Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Visual Feast: Passion Chocolat, Brussels


Exquisite hand-crafted chocolates from Passion Chocolat in Brussels. Incredible textures and flavors. Thanks, Moenen!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Extra Dessert Delights Raspberry Vanilla Cupcake Sugarfree Gum

There's a revolution going on in sugarfree gum flavors, and Extra Dessert Delights is at the forefront. I've previously written glowing reviews of their Peach Cobbler and Rainbow Sherbet varieties. They are truly outstanding and innovative flavors, uncannily standing in for the real dessert. The Raspberry Vanilla Cupcake is the most disappointing flavor I've tasted in the line. Unlike the other varieties that taste unnervingly like the real dessert, I don't sense cupcake or cake in this gum, and the raspberry tastes glaringly artificial. I certainly finished the pack and was ok chewing my way through the sticks. They're not bad. They're simply not outstanding like the other flavors. I really hope that Extra keeps innovating new dessert gums. In-keeping with the recent candy trends, perhaps a birthday cake or carrot cake flavored gum would constitute an exciting experiment....

Score: 2

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Icelandic Candy Bar: Góa Lakkrís Dùndur Bar

The Góa Lakkrís Dùndur chocolate bar does not look appealing. One bite of the bar reveals an outer layer of tiny corn crispies suspended in milk chocolate surrounding a double-wide piece of black licorice. Not pretty. However, the combination is delicious. I don't understand why Iceland is the only country where licorice and chocolate are frequently combined in sweets- the salty licorice taste and gummy consistency perfectly offset melty and sweet milk chocolate. The rice crispies lend just enough crunch so that each bite feels layered, revealing a crunch and then the chewy licorice to extend the bite. I really enjoyed the Góa Lakkrís Dùndur Bar and wish that they were easily attainable in the U.S. Thanks, Adam!

Score: 4

Lakerol Cactus Giants Sugarfree Pastilles

Lakerol Cactus Giants Sugarfree Pastilles are strong licorice gummies that freshen the breath instantly. They're delicious if you're fond of licorice. (I am). However, I cannot taste the essence of Cactus in these pastilles. If I knew what cactus tasted like, perhaps it would be easier to distinguish the flavor. I searched for any hint of non-licorice flavor and couldn't find any, cactus or otherwise. Licorice has a tendency to dominate every other flavor. I really like that these are sweetened with Stevia- a low-calorie treat that packs a punch! Thanks, Tara!

Score: 4

Friday, July 11, 2014

Peruvian Chocolate: Nestle Sublime Chocolate con Leche con Mani Extremo

Wow, this Nestle Sublime bar from Peru is fantastic! It's your basic Nestle chocolate bar chock-full of crushed peanuts. The Sublime tastes quite a bit like a Mr. Goodbar except that there are about double the number of peanuts in the Sublime and they are crushed instead of whole or halved. You get a lot of crunch in each mouthful. I also love the flashy foil packaging and the fact that the bar's shape echos its name. It makes a standard candy bar feel special. Another note: the bar traveled in a suitcase from Peru to California and then wended its way from California to New York via the United States Postal Service. Yet despite the chocolate's world travels, it arrived solid and unsullied by its adventures- no small feat for chocolate on the move! Thanks, Mom!

Score: 4