Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cadbury Creme Egg Minis

A Cadbury Creme Egg in its original form is absolute perfection. Variations, like the new Twisted chocolate bar, simply play around with the chocolate-to-cream ratio. As a lover of the sweet inner creme, I'm partial to the larger Cadbury pieces- the chocolate becomes simply a means to scoop all that deliciousness into one's mouth. I can't complain about the creme egg minis, especially because I tend to go with the theory that candy is more fun in miniature (as long as you've got a lot). That said, I still prefer the chocolate-creme ratio of the larger eggs or Twister chocolate bars. The limited amount of creme in the mini centers is more prone to dry out, as well, and what's the fun of a Cadbury Creme Egg that's lost the Ooze? Then again, the great packaging on these is clever and fun. Thanks for tracking these down, Dan!


Score: 4

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Waxing Rhapsodic on Primehouse Steak Jellies and Donuts

This amazing Blood Orange jelly candy is unfortunately site specific to Primehouse New York, but it's worth a visit just to taste this unique after-dinner mint substitute. It instantly melts in your mouth into a tart rich blood orange juice combined with the exterior grains of sugar. The taste lingers so pleasantly. These little jelly squares are amazing. I want one after every meal. And before, and maybe as a snack.

















And although these aren't actually candy, I feel compelled to cheer about these magnificent donut holes on the dessert menu. They come with three bottles of butterscotch, lemon, and chocolate syrups that you insert directly into the donuts and fill yourself. The combination of the syrup (hail hail butterscotch!) with the warm sugar-encrusted donut is perfection. I already find myself daydreaming of them. Thanks Howie & Audrey!


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Reese's Elvis Cups Limited Edition Peanut Butter and Banana Creme


Add these Elvis Presley Reese's Peanut Butter and Banana Creme Cups to my wish list!

Goetze's Caramel Creams


I simply love Goetze's Caramel Creams. After taste testing so many variations of international and gourmet caramel varieties of late, I needed simple caramel perfection. Goetze's aren't fancy but they hit the spot, the center cream mixing with the caramel into an even milkier combination. Not sickeningly sweet, these caramels are not only addictive but you can get really crafty with them- melt them over salty popcorn, squish them betwen two graham crackers, pair them with fresh apple slices. Their potential to increase the tastiness of almost any food is boundless!

Score: 5

Monday, March 16, 2009

Junior Mints Deluxe


I have yet to meet a Junior Mint I didn't enjoy, and these deluxe versions only improve on the original recipe! Approximately the size of a Cella's Chocolate Cherry, the center of these Junior Mint bonbons leans is more liquid than the original. And it's great. The intense mint flavor keeps the center from becoming too overwhelmingly sweet and the chocolate shell rapidly melts in your mouth. There's no easy way to eat this sticky treat without popping the entire thing into your mouth. I highly recommend the experience!

Score: 5

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Aji Ichiban Variety

I wandered into an Aji Ichiban store in Chinatown this morning and stocked up on some treats.




I have no idea who made this candy or really what it consists of. It's a beautiful little jewel of a something. The store clerk described it as a fig jelly, and there were tiny seeds in the red blob, but that's where resemblance to fig ended in my mind. The clear exterior blob consists of neutral rice candy, pleasing to chew on but without any real flavor. It's like chewing on sugar water. The figgy fruity center only diverged from the rest of the candy in consistency, adding some fibery mass to the combination. I loved the looks but would definitely not go for this one again.

Score : 2

Cocoaland Lot 100 Mango Gummy

The gummy consistency of a cocoaland lot 100 candy is lovely, firmer and less sticky than American gummy bears. The gummy tablet most resembles a sunkist fruit gem without the sugar coating.The mango flavor was disappointing, though, vaguely soapy and far too sweet.

Click here to read my review of Cocoaland Lot 100 Strawberry Gummy.
Click here to read my reviews of other Cocoland Lot 100 Gummies.





