Friday, November 30, 2012

Bazooka Bubble Gum to Overhaul Packaging; No More Bazooka Joe Comics

photo courtesy of globaltoynews

For the first time since the product's introduction in 1953, Bazooka Bubble Gum is getting an overhaul. The gum is staying the same (delicious for 10 seconds; vile forever after?) but the packaging is attempting to garner a new generation of devotees with a brighter color scheme, stronger graphics, and no more Bazooka Joe comics. Kids these days just aren't acquainted with Joe, and the ones who are just don't care that much about him. His comic strips will be replaced by puzzles and brain-teasers. To read more on the re-branding of the classic Bazooka Bubble Gum package, click on the Gawker blog here to read more.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hostess Woes; and The Bagel Store Honors the Twinkie

We've been watching Hostess' woes unfold over the past few weeks, and this week marked the last days of the old titan. However, it looks like all of the major Hostess product lines, like the much-loved Twinkie, Ho Ho, and Funny Bones, will be snapped right up. There has been enthusiastic interest from over 100 companies already. Despite the reassuring fact that the Twinkie will be saved, the ending balance between Hostess workers and a few top senior executives seems like a sad note for the company to end on. The Bagel Store (754 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn) is offering a fantastic homage to Twinkie with the Limited Edition Twinkie Bagel and Twinkie Cream Cheese. They're always innovating over there! (Click here to see their Candy Corn bagel)

Click here to read from Gothamist: What Twinkie Woe? Hostess Execs to get $1.9 Million in Bonuses.

Click here to read from the New York Times: Brand Value Could Entice a Corporate Buyer.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Paskesz Milk Munch Kosher Candy Bar



Paskesz creates Kosher versions of popular candy bars in the mass market. I previously reviewed their Smirk Bar, the Kosher Snicker's. [Read review here]. It was good. Not quite as good as an original Snicker's but a strong contender. I find the same for the Milk Munch bar, the Kosher Milky Way. There are only tiny differences, and the bar is generally good, but it never quite transcends the heights of the Milky Way. The chocolate surrounding the Milk Munch is delicious- very milky, probably in a higher ratio of chocolate to filling than in the Milky Way. The caramel is a bit harder than a Milky Way and less buttery. Unlike that spongy light nougat filling in a Milky Way, this nougat is more dense- it's flavor is good but it drags down the bar. Overall, worth a taste.

Score: 3

Polish Chocolate Bar: E. Wedel Pawetek Mleczny Smietanka



Oh my, this Pawetek Mleczny Smietanka chocolate bar from Polish candy company, E. Wedel, is not my cup of tea at all. The description on the packaging describes the bar as "chocolate with creamy flavoured filling (contains alcohol)." The milk chocolate was quite sweet but good. The creamy liquor filling, though, tasted really sour- like condensed (extra) sour cream with the after-burn of booze.  If there are any readers who could translate the name of the candy bar, I'd be very grateful!

Score: 1

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Wish List: Get Jacked with new Caffeinated Cracker Jack'd

photo courtesy of gothamist

I just read over on Gothamist about the upcoming release of Cracker Jack'd, caffeinated Cracker Jacks! I can picture that working really well and can't wait to try. It's the non-traditional mixes that I'm dubious about- Cocoa Java Power Bites and Spicy Pizzeria Intense Mix sound pretty off-putting. Read more by clicking here [Gothamist].

Friday, November 16, 2012

GloZell's Warhead Challenge: Video

I love this video because GloZell is brilliant and I also love a good Warheads challenge. Those little candies are painful! Eating just one is an exercise in will-power, and yet GloZell goes for the gold here- despite her Mother's interference.... Thanks, Alexa and Hannah, for recommending this video!
[video from YouTube]

Friday, November 9, 2012

Salmonella Recall: Wreck-It Ralph limited edition Nestle Nesquik

photo courtesy of gawker.com

Although Obsessivesweets focuses on candy, I like to keep readers up-to-date on all the news in the world of sweets. Including recalls. We must collectively continue to live salmonella-free in order to enjoy our candied treats! The most recent sugary recall has been issued by Nestle's Nesquik, specifically for their limited edition Wreck-It Ralph movie-themed packaging. 200,000 cans carry the possibility of salmonella poisoning. If you purchased one of these packages, take it back to the store or at least throw it out! To read more on the recall, head over to gawker blog (click here).

Monday, November 5, 2012

Stay Alert Gum: Hurricane Sandy Edition

This candy review is a shout-out to all of those New York residents without power or gas, who were given MRE's to eat by National Guardsmen in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy (see gothamist article, for example). Perhaps you acquired a taste for the life-sustaining nutrition packs. If so, or if you're simply a full-blown caffeine addict and Red Bull isn't doing the trick anymore, check out these Stay Alert Caffeine Supplement Chewing Gum packs, "recommended safe and effective by the Committee on Military Research." Previously, the gum was developed for the military purposes but now they're being made available to the larger public on amazon.com and other select retailers. I'll say it frankly- these are not delicious in the least, but they do the job. The first blast of Arctic Mint is tasty, but within 3 seconds it tastes like you're chewing on a Aspirin tablet. That's 100 mg of caffeine right there! It does the job, though. So it's not effective candy at all, but it did wake me up as well as a cup of coffee might. 

Speaking of MRE's, watch the blog for an upcoming review of First Strike Nutritious Energy Bars....


Glica Caplico Chocolate Mega Combo


I don't even know whether to call this Mega Combo bar by Caplico a huge cookie or a very light and crumbly candy bar. It's a little bit of both and it's splendid. It's the Japanese version of aerated chocolate- what Aero and Hershey's Air Delight hoped for and missed. Apparently, the standard format of Caplico products are the light aerated center placed into a cookie, creating an overarching ice cream cone shape. I've never tried those. This, though, is a fat ice cream sandwich sized chunk. The outer layer is super crisp, crumbly chocolate wafer cookie. The center is aerated chocolate, but tastes nothing like the Airo or Air Delight bars. Upon human touch it almost instantly melts and falls in on itself- a slow motion collapse where chocolately air mixes with crumbly cookie and both resolve into a substantive mouth full of rich milk chocolate. I loved it. I really hope to find more of these.

Score: 4

Friday, November 2, 2012

Wish List: White Chocolate Peppermint m&m's

image courtesy of theimpulsivebuy.com

Word has it over at The Impulsive Buy blog that m&m's has come out with a new seasonal flavor: White Chocolate Peppermint. I'm not overly fond of their Milk or Dark Chocolate Mint editions but somehow I think that their melty white chocolate will blend perfectly with peppermint. I believe it to my core and cannot wait to locate a bag of these. Add it onto the wish list! Has anyone out there found and tried the new flavor?