Thursday, August 20, 2015

Twizzlers Bites Filled Fruity Twists



It must be declared up front that I find all Twizzlers licorice fundamentally waxy, so will probably never adore any candy with a Twizzlers licorice base. That said, these Filled Fruity Twists are an improvement on the original Twizzler Bites. The gelatinous strawberry center softens each bites and adds a little burst of flavor. I think these might be delicious in Cherry, not quite as sweet and a little bit more tart.

Score: 3

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wafer Bar Throwdown Pt 10: Florida, the Tropical Wafer Bar from Iceland



Everything about the Florida Wafer Bar from Iceland is sumptuous. The wrapper's reflective foil with colorful bold lettering, the thick outer layer of chocolate and the plentiful sprinkling of coconut. The classic wafer bar elements almost get lost in all that action. Ok, the bar isn't as delicious as it could be. The chocolate is a little flaky and dry, causing waves of chocolate and coconut to crumble with each bite. The chocolate is super sugary, which overshadows the coconut. It's a great concept, though, and I think it could be such a delicious treat. Frankly, I'm still swooning over the wrapper and it's difficult to be objective. Thanks for finding this, Tara!

Score (wrapper design): 5
Score (taste): 2

Wafer Bars of Days Past:
Bingo Serenata Double (Greece) Bocadin Wafer Bar (Mexico)
Kit Kat Caramel (United States)
Kit Kat Cheesecake (Japan)
Kit Kat Chunky Mint (England)
Kit Kat Cookies & Cream (United States)
Kit Kat Milk Coffee (Japan)
Kit Kat Muscat of Alexandria (Grape)(Japan) 
Kit Kat Orange (United States)
Kit Kat Royal Milk Tea (Japan)
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)
Roshen Johnny Krocker Milk (Ukraine via Spain) 
Tiki Gold Wafer Bar (Trinidad/ Tobago)
Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Biscuit (Scotland)
Ulker Chocolate Wafer Bar (Turkey)
Ulker Cokonat (Turkey)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Slovenian Sweets: Gorenjka Kremna Rezina (Cream Cake) Chocolate Bar

There is a vanilla cream and custard cake with puff pastry base popular in Central Europe that goes by a number of names. In Slovenia it is called Kremna Rezina (Cream Cake). Slovenian candy company Gorenjka has created a candy bar in honor of the dessert. The milk chocolate is super sweet, and unfortunately the filling tastes like vaguely sour milk to my unfamiliar palate. In addition, the outer chocolate melts much faster than the filling, leading to a confusing balance of consistencies and a difficult chocolate bar to consume in general. I'd still gladly sample the original Kremna Rezina cake, though. Thanks to my Mom for bringing this home in her suitcase to sample!

Score: 2


Monday, August 17, 2015

Sumptuous Snapshot: Cupcake Counter at the Galleries Lafayette, Paris

All photos courtesy of Roberta Rothman

A big thanks to guest photographer Roberta Rothman for sharing photos of a recent visit to the Galleries Lafayette in Paris. Each miniature cake constitutes a work of art. Add these to the wish list!


Wafer Bar Throwdown Pt 9: Johnny Krocker Milk Wafer Bar


Originating from the Ukraine but distributed in Spain, Roshen's Johnny Krocker Wafer Bar takes the familiar wafer bar recipe and then mixes things up a bit. Whereas the classic wafer bar displays vanilla wafers with chocolate cream filling, the Johnny Krocker features rich chocolate wafers with milky cream frosting and it's fantastic. How have no other wafer bar brands come up with this fantastic variation? Each bite tastes like a light-as-air Oreo Cookie. There's just the right ratio of filling to cookie, too. These are great!

Score: 4

Wafer Bars of Past Days:

Bingo Serenata Double (Greece) 
Bocadin Wafer Bar (Mexico)
Kit Kat Caramel (United States)
Kit Kat Cheesecake (Japan)
Kit Kat Chunky Mint (England)
Kit Kat Cookies & Cream (United States)
Kit Kat Milk Coffee (Japan)
Kit Kat Muscat of Alexandria (Grape)(Japan) 
Kit Kat Orange (United States)
Kit Kat Royal Milk Tea (Japan)
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)
Tiki Gold Wafer Bar (Trinidad/ Tobago)
Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Biscuit (Scotland)
Ulker Chocolate Wafer Bar (Turkey)
Ulker Cokonat (Turkey)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Wish List: Pecan Pie m&m's!

photo courtesy of mars via fox43

Add this one to the wish list! I must sample these new milk chocolate Pecan Pie m&m's! Spotted over on impulsivebuy, I'm hoping these beauties will hit the shelves in my neighborhood pronto!

 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Poland's Mieszko Classic Vanilla Butter Toffee

Mieszko Classic Vanilla Butter Toffee is so rich and creamy. I wouldn't, however, classify it as a toffee, which I think of as having the fantastically difficult chewy consistency that pulls out fillings big fan!). Instead, this Polish toffee more closely resembles a dense fudge, breaking down in little sugary clumps rather than waves of butter. Still, delicious.

Score: 4

Thursday, August 13, 2015

New "Sweetly Sour" AirHeads Xtremes Rainbow Berry Bites


I don't generally revel in a sour gummy, but am completely in love with the aesthetic of these brightly colored rainbow AirHeads. They're so cheerful, brightening up any sphere they enter. The flavor isn't bad, either. As the packaging attests, these bites are "sweetly sour," rather than the "XTreme" alluded to in the name. Overall, they taste like juicy fruit punch to me, no "rainbow berries" noted.

Score (beauty): 5
Score (flavor): 3

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Twisted Treats: Trolli Evil Twins Sweet and Sour Gummies

I love a candy with a dark twist! These Trolli Evil Twin Sweet and Sour Gummies present sugar in the form of conjoined twins, one opaque and one transparent, one sweet and one sour. And they're Evil! The flavor combinations are all quite good-sweet orange with sour lime, sweet strawberry with sour blue raspberry (meh), and sweet cherry with sour lemon (delicious!). But the main thing is they are tiny evil conjoined gummy twins. I can't wait to add that into the blog's gummy index!

Score (subject): 5
Score (flavor): 3

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Leone Candy Originals since 1857


 

 

You know how restaurants often serve after-dinner mints to cleanse and refresh the palate? These mints aren't supposed to wow you or in any way overshadow the dinner- they're supposed to punctuate the end of the meal. Developed in Italy in 1857, Leone Candy Originals are the ideal form of this post-dinner finish. I tried these tiny chalk-like pellets in two flavors: orange and lemon sage. The orange is aromatic and soothing and contains that wonderful spark of orange peel. The lemon sage also contains the essence of lemon peel balanced with the warmth of sage- it somehow makes your mouth feel clean and scrubbed of whatever garlic and whatnot was consumed. They both taste like cups of herbal tea melting on your tongue. Plus there are 115 flavors to sample!! Thanks, Mom!

Score: 4