Score: 2

Malaysian Cocoaland Lot 100 Cola Gummy

What a strange cola flavor. It was almost spicy, perhaps with ginger, making the sweet soda flavor tingle on your tongue. It tasted a bit like an old-fashioned root or ginger beer, not delicious but intriguing. I wanted another just to check out the mysterious "cola" flavor again.Score: 2

To read other Cocoaland Lot 100 Gummy reviews, click here

Pizza Candy of Love Mango


Despite the delightful packaging on the Pizza Candy of Love, the mango hard candy inside was completely disgusting. I'm biased, though. It was flavored with tamarind and I think that all things tamarind have a weird vomit undertone.

Score: 1

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Cadbury Creme Egg Twisted


These new Cadbury Creme Egg Twisted candy bars are perfection. I've been waiting for these all my life and only bemoan their scarcity. I've been a big fan of Cadbury Creme Eggs for years. In fact, as a child my mom once got me across the country on a slow-moving train by promising me one Cadbury Creme Egg a day and it was worth it. I've always felt that it's awkward to eat that delicious cream filling in egg form, unnecessarily messy from the proportions of the egg. This double candy bar simply elongates the original egg, allowing you far more control in your consumption of the sticky filling. It's wonderful.

This incredible find merits a special shout out of thanks to my friend Dan who has an innate gift for finding elusive limited edition candy in the unlikeliest of places.

Score: 5

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sifers Valomilk

The marshmallow center really does flow from the chocolate cup, and it gets everywhere. It's totally worth the mess, though. The chocolate shell is thin and vaguely waxy, a necessity of containing the sticky center. The chocolate taste emerges through the marshmallow in a really pleasing way. These are simply delicious. Eating a Valomilk also has the additional bonus of supporting a family-owned candy making company. Now in their sixth generation of making solely Valomilks, the Sifer family business is based in Kansas. For a wonderfully reverential and engrossing description of a visit to the Valomilk factory, check out Steve Almond's book, Candy Freak.

Score: 5

Chase's Cherry Mash

I really wanted to like this beloved candy classic, but it simply wasn't my thing. Too many nuts, and the cherry filling didn't match my expectations. Not enough zip in the flavor combinations and the aesthetics of the bar don't add to the indulgence. It's another independent candy company, though, so I hope that Cherry Mash fans hold strong!


Score: 3

Hershey's Kisses Limited Edition Cherry Creme

It's a really sad story. These were the first limited edition kisses that I discovered and immediately went into an overdrive of consumption. The liquid cherry center is the perfect consistency, not like the more frosting-like fillers in other limited edition flavors like coconut or peanut butter. The cherry flavor doesn't have that cough syrup undertone that cherry sometimes carries in otherwise delicious candies. In fact, the cherry flavor somewhat resembles those wonderful Cella's Chocolate Covered Cherries that you can buy at the grocery store checkout. Sadly, I ate far too many. I experimented with freezing them (delightful!), melting them and pouring them over ice cream (not aesthetically pleasing but good), and the like. I recently tried to eat one and was repulsed by the sweet. Burnout has finally occurred and it's so disappointing that something once beloved now tastes so wrong. I still recommend them, just use some restraint!

Score: 4

Maltesers


I love these. They're basically the British version of Whoppers but the chocolate is so much creamier. The ratio of chocolate to malt definitely favors chocolate in the British version, and I prefer it that way. Luckily, they seem to be carried all over NYC so I get to eat them regularly.

Score: 4

Junior Mints Pastels

These are on my wish list!

Snickers Charged

I felt a little pep and it was the same great Snickers. No weird caffeine taste under the chocolate. These are great refrigerated!

Score: 4

Sunday, March 8, 2009

#1 Best Hot Cocoa: L.A. Burdick, Cambridge

This is my number 1 favorite hot cocoa in the world. Travel to Cambridge if necessary to have it at the source.

