Friday, August 23, 2013
according to kotaku, this sleeping bag is called the korone, the name of a chocolate-filled japanese pastry
a cream bun bed. wow.
all images courtesy of Felissimo
For me, the love of sweets is pretty all-consuming. I feel, therefore, that a kindred spirit in Japan designed these pastry-shaped sleeping bags and beds. They're brilliantly designed and whimsical and they also look super comfy (and you can order your own at Felissimo!). I'd love to nest in a cream bun.
Click here to read a full report at Kotaku
image courtesy of theimpulsivebuy
Word has it over at The Impulsive Buy blog that Pumpkin Spice m&m's are already popping up on store shelves. I need to find these. I would guess that these are white chocolate based, like the Carrot Cake or Candy Corn flavors. But who knows!? Have any readers sampled these? I'd hazard that they'll be absolutely delicious!
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
Wow! I love this trend of a tiny bit of salt mixed into a good chocolate bar. Sonoma Chocolatiers Smoked Sea Salt Nibbles, created from fine Scharffen Berger chocolate, are the best combination of chocolate with salt I've ever encountered. Mark tried, too, and seconds this emotion. The bite-sized pieces of solid dark chocolate are already vaguely bitter in taste, with a small hint of sweet primarily hitting the taste buds at the end of the bite. The chunks of sea salt add a tiny bit of texture to the chocolate and also create these surprisingly moments where the flavor of the chocolate doesn't change as much as the tone of the chocolate. The salt somehow warms the flavor of the bitter chocolate, creating almost a savory chocolate blend that is both exquisite and unique. Thanks, Bernice!
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
My wonderful friends Alex and Veronica were recently married and I learned a new candy tradition tied into Greek and Italian weddings: the secret of the Bomboniere (Italian) or Koufeta (Greek). Apparently this tradition started around 300 years ago in France, where a small box of sweets was given out to guests on happy occasions. The idea spread throughout Europe and became especially entrenched in Greece and Italy. Alex and Veronica's bomboniere contained almonds covered in really good chocolate and then enrobed in a hard candy shell. These particular goodies were created by Ioannis Andriopoulos. Traditionally jordan almonds and these yummy chocolate candied almonds (like the ones included in Alex and Veronica's) are typical sweets included in bombonieres, meant to represent the bittersweet nature of marriage. I like that. Also, the almonds are packaged in uneven numbers, most commonly five almonds, in order to represent five wishes for the couple: happiness, health, wealth, children, and long life. I like that, too. Congratulations, Alex and Veronica! The sweetness of bonbonieres and love!
Friday, August 2, 2013
image courtesy of divinechocolateusa.com
At work I am often given the opportunity to sample a wide variety of fancy chocolates and sweets. Colleagues travel around the world and bring back such exciting samplings! A recent new product unveiled at work is the Divine Chocolate Bar, a mixture of 70% Dark Chocolate with Raspberries. As with all fancy chocolate brands, there is a company motto: "Heavenly Chocolate with a heart." I loved the packaging, an enticing printed sheath of paper. I loved the freeze-dried raspberries suspended throughout the dark chocolate. And there were a lot of raspberries- no skimping by Divine Chocolate. They added a nice crunch and the tart fruit mixed nicely with dark chocolate. My only complaint. 70% chocolate doesn't appear to melt at all in one's mouth. In fact, I chewed and chewed and although the chocolate pieces got smaller and smaller and more mixed with the raspberry, I never got that pleasant mouth full of melty chocolate and mixins melange. I would have preferred a more corrupted 50 or 60% dark chocolate with a little more meltage. This was certainly a pleasure to try, though. I'm going to start seeking out raspberry infused chocolate bars....