Friday, November 19, 2010

A Non-Caloric Cupcake: Design-Your-Own Virtual Cupcake

image courtesy, cupcake cafe, nyc

And the cupcake craze continues. At least this newest endeavor, however, is devoid of regrettable calories. Today's Grub Street blog alerted me to a new website by Baked By Melissa that allows you to design your fantasy cupcake online- with so many alluring variables to consider. Perhaps I'm biased, but I do believe that my virtual Spice Cupcake with Maple frosting and Jelly filling would rival any flavor offered by the many cupcake purveyors across New York City. Go play and make something pretty!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

More Art from Candy: A Liz Lemon of Nerds

photo courtesy, whatthecool

I feel like candy is inspiring crafting and art everywhere I turn these days! A fantastic amalgam of two of my favorite things! This portrait by Andrew Salomone depicts 30 Rock actors Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin in a rainbow of Nerds candy and was originally published by whatthecool blog. If you'd like to try your own candy portraiture, Make:Projects provides a handy article on how to preserve your candy art for posterity. Now go craft something tasty and beautiful of your own!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Wishlist: Jelly Belly Air Fresheners

photos courtesy the glow company

Thanks to my friend Tara's investigative gifts, I am now aware of and searching out Jelly Belly's new line of candy-scented candles and air fresheners. Who knows, they may smell repulsive, but they could also emit sweetly spectacular jelly bean scented aromas! Now to track them down...

Demeter Tropical Dots Perfume

This Tropical Dots cologne spray by Demeter Fragrance Library was a big disappointment. I love the smell of Dots- a vaguely powdery subdued fruit melange that I believe would smell delicious upon my skin. This Tropical Dots perfume, though, emits a strident tutti frutti aroma that doesn't come even close to the actual candy. Which is surprising because no matter what one thinks of Demeter's fragrance choices, they tend to be almost alarmingly accurate. As I said, major disappointment. I vote that Demeter should make a Red Vines scent- I'd bathe in it.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Goo Goo Supreme Clusters

These traditional (since 1912!) Goo Goo Clusters, brought back from a Kentucky sojourn, are so fresh, so simple, so tooth achingly sweet, and sooo addictive. Pecans are suspended in milk chocolate which in turn surrounds a layer of both marshmallow and caramel. The entire thing constitutes an exceedingly sweet sticky and blissful mess. These are intense. I couldn't eat them all the time or in large quantities, but I love them nonetheless. Thanks, Farris!

Score: 4

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Mary Jane Wicked Mix

It would be an understatement to assert that I love the classic Mary Jane candies. Peanut butter taffy wrapped around a soft peanut butter center is sublime; it's hard to improve on perfection. That said, I'm glad that the company that makes Mary Jane candies tried. In the Halloween-inspired Wicked Mix we are presented with four new flavors: Peanut Butter and Jelly; Peanut Butter and Banana; S'mores; and Peanut Butter and Vanilla. None of them reach that joyous taste that makes you want/need to keep reaching into the bag for more and more. I think they're onto something in a few of these varieties, though- peanut butter really does go with almost everything. The Peanut Butter and Jelly is a grape flavored taffy wrapped around the soft peanut butter center. I had hoped for more. Somehow the grape is too cloying to blend well with the peanut butter flavor. They should have gone for a more tart red raspberry flavored taffy to really get it right. The Smores flavor was blatantly gross- there's no peanut butter in a Smore anyway. The Peanut Butter and Vanilla was great, though a little weak in presence compared to its classic counterpart. Finally, the Peanut Butter and Banana was an excellent surprise- a lovely flavor-filled candy that blends and melts effortlessly in one's mouth. And I don't usually love an artificial Banana. All in all, I'll stick with the classic. I'm really excited, though, to see the next Mary Jane flavor innovation! I'll be waiting!

Score: 3

Peeps Chocolate Mousse Marshmallow Cats

These chocolate mousse flavored cat-shaped Halloween Peeps are super cute. That's the only positive thing I can really say about them, though. The chocolate flavor infused into the marshmallow tastes awfully artificial- actually, a lot like the flavor in a chocolate Necco wafer. If you like those, these cats might be right up your alley! They sure look festive, though. Maybe they'd be good as a cake decoration for Halloween or something similar with emphasis on aesthetics rather than taste. Three cheers for Peeps continuing to experiment with variations on the classic- keep trying!

Score: 2