I like anything new when it comes to foods and their flavors, so I decided on trying both of the limited edition International Delight’s coffee creamers, Chocolate Chip Creme Brulée and Sweet Buttercream. The containers are both elaborately decorated with cool swirly designs and attractive colors, not to mention the drool-inducing food graphics.
I purchased the chocolate chip creme brulée first, because it sounded rather adventurous; deep, rich chocolate with a creme brulée undertone. Because I really didn’t understand what that was specifically or how it tasted, so I had to find out. I wondered if the chocolate would over power the creme brulée or if the creme brulée would delicately compliment the chocolate.
Well, upon my first sip of coffee, here’s what happened. I noticed the smell first. The scent was wonderfully rich in all its chocolatiness and had a strong punch of the vanilla custard of the creme brulée. It’s almost like a souped up French Vanilla, but with carmelized sugar sprinkled inside each of its buttery layers. If you sniffed it as long as I did, you can even make out the sugary topping of the creme brulée. Quite naturally, I was expecting to taste a strong creme brulée note. Hmm. I’m actually still waiting for it to emerge somewhere when I taste it, but it doesn’t seem to happen. The flavoring was mostly chocolate with a soft yet sweet vanilla cream undertone. It was most certainly there but passively, as if it its job was to calm down the dramatically noticable chocolate from time to time; think a side kick whose jokes aren’t funny and does not do anything for the story-on top of that, you constantly forget their name and function. (Perhaps this is intended, because the words “chocolate chip” are placed before the creme brulée.)
I tried the creamer in coffee rather than in tea, and its strong chocolate taste is a perfect match for the strong cocoa aroma. It was more so exquisite when paired with coffee and cupcake coffee syrup, yielding a sinfully indulgent chocolate cupcake party in my mug. *Note that this flavor is sweet and because of its sweet flavor may cause you to not take your coffee seriously sometimes, kind of like someone telling a 40 year old to eat cocoa puffs for breakfast. It’s good yes, but it’s like candy!!
If you are a chocolate fan, this will surely delight your senses, but if you rooting for its sidekick, *forgets their name* this may not be for you.
Pros: Wonderfully scented, a good and interesting flavor, yummy chocolate accent. Slight yet weak vanilla and sugar taste, which is supposedly the creme brulée. <–wait, or is that a con? *shrugs*
Cons: You can smell more of the creme brulée than you can taste as the flavors are not experienced in levels, but more so the chocolate overshadowing it. I suppose this is to be expected for some, but the label does say creme brulée.
Chocolate Chip Creme Brulée Yumfactor: 3 out of 5 tongues and a taste bud. It was the creme brulée ont the package that made me buy it, but I was not really tasting much of it.