Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Costume: Marzipan Dressed as a Pepperoni and Mushroom Pizza

Brought to you by the Fortunato Brothers Pastry Shop, Brooklyn. Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween Candy: Mike and Ike Mummy's Mix

The packaging for the Halloween edition of Mike and Ike Mummy's Mix is certainly festive. The mummy pictured on the black box perfectly straddles the line between cute and spooky. The seasonal mix also offers a variation on the classic flavors. Whereas classic Mike & Ikes come in an array of Orange, Lime, Lemon, Cherry, and Strawberry, the Mummy Mix features Orange, Lime, Lemon, Grape, and Raspberry. Honestly, there's not a lot of difference between the Raspberry and Cherry flavors. The raspberry hosts more of a neutral berry flavor that tastes about half-way between Cherry and Strawberry. I like how the Grape candies mix in, though- a strong addition to the blend. Good for Just Born for not just changing the packaging but also the flavor profile in honor of the candy holiday!

Score: 4

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Limited Edition Sweet Pringles for the Holiday Season

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Pringles have never landed on obsessivesweets before because they stand in savory opposition to the sugar-focused viewpoint of the blog. However, for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, reports that Pringles are shifting from savory to sweet, introducing three new flavors: Pumpkin Pie Spice; White Chocolate Peppermint; and Cinnamon & Sugar. I think these could be quite tasty! A little salty crunch at base with a sprinkling of pumpkin, peppermint, or cinnamon flavors could constitute the ultimate munchy snack. I like those baked pita chips sprinkled with Cinnamon and Sugar and these might be similar. Although a little wary of the pumpkin, I'm excited to try all three new varieties.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Chocolate Bar, NYC: Dark Salty Chocolate Mustache

Although sold year-round and not intended specifically for Halloween, The Chocolate Bar's Dark Salty Chocolate Mustache can serve double duty as part of your Halloween costume as well as a tasty snack. Hand-crafted dark chocolate has a nice rich taste but doesn't really melt in your mouth. Perhaps they had to make the chocolate a little more solid in order for it to maintain its mustachioed form. Also, instead of sprinkling salt throughout the pre-molded chocolate, the Chocolate Bar simply adheres a smattering of large salt crystals to the back of the mustache. To my taste, the salt is a little too chunky so you end up with big blasts of salt rather than a subtle infusion. That said, I had a ball playing with and then consuming my chocolate mustache. There are myriad creative possibilities to be discovered with these unique lollipops.

Score (taste): 3
Score (concept): 5

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Halloween Treats: Candy Corn Bagel, The Bagel Store, Brooklyn

The Bagel Store, located in Brooklyn at the intersection of Metropolitan and Graham Avenues, has a mad scientist at the bagel helm, who invents preposterous/innovative/thrilling new bagel recipes almost daily. And this is not to be confused with some place that's replacing good quality with wild and distracting flavors. These are great bagels, comparable to a fresh baked, still-hot H&H bagel, the best bagel experience on earth. I would choose to eat a plain bagel from The Bagel Store over pretty much any other- and keep in mind I live on bagels (and candy). So the other day I walked in and examined the flavors of the day. Rainbow Cookie Bagel (sold out)! Cannoli Cream Cheese! Banana Bagel (sold out)! Egg and Cheddar Bagel (super scrumptious, especially warmed up)! And finally, Candy Corn bagel for Halloween. It was just right. Ok, it didn't exactly taste like candy corn, but it was a subtly sweet bagel. You could still put on cream cheese and just find it to be a bit sweeter and corn syrup-ier than your average plain bagel. But include the sweet flavor with layers of orange and yellow and white bagel dough and your mind goes straight to candy corn when you take a bite. Brilliant!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The New Cadbury Crispello: Just for the Ladies

photo courtesy of The Guardian

This morning I read in The Guardian about a new candy bar being released from Cadbury geared especially for women. The Crispello consists of three individually-wrapped (and resealable) pieces of chocolate all wrapped within one larger candy bar wrapper. An exterior shell of Cadbury chocolate surrounds a crisp wafer, which in turn surrounds a center of light whipped chocolate. It certainly look enticing on the wrapper. So what makes this new candy for women instead of for the non-gendered masses? Here's what I'm guessing is Cadbury's justification: ladies want portion control, even though they must have their chocolate. Since we are unable to control our intake of chocolate (I am offended at this assumption, even though it is true in my case), Cadbury offers a bar that does the thinking for us, offering a candy bar not only broken into thirds and wrapped as individual pieces, but also making those wrappers resealable so that we can practice even further portion control on our own. Plus the interior chocolate is whipped and light so won't pack in as many calories overall. I'd like to mention that I've seen an awful lot of men who appear to have trouble with will-power when it comes to chocolate consumption so perhaps the message of the Crispero should not be put forth as a gender issue in the marketing department, but more of an overarching health issue. Of course, maybe this is Cadbury's answer to Nestle's Yorkie (Motto: "It's Not For Girls!"). Whatever my feelings for the negative gender advertising, I'm super into finding and testing one of these Crispellos. If anyone in the United States happens upon a purveyor, please let me know!
Click here to read the original article on The Guardian blog

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Jelly Belly Hello Kitty Favorite Flavors Jellybeans

Let's take a brief break from all of this new Halloween candy arriving on the scene. It's my favorite candy season of the year but sometimes all of those dark colors and gruesome shapes and scary themes (Cadbury Creme Eggs with Green Yolk!? Eek!) become too much. I relate candy, overall, to bright colors and cheerful themes, and what's more warm and fuzzy than Hello Kitty merchandise? Jelly Belly jellybeans are so good at pairing with popular brands to create new jellybean mixes. (Click here for the brilliant Jelly Belly Beatrix Potter/ Peter Rabbit Collection). The color scheme here is perfect for Hello Kitty fans (me, included), with multiple shades of red, both transparent and opaque, speckled pink, light pink, bubble gum pink. It's beautiful. The flavors definitely lean toward the sweet side of the Jelly Belly line: Bubble Gum, Cotton Candy, Red Apple, Sour Cherry, Very Cherry, and Strawberry Cheesecake. In my perfect world, they'd replace the Bubble Gum and Cotton Candy with something a little more tart, but overall it's a good, thoughtful mix that hits the Hello Kitty branding on the mark.

Score: 3

Monday, October 1, 2012

White Chocolate Candy Corn m&m's Update: Single Serving Size Available

I already wrote a joyous review of m&m's limited edition White Chocolate Candy Corn flavor [read review here]. However, at the time I thought that one could only purchase the treats in bulk-size bags. This large quantity can spell trouble when one has trouble asserting any sort of will-power while consuming sweets. I'm happy to announce, however, that consumers can also indulge in the season-specific sweet without committing to a massive bag. The Candy Corn m&m's also come in individual-size packages. And now I'm seeing them at every bodega and Duane Reade pharmacy I pass instead of only in large bags at Target. Pick up a package- it's definitely worth trying in the smaller size!