Friday, June 26, 2015

Jelly Belly Star Wars Jewel Collection

Recently I wrote a rave review about the Jelly Belly Star Wars Galaxy Mix (read review here). The mix consists of pearlized shimmering jelly beans in the following flavors: berry blue, blueberry, grape soda, green apple, island punch, sour apple, and wild blackberry. It's a good blend of flavors and the shining paint job transforms them into irresistible sparkling gems. And then Jelly Belly tops the Galaxy Mix by creating a tray of the mix, adding in some extra flavors, and then separating all the jelly beans by color for me!! Who knew this existed! Pre-sorted jelly beans with a Star Wars theme!!

* Special note: I received these samples from Jelly Belly Candy Company, the makers of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans. Thanks, Jelly Belly! I love to sample your exciting flavors! Although I review the jelly beans above, I do not give numbered scores to free samples so as to avoid any possibility of unfair scoring.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Nestle Cheesecake KitKat!

These miniature cheesecake flavored KitKats from Japan taste uncannily like cheesecake! Basically, that means that these bars taste like wafer cookies enveloped in sweetened cream cheese. And it really works. I consumed the entire bag at an alarming rate. Find these if you can! They're stupendous!

Score: 5

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Liddabit Sweets, New York: Pretzel and Beer Caramel

Liddabit Sweets is all the rage here in New York City with their high-end hand-made caramels and candy bars created in unique and esoteric flavors. They were even featured in a limited edition Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream flavor (click here to read)! I arrived at Liddabit in a pique of excitement to sample all the flavors. Overall, the caramels are delicious. The beer and pretzel caramel, pictured above, features a beer infused caramel with small crunchy pretzel bits suspended throughout. It's good, but given the high price tag I don't think it matched my elevated expectations. The caramel, buttery and infused with a yeasty ale flavor, was a nice balance, and the pretzel crunch makes the whole thing taste more substantive. I would eat a lot of these special caramels if placed in front of me-but at $2/piece, one at a time will suffice for now. Thanks, Kara!

To buy your own Liddabit Beer and Pretzel Caramels, click here.

Score: 4

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Marzipan Chocolate Bar Straight From Norway: Nidar Troika Trippel Nytelse Na Enda Bedre

Marzipan chocolate bars are fundamentally delicious unless combined with dissonant ingredients. Unfortunately, Nidar's Troika Trippel Nytelse bar falls under this category (along with the recently reviewed Kolev Irish Coffee Marzipan Bar). The thin base of marzipan is, of course, delicious (see review of the Nidar Paske Marsipan Egg). Nidar simply makes delicious marzipan, a recipe the Norwegian company has been perfecting since 1915. The inner truffle layer is rich and dense, between frosting and fudge consistency. It tastes sweeter than it does chocolatey, which is a disappointment. Jelly has its place, but not paired with marzipan. The consistency is all off and the thick layer of berry gel simply never blends with the rest of the bar. An exciting bar to try, but not a triumph. Thanks for finding this, Zach!

Score: 2

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Swiss Chocolate: Camille Bloch Ours de Berne Milk Chocolate Bar

Schwizer Milchschokolade is a mouthful, translating to Swiss Milk Chocolate in English. There is nothing quite like Swiss chocolate. I love it because it is so mellow, heavy on the milkiness and not so heavy on the sugar. This Ours de Berne Milk Chocolate Bar by Camille Bloch came straight from the source (Switzerland) to NYC in a suitcase so I got to eat it fresh. The packaging is also especially appealing because the bear emblem reminds me of my dog searching out a treat- somewhat like me going after chocolate. I empathize with that bear- he needs the chocolate. I do, too. This was a perfect milk chocolate bar. Thanks, Will!

Score: 5

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Estonian Sweets: Kalev Finest Irish Coffee Flavored Marzipan

Any obsessivesweets reader knows that I have trouble acting impartial whenever it comes to maple products and marzipan- in my eyes, they're all delicious and not to be missed. I can allow, however, that some marzipans are more alluring than others. Kalev has been providing Estonians with marzipan since 1806, so they've had years to refine their marzipan recipe and production. This is that heavy chunky marzipan, not the refined smooth kind popular in other countries- this is substantive stuff and the candy bar is downright heavy. I had trouble distinguishing if I liked the Kalev Marzipan bar or not because the particular flavor I purchased was Irish Coffee. The taste of milk, coffee, and booze just didn't blend with the marzipan on my palette. However, I think that I would probably really enjoy the plain marzipan bar.

Score: 2 (low for the Irish Coffee flavor, not the marzipan)

Monday, June 8, 2015

Jelly Belly Bubbly Champagne Jelly Beans

Jelly Belly constitutes one of the greatest candy flavor innovators out there, and now they've done it again by producing Bubbly Champagne Jelly Bellys! When you open the package the aroma of champagne (fizzy champagne) is instantly recognizable. Frankly, the flavor of the bean runs a little more towards Butterscotch than Bubbly, but the aroma ties the whole experience together. It's a celebration in each tiny bean! These are great for any festive occasion.

* Special note: I received these samples from Jelly Belly Candy Company, the makers of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans. Thanks, Jelly Belly! I love to sample your exciting flavors! Although I review the jelly beans above, I do not give numbered scores to free samples so as to avoid any possibility of unfair scoring.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Candy-Colored Vanilla Rainbow Bagel: The Bagel Store, Brooklyn

No, this is not candy. Rather, it is a bagel. But what a bagel!
Awash in a kaleidascope of bright candy colors, this vanilla rainbow bagel cannot help but perk up any gloomy day.
Three cheers for The Bagel Store!

To get your own colorful bagel, go here.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Chocolate Dream Palace: Tour Jacques Torres' New Brooklyn Army Terminal Factory

Since 2000, Jacques Torres has constituted the go-to fancy chocolate of New York. There's the classic high end chocolate, whimsical holiday treats, innovative bonbon flavors, out-of-this-world hot cocoa, and decadent ice cream sandwiches. I love Jacques Torres because it strikes the perfect balance of honoring the chocolate and chocolate-making tradition while innovating in all kinds of fun ways. I love Jacques' vision of chocolate. And now, right here in my own backyard, Torres has opened a 40,000 square foot chocolate factory in the Brooklyn Army Terminal. I can't wait to visit! In the meantime, here is a slideshow of the new facilities via Gothamist! Click Here To View

Friday, May 22, 2015

Minions Sour Gummies

I love a good movie / candy collaboration and I really love the Minions from Despicable Me, so I was in a state of high anticipation for these Minions Sour Gummies. There was reason for optimism- Minion Peeps were fantastic and Minion Mike & Ikes looked like fun. These gummies were barely sour and I couldn't identify either flavor. What are these shapes supposed to be? I was totally disappointed by the non-delivery on the Minion theme and the sub-standard quality of the gummies.

Score: 2