Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Wrap-Up: Pearsons Dark Chocolate Mint Patties

These Christmas Edition Pearsons Dark Chocolate Mint Patties rival York Peppermint Patties for deliciousness and mass consumability. I'd guess that there's a little bit higher ratio of peppermint to chocolate in a Pearsons Pattie than in a York- the patties seem a tad bit thicker. They are also a tiny bit less aerated- not only is the pattie a bit thicker than a York, it feels substantially heavier in the hand and is slower to break down on the tongue. They're great. I wish Pearsons had gone out on a limb and done something a little more special for the holiday- a santa-shaped candy, or pink or green-colored mint pattie- something that takes a little more creativity and effort to produce. I'd still eat a bag of these any day with pleasure.

Score: 3

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Wrap-Up: Milk Chocolate Covered Mint Peeps

During the 12 Days of Christmas Candy I gave a rave review to the Peppermint Peeps dipped in Dark Chocolate. They really are my new favorite Peeps (read review here). These Milk Chocolate covered Mint Peeps in Christmas Tree form were not quite as delicious. The milk chocolate doesn't mix with mint flavor as well as the dark chocolate does. Also, this glaringly green mint infused marshmallow doesn't have the same sparkling pizzazz as the peppermint Peeps- the flavor just falls a little flat. They're not bad, and I'd certainly eat another. I also really like that Peeps is branching out their flavor profiles. So these are worth trying, but only after you test-taste the Peppermint ones dipped in dark chocolate.

Score: 3

Christmas Wrap-Up: Lindt Lindor Limited Edition Seasonal Milk and White Milk Chocolate Truffles

I love these limited edition Lindt Lindor Milk and White Chocolate Truffles. I especially love that they come in a mini-bag of 3 truffles, so that you can try them without committing to a large (and expensive) quantity. These are the classic Lindt milk chocolate truffle shells- perfect milk chocolate flavor that almost instantly melts in one's mouth. The shell encases the creamiest softest white chocolate filling. The two melt in perfect combination of chocolate flavors. I love these. And the serving size of three is just right. Merry Christmas to Lindt! They do up the holiday right!

Score: 4

Christmas Wrap-Up: A Traditional Peppermint Pig

photo of peppermint pigs by saratoga sweets courtesy of the AP via gothamist

Until this morning I lived in a world of oblivion, unaware of the century-old Christmas tradition of passing a peppermint pig candy around the table and chipping off pieces with a hammer. This is entirely new to me, somewhat disturbing, but I want to try it! Today's Gothamist blog not only explains the tradition but includes a video tutorial so that you can create your very own Peppermint Pig candy for next Christmas' festivities- an activity the whole family can join in! Click here to read article....

After reading this blog entry, my astute mother also sent along a link to Saratoga Sweets where you can not only buy the Peppermint Pigs but Peppermint Pig Poop, as well! Oh my! (Click here to order)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Candy, Day 12: Julia Baker Confections Box of Holiday Chocolates and Truffles

Oh my, I received this glorious box of Julia Baker hand-crafted Chocolates and Truffles from my dear workmate, Sally. I rarely get to dive into such a variety of delicacies and am attempting to pace myself and actually let the box last awhile. I love that the chocolates come with a map so that I don't have to guess the contents of each sweet. I tried the Passion Fruit first- perfection. Dark rich melty chocolate shell (painted with polka dots!) containing the most dynamic tasting passion fruit cream filling. It was gone in two bites but my head was still exploding from the intense flavor minutes after. The caramel truffles are also beautifully decadent- a buttery liquid caramel that instantly pours out of the truffle upon biting. I recommend the truffles as one-bite treats- otherwise, filling is instantly everywhere except in the mouth! But really, these can't be topped. We'll see how long I can make them last! Thanks, Sally!

Happy 12 Days of Christmas Candy, Dear Readers! Enjoy the holiday!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Candy, Day 11: Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch

Obsessivesweets ran a review of Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch during the Christmas season of 2010 (read original review here). I absolutely loved them. However, I wrote the review when my photography setup wasn't quite as good and the images just look so unappealing. Here is my chance to give Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch their visual due. Junior Mints are already perfection, but somehow adding a bit of crunch to the outer chocolate shell just adds the ideal element to raise the candy to an even higher level. If only these were available year-round. Because they are distributed but once a year, stock up on as many as possible! I certainly am! (But forewarning, they do get stale. Try keeping them in your fridge within a sealed ziplock bag for best long-term storage results!)

