Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sweet Cinnamon Christmas: Lindt Snickerdoodle Truffles

Wow, the aroma of cinnamon and cream and butter slams into your nostrils as you open the bag of new limited edition Lindt Snickerdoodle White Chocolate Truffles. That fantastic aroma infuses the flavor of the first bite. There, unfortunately, the pure sweet sugar takes over--it dominates all of those lovely mellow baking flavors.

Score: 2

Monday, December 10, 2018

Limited Edition Daim Orange

Originally launched in Sweden, Daim bars are the near-equivalent to Heath or Skor bars, with a lightly crunchy caramel almond candy center surrounded by a thick layer of milk chocolate. There is something so addictive about that satisfying crunch and the buttery caramel flavor. I recently found a bag of limited edition Orange Daim bites. The orange flavor to the chocolate adds another layer of flavor but isn't too dominant. I love these little individually wrapped bites. I had to get them out of the house to share at work because I was consuming them by the fistful. Then I just kept eating them at work. If you can find the Orange Daim, seize it! I found mine at IKEA!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas Edition Mike and Ike Merry Mix

Hey, a new Mike and Ike flavor mix is always a treat. Sometimes they're a little off --remember Buttered Popcorn?-- and sometimes they're magical --hello, Mega Mix! The Christmas Edition Merry Mix constitutes one of the better flavor combinations, with Lime, Cherry, and Holiday Punch. The box depicts a strawberry, kiwi, and pineapple to illustrate the flavor. I certainly wouldn't have come close to guessing those fruits, but it's a nice berry-ish mellow blend. I easily finished the box in a sitting, which is the true test.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Christmas Seasonal Favorite: Peanut Brittle m&m's

They're back and I'm so excited! I've already consumed two bags of the seasonal Peanut Brittle m&m's and we're only in the first week of December. Below, the republished review from last year, illustrated with new technicolor photos!

Reposted from November 9, 2017

Once I procured my bag of new limited edition Peanut Brrr-ittle m&m's, I tore them open with heightened anticipation. I just had a good feeling about this new flavor, and these expectations were met with flying colors. Peanut Brrrr-ittle m&m's are so delicious! They rival plain and peanut butter m&m's as my very favorite. Upon first bite, they don't seem awfully different from a traditional peanut m&m, but then you find yourself with extra crunch, added through the candy shell and a toffee coating on the peanut. The warm buttery toffee flavor melds beautifully with the peanut and the chocolate and all together it is a rich and perfectly-balanced mouthful. Despite best intentions I kept running back to the cabinet for fresh handfuls of the addictive sweets, until the entire mega-bag was almost completed. These Peanut Brittle m&m's should be a year-round offering. They're fantastic!

Score: (unexpected) 5

Monday, December 3, 2018

Pop Rocks Candy Cane Christmas Edition

Mmmmm, holiday Pop Rocks! It's hard to go wrong with this classic. The flavor was good but I might not have placed it as Candy Cane. It was more like a pepperminty cherry flavor, which was still pretty tasty. A suggestion: don't consume on the subway. The lady seated next to me looked unnerved by the small snap crackle and pops emanating from my direction.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Christmas Candy Season: Trolli Sour Brite Reindeer Poop

I simply refuse to think about Christmas candy until December 1. That provides ample time to sample the newest array of holiday treats but also allows one to maintain a sense of propriety during the Fall season. It just doesn't feel right to see a Santa Claus themed chocolate before Thanksgiving. 

But here we are again, December 1. We shall begin the season with something that made me laugh. Trolli Sour Brite gummies are tasty as far as sour gummies go--good flavors and consistency, a nice mix of sour and sweet. These reindeer poops are the usual breakdown of Trolli Sour Brite flavors, just molded into the shape of poop emojis, or what I prefer to think of as a soft-serve swirl. Way to mix it up with Christmas themes, Trolli!

Score (trolli sour brite gummies): 3
Score (originality of holiday theme): 4

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Worth the Trip: Du's Donuts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Many years ago I was lucky enough to enjoy a meal at Wylie Dufresne's WD-50 restaurant. His mastery of molecular gastronomy made the entire experience more like a magic show than a meal. I was wowed, but there's only so much passion I can put into non-sweet foods.

Cut to now, and we've moved to a new neighborhood. Within mere steps from the new home-base is DU's Donuts and Coffee, Dufresne's newish passion project-- pure focus upon the donut. It turns out that Dufresne cut his proverbial teeth working in his father's diner, so this love for attention to what makes the quintessential donut is a thrilling full-circle. Well, I don't know if it's thrilling for Wylie but this has made my entire move worthwhile.

We entered the clean spare shop, all glass and wood and high ceilings and pops of orange. One of each flavor of donut is on display, but otherwise, there's not a lot of clutter going on. You're there for a donut (or 12)--just make a selection and they're ready on the trays behind the counter.

I don't remember all the flavors. There were so many enticing ones, and I just kept chanting to myself, "hold it together, we can return any time. Even later today!" Co-taste-tester Mark and I selected the Key Lime and Brown Butter Donut. The lime was zesty and sang above the mellow buttery notes. Most important, it was perhaps the best consistency of a cake donut I've ever encountered--really tops. I'm pretty over the Donut trend, and not much surprises me anymore, but this was a wow-worthy donut.

I can't wait to return and try all of them. Thank you, Wylie, for focusing your magic on donuts!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving for 1,000,000 Hits on Obsessivesweets!

Happy Thanksgiving, obsessivesweets readers! 

Today I want to give an extra special thanks for reaching 1 Million hits on 

It all began back in 2009 as an excuse to take photos of candy and I'm thrilled that so many people have come along for the ride with me as this obsessive candy index grows!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Mighty Fine Dark Chocolate Honeycomb Bar

Honeycomb candy is a personal favorite--I love the rigid crystaline structure that deconstructs on the tongue. The Mighty Fine Dark Chocolate Honeycomb Bar, from England, is not one of the better honeycomb candies I have encountered. Unfortunately, the crystals had toughened and bound together in spots, creating more of a hard toffee consistency. Honeycomb candy must be light-as-air. The dark chocolate separated easily from the honeycomb rather than combining cohesively. It wasn't bad, but sadly this bar just inspired me to find other finer options out there.

Score: 2

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Lindt Lindor Fudge Swirl Milk Chocolate Truffles

I have officially never met a Lindt Truffle that I didn't like. I love the way the shell gives way to the molten truffle center in any flavor. The new Fudge Swirl Milk Chocolate Truffle maintains these excellent qualities. It's not one of my favorites, though. The milk chocolate shell supports a thin layer of white chocolate truffle which in turn supports a central ball of milk chocolate truffle. Milk chocolate mixed with white chocolate is so very sweet. It's tasty, but the sweetness overwhelms the creaminess. I prefer the pure milk chocolate truffle.

Score (it's a Lindt truffle): 4
Score (within the scale of Lindt flavors): 3