Wednesday, May 23, 2018

M&S Foam Lobsters

These raspberry and banana flavored Foam Lobsters by British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) are strangely compelling. Their structured sugar foam consistency instantly breaks down into flavored sugar granules on the tongue, almost like a condensed chunk of cotton candy. They're super sweet and incredibly artificial but they're also fun, not to mention awfully cute. A special lobster shout-out to my friend, Tara!

Score: 3

Monday, May 21, 2018

Travel Snapshot: Chocolate de la Villa Real, Oaxaca, Mexico

It's so exciting when friends go traveling and bring back far-reaching flavors. Thanks to Ben, I have an infusion of one of my favorite flavors in the world, traditional hot cocoa from Oaxaca, Mexico. There's nothing quite like it--simple ground cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla bean, ground almonds ground into a paste and modeled into round tablets. You melt a tablet into warming milk, and then then blend the concoction with a whisk or in a blender to create a vaguely spicy, flavorful and frothing traditional treat. This is an especially good batch from one of the best purveyors in the city, Chocolate de la Villa Real. I can't stop whipping up comforting mugs of the stuff and each sip transports me straight back to the Zocalo. Thanks, Ben!

Friday, May 18, 2018

French Licorice: Haribo Car en Sac

Imagine classic licorice Good n Plenty candies. This time, though, picture the shells more colorful and a little crispier, and the licorice more robust in flavor, all shrunk to a smaller size. You're picturing Haribo Car en Sac, a product from France. I enjoy Good n Plenty but I love Car en Sac and wish more distributors in NYC carried these small bags. As the motto says, "Haribo, c'est beau la vie".

Score: 4

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Gummy Snapshot: 7 Select Tropical Fruity Flames Gummi Candy

The motto of Tropical Fruity Flames Gummi Candy is "sweet with a little heat." If you go in for that sort of thing--spice--with your sweets this could be a favorite. I don't mess with that kind of thing--all sweet for me, maybe a little sour. That said, these were at the top end of the candies I've experienced that blend sweet and spicy--a trend that only seems to be building steam. The flavors are sweet and you don't notice that tingling sensation of pepper on the tongue until after the fruit flavor starts to dissipate. That said, my tongue was mildly burning for about a minute after consuming the gummy.

Score (layering sensations): 3+
Score (personal bias against spicy candies): 2

Friday, May 11, 2018

Spring Plum Blossoms: Lotte Koume Chan Plum Hard Candies

(Could a reader let me know what this translates to?)

Japanese candy company Lotte is so good at producing creative and alluring packaging. The wrapper art, featuring the candy's title character Koume-chan, is so beautiful and elegant. The boiled sour plum candies are also exquisite, a perfect blend of sour plum with a hint of sugar. Each deep red jewel comes individually wrapped. Within each bag, also, comes one larger candy, identical to the others in all ways except in size. I'm not quite sure why. I hope to keep these on hand at home as they're a perfect after-dinner sweet.

Score (packaging): 5
Score (highest score ever given to a hard candy on obsessivesweets): 4

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Novelty Candy Snapshot: Green Apple Ka-Pow KaDunks

No it's doesn't taste good (what would you expect?), but the visuals of KaDunks in Green Apple Ka-Power flavor are unbelievable! I could almost swear that the green ooze glows....

Monday, May 7, 2018

Forto Coffee Shot Energy to Go with Hershey's Chocolate

A match made in heaven! One smooth Forto Coffee shot mixed with classic Hershey's Syrup. It's great cross-branding and a perfectly balanced flavor. The only problem: it's so tasty you might end up over-caffeinated by consuming too many!

Score: 4

Friday, May 4, 2018

New Orange and Mango Hi-Chew Bites

Hi-Chews are classic fruity chewy candies from Japan, somewhat like Starburst. These Hi-Chew bites break down the original size into poppable balls. They're light, easy to chew, and vividly flavored. Both the Mango and Orange are powerful yummy flavors that taste refreshing rather than overwhelming. I'm looking forward to tasting more flavors in the Hi-CHew Bites line!

Score: 4

Monday, April 30, 2018

Welcome, Spring, and Thank You, Mister Softee

Ode to a Cone. 
Nothing spells Spring like that first (cherry-dipped) Mister Softee soft-serve ice cream of the season. 
I look forward to so many more in ensuing months. 
That Mister Softee jingle sounds its lorelei siren song and I come running!