Found in my local Tengelmann store, these Schokolinsen are another common German sweet.
Arko seems to focus on high quality confectionery products. I’ve reviewed their Jamaican Rum Balls before and liked them, so I’m kinda surprised it’s taken me so long to get back to the brand. In my defence though, Germany is just full of things I haven’t tried yet.
These pinky-red and white things are shaped like an overgrown Nestlé Smartie but filled with peppermint oil infused dark chocolate and covered in a crispy sugar shell. Can a Google-mangle pull anything different from the Arko website? Well… Sort of?
Crisply cool and chocolatey. So crunchy and fresh: simply push a few chocolates into the mouth, chew, crack, crunch and then … refreshed and strengthened. | Arko
So yes, I get what they’re saying about them being “crisply cool” – though I suspect the German might actually read more like: “Crisp, cool and chocolatey”. The sugar shell is deceptively hard and has more in common with the coating of a sugared almond than a Smartie. These little chocolate filled treats have quite a significant crunch to them!
As for the taste, I felt they had quite an intensely cooling peppermint flavour. In my experience, their advertising is right. In fact, the peppermint flavour is so strong that on occasion (and depending on how many you’ve shoved in your mouth at once), I got that slight bitterness at the back of my tongue. The one that comes from an excess of flavoured oils… If you’ve ever tried using them in baking and accidentally tasted it neat, you’ll know what I mean.
For me, and this may be an unpopular opinion, these almost seem like a waste of chocolate. The flavour is supremely overpowered by the peppermint and though the chocolate flavour lingers around during the middle part of the munch, it’s the peppermint oil that remains post-chew. Whilst the chocolate’s there, it’s in the background – but you’ll be too busy with the hard crunch and mouth cooling effect to pay much attention.
Oddly, I feel like these would do well from having a slightly toned down mint approach. Why is that odd? Well normally I like those really “punch you in the tongue” sorts of flavours. You know, the ones you can’t miss and those with gentle dispositions shy away from. I’d expected to love these, being a mint chocolate fan… but I just don’t.
These are like the lovechild of Mint Imperials and Smarties, with all the flavour and crunch of the former and the chocolate centre of the latter, only without the satisfying chocolate hit. Sorry Schokolinsen lovers, these just arn’t for me!