President’s Choice Black Label Bing Cherry Trio totally had Reg’s name on it!
In my 2014 President’s Choice Holiday Products Reveal here I am pointing at Reg because the box literally says “For the chocolate addict” on the package. As a result, I knew it was going to be one of the first products of PC’s Holiday “Must Try” list that I wanted to check out. For Reg’s sake, of course.
First, what the heck is a Bing cherry? I was hoping the box would answer that question for me but nope! Apparently it is “… a cultivar of the wild or sweet cherry (Prunus avium) that originated in the Pacific Northwest“. OK, that does not tell me that much either.
Here is the list of ingredients. Keep in mind, President’s Choice has decided to go artificial favour- and colour-free which is totally awesome:
“Dried bing cherries, dark chocolate (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, butter oil, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), greek yogurt coating (sugar, palm kernel oil, milk ingredients, bacterial culture, lactic acid, soy lecithin, natural flavour), milk chocolate (sugar, milk powder, cocoa butter, unsweetened chocolate, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), confectioner’s coating (sugar, palm kernel and palm oil, modified milk ingredients, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), natural flavour, colour, sugar, citric acid, tapioca syrup, tapioca dextrin, confectioner’s glaze. May contain peanuts, tree nuts and wheat. May contain cherry pits.”
Cherry pits! OK, that kind of freaks me out knowing that now AFTER I ate them! Covering their legal butts I see, LOL.
The box is adorable and looks great but what a pain it was to open! Honestly, did they glue it to the plastic packaging? I tried so hard to maintain the integrity of the box but it was absolutely impossible.
The Foodie Verdict
Yup, there was a hole in a couple of them so they were a little visually “flawed” but I have to say I love the pink colour and appreciate knowing these were not made with artificial flavouring.
I made the mistake of leaving these out after I photographed them but before dinner so I chomped on them. A lot. I found the chocolate flavour, especially the white chocolate, very strong in comparison to the cherry. Although that flavour was definitely there.
I brought down a small bowl of them to Reg who is the chocolate lover in our household. He yelled upstairs, “Man, these are rich, I can’t have too many of them.”
Ahem, my pretty bowl was almost empty! He has since told me they are so rich he can only have one at a time, preferably with tea. I completely disagree, LOL. Obviously!
I think gearing the marketing to the “chocolate addict” is a little off. One of my favourite things in the world is chocolate-covered fruit but that is because it is on, well, fruit! My favourite food group. Reg is a huge chocolate lover but these were not addicting for him.
My attempt to find these in my store was a bust—they were nowhere to be found. As a result, I have no idea how much this product costs which makes coming up with a rating challenging. This is a small box. Just 200 g and I did like them. They would be a perfect stocking stuffer for a foodie like me but I would not pay more than $4.99 for them.
I give this product four out of five wooden spoons but make sure the person who you are buying it for likes white chocolate. A lot! The flavour is super strong in the white and pink pieces.
And make sure they also have strong hands to open that bloody packaging.