Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mike and Ike Lemonade Blends

I'm a big fan of original flavor Mike and Ike candies and have experienced some of their less successful varieties over the years. I approached these new Lemonade Blends with some trepidation, although I do like a good lemonade flavor. These didn't disappoint. Even as someone who is guilty of picking through flavors, these were all good and didn't take a bit of sorting or throwing out the bad bits. The flavors offered: Traditional Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Lime Lemonade, and Tangerine Lemonade. All delicious. And for this year, Mike and Ike candies (and its parent company, Just Born) will donate $100,000 and proceeds from sales of this flavor to a foundation fighting childhood cancer called Alex's Lemonade Stand. So you can feel a little bit philanthropic as you eat the entire delicious packet in one sitting. Thanks, Ben! (and thanks for getting two boxes!)

Score: 5

Deep Mountain Maple Candy

I've discussed my ongoing obsession with anything maple in past posts. For a time, at the end of writing my dissertation, I would spend sleepless evenings on the internet ordering maple treats from independent farms all over Vermont or Canada. Luckily, I've curtailed this expensive habit. Yesterday, though, I stumbled across the Deep Mountain Maple Syrup stand at the Union Square Green Market. This stuff is sublime. They don't even play with making the candy into whimsical shapes- these are lumps of the finest maple sugar candy I've encountered. There are a number of flavors but I stayed purist with the plain maple and a little taste of pecan maple (same candy, infused with little bits of candied pecan nuts. nice stuff). I only regret that I didn't purchase more. However, they're in the Union Square market every Saturday so I've only got to wait a week for my next fix!

Score: 5

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Al Nassma Goat Milk Chocolate

Add this onto my wishlist, Goat-Milk Chocolate products produced in Dubai by a company called Al Nassma. Could be dreadful, could be fantastic, but it's gotta be tasted! They aim to be "The Godiva of the Middle East"! To learn more, read the announcement from Reuters.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Lightning Bugs Gummy Candy: Grab a Bug! Light it Up!

Wow, these gummy lightning bugs taste pretty bland but the concept is fantastic (patent pending!)! Maybe a person should be wary of candy that comes with "magic tongs" powered by batteries, but I was enthralled. It really worked! The little wormy creature really glowed! These should be formed with wings or something, though, because they resembled glowing maggots more than fireflies. These would make a perfect Halloween treat.

Score (taste): 2
Score (innovation): 5

Twizzlers Sweet & Sour Filled Twists

I love these new Twizzlers Sweet & Sour Filled Twists! The twists are softer than the traditional Twizzlers and I prefer the new consistency. The cherry and lemon flavors are super sweet and tangy. The filling is a little thicker than one might expect, but once I got over the surprise, I got really into it. The bag disappeared so quickly. I miss them. Thanks, Dan!

Score: 5

McCowans Highland Toffee

Traditional Scottish toffee is the best, there's something so soothing about its buttery flavor and I love how it takes forever to eat- an excellent movie snack. Walkers' Traditional Toffee is my favorite by far. However, my teeth are sometimes alarmed by its exceedingly sticky consistency. Thanks to my wonderful friend Tara, I am now flush with a less dangerous form of the stuff, McCowan's Highland Toffee, carrying the promising motto "softer eating toffee." Though a bit less substantial in flavor, this stuff is delicious and carried much less dental anxiety along with its consumption.

Score: 4