Score: (resounding) 5!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Candy, Day 10: Palmer Cookies and Creme Santa

The Palmer Cookies and Creme Santa comes individually wrapped and that's just the right size. It's delicious and melty (vaguely waxy) white chocolate with appealing chocolatey crunch in every bite, but it's also really rich. Two or three bites left me more than sated. Makes a sweet stocking stuffer.

Score: 3

12 Days of Christmas Candy, Day 9: York Peppermint Pattie Snowflake

The York Peppermint Pattie Snowflake consists of the usual York fare but at a larger size. In a utterly non-scientific approximation, I'd bet you could fit about 2 1/2 traditional patties into this snowflake. And as far as York Peppermint Patties are concerned, the more the better. There are simply never enough. I'd also like to applaud York for putting out a holiday-themed treat that is non-denominational. This is identified as a Winter snowflake, and it's an elegant snowflake design. However, an astute reader might notice that it also resembles a Star of David. As there is almost no Hanukkah themed candy mass-marketed (except gelt, the "chocolate" coins- and calling that waxy substance chocolate is really pushing the limits) in the United States, it's refreshing to see a holiday candy that can also take part in Hanukkah celebrations. So whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, or simply the Winter season, these York Snowflakes cover all your bases. 

Score: 5

Friday, December 21, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Candy, Day 8: Palmer Caramel filled Tree

Palmer Caramel filled Christmas Trees are so festive. They are sold individually wrapped, and unlike many of the foil-wrapped holiday candies, they don't get all mushed and cracked in transit. You unwrap the tree and it is whole- which seems silly to mention, but at the same time, something must be done about these individually wrapped holiday candies that are so easily crushed. The caramel filling is perfect. I love Palmer's caramel. Very buttery, thick, and instantly liquifies in your mouth. I don't prefer Palmer's chocolate, however. Perhaps in order to keep the candy from being crushable, the chocolate takes up a much larger ratio of the candy than the caramel filling. I tend to like caramel bursting out of a thin chocolate shell. Overall, though, these are very tasty, not to mention fun for the holiday. I'd certainly eat another before the season ends....

Score: 3

Thursday, December 20, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Candy, Day 7: Melster Candies Milk Chocolate Covered Peppermint Marshmallow Santas


Oh no, I did not enjoy these Melster Candies Chocolate Covered Peppermint Marshmallow Santas at all. The peppermint swirls within the marshmallow tasted more fruity than pepperminty- no essence of peppermint in the least. The chocolate covering was thin, cracked, and not very rich or melty. Finally, the texture of the marshmallow was wet and spongy, not to mention very thick and difficult to chew. I suppose every cache of holiday candy has to have one bummer in the bunch, and this year the Melster Peppermint Marshmallow Santas definitely win that prize. I'd try other Melster Candies with an open mind, but will certainly avoid these Christmas sweets in the future.

Score: 1

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Candy, Day 6: Mike and Ike Merry Mix

I'm quite taken with this new seasonal Mike and Ike Merry Mix. The color scheme is cool, featuring two shades of green along with bright red. The mix hosts the original Lime and Cherry flavors but also adds in a new Holiday Punch flavor. It's a typical punch flavor with a little accent of something I can't quite identify- something that makes it less tropically sweet and more of an understated punch- citrus, perhaps? Any readers who try these, please let me know what fruit flavors you believe constitute the fruit punch mix. Definitely worth a try! Festive! And kudos to Mike and Ike for continuing to innovate new flavors and mixes!

Score: 4

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Candy, Day 5: Wonka Winter Laffy Taffy

Laffy Taffy is delicious- like cream-infused super soft taffy. This special Holiday or Winter Edition Laffy Taffy is a disappointment, though. No new flavors- same traditional watermelon and strawberry (and frequent obsessivesweets readers are familiar with my aversion to all things of the artificial watermelon variety). More disappointing is the lack of packaging innovation. The individual candy wrappers don't have a tree or snowflake in sight. The box hosts a nice winter scene, but inside the candies are the same old packaging. It feels last-minute and undefined for the holiday season. Laffy Taffy is good candy, but the company should amp up the special editions.

Score (candy): 3
Score (packaging): 2

Monday, December 17, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Candy, Day 4: Lindt Milk Chocolate Christmas Bear

Same incredibly rich and smooth Lindt milk chocolate, this time in the form of a hollow foil-wrapped bear for the holidays. (Available at local retailers as well as online). Delicious, whimsical, charming- what's not to love? Thanks, Mark!

