Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Gummy Snapshot: Morinaga Hi-Chew Original Mix

Ode to Morinaga Hi-Chew Original Mix, mellow green apple, strawberry, and best of all, grape. Not too sweet, these classic treats take a long time to dissolve. A classic treat

Friday, May 10, 2019

Jelly Belly Candy Cones: Mellocreme Candy in Ice Cream Flavors

Mmm, the key to these Jelly Belly Candy Cones is that the graham flavored mellowcreme candy that is incorporated into each cone is tasty. It's not too strong but lends a graham element to each ice cream cone inspired flavor. Special shout-out to the delicious orange sorbet cone flavor.The mint chocolate chip cone is a close second. The only hitch is that orange and mint chocolate chip don't really go together so there are some weird mash-ups if you eat more than one candy at a time. Jelly Belly, let's get more mellocremes on the market!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

7-Eleven Dragon Gummies

We all have a fever for Game of Thrones and dragons these days. Winter came, we're down two dragons, and I need some snacks to get through the rest of this final nail-biting season. 7-Eleven's in-house brand 7-Select has brought us Dragon Gummies, in three fire-wrought shapes and three defiantly non-firey flavors--blood orange, strawberry dragon fruit, and killer kiwi. The blood orange is great --basically orange. The strawberry dragon fruit is entirely strawberry flavored--the dragon fruit is in name only. And the killer kiwi is fine although I would never have guessed that the flavor profile was of the kiwi variety. Fun to bring to a Game of Thrones viewing, even if not the tastiest gummies on the market.

Score (flavor): 2
Score (visuals): 4

Friday, May 3, 2019

New Hazelnut Spread m&m's

How did Hazelnut Spread m&m's not exist before? We've been going through a collective Nutella obsession in America for the last few years, acting like it's something new even though it's been around and perfect in its own right since the 1940's. On a personal note, I don't prefer a hazelnut spread to pure chocolate ever--it's just not my personal go-to flavor. But I appear to be one of the few people who feels this anti-hazelnut-chocolate bias. If you do enjoy Nutella, these m&m's will rock your world. A warm buttery taste of hazelnut infuses the chocolate cream center of each oversized m&m. Run to get a package or 12 while they're in stores--definitely worth a try!

(No score due to anti-hazelnut-chocolate bias)

Monday, April 29, 2019

Juicy Fruit Bubble Gum

Strangely, chewing Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Bubble Gum lead me to finally, after decades, put my finger on the unique flavor of traditional Juicy Fruit--it's cloves! Who knew?! Probably everyone, but this came as a big "A-Ha" moment for me. For some reason, that clove flavor soared in the bubble gum version. I loved it. Definitely a great variation on a terrific theme.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Variation on a Classic Theme: Strawberries & Cream Mike and Ikes

Strawberries and cream anything rarely pleases my taste-buds as artificial strawberry tends to be so cloying and artificial vanilla so bland. Mike and Ike has done the combination a favor, though. I would classify the strawberry as more of a "pink berry" artificial yet yummy berry-like flavor. The cream tastes more like cream soda to me, and I like it. The combination in no way resembles a dish of strawberries and cream but is pleasant nonetheless.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

Gummy Snapshot: E Wedel Jelly Turtles

 These E Wedel fruit jellies from Poland are so tasty! I knew they were awfully cute gummies but didn't have especially high expectations. Called Zelki Nadziewane z musem owocowym, this apparently roughly translates to fruit jellies with mousse. The mousse element constitutes the softer foamy vanilla base to each gummy turtle. The shells are flavored orange, lemon, and raspberry, all sharp good flavors that blend well with the creamy bottom layer.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Momiji Monju KitKat

I've never heard of Japanese sweet Momiji Monju, a traditional treat originating from the island of Itsukushima in Hiroshima. It's shaped like a beautiful Japanese maple leaf, a sweet cake comprised of buckwheat and rice and filled with sweet red bean paste. It sounds delicious and I'd love to try one. I'm not sure how reminiscent the candy bar is of the original sweet. I could taste the flavor of red bean paste mixed in with the white chocolate, which was tasty, and would like to read a review from someone who is well-versed in traditional Mimiji Monju. Fun to eat!

Score: 3

Friday, April 12, 2019

Peeps Pancakes & Syrup

Easter is Peeps season and I love this Spring's new Pancakes & Maple Syrup Chicks! The aroma exactly matches that of warm artificial maple syrup and there's an undercurrent of muffin or pancake underlying the maple to balance it out a little. The key is that although the aroma is strong, the flavor is subtle and soft, not overpowering. I really enjoyed this new flavor and hope we'll see it in future holiday seasons. 

Score: 3

Peeps Reviews Past (click each name to link to review):
Flavored Peeps
Apple Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Caramel Fudge  
Blueberry Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Fudge
Blue Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow
Bubble Gum Flavored Marshmallow
Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow
Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate  
Candy Corn Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Chocolate
Cherry Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate 
Cherry Flavored Marshmallow Drizzled in Dark Chocolate
Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow
Coconut Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate
Fruit Punch Flavored Marshmallow
Gingerbread Flavored Marshmallow
Hot Cocoa and Cream Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Chocolate
Lemonade Flavored Marshmallow 
Lemon Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Lemon Fudge 
Lemon Sherbet Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Fudge
Maple Brown Sugar Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Fudge 
Mint Flavored Marshmallow covered in Milk Chocolate
Neapolitan Filled Delights 
Orange Creme Flavored Marshmallow 
Orange Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Orange Fudge
Orange Sherbet Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Flavored Fudge
Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow 
Peppermint Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate
Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow Covered in Milk Chocolate 
Red Velvet Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Chocolate
Sour Cherry Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Lime Fudge
Strawberry Creme Flavored Marshmallow
Strawberry Creme Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Milk Chocolate 
Strawberry Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Flavored Fudge 
Strawberry Flavored Marshmallow
Sugar Cookie Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Milk Chocolate
Vanilla Creme Flavored Marshmallow

Traditional Peeps
Peeps Bunnies
Peeps Spooky Cats
Peeps Chicks (Blue)
Peeps Chicks (Green)
Peeps Christmas Trees
Peeps Easter Eggs
Peeps Ghosts 
Peeps Hearts
Peeps Minions
Peeps Monsters
Peeps Pumpkins
Peeps Snowmen
Peeps Tombstones