky and chunky and therefore less appealing to me.
    Bounty bars? Boring. But I haven’t had one in years…perhaps I’d like them more now..but I doubt it.
    Boost bars? AMEN! double ick. I don’t even quite know WHY they suck so much… there’s nothing particularly offensive about any of their components, but man…iiiick.
    Cherry Ripes? Love them, but again… they’re so small and thin! I wish they were like…8 times the size. And chunky. And bite-able/teeth-sink-in-able. Raaawrr!
    Violet Crumbles? NOOOOOOOooooooooOOOooooooo.

    Crunchies really are great, but a little too airy/insubstantial for my tastes. Picnics and Snickers will probably always be my favourites. But oh, it made me so happy that you commented on the one-always-hard-side of the crunchie interior. SO TRUE! I thought i was the only one who noticed this! 🙂 That hard ‘crust’ was actually always my favourite bit…so maybe I should get some of these ‘Rock’ versions!!

    1. Hannah

      And I, in turn, am ecstatic that *you* commented on teh hard plank in the Crunchie too! I was starting to think I was living in crazytown.

      All this talk is making me want a picnic bar. I do remember liking the ‘deliciously ugly’ marketing of them. Gotta love the Aussie sense of humour 🙂 I just wish Australia would start bringing out dark versions of these chocolates… (have you tried the 70% cherry ripe?)

  10. Simply Life

    oh yum! Those look really good to me!

  11. Fiona

    Snob :p

    1. Hannah

      Hardcore 😛

  12. Johanna GGG

    Now imagine if some of those artisan chocolatiers had packets of rocks in the supermarket aisles! then you wouldn’t even be thinking about potatoes!

    I never liked crunchie much – my dad loooovvvved violet crumble so that was the sort of honeycomb I grew up with and crunchie always tasted a bit burnt to me – though I do find it fascinating the way it melts on the tongue.

    1. Hannah

      The violet crumble vs crunchie divide seems an insurmountable one at times 😛 Oh, what I wouldn’t give for Askinosie or Valrhona rocks!

  13. Louise

    I think we’ve discussed the crunchie/violet crumble dichotomy before. I, of course, come down heavily on the violet crumble side- it’s the way that it shatters that matters. Add to that the joy of being able to walk into a room as a child, take a bite of a VC and have my mother go totally OFF, well who can beat that? (my mother for some inexplicable reason can’t stand the sound of someone eating honeycomb/pavlova etc, even when across the room- we tested her, you could be behind her and she’d still notice, and still go OFF- so much fun as a child- hell, I still do it to her when I have a chance). I recently strolled into an Aldi for the second time ever. I was with my son, and we exited with 2 of their Bounty Bar knockoffs, can’t remember what they were called. I was suspicious at them being 59cents, and I was right. They tasted like soap. Awful, truly awful. I’m unlikely to try the crunchie bits, and suspect that I wouldn’t like them anyway.

    1. Hannah

      I think we shall have to simply nod at each other in acceptance of the crunchie/violet crumble debate and go on our merry chocolate-eating ways 😛 That’s hilarious about your mum’s aversion to the sound – she wouldn’t have liked being in my house last night, as there was definite pavolva action going on!

      I’m also intrigued by your Aldi experience, as I’ve been thinking of giving them a go/review here…

      1. Louise

        Yes I think we’re both too far gone in the VC/Crunchie divide. I thought of you during the week when I was offered a piece of VC by a colleague at work. It was delicious. I can sort of see how you might confer it with a styrofoam quality, but still, it’s worlds best, most delicious styrofoam.

        I really don’t know if I can recommend an Aldi experience. I did only try one of their bars, but it was SO AWFUL, that I wouldn’t consider trying any of their others. I’m always happy to be proved wrong. But 59 cents for something shipped all the way from Europe? It’s going to be shite.

  14. thirtyandhealthy

    Ooh I love crunchie but I do find they stick in my teeth for a little too long after eating! Also, bounties are perfect- I don’t think you can ever have too much coconut!

    1. Hannah

      I’m deeply ambivalent about coconut, so Bounties will never be at the top for me. You’re right about getting stuck in the teeth, though. Particularly when you let it melt in your mouth!

  15. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    You failed to mention that the bag is reclosable. Surely this is reason enough to buy them? You can seal in that teeth-breaky freshness!

    You could also just buy a big pack of fun size Crunchies, a pile of chocolate and a box of cornflakes, then melt the chocolate, smash the Crunchies, and make a gigantic bowl of crunchie choc goodness. The breakfast of champions, right there.