Score: 4

Sunday, December 16, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Candy, Day 3: Christmas Dots

I reviewed Christmas Dots (click here to read original review) a few years back but felt that these festive seasonal Dots deserved better photos. They're like jewels. And I love the Vanilla layer addition to the original Cherry and Lime flavors. Try these out if you can as they're seasonal and well worth a taste! Christmas Dots do the season proud!

Score: 4  

Saturday, December 15, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Candy, Day 2: Jelly Belly Christmas Mix

The Jelly Belly Christmas Mix comes in a fun little box and hosts a nice array of flavors- Very Cherry, Red Apple, Green Apple, and Coconut. I usually have to sort through a Jelly Belly mix to weed out one unappetizing flavor, but this one hosted some great flavor combinations. A great stocking stuffer!

Score: 3

Friday, December 14, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Candy, Day 1: Candy Cane Peeps Dipped in Chocolate

Wow! I love these candy cane Peeps dipped in chocolate! They're my new favorite Peep! I couldn't actually taste the peppermint flavor in the marshmallow, but the candy cane dust covering the chick imbues each bite with mellow mint. The chocolate warms up the cold peppermint creating a perfect balance. I haven't been overwhelmed by some of the past Peeps flavors (see strawberry cream Peep entry- ew!) but this is a classic that I hope will be integrated into Peeps yearly line.

Score: 4

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pickle Flavored Candy Canes? Christmas Candy Unleashed...

photo courtesy of archie mcphee

I read today on the Jezebel blog about the newest Christmas treat: Pickle Candy Canes. I can't imagine the flavor in this distinct form. I must find some of these to test. Have any readers experienced the holiday joy of a Pickle Candy Cane?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Deleted Scene from HBO's Girls Skewers Cutesie NYC Cupcakeries

Because I love Girls on HBO, and because I love cupcakes, and finally, because I loathe the proliferation of cupcake specialty shops across the city, I feel compelled to share this deleted scene from Season 1 of Girls. (Read past posts decrying cutesie cupcake shops here, here, and here). It's the perfect depiction of the mini nightmare that constitutes interactions within the ever-present cupcake shoppe- you have to buy into the whole cupcake "whimsy" just to procure the baked good. Advice for Hannah: love the cupcake; hate the game.

Forget the Gingerbread House: Here's How to Create a Block of Gingerbread Brooklyn Brownstones

photo courtesy of aby sam thomas for untapped cities

Gingerbread houses constitute a delightful Christmas tradition. This year, architect and professional chef Renee Baumann is creating a community gingerbread project in Brooklyn on an entirely different scale. She put out a call for volunteers and soon filled a 9-day schedule during which time they will create an entire block of gingerbread brownstones. I can't wait to see the final product. If her individual gingerbread brownstone from last year is any indication, this cookie-based urban center will be magnificent.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The 12 Days of Christmas Candy: Coming Soon!

The Christmas season is such an important candy holiday. This year obsessivesweets will present The Twelve Days of Christmas Candy, one holiday-themed candy reviewed per day in the 12 days leading up to Christmas. Get ready and check back often! It all begins on December 14 and we've already procured some great treats!

Space Food Sticks: Out of This World Energy Sticks

These Space Food Sticks were a really big deal when I was a kid. In fact, I remember going to store after store with my mother in search of Space Food Sticks and Dehydrated Space Ice Cream as favors for an early birthday party. For a child, the idea of eating reconstituted food that astronauts consume in space is thrilling, even if it's not quite as delicious as a Hershey's chocolate bar or other drugstore candy aisle fare. Now that energy bars have pervaded the marketplace, Space Food Sticks don't feel quite as unique. Basically, the peanut butter flavor has the same taste and consistency as a peanut butter Met-RX bar. I love those Met-RX bars. It's a dense log that first chews like taffy and then crumbles in the mouth. It certainly tastes artificial but it's a good artificial peanut butter. Granted, it feels more exciting if you're eating something that might fuel you on the moon. But the basic eating experience is the same as the dense protein-packed energy bars. I'm glad these Space Food Sticks still exist, even if they are harder to locate. It might inspire a new generation of future astronauts. I procured this Space Stick at the store of the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia. If any other readers find these for sale, please write in and let us know where to look!