Friday, February 12, 2016

Add to the Wish List: Carrot Cake Hershey's Kisses

image courtesy of theimpulsivebuy.com

Add these Carrot Cake Hershey's Kisses to the wish list stat! I bet they're amazing!! 

Via Theimpulsivebuy.com: read more, click here

Valentine Heart: Russell Stover Strawberry Cream Heart in Milk Chocolate



Unlike the Russell Stover Strawberry Cream Heart in White Pastelle (reviewed here), which constituted a really solid and special Valentine's Day sweet, the Strawberry Cream with Milk Chocolate combo simply isn't of equal appeal. The visuals are obviously not as inkeeping with holiday's palette of pinks, white, and red. Also, whereas the white pastelle supports the mellow strawberry cream flavor, the milk chocolate fights it. They never blend properly.

Score: 2



Russell Stover Varieties:
Russell Stover Apple Pie in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Birthday Cake in Milk Chocolate 
Russell Stover Caramel Apple in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Carrot Cake in White Chocolate

Russell Stover Chocolate Wedding Cake in White Chocolate
Russell Stover Coconut Cream in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Cookie Dough 
Russell Stover Lemon Cake in Dark Chocolate 

Russell Stover Maple Cream in Dark Chocolate 
Russell Stover Orange Marshmallow in Milke Chocolate
Russell Stover Orange Cream in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover (Extra Crunchy) Peanut Butter in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Pumpkin Pie in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Red Velvet Cake in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Seal Salt Caramel in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Strawberry Cream in White Chocolate 
Russell Stover Wedding Cake in White Chocolate


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Decadence from Japan: Karin Blume Orange Mille Feuille Chocolate Bar


Harkening from Japan, the Karin Blume Orange Mille Feuille Chocolate Bar closely resembles a wafer bar. Mille feuille, also called Napoleons, constitute a pastry with intermittent layers of light crumbly buttery pastry and cream. This mille feuille bar takes that brilliant pastry premise and condenses it into a traditional wafer bar construction, alternating layers of such light buttery pastry with zesty orange cream. Offset each bite with a dark chocolate coating, and these have to be some of the tastiest chocolate bars I've ever encountered. Thanks, Mina and Megumi!

Score: 5


Wafer Bars Past:
Bingo Serenata Double (Greece) 
Bocadin Wafer Bar (Mexico)
Johnny Krocker Milk Wafer Bar (Ukraine)
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, February 8, 2016

Sweet Valentine: Russell Stover Strawberries and Cream Heart in White Pastelle


If you're looking to purchase a Valentine's Day sweet that feels special but isn't expensive, this Russell Stover Strawberries and Cream Heart in White Pastelle is just the ticket. It feels vaguely luxe despite the low price-tag. The strawberry cream is a really nice consistency halfway between frosting and marshmallow and the strawberry flavor is mellow. The white pastelle offsets the strawberry well, accenting the vanilla notes and providing a good base for the strawberry. The whole thing is really sweet, and I wish there was less sugar and more emphasis on cream. Overall, though, a really pleasant drugstore sweet for Valentine's Day.

Score: 4 

Russell Stover Varieties:
Russell Stover Apple Pie in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Birthday Cake in Milk Chocolate 
Russell Stover Caramel Apple in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Carrot Cake in White Chocolate

Russell Stover Chocolate Wedding Cake in White Chocolate
Russell Stover Coconut Cream in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Cookie Dough 
Russell Stover Lemon Cake in Dark Chocolate 

Russell Stover Maple Cream in Dark Chocolate 
Russell Stover Orange Marshmallow in Milke Chocolate
Russell Stover Orange Cream in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover (Extra Crunchy) Peanut Butter in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Pumpkin Pie in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Red Velvet Cake in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Seal Salt Caramel in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Wedding Cake in White Chocolate


Friday, February 5, 2016

Turkish Delight: Eti Çikolata (Pistachio) Chocolate Bar


The Eti Çikolata (Pistachio) Chocolate Bar from Turkey proves that a no-frills candy bar is often the best candy bar. Packed with flavorful pistachios, the chunky milk chocolate bar melts instantly in your mouth. Every bite is sumptuous, perfection. These should be more widely available in NYC.

Score: 5

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Gummy Snapshot: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Pizza


 SpongeBob SquarePants Giant Grape Krabby Patties Gummy Candy


SpongeBob SquarePants Giant Krabby Patties Gummy Candy


e.frutti Pizza Gummi Candy


e.frutti Hot Dog Gummi Candy

Monday, February 1, 2016

For Your Valentine: Russell Stover Dark Chocolate & Coconut Cream Heart


I really like the consistency of the coconut cream in the new Russell Stover Coconut Cream Heart. It's super aerated and light, with tiny bits of coconut suspended throughout. The flavor, though, is very subtle. You can tell there's coconut involved, but it's more like a vanilla cream with essence of coconut. I would have preferred something a bit more strident, a cream that declares itself as "Coconuts!" The dark chocolate offsets the sweet cream perfectly. Overall, this is a pleasing Valentine Season treat.

Score: 3


Russell Stover Varieties:
Russell Stover Apple Pie in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Birthday Cake in Milk Chocolate 
Russell Stover Caramel Apple in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Carrot Cake in White Chocolate

Russell Stover Chocolate Wedding Cake in White Chocolate
Russell Stover Cookie Dough 
Russell Stover Lemon Cake in Dark Chocolate 

Russell Stover Maple Cream in Dark Chocolate 
Russell Stover Orange Marshmallow in Milke Chocolate
Russell Stover Orange Cream in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Pumpkin Pie in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Red Velvet Cake in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Wedding Cake in White Chocolate

Friday, January 29, 2016

Matthias Buchinger Raspberry Chocolate Bar


I recently enjoyed a bite of a raspberry chocolate bar created to promote Ricky Jay's new book, Matthias Buchinger: "The Greatest German Living." A tasty, jammy chocolate bar in fantastic wrapping.

I haven't yet read Jay's book, but enthusiastically recommend the current Buchinger exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum, Wordplay: Matthias Buchinger's Drawings from the Collection of Ricky Jay. Check it out if you're in the New York City area!

Click here to read more about the exhibition.


 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Opal Sykurlaus Sugarfree Menthol Pastilles from Iceland





Icelandic Opal Sykurlaus constitute small super-chewy sugar-free methol-infused pastilles in fantastic packaging. They're a perfect post-dinner breath refreshing, not so tasty, but cleansing. The packaging is simply timeless, as are the pastilles. Thanks, Tara!

Score (flavor):3
Score (packaging): 5




Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Gummy Snapshot: Meiji MogiMogi Gummy Grapevines


Fragrant jewel-like (not to mention sticky) Mogimogi Grape Fruits Gummy by Japanese candy company, Meiji. The grapes are flavored as one might expect and the cloudy green vines are a super sweet melon soda flavor. It's all a bit much but they are exceptionally pretty gummies.


Score (visuals and aroma): 5
Score (flavor): 2