Friday, November 15, 2019

Brace Yourself, It's Time for Christmas

Last week I finished my last bag of candy corn, so thank goodness Christmas candy season has arrived just in time for a fresh infusion. Yes, it's really early. I've barely considered Thanksgiving plans yet. But with so many Christmas-related sweets to sample, we might as well approach the heavily loaded sweets aisles. Let's just ease in with a little Christmas-themed candy corn.

Start your engines and get your sweet tooth in gear.....
 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Brach's Football Candy Corn

Happy football season, sweet readers! I don't follow it, personally, but welcome any Brach's candy corn variation, especially those in a larger size. The caramel flavor doesn't really work, but the classic and chocolate flavors more than make up for it!


Friday, November 1, 2019

Pacari Organic "Tree to Bar" Chocolate with Fig from Ecuador

Directly from Ecuador, Pacari chocolate is elevated bean to bar chocolate. They're the ideal example of why Ecuador is known for its chocolate. The Fig bar is especially decadent, with emphasis on the intense chocolate and only a whif, an aroma and subtle infusion of real fig. Thanks, Paola!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Haribo Halloween Ghostly Gummies



Haribo Ghostly Gummies, featuring grinning toothy skulls, menacing fanged jack-o-lanterns, vampiric bats, and lurking zombies, are my favorite of the many Halloween-inspired gummy mixes!
Wishing readers a happy and sweet Halloween! 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Ghirardelli Intense Dark Blood Orange Sunset


There's a more refined way to enjoy the Halloween candy season than simply gulping handfuls of candy corn (not that there's anything wrong with that). The Ghirardelli Intense Dark Blood Orange Sunset bar brings a dark twist to a chocolate classic. Little freeze dried bits of blood orange suspended through the dark chocolate pack tiny bombs of super zingy citrus flavor, and the chocolate itself is infused with a more subtle citrus note. Delicious!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Hammond's Sodapop! Cola Flavored Milk Chocolate with Fizzy Popping Candy

There are an awful lot of candy bars of late that incorporate pop rocks / popping candy. It's a fun novelty. What made this Hammond's Sodapop! candy bar so compelling is the cola flavored milk chocolate. I've never experienced anything like that and tend to enjoy Hammond's milk chocolate. Chocolate and cola are a nice blend and the flavor didn't overwhelm the chocolate. It was a little unnerving, though--it's unexpected to find notes of artificial cola in a mouth full of milk chocolate. I enjoyed the experience and would be curious to try more flavor-infused chocolate bars by Hammond's but I probably wouldn't buy this bar flavor a second time.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Halloween Trolli Sour Brite Bats, Cats and Rats



Creepy and Delicious! I love these new Trolli Sour Brite Bats, Cats and Rats for the Halloween candy season! In sour cherry, lemon, strawberry, grape, orange, and lime, there's not a bad flavor in the bunch.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Halloween Season Gummy Snapshot: 7-Select Gummi Candy Witch Hats

(Hard to see but there are black witch hats, too. They're just blending into the background. 
Loving the new Halloween array from 7-Eleven's 7 Select brand!)

Friday, October 18, 2019

Halloween Season Jelly Belly Candy Corn

I've never encountered a candy corn that really competes with the classic honey-infused Brach's Candy Corn. Artificial candy corn flavor without that mellow honey just lacks the substance, or might I even say character, of the Brach's version. I enjoy most Jelly Belly candies and their wild flavors but the candy corn is all sugar, no honey, and I just didn't get into it with the same compulsion I bring to the Brach's. I do like that these Jelly Belly packs are sold in individual size, like a bag of m&m's. I'd love to see other candy corn companies embrace the idea.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Halloween Sweets: Reese's Monster Mania Peanut Butter Cups



Um, I'll never say no to a Reese's Peanut Butter anything, so this is more a complaint with marketing than with the product. Here we have some super cute packaging for Reese's Monster Mania Peanut Butter Cups. But then you tear open the package and find a Reese's Easter Egg. Same mould, not even an attempt to add some creepy horns or a stem to transform the egg into a jack-o-lantern. 
I'll still eat all of them.