Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Blueberry Squares

Why aren't there more candies that integrate the unique fresh flavor of blueberries? They're such an incredible fruit, and these Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Blueberry Squares prove that the combination of chocolate and blueberry works beautifully. The blueberry filling in these squares is the consistency of s smooth syrup rather than a chunky fruit-filled jam. When you bite into the square, you have to beware of the oncoming wave of syrup that will try to escape. They're pretty wonderful. I've only encountered these blueberry squares in one or two stores. Why are they not a part of the well-distributed Ghirardelli line-up? I see the Raspberry Squares everywhere. If you can get a hold of these, they're well worth a try.

Score: 4

Monday, August 22, 2016

Pastel Snapshot: Guatemalan Malvaviscos Marshmallows

There is no difference in taste and consistency between Malvaviscos Marshmallows from Guatemalan manufacturer Guandy and your average American Jet-Puffed or Camp Fire Marshmallow. These colors, though, make the simple sweet so appealing. While toasting them the pastel colors start to blends in the most wonderful combinations. They're a simple treat, but I'm a big fan of the variety of color combinations. They're lovely.

Score (taste): 3
Score (visuals): 4

Friday, August 19, 2016

Vintage Chocolate Bars: The Zero Bar

I hadn't realized that Zero bars hail from all the way back in 1920. I knew the candy bar had a history, but always assumed from the vaguely space-agey look of the packaging that it dated to the 1960's. It's definitely remained a unique offering on the candy bar market, and although I hadn't run into a Zero bar for a number of years, I'm pleased to see them popping up more frequently these days. The Zero consists of a thick nougat center that contains a rich nutty mixture of Almonds, Peanuts, and Caramel. Thick white chocolate fudge surrounds the nougat. The whole thing is a little sweet for me--the white chocolate fudge sends the sweet nougat into the sugar stratosphere. But I also appreciate that such a unique bar has stood its ground in the historical pantheon of candy bars for so long. Long live the Zero bar!

Score: 3

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Snapshot: Library Cake

This library cake is simply so pleasing to gaze upon. I bet it's delicious, too. To read more about the cake or its skilled baker, Kathy Knaus, head over to this article on the io9 blog. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Sugarfree Licorice Pastilles of Iceland: Nói Síríus Topas Xylitol Sykurlaus

Nói Síríus, the largest candy manufacturer of Iceland, produces quite a large variety of licorice pastilled. Topas Xylitol Sykurlaus constitute the sugar-free mint-infused offering of the line. They're basic, tasty, and soothing. Hard to chew, you have no choice but to let them dissolve in your mouth. They're not "fun" candy, to consume with abandon. Rather, these pastilles are meant to cleanse the palate or freshen one's breath after a meal. They do the job perfectly. The package design is really appealing, too.

Score: 3

Friday, August 12, 2016

Bring on the Fall Flavors: Brach's Sea Salt Chocolate Candy Corn

I'm a fan of Brach's flavored candy corn line. When they fail, it's a pretty big fail, but some of their innovative flavors are so delicious! I'm afraid to say that Brach's new Sea Salt Chocolate candy corn is a disappointment. Chocolate and honey are a funny combination and the artificial chocolate flavor doesn't really approximate the real thing. The little note of sea salt is nice. I'll take the traditional candy corn any day, but keep trying, Brach's!

Score: 2

Monday, August 8, 2016

Trolli Tropical Sour Brite Crawlers Minis

Although I love the Trolli Sour Brite line of gummies- the colors! the zing of sour!- I am not enthusiastic about the Tropical flavors. Mango-Orange tastes strangely of chemicals, there is no evidence of kiwi in the Strawberry-Kiwi, and ok, the Pineapple-Lime is pretty tasty on its own. Hooray for creepy florescent gummy worms, but I'll stick with the original flavor line-up

Score (flavor): 2
Score (visuals): 4

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

Throwback Favorite: Bottle Caps

Yes, Nestle Bottle Caps are at base artificially-flavored sugar pellets. I'm not sure if nostalgia is playing into this but I still find the Root Beer and Cola flavors enthralling. The flavors are unique and distinctive only to Bottle Caps, and I could certainly recognize them in any blind taste-test. I love them, irrationally or no. In the current "throwback" packaging, they're even more appealing, too.

Score (emotional reaction): 5
Score (flavor-all flavors but root beer): 3
Score (flavor-root beer): 5

Monday, July 25, 2016

Japan's Black Thunder Bar

It was the packaging, not the contents, that sold me on the Black Thunder bar from Japan. I kept picturing how cool I'd look extracting my Black Thunder foil wrapper casually from my bag to the envy of surrounding gawkers. The bar, itself, is good, too. It's a crisp bar comprised of puffed rice of many sizes, all cohered with a light layer of milk chocolate. The effect in its entirety is light and tasty. I've never really loved chocolate bars with rice krispies suspended throughout, but now I find that a rice krispie bar with a little additional chocolate is pretty delicious and worth seeking out!

Score: 3