Friday, October 31, 2014

Special Halloween Guest Blogger Review: Cadbury Screme Egg

Cadbury Creme Eggs have been of my favorite candies since college over 20 years ago.  Normally I eat one egg per year at Easter, but since marrying my celebrity wife, Obsessive Sweets, the creme eggs make a more regular appearance in my life.  Special editions appear.  Smaller sized eggs appear.  Eggs with different colored fillings appear. With all of these new appearances year round, some of the treat and novelty has worn off.  To this day I would give the Creme Egg a high 5.  Call me a traditionalist, and this is purely psychological, but the green Screme Eggs just don’t hold the same appeal.  I guess it’s true – absence makes the heart grow fonder. That said, if you yearn for more eggs more often, these are for you!

Score: 4

- Spooky Tricks Abramovich

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Gummy Bears, Via

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Gummy bears are pervasive in candy aisles and in popular culture. The blog at has now compiled an encyclopedic exploration of the gummy bear, including history, brand comparisons, recipes, pop culture references and more. Click below to read and explore! 

Halloween Guest Blogger Review: Snickers Pumpkins

I’ll cut to the chase- Pumpkin Snickers are a solid 4, but regular Snickers are a 5. Why did I penalize Pumpkin Snickers a point? They fell prey to my common complaint with this season’s Halloween candy: the festive shapes change the balance of the ingredients for the worse. Though I would eat pumpkin shaped Snickers more often than most year-round candy, they don’t measure up to the original beyond the novelty of the shape.  There is too little nougat and too few peanuts.  The pumpkin shape is flatter than the original. Hence I speculate that the folks at Mars cannot fit the ingredients in sufficient proportions to the original. Nonetheless a 4 is a solid score and this is a valiant effort for the Halloween season.

Score: 4

- Spooky Tricks Abramovich

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Treats: Russell Stover Apple Pie Pumpkin

Guest reviewer Spooky Tricks Abramovich recently offered a relatively negative review of the Russell Stover Red Velvet and Pumpkin Pie Pumpkins (click here to read). Overall I agreed with his assessment of the super sweet pumpkins, although Spooky Tricks scored the Pumpkin Pie as a 2 and the Red Velvet as a "Spit It Out" 1, whereas I would have reversed the two scores. I'm happy to say, though, that there is a winner in the mix of Russell Stover's seasonal dessert-flavored pumpkins- Apple Pie. The surprisingly fresh-tasting mixture of cinnamon and nutmeg with a mellow apple base flavor constitutes a surprisingly realistic representation of a real apple pie in patty form. The patty half-crumbles and half-melts in your mouth and unlike the Red Velvet and Pumpkin Pie flavors there isn't an unpleasant waxy layer left on the tongue. I wish I had purchased more of these treats.

Score: 4

Halloween Guest Blogger Review: Palmer Halloween Goog-ly Eyes

Palmer Double Crisp Goog-ly Eyes
The folks at Palmer have delivered a cute mouth popping Halloween treat. These little balls of chocolate candy and crunchy puffed rice are individually wrapped in aluminum foil painted like eyeballs. That’s a mouthful, I know – no pun intended.  Flavor-wise I give them a 3 but I think the concept really works and that kids will love them.  They spice up a candy jar or could be a great addition to the Halloween grab bag. 

Score (flavor): 3
Score (style): 4

- Spooky Tricks Abramovich

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Guest Commentator: Obsessive Sweets from a Mother's Perspective

As the mother of Obsessive Sweets aka Sweets Ramirez, I would like to share a story from her very early days. Halloween was absolutely a favorite holiday for her. It was more about selecting the repository to hold the precious treats than it was about finding the best costume. The repository had to be BIG and very inviting so that it was impossible for the donors not to put in a few more pieces of candy. Once home from the door-to door experience, the real fun began.  First there was the sorting by type of candy – just for the sake of sorting. Then, a box that Sweets had designed at the age of three called her Holiday Box was brought out from the special place where she kept it – the bottom shelf of the sideboard. Then all the candy except ONE piece went into the Holiday Box, and said Box went back into the sideboard. It was Sweets’s self-imposed rule that she was allotted one piece per day until all the candy was gone.  As far as I know, she never deviated from this ritual.  One very sad time, we had a friend staying with our cat and dog, and when we got home, ALL THE CANDY WAS GONE.  Said friend had consumed it. Did this make Sweets bitter?  Did it destroy her faith in humanity? Did she become a sourpuss?  No.  And so you have it, a Halloween story about Obsessive Sweets respectfully submitted by her mother, aka "Sweet Treats" Mendelsohn