    1. Hannah

      There’s a slight chance I missed the memo about the recloseableness and ripped the bag open. Yep, I’m smart.

      P.S. Don’t tempt me with that breakfast. I’m already pushing the boundaries with my peanut butter chocolate porrdige.

  16. maggie

    Hmm my favorite has to be the original kitkat bar 🙂



    1. Hannah

      Ah, yes, kit kats definitely do have their time and place! Their wafers are never stale, like Picnics’ wafers are 🙂 Have you tried the dark chocolate version?

      1. Louise

        Not Maggie of course, but I tried the dark kit kat version (I’m certainly not averse to a regular kit kat once a year or so) a few months ago. Not good. But then I don’t like the dark chocolate tim tams or wagon wheels either.

  17. Jessica

    Your post had me laughing out loud! Sorry, but you seriously don’t look old enough (unlike myself) to understand the “get your rocks off” euphemism. Or do kids still say that these days?

    Anyway, thanks for the laugh. I enjoy your sense of humor!

    1. Hannah

      I’m so glad I was able to give you a giggle! Hmm, I’m not sure how I’ve come to know that euphemism. I don’t think I’ve heard anyone my age say it recently… one of life’s mysteries 😛

      1. Louise

        I think a worldly wise young woman such as yourself Hannah could possibly have learnt about getting ones rocks off from song lyrics, that could be described as Rock and or Roll (go Reverend Lovejoy), or even folk. Seems people have been singing about getting their rocks off since the time of Dylan, and more recently up to Primal Scream (had to google them, had no idea of the name, but I knew the chorus- now it’s stuck in my head. Thanks).

  18. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    I’m not really a candy bar person, yet I find my curiosity piqued by that list of mostly-mysterious(-to-me) candies!

    And yet I too have one candy-bar-esque guilty pleasure, of which I buy only one per year, every Easter season, and it too is Cadbury! Yes, the Cadbury egg and I have had a longtime secret affair.

    Haha, euphemistic description indeed! For some reason (probably your mention of quartz crystals, plus the suggestion of sex) that reminds me of the Tori Amos song “Icicle” wherein she sings about masturbating in a church. “And when they say take of his body, I think I’ll take from mine instead”…sorry if that’s too blasphemous/raunchy for your blog, but it’s a beautiful song!

    Clearly I’m in a very random mood today.

    1. Hannah

      Hmmm, perhaps what we should take from this random assortment of thoughts from you is that the Cadbury egg is somehow representative of ova and sex and procreation for you, then? 😀

      I don’t know that song myself, but a few of my friends are dedicated Tori Amos fans, so I should probably get myself In The Know a bit more. Sometimes it’s just hard to drag myself away from my musicals 😛

      1. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

        Haha! You may be right…hrm.

        Oh, you really MUST get in the know about Tori, don’t delay any longer! She is a goddess. I think you’d really appreciate her stuff. Start at the beginning, with Little Earthquakes. :]

  19. Tammy McLeod

    great post. This was really well written and fun to read. I like your doctor. Wonder if she’d give me a long-distance prescription?

    1. Hannah

      There’s no harm in asking! 😀 I’m hoping she next tells me to eat lots of cheese for the calcium…

  20. Baking Serendipity

    Such a cute post 🙂 I’ve never seen these crunchie bars before.

    1. Hannah

      Thanks 🙂 I’ve actually never seen anything like a crunchie bar in the States, although I think the inside honeycomb part might go by the name of sponge candy?

  21. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Still on the subject of Kit kats, I think you can buy them here but they’re about $5 each 🙁

    1. Hannah

      That’s just not on, is it? Boo to import prices!

  22. Hannah

    Louise: Wow, 59c for something shipped from Europe does strike fear into my heart… With regards to dark chocolate kit kats, I’ve only tried the Japanese kind, which use actual proper dark chocolate, not the faux 40% range that mainstream Australian chocolate companies like to (erroneously) call “dark”. Lastly, I don’t really know any of the songs you’re referring to, but perhaps I picked the term up by osmosis? Or I’m just super clever and know everything 😉

  23. Ms Baklover

    Ah, the mysterious, never-dissolving side of the Crunchie Bar!! So true! I don’t think I am capable of eating one of these normally. I have to suck out all the honeycomb, leaving a decayed chocolate cavern, held up only by the weird “side wall”. I miss Crunchies!!

    1. Hannah

      I’m so relieved other people have found that too! I was starting to think I was crazy 😛 There seems to be a split between those who eat the honeycomb first and though who nibble away the chocolate first. I do a bit of both, slowly making my way down the bar… Gosh, I want one now too!

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