Thursday, May 25, 2017

Via Quartz: The Long Fight Over the Shape of a Kit Kat


Recently Quartz (qz.com) published a fascinating article detailing the decades long court battle between Nestle and Mondelez (owner of Cadbury) over the shape of the KitKat bar.

An interesting slice of candy history via Quartz: Gimme a Break: Two candy giants have spent years in court fighting over the shape of Kit Kat bars



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lotte Fit's Super Mario 30th Anniversary Ginger Ale Gum

Fans will rejoice with the release of this cleverly packaged Super Mario Bros Ginger Ale flavored gum in honor of the game's 30th anniversary.The ginger ale is a cool and unique flavor, a sweetened mellow ginger. As previously noted, the packaging is awesome. Apparently they released a Luigi flavor of Fit's gum, as well. I'll keep my eyes peeled!

Score (unique new flavor): 4
Score (packaging): 5
Score (brand tie-in): 4

Monday, May 22, 2017

Doughnuts - Make it Stop

photo courtesy of krispiekreme.com

A number of years ago obsessivesweets published a blog post entitled, "I Was Right; or, Put Down the Cupcake," begging for the cupcake trend to dissipate. Once something special and delightful, cupcakes saturated the market until one could only roll one's eyes upon seeing a new cupcake shoppe pop up. It's a shame as it's not the cupcakes' fault. 

After the cupcakes, the doughnut became trendy, and now we have yet again come to that eye-rolling phase. Again, not the doughnut's fault. Thanks goodness that Bloomberg.com has incited a call to action, a war-cry that we must stop the onslaught and proliferation of too many doughnut shops. A highly recommended read:






Friday, May 19, 2017

Japanese Sweets: Brazilian Orange Pocky


Get ready for summer with these zesty Brazilian Orange Pocky by Japanese candy company Glico. From the extensive array of Pocky flavors, this has to rank as one of the very best. The orange tastes genuinely juicy, with a tart citrus zing to it. Combined with the mild and crunchy cookie stick, it's a fantastic flavor blend. These remind me a little of another favorite, Sicilia Lemon Resort Pocky. These cookie sticks are well-suited to citrus flavors.

Score: 4

To read past Pocky reviews, click here

Monday, May 15, 2017

Norwegian Nidar Gullbrod Marzipan



It's difficult to identify anything in this world more delicious than marzipan. That is the obsessivesweets official yet biased stance on the matter. This Nidar Gullbrod bar of marzipan coated in a thin sheet of dark chocolate is fantastic. It's the more rough hewn type of marzipan, rather than the super smooth Austrian version. This type of marzipan feels substantial--sweet and heavy and filling, like delicious heavy spackle. The dark chocolate offsets it perfectly, adding a small bitter note to the bite. I love this chocolate marzipan bar, hailing from Norway. If only these were stocked more frequently in the NYC area....


Score (marzipan flavor): 5
Score (inability to procure more): 1
Score (inspires dreams of a marzipan filled American candy aisle): 5

 

 


 



 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Polish Wafer Bar: Milky Way Ameo Crispy Rolls



It's been a spell since a new wafer bar was entered on the obsessivesweets (see list below). Milky Way Ameo Crispy Rolls constitute a nice re-entry. Hailing from the Polish arm of Mars, Ameo rolls are simply a wafer bar with a reconstituted shape. Rather than alternating thin sheets of wafer cookie and cream, here the round wafer cookie wraps around a core of cream filling, smothered in a sheet of milk chocolate. They're light and crunchy, with emphasis on the cookie rather than heavy chocolate. I can't say that they're that distinctive in taste from your average yummy wafer bar, but definitely worth a try.

Score: 3


Wafer Bars Past:
Bingo Serenata Double (Greece) 
Bocadin Wafer Bar (Mexico)
Johnny Krocker Milk Wafer Bar (Ukraine)
Karin Blume Orange Mille Feuille Chocolate Bar (Japan) 
Kit Kat Caramel (United States)
Kit Kat Cheesecake (Japan) 
Kit Kat Chunky Mint (England)
Kit Kat Cookies & Cream (United States)

Kit Kat Darkness (Dark Chocolate)(United States)
Kit Kat Halloween (White Chocolate) Edition (United States)  
Kit Kat Milk Coffee (Japan)
Kit Kat Muscat of Alexandria (Grape)(Japan)  
Kit Kat Orange (United States) 

Kit Kat Red Velvet (United States)
Kit Kat Royal Milk Tea (Japan)

Kit Kat Triple Chocolate (United States)
Mama Mia Wafer Bar (Poland) 
Manner Original Neapolitan Wafers (Vienna) 
Milka GoFree Chocolate Wafer Bar (Turkey)
Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Cookie Wafer Bar (United States)
Nestle Nesquik Wafer Bar (Turkey)

Nestle Tin Larin Wafer Bar (Mexico)  
Tiki Gold Wafer Bar (Trinidad/ Tobago)
Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Biscuit (Scotland)
Ulker Chocolate Wafer Bar (Turkey)
Ulker Cokonat (Turkey)

Ulker Dido Wafer Fingers (Turkey)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Ritter Sport White Cinnamon Crisp


I'm a maniac for cinnamon and so this Winter Edition Ritter Sport White Cinnamon Crisp Bar is such a treat. The sweet white chocolate is packed with pebbles of sweet cinnamon crunch, offsetting the very sweet base with some earthy zing. I loved it. That said, you have to be awfully fond of cinnamon to enjoy the bar.

Score: 4

Friday, May 5, 2017

Root Beer Float Mike and Ikes


Mmm, I love almost any root beer flavored sweet, and these Root Beer Float Mike and Ike candies don't disappoint. I'd prefer a little more oomph to the flavor, a little more vanilla float base and a little "sparkle" to the root beer, but overall these constitute a pleasing treat.

Score: 3