Special Halloween Guest Blogger Review: Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins

Reese's White Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkins

How wonderful to find a Halloween limited edition candy that posts a top rating, is not a carbon copy clone of the original, and is unique for the holiday.  Reese’s pulls of this feat flawlessly.  The substitution of (orange-colored) white chocolate for the shell of the peanut butter cup changes the dynamic in an interesting way- it brings out more of the peanut butter taste.  And with this new emphasis on peanut butter, the limited edition candy tastes salty as well as sweet, a risky and lofty feat.  I would buy this candy year-round if available. [Editor's Note: This candy is available year-round in the form of Reese's White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.]

Score: 5

-Spooky Tricks Abramovich

Monday, October 27, 2014

Special Halloween Guest Blogger Review: Russell Stover Pumpkin Pie and Red Velvet Pumpkins

Pumpkin Pie in Milk Chocolate Pumpkin

Though leagues better than its Red Velvet brother, I cannot recommend buying this bar. It is largely flavorless, with the Pumpkin Pie making an entrance only after the bite has been swallowed. The pumpkin patty is so sweet that one cannot distinguish the milk chocolate shell from the creamy center.  

Score: 2

Red Velvet in Dark Chocolate Pumpkin

Waxy, overly-sweet and mushy are the first three adjectives that come to mind as I write this review.  The dark chocolate’s flavor is drowned out by the central patty that only mildly resembles Red Velvet.  I expect more from Russell Stover. 

Score: 1

Suggestion to Russell Stover: you have a great brand and I hardly know a person alive who doesn’t love your Valentine’s samplers.  Why not create something a little bit smaller, unique and high end than these oversize gobs of pumpkin shaped goop.  I would have loved a sampler-styled treat that breaks the mold from the ordinary Halloween Season marketing play released by the bigger candy companies.  Why not play to your strength and make Valentine’s Day happen more than once a year?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I'm So Lucky Part 2: Personalized m&m's

I never thought there would be a candy created in my honor and these obsessivesweets personalized m&m's constitute one of my favorite things in the entire world. Designed by Liz. Thanks, Met friends!

Special Halloween Guest Blogger Review: Pumpkin Spice Hershey's Kisses

When you are married to Obsessive Sweets, candy is always around – especially around Halloween and Easter.  Thanks to Sweets, no longer do I sheepishly steal a confection in the middle of the night.  Now, it is with confidence that I raid the multitude of candy cabinets that are constantly replenished in our home.  Only days before being assigned this Pumpkin Spice Hershey's Kisses review I compulsively and unashamedly ate at least 20 of these dollops of decadence in minutes flat.  Normally I am not a fan of pumpkin pie and am even less of a fan of white chocolate. As far as I’m concerned Pumpkin Spice Kisses are an improvement to the actual dessert.  Unlike other pumpkin flavored Halloween treats these Kisses are neither cloyingly sweet nor overly artificial. 

Score: 5 

- Spooky Tricks Abramovich

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Special Halloween Guest Blogger Review: Ghost Twix

In my adulthood, long after I pounded the trick-or-treat trail in search of Kit Kat and Nestlé Crunch I discovered the joy of Twix.  You can only imagine my excitement when Sweets brought home this season’s Ghost Twix bar.  It was with great appreciation and a bit of compunction that I offered to her my honest opinion: the Ghost Twix was good but it wasn’t as great as the original. The reason for this is a matter of size and proportion.  What the Ghost Twix gains with its stylish specter-shaped mold it loses by the thinning and widening of the cookie portion of the bar.  Somehow in this process the skinnier and flatter cookie loses some of it crunch.  Also, the original cookie, caramel, and chocolate combination are so perfectly balanced that the Ghost shaped serving has turned the Twix bar into a ghost of its former self.  Still, I ate two of them.  