Score: 5

Joseph Schmidt Peanut Butter Truffle


I tried the peanut butter truffle from Joseph Schmidt and was overwhelmed by the strength of the chocolate. Honestly, I never really processed the peanut butter flavors because of the bitterness of the dark chocolate. The peanut butter filling was less a cream than a chocolate truffle center infused with peanut butter flavor. Thanks to my mom who picked these up at the Scharffen Berger factory in Emeryville!

Score: 4

Whoppers Limited Edition Reese's Peanut Butter


The first time I tried these limited edition peanut butter whoppers I was immediately taken by how synthetic and non-peanut buttery they smelled. The taste wasn't much better. I crunched through a few and put them away. The second time I tried them I was much hungrier, so persevered through the initial distaste. The peanut butter really works with the malt ball flavor and crunch. They should do a version with a larger ratio of peanut butter, the rich melty kind that smells like real peanuts.

Score: 3

Hershey's Kisses Limited Edition Creme de Menthe


Like those old-time Andes Mints but with better ratio of mint to chocolate, the key to these lovely limited edition kisses is the melty dark chocolate exterior and the consistency of the minty interior creme. My favorite of all the limited edition kisses. But I'm still waiting to try the caramel apple...

Score: 5

Vermont Trade Winds Maple Cream


Heavenly and pure, spread this maple cream on literally anything.

Score: 5

Nestle KitKat Limited Edition Muscat of Alexandria (Grape)


This limited edition KitKat comes in a pleasing toxic green shade, but that's where the pleasure ends. The waxy coating crumbles instead of melting and the flavor can't really be compared to anything I've encountered before- a raisin that's slightly off? I put it down after one bite. Enough.

Score: 1

Hershey's Kisses Limited Edition Hot Cocoa Creme


These simply taste like a chocolate cream-filled kiss. Maybe the hot cocoa moniker is more for effect than a true description of the flavor. Other than the whipped consistency of the center, it all tastes like chocolate to me. Thanks to Dan for adding these to my collection!

Score: 4

Morinaga Okinawa Milk Caramels


Really milky with a good consistency- starts out firm and melts quickly in your mouth! Great packaging that resembles a cigarette pack.

Score: 4

Lotte Blueberry Gum


I popped this lotte gum in my mouth and felt like Veruca Salt turning into an enormous engorged blueberry. The flavor was intense and delicious and it turned my mouth a similarly bizarre shade of blue-purple as my pet chow chow dog. The flavor disappears way too fast, though- a brilliant flash in the pan.

Score: 4

Lotte Spash Liquid in Gum Lime & Yuzu

All I tasted was the lime flavoring in this brilliantly-named gum. After getting all excited about the Yuzu, this was a little disappointing. But the liquid lime sp(l)ash inside nice and tart, unlike the cloyingly sweet lime flavorings favored in the U.S. The flavor disappeared fast but the gum was exciting while it lasted.
Score: 4

Pachitto Hi-Chew Gold Apple


Disappointing apple flavor. I couldn't finish more after eating the first, a very bad sign.

Score: 2

Lotte Cube Plus X Pink Grapefruit Mint Gum

I'm partial to grapefruit and the flavor of this gum sparkled with citrus zest. It was hard not to shove the whole box in my mouth. In addition, leave it to Japanese packaging to include a special pocket in the box with a surprise pad of green stick'm notes. I'm hooked and crave more.

Score: 4

Pachitto Hi-Chew Custard Pudding

Disgusting flavor. Milky non-flavor chew filled with chocolate-like bubbles. I had to fight from spitting out the first piece. The rest are languishing in a drawer. Feh.

Score: 1

Lotte Black Black Gum


Score: 2

Lotte Black Black Candy


Score: 2

Peko-Chan Milky



Despite the good packaging, these caramel candies taste like stale Milkfuls. Ick.

Score: 2

Morinaga Okinawa Black Sugar Caramel

The black sugar adds a strangely bitter bite to these sweet caramels. Not as openly inviting as a milk caramel, but it grows on you. The great packaging seals the deal.
Score: 3