I find myself both entranced and disappointed by the new limited edition Vanilla Cupcake m&m's. The color scheme is one of the most pleasing and appealing I've encountered in m&m's many color incarnations. They're so pretty. The taste, however, is pure white chocolate. With a little extra vanilla thrown in. I'm not sure what makes these Vanilla Cupcake rather than White Chocolate Vanilla m&m's. Where is the cupcake? What constitutes a cupcake taste? I would have guessed that these would taste a bit like all of the birthday cake flavored candies of late, but that particular artificial flavor doesn't emerge from the white chocolate. I'm not saying these are unpleasant to eat. If you like White Chocolate, they're super tasty. I had, however, hoped for more.
The idea behind the Oreo Egg is so exciting. Oreo cookie bits suspended throughout a thick vanilla cream and then all encased in an egg-shaped chocolate shell. Unfortunately, the chocolate shell is not milk chocolate but rather chocolate candy. It's difficult to make mockolate appealing and the effect on the overall bite is so very sugary. It's too bad, as this could have been delicious. Recently, Oreo seems to be branching out and cross-branding with all kinds of products. They should try this again with a chocolate company that will produce a high quality milk chocolate shell.
Peeps has rolled out splashy new packaging this Easter, while renewing some favorite flavors of the past as well as innovating new ones as well. Orange Delights Marshmallow Chicks Dipped in Orange Fudge were released on the market last year (see image of last year's packaging) and has been re-released this year. Which is a good thing, because it's one of the better flavors that Peeps produces. Between the marshmallow and the fudge, not to mentioned the flavored specks of orange sugar drizzled on top, it tastes like you're eating a mellow creamsicle. The orange marshmallow alone would taste too bland, but with the more strident flavoring of the fudge and sugar topping, these chicks are pretty tasty. Of all the Peeps Delight flavors, I'd recommend reaching for this one.
I was so happy to stumble upon a box of my favorite childhood candy, Botan Rice Candy, originating from Japan. It's nothing fancy or flashy. The appeal is more conceptual than flavor-based. Each piece of the mild rice candy comes in two wrappers. The first is a standard wrapper. The interior wrapper is made of rice and you leave that on the candy during consumption. It dissolves instantly on the tongue and feels like a magic trick. Plus there's the bonus of a sticker. Wonderful!
Project 7 invents some of the most innovative and whimsical flavors of sugar-free gum on the market (see past Project 7 reviews here). Some flavors work better than others. This new Girl Scouts Thin Mints gum constitutes a nice gum-version of the original cookie. A mellow chocolate gum is coated in a mint shell and they blend really nicely. Personally, chocolate gum is a little off-putting. I like more refreshing flavors. But of the chocolate varieties of gum sampled in the past, this is one of the better ones. Good for Girl Scouts for cross-branding their classic cookies so successfully. (Click here to see all of the variations on Girl Scout Cookies covered on obsessivesweets.)
Score (flavor accuracy): 4
Score (level of deliciousness): 3
Ghirardelli milk chocolate counts as one of the most delicious offered by mass-market American chocolate brands. It's so decadently smooth and rich. For Easter, Ghirardelli is releasing two-packs of individually wrapped milk chocolate Easter bunnies. They're super cute, with an endearingly traditional design. It seems like a lot of packaging for basically two bites of chocolate. Perhaps selling the foil-wrapped bunnies individually would make the most sense, but they're a really solid holiday treat, nonetheless--perfect for an Easter basket.
There is no question that Schogetten milk chocolate is tasty, a super milky mixture that easily melts in one's mouth. It shies away from too much sugar which could obscure the flavor of the chocolate. Despite the satisfying bite of the yogurt, the strawberry cream combines with the milk chocolate in a combination where sugary sweet prevails over any other flavor. Perhaps a dark chocolate would work better here.
Carrot Cake spells romance to me. The decadent cream cheese frosting mixing with earthy spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. It's simply the best cake out there. It was my wedding cake. It is beloved. All of this is to say that I was so utterly excited to try Hershey's Carrot Cake Kisses for Easter. They're mostly a success. I love the rich cream cheese element in the center of the Kiss. The rich nutmeg and cinnamon come through the orange casing, mixing nicely with the center. The essence of both carrot and cake are missing, though, replaced with a sweeter fruitier simulacrum that tastes quite artificial. I asked taste-tester Mark to name the flavor in a blind taste-test and he guessed Pumpkin Spice. He also is enormously fond of Carrot Cake, so he was disappointed that although the flavor is tasty, it misses the mark with accuracy. I'll still devour the entire bag.