A few weeks ago, I was at the Dollar Tree purchasing a big bottle of bubbles, and stopped to peruse their candy selection. Like Big Lots, you can occasionally find a real gem at the ol’ dollar store, and this trip was no exception. After this whole business with my wisdom teeth and banking issues (someone stole my wallet and then took a large sum of money out of my bank accounts… long story, but its back now and you shouldn’t use Chase Bank), I can finally get to my Landmark Confections Dark Chocolate with Creamy Mint Filling. Two of my favorite things for only one single dollar.
The chocolate bar itself smells sweet and really, really minty. Like, box of Junior Mints level of minty. This in itself was not a bad thing, I like a nice pop of mint in my candy. The white layer inside the bar, which I assumed to be the creamy mint filling, was abundant. No one likes skimpy filling, so this was a good sign. It didn’t have a ‘creamy’ appearance, but when I scraped the filling from its chocolate home, it definitely didn’t have the chalky, dry feeling I was expecting. It was like a hybrid between cream and paste. Hey, I guess not unlike toothpaste, though that’s not the best comparison even accounting for the minty flavor of both products.
So this was… okay. The mint flavor is pretty overpowering, and I hardly picked up a hint of chocolate, let alone the dark chocolate that Landmark Confections is so proud of. Although this is actual chocolate, it could have been a “chocolate-flavored candy” shell and it wouldn’t have made a huge difference in the overall quality or taste. The mint is just too big of a factor and the chocolate is too low grade to give it any sort of competition. Which is kind of a shame, actually. I would have liked to see the chocolate give the super-mint a run for its money.
Unlike my experiences with Big Lots, this candy wasn’t on the brink of expiration, so that’s a big plus for Dollar Tree. Unfortunately, it’s also not an excuse for why it sucked. For a dollar, I really can’t hate on this bar much. It actually reminded me a lot of the London Mint Bar I reviewed a few weeks ago, quality and taste-wise. I wouldn’t buy it again, and the remaining 80% of the bar will go into my candy-share drawer, but what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.