Tuesday, October 14, 2014

All-Chocolate "Deco Diamond" Dress by Costume Designer for Downton Abbey!

Via the London Express, news of an all-chocolate dress created by the costume designer of Downton Abbey! In delicious Lindt Chocolate, no less! Click here to read more!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Limited Edition Girl Scouts Nesquik Lowfat Milk in Caramel Coconut (Samoas)

The Girl Scouts have made another excellent product pairing for their Girl Scout Cookie line: (Nesquik) Milk and (Girl Scout) Cookies! This is not their first time co-branding with Nestle. Last year Girl Scout Cookies were made into special edition Nestle Crunch candy bars that were pretty delicious. I wouldn't opt for one over a traditional cookie but they were fun and unique. (Click here to read review of the candy bars).

Samoas are my favorite of all the Girl Scout cookies so I was especially excited to try the Caramel Coconut flavor. The milk, however, gave me pause. On one hand, the milk is infused with a tasty blend of caramel and coconut and it is pleasing to the palate. My concern was over the strange film that the milk left in the mouth, a very thin slimy layer of something artificial, certainly not a sensation typical to imbibing milk. I couldn't get over the texture enough to enjoy the beverage. However, it added a nice flavor kick in morning coffee and the slime-factor disappeared. Thanks, Mark! I can't wait to try the Thin Mints flavor awaiting in the fridge!

Score: 3

Halloween Treats: Brachs Caramel Macchiato and Apple Pie Candy Corn

Brachs candy corn is the best in the world. No other brand does it better. And I love that Brachs has been experimenting with candy corn flavors over the last few years. (You can read about their Pumpkin Spice and Caramel Apple flavors of yore by clicking the links). This year's seasonal offerings are Caramel Macchiato and Apple Pie candy corns.

The Caramel Macchiato does not please me in the least. Oof. It's candy corn with coffee breath. Enough said.

The Apple Pie Candy Corn, on the other hand, is fantastic! I finished the bag in one go and instantly started yearning for more. The classic candy corn honey flavor remains the base but there are additional tones of a mellow baked apple combined with light cinnamon that blend perfectly. Whereas last year's Caramel Apple flavor tasted like a strident Jolly Rancher apple, this Apple Pie blend is far less overpowering. It's wonderful. I need to go buy three more bags.

Score for Caramel Macchiato: 1
Score for Apple Pie: (enthusiastic) 4

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jelly Belly Star Wars Sparkling Galaxy Mix


Get ready, get excited, Jelly Belly has released a new Star Wars Galaxy Mix of sparkling jellybeans. There are three great bag designs depicting Yoda, a Storm Trooper, and Darth Vader. Of course I grabbed for the Darth Vader first. The three bags hold the same jelly bean mix which is, in turn, quite reminiscent of the recent sparkling Jelly Belly Frozen Icicle Mix. The Frozen mix contains berry blue, blueberry, grape soda, and cream soda. The Galaxy mix contains berry blue, blueberry, grape soda, green apple, island punch, sour apple, and wild blackberry. I love the wild blackberry both in flavor and coloring-black with a gold shimmer. Overall the flavor mix is great, really fruity and fresh. The bag designs are undeniably cool and sure to be a hit with any Star Wars fan.

Score: 5

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Morinaga Koeda White Bear Chocolate Sticks in Pineapple Peach

These Morinaga Koeda White Bear chocolates are unique to any candy I've previously tasted. The two-bite white chocolate sticks loaded with the flavors of pineapple and peaches are as light as air but packed with fresh flavors. These are not substantial candy treats- one packet will not give you a sense that you've eaten much of anything. These are, however, a delightful post-meal bite of sweetness that is both refreshing and surprising. Thanks, Zack!

Score: 4

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dark Chocolate Raspberry m&m's

Every time m&m's introduces a new flavor profile for the classic candy, I get really excited. (Click here to read 38 past posts on flavored m&m's). Candy corn, mint, cinnamon, strawberried peanut butter- all quite tasty. Cherry- disastrous. The Dark Chocolate Raspberry are nice. Dark chocolate blends well with the raspberry flavor but the raspberry tastes stridently artificial and chemical-based. It resembles raspberry flouride more than a real piece of fruit. Don't get me wrong-artificial can be wonderful in itself, but in this case the flavor doesn't sing. And there are so many overwhelmingly delicious m&m flavors, why opt for mediocre?

Score: 3

From the Movie Frozen: Jelly Belly Jellybeans Icicle Mix

This pretty, shimmering series of Jelly Belly jellybeans was created and co-branded with Disney to promote the movie Frozen! It reminds me of wet shells shining on the beach in the sun- sumptuous. The white, blues, and purple also constitute a pleasing color palette. The mix is not comprised of new flavors- blueberry, grape, berry blue and cream soda- but the combination blends pleasantly together in all different variations. Personally, I would have substituted something instead of the berry blue but that's just being picky. This was one of my favorite Jelly Belly flavor and color mixes so far.... plus it will most definitely please and enthrall young fans of the film!

Score: 4