|Photo courtesy of Osem USA. Received 2 of the 4 shown.|
I eagerly opened the box to find a selection of their products: 3 different types of matzot ...
|I started nibbling before remembering to take a photo.|
|Photo courtesy of me.|
Aside from the chocolate-covered matzah mini-review, I decided to do a full report on the chocolate chips cake. As usual, I didn't carefully look at the package (it had me at chocolate chips ... can you tell I'm a chocoholic?). With only a quick glance at the cover, I erroneously expected pre-sliced mandelbrot (Jewish biscotti) to emerge from its wrappings.
|Photo courtesy of me again.|
Instead, I found a fully unsliced golden cake lightly studded with chocolate.
Having had store-bought Passover cakes before, I expected the usual dry cake, tasting almost as good as the oven-safe cardboard pan cradling it.
|Yup ... my photo again.|
But this cake was quite moist, with a soft tender crumb. My very dull table knife cut through it like butter ... "like" being the operative word since the cake contains no dairy. I asked a few co-workers to volunteer as
It is reasonably priced in my 'hood at around $3.50, as opposed to those less-than-stellar K-for-P perpetual cakes at my local Try-n-Save that cost upwards of several times more, with not anywhere near the quality.
This cake is full of surprises. While at first glance there does not appear to be as many chocolate chips as in the cover photo (does any package of any product ever resemble its contents?), every bite contains that lovely mouth-feel of chocolate. Those tiny chips pack a dark chocolate wallop. This cake, Dear Reader, is an example of how quality trumps quantity. If you are not planning to make a scratch cake for your Seders, I recommend purchasing a couple of packages.
I'll be testing the matzoh ball and roll mixes and reporting on them, hopefully on Sunday.
Full disclosure: Osem USA provided several of their products at no cost to me to test and review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed are my own. Except for the opinions of my co-workers.