Friday, June 14, 2019

U-Crew Thai Creamery & Tea, Corona, Queens

I randomly stopped into a bubble tea place on lunch break the other day and while ordering my attention was arrested by what appeared to be a very realistic tiny stuffed animal dog toy by the register. As a fan of pups (understatement) I reached out to touch its soft artificial fur and stopped short. Why was it frosty? Why was the clerk reaching to stop my hand? As the tiny dog's "blanket" suggested, this dog is "delicious food," chocolate mouse ice cream, in fact. It's incredible! As yet I remain the same person who used to cry when ice sculptures of animals melted so this also makes me a little bit queasy. It's too real. Uncanny valley. I'm in awe of this feat of ice cream art but couldn't bring myself to take a spoon to that wrinkled face. I'm curious to see what other ice cream creations U-Crew dreams up.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Fantasy Gummies from 7-Eleven: Rainbows, Unicorns and Mermaids

I don't mean to be critical but I don't think this set is very cohesive--the unicorn and mermaid make sense in a fantasy gummy set but am I wrong or are rainbows for real? That's no fantasy--that's a wonderful reality! While I'm on it, there mermaids are super cute but the unicorn shapes are a little confusing. The flavors Rainbow Sherbet and Starfruit are delicious! I would never have identified either flavor but they're tasty nonetheless. Cotton Candy is meh. Overall, worth a taste, but definitely not one of the strongest in 7-Eleven's 7-Select gummy line.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Chocolate Rocks: Shirakiku Stone Shaped Chocolate

I was in it from the beginning for the packaging--it had me at Hello!! The Shirakiku brand stone shaped chocolate are really aesthetically pleasing, too. Interspersing rough and smooth stones in subdued hues, they're some of the best looking versions of the classic candy that I've encountered. Buyer be aware, though, that this is mockolate and not chocolate. If you enjoy Sixlets (which I do), then you will like these crunchy chocolate-y sweet treats. But m&m's these are not. A great novelty candy but it would be far more delicious with real milk chocolate.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Flavor Vote: Thai Coconut Peanut m&m's

For an entirely new flavor, try out Thai Coconut Peanut m&m's. I'm not sure they agreed with my sensibilities of delicious, but they're something different from the rest of the vast m&m's line. The coconut and peanut make a robust flavor combination, with a lot of savory mixed with the sweet. I'd be curious to see people's reactions to these. 

As for the flavor vote: British Toffee has my heart!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Coffee & Cocoa Pocky

Someday I will boast that I have tried every flavor of Pocky. This dream, however, is far off because there are so many varieties of the brand's cookies dipped in chocolate. This one, the Coffee & Cocoa flavor, is meant to resemble the flavor of a Tiramisu. A chocolate biscuit is dipped in a deep coffee flavored chocolate and the combination is terrific. It's part of a 3-box series depicting schoolgirls.
The most info I could find online is that the set commemorates the end of the Heisei era in Japan. If any readers know more about the set, please let me know!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Ice Cream Season: Carrot Cake Soft Serve at Mr Dips, Brooklyn

Ice cream season is upon us and I'm already celebrating big! Repeated visits have already occurred to the local Mr. Dips, an airstream trailer in an oasis of green hidden above the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn. The carrot cake soft serve, pictured here, is so worth the trip. My wedding cake was carrot cake and to me this is a sublime and romantic flavor and this soft serve captures it perfectly. It tastes natural, a mellow carrot with just the right combination of spices and a hint of cream cheese. I keep wandering over with the intention of trying other flavors but just keep going back to the carrot cake. Definitely a new local favorite.

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)