Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Roxbury Mountain Maple Organic Maple Cream, Hobart, New York

Whenever I'm down, my go-to comfort food is maple cream. As I've written about numerous times before (click here), maple constitutes my favorite flavor and nothing compares to a maple cream comprised of the real home-tapped syrup. As the lid proudly proclaims, Roxbury Mountain Maple Cream of Hobart, New York is Dark and Strong and might even constitute the best maple cream I've ever tasted. It's difficult to be objective as I spoon helpings for myself straight from jar. Thanks, Ben, for feeding my addiction!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Winter Mint Sixlets

As previously recorded on obsessivesweets, because Sixlets are made of chocolate candy rather than real milk chocolate, they're certainly less delicious than m&m's. There's something still quite compelling about consuming a handful of Sixlets, though. Perhaps it's the vaguely fruity flavor of the candy shell or maybe it's just perfect packaging containing the ideal handful of sweet chocolatey pellets. There's something about them I can't resist. Happily, the Mint Sixlets are an improvement on the original. Infused with a solid mint flavor, the pellets have to reply less on the mock-chocolate centers and allow you to focus on the satisfying crunch of the bite.

Score: 3

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Festive Holiday Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffle Star

Of all of the myriad chocolate truffle options on the market during the Christmas season, Lindt Lindor's Milk Chocolate Star Truffle is by far my favorite. It's the same round truffle that you can buy individually year-round but molded into a festive two-bite star shape for the holidays. The Swiss chocolate company has perfected the truffle recipe that so it basically liquefied the moment it hits your mouth. You can't go wrong with these if you'd like to share a holiday sweet and they constitute the ideal stocking stuffer.

Score: 4

Friday, December 2, 2016

Limited Edition for the Holidays: Andes Cherry Jubilee Thins

These limited edition Andes Cherry Jubilee Thins, issued for the holidays, come so close to something really special but end up missing the mark. The flavor of the interior cherry layer tastes fresh and juicy--delicious!-- but unfortunately the cherry is overwhelmed by the two thick layers of milk chocolate. There needs to be a higher ratio of cherry, and if I had my preference the chocolate would be dark rather than milk. I hope Andes works with this cherry flavor and integrates it into future products.

Score: 3

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Girl Scout Cookies Cereals: The Newest Incarnation

photo courtesy of General Mills via grubstreet

Girl Scouts Cookies have been cross-branded with Nesquik milk, Nestle Crunch bars, and Lip Smackers lip balms, to name just a few. And now word over at has it that Girl Scout Cookies Cereals, in Samoas and Thing Mints flavors, will debut on the market in January. I'm doubtful about the Thin Mints cereal flavor, but believe that the Caramel Crunch could be delightful! I certainly intend to try both.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Offerings: Russell Stover Hot Cocoa Candy Bar

The idea behind Russell Stover's Hot Cocoa Candy Bar is a nice one--enveloping layers of chocolate and vanilla marshmallow in a layer of milk chocolate. The end result should taste like a sip of hot cocoa in theory but, sadly, in reality it does not. The major issue is the "cocoa-infused" chocolate marshmallow. The chocolate flavor is so artificial, it taints all the other elements. There are a number of delicious Russell Stover holiday offerings, but I'd definitely skip over this one.

Score: 2

Russell Stover Varieties:
Russell Stover Apple Pie in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Banana Whip in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Birthday Cake in Milk Chocolate 

Russell Stover Caramel and Marshmallow in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Caramel Apple in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Carrot Cake in White Chocolate
Russell Stover Chocolate Marshmallow in Milk Chocolate

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

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

Monday, November 28, 2016

Hammond's Cookie Butter Candy Bar

I count myself as a big (BIG) fan of Speculoos, not to mention an early adopter, long before this wave of Speculoos products on the market of late. I also love Hammond's chocolate and the company's innovative candy bar flavors and high quality ingredients. Unfortunately, though, this Cookie Butter candy bar lacked a wow-factor. The ginger speculoos cream has a good ginger cookie flavor and consistency but it gets lost in the thick slabs of milk chocolate encompassing the thin pockets of cookie cream. The ratio is off. I want the cookie cream to burst out of a thin casement of chocolate, maybe even dark chocolate.

Score: 3

Friday, November 25, 2016

Milka Choco Wafer Bar from the Czech Republic

The Milka Choco Wafer, hailing from the Czech Republic, is about as close to wafer bar perfection as the traditional recipe goes. We're talking layers of vanilla wafers and chocolate cream all enrobed in milk chocolate. There are all kinds of crazy variations on the market, but it would be hard to improve on the creamy Milka chocolate, soft and rich chocolate cream, and ultra light wafers presented here. Thanks for this one, Mom!

Score: 4

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 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)

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 (Turkish)  

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Newsworthy: Ample Hills Creamery Serves Up Limited Edition Gilmore Girls Ice Cream

image courtesy of ample hills creamery

Please excuse my flurry of excitement. Unless you're a Gilmore Girls fan, this post may seem superfluous. For true fans, though, this is Big News. Ample Hills Creamery of Brooklyn has made a special Gilmore Girls ice cream, called They Scoop Gilmores, Don't They, in honor of the upcoming reunion special (to run on Netflix beginning at midnight on November 25. Hooray!). Ample Hills Creamery makes incredibly good ice cream and I'm more than happy to engage with (or propel) Gilmore Girls hysteria. Fittingly, the flavor features Coffee and Chocolate Pudding ice creams with snickerdoodle cookie chunks and pink sprinkles. If you don't happen to live in Brooklyn, you can order the ice cream for a limited time from the Ample Hills webpage

Monday, November 21, 2016

Christmas Sweets: Gobstopper Snowballs

There's nothing new flavor-wise with Gobstopper Snowballs. They're the same maddeningly-solid jawbreakers as before. They look nice, though, thematically colored for Christmas, like glistening tree ornaments. Only the white ones replicate snowballs, so the name is a little bit incongruous, but they're a festive treat nonetheless.

Score: 3