Friday, July 19, 2019

Ricolino Mint Chocoretas


Every visit to Mexico presents an opportunity to dig into all kinds of new candies. There's one mass-market candy, though, that I grab a bunch of every single time--Ricolino Mint Chocoretas. They consist of mockolate, not chocolate--an automatic no for some. They're quite a bit like Sixlets (also mockolate), in size and sugar shell. Unlike Sixlets, though, I love them. They have a thick sugar shell that presents a substantial crunch--thicker than an m&m shell. The mockolate inside is infused with a strident crisp mint, strong as a Junior Mint all wrapped up in that small mockolate ball. Between the crunchy shell and strong mint, with a little chocolate flavor thrown in, I easily consume these by the handful and bags disappear alarmingly fast. I really wish some stores in NYC sold these--I see other Ricolino candy products but never my Mint Chocoretas!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Detectve Pikachu Movie Tie-In: Snubbull Roaring Raspberry Pink Confection Bar


I didn't amp up the color on those photos. That is the true color of the Roaring Raspberry Pink Confection that constitutes the Snubbull Bar for the Detective Pikachu movie tie-in with 7-Eleven's 7-Select candy bars. I'm into the color for the shock value, and the tiny crunchy purple sugar crystals add something nice to the bite. The flavor of the non-chocolate is hard to put one's finger on--one would be hard-pressed to guess raspberry. Maybe it was the suggestive color, or maybe it was the vaguely waxy texture, but the Snubbull Roaring Raspberry Pink Confection bar most reminded me of those old fashioned Mother's Circus Cookies, or at least their frosting. Which I love. So no complaints. If you don't enjoy artificial flavors, skip these. If the circus cookies pictured below appeal, check out one of these Snubbell bars.

Image of Mother's Circus Cookies via Dessert First Girl



Friday, July 12, 2019

New Chocolove xoxox Caramel Almonds Nougat and Dark Chocolate Bars


It's a little bit strange that the fantastic Chocolove xoxox brand doesn't seem to name its candy bars, only the components. I don't mind--it just doesn't trip off the tongue like "Snickers". No matter. The new Caramel Almonds Nougat Dark Chocolate is so uniquely delicious. The nougat is my favorite part--light-as-air. The layer of crushed almonds and caramel is dense and chewy and sweet, heavy on the almonds. The dark chocolate brings the note of bitter needed to round off the sweet bite. I can't recommend it enough. Yet again, Chocolove xoxox achieves perfection.




Monday, July 8, 2019

Ulker Cikolata: Milk Chocolate with Pistachios

Ulker milk chocolate, hailing from Turkey, constitutes some of my favorite mass-marketed milk chocolate--maybe in a tie with Cadbury. It's a milker chocolate than Hershey's or Nestle. Blend in a handful of soulful pistachios and you couldn't ask for more in a chocolate bar. Pistachios are so underutilized in candy. They're too subtle and mellow to stand up to a strong chocolate flavor, but I love their flavor combination. This bar is a perfect example of how pistachios elevate chocolate as compared to peanuts or almonds. I'm also a proponent of sunflower seeds and chocolate, but that's for a later review. If you can get your hands on an Ulker Cikolata bar, buy two!

Score: 4

Friday, July 5, 2019

Cookie Dough Red Velvet Cupcake Bites

Why are these Cookie Dough Red Velvet Cupcake Bites so compulsively delicious? I couldn't offer a reasonable explanation. The candies consist of tiny vanilla cake bites with the consistency half-way between cake and cake dough surrounded by bright red (super-staining--both on the hands, mouth, and nearby clothing) cocoa flavored "frosting". It's all so artificial and yet each bite begs for the next--each morsel instantly transforms from solid to melty on the tongue. The flavor is buttery and rich and so sweet it made my teeth ache. I finished off the box in no time and have found myself thinking about obtaining more. Thanks, Ben!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Haribo Sour Cubes


Haribo Sour Cubes come in array of unique and new fruity flavors such as Sour Blood Orange, Sour Dragonfruit, Sour Passionfruit, Sour Gooseberry, Sour Plum, and Sour Mango. Most of them are unrecognizable except for the exceptional Sour Blood Orange and Sour Passionfruit. The Sour Plum and Sour Gooseberry are tasty if not identifiable. Although I liked the fruit jelly/ gummy cubes, I can't report that they were all that sour. The dusting of sugar does have a zing, but it's more of a suggestion of sour than a statement of such.



Friday, June 28, 2019

Stop the Presses: Reese's Peanut Butter Lovers Peanut Butter Cups


It took me three tries to get these babies in front of the camera. This is because every package of Reese's Peanut Butter Lovers Peanut Butter Cups that I purchase is immediately devoured. By me. I really did not believe that anything could truly rival the classic Reese's but these do. They're not all that different than your typical cup except that the top of the cup is comprised of a layer of thicker peanut butter rather than the usual chocolate topper. It works. It's fantastic. The ones pictured here were eaten seconds after the photograph was taken. Buy some now while they're on the market!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Gamer Gummies in "Energy Drink" Flavors



Could a reader please help me identify the "energy drink" flavors in 7-Eleven's Gamer Gummies? 7-Select has offered far more identifiable and pleasing gummy lines in the past. I'm pro-gaming in general and like the little controller gummy shapes--but the gendered boy head and yellow can of energy drink just leave a bad taste in my mouth both literally and figuratively. A gamer line could have included so many more whimsical and imaginative shapes!


Friday, June 21, 2019

Swedish Fish Tails - 2 Flavors in 1


Classic Red Swedish Fish remain ever the best gummy on the market. It's hard to compete with perfection. These Swedish Fish Tails, though, are a fun twist on the original. Each fish blends two flavors, one on the head and one on the tail. Special shout-out to tasty Strawberry and Pineapple in the line-up. I could do without the Mango and Watermelon--those halves were left bitten in the bag.

Monday, June 17, 2019

De la Rosa Pulparin Dots





I love the classic de la Rosa Mazapan (peanut candy marzipan style) so much. It's the ideal sweet bite to keep me going. So on a recent visit to Mexico I was excited to try the company's Pulparin Dots. Tamarind pulp with salt and chili space encased in a sugar shell. Tamarind is a good flavor but the chili and salt were overpowering. It was just a vaguely organic tasting spice bomb in my mouth--with a crunchy shell. I'd like someone else's perspective--someone who loves the mix of sweet and spice, maybe someone who has tasted a number of tamarind-based candies. I think there's more context needed here.