Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Enough With the Cronut Already!

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Enough with the Cronut already! I haven't even tried one yet and have already gone from curiosity and intrigue to annoyance. Like the cupcake craze of yore, New Yorkers can mess up even the nicest pastry experience. We've all read about the Cronut- it's inescapable. This doughnut crossed with a croissant was dreamed up at Dominique Ansel Bakery (click here to read Ansel's description of the Cronut). It's a great idea! I'm sure it's delicious! But then we had to go and ruin it by doing our New York City thing. Reports of Cronut scalpers, Cronut knockoffs, people skipping work and important life events to stand in line for the deep fried treat. Enough already! Today's gothamist blog reports people sleeping outside the bakery to assure the purchase of the $5 Cronut (click here to read article). I would do almost anything for a really good sweet. But I choose to draw the line here. 

CLICK HERE to read a great article from the New Yorker blog about the experience of paying $80 for 4 Cronuts from a Craigslist scalper.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

All-Stars for Charities: Darryl Strawberry's Sour Neon Worms




I wasn't in it for the sour neon gummy worms (although they were fine, if a little stiff). I was in it for Darryl Strawberry on the box. I have no idea how sound this charity is but I'm into buying limited edition candies with photos of baseball players awkwardly embracing children on the box! And I like the idea of linking philanthropy with candy consumption! Good for Darryl Strawberry!

Score (taste): 2
Score (packaging and overall message): 5

Friday, June 14, 2013

Wishlist Fulfilled: The New m&m's Milk Chocolate Bar




How can an m&m's chocolate bar go wrong? m&m's are America's favorite candy, and to suspend mini-m&m's in a bar of m&m chocolate just seems like a sure bet. The candy bar was tasty and I really liked the crunch of the mini m&m's. It did make me realize, however, that the appeal of m&m's is not in the chocolate but rather in the combination of the crunchy shell with the chocolate. Especially if the chocolate has melted a bit within the shell. In bar form, the fact that the chocolate within each m&m isn't awfully milky but instead that corn syrup heavy taste stands out more. It's not the chocolate bar I'd automatically reach for. That said, it's tasty enough and I applaud the fact that the m&m brand continues to innovate new products. Variations on such a classic and perfect product as the m&m are bound to produce further brilliance. I can't wait to see what's next!

Score: 3

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Help Design the New Ben & Jerry's Flavors: Cast Your Vote Now!

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I rarely include ice cream on obsessivesweets- not because I don't feel passionately about the stuff but because I believe that it is an area of focus in itself. Ice Cream deserves a lot of attention and passion and so I must leave it to others to dig into. That said, when really exciting news erupts in the world of ice cream, I cannot resist passing along the good word. Ben & Jerry's is allowing the general public to help design its Ice Cream Flavor homages to American cities: New York, D.C., Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco. They have released a webpage in which the public can vote between a number of flavor themes they are considering. As a proud New York resident I want to participate and started voting immediately. In fact, you can vote as many times as you'd like so weigh in- make your voice count! (I won't mention what I cast my vote for in the New York City flavor as I wouldn't want to create a bias. However, doesn't it seem like a city such as this runs on Coffee? Just saying!)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

If You Thought the Cupcake Craze Was Bad....Introducing Breast Milk Lollipops

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This is definitely the limit. People are taking things too far! In case you want to live on the edge, you can buy your very own Breast Milk Lollipops from lollyphile.com. Then please let me know what it's like. Because I could not eat this. Ever. I also wonder how they get new mothers to donate or sell their breast milk for the lollipops. Is there pasteurization involved? This does not sound sanitary to me. If this weren't enough, apparently breast milk ice cream is a thing now, too! Thanks, Adam, for letting me know about this unnerving new entry into the candy market.

Update (06/05/2013): Word has it on that the breast milk lollipops are not made of real breast milk but are instead flavored to taste like breast milk, as reported on today's Gothamist blog. This is a bit less intimidating but still just so unappealing (understatement). (Click Here)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Atelier La Colombe Morning Break Milk Chocolate and Coffee Bar




I'm a huge fan of La Colombe coffee and recently my friends Conor and Ronan introduced me to the Philadelphia coffee purveyor's Morning Break Milk Chocolate Bar, which seals the deal of La Colombe as simply The Best. Consisting of 35% cacao and 10% coffee, this bar is perfection. This chocolate bar has everything I could dream of: from the thoughtful paper wrapping to the delicate stamp on each chocolate square, from the light bitter crunch of tenderized coffee beans suspended in chocolate to the delightfully melty milk chocolate base, from the retroactive caffeine buzz to the speedier chocolate sugar rush. I have yet to find one of these bars for sale in NYC, although La Colombe's products are steadily spreading in distribution outside of Philadelphia. Thanks, Conor and Ronan!

Score: 5

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Minamoto Kitchoan, New York, Part 2: Sakuranbo



A few months back I wrote about perfect chocolate mochi that my Mother gave me from Minamoto Kitchoan, a Japanese Wagashi shop in New York City (click here to read original blog entry. Lucky for me, I ran into the purveyors from Minamoto Kitchoan soon after at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom) Festival and was able to sample a few more of their delicate snacks. The Sakuranbo is exquisite. Unfortunately, mine got a bit melted in the hot afternoon heat, but this gives you an idea. A single cherry is suspended in mild, sweet jell that dissolves instantly in the mouth. Watch out for the pit. This was definitely one of the prettiest sweets I've encountered.

Score: 4