‘Range’ Report: Bite These Bullets

By Woody published on in Chronicle, Food, Guest Posts, Holiday Gift Ideas

For the holidays, Cheaper Than Dirt! received a test sample of ammunition from Chocolateammo.com, the San Diego-based confectioner whose line of candy products includes the Chocolate Bullet Military Tin, Chocolate Hand Gun, Chocolate Shotgun Shell Tins and other products. For the reloader, there’s also the Chocolate Ammo Candy Making Kit.Chocolate Ammo

Our two test tins ($10 each) of Chocolate Ammo were OD-green containers that measured 5 inches in length, 3.5 inches in width, and 3.5 inches in height. They each contained 20 rounds of .50-caliber milk-chocolate cartridges packaged in plastic trays. We judged that the plastic trays sufficiently protected the bullets from marring—an important accuracy consideration.

Checking several rounds with a Shars Dial Caliper, we found each cartridge indeed contained a 50-caliber roundnose bullet deeply seated into a straight-wall case 1.59 inches long, for a COAL of 2.345 inches. The crimp on the bullets was so tight we couldn’t separate the bullets from the cases to get a separate weight. However, each cartridge weighed about a half-ounce, or approximately 218 grains. That’s plenty powerful enough for most field use.

At the range (next to the refrigerator), tasters approached the Chocolate Ammo with skepticism, opining that any Christmas candy challenger had stout competition from long-established holiday sweets—peppermint, divinity, fudge, various cookies, basic barks and brittles, nougats, and for the wildcatters over at Martha Stewart’s laboratory, bourbon-pecan truffles. Not to mention fruitcake.

However, we gauged the Chocolate Ammo cartridges to be a welcome addition to the holiday lineup of treats. Each morsel had good mouthfeel and a not-too-sweet creamy chocolate finish. They weren’t too large to chew all at once, or daintier eaters could nibble from the base up the case before biting the bullets.

And after we were done, we had two empty tins to fill up with real bullets!

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