I got a lovely sampler package from Tine Temptations, an independently owned store out of Chicago.
The package was very tastefully designed, with little spotted bows and pink and black logo stickers. It was adorable. Melissa, the owner and baker, assured me that this was not her normal packaging, but that she minimized to save space and w2eight on shipping, a move I appreciated, as she paid for shipping, too.
She sent in the package, two chocolate and peanut butter pretzel bites and her famous cinnamon bun cookies.
The cinnamon bun cookies were really, really soft, but had a delicious grainy texture to them that I can't quite find the source of. They definitely tasted just like a cinnamon bun. The swirls of cinnamon sugar pop in your mouth and are aesthetically beautiful to see on the cookie itself. I put a few bits of this in the microwave and got a real treat.
Oddly enough, there was a coconut flavor to these that worked really well. They tasted like a Samoa with this. I just can't tell where it's from. Coconut oil? Coconut in the flavoring? Whatever it was, it's a winner.
The chocolate peanut butter pretzel bites were cute little treats with a peanut butter and chocolate coating on top of them. They were drizzled with alternating flavors, a feature that I loved.
The pretzels were a little too hard for me, I think that might have been in their aspect. The coating was also slightly thin, but was rich and coated entirely.
Taste-wise, they were a yummy treat, but just a little too dry for me. The chocolate definitely added well to the moisturizing aspect and the peanut butter was tasty, too. I think these would be wonderful with those peanut butter filled pretzels, like from Trader Joe's, but I'm not the baker...
Tine Temptations can be found at Etsy.com, at her store. She's a great seller and very accommodating in what she makes for customers. Her treats are original and very tasty.
Labels: 5, 8, candy, cookie