Score: 3

Happy Halloween! - Spooky Tricks Abramovich

I'm So Lucky Part 1: Candy Cake

I've never encountered a cake like this. Brilliant innovation and incredibly delicious. Inspirational to candy lovers, incorporating Nerds, Skittles, Twizzlers, Jujubees, and Starburst. Designed and created by Vittoria. Thanks, Met colleagues!

Special Guest Blogger Alert: Halloween Edition!

Hello out there in Candyland!

I’m sure that many of you wonder, as I did, what it is like to be married to a celebrity.  Well, over 3 years ago I found out the answer to that question when I married Obsessive Sweets, AKA Sweets Ramirez.  I can attest that being married to a celebrity is not only glamorous; it also has its perks.  How would you like to go on chocolate factory tours, sample confections sent to you from all over the world and always have a late night candy cabinet stocked to the rim?  Yes, this is the life I lead and with privilege comes responsibility.  This October, I, husband of Sweets have been tasked in the role of guest candy blogger.  I promise you, Obsessive Sweets readership, that I will sample, eat and review the many candy types that have been gathered and set forth in front of my soon to be pudgy face.  It is for Sweets that I carry out this mission and for you her minions that I know my sacrifice will not be in vain! I look forward to taking this Halloween journey with you.

Happy Halloween! -Spooky Tricks Abramovich

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

All-Chocolate "Deco Diamond" Dress by Costume Designer for Downton Abbey!

Via the London Express, news of an all-chocolate dress created by the costume designer of Downton Abbey! In delicious Lindt Chocolate, no less! Click here to read more!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Limited Edition Girl Scouts Nesquik Lowfat Milk in Caramel Coconut (Samoas)

The Girl Scouts have made another excellent product pairing for their Girl Scout Cookie line: (Nesquik) Milk and (Girl Scout) Cookies! This is not their first time co-branding with Nestle. Last year Girl Scout Cookies were made into special edition Nestle Crunch candy bars that were pretty delicious. I wouldn't opt for one over a traditional cookie but they were fun and unique. (Click here to read review of the candy bars).

Samoas are my favorite of all the Girl Scout cookies so I was especially excited to try the Caramel Coconut flavor. The milk, however, gave me pause. On one hand, the milk is infused with a tasty blend of caramel and coconut and it is pleasing to the palate. My concern was over the strange film that the milk left in the mouth, a very thin slimy layer of something artificial, certainly not a sensation typical to imbibing milk. I couldn't get over the texture enough to enjoy the beverage. However, it added a nice flavor kick in morning coffee and the slime-factor disappeared. Thanks, Mark! I can't wait to try the Thin Mints flavor awaiting in the fridge!

Score: 3

Halloween Treats: Brachs Caramel Macchiato and Apple Pie Candy Corn

Brachs candy corn is the best in the world. No other brand does it better. And I love that Brachs has been experimenting with candy corn flavors over the last few years. (You can read about their Pumpkin Spice and Caramel Apple flavors of yore by clicking the links). This year's seasonal offerings are Caramel Macchiato and Apple Pie candy corns.

The Caramel Macchiato does not please me in the least. Oof. It's candy corn with coffee breath. Enough said.

The Apple Pie Candy Corn, on the other hand, is fantastic! I finished the bag in one go and instantly started yearning for more. The classic candy corn honey flavor remains the base but there are additional tones of a mellow baked apple combined with light cinnamon that blend perfectly. Whereas last year's Caramel Apple flavor tasted like a strident Jolly Rancher apple, this Apple Pie blend is far less overpowering. It's wonderful. I need to go buy three more bags.

Score for Caramel Macchiato: 1
Score for Apple Pie: (enthusiastic) 4