August 7, 2008

Review: 1880 Crunchy Alicante Almond Turron Candy

IMG_3773.jpgWe thought we had hit the Spanish Turron Holy Grail when we had the 1880 Soft Almond and Honey Jijona Turron, but we were premature in our evaluation. Although very different, the 1880 Crunchy Alicante Almond Turrón is actually our new favorite.

This is classic Turrón "Duro" (i.e. hard or crunchy) - because it is made up primarily (65%) of tasty Marcona almonds. Apparently, that's the most almonds they can put in without it falling apart. Then, they are doused in orange blossom honey to bind the bar together. They are bound together with 100% orange blossom honey.

The package comes with two foil-wrapped packages of bars, which are pre-cut so you can separate more manageable pieces. When I first opened these, it looked like there was a thin layer of Styrofoam on the bar - I figured shipment in the heat had melded it on to the candy, and I was not happy. However, under further investigation, it was not packing material. Rather, it is an ultra-thin wafer on top - so it is an added layer of texture for the whole eating experience.

This Turrón lives up to its "Duro" classification - it is very crunchy - you really have to give it a good bite. That initial crunchiness does give way to a little more chewiness, once you get into the dense almond clusters and honey. And while an odd combo, the wafer on top seems to make sense.

The flavor, if you like Marcona almonds and honey (if you don't, maybe this blog isn't for you...), is out of this world. Marcona almonds are NOT like those you find in the grocery store or in your Hershey's bar, these have a special nutty, slightly more oily, and certainly more intense flavor. With so many packed into this bar, coupled with the honey, you have an explosion of sweet, nutty, crunchy goodness.

We may have been eating the soft Turrón for breakfast, but we could make ourselves sick on the 1880 Crunchy Alicante Almond Turrón

Like the soft Turrón, this is made following an artisanal process in Jijona, Alicante, Spain.

Check out Alicante Turrón.

Some info from Wikipedia

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Posted by Bob Wallace at August 7, 2008 9:53 AM
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