Friday, September 20, 2013

Kathryn Taylor Chocolates, Orcas Island, Washington

Wow. Kathryn Taylor Chocolates of Orcas Island, Washington, are feasts for the eyes and for the tummy. These really feel like treasures. Each flavor is designated by an abstract design with arresting imagery. It almost feels wrong to bite through the composition and destroy it. Although now that I think about it, this destruction and consumption of each piece of art would actually be popular with a certain set of artists. But I digress. The flavors are pretty wild. I tried  Lavender, Black Raspberry, Masala Coconut, Rhubarb, Pistachio Fig, and Black Currant. Their primary flavor across the board is a deep rich and almost bitter chocolate. Permeated throughout the chocolate filling are notes of the flavors- more an essence of lavender that remains on the palate than a dominant flavoring of lavender. Each flavor enhances the chocolate but you never forget that the chocolate is the main attraction. These were absolutely beautiful and thrilling to eat. As such rich treats, one a day is ideal and so these can last a good long time around the house, despite their enticing deliciousness. Thanks Ben and Will!

(At Long Last, Straight from the Wishlist...) White Chocolate Carrot Cake m&m's: Wow

Sometimes dreams do come true! I'm a big fan [understatement] of all things Carrot Cake. Truth be told, I didn't know anything but real carrot cake came in carrot cake flavor. But if I had known I would have been pushing the idea far more insistently. My wedding cake was carrot cake- that says it all, no? Forget chocolate, forget strawberries or ganache or schmancy layers of flavor. Carrot cake spells romance to me. I tried to find these new limited edition Carrot Cake m&m's everywhere; to no avail. But then the fine ladies of the Metropolitan procured them for me- like angels using their highly refined research skills to bring me the best of all possible sugar combinations. And guess what. These white-chocolate based Carrot Cake m&m's are incredible. It's certainly the most nuanced m&m flavor I've ever encountered. And it truly gets at the heart of what makes carrot cake delicious- cinnamon and spices and carrots and cream cheese. One caveat, these babies are sweet. They would make most hot cocoa or fudge taste a little bitter. The first bite is true perfection. By the third or fourth bite, one might feel a bit dizzy or stressed from the total sensory assault of sugar. Most people who tried these said that they were in disbelief over how close the taste comes to real carrot cake. However, these same souls all announced that one can only imbibe a small quantity of the flavor before becoming a bit ill. I still love them. Besides original, and my other classic favorite, peanut butter, these are my favorite m&m's ever. [Click here to read 31 past entries on flavored m&m's]

Score: (resounding) 5 (!)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Ultimate Sweets Basket

Check this out! I was recently greeted at work by an array of sweets so tantalizing, I still freak out every time I look at the photo (above) of the entire assortment. Sweets such as Carrot Cake White Chocolate m&m's (!from the wish list!) and Coconut Haystacks from Betsy's Buns in Brooklyn and the Good & Delish Dark & Twisted Lemon Black Pepper Dark Chocolate Bar will receive ongoing individual reviews. I couldn't help but offer up an image of the entire lovely assortment as a preview of good things to come. Thanks Alexa, Hannah, Femke, and Emma!

Monday, September 2, 2013

LeSportsac x Dylan's Candy Bar = Candy Bags!

The other day I was strolling along Madison Avenue and my gaze was arrested by the bags pictured above in the LeSportsac shop window. I stopped in my tracks, mesmerized by the technicolor candies on display. After snapping two quick photos, I ran home to the LeSportsac website and discovered that the bag company collaborated with Dylan's Candy Bar to create a limited edition run. (click here for the full visual array). The two major patterns of the collection display sumptuous, tempting images. I'm not sure I could handle that kind of constant candy reminder all the time- almost guaranteed my (already somewhat problematic) sugar consumption would increase two-fold with the addition of this delightful bag.

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