In my Stocking Stuffer Tasting Box, I received four different Sun Cups: a milk chocolate sunflower butter, a dark chocolate sunflower butter, a caramel cup and a mint cup. I tried each of these at different times and took notes of each tasting so that I could compose one review for all four Sun Cups.
Imagine a luscious, nut-free, organic chocolate cup filled with roasted sunflower butter or mint cream or caramel. That’s a Sun Cup!
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What I Think:
I started with the milk chocolate sunflower butter cup, and it is delicious. The sunflower butter is creamy and satisfying and nutty, tasting like… well, sunflower seeds. No big surprise there. The milk chocolate was quite sweet and even though I’ve a sweet tooth, as I finished the cup I found myself wanting something to help cut through the sweet, cloying taste that had developed on the back of my palate. Delicious (incredibly so!) … but sweet.
Which is why I found the dark chocolate sunflower butter cup much more to my liking. With the first bite, I noticed that the more assertive flavor of the dark chocolate did mute out some of the softer flavors of the sunflower butter cup at the start, but, as I took my second bite, I noticed the flavor of the sunflower butter coming through. The aftertaste is bittersweet from the chocolate. This is really lip-smacking good!
The Mint Cup is really good. Much better than I was anticipating. I figured, “oh okay, this will kind of be like a peppermint patty” but, it is so much better. The dark chocolate is thicker than in the typical peppermint patty, so it presents a stronger flavor. It is a rich, dark chocolate, and what I like is the creamy mint filling, because it doesn’t taste overly sweet. Sure, it’s sweet, but, it doesn’t have that cloyingly sweet flavor of the average peppermint patty. It compliments the dark chocolate of this cup well.
I saved what I thought would be my favorite of the quartet for last: the Caramel Cup. Before even opening the package, I found myself wishing that it had been made with dark chocolate. My thoughts here did not change as I ate the cup, I think I would have preferred a dark chocolate caramel cup.
That being said, this is still one seriously delicious piece of candy. The caramel is rich and smooth and creamy – I love the texture of the caramel. It isn’t a viscid/solid kind of caramel; it is liquid, but, not a thin, runny caramel, it is thick enough and has enough body to it to stay inside the cup as I eat it. In other words: gooey, but, not oohey-gooey.
The milk chocolate is sweet and delicious. One Caramel Cup is more than sufficient even for this sweet-toothed chocoholic, because the combination of caramel and milk chocolate was incredibly sweet. As I said before, I found myself wishing it was a dark chocolate cup, or at the very least, it had been adorned with a sprinkling of sea salt to help offset some of the sweetness. It is still delicious, but I think it could have been even better.
My Final Thoughts:
These Sun Cups were amazing. YUMMY! As for a tea recommendation, I had these four cups at different times (yes they were yummy, but, they were incredibly rich and I really couldn’t handle more than one at a time)… but I found one variable that remained steadfast, and that was a choice of tea: I chose an Assam tea to drink with these confections. I found that the hint of bitter undertone to the Assam was a pleasant contrast to the sweetness of the candy, and there were no extraneous flavors to compete with the flavorful fillings of the Sun Cups. My current favorite Assam (my favorite does change from time to time!): Golden Tips Assam from The Tao of Tea.