Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gummy Snapshot: Jelly Stars

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Snicker's Hunger Bar Collection Continued

I cannot help but share a new addition to my growing collection of Snickers wrappers from the Hunger Bar ad campaign. Click here to see more....

Monday, November 23, 2015

Limited Edition Matthew Williamson Designed Nestle Mint Aero

I'm not up on British fashion designers so have no context for this new limited edition package design for Nestle's Aero Bar. The Nestle press release about the cross-branding project relays that the package bears his distinctive butterfly design. Whatever the source material, I like it! It's an enticing package for a good bar with pleasing colors that stand out in the candy aisle. On another note, the Mint Aero bar is a lot tastier than the original Milk Chocolate flavor. The mint lightens up the flavor to match each aerated mouthful.

Score (packaging): 5
Score (flavor): 4

Friday, November 20, 2015

Disappointing Holiday Treats: 8 Chocolate Maccabees for Hanukkah

There's not a whole lot of Hanukkah-themed candy out there, and I do wish that there more solid choices out there. I was excited to find a package of 8 Chocolate Maccabees distributed by Rite Lite Wholesale Judaica (available at Bed Bath & Beyond).

The foil-wrapped Maccabees are festive, a fun presentation for some Hanukkah sweets. I opened the wrapper and was shocked to find that the company used a Santa Claus mold for the chocolates. No little shield and robe, but instead the traditional fur-lined suit clasped with a square buckle. Listen, they look somewhat similar but this is a case where the choice to fashion a chocolate Maccabee out of a Santa mold is a little bit tone-deaf on the part of the manufacturers. The chocolate wasn't very good, either--waxy with low cocoa content. Allover a disappointment.

Score: 1

Monday, November 16, 2015

Pez Hedz Hello Kitty Soft Candy Chews

These Pez Hedz Hello Kitty Soft Candy Chews constitute a surprisingly light and refreshing chew. Flavors are raspberry gummy face with blueberry bow and strawberry gummy face with a strawberry bow. The candies aren't as super sweet or artificial tasting as one might expect looking at them, either. It's all about the aesthetics here but the nice flavors are a good bonus. On a side note, besides the branded name, I don't see any relationship to Pez Candy here. Perhaps it's a good sign, though, that the brand is branching out. I do love Pez.

Score: 3

Friday, November 13, 2015

Christmas Candy Avalanche: Nestle Crunch Snoopy Medallion

One day after Halloween, the seasonal candy with ghoulish themes disappears from candy aisles to be replaced by Christmas holiday candy. It seems a little early to get in the Christmas spirit, but I do have a weakness for these Christmas treats. To start the oncoming avalanche of Christmas goods, let's start with the lovely Nestle Crunch Snoopy Medallion. It's the traditional Nestle Crunch candy bar, rice krispies suspended in Nestle milk chocolate. However, the bar has been molded into a pleasing medallion depicting Snoopy and Charlie Brown sharing a scarf in a snow-filled landscape. I can't imagine a more festive stocking stuffer!

Score (flavor): 3
Score (aesthetics): 5

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Gummy Snapshot: Greek Fruit Jellies

These jellyrolls taste like Sour Patch Kids created from real fruit juice in fresh flavors of lemon, peach, orange, lime, and cherry. Thanks for bringing these beautiful treats all the way from Greece, Mrs. Lykidis!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Spanish El Almendro Turron Selection

Traditional Turron candy goes back over 500 years to Spain's Moorish roots. It's a hard nut-based nougat or brittle, almonds or other nuts roasted with plentiful honey and egg white sometimes added in to cohere the mixture. All three varieties of my selection by El Almendro (since 1883!) are delicious and now I desire to try more, especially a homemade version. Thanks for bringing this back in your suitcase, Mom!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Sweet Delights: Sicilia Lemon Resort Pocky

Pocky chocolate dipped biscuit sticks constitute such a classic sweet treat. The variety of flavor variations on the original are vast and overwhelming. One of my favorite go-to Pocky flavors of all time is the Sicilia Lemon Resort Pocky, a cookie stick dipped in a sparkling lemon icing- not too sweet, relying on a natural tart lemon base. So flavorful, so light and crunchy, so ideal for a sunny afternoon treat.

Score: 4