Monday, February 27, 2017

Easter Bunnies Enjoy Hershey's Carrot Cake Kisses

Carrot Cake spells romance to me. The decadent cream cheese frosting mixing with earthy spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. It's simply the best cake out there. It was my wedding cake. It is beloved. All of this is to say that I was so utterly excited to try Hershey's Carrot Cake Kisses for Easter. They're mostly a success. I love the rich cream cheese element in the center of the Kiss. The rich nutmeg and cinnamon come through the orange casing, mixing nicely with the center. The essence of both carrot and cake are missing, though, replaced with a sweeter fruitier simulacrum that tastes quite artificial. I asked taste-tester Mark to name the flavor in a blind taste-test and he guessed Pumpkin Spice. He also is enormously fond of Carrot Cake, so he was disappointed that although the flavor is tasty, it misses the mark with accuracy. I'll still devour the entire bag.

Score (concept): 5
Score (flavor accuracy): 3

Friday, February 24, 2017

Milka Oreo Bar

The Milka Oreo bar is such a smart idea. Suspend chocolate cookie chunks in a vanilla cream filling that mimics the filling of an Oreo cookie. Wrap up the whole thing in milk chocolate, and it's a clever reinterpretation of the classic cookie. That said, the balance feels a little off. The vanilla cream is so very sweet, obscuring flavor for sugar. I'd love to see an updated version with a new cream filling that more closely resembles the mellow cream of a real Oreo.

Score: (concept) 4
Score: (actual flavor) 2

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lotte Fit's Peach Yogurt Sugarfree Gum

Fit's sugar-free gum by Japanese candy company, Lotte, comes in a cool variety of unique flavors. This Peach Yogurt flavor, though, is unnerving in gum form. The peach flavor is quite fresh and I like the tang of the creamy yogurt flavor added in, but somehow the two tastes combined become muddled or muted. Chewing on gum and tasting yogurt is a little bit off-putting to my taste-buds. I'd urge Lotte to produce a pure Peach sugar-free gum, which I bet would be scrumptious!

Score: 2

Monday, February 20, 2017

Easter Already? Dove Peanut Butter Easter Egg

Valentine's Day is a candy-heavy holiday, and just as we're nursing our collective sugar hangovers, the Easter holiday candy appears in the candy aisle. It's too soon. Easter is two months away and I understand that the candy companies want to maximize the time this seasonal candy is available but this does really feel too early.

That said, if I must be confronted with Easter candy already, I'm glad it's the Dove Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Egg. So delicious. A relatively thin casing of Dove milk chocolate envelops dense smooth peanut butter that instantly melts in the mouth. I think a dark chocolate version might offset some of the sweetness nicely, but this milk chocolate version still constitutes one of the best chocolate-peanut butter mashups out there. 

Score: 4

Friday, February 17, 2017

Slush Puppie Dip-n-Lik Popping Candy

Is Slush Puppie Dip-N-Lik Popping Candy a clever brand-expanding novelty candy? Certainly. It takes an iconic brand associated with sweet treats and builds a candy line along the same flavors.

Is the popping candy delicious? No. The flavors simply aren't that appealing. And this is coming from a fan of Slush Puppies. There are far better popping candies on the market (such as Pop Rocks or Crack-Ups).

Score: 2

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Try a Red Velvet Kit Kat for Valentine's Day

These Valentine's Day Red Velvet Kit Kats are so addictive. The mild chocolate flavor, combining milk and white chocolate, is an accurate representation of Red Velvet. It's subtle yet compelling. I found myself eating so many of these individually wrapped goodies in a sitting, I gave the rest of the bag away in order to spread the love. Highly recommended, especially before they disappear off the market with the rest of the Valentine's Day candy.

Score: 4

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)
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)

Sweets for Your Valentine Sweetie: White Cookie Cupcake Hershey's Kisses

There's a lot happening in the White Cookie Cupcake Hershey's Kisses, released on the market in time for Valentine's Day. Is it White Cookie? Is it Cupcake? It's neither, but it's good. These White Chocolate Hershey's Kisses are infused with that heavy Vanilla Cake Batter flavor that very much mimics the taste of a Vanilla Cupcake. Then you have pink vanilla cookie bits suspended throughout. Cupcakes don't have crunch. White Cookies (so-called) are rarely Pink in color. It's all a little confusing thematically, but I do like the addition of a little bit of crunch in the mix, not to mention flashes of festive Valentine-y pink. They are awfully sweet, so it's difficult to imbibe more than a couple at a time, but each bite is super tasty.

Score (confused flavor theme): 2
Score (taste): 4
Score (overall): 3

Friday, February 10, 2017

Lindt Lindor Valentine's Day Strawberries and Cream White Chocolate Truffle

The truffle filling within the Valentine's Day themed Lindt Lindor Strawberries and Cream White Chocolate Truffle is beautifully weightless, so light as it melts on the tongue. The strawberry flavoring lacks that artificial taste that plagues so many strawberry candies and comes close to resembling the real thing. I love that truffle filling. Unfortunately, when combined with the strawberry-infused white chocolate shell it all becomes too sweet, too murky with white chocolate and cream. I feel like a dark chocolate shell would off-set that delightful truffle filling better. I dream of that combination.

Score: 4

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Ghirardelli Valentines Dark Chocolate Strawberry Squares

Ghirardelli has been distributing fruit-filled chocolate squares for awhile now. I tried the Blueberry Squares and was in love (read here). I also tasted the Raspberry Squares and they were so good that I consumed them too quickly to photograph or review. The new Valentines Dark Chocolate Strawberry Squares rate just as high as the other two, a real triumph of berry filling. This strawberry filling is truly "jammy," with a thick consistency and natural flavor. I love that Ghirardelli paired it with Dark Chocolate, as many chocolate companies seem to believe that Strawberry and Milk Chocolate should be the predominate pairing. That's usually too sweet, though. The delicate square barely contains the strawberry jam and it seems like a miracle that they don't all get smashed and oozy in transit. But every single one of mine remained intact. These beauties are well worth a taste!

Score: 4