A couple of months ago, a snack wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma arrived at the OtBT research laboratory (via First Class Recorded Delivery).
Inside the package was a sealed foil pouch claiming to contain ‘Chocolate Dipped Corn Claws’ and a note from my brother instructing us to hurry up and scoff them in the next few days inside the best before and, not to Google them under any circumstances lest we spoil the ‘surprise’.
Snack: Owow Chocolate Dipped Corn Claws
Bought at: Owow Chocolates
Available at: Not listed on the website… Is that a clue as to their popularity?
Our first thought is that it looks a lot like a bag of army rations or perhaps that stuff you can buy to pretend you are taking a break from being an astronaut doing space things. The packet is very light which suggests the contents are dry and airy. It feels sort of lumpy like whatever inside is in big chunks.
Just what is a corn claw when it’s at home? Something to do with candy corn? Funny shaped popcorn? I suppose Bugles are made of corn and are sort of claw shaped. But why would you dip a salty snack like that in chocolate?
Hmm. Well. Alright then.
Clearly, this is monster much – pickled onion flavour judging by the ingredient list and the delicious tangy pong spiralling from the packet. When we take a proper sniff inside the bag, we get a strange biscuity bouquet from the chocolate/Monster Munch melange that reminds us of Lebkuchen.
We are not really sure what to make of all of this. Chocolate and pickled onion couldn’t be two more disparate flavours, but as an underrated bond villain once said:
“The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.”
This has proved true in my snacking experience. Once while at a friend’s birthday as a lass, my mate dropped her jaffa cake into some onion and garlic dip. Not wanting to waste it, she ate it anyway and discovered an incredible new flavour sensation. Obviously we thought she was mad, but we gave it a go to see what all the fuss was about. Before I knew it, we were all part of a depraved underground party scene in which we dunked jaffa cakes in onion and garlic dip as a matter of routine. Genius.
As for insanity, once Megan and I sprinkled pure MSG onto a salt and vinegar Pringle to make it even more delicious. My head nearly exploded with the transcendent levels of zingyness. It was traumatic.
Anyway! We prepare ourselves for the ordeal, expecting an out of mouth experience similar to the cheesy chocolate we tried a little while ago. Megan has got a drink at the ready ‘just in case’.
We each shove a whole claw in at once to maintain the designated pickled onion/chocolate balance and get…..an unexpected result.
Megan (frowning): ‘Sooooooo weird. My mouth is confused.’
Somehow, the extremes of the sweet milk chocolate and the sharp, salty onion cancel each other out and the remaining flavour is a creamy and fizzy – sort of like a lemonade float. It’s a bizarre
optical oral illusion. They are fascinating and we can’t stop eating them.
The flavour is pleasant and unremarkable if you ignore the circuitous way it has been put together. In fact the taste is a lot like the special edition Vanilla Monster Munch from the noughties.
Well we were certainly not expecting that. A nice if underwhelming overall flavour to these, but the premise is so bananas it deserves a few marks for ingenuity.