Monday, May 2, 2016

Halva Salmiak Finnish Sweet Licorice

Halva's Salmiak Finnish Sweet Licorice is so incredibly soft and offers a really nice, subtle level of sugar with a strong licorice flavor. It's not overpowering but really substantive.

Score: 3

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Bring on Summer Flavors: Starburst Fruity Slushies

Starburst presents a variety of tangy, zingy fruit flavors for Summer with Starburst Fruity Slushies. They include: Strawberry Lemonade Chill; Cherry Splash; Blue Raspberry Rush; and Citrus Slush. The Cherry is tops. Blue Raspberry tastes the most artificial. This isn't my favorite grouping of new Starburst flavors, but it's always fun to mix it up a little and I respect the company's continued flavor innovations!

Score: 4

Friday, April 29, 2016

Exploding Popcorn Candy with Butter Flavor!

I am aghast to report that this Exploding Popcorn Candy with Butter Flavor, distributed by Accountrements, actually tastes like the real thing. Except with a sweet undertone, like buttered kettle corn. Pop Rocks exploding with artificial butter flavor. It's pretty gross but I'm always a fan of purposely grotesque novelty candies! Thanks, Mom!

Score (flavor): 1
Score (originality): 4

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Limited Edition for Spring: Ritter Sport Strawberry Mint

Ritter issues some of the coolest and tastiest flavors in their line of Sport bars. While the company remains true to the classic candy bar flavors and does them well, their limited edition flavors often constitute quite an innovative and tasty surprise. I was so excited to try the new Limited Edition Strawberry Mint bar. I imagined a rich and milky strawberry cream, more natural in flavor than your average strawberry candy or cream, with a light mint essence throughout--like a strawberry dacquiri without the alcohol, refreshing and light. Perhaps the bar I purchased went stale? I was shocked to find the filling a solid disk of chalk-like substance that crumbled into fine powder the moment I bit down. Unlike the image on the packaging, there were no real bits of strawberry within the chalky center, no essence of anything resembling natural fruit or mint. A great idea that somehow went terribly awry.

Score: 1

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Ever-Expanding Mast Brothers Chocolate Empire

News via New York Eater blog has it that Mast Brothers Chocolate is making a big move to the Brooklyn Navy Yard where they will be opening a huge chocolate factory, company headquarters, brewery, and store. Last year the company was found to favor packaging over content, wrapping reheated chocolate from Valrona and calling it their own. Consumers seem unshaken by the scandal and are propelling sales ever upward, allowing the Mast Brothers to keep expanding their chocolate empire.
Read more below:
On last year's scandal via obsessivesweets: Questioning Mast Brothers Artisinal Claims

Travel Snapshot: Praline Pecans from Savannah Candy Kitchen, Georgia

Sometimes praline pecans become too sweet, a thick candy casing dominating the nut's flavor. Straight from the Savannah Candy Kitchen in Georgia, however, these handmade praline pecans celebrate the fresh pecan, highlighting it's great natural flavor with a coating rich in butter and brown sugar. These are so addictive. Thanks, Conor and Ronan!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mexican Wafer Bar: Nestle Tin Larin

Nestle Tin Larin represents another basic wafer bar from Mexico (like the Bocadin Wafer Bar-click here). I like the smaller scale of these two-bite bars. It's a sweet snack that doesn't knock you into a sugar coma. Unlike the stale and nbland Bocadin Wafer Bar, Tin Larin offers a light crisp wafer bar alternating with peanut butter cream and all wrapped up in a thin layer of milk chocolate. It's a fantastic peanut butter filling. Many wafer bars attempt a peanut butter variety, but few come as close to peanut butter bliss as this Tin Larin. I wish these were easier to find in NYC. They're a terrific go-to sweet snack.

Score: 4

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 Milk Coffee (Japan)
Kit Kat Muscat of Alexandria (Grape)(Japan) 
Kit Kat Orange (United States)
Kit Kat Royal Milk Tea (Japan)
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)
Tiki Gold Wafer Bar (Trinidad/ Tobago)
Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Biscuit (Scotland)
Ulker Chocolate Wafer Bar (Turkey)
Ulker Cokonat (Turkey)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Luscious Mediterranean Halva

Like marzipan, halvah/ halva is a traditional sweet that is so underutilized in American candies. It's hard to go wrong with halvah in any form. I prefer the plain halvah over the chocolate variety, but have never said no to either one. This halvah by the Haitoglou Brothers of Greece is perfection--smoth as silk and instantly melts in your mouth. The company's been producing halvah since 1924 so the recipe's lovely balance isn't surprising.

Score: 4

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Katjes Salty Herring (Salzige Heringe) Licorice from Germany

Although I really like the soft consistency of these Katjes Salzige Heringe/ Salty Herring Licorice from Germany, there is far too much salt involved for my palette. They made me thirsty. And grumpy. There needs to be a little bit of sweet to balance out the salt.

Score: 1