The Good: Decent flavor, Generally good ingredients, Reasonably priced
The Bad: Not at all nutritious/healthy, Not the most chocolatey cookie flavor
The Basics: Cold Stone Creamery Cookies & Creamery White Chocolate Truffle Bars are a pleasant surprise that encapsulates the basic flavor of cookies and cream ice cream in a chocolate bar!
The recent trend of restaurants licensing their name for foods for home consumption has had decidedly mixed results. While some of the Taco Bell sauces, for example, taste exactly like the sauces used in the restaurant, other companies seem to be willing to put their name on anything, even if there is no substantive correlation between the in-restaurant products and the home-use product. And, for me, the home use concept seems pointless for restaurants that are pretty much everywhere, like Taco Bell. On the flip side, there are some products that make sense to me as their product is a reasonable extrapolation on the in-restaurant produce and/or the originating restaurant does not have universal market penetration. The Cold Stone Creamery (reviewed here!) definitely is one of the latter, so when they began licensing to candy companies, it made some sense to me. As well, because the Cold Stone Creamery is a dairy, selling ice cream at the retail level is not necessarily the ideal strategy for the company. One of the products they got very right was the Cold Stone Creamery Cookies & Creamery White Chocolate Truffle Bar.
The Cold Stone Creamery Cookies & Creamery White Chocolate Truffle Bars are essentially a white chocolate bar that attempts to mimic the flavor of cookies and cream ice cream. And, for the most part, the Cold Stone Creamery Cookies & Creamery White Chocolate Truffle Bars do that and at a fairly affordable price.
Cold Stone Creamery is the well known ice cream parlor chain that has become a fixture in malls all around the United States. They make fancy ice cream sundaes and other premium ice cream products, but the truffle bars seem to be their experiment in branching out into candy bars. The Cookies & Creamery White Chocolate Truffle Bars give that target demographic a flavorful chocolate, even if the product attempts to mimic something that is hard to capture in chocolate bar form.
The Cookies & Creamery White Chocolate Truffle Bars come in a 1.8 oz. whitenchocolate bar that is plastic wrapped. Each bar represents a single serving and Cold Stone Creamery has the truffle bars presented as 1 1/8” wide by 3 1/2” long by 3/4” tall smooth chocolate bar. This makes the Cookies & Creamery White Chocolate Truffle Bars a simple single serving with a very smooth surface. The white chocolate is peppered with tiny bits of cookies for the bottom, but a smooth, pure white chocolate top.
Ease Of Preparation
Eating Cold Stone Creamery Cookies & Creamery White Chocolate Truffle Bars is not a real challenge. After removing the wrapper, simply pull out the bar and bite it off into reasonable size pieces. There is no particularly complicated equation to eating these chocolates. This is an entirely ready-to-eat food!
Unwrapping the truffle bar, the smell of white chocolate and chocolate cookies wafts out. The Cookies & Creamery White Chocolate Truffle Bar smells like cookies & cream ice cream, exactly like one might expect.
In the mouth, the Cookies & Creamery White Chocolate Truffle Bar tastes exactly like one might hope; like a chocolate bar equivalent of cookies & cream ice cream. The white chocolate is milky, nox waxy and distinctive. The Cookies & Creamery White Chocolate Truffle Bar features chocolate cookie bits which are ground out so fine that they manifest more as a crunchy texture within the white chocolate medium. The chocolate of the cookie bits is not strong enough to overcome the white chocolate flavor to actually taste like chocolate cookie bits. Despite that, they taste about as good as any other cookie pieces found within cookies & cream ice cream or something like an Oreo cookie. Despite the lack of truly amazing chocolate cookie flavor, the balance hits the flavor goal of the Cold Stone Creamery Cookies & Creamery White Chocolate Truffle Bars; the accuracy of the cookies and cream flavor is decent.
There is a slightly sweet aftertaste to the Cold Stone Creamery Cookies & Creamery White Chocolate Truffle Bars, but that aftertaste does not last in the mouth for more than a minute after one last consumes the truffle bars.
Cold Stone Creamery chocolates are intended as a dessert product, so they do not promise maginificent nutrition! This 1.8 oz. Truffle Bars represent a single serving and those looking for real nutrition will have to look elsewhere. Made primarily of white chocolate, coconut oil and chocolate wafers, there are no unpronounceable ingredients in this chocolate bar. This is not an all-natural food product and these Truffle Bars were produced on equipment that forces them to add allergy warnings about milk, soy and tree nuts.
In addition to no ingredients I cannot readily pronounce, Cold Stone Creamery's Cookies & Creamery White Chocolate Truffle Bars have 291 calories, 177 of which are from fat. A full serving represents 65% of one's RDA of saturated fat and 2% of the RDA of cholesterol. Surprisingly, they are fairly low in sodium with only 53 mg per serving and there are 3 grams of protein to be had by eating a full serving. These are not a significant source of vitamins or minerals, though they do have 9% of one’s daily calcium and 1% of the RDA of Iron.
As a chocolate, Cold Stone Creamery Cookies & Creamery White Chocolate Truffle Bars are fine as long as they are stored below 65 degrees Fahrenheit. They seem to remain fresh for quite some time if so stored.
If, however, they melt, the Cold Stone Creamery Cookies & Creamery White Chocolate Truffle Bars will stain. Consult your fabric guide if that happens as even white chocolate can stain, especially dark colored fabrics. Otherwise, cleanup is simply throwing the plastic wrapper away when you are done with the white chocolate bar.
Cold Stone Creamery Cookies & Creamery White Chocolate Truffle Bars are good and anyone who loves cookies & cream ice cream will find that this is a fairly decent substitute.
For other Cold Stone chocolates, please check out:
Mmmmmint Chip Mint Milk Chocolate Truffle Bars
Cherry Almond Sundae chocolate bars
Chocolate Devotion Dark & Milk Chocolate Truffle Bar
For other food and drink reviews, please visit my Food And Drink Review Index Page for an organized listing!
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