3 Aug 2014

Candy German Subscription Box Review


Some of you may have seen my German snack exchange posts, so you'll know how excited I was to hear about the new subscription box from Candy German. After trying out quite a few different subscription boxes it's great to finally see an option for German goodies and I'm sure it will be very popular. 

Candy German promise to send out boxes filled with up to 1kg of surprise treats, including chocolates, cookies and sweets. All the products are hand-picked by the founders of Candy German, Mark and Natascha, to ensure they are high quality and always made in Germany.  Subscribers can join for 1 month, 6 months or 12 months, and prices start at €24.00 (around £19.00).

Here's a look at what all the gorgeous products I received in the July Candy German Box:


Milka Choco Twist: I was so happy to see these cakes included in the box! I've reviewed them before (see HERE for the full review) and they were utterly delicious. They're not the same as most pre-packaged cakes. These are moist and melt in the mouth, with thick chocolate chips. The only problem with them is that it's hard to stop at one, and our box of five cakes disappeared far too quickly!


Coppenrath Spritzgenuss:  Coppenrath is a Germany bakery company dating back to the 1930's that is now best known for it's biscuit range. These Spritzgenuss Zartbitter Schoko are lovely and buttery shortbread biscuits dipped in dark chocolate. I enjoyed their melt in the mouth crumbly texture combined with the sweet leaning dark chocolate. 


Katjes Back to the Roots: Vegetarian licorice! Katjes are probably best known in the UK as the makers of the M&S range of Percy Pig sweets. In Germany they are well known for producing vegetarian sweets in many different shapes and flavours (I reviewed their Bears HERE!). This soft and mild licorice is called Back to the Roots because one of the first products Katjes ever produced, back in 1910, was a licorice sweet (the Katjes Licorice Kittens!). 


Hitschler Apfel Schnüre: The founders of Candy German are based in the beautiful town of Cologne. In my mind Cologne must be some kind of candy wonderland as my lovely German Grocery Exchange friend Steffi, is also from there. She has sent me a few Hitschler products in the past and this Apfel Schnüre was one of my kids' favourites. They're so excited to get to try these tasty apple flavoured laces again! 


Feodora Erdbeer Smoozi: This was my favourite product in the Candy German box! Feodora is a new brand to me but apparently it dates back to 1910 and is seen as a noble brand with a strong heritage.


The packaging is gorgeous with a sleek tube filled with a row of circular chocolates with a strawberry cream centre. Even though the outer coating is white chocolate these are surprisingly not too sweet, instead they're deliciously creamy which stops them being overly sugary. This Smoozi range of disc shaped chocolates is available in a classic Mint, as well as several new flavours for summer; Raspberry, Strawberry and Banana. I seriously HAVE to try the banana ones!


Zentis Belnuga: This one was really unusual but ended up being another favourite for me. My husband wasn't so keen however so I'd describe this as one of those love it or hate it type of products.


German company Zentis is actually best known as a jam producer but with the Belnuga they have produced a range of marzipan and praline chocolates. It's a unique combination but one that works really well (in my opinion at least!). The marzipan is smoother and more delicately flavoured then the heavier type we get here in the UK. The innermost layer is a soft hazelnut nougat that is just delicious. The flavours reminded me quite a bit of Mozart chocolates from Austria!


Kinder Joy: When I first saw this in the box I have to admit I assumed it was a regular Kinder egg that was just wrapped in plastic rather than foil. Well, I was wrong, this is a different product altogether.


The two plastic halves pull apart easily to reveal separate sections. Under one side is the toy and under the other a tasty chocolate and milk cream, with two crispy chocolate balls (that sounds so wrong!). 


The chocolate and milk cream needs to be scooped out with a little spoon. It's very sweet and creamy, and really did appeal to the kid in me! I do have a soft spot for Kinder chocolate, so I loved trying out this completely new version. 


Moam Cola: These were also included in the box as a little extra. I think Moam sweets may be hard to find in some of the countries that Candy German ship to, but here in the UK these are widely available. It was still one of the first products my kids wanted to take from the box! 

