Friday, November 16, 2018

Mighty Fine Dark Chocolate Honeycomb Bar

Honeycomb candy is a personal favorite--I love the rigid crystaline structure that deconstructs on the tongue. The Mighty Fine Dark Chocolate Honeycomb Bar, from England, is not one of the better honeycomb candies I have encountered. Unfortunately, the crystals had toughened and bound together in spots, creating more of a hard toffee consistency. Honeycomb candy must be light-as-air. The dark chocolate separated easily from the honeycomb rather than combining cohesively. It wasn't bad, but sadly this bar just inspired me to find other finer options out there.

Score: 2

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Lindt Lindor Fudge Swirl Milk Chocolate Truffles

I have officially never met a Lindt Truffle that I didn't like. I love the way the shell gives way to the molten truffle center in any flavor. The new Fudge Swirl Milk Chocolate Truffle maintains these excellent qualities. It's not one of my favorites, though. The milk chocolate shell supports a thin layer of white chocolate truffle which in turn supports a central ball of milk chocolate truffle. Milk chocolate mixed with white chocolate is so very sweet. It's tasty, but the sweetness overwhelms the creaminess. I prefer the pure milk chocolate truffle.

Score (it's a Lindt truffle): 4
Score (within the scale of Lindt flavors): 3

Friday, November 9, 2018

Meiji Takenoko No Sato Cookie & Vanilla Bites

Sometimes it's difficult to discern whether a sweet treat should be counted as a candy or a cookie. Japanese sweets company Meiji has produced a perfect example of this undefinable sweet, Takenoko No Sato Cookie & Vanilla. They're small cones of Oreo-cookie like biscuits dipped and then molded in a thick layer of vanilla icing dusted with cocoa. The packaging is fun and colorful and these sweet crunchy bites are such a tasty satisfying treat. The biscuit leans away from sweet in order to counterbalance the icing. Luckily, these are packaged in a reasonable serving size so that you don't end up eating too many--really the perfect size to share with a friend.

Score: 3

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Brown Sugar and Cream: Japan's Uha Cucu Black Milk Candies

Japanese milk candies are usually somewhat lost on my taste-buds. I see the appeal of the creaminess without so much sugar, but they are just a little too bland for much appeal. Uha brand Cucu Black Milk candies, though, are fantastic and really addictive. You have the basic creamy milk hard candy swirled with a brown sugar swirl that tastes almost like molasses. There's a beautiful richness to the flavor that blends so well with the mild cream. They also come individually wrapped in packaging decorated with a sweet dog whose body is comprised of three cucu cubes. I hope I can find the other flavors of Cucu cubes.

Score (compared to other milk candies): 5
Score (overall): 4
Score (brown sugar / molasses anything): 5

Monday, November 5, 2018

Classic Fruit Jellies: Chuckles

I recently posted about the fantastic return of Sunkist Fruit Gems, one of the most vibrant sugar memories of my youth. It made me realize that to be fair, though, the other beloved fruit jelly of my childhood--the one that never went away--deserves a shout-out, too. Hi, Chuckles! You are a beautiful classic constant of the candy aisle, without the need to sway with marketing trends, the same pleasing packaging and flavors throughout history. Chuckles are substantive jellies, perhaps not the flashiest but always delicious and reminiscent of a time when the candy aisle offered far fewer options. The only reason I prefer Sunkist Fruit Gems to Chuckles is the highly personal matter of the licorice flavored jelly. I just don't like it--never have and never will. Thank goodness my Mother does, as she has been the recipient of a large number of leftover licorice Chuckles through the years. But I spoke recently to both my Mother and work colleague Greg, and they both feel a deep affinity with the licorice Chuckle, so it's a subjective matter.

Score (long live Chuckles): 5
Score (licorice flavor): (biased) 1
Score (overall): 4

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

A Happy and Sugar-Filled Halloween!

Wishing all sugar devotees a happy and sweets-filled Halloween holiday! 
Enjoy the one day a year it's acceptable to ask strangers for free candy!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Candy Corn in Many Forms: White Candy Corn m&m's

This review was originally published on obsessivesweets September 12, 2012. The opinions still stand, but now represented with far better accompanying photos. 

I'm so excited to have found these limited edition White Chocolate Candy Corn m&m's at my local Target. They were released last year at the same time, but I was never able to track them down (click to read my wishlist preview from last year). I approached them with a mix of excitement and wariness as I can eat pounds of candy corn in one sitting, but white chocolate products do not tend to be favorites. These are basically larger-than-regular m&m's in a candy corn white, yellow, and orange color profile, filled with white chocolate. The bad surprise: I really didn't taste that unique candy corn flavor in there. In the first few I ate, there was an underlying candy corn moment. By the 4th m&m, all I could taste was the white chocolate. That said, the nice surprise is that this is really appealing white chocolate, very soft and melty and not at all waxy, as white chocolate can be. It's a little like eating a ball of sweet white frosting encased in a crunchy shell. Good! Super sweet! Perhaps a little too intensely sweet. Perfect for consuming a handful but I would be hard-pressed to finish a whole box (unlike with regular or peanut butter m&m's).

Score: 3

Friday, October 26, 2018

Swooning: The New York Times Devoted This Week's Magazine to Candy

image courtesy of the new york times

A life-long devotee of The New York Times, my favorite portion each week is the weekend Magazine. The photos are printed beautifully on glossy paper; the subjects are explored in-depth and along a theme. (I even had the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of being part of a NY Times Magazine special insert earlier this year, having to do with historic photos and not candy, though). This week's NY Times Magazine is entirely devoted to candy. You should go read every single page and enjoy every single photo. It's beautiful from beginning to end. There's a fantastic article on the Kit Kat craze in Japan. There's another one on the Colombina Sweets Factory. It's all a great read. 

The coolest article of all names 33 unique sweets from across the world. The list left me tantalized. There are so many yet to find. And yet I was also proud, because at this point I have been able to taste-test an enviable number of those sweets due to Check out the array!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Lotte Pikachu Grape Gummies

I'll check out any Pokemon candy tie-in, especially one featuring Pikachu. This Lotte Pikachu Grape Gummies, however, are a disappointment. Yes, the wrapper is fun and flashy. The gummies, though, are bland. It is kind of funny how some Pikachus are frowning and some are smiling, but the shapes aren't very innovative and the flavor is not appealing at all. There are plenty of other great Lotte products to opt for instead.

Score: 2

Monday, October 22, 2018

Sour Dusted Candy Corn: Sour Patch Kids Candy Corn

I never would have guessed--grape and orange flavored candy corns are tasty! And pleasingly pretty! As a candy corn traditionalist, it's a surprising treat to enjoy such an exotic candy corn flavor. The sour dusting of sugar, though, just doesn't cohere to candy corn surface. Unlike the gummies of original Sour Patch Kids, that provide a malleable surface for which the sour sugar to cling, you end up with a big mess of loose sugar with these. Why not just have some sour orange and grape candy corns and lose the sour sugar entirely?

Score (surprisingly good candy corn flavors): 4
Score (messy dusting of sour sugar): 2
Score (overall): 3