Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter, Candy Lovers!

(Haribo Happy Hoppers)

Wishing you all overflowing Easter baskets with all the good sweets!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Gummy Snapshot: E Wedel Jelly Turtles

 These E Wedel fruit jellies from Poland are so tasty! I knew they were awfully cute gummies but didn't have especially high expectations. Called Zelki Nadziewane z musem owocowym, this apparently roughly translates to fruit jellies with mousse. The mousse element constitutes the softer foamy vanilla base to each gummy turtle. The shells are flavored orange, lemon, and raspberry, all sharp good flavors that blend well with the creamy bottom layer.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Momiji Monju KitKat

I've never heard of Japanese sweet Momiji Monju, a traditional treat originating from the island of Itsukushima in Hiroshima. It's shaped like a beautiful Japanese maple leaf, a sweet cake comprised of buckwheat and rice and filled with sweet red bean paste. It sounds delicious and I'd love to try one. I'm not sure how reminiscent the candy bar is of the original sweet. I could taste the flavor of red bean paste mixed in with the white chocolate, which was tasty, and would like to read a review from someone who is well-versed in traditional Mimiji Monju. Fun to eat!

Score: 3

Friday, April 12, 2019

Peeps Pancakes & Syrup

Easter is Peeps season and I love this Spring's new Pancakes & Maple Syrup Chicks! The aroma exactly matches that of warm artificial maple syrup and there's an undercurrent of muffin or pancake underlying the maple to balance it out a little. The key is that although the aroma is strong, the flavor is subtle and soft, not overpowering. I really enjoyed this new flavor and hope we'll see it in future holiday seasons. 

Score: 3

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
Coconut Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate
Fruit Punch 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 
Lemon Sherbet Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Fudge
Maple Brown Sugar Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Fudge 
Mint Flavored Marshmallow covered in Milk Chocolate
Neapolitan Filled Delights 
Orange Creme Flavored Marshmallow 
Orange Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Orange Fudge
Orange Sherbet Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Flavored Fudge
Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow 
Peppermint Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate
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 Spooky Cats
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 

Monday, April 8, 2019

Cella's Cherry Dips

You know that utterly unique flavor of a classic Cella's chocolate covered cherry? (Since 1864!) That amazingly thin yet sturdy outer dark chocolate shell, the candied chewy cherry at the center floating in that fantastic dripping cherry liquid. I've never tasted that flavor in any other chocolate covered cherry experience. Now Cella's has created a less messy version, Cella's Cherry Dips--basically the bonbon without the liquid. And yet that great cherry liquid flavor is infused into the candied cherry. I miss the pop of juice a bit, but this is still a great mouthful and far easier to carry around in one's bag.

Score: 4

Thursday, April 4, 2019

White Chocolate Marshmallow m&m's

I love to try any new flavor variety of m&m's that are released into the market. Especially ones with a beautiful color scheme--nothing uplifts the heart quite like a mix of candy in super-saturated and complimentary colors. These white chocolate marshmallow m&m's for Spring and/or Easter are such a tempting color mix, balancing a pale ballerina pink that verges on tan with vivid aqua, with flashes of startling white. Unfortunately the marshmallow flavoring is simply drowned out by the super sweet white chocolate. There's a bit of an essence of marshmallow but only if you're looking for it. They're not bad, but they're basically White Chocolate m&m's in new colors of sugar shells. 

Score (flavor):2
Score (pretty): 4

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Donan Hokkaido Butter Caramel

Really take a look at that mascot on the Donan Hokkaido Butter Caramel packaging. It's a pat of butter playing baseball! This is one of the most wonderful whimsical candy packages I've encountered, utterly charmed. The artificial butter flavor in these caramels, though, is way too much for my taste. The aroma hits your nose hard (hmm, like a pat of butter playing baseball...I see...) and the taste overwhelms the caramel. Not sumptuous buttery caramel, artificial vaguely floral butter flavoring. One was plenty for me.

Score (Packaging): 5
Score (Candy): 2

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Cadbury Crunchie - For the Love of Honeycomb Candy

Americans need to hop on the honeycomb candy bandwagon. It's a brilliant creation, beloved in England, with so much untapped potential, and yet I only tend to find it at local chocolate stores that make their own. Let's look to Cadbury's classic Crunchie bar for an example. This isn't the fanciest honeycomb candy and yet it is a pure delight. The way the sugar crystals break down with each bite is so pleasing, the flavor is rich and a bit more natural than your average candybar given the honey element. I love these Cadbury Crunchies. Here's my plea to an American candybar maker to please create a go-to American version!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Easter Candy Season: Tootsie Roll Eggs

As far as I'm concerned, Tootsie Rolls are fine but nothing to seek out. After tasting these Tootsie Roll Eggs, though, I realize that what Tootsie Rolls were lacking was a Crunch. Add in this satisfying outer candy shell, and suddenly it's such a delicious mouthful of chew. Tootsie Roll needs to issue some year-long variation on this theme!

Score (overall): 4
Score (innovation): 5

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Jelly Belly Easter Egg Mix

How to outshine the zillions of jellybeans currently lining the Easter candy aisles? Throw shining stars and hearts onto shimmering jellybeans. I'm immediately back in a Lisa Frank sticker. That said, they're pretty cute. These are a pretty sweet addition to an Easter basket.