The Good: Good chocolate flavor, Very easy to use, No storage issues
The Bad: Nutrition, Caramel flavor is virtually absent
The Basics: Betty Crocker Hershey's Chocolate Caramel frosting is more straightforward than it is flavorful.
I am a fan of dark chocolate and I love virtually anything that has an authentic chocolate flavor to it. My wife is a big fan of toffee and caramel flavored snacks, so when we found the Betty Crocker Hershey's Chocolate Caramel frosting, it seemed like it would be a treat we would both enjoy. Alas, while I found the flavor chocolatey enough for me, there was virtually no caramel flavor in the palate, making it a bit of an oversell for the promised flavors.
Betty Crocker Chocolate Caramel frosting is a premade frosting produced by Betty Crocker. It is a frosting that is available year-round. Using real Hershey’s chocolate, the Chocolate Caramel frosting actually tastes like a full, rich, chocolate flavor, but there is no real hint even of caramel in the frosting to make one feel like they are getting their money's worth out of it.
Betty Crocker’s Chocolate frosting comes in the company’s standard 16 oz. plastic can. The Chocolate frosting is dark brown and creamy and the container comes with an easy to snap on red top that allows one to reseal the leftovers for a limited amount of time.
Ease Of Preparation
Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy is a frosting, so there is not much needed in terms of preparation. Simply pop off the plastic cap, tear off the foil safety seal below that and consume! It is that simple. Most people use frosting as a component in baking as opposed to eating it right out of the container like a glutton. For those who actually want to use this frosting to frost cookies or a cake, this is an exceptionally easy-to-use frosting. It spreads very easily and it does not get hard, even for a week after being applied to the baked goods you put it on!
Opening the container of Chocolate Caramel frosting, the aroma that greets the nose is powerfully chocolate in nature. In fact, I cannot recall a milk chocolate frosting I have smelled before this that smelled more like dark chocolate. There is no hint of caramel even in the frosting's bouquet.
On the tongue, the Betty Crocker Hershey's Chocolate Caramel tastes entirely like chocolate. The chocolate flavor is slightly sweet, but strongly of cocoa. It's like Hershey's and Betty Crocker found a way to eliminate the bitterness of dark chocolate frosting without losing the full chocolate flavor. In other words, the Betty Crocker Hershey's Chocolate Caramel frosting has a strong chocolate punch. What the frosting does not have is a caramel flavor to it.
The Betty Crocker Hershey's Chocolate Caramel frosting leaves a lingering sweet taste in the mouth for several minutes after one has consumed it.
Obviously, as a frosting, Betty Crocker cannot do much about the lack of nutritious benefits to their frosting. Given that the frosting is made largely of sugar, water and palm oil, this was never going to be a nutritious product. There are various artificial colors and preservatives, so this is not an all-natural product.
It is also not the best product in the world for you on a nutrition front, though it is gluten free. A 2 Tbsp serving of Betty Crocker’s Chocolate Caramel frosting has 140 calories, 50 of which are from fat. Those 5 grams of fat represent 8% of one’s RDA of tat. Unsurprisingly, one serving is 7% of your RDA of carbohydrates and there is no protein in this frosting. There are, however, 95 mg of sodium and 2% of the RDA of Iron in the frosting. This is not a food to try to live off of and while it is gluten free, the Betty Crocker Hershey's Chocolate Caramel may contain milk ingredients.
Keep the frosting sealed and it will last for quite some time. The container we bought before Halloween would have expired in 2017, had we not opened and consumed it first! This frosting remains supple and spreadable for quite some time, even if the leftovers have been refrigerated.
As a product made mostly of sugar, the Chocolate Caramel frosting is very easy to clean up. Simply washing it off with hot water helps clean off anything this gets on. This is a darker frosting, though, so it must be washed out fast of lighter clothes/fabrics.
The Betty Crocker Chocolate Caramel frosting is all right, but it does not taste like caramel at all, so it is a tough sell for those who love both flavors.
For other foods, please check out my reviews of:
Betty Crocker Limited Edition Maple Bacon Frosting
Tangled Tree Honey Roasted Pecans
Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Limited Edition Peppermint Frosting
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