Saturday, June 27, 2009

Strawberried Peanut Butter M&M's

Dreams really do come true! Back in May I added the limited edition Strawberried Peanut Butter M&M's to my wish list, and magnificent Dan managed to track them down! Unlike the Snicker's Nougabot Bar tie-in for Transformers 2, this limited edition candy did not disappoint. Even the name is fantastic. I'm a big fan of the larger peanut butter m&m's and count them as one of my favorite candies of all time. These are not quite at that level of the sublime but they're pretty amazing. The strawberry is somehow infused into the peanut butter, and although cloyingly sweet, it truly tastes like a peanut butter & jelly sandwich wrapped in a delicate chocolate shell. Oh my, I like these a lot and will have to stockpile them before they disappear.

Score (taste): 4
Score (innovation): 5

Snickers Nougabot Bar

Hmm, movie tie-ins with candy are fun, but I really don't get this Snickers Nougabot Bar with yellow nougat in honor of Transformers 2. There's absolutely no change in the flavor from original Snickers; the nougat is merely dyed yellow. Maybe a blue nougat or green would at least weild a toxic surprise upon chomping down on your Snickers, but the yellow just looks like the nougat aged. Blech. I mean, don't get me wrong, I ate the whole thing because it's still Snickers perfection, but yellow was meaningless and tie-in seemed kind of uninspired to me. Thank you, Dan, for finding these so that I could experience all of their Transformers 2 glory. Let's go see the movie on Thursday.

Score (taste): 5
Score (innovation): 1

Beemans Chewing Gum

I already waxed rhapsodic about Clark's Teaberry Gum, and Beemans runs along the same lines of a classic gum whose days are numbered. Only produced every 3 years, right now is the gum is fresh and available and you should get it, along with Black Jack and Clove varieties, while you can. Like the Brooklyn Gum I recently tasted, Beemans' wintergreen flavor starts off subtley and the gum stays soft for a long time. It's a pleasure to chew and I think it should be produced and distributed year-round. The Victory Old Time Candy Store is currently selling the packs individually or in bulk and also offers a great history of the chewing gum. The Old Time Candy Company also offers the gum for sale and hosts a touching inventory of memories related to Beeman's gum written in by die-hard fans. Thanks, Molly!

Score: 4

Jutrzenka Kamyki Orzechowe

I was treading on entirely untested ground with these Jutrzenka Kamyki Orzechowe. The colorful little pebbles, a product of Poland, are a delightfully simple concept- sugar-covered peanuts with shells akin to Jordan Almonds, but more delicate. I dare say I felt almost healthy snacking on these. I'd love to be able to find these sassy peanuts more frequently. Thanks, Christa, for discovering these!

Score: 4

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Panda Vodka Chocolates

I'm one of those people who will always choose a sweet over a cocktail. Vodka and Whiskey and the like just don't taste very good to me. Considering the week I've had, though, these Panda Vodka-filled chocolates from Finland were a fantastic combination of booze and sugar! The dark chocolate shell is really delicate and you pretty much have no choice but to shove the whole candy into your mouth- it's filled to the top with precarious liquid that threatens to explode from the instant the candy is out of the wrapper until it's safely in your mouth. Trust, I got splashed on my first awkward attempt. That said the chocolate blends with the vodka beautifully. I couldn't stomach these every day but they're a fabulous treat! Thanks, Christa!

Score: 4

Brooklyn Spearmint Gum

Of course I'm in it for the packaging. Aside from that, though, this is great gum. Apparently a popular product in Italy, the flavor of spearmint gum starts really subtly. However, the flavor does the opposite of your typical stick of Wrigley's where it begins with a punch and quickly succumbs to that horrifying aftertaste. It's barely there at first but the flavor grows and lasts for a surprisingly long time. Also, if you're like me and chew a piece of gum to death, this boasts the additional benefit of staying super soft. I have to try to find this again! Oh sweet, a great history of the product published in The Seattle Times!

Score: 5