When you pick up a massive 655 g tray for $9.99 of PC Mini Assorted Biscotti, you really get what you pay for. Especially when it comes to volume! You get a ton of these adorable tiny biscotti which are perfect for parties, much easier to eat than the traditional giant-style biscotti I tend to avoid.
You get three kinds: roasted almond, white chocolate cranberry and dark chocolate chunk. I thought they were going to taste very similar but each was distinct. I think my favourite was the roasted almond. Classic, clean flavour. These have been hanging around our home for a while so I thought they were going to taste stale but nope, as soon as I dipped it into my decaf coffee it softened, soaked up the flavour of the coffee yet maintained its own flavour perfectly.
The dark chocolate chunk one was the odd one in the bunch. For some reason it tasted like coconut to me, I have no idea why. The white chocolate cranberry was very festive and I seriously can not get over what a difference changing the size makes. So much easier to eat and the cookie does not steal all my coffee!
These are absolutely perfect for parties where tea and coffee are being served. I am generally not a fan of biscotti but these impressed me, especially when you get all of these biscotti for under $10. I give these four out of five wooden spoons.
PC Candy Cane Ground Coffee sounded like a really good idea for a product but in reality? Hmm…
Now, I could not drink it because I have serious issues with caffeine but I did smell it. It smelled, well, like coffee with a hint of fake weirdness mixed in. I made a mug of it for Reg (to go with the aforementioned mini biscotti) and I did warn him that it was candy cane flavoured. He took one sip and I can not even quote him because it sounded like he was speaking an alien language. I do not think he could process it at all.
After trying to get through a mug, he stopped halfway which is very odd for him. He loathes waste even more than I do. He said that there is an OK cup of coffee in there with candy canes on top but that it was not a pleasant drinking experience.
Fellow foodie friend Laura wrote on my Facebook Page: This tastes like, not so great coffee, with a bit of mint mixed in. I couldn’t even distinguish a “Candy Cane” taste, it didn’t sing “Candy Cane” or Christmas special coffee to me. In fact, this was one of the worst coffees I’ve had in a while!
Now if you love the idea of coffee mixed with candy cane flavour, maybe you will like this one. I could not drink it so I can not rate it. From the smell of it though, for $4.99 for a 250 g bag even I would give it a pass!
PC’s Gorgonzola Flavoured Mini Cheese Crackers may be super cute and tiny in nature but wow, do they ever pack a big sucker punch of Gorgonzola flavour! Which is weird because the strong cheese is not listed in the ingredients. I am assuming it is the “natural flavour” amongst all the other many flavourings that go into making these crackers. Even though I photographed them above with my homemade tzatziki, make sure to serve them with something more neutral, these are strong crackers!
I love that they are oven baked, have no colours of artificial flavours and are so flavourful I could eat them all just like this, in a small bowl on their own. The first cracker I had kind of knocked me over until it dissolved into a subtle sweetness, making me want to have more.
If you like subtle flavours, this is not the cracker for you. Gorgonzola is one of the stinky cheeses and is strong, strong, strong. My box of crackers happen to be crazy strong which I adore. At only $1.99 a box, these are mine. All mine! I give them four out of five wooden spoons. Update: Reg likes them too! Guess they are not too strong.
PC Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream was not a treat I was looking forward to eating after my experience with the cake mix. As soon as I opened it though, I was seduced. It was so pretty! A pink ice cream with these pretty red flecks in it? OK, I will try it!
Wow, this is so much better than the cake! First, I love how easy it was to scoop out of the container. Second, thrilled it is made with 100% Canadian milk. Third, it was yummy! A flavour I have not had before so it was fascinating, very creamy and with very few of the advertised chunks of cake in it which was just fine with me.
President’s Choice 20th flavour from the Ice Cream Shop was impressive. I would agree that this is a must try product, especially for only $3. A new festive ice cream experience during the holidays for that price is hard to beat. I give this product four out of five wooden spoons.
What I do not like it seeing in almost all the packaged treats such as the crackers and mini biscotti (amongst others I have looked at) is the word “sulphites.” It reminds me that even though I like to have a treat now and then, one of the best things about making your own food is you do not have to worry about this type of chemical being added as a preservative.
Also, when Reg found out I was doing more taste testing of the Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream first thing this morning so I could confirm how I felt about it he said, “Honey, you have to stop this.”
He is right, darn it. I do need to stop. For a little while. I am putting PC product testing on hold until just before New Year’s where I will have more recommendations (and probably warnings) for you then. Now? I need to get back to my food!