Saturday, September 27, 2014

Gummy Snapshot Continued: Haribo Dinosaurs and Frogs

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jelly Belly Star Wars Sparkling Galaxy Mix


Get ready, get excited, Jelly Belly has released a new Star Wars Galaxy Mix of sparkling jellybeans. There are three great bag designs depicting Yoda, a Storm Trooper, and Darth Vader. Of course I grabbed for the Darth Vader first. The three bags hold the same jelly bean mix which is, in turn, quite reminiscent of the recent sparkling Jelly Belly Frozen Icicle Mix. The Frozen mix contains berry blue, blueberry, grape soda, and cream soda. The Galaxy mix contains berry blue, blueberry, grape soda, green apple, island punch, sour apple, and wild blackberry. I love the wild blackberry both in flavor and coloring-black with a gold shimmer. Overall the flavor mix is great, really fruity and fresh. The bag designs are undeniably cool and sure to be a hit with any Star Wars fan.

Score: 5

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Morinaga Koeda White Bear Chocolate Sticks in Pineapple Peach

These Morinaga Koeda White Bear chocolates are unique to any candy I've previously tasted. The two-bite white chocolate sticks loaded with the flavors of pineapple and peaches are as light as air but packed with fresh flavors. These are not substantial candy treats- one packet will not give you a sense that you've eaten much of anything. These are, however, a delightful post-meal bite of sweetness that is both refreshing and surprising. Thanks, Zack!

Score: 4

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dark Chocolate Raspberry m&m's

Every time m&m's introduces a new flavor profile for the classic candy, I get really excited. (Click here to read 38 past posts on flavored m&m's). Candy corn, mint, cinnamon, strawberried peanut butter- all quite tasty. Cherry- disastrous. The Dark Chocolate Raspberry are nice. Dark chocolate blends well with the raspberry flavor but the raspberry tastes stridently artificial and chemical-based. It resembles raspberry flouride more than a real piece of fruit. Don't get me wrong-artificial can be wonderful in itself, but in this case the flavor doesn't sing. And there are so many overwhelmingly delicious m&m flavors, why opt for mediocre?

Score: 3

From the Movie Frozen: Jelly Belly Jellybeans Icicle Mix

This pretty, shimmering series of Jelly Belly jellybeans was created and co-branded with Disney to promote the movie Frozen! It reminds me of wet shells shining on the beach in the sun- sumptuous. The white, blues, and purple also constitute a pleasing color palette. The mix is not comprised of new flavors- blueberry, grape, berry blue and cream soda- but the combination blends pleasantly together in all different variations. Personally, I would have substituted something instead of the berry blue but that's just being picky. This was one of my favorite Jelly Belly flavor and color mixes so far.... plus it will most definitely please and enthrall young fans of the film!

Score: 4