Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Season Candy: Coconut Twix Minis





Mmmm, I love these Coconut Twix packaged for the Easter Season. These constitute the classic Twix bars except that the caramel layer is infused with a coconut flavor. Even as someone who is not drawn to coconut candies, I find these special Twix to be delicious. Frankly, they taste very reminiscent of Girl Scout Cookie Samoas, and that is never a bad thing.

Score: 4

Sweet Easter Eggs: Russell Stover Lemon Cake Egg




Ooh, these Russell Stover Lemon Cake Eggs in Dark Chocolate are a real surprise! I expected a somewhat zesty weird solid center