Friday, July 31, 2015

Wafer Bar Throwdown Part 8: Mamma Mia Wafer Bar from Poland

Obsessivesweets has been on quite a roll recently with chocolate wafer bars from many countries. Wafer bars don't even rank as a favorite candy bar choice but they just seem to keep falling into my lap. Who am I to complain? This round we'll explore some new Polish and Icelandic variations.

The first, Mama Mia from Poland, consists of vanilla wafers interspersed with rich cocoa filling, all dipped in dark chocolate. It's a pretty decent bite, really crunchy with a good chocolate flavor to the filling. The dark chocolate gives enough of a bite to offset all the sweetness.

Score: 3

Wafer Bars of Past Days:

Bingo Serenata Double (Greece) 
Bocadin Wafer Bar (Mexico)
Kit Kat Caramel (United States)
Kit Kat Cheesecake (Japan)
Kit Kat Chunky Mint (England)
Kit Kat Cookies & Cream (United States)
Kit Kat Milk Coffee (Japan)
Kit Kat Muscat of Alexandria (Grape)(Japan) 
Kit Kat Orange (United States)
Kit Kat Royal Milk Tea (Japan)
Manner Original Neapolitan Wafers (Vienna)
Milka GoFree Chocolate Wafer Bar (Turkey)
Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Cookie Wafer Bar (United States)
Nestle Nesquik Wafer Bar (Turkey)
Tiki Gold Wafer Bar (Trinidad/ Tobago)
Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Biscuit (Scotland)
Ulker Chocolate Wafer Bar (Turkey)
Ulker Cokonat (Turkey)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Turkish Delights: Ulker Laviva Candy Bar

The Ulker Laviva candy bar from Turkey is packaged in an understated elegant wrapper. Inside, though, the candy bar is anything but delicate or sedate. This slim stick is comprised of a crunchy chocolate cookie (the consistency of a Twix cookie, but chocolate flavor). A layer of thick chocolate frosting or fudge tops the cookie and the whole thing is enrobed in a thick layer of rich milk chocolate. The whole thing would simply be too rich, except that the chocolate cookie lightens up the combination. I really like this candy bar and can't think of a single equivalent on the American market. Therefore, we need Lavivas imported into far more American grocery stores and bodegas. Or Twix should make a new line of chocolate cookie based bars.

Score: 4

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Loki Pup's Marzipan Doppelgänger from Hungary

There are few things more enthralling to Obsessive Sweets than candy. One of those few things/beings is Loki the Fuzzle. Via special delivery from Budapest, Hungary via California, I have now received a treasure that combines these two special loves- a miniature Loki doppelgänger modeled in marzipan from the Szabó Marzipan Museum in Budapest, Hungary. (To see a photo essay on the artistry on display at the marzipan museum, click here). Now to the implicit problem in an edible treasure- the struggle between consuming vs. collecting. (I had this same issue with the infamous Loki m&m's.) I had to sample the goods but it seemed so cruel. I compromised. Nibbling on the tail I surmised that the smooth rich marzipan tastes as incredible as its outward visage. Taste confimed, I packed mini Loki (minus the tail) into an air-tight transparent container and placed it on my shelf to admire for the marzipan's natural duration. Since some of the marzipan pieces at the museum in Budapest are over 100 years old, I'm feeling optimistic! Thanks, Mom!

Score: (Perfect, top of the line, enthusiastic) 5

Friday, July 17, 2015

Chuao Chocolatier Pop Corn Pop ChocoPod

Biting into the Chuao Chocolatier Pop Corn Pop ChocoPod made me a little nervous. The wrapper warns that beside the already quirky combination of popcorn and chocolate there's a "surprising Pop" added into each bite. Huh? The warning refers to Pop Rocks distributed throughout the chocolate. The experience was kind of fun- the combination of pop rocks, popcorn bits, and tasty milk chocolate isn't half-bad. However, is it really what one is searching for in a chocolate bar or merely a gimmick to pull in a consumer? It's mostly gimmick. There's really no reason for the fizzing bits except the element of surprise. All in all, I enjoyed the chocopod and wouldn't turn down another. I probably wouldn't seek it out again, though.

Score: 3

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Gummy Snapshot: RingPop Gummies

It's not like the new gummy versions of the classic Ring Pop taste very good, but who can resist these enticing edible gems? I'd rather sit and admire the pleasing glow of the gummy jewels in sunlight rather than consume them.

Score (visual bling): 4
Score (taste): 2