Monday, September 16, 2019

Project 7 Cupcake Bites Sugar Free Gourmet Gum


Although a big fan of Project 7 Sugar Free Gourmet Gum, this Cupcake Bites flavor doesn't work at all. The artificial vanilla frosting flavor does not mix well with a sugar free gum consistency. Butter essence doesn't belong anywhere near a fresh healthy mouth. I'll stick with the less savory flavors of Project 7 in the near future...

Friday, September 13, 2019

Milky Way Fudge Bar



This new Milky Weigh Fudge Edition feels like a brick, weighted down by dense chocolate nougat topped with thick caramel. I really didn't love the taste of the chocolate nougat, which tasted more like a chocolate-aerated marshmallow rather than real chocolate fudge. It's all too much--too dense, too rich. I wonder if a "chocolate" version might taste better than a "fudge" version. Nice try, Milky Way, but I'll stick with the original.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Friday, September 6, 2019

Gummy Snapshot: Trolli Sour Brite Llamas


Trolli Sour Brite Gummies in an array of new flavor duos, now in Llama form!
Passion fruit - pineapple is the tastiest, and Strawberry-blueberry is good, too.
The mango - berry punch left me cold, but that's all subjective. I would probably opt for the classic Sour Brites of traditional flavors on future gummy forays, but these llamas were definitely a fun diversion.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Sweet Arts, Gelatina: Tulcingo Bakery, Corona, Queens

I love the saturated technicolors infused into a modern Gelatina dessert. They're absolutely mesmerizing. And fruits suspended within the transparent mold create fantastical underwater landscapes.  In skilled hands, a gelatina is a work of art. I never tire of stopping by Tulcingo Bakery in Corona, Queens on my evening commute. While grabbing a more transportable sweet, such as a pan dulce or churro, I always linger at the Gelatina case admiring the vivid tableau.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Maple Sugar Frogs and Lobsters: D&D Sugarwoods Farm, Glover, Vermont



Nothing in this entire world tastes as good as 100% pure maple sugar candy or 100% pure maple cream. Nothing! It somehow tastes even better when molded into whimsical (read: non-maple leaf) shapes. I love the smooth sugar frogs and substantive lobster from D&D Sugarwoods Farm in Glover, Vermont. Pro Tip: I've recently enjoyed throwing the maple frogs into morning bowls of oatmeal.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Chocolove xoxox Peach & Pecan in Milk Chocolate


Chocolove xoxox Peach & Pecan in Milk Chocolate is a sweets combination that seems like a natural and is surprisingly rare in the market. The brand's milk chocolate is fantastic, some of my very favorite on the market, and crunchy pecan and peach bits are lovely. Each bite, though, is too sweet overall, and the mellow peach becomes lost in the milk chocolate. There needs to be some adjustment to allow the more subtle flavors of peach and pecan to shine through. 

Friday, August 23, 2019

Queens Night Market, NYC: Chinese Sugar Painting






Recently, I was snacking my way through the wonderful Queens Night Market in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and discovered a traditional sugar practice--Chinese Sugar Painting. Teacher Yan of Flushing Queens deftly spun sugar into any number of animals and zodiac signs and served them atop a lollipop stick. I need to learn more about this sugar art practice and will keep readers posted!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Chocolove xoxox Ruby Cacao Bar


The big new thing I keep hearing about are Ruby chocolate bars, born of the ruby cacao bean. Chocolove xoxox, one of my very favorites, makes a ruby cacao bar which seemed like the best place to start. I asked a number of people to sample the bar with me. There's a fruity essence to the chocolate, something vaguely funky or tangy. The closest comparison I can make is as whole milk is to buttermilk, milk chocolate is to ruby chocolate. I liked savoring a cube and letting the flavor unfold, like cheese or wine. I wouldn't want to eat a bunch of ruby chocolate at once, though--one bite at a time is plenty.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Gummy Snapshot: Trolli Twisted Sour Brite Crawlers




Trolli Twisted Sour Brite Crawlers, chewy outside in blue raspberry, 
green apple and strawberry flavors with a soft "berry" filling. 
(I think the berry tastes like bubble gum).