Friday, June 23, 2017

Koeze Company Cream-Nuts Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Clusters (since 1910!)


The Koeze Company is at base a peanut butter company, and so their Cream-Nuts Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Clusters really celebrates the peanut butter center. I really like it that way. The pecans and milk chocolate nicely cohere and blend with the peanut butter, but they are clearly just solid support players in this mix. The peanut butter is smooth and creamy and not too sweet. Often sugar masks the warm taste of peanuts but Koeze gets it right. If you can find some Cream-Nuts, treat yourself! Thanks Mark!

Score: 4

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Snoopy Branded Green Apple Pocky


As a lifelong Snoopy fan, I'm automatically excited about Green Apple Pocky. The packaging is perfect Snoopy sweetness. Although I'm wondering if the text explains the presence of this mysterious cat character alluded to on the front of the box and portrayed on the back? It's a very subjective flavor. The green apple frosting tastes like a creamy Green Apple Jolly Rancher. I just don't enjoy that flavor, especially combined with a cookie stick. If you enjoy the Green Apple hard candy you will be delighted with this Snoopy-branded option.

Score (packaging): 4
Score (enjoyment of flavor): 2

To read past Pocky reviews, click HERE.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Reese's Mini Sticks



Reese's Sticks are the Reese's brand entry into the already saturated wafer bar market. The key is that Reese's Sticks are layered with rich and creamy Reese's peanut butter and it's a fantastic combination. If you're in the mood for a peanut butter cup but that sounds too heavy or substantial, opt for a Reese's Stick--it will do perfectly. Unfortunately, whereas Reese's Sticks come in a wrapped package, Reese's has also released unwrapped Mini Sticks in a bag. This is such a basic mistake. Even in cool weather, the delicate wafer bars immediately start melting and adhering to one another not to mention getting crushed and crumbled. Lesson to Reese's: keep these darlings safe and individually wrapped as it's the only way they survive distribution.

Score (Reese's Sticks): 5
Score (Reese's Mini Sticks in a Bag): 3



Wafer Bars Past:
Bingo Serenata Double (Greece) 
Bocadin Wafer Bar (Mexico)
Johnny Krocker Milk Wafer Bar (Ukraine)
Karin Blume Orange Mille Feuille Chocolate Bar (Japan) 
Kit Kat Caramel (United States)
Kit Kat Cheesecake (Japan) 
Kit Kat Chunky Mint (England)
Kit Kat Cookies & Cream (United States)

Kit Kat Darkness (Dark Chocolate)(United States)
Kit Kat Halloween (White Chocolate) Edition (United States)  
Kit Kat Milk Coffee (Japan)
Kit Kat Muscat of Alexandria (Grape)(Japan)  
Kit Kat Orange (United States) 

Kit Kat Red Velvet (United States) 
Kit Kat Royal Milk Tea (Japan)

Kit Kat Triple Chocolate (United States) 
Mama Mia Wafer Bar (Poland) 
Manner Original Neapolitan Wafers (Vienna) 
Milka GoFree Chocolate Wafer Bar (Turkey)

Milky Way Ameo Bar (Poland)
Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Cookie Wafer Bar (United States)
Nestle Nesquik Wafer Bar (Turkey)

Nestle Tin Larin Wafer Bar (Mexico)  
Tiki Gold Wafer Bar (Trinidad/ Tobago)
Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Biscuit (Scotland)
Ulker Chocolate Wafer Bar (Turkey)
Ulker Cokonat (Turkey)

Ulker Dido Wafer Fingers (Turkey)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Tirol Fried Banana Chocolate Squares from Japan


Oh my, this whole Tirol chocolate scene is new to me but has been flourishing in Japan since 1962. It's a vast line of unique chocolate flavors, each one delivered in a one-bite cube wrapped in stand-out packaging, and available for a low price. My first experience with Tirol was a Fried Banana White Chocolate cube. The wrapper is so colorful with an image of sliced bananas and colorful flowers. The cube, white chocolate, is stamped with a whimsical house. Why? Who knows, but it's a cute surprise. By this point in the process, I was completely won over. The flavor of banana in the bite is delicious and surprisingly non-artificial (unlike most banana flavored candy). Mixed with light crunchy banana chips, the bite tastes a little bit like a very sweet banana granola bar. The white chocolate casing is not too delicious--I'd say that's the one disappointment of the sweet. It's waxy and doesn't melt in the mouth, and the sugar masks the chocolate flavor. Overall, these are a fun bite but I probably wouldn't return to eat more with any compulsion. That said, I am so excited to find new Tirol flavors to taste-test. A whole new world to explore!

