Monday, May 1, 2017

New Caramel m&m's

These new Caramel m&m's are a little bit disappointing. Or perhaps I was too excited about them--the anticipation was too high. I love caramel and I love m&m's and the combo seems like a natural fit. There's something a little bland about them, though, The crunch of the m&m shell offsets the soft caramel center nicely, and the thin layer of milk chocolate surrounding the caramel center makes the bite extra rich and creamy. There's nothing to complain about. But they were missing some central ingredient. Maybe the caramel needs to be more flavorful, more buttery? Or maybe there needs to be a little bite or bitterness to the very sweet bite? Maybe the caramel needs to be firmer? I can't put my finger on it. Also, these Caramel m&m's need their own special color combination like every other new line. That's part of the appeal of these new flavor varieties--the color scheme matters. I could happily eat a full bag of these new Caramel m&m's, but would most likely opt for a traditional bag of chocolate-based m&m's.

Score (overall):3
Score (potential): 4

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Edible Art: Rainbow Bagel from The Bagel Store

I've written about the ingenuity in both aesthetics and flavor going on at The Bagel Store in Brooklyn. Breaking into a rainbow bagel yields the most unexpected color combinations, all entirely beguiling. These rainbow bagels are a bit sweeter than a classic bagel, and thus pair well with sweet cream cheeses like cannoli cream cheese or funfetti cream cheese. In combination, this is one of the most enticing dessert treats out there.

To read past admiring blog posts about The Bagel Store, click here.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Trolli Sour Brite Dip'n Crawlers

Trolli Sour Brite Dip'n Crawlers are grotesque in all the best ways. They are garish and rely on the idea of eating worms dipped in dirt and yet actually manage to pull off "cute". They're fun and tasty and super sour. Often novelty "concept" candies don't taste very good, but these Trolli Sour Brite Dip'n Crawlers are as tasty as they are fun.

Score: 4

Friday, April 21, 2017

Limited Edition Milky Way Marshmallow Caramel Minis

The name of the new limited edition Milky Way Marshmallow Caramel Minis is somewhat misleading. The ostensible layer of "marshmallow" more closely resembles a nice vanilla-flavored nougat. Which is to say that this version of Milky Way is basically vanilla-infused Milky Way, with the same double layer of fluffy nougat and caramel, this time with vanilla added. This isn't a complaint, though. These Milky Ways are really good. The vanilla complements and blends with the caramel really nicely, and the one-bite mini tastes so flavorful yet light-as-air. These limited edition minis are definitely worth a try!

Score (descriptive accuracy): 2
Score (actual taste): 4

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Candy Crafts Snapshot: Candy Sushi

(Image courtesy of obsessivesweets readers Kara, Mark, Conor and Ronan)

Clever and colorful candy crafting inspiration for your next gathering! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Bazooka Strawberry Cajillions

Cajillions, distributed by Bazooka, may be defined as a cascade of tiny balls of strawberry-flavored foam. They resist chewing, but eventually disintegrate on the tongue. These aerated bits resist categorization as food for consumption. Although the packaging is fun, don't expose your palate to Cajillions.

Score: 1 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter! (With Gummy Carrots!)

(Gummy carrots purchased in Bulk Candy area of Dylan's Candy Bar, Union Square, New York)

The cascade of Easter Candy has reached its apex. Wishing you a happy Easter!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Peeps Delights Coconut Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate

Ooh, I had no idea that coconut and marshmallow create such a lovely combination, especially when accentuated with dark chocolate. These Peeps Delights with Coconut Marshmallow chicks dipped in Dark Chocolate are some of the tastiest of the vast Peeps line. The coconut flavor is mellow and doesn't have that artificial sunscreen essence and the dark chocolate off-sets the flavor perfectly. Taste tester Ben agrees that these constitute essential Peeps for the canon.

Score: 4

Peeps Reviews Past (click each name to link to review):
Flavored Peeps
Apple Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Caramel Fudge  

Blueberry Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Fudge
Blue Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow
Bubble Gum Flavored Marshmallow
Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow
Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate  
Candy Corn Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Chocolate
Cherry Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate 
Cherry Flavored Marshmallow Drizzled in Dark Chocolate
Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow
Gingerbread Flavored Marshmallow
Hot Cocoa and Cream Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Chocolate
Lemonade Flavored Marshmallow 
Lemon Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Lemon Fudge 
Maple Brown Sugar Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Fudge 
Mint Flavored Marshmallow Covered in Milk Chocolate
Orange Creme Flavored Marshmallow 
Orange Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Orange Fudge
Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow 
Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow Covered in Milk Chocolate 
Red Velvet Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Chocolate
Sour Cherry Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Lime Fudge
Strawberry Creme Flavored Marshmallow
Strawberry Creme Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Milk Chocolate 
Strawberry Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Flavored Fudge 
Strawberry Flavored Marshmallow
Sugar Cookie Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Milk Chocolate
Vanilla Creme Flavored Marshmallow

Traditional Peeps
Peeps Bunnies
Peeps Chicks (Blue)
Peeps Chicks (Green)
Peeps Christmas Trees
Peeps Easter Eggs
Peeps Ghosts 
Peeps Hearts
Peeps Minions
Peeps Monsters
Peeps Pumpkins
Peeps Snowmen
Peeps Tombstones 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Lindt Lindor Coconut Chocolate Truffle Eggs

Lindt Lindor Coconut Chocolate Truffle Eggs pack a powerful flavor punch. The coconut cream center of each bite-sized egg is dense and smooth and melty. It does have that artificial coconut essence that many coconut candies fall prey to, but it's quite good nonetheless. There are other truffle flavors that Lindt does so incredibly well, I probably wouldn't waste my calories on these Coconut Truffle Eggs again, but for anyone that's wild for coconut, these are worth a taste.

Score: 3

Cadbury Chocolate Crunch and Creme Mini Easter Eggs

Cadbury Mini Eggs of both the classic milk chocolate and newer royal dark chocolate varieties constitute two of the best offerings in the Easter Candy aisle, hands down (read reviews here). The Chocolate Crunch and Creme variety, though, are a little lackluster comparatively. The white chocolate is awfully sweet, and not nearly as rich and decadent as the others, and the chocolate cookie crunch is nice but not very flavorful and overshadowed in crunch by the candy shell. They're fine. They're tasty. However, they are not of the same amazing level of deliciousness as the other Cadbury Mini Egg offerings.

Score: 3