Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Izumiya Confectionery Co. Christmas Cookies

Thanks to Mina, Megumi, and the whole Tomioka family for sending these festive Izumiya Confectionary Company Christmas cookies! Besides the enticing packaging, these basic butter cookies are extra crisp and light and addictive. I hear the company is the oldest producer of pre-packaged cookies in Japan, dating back to 1917, and now I can see where they get their staying power. Delicious and delightful!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Magnolia Cupcakes Everywhere

I've written about the over-saturation of cupcakes in New York City a number of times in the past (click here to read the kvetching). I've also written of the roots of this over-saturation stemming directly from Magnolia Bakery. I don't like to write about them too much because it was publicity (aka, Sex and the City)that messed up that bakery in the first place. That said, I feel obligated to report that today's Grub Street blog announces that Magnolia Cupcakes will soon be available for all, no matter where you live. As of January 2, Magnolia is willing to send their butter cream frosted treats to any U.S. address. (I wonder how they stay really fresh. Butter cream by nature does not travel easily). So if you want to know what all the fuss is about, go to the Magnolia Bakery homepage and order up a dozen.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Junior's Christmas Cheesecake, Brooklyn

Junior's is the quintessential Brooklyn restaurant and boasts what some consider the best cheesecake in the world (I agree) and what I consider the best lemon meringue pie ever. Go there as fast as you possible can. Not that it's going anywhere- it's been around since 1950 and seems to be staying put. I was there last night- try not to be jealous. Anyway, this is just a shoutout about their Christmas holiday themed cheesecake- simply beautiful. You can order it by mail, too. Check out the website here...

Tootsie Pop Drops Candy Cane Flavor

Saturated with peppermint flavor, these Candy Cane Tootsie Pop Drops are wonderful! My only complaint: unlike a tootsie pop lollipop, these contain smaller tootsie centers so that the ratio of shell to tootsie filling feels a bit off. I love the candy cane flavor, though, and wish these were for sale year-round.

Score: 4

Wonka Sweetarts Merry Mix

Nothing new to the basic make-up of these Wonka Sweetarts Merry Mix except the festive holiday shapes- Christmas trees, bells, and snowmen. No surprises, but still delicious and newly festive for the holiday season!

Score: 3

Wish List Fulfilled! M&M's Cinnamon

Sometimes wishes do come true! I recently wrote about my longing to find the new limited edition Cinnamon m&m's (click here to read) and had been dreaming about them an awful lot in the meantime. Last night I found them at Target (apparently Target struck a deal to be their only purveyor) and today I awoke like a kid on Christmas morning ready to dive in. They're good. They're not all I had hoped for, though. They do have this mellow Cinnamon taste that is striking for the first two or three you consume and then you forget about because it is so subtle. Honestly, it tastes a little like Mexican hot cocoa- cinnamon-spiced chocolate that is one of my favorite tastes in the world. But this is Mexican hot cocoa for people who aren't that into cinnamon whereas I think that cinnamon should be used in abundance in pretty much everything (have you ever added it into peanut butter?- such a treat!). So I had been hoping these would honor the cinnamon a little more, let the flavor sing, push the spice flavor to the forefront. I think m&m's brand is onto something great but should pump up the volume a little on the entire endeavor.

Score: 4

Monday, December 12, 2011

Junior Mints Holiday Mix

Junior Mints are sublime in their original form. It's hard to make them even better. I really like this holiday mix idea from Junior Mints where they appear to be your standard Junior Mints and taste like your standard Junior Mints but if you bite them in half you are confronted by green, red, or white colored filling, like a hidden homage to the holiday! Honestly, who really eats a Junior Mint by biting it in half. [note: I have now been informed that plenty of people bite their Junior Mints in half- I think that's better left for a Peppermint Patty but to each their own]. You could go through an entire box without noticing. I like the subtlety. About half of each mini-box is comprised of the white-cream originals; the other half is about 50% red and 50% green. These are really hard to resist!

Score: 5

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Milka GoFree Cikolatah Gofret

The Milka GoFree (Cokolatah Gofret) chocolate wafer bar fares a little better to my mind than the Princessa Maxi. This Turkish delight boasts very light crispy wafers and a thicker coating of rich chocolate. Wafer bars never blow me away, but this Go Free is better than most- a little more substantial.

Score: 3

Monday, December 5, 2011

Nestle Princessa Maxi Mleczna

The Nestle Princessa Maxi Mleczna constitutes your basic chocolate and wafer bar, via Poland. But honestly, the chocolate is pretty waxy and the creme filling was really dry. The wafers were nicely crispy, though. However, I prefer other wafer bars to this one.

Score: 2

Cadbury Picnic

Cadbury's Picnic bar is not my cup of tea, but I think that it's probably sublime for the right palate. A mixture of peanuts and delicious Cadbury chocolate enrobe a raucous mixture of nougat, caramel, biscuit, puffed rice, and raisins. It's fun and vaguely wholesome and certainly filling- pleasant overall- but I think it reminds me a little too much of a granola bar. An unhealthy granola bar. There are so many more exciting chocolate products, especially made by Cadbury, I just don't think I'd choose this bar a second time over other options. Thanks for finding this, Will!

Score: 3

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pervasive Macaron: NYC Edition

Today's edition of Grub Street New York alerts readers to a wonderful map, created by the American Almond Products Company, of macaron purveyors within New York City's 5 boroughs! (Though you won't find any macaron in Staten Island). The map, as well as the endeavor to taste-test every macaron, is entitled and trademarked as "Macaronathan." Helpful and tantalizing, both! Click here to see for yourself!!