Friday, January 20, 2012

Sourdough Starter, Part 3

If you have read part 1 and part 2 about my sourdough starter, you might wonder what happened to that. Long story short, it got boring really quickly. Every day, I had to add flour and water to the jars. Every four days, I had to move the starter to clean jars. It quickly went from "yay, I'll be able to make sourdough bread when I want" to "*sarcasm* Oh yeah, I'll be able to make sourdough all the time, woo hoo. Not."

Halfway through this process, I realized there is a good reason for draining the excess liquid daily. The actual dough is sitting at the bottom of the jar. I ended up with four big jars of liquid before I made that discovery *bangs head on desk* Also, a lot of the recipes I tried were just meh. It's definitely not a project I'll take on again. I'll probably stick with buying sourdough from a bakery.

3 Musketeers Coconut

3 Musketeers Coconut: Chocolate Coconut Flavored Center
"Whipped Up, Fluffy Chocolate Coconut Taste"
"Artificial Flavor"

While I was at Walgreens today, I noticed a stack of 3 Musketeers Coconut bars at the checkout counter. They are 69 cents; but if you have the ten cent off Walgreens coupon this week, it's only 59 cents. The cashier told me "oh no, you don't have to go get the coupon (from the stack of ads at the door); I've got one behind the counter for you." I was tempted to load up on several bars, but decided to just get one in case I didn't like the product.

This candy smelled just like an Almond Joy Bar or Mounds Bar. There was a soft chocolate coating over a chocolate coconut flavored nougat center. The outer layer is a very rich and pleasing milk chocolate. Definitely better tasting than the chocolate used in a regular 3 Musketeers bar. The wrapper only listed the filling as being coconut flavored, but I tasted coconut in the chocolate coating, too.

The chocolate coconut flavored center was delicious. Like the chocolate shell, the nougat filling was an upgrade from other 3 Musketeers bars. The nougat was softer, the chocolate taste was more realistic and the coconut flavor was present but not overpowering.

How does 3 Musketeers Coconut compare to Coconut M&Ms, Almond Joy and Russell Stover Coconut Cream Santas? 3 Musketeers Coconut has a milder coconut taste than Almond Joy; Almond Joy has a slight coconut oil aftertaste. 3 Musketeers Coconut has a stronger coconut flavor than Coconut M&Ms or Russell Stover Coconut Cream Santas. The chocolate shell of 3 Musketeers Coconut is less milky than Russell Stover or M&Ms, too.

Each package consists of two bars. Put together, they're the length of one regular 3 Musketeers Bar. Cut into smaller pieces, they're the size of four fun size Snickers candies.

3 Musketeers Coconut does not contain a layer of nuts, shredded coconut or caramel . Although I would love it even more if caramel or nuts were added! (ETA: The wrapper says "allergy information: may contain peanuts")

I was very pleased by 3 Musketeers Coconut. Normally I only eat 3 Musketeers if it's the last chocolate piece in a candy bowl vs a bunch of hard candies. But this has changed my mind. I will definitely buy 3 Musketeers Coconut again!