Friday, March 24, 2017

Limited Edition Vanilla Cupcake m&m's

I find myself both entranced and disappointed by the new limited edition Vanilla Cupcake m&m's. The color scheme is one of the most pleasing and appealing I've encountered in m&m's many color incarnations. They're so pretty. The taste, however, is pure white chocolate. With a little extra vanilla thrown in. I'm not sure what makes these Vanilla Cupcake rather than White Chocolate Vanilla m&m's. Where is the cupcake? What constitutes a cupcake taste? I would have guessed that these would taste a bit like all of the birthday cake flavored candies of late, but that particular artificial flavor doesn't emerge from the white chocolate. I'm not saying these are unpleasant to eat. If you like White Chocolate, they're super tasty. I had, however, hoped for more.

Score (taste): 3
Score (descriptive accuracy): 2
Score (color scheme): 5

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Holiday Sweets: Oreo Easter Egg

The idea behind the Oreo Egg is so exciting. Oreo cookie bits suspended throughout a thick vanilla cream and then all encased in an egg-shaped chocolate shell. Unfortunately, the chocolate shell is not milk chocolate but rather chocolate candy. It's difficult to make mockolate appealing and the effect on the overall bite is so very sugary. It's too bad, as this could have been delicious. Recently, Oreo seems to be branching out and cross-branding with all kinds of products. They should try this again with a chocolate company that will produce a high quality milk chocolate shell.

Score: 2

Monday, March 20, 2017

Orange Delight Peeps

This year's packaging

Last year's packaging

Same tasty Orange Peeps

Peeps has rolled out splashy new packaging this Easter, while renewing some favorite flavors of the past as well as innovating new ones as well. Orange Delights Marshmallow Chicks Dipped in Orange Fudge were released on the market last year (see image of last year's packaging) and has been re-released this year. Which is a good thing, because it's one of the better flavors that Peeps produces. Between the marshmallow and the fudge, not to mentioned the flavored specks of orange sugar drizzled on top, it tastes like you're eating a mellow creamsicle. The orange marshmallow alone would taste too bland, but with the more strident flavoring of the fudge and sugar topping, these chicks are pretty tasty. Of all the Peeps Delight flavors, I'd recommend reaching for this one.

Score: 3

Peeps Reviews Past (click each name to link to review):
Flavored Peeps
Apple Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Caramel Fudge  

Blueberry Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Flavored Fudge
Blue Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow
Bubble Gum Flavored Marshmallow
Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow
Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate  
Candy Corn Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Chocolate
Cherry Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate 
Cherry Flavored Marshmallow Drizzled in Dark Chocolate
Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow
Gingerbread Flavored Marshmallow
Hot Cocoa and Cream Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Chocolate
Lemonade Flavored Marshmallow 
Lemon Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Lemon Fudge 
Maple Brown Sugar Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Fudge 
Mint Flavored Marshmallow Covered in Milk Chocolate
Orange Creme Flavored Marshmallow 
Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow 
Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow Covered in Milk Chocolate 
Red Velvet Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Chocolate
Strawberry Creme Flavored Marshmallow
Strawberry Creme Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Milk Chocolate 
Strawberry Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Flavored Fudge 
Sugar Cookie Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Milk Chocolate
Vanilla Creme Flavored Marshmallow

Traditional Peeps
Peeps Bunnies
Peeps Chicks (Blue)
Peeps Chicks (Green)
Peeps Christmas Trees
Peeps Easter Eggs
Peeps Ghosts 
Peeps Hearts
Peeps Minions
Peeps Monsters
Peeps Pumpkins
Peeps Snowmen
Peeps Tombstones 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Nostalgia Snapshot: Japanese Botan Rice Candy

I was so happy to stumble upon a box of my favorite childhood candy, Botan Rice Candy, originating from Japan. It's nothing fancy or flashy. The appeal is more conceptual than flavor-based. Each piece of the mild rice candy comes in two wrappers. The first is a standard wrapper. The interior wrapper is made of rice and you leave that on the candy during consumption. It dissolves instantly on the tongue and feels like a magic trick. Plus there's the bonus of a sticker. Wonderful!

Score (nostalgia factor): 5
Score (dissolving wrapper): 5
Score (flavor): 3

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Project 7 Girl Scouts Thin Mints Sugar-free Gum

Project 7 invents some of the most innovative and whimsical flavors of sugar-free gum on the market (see past Project 7 reviews here). Some flavors work better than others. This new Girl Scouts Thin Mints gum constitutes a nice gum-version of the original cookie. A mellow chocolate gum is coated in a mint shell and they blend really nicely. Personally, chocolate gum is a little off-putting. I like more refreshing flavors. But of the chocolate varieties of gum sampled in the past, this is one of the better ones. Good for Girl Scouts for cross-branding their classic cookies so successfully. (Click here to see all of the variations on Girl Scout Cookies covered on obsessivesweets.)

Score (flavor accuracy): 4
Score (level of deliciousness): 3

Friday, March 10, 2017

Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Bunnies for Your Easter Basket

Ghirardelli milk chocolate counts as one of the most delicious offered by mass-market American chocolate brands. It's so decadently smooth and rich. For Easter, Ghirardelli is releasing two-packs of individually wrapped milk chocolate Easter bunnies. They're super cute, with an endearingly traditional design. It seems like a lot of packaging for basically two bites of chocolate. Perhaps selling the foil-wrapped bunnies individually would make the most sense, but they're a really solid holiday treat, nonetheless--perfect for an Easter basket.

Score: 4

Monday, March 6, 2017

German Chocolate: Schogetten Yoghurt-Stawberry

There is no question that Schogetten milk chocolate is tasty, a super milky mixture that easily melts in one's mouth. It shies away from too much sugar which could obscure the flavor of the chocolate. Despite the satisfying bite of the yogurt, the strawberry cream combines with the milk chocolate in a combination where sugary sweet prevails over any other flavor. Perhaps a dark chocolate would work better here.

Score: 3

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Candy Snapshot: Finding Dory Lollipop Ring

The flavor is just ok, but for any fan of Finding Dory this Hank strawberry lollipop ring constitutes a special treat!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Easter Bunnies Enjoy Hershey's Carrot Cake Kisses

Carrot Cake spells romance to me. The decadent cream cheese frosting mixing with earthy spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. It's simply the best cake out there. It was my wedding cake. It is beloved. All of this is to say that I was so utterly excited to try Hershey's Carrot Cake Kisses for Easter. They're mostly a success. I love the rich cream cheese element in the center of the Kiss. The rich nutmeg and cinnamon come through the orange casing, mixing nicely with the center. The essence of both carrot and cake are missing, though, replaced with a sweeter fruitier simulacrum that tastes quite artificial. I asked taste-tester Mark to name the flavor in a blind taste-test and he guessed Pumpkin Spice. He also is enormously fond of Carrot Cake, so he was disappointed that although the flavor is tasty, it misses the mark with accuracy. I'll still devour the entire bag.

Score (concept): 5
Score (flavor accuracy): 3