These Choco Le‘a Truffles Are Inspired by Favorite Candies
Ready for a sugar rush? You’ve never had Jolly Ranchers and Starbursts like this—but they’ll disappear after Nov. 23.
When word reached us about Choco le’a’s candy-inspired truffles, HONOLULU Magazine style editor Stacy Makiya and Frolic assistant editor Thomas Obungen bought two sets of the whole collection and sat down for a taste. Nostalgia was as big a draw as the promise of sugar: Hot on the heels of Halloween, each truffle is inspired by a favorite candy. The sweets are $2.99 apiece and only available a la carte or in custom boxes at the Mānoa shop until Nov. 23.
Here’s how two very different sweet tooths rated each truffle on a scale from 1 to 5. Watch the video for the full commentary and sugar rush as two adults consume five bougie chocolates in a row.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Truffle
SM: The peanut butter is super smooth and creamy. Not so textured as the original peanut butter treat. It’s really good. 5!
TO: Mmm. Oh, there’s a layer of ganache on the bottom. It’s good, but, she’s really sweet. I give it a 4.
Pink Starburst Truffle
TO: Oh! It tastes like Yan Yans. Like strawberry Yans Yans.
SM: It’s smooth and really tastes like pink Starbursts. The texture is like if the candy melted in your car.
TO: But not as sticky. It also tastes like strawberry Pocky sticks.
SM: 5 for authentic flavor.
TO: 3.5. I like the Reese’s one better.
SM: It’s a fancy version. And not as sweet.
TO: It’s like a grownup Snickers. Wow, that’s good. I give it a 5 out of 5.
SM: I give it a 6!
Jolly Rancher Truffle
TO: Oh! It’s sweet. But it does taste like a Jolly Rancher with a ganache texture.
SM: It’s sweeter and doesn’t have a strong apple tang.
TO: I’m not loving her. I give it a “eh.”
SM: 4-ish, it’s the most original.
Bonus: Chocolate-Covered Speculoos Cookie
TO: Mmm, and it’s crunchy still.
SM: There’s a generous layer of dark chocolate covering the cookie. I could eat it all day, all night. I imagine it crushed over vanilla ice cream. Mmm.
TO: Perfect with coffee. Like your favorite pumpkin spice latte. I give it a 6 out of 5! It’s my favorite.