What's with these micro-candies all through Air Heads Blue Raspberry sugar-free gum? The tiny balls that crunch each time you bite down are so alarming. Gum shouldn't crunch. These micro-candies simply get in the way of a good blue raspberry calorie-free chew. Next time, Airheads, skip the bells and whistles and stick with good simple gum.
Same classic Everlasting Gobstoppers, now flattened and heart-shaped for Valentine's Day! These Heartbreakers are addictive! But remember to go slow with these jawbreakers--there's nothing less romantic than breaking a tooth on Valentine's Day!
Score (gobstoppers): 4
Score (jazzing up a classic for the holidays): 4
Pearson's Bun Bars hail from the 1920s, and yet the classic line is still experimenting with new flavors. Pearson's Sea Salt Caramel Bun Bar is pretty tasty--all of the elements go nicely together. But Maple Buns still reign supreme to my taste buds.
Score (this classic is forever young): 4
Score (nothing is as good as maple): 3
This summer I consumed a number of alcoholic gummy bears in the flavors of popular cocktails such as mojito and sangria. Tasty (read about that here). Now both Jelly Belly and Project 7 have introduced non-alcoholic jellybeans, gum and gummy bears in a wide variety of cocktail flavors. (Read aboutProject 7 Champagne Dreams gum here; Jelly Belly Bubbly Champagne Jelly Beans; orJelly Belly Draft Beer Jelly Beans). I sense a trend coming down the line. These Old Fashioned Gummy Bears by Project 7 are tasty, although I'll admit to never having samples the beverage on which the flavor is based. I didn't really taste whiskey, although the flavor of bitters adds a nice less-sweet zing. They're pleasant to consume. I'm not sure I would be able to identify them as a mixed drink but am excited to try the other flavors in the line.
You can rely on Hammond's to always provide a candy bar with a high-end chocolate foundation. This Cookie Dough Bar is no exception, with luxurious creamy milk chocolate doing a lot of the heavy lifting. The cookie dough is really nice, too--a thick consistency that melts instantly in the mouth, and a nice blend of butter and vanilla in the flavoring. My only wish is for a higher ratio of dough to chocolate. I understand that it is difficult to create a structurally sound shell to safely contain the messy dough, but wonder if thinner layers of chocolate could work, allowing for more dough in every bite. Perhaps the bar would need further protective wrapping, but it would be worth it.
Score (overall): 4
Score (yearning for more dough): 2
Until recently the Black Thunder bar was unknown to Obsessive Sweets, but now this intrepid candy consumer is quickly making up for lost time. The inexpensive Japanese candy bar is comprised of chocolate cookie pieces and puffed rice all covered in a thin layer of dark chocolate. It's like a more-aerated wafer bar. Then there are a zillion varieties on the traditional bar, such as this Black Thunder Grapefruit bar. I like the audacity of combining sparkling grapefruit citrus flavor with chocolate-- unheard of! Yet it works. Each bite is so light, the chocolate forms a base-note whereas the floral grapefruit rises above. It's tasty! Hopefully there will be more varieties taste-tested on obsessivesweets in the near future. So many flavors to try!
The best thing about the Jelly Belly Pancakes and Maple Syrup Jellybeans is the intense maple aroma that hits you as soon as the bag is opened. It's wonderful. I swooned a little bit. I wish the flavor matched that intensity. The maple flavoring is lovely, but I want more. There's a dash of butter flavor added in to evoke the presence of pancakes in the mix. That said, I would dispense with the recipe-driven flavor and just go for a strong maple jellybean. I would buy them by the pound.
Many obsessivesweet posts have been dedicated to the whimsical and highly-skilled marzipan creations from the Fortunato Brothers Bakery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (See past posts here). The marzipan is not only beautiful but incredibly delicious--my absolute favorite flavor and consistency out there. The bakery has outdone itself again with this perfectly recreated hamburger and french fries. There was spaghetti with red sauce in marzipan, as well, but I couldn't capture a good representational photo. Don't worry, I'll visit the bakery again soon. I can't stay away.