Thursday, March 26, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
These new Cadbury Creme Egg Twisted candy bars are perfection. I've been waiting for these all my life and only bemoan their scarcity. I've been a big fan of Cadbury Creme Eggs for years. In fact, as a child my mom once got me across the country on a slow-moving train by promising me one Cadbury Creme Egg a day and it was worth it. I've always felt that it's awkward to eat that delicious cream filling in egg form, unnecessarily messy from the proportions of the egg. This double candy bar simply elongates the original egg, allowing you far more control in your consumption of the sticky filling. It's wonderful. This incredible find merits a special shout out of thanks to my friend Dan who has an innate gift for finding elusive limited edition candy in the unlikeliest of places.
image courtesy of maria fonseca via the washington post
The announcement of each year's Washington Post Peeps Diorama contest is so exciting! There is so much creativity at work here, real messages behind these sugared marshmallow tableaus! This year's winner is "Peepalize It" (seen above) by Michael Romanyshyn and his family. Fantastic!
My personal favorite this year is "To Kill a Peepingbird" featuring Scouty-Peep in her ham costume.
image courtesy of peewee.com
Friday, March 20, 2015
Labels: chocolate frogs
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
photo courtesy of shop composition via lovelypackage.com
Mast Brothers Chocolate of Williamsburg, Brooklyn has saturated the bean-to-bar market. Popular consensus among chocolate experts, however, is that the bars are not exceptional, or even that good. Today Slate published a fascinating article that explores the disparity.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Earlier in the Easter Season I added three new additions to my ongoing collection of Peeps- Blue Raspberry, Strawberry Creme, and Classic Green Chicks. Here are three more for the growing list (over 45!). First, we've got classic flavored Peeps in a decorated Easter Egg shape. Delightful!
I love these Orange Creme Bunny Peeps. They're mellow orange creamsicles that melt in your mouth. These are definitely some new favorites (far more tasty than the Stawberry Cremes).
I've got mixed feelings about the Party Cake Peeps. When you rip open the package the smell of buttercream frosting is overwhelming- in a good way. The aroma really packs a punch. The taste, however, is a lot more subtle. The chicks taste vaguely like vanilla but the major flavor impact remains in the infused aroma. These Party Cake chicks start with an explosion and end with a sputter. It's a good idea that needs a little tweak of improvement.
Score (Eggs): 3
Score(Orange Creme): 4
Score (Party Cake): 3
(Reviewed before, but with improved photos!) For those who prefer religious iconography on Easter candy over bunnies and chicks, Russell Stover offers a solid milk chocolate cross. Delicious.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Maltesers constitute the British equivalent of Whoppers malted milk balls. Though I enjoy both brands and almost anything with malt flavoring, Maltesers are the superior product. The chocolate is milkier and meltier, and the malt has a warmer flavor and a less dense consistency. For Easter, Maltesers created this charming two-bite bunny filled with an incredible, light-as-air malted cream with tiny chunks of crunchy malt ball suspended throughout. I've never experienced a malted cream filling before and it's brilliant. Talk about festive for the Easter Holiday! I wish Maltesers would create a malted cream candy for year-round! Thanks, Evan!
Monday, March 9, 2015
It's that magical time of year once more when Peeps go into overdrive with new colors, flavors, and shapes. I love to collect them all and like to support the constant innovation emerging from Just Born.
These are simply the classic chicks in green for Spring. I've had them before (see here) but I can never resist another round of these. Their fresh hue is perfection. And if I made a Peeps diorama, these would be the stars.see previous coverage here). I don't love the cloying flavor of the strawberry but do enjoy the undercurrent of creme underneath. It blends so nicely with the milk chocolate base. The pink sugar on pink marshmallow interior is also bright and fun.
Score (original): 4
Score (strawberry creme): 3
Score (blue raspberry): 2