Monday, May 22, 2017

Doughnuts - Make it Stop

photo courtesy of krispiekreme.com

A number of years ago obsessivesweets published a blog post entitled, "I Was Right; or, Put Down the Cupcake," begging for the cupcake trend to dissipate. Once something special and delightful, cupcakes saturated the market until one could only roll one's eyes upon seeing a new cupcake shoppe pop up. It's a shame as it's not the cupcakes' fault. 

After the cupcakes, the doughnut became trendy, and now we have yet again come to that eye-rolling phase. Again, not the doughnut's fault. Thanks goodness that Bloomberg.com has incited a call to action, a war-cry that we must stop the onslaught and proliferation of too many doughnut shops. A highly recommended read:






Friday, May 19, 2017

Japanese Sweets: Brazilian Orange Pocky


Get ready for summer with these zesty Brazilian Orange Pocky by Japanese candy company Glico. From the extensive array of Pocky flavors, this has to rank as one of the very best. The orange tastes genuinely juicy, with a tart citrus zing to it. Combined with the mild and crunchy cookie stick, it's a fantastic flavor blend. These remind me a little of another favorite, Sicilia Lemon Resort Pocky. These cookie sticks are well-suited to citrus flavors.

Score: 4

To read past Pocky reviews, click here

Monday, May 15, 2017

Norwegian Nidar Gullbrod Marzipan



It's difficult to identify anything in this world more delicious than marzipan. That is the obsessivesweets official yet biased stance on the matter. This Nidar Gullbrod bar of marzipan coated in a thin sheet of dark chocolate is fantastic. It's the more rough hewn type of marzipan, rather than the super smooth Austrian version. This type of marzipan feels substantial--sweet and heavy and filling, like delicious heavy spackle. The dark chocolate offsets it perfectly, adding a small bitter note to the bite. I love this chocolate marzipan bar, hailing from Norway. If only these were stocked more frequently in the NYC area....


Score (marzipan flavor): 5
Score (inability to procure more): 1
Score (inspires dreams of a marzipan filled American candy aisle): 5

 

 


 



 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Polish Wafer Bar: Milky Way Ameo Crispy Rolls



It's been a spell since a new wafer bar was entered on the obsessivesweets (see list below). Milky Way Ameo Crispy Rolls constitute a nice re-entry. Hailing from the Polish arm of Mars, Ameo rolls are simply a wafer bar with a reconstituted shape. Rather than alternating thin sheets of wafer cookie and cream, here the round wafer cookie wraps around a core of cream filling, smothered in a sheet of milk chocolate. They're light and crunchy, with emphasis on the cookie rather than heavy chocolate. I can't say that they're that distinctive in taste from your average yummy wafer bar, but definitely worth a try.

Score: 3


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 Darkness (Dark Chocolate)(United States)
Kit Kat Halloween (White Chocolate) Edition (United States)  
Kit Kat Milk Coffee (Japan)
Kit Kat Muscat of Alexandria (Grape)(Japan)  
Kit Kat Orange (United States) 

Kit Kat Red Velvet (United States)
Kit Kat Royal Milk Tea (Japan)

Kit Kat Triple Chocolate (United States)
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, May 8, 2017

Ritter Sport White Cinnamon Crisp


I'm a maniac for cinnamon and so this Winter Edition Ritter Sport White Cinnamon Crisp Bar is such a treat. The sweet white chocolate is packed with pebbles of sweet cinnamon crunch, offsetting the very sweet base with some earthy zing. I loved it. That said, you have to be awfully fond of cinnamon to enjoy the bar.

Score: 4

Friday, May 5, 2017

Root Beer Float Mike and Ikes


Mmm, I love almost any root beer flavored sweet, and these Root Beer Float Mike and Ike candies don't disappoint. I'd prefer a little more oomph to the flavor, a little more vanilla float base and a little "sparkle" to the root beer, but overall these constitute a pleasing treat.

Score: 3

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Limited Edition Strawberry Nut m&m's



I first tried Strawberried Peanut Butter m&m's when they were a Transformers movie tie-in back in 2009 (read original review here). Then they were so popular (for good reason!), they were released for a short time on the market again in 2010. Still delicious (read review here). The Strawberried Peanut Butter m&m's are peanut butter m&m's infused with strawberry flavor. Now they have evolved (that's right, evolved!) as Strawberry Nut m&m's. The real peanut at the center--as opposed to the smooth, more sweet peanut butter--is what makes the whole combination sparkle. The strawberry is pretty subtle, as it should be, and all of it together really does feel like a pb&j sandwich rolled with milk chocolate. These are great!

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

Monday, May 1, 2017

New Caramel m&m's


These new Caramel m&m's are a little bit disappointing. Or perhaps I was too excited about them--the anticipation was too high. I love caramel and I love m&m's and the combo seems like a natural fit. There's something a little bland about them, though, The crunch of the m&m shell offsets the soft caramel center nicely, and the thin layer of milk chocolate surrounding the caramel center makes the bite extra rich and creamy. There's nothing to complain about. But they were missing some central ingredient. Maybe the caramel needs to be more flavorful, more buttery? Or maybe there needs to be a little bite or bitterness to the very sweet bite? Maybe the caramel needs to be firmer? I can't put my finger on it. Also, these Caramel m&m's need their own special color combination like every other new line. That's part of the appeal of these new flavor varieties--the color scheme matters. I could happily eat a full bag of these new Caramel m&m's, but would most likely opt for a traditional bag of chocolate-based m&m's.


Score (overall):3
Score (potential): 4