Craig told me the woman who sold him these “Donkey Balls (I admit the name makes me chuckle) – Balls of Fire,” said that they are spicy but that it creeps up on you; takes awhile to get there. She couldn’t have been more right. It was maybe 5 full one-one-thousands later and then this crazy cayenne flavor rolls in like a fog over the back of my throat. Unfettered chocolate taste with some serious pure heat. I likey.
See how in the picture, on the ones cut in half, it’s just thick chocolate? That’s like 3/4″ thick. When I first tried these, I took a bite of one of those half-balls and it was pretty hard. The chocolate wasn’t whippy creamy, it was dense. Dense milk chocolate is still softer than dense dark chocolate but this had some serious girth. The taste was good, a tad milkier than I like but there’s a macadamia nut in there and who doesn’t love those? And then, as I described above, the cayenne bite just coats your mouth.
So I sat down to eat another and this time I started with a whole one, which is like the size of a quail egg. Actually – maybe bigger. More like a golf ball. And I as sat there staring at this thing, I didn’t know what to do with it. Do I bite into it? (Insert boring off color joke here) But it’s hard and big. Do I shove it my mouth and look like an idiot with an over-sized jawbreaker in his mouth? No thanks. Ok, so I tried the half shove in, scrape bite and I barely made a dent in it. Hm.
It appears these are knife-mandatory.
See, I take the pics before I eat the candy to review, yes? And of course I need to break ope the sweet so you all can see the hidden goo, nut or whatever is in there. Thus I did with these Cajun-Hawaiian dynamos, and unknowingly discovered the ‘cut-before-eat’ imperative. Trust me. Don’t go full bore into these things. Break em down a little.
Like I said, the milk chocolate is good. Smooth. That’s saying a lot coming from me cuz I’m not usually fond of milk chocolate. And then there’s that great spice of course, which my better half didn’t like at all. She would never eat these again. But I live for this kinda thing. So there.
According to Craig Extraordinaire who went to the factory — … by the by, can I have his goddamn life? Why aren’t I going to candy factories in Hawaii? … — these have very little air in them because Donkey Ballsians put on 50 coats of chocolate. Dipping and re-dipping. Thus the major volume, density and size.
Oh and Craig said the factory gave out free samples and they were cut in half too. Told ya that’s how to eat them! Man I love being right.
Wanna try these spicy big choco balls? Go here. They also vend a slew of other saucy-named chocolates.