Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fruit Chews From Germany: Fritt Chewy Cherry Candy

Picture consuming a candy with the flavor of a Cherry Now & Later and the soft consistency of Laffy Taffy and you have Fritt Chewy Cherry Candy, produced in Germany. It's a mellow cherry chew packaged to resemble a large-scale pack of gum. I'm not sure it would be a go-to for me, but it is a pleasant simple fruit chew.

Score: 3

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Travel Snapshot: Colorful Sweets of La Boqueria, Barcelona's Central Market

It's incredible to think that there has been a central market open at the location of La Boqueria in Barcelona since the year 1271. The bustling market continues to constitute a central food arena for the city, with endless rows of booths organized around proteins and vegetables. The sweets on display are so colorful and inviting, from intricate marzipan creations to a rainbow of frozen fruit pops--a feast for the eyes!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Halloween Wafer Bar: Kit Kat Darkness

I always love a sweet candy with a little bit of a dark twist, and Kit Kat Darkness fits the bill perfectly for Halloween. It's just so much more evocative than Kit Kat Dark. At base it's a dark chocolate Kit Kat bar packaged for Halloween. Great! All the more excuse to eat them. Is it possible to improve upon this wafer bar perfection?

Score: 5

Wafer Bars Past:
Bingo Serenata Double (Greece) 
Bocadin Wafer Bar (Mexico)
Johnny Krocker Milk Wafer Bar (Ukraine)
Karin Blume Orange Mille Feuille Chocolate Bar (Japan)
Kit Kat Caramel (United States)
Kit Kat Cheesecake (Japan)
Kit Kat Chunky Mint (England)
Kit Kat Cookies & Cream (United States)
Kit Kat Milk Coffee (Japan)
Kit Kat Muscat of Alexandria (Grape)(Japan) 
Kit Kat Orange (United States)
Kit Kat Royal Milk Tea (Japan)
Mama Mia Wafer Bar (Poland)
Manner Original Neapolitan Wafers (Vienna)
Milka GoFree Chocolate Wafer Bar (Turkey)
Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Cookie Wafer Bar (United States)
Nestle Nesquik Wafer Bar (Turkey)

Nestle Tin Larin Wafer Bar (Mexico) 
Tiki Gold Wafer Bar (Trinidad/ Tobago)
Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Biscuit (Scotland)
Ulker Chocolate Wafer Bar (Turkey)
Ulker Cokonat (Turkey)

Ulker Dido Wafer Fingers (Turkey)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Nestle Walnut Whip

Although now owned by mega-company, Nestle, Walnut Whips have been on the British candy market since 1910, first produced by Duncan's of Edinburgh. A solid milk chocolate cone contains a generous dallop of light vanilla frosting, and a walnut perches on top of the confection. It's simple and direct, and each bite is pleasurable. The perfect two-bite treat!

Score: 4

Friday, September 23, 2016

Candy Corn in Myriad Flavors: Brach's Peanut Butter Cup Candy Corn

I'm a fan of Brach's line of innovative flavors of candy corn. Unfortunately, the new Peanut Butter Cup Candy Corn doesn't live up to its potential. This could be delicious. The flavors of peanut butter and chocolate just aren't rich or creamy enough. The peanut butter flavor needs more substance.

Score: 2

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Retro Snapshot: Nik-L-Nip Wax Soda Bottles

So happy to see these classic penny candies on shelves again. 
Nik-L-Nip Wax Soda Bottles constituted a real staple of my childhood favorites.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mexican Chocolate Mints: Ricolino Mint Chocoretas

Imagine a round Junior Mint with a more solid consistency and there you have Ricolino Mint Chocoretas hailing from Mexico. They're delicious and refreshing, really a perfect post-dinner mint bite. A thin candy shell surrounds a thin layer of milk chocolate, which in turn envelops a ball of mint candy that tastes quite a bit like York Peppermint Patty. You can't go wrong with that combination. I wish I could find these in New York City.

Score: 4

Friday, September 16, 2016

Factory Tour: Dick Taylor Chocolate, Eureka, California

One of only approximately 30 chocolatiers in the United States who take the process fully from bean to bar, Dick Taylor Chocolate in Eureka, California, presents a genuinely extraordinary tour. I was lucky enough to attend a group led by founder Adam Dick, who is as enthusiastic as he is knowledgeable about every step of the process. By the end I was enlightened on the craftsmanship that goes into creating every single magnificent bar of dark chocolate that emerges from the Dick Taylor impeccable facilities.

Dick Taylor Website

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Fall Flavors: Maple Brown Sugar Peeps

The calendar has come full circle and we find ourselves in a frenzied new season of Autumnal and Halloween seasonal candies. It's such an exciting time of year! Given my No Pumpkin Spice stand, however, a good chunk of the newest candies are off the table on obsessivesweets. For a long time, though, I've been hoping that Maple would replace Pumpkin Spice as the premier Fall flavor, and Peeps has fulfilled this wish! I enjoyed the new Maple Brown Sugar marshmallows dipped in White Fudge. It's a subtle, mellow, and pretty artificial maple flavoring, but it does add a warmth and depth to the flavor of the marshmallow. The white fudge base adds extra creaminess into the mix. I'd definitely revisit these Peeps again!

Score: 4

Peeps Reviews Past (click each name to link to review):
Flavored Peeps
Blueberry Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Flavored Fudge
Blue Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow
Bubble Gum Flavored Marshmallow
Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow
Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark 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 
Mint Flavored Marshmallow Covered in Milk Chocolate
Orange Creme Flavored Marshmallow 
Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow 
Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow Covered in Milk Chocolate 
Red Velvet Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Chocolate
Strawberry Creme Flavored Marshmallow
Strawberry Creme Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Milk Chocolate 
Strawberry Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Flavored Fudge 
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 Pumpkins
Peeps Snowmen
Peeps Tombstones

Monday, September 12, 2016

Protest: Autumn is not the season of Pumpkin Spice

Below is a repost of a blog entry I originally published in November 2013. It bears another read in light of the un-abating and rampant overuse of Pumpkin Spice flavoring in Fall. No more for me. It's time to welcome in some new Autumnal candy flavors. How about Maple?


Pumpkin Spice - Pie Madness Part 5: Enough!!

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Over the past month I have cried out against the all-pervasive "Pumpkin Spice" and "Pumpkin Pie" trend inundating the world of candy delights (Click to read Part 1Part 2Part 3, and Part 4, all recent reviews of Pumpkin Spice offerings). I am pleased to say that I am not the only online outlet decrying the popularity of the difficult-to-(pleasantly)-recreate flavor. Jezebel blog has previously presented two articles outlining the problematic trend and asking the artificial pumpkin flavoring to please disappear pronto(click here and here to read). Now, the bastion of breaking news, The New York Times, has jumped on the bandwagon with a video uncovering what exactly makes up "Pumpkin Spice" flavoring (hint: not pumpkin nor nutmeg nor cinnamon nor clove nor any related spice):

NYTimes Video, Mysterious "Pumpkin" Flavoring....(click here)

Join the movement!! Down with artificial pumpkin spice!