Score (visuals): 5
Score (unique flavor innovation): 5
Score (waxy white chocolate): 2

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Via Atlas Obscura: Communal Candy Desk in United States Senate

Image via Atlas Obscura 

Who knew? There is one designated desk in the United States Senate that functions as a communal candy desk for all Senators. The desk resides in the Republican side of the chamber, but Democrats share equally in the stashed sweets. 

To read the full article on Atlas Obscura, click HERE

Monday, June 12, 2017

New Nuts: Hazelnut Snickers



Snickers with Hazelnut is a really nice idea, especially these days when hazelnuts reign supreme as the go-to candy nut. That said, the combination doesn't work for me. Hazelnuts have an earthier, more subtle flavor compared with peanuts, and unfortunately the delicate hazelnuts get lost in the mix of a Snicker's Bar. They are also a bit less crunchy, and thus less satisfying than peanuts. I'm thrilled I got a chance to try the combo, but alas, it's just not as delicious as the original. 

Score (concept): 4
Score (in actuality): 2

Friday, June 9, 2017

Taste of California Strawberry KitKat



(A cat's paw slips into the frame. Everyone wants a KitKat!)


The "Taste of America" campaign is a little confusing because the selections don't really match the states. Strawberry Kit Kat, the "taste of California" is actually one of the better connections of flavor to location. The BBQ Payday is possibly appropriate but sounds so gross. Honey Roasted Reese's Peanut Butter Cups sound great--but is Georgia the honey state? I'm so curious what might be released for Alaska. Or North Dakota. Or Minnesota. The Strawberry KitKat is tasty--light, crispy, fresh, and not too artificial. Strawberry chocolate just isn't a personal preference. It tastes identical to Strawberry Quik. If you're a fan, you will love these.

Score (accurate strawberry milk flavor): 4
Score (personal and biased feelings about flavor): 2



Wafer Bars Past:
Bingo Serenata Double (Greece) 
Bocadin Wafer Bar (Mexico)
Johnny Krocker Milk Wafer Bar (Ukraine)
Karin Blume Orange Mille Feuille Chocolate Bar (Japan) 
Kit Kat Caramel (United States)
Kit Kat Cheesecake (Japan) 
Kit Kat Chunky Mint (England)
Kit Kat Cookies & Cream (United States)

Kit Kat Darkness (Dark Chocolate)(United States)
Kit Kat Halloween (White Chocolate) Edition (United States)  
Kit Kat Milk Coffee (Japan)
Kit Kat Muscat of Alexandria (Grape)(Japan)  
Kit Kat Orange (United States) 

Kit Kat Red Velvet (United States) 
Kit Kat Royal Milk Tea (Japan)

Kit Kat Triple Chocolate (United States) 
Mama Mia Wafer Bar (Poland) 
Manner Original Neapolitan Wafers (Vienna) 
Milka GoFree Chocolate Wafer Bar (Turkey)

Milky Way Ameo Wafer Rolls (Poland)
Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Cookie Wafer Bar (United States)
Nestle Nesquik Wafer Bar (Turkey)

Nestle Tin Larin Wafer Bar (Mexico)  
Tiki Gold Wafer Bar (Trinidad/ Tobago)
Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Biscuit (Scotland)
Ulker Chocolate Wafer Bar (Turkey)
Ulker Cokonat (Turkey)

Ulker Dido Wafer Fingers (Turkey)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Lotte Blueberry Gum


Why isn't there more blueberry in the candy aisle? It's such a compelling flavor, a good variation on the more typical Strawberry and Raspberry options. Where is Blackberry for that matter? Blueberry gum from Japanese candy company, Lotte, creates a super juicy addictive flavor (plus I feel like Violet Beauregarde from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and that's a big bonus). That said, the flavor wavers more toward Cassis than Blueberry. Delicious nonetheless, but I'd love to see a true Blueberry flavoring one day, as well.

Score (flavor): 4
Score (flavor accuracy): 2
Score (overall): 3

Friday, June 2, 2017

Summer Flavors: Lindt Lindor Citrus White Chocolate Truffles




Taste testers at obsessivesweets.com are collectively swooning for these new Lindt Lindor Citrus White Chocolate Truffles. Their whipped filling is so light, so delicate, so unique. It's difficult to label the flavor--guesses included "key lime pie" and "creamsicle." The citrus is mellow and balances the white chocolate so beautifully. Beware, these truffles are incredibly addictive. I plan to eat as many as possible during the Summer candy season.

Score: 5

Monday, May 29, 2017

From Dubai: Arabian Delights Chocodate


News to me: chocolate and dates are a delicious combination, like combining chocolate with nature's caramel. Add in a central almond and you have a really wonderful sweet yet natural flavor combination. We need more dates and figs in the American candy market and Arabian Delights Chocodates from Dubai remind me of this need. Thank you, Veitch family!