Monday, December 30, 2013
Friday, December 27, 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Christmas Aftermath and Overview: Disney Brand Utz White Chocolate Flavored Covered Mickey Shaped Pretzels
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Score: (outstanding!) 5
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
In the past I have encountered Mint m&m's with negative to neutral results (previous reviews here). In addition, I honestly cannot tell what constitutes the difference between the Mint m&m's of the past and new Holiday Mint m&m's. No idea. I can vouch, however, that whereas Mint m&m's were just ok, Holiday Mint m&m's have totally caught my fancy. I love them. The mint is far more zingy and present. They're crisp and fresh and, in the right mood, I'd reach for these over the classic (ideal) m&m's.
Score: (surprising) 5
Monday, December 23, 2013
#1 Hot Cocoa in the world(!). It still holds true. The chocolate shop's bonbons are predictably delightful, as well. High quality chocolate truffles decorated in really fanciful designs. I love their annual Christmas Snowman, a two-bite truffle filled with dark chocolate mousse ganache with notes of clementine. There's a hazelnut thrown in to anchor the truffle with a solid center and some crunch. It's delightful. Thanks, Nadine, for sharing.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
read past reviews here). I love them. I wait all year for them. In fact, they are one of the very few examples of Limited Edition seasonal candy that I prefer over the original. It's not like they are so different from classic Junior Mints. However, the Christmas Edition has red sugar crystals embedded in the chocolate coating which adds a tiny bit of crunch to each bite. There's something really satisfying about that added crunch to the all-soft candy. It gives each bite more substance. I wish there was a way for Junior Mints to have these on the market year-round.
Score: (a festive and hearty) 5
Saturday, December 21, 2013
These Russell Stover Iddy Biddy Santas constitute one of my very favorite Christmas treats this year. First, the chocolate is good. That's really the most important. It's tasty melty friendly chocolate. Second, you get a big bang for your buck. Russell Stover is some of the least expensive mass-marketed chocolate out there but I think it can hold its own against the top-selling brands like Hershey's or Nestle. Finally, there are sixty (60!!) miniature Santas packed into a foil package approximately the size of a bag of Peanut Butter m&m's. Packaging brilliance! You'd never guess so many could fit in such a small bag! These are great! I actually had to buy three packages before I could get one in front of the camera prior to consumption! They're simply too enticing to resist!
Friday, December 20, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
image courtesy of emperorscrumbs.com
This is a great article explaining the Hungarian tradition of szaloncukor candies, a traditional candy hung on the annual Christmas Tree. The name translates to "drawing-room sugar" because of the fact that the Christmas Tree is usually placed in the drawing room and the candies are the primary means of decorations. Therefore, the candies come in a beautiful array of colorful paper or foil wrappers for the holidays. Reader Kamala, who lived in Hungary, states that the candy itself is an acquired taste, with a number of flavored jelly fillings. I'd love to hear more reactions from people who have tried the traditional Hungarian sweet. Are there places in NYC to acquire these Christmas bonbons? Thanks for the tip, Kamala!
To read more about szaloncukor:
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
Everlasting Gobstopper Snowballs- the batch was all white. That would, of course, make sense, because they are called "snowballs." This year's Christmas holiday product, though called Snowballs, are colored in traditional Christmas colors of red, green, and white. Does it really change anything? No. And actually, I like the festive nature of the color-filled triad over the original white snowballs. However, it's a pretty inaccurate description. Wonka should have renamed the "Snowballs" as "Ornaments" or something else evocative of the Christmas holiday. Just a thought...
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
I was recently the lucky recipient of a library of a wild array of Vosges chocolate bars. Here's a preview of enticing flavors for upcoming reviews! Big thanks, Sally!
Mo's Milk Bar- 45% deep milk chocolate with hickory smoked bacon and alderwood salt
Bapchi's Caramel Toffee Bar- 45% deep milk chocolate with sweet butter toffee, walnuts and pecans
Naga Bar- 45% deep milk chocolate with sweet Indian curry and coconut
Woolloomooloo Bar- 45% deep milk chocolate with roasted and salted macadamia nuts, Indonesian coconut and Canadian help seeds
Mo's Dark Bar- 62% dark chocolate with hickory smoked bacon and alderwood salt
Black Pearl Bar- 50% dark chocolate with green ginger, Japanese wasabi and black sesame seeds,
Barcelona Bar- 45% deep milk chocolate with hickory smoked almonds and fleur de sel grey sea salt