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!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Sugar and Booze Part 5: Project 7 Sparkling Mimosa Gourmet Gummies

This new trend of mixing up cocktail flavored candies just keeps on producing. One of the companies that's exploring the most unique flavors is Project 7 (you can read reviews of their other booze flavored gummies below). These new Sparkling Mimosa flavored gummies are a bit of a disappointment compared with the rest of the line. I would think that mixing classic orange with the new champagne flavoring would create a refreshing combination in gummy form. Unfortunately, the overall effect is artificial "citrus". It's not like it tastes bad, it just doesn't reflect the name. Not the finest offering, but I'll still be looking forward to tasting whatever new flavor Project 7 releases next.

Score (flavor): 3
Score (accuracy of description): 2

Cocktail Flavored Candies

Project 7 Champagne Dreams Gummy Bears
Project 7 Champagne Dreams Gourmet Gum
Project 7 Old Fashioned (the Cocktail) Gummy Bears
Jelly Belly Bubbly Champagne Jellybeans
Jelly Belly Draft Beer Jellybeans
Jelly Belly Cocktail Classics

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Gummy Snapshot: eFrutti Gummy Cupcakes

More gummy innovation from eFrutti with pineapple, strawberry, and banana flavored gummi cupcakes. They're not tasty. Especially the banana one. 
That's secondary, though, to the appealing presentation.