For awhile Hershey's was producing a range of limited edition flavors that were thematic by state. For instance, the "Taste of Hawaii" was Coconut Almond Kisses. I'm a bit confused by this new "Flavor of Hawaii" release of Pineapple Coconut Kisses. It's a nice surprise, but I'm unclear on how these different lines interact. The Pineapple Coconut Kisses are described as Pineapple Coconut flavored Creme. The aroma of coconut is overpowering, a direct aromatic correlation with old-time suntan lotion. It's not a bad smell but it's not that delicious, either. And it overpowers this terrific pineapple flavor that I think should be allowed to take center-stage. I think a whole new line should be built with fruit flavored "cremes" with a little burst of fruit filling in the center. Imagine that with pineapple. It could be phenomenal. Or Cherry. Or Raspberry. Just a little dollop of fruit jam in the center would put some of these fruit-flavored cremes over the top.
Score (overall): 2
Score (pineapple element): 3
Score (my idea to include a dollop of fruit jam in the center of fruit creme kisses):4
As a child of the 1980's I was conditioned to love a technicolor neon color. And I do. These Life Savers Gummies Neons capitalize on this reaction to neon colors and the flavors reflect the colors. Bold Berry, Orange Pop, Pink Punch, Cherry Lime Splash, and Electric Lemonade--they're all pretty delicious. Bold Berry I could take or leave. Pink Punch and Cherry Lime Splash are fantastic. Mostly they're just beautiful little gummy gems and they kept me entranced until the entire bag disappeared.
Just from the flavor descriptions, I knew which limited edition Snicker's I would like and which ones I wouldn't. I love a salty caramel and know it's super trendy right now and oversaturated in the market but I'm not burned out on it yet. Salty and sweet is almost invariably tasty. The Salty & Sweet "Indecisive" Snicker's includes a salted caramel flavor infused into the traditional nougat layer. I liked it a lot. Taste tester Ben proclaimed it even better than the classic Snicker's. Big Win. The Espresso "Irritable" bar was pretty tasty, too, with an espresso-flavored layer of nougat. The espresso tastes pretty artificial, and I think a milk coffee flavor might blend better with the peanuts and chocolate than a strong espresso. The bar disappeared pretty quickly, though. No one really liked the Fiery "Wimpy" bar with its hot peppery infused nougat. Ick. We're all burned out on the spicy chocolate trend and I didn't like it that much to begin with. The Espresso and Salty & Sweet Snicker's are definitely worth a try while they're on the market--a novelty worth testing. Skip the "Wimpy" bar, though.
The flavors underlying the new Sour Patch Kids Freeze Lemonade Variety Mix are great. Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Blue Raspberry Lemonade, and the best flavor of all, Cherry Lime Lemonade. The problem lies with the "freeze" element, described on the packaging as a "cooling sensation". It reminded me more of that cough drop mentholated sensation that is more medicinal than a sensory treat. Take away the "freeze" and this constitutes a delicious flavor batch. A vaguely numb tongue only detracts from experience.
Pocky, the chocolate dipped biscuit cookie, comes in myriad flavors and most of them are tasty (click here to read some past favorites). It's hard to go wrong. This Grape flavored Pocky Squeeze is a strange one--not unpleasant but odd. When you open the package the strident artificial aroma of Jolly Rancher Grape hits hard. There's no subtlety to this one (unlike my very favorites Brazilian Orange and Sicilia Lemon). The flavor of the chocolate and cookie stick, then, is another surprise--mild creamy grape. It's still artificial but the taste of the cookie doesn't at all fit the aroma that first escapes the package.
It's all about the packaging and not really about the candy with Marks & Spencer (M&S) My Little Pony Chocolate Balls as a funny cross-branding with the My Little Pony movie. That said, M&S house-brand milk chocolate isn't bad either.
I have sung the praises of a number of maple creams (otherwise called maple butters) on this sweets blog (read past reviews here). In fact, I have never encountered a maple cream I didn't thoroughly enjoy. If created correctly, from 100% pure maple syrup and nothing else, maple cream cannot possibly taste any less than delicious. That said, this Maple Butter from the local Cidrerie Verger Bilodeau on Île d'Orléans in Quebec is possibly the best maple cream I've ever tasted. The robust maple flavor sings, changing in consistency on the tongue from a thick cream back to its original syrupy form. I'll admit that most of the container was gone before the end of the first night. It's impossible to resist. Thanks to my Mom for bringing this treasure back from the land of Maple!
This 7-Select Go! Yum Peanut Butter & Jelly chocolate bar from 7-Eleven is such a fantastic concept. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are such classic treats, and chocolate is a natural element to add in. The unexpected thing about this Go! Yum bar is that the peanut butter is folded into the chocolate rather than its own component. That could be delicious but in this case the flavor just isn't quite right, just a little bit off. The liquid raspberry jelly is terrific. If 7 Select just tweaks the recipe then this bar will be fantastic.