Overall I was delighted with the products I received from Candy German. Before I started this blog I wasn't that familiar with German snacks but I'm pleased to have found such a world of delights! They really do have an awesome array of products in Germany and a Candy German box is a great way to discover more.

To subscribe take a look at the Candy German website for more details: www.candygerman.com


22 comments:

  1. I love German sweets! They have very good chocolate and my favouirite is Ritter Sport ;)

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    1. Oh, I agree, Ritter Sport is brilliant! They have such a great range of flavours and interesting limited editions :)

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    2. Yes, limited editions are the best! I really like white chocolate with coconunt (Summer edition) but in this year they not made this flavour :(

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    3. I loved that coconut one too, so delicious. Let's hope it will make a return in the future! I still need to try the white chocolate cornflakes one too.

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  2. Wow, fantastic selection! I also love German sweets, I used to visit family in Germany as a kid and was always amazed at the many different varieties they had. I think the Smoozi would be my favourite too :-) I've seen those on ebay before but they're a little pricey.

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    1. That's awesome, sounds like I definitely need to go to Germany one day! I really had no idea how many brilliant brands they have over there until I started this blog.

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  3. I hope you still like my parcels better! Haha

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    1. Absolutely no comparison Steffi, your parcels are definitely the best! It's like you know exactly what to choose for me and it's always the perfect selection :)

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    2. Aaaww thank you! You know the same goes for everything you choose for me too! :)

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  4. I think those Kinder eggs are available in a few other countries as well. I used to have them when I went to India and I prefer them more than the uk version!

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    1. That's interesting! I can see why these would work well in hotter countries (especially for kids). In the UK version you have to handle the chocolate to get to the toy, but in this one, the toy is completely separate so there is less mess!

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    2. In Germany these are actually marketed as "das Sommer-Ei" (summer egg) because Ferrero stops selling regular Kinder eggs in summer. There used to be no replacement but a few years ago they introduced these.

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    3. Thanks for the info Steffi, that makes sense! I hope they bring that idea to the UK too.

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  5. I follow your blog pretty much daily its pretty cool to see the new stuff you get. Most of the grocery store products aside from fresh produce isn't healthy. I was wondering how you keep you and your family healthy?

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    1. Hi! Firstly thanks for the support in checking my blog regularly, I really appreciate that!

      And great question, I've been waiting to be asked that! There's no doubt that since I started this blog that there has been an increase in the amount of snacks that we get to try in the Grocery Gems household (especially in the last year or so). But even so, we don't eat crisps and chocolate everyday, even though it might seem like it from reading this blog! I actually try to take as many photos for reviews at the weekend when I have more time. That's often when we sample them too (the kids only try the products that they are interested in). We very rarely eat a whole packet/or bar of anything, there are a lot of half opened packets of food in this house! But at least if we do have a movie night or a get together then there are plenty of snacks to choose from.

      I also make sure that our actual main meals and snacks during the week are really healthy and cooked-from-scratch. You might notice that I don't often blog about ready meals or that type of processed food, and when I do (such as the Iceland McCoys range) those reviews are literally the only time I've ever tried those products. I've never bought them again.

      Ironically enough my kids are actually both really skinny! I have to work hard to keep their weight healthy - as in getting enough calories. I've always had this type of issue as they both take after my husband and are really tall and thin! It's partly why I started blogging about snacks in the first place and trying to find new ones. They're also really active which I'm sure helps too.

      I hope that all makes sense :)

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  6. I've tried Kinder Joy when I ordered several from Amazon. I liked the chocolate and milk creams as well as those little wafer balls with a hazelnut filling. The best toys I got were Funny Students ones - all other toys were pretty mediocre. I also spotted Kinder Joys in my local Romanian grocery shop but I don't know if I'll try them again or not.

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    1. Thanks April, I have a Romanian grocery shop near me so I'll see if they do them! :)

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  7. Hey Katherine I asked the question about staying healthy while reviewing all the snacks. I really appreciate your genuine answer and it is really interesting to see how you are able to balance all of that. Thanks for answering! And I still continuously daily check your blog its really cool!

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    1. No problem, happy to answer! And thanks again for your support :)

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  8. I've tried those liqorce kittens, i got them from a liqource website as i love it - i was a bit disappointed!

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