Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gummy Snapshot: Swirly Bears, Chicken Feet, and a Fried Egg

 An array of recently collected gummies....

Friday, August 22, 2014

Guest Review: Cadbury Double Decker Chocolate Bar

image courtesy of the author via flicker @ allisonwag

Hi, fellow candy lovers! I'm Allison from Obsessivesweets has been kind enough to let me review the British chocolate bar called Double Decker.

The Cadbury Double Decker is a childhood favorite in the UK, so obviously I had never heard of the chocolate bar until today when I stumbled upon it at an international grocery store. The Double Decker was aptly named after double-decker buses, the two-story buses that became a national symbol for British culture. Cadbury featured the buses in most of the candy bar commercials.

image courtesy of the author via flicker @ allisonwag

The Double Decker candy bar has a nougat top layer and crispy cereal bottom layer, and it's covered in milk chocolate. Apparently it's made with coffee, but you would never know it when you eat it. The closest thing I can compare it to is a 100 Grand bar except instead of caramel, the Double Decker substitutes nougat.

The candy bar was a great size, and extremely filling. I ate it for lunch and didn't even think about eating again until about 4 or 5 hours later. The nougat was my favorite part because there was so much of it.

My only issue was the crispy cereal bottom. If it had been crispier and "popped" more, per say, it would have gotten a 5 in my book.

image courtesy of the author via flicker @ allisonwag

If you want to check out more reviews from me, or other candy-related musings, visit me at the Candy Direct blog!

Score: 4

Friday, August 15, 2014

Warm Up for Doctor Who with Bassetts Jelly Babies

The newest incarnation of Doctor Who begins this month starring Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. In honor of an auspicious new season, let's celebrate by devouring the favorite snack of the Doctors of old (especially Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor), Bassetts Jelly Babies! A classic since 1864(!), the all-natural flavoring makes the Jelly Babies not only delicious but vaguely nutritious (or at least not so very unhealthy). Originally called "Unclaimed Babies" and later "Peace Babies," Jelly Babies remain the classic fruit jelly. Nice to know Dr. Who has such great taste!

Click here to see every Jelly Babies appearance in Doctor Who via Serious Eats

New Dove Chocolate Cookies & Creme Bites

The new Dove Cookies & Creme bites are super sweet. The white chocolate is nicely melty and I like the little bit of crunch and mellow flavor that the chocolate cookie bits provide. Cookies and cream, after all, is a terrific combination. However, the ratio is simply off, so that the white chocolate is so stridently sweet that you almost miss the cookie bits. Dove either needs to pack more cookies into each bite to offset the white chocolate base or to dilute the sugar content of the white chocolate a bit. Great idea but not my favorite cookies & creme combo.

Score: 3

Spanish Chocolate: Valor Dark Chocolate Bar with Forest Fruits

This Spanish chocolate bar by Valor consists of a deep dark chocolate, more bitter than sweet, packed with a variety of berries. In this case, "Forest Fruits" appears to mean raspberries and blackberries. This is a grown-up chocolate bar, with none of the cloyingly sweetness of your average drugstore chocolate. The seeds of the berries add a sense of additional substance to each bite as well as a tart note to balance the dark chocolate. It's a beautifully balanced flavor and completely satisfying. The bar feels like an elegant dessert in candy bar form. One would not consume this bar all in one go- instead, it's meant to be broken up and shared or consumed over a number of evenings. It's the perfect addendum to a good meal, providing the ideal finish. I loved it and wish I could find more in my area. Thanks, Abe and Bernice!

Score: 4

Monday, August 11, 2014

Via Grubstreet: 50 Candies to Eat Now

Rock Candy Ring by Cynthia Rowley. Image courtesy of Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine

There is a fantastic article in today's New York Magazine/ Grubstreet blog detailing 50 candy purveyors of New York City and some of the both classic and incredibly innovative candies that one can procure. I'm entranced and have to track down each one. Especially this incredible Rock Candy Ring by Cynthia Rowley. Wow!!

French Caramel: Carambar L'original Caramel

Imagine bite-sized caramels the consistency of a Sugar Daddy; that's a Carambar Caramel (l'original caramel!). It's a straight-forward, buttery caramel that you have to chew on a bit to soften it up. I like that- it makes the consumption into a process. It also allows you to throw some caramels into your bag without worrying about the melting factor. Delicious caramel flavor without any fancy extras thrown in, self-contained within one's bag, what more could someone ask for? I wish they sold these beauties in the United States! Thanks for bringing them back from Paris, Conor and Ronan!

Score: 4

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Chuao Chocolatier Potato Chip Chocolate Bar

Potato chips and chocolate constitute a magical combination of flavors and textures- all of the sweet and creamy and crunchy and salty you could ever want in one bite. The Chuao Potato Chip Chocolate Bar blends all of these elements beautifully. I loved tasting that salty crunch in each bite. One issue I had not anticipated: potato chip oil. The additional oil from the potato chip does spread a bit across the bar resulting in vaguely oily chocolate. It wasn't like it tasted bad, but it's a little unnerving to eat chocolate and come away with oil on your hands like you've been eating a tub of lightly buttered popcorn. Overall, the bar is well worth a taste. However, I think that chocolate makers will have to wrestle with the oil element in crafting the perfect potato chip chocolate bar. I know it's possible- the dream remains alive!!

Score: 4

Monday, August 4, 2014

Sarah Anne Ward's Dessert Series: Art from Candy

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Photographer Sarah Anne Ward creates whimsical and innovative homages to famous artists through candy! Fantastic! Click here to see her full Dessert Series.....