Thursday, December 18, 2014

Snapshot: m&m's World, New York

Evening stroll by m&m's World store in Times Square- technicolor neon candies.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Another for the Wish List: Orchards Skittles

image courtesy of impulsivebuy.com

Orchards Skittles sound delicious! There are the usual Orange, and Lime flavors- all good. In addition, the package contains Red Apple, Cherry and Peach! These three new flavors have the potential to revolutionize the overall tone of a bag of Skittles and I think it could really work. Especially that Red Apple flavor. A must-find item. Click here to read more on impulsivebuy.com.

Monday, December 15, 2014

An Annual Christmas Treat: Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints



This is my fourth year running touting the glories of the annual limited edition holiday Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints (read past reviews here). I adore them. I love them even more than the traditional Junior Mints and that's an achievement because it's nearly impossible to improve on the original. That tiny bit of sugary crunch adds the ideal element on top of the creamy mint center and bite of dark chocolate. Try them if at all possible during the Christmas holiday season before they disappear again. I plan to stockpile. Thanks for my annual infusion of minty deliciousness, Dan!

Score: 5 (5! 5!!!)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Add to the Wishlist: Mike & Ike Minion Mix

photo courtesy of peeps&co

Speaking of Minions, add Mike and Ike Minion Mix to the wishlist! Ok, the flavors sound like they could taste horrendous- banana and blue raspberry- but I love the packaging and am eager to try!

Peeps Marshmallow Minions!!


I'm so excited about these Peeps Marshmallow Minions from the movie Despicable Me! Movie tie-ins constitute some of my favorite limited edition candies and Minions are some of my very favorite characters ever. And I follow Peeps limited editions with big-time enthusiasm. Thus, these marshmallow Peeps are simply tops!

Score: 5(!!!)












Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Treats: Thorntons The Snowman and the Snowdog Milk Chocolate Characters




I love it when candy pays homage/cross-brands with a book or movie. For fans of the Christmas classic The Snowman and The Snowdog, these Thorntons milk chocolate characters are a real treat. Tasty chocolate in the form of the characters in a delightfully packaged bag- fun to find in any Christmas stocking! Thanks, Evan!

Score: 4

Jessica Gaber's Incredible Edible Candy Art

image courtesy of jessica gaber/ candycuisine.com

Buzzfeed just published an essay featuring incredible renditions of dinner classics created entirely of candy by graphic designer Jessica Gaber. Check out the astounding realism she achieves with candy- mind-blowing!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wild Flavors Part 1: Antidote Chocolate with Mango and Juniper




I'm currently working through a series of really wild gourmet chocolate bars that take flavor pairings to an elevated level. Don't shove pieces of these bars in your mouth as you zone out on tv. No, this is worth taking a second to think about as layers of flavor unfold. I'll call these Grown Up Chocolate Bars, as compared to your Comfort chocolate bar such as Snicker's. The Antidote Raw + Roasted Cacao with Mango Pieces and Juniper is a perfect example of wild flavoring. Juniper? The mango I can understand but have definitely never encountered juniper on my plate. 84% raw cacao is bitter stuff. The mango bits add a nice burst of sweet to counteract the cacao and I enjoyed the pairing. I suppose there's a woodsy green note to the bar but would never have been able to name it- and perhaps wouldn't have noticed unless I had been looking for it. This is most likely beyond my limited palate. Overall, it's a taste that is at first off-putting but then I found myself wanting to try it again. And again. I probably wouldn't buy this bar again but it was a little bit of a sensory adventure. Thanks, Mark!

Score: 3

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Swedish Chews: Malaco Fox, Rox, and Nox

The best part about these Swedish Malaco chews is their awesome packaging design. The simple blocky bright graphics make me want to flash them around and strew them out at parties. They're just cool. Each chew is quite firm, breaking down slowly- somewhat comparable to a the consistency of Bit-O-Honey. The Fox Sitron is a lemon and fudge mix- yummy. Rox Bringebaer Sitrongress is composed of Raspberry and Chocolate- meh. And the Nox Lakris, by far the best, combines Licorice and Fudge. Thanks, Zack!

Score: 4

Friday, December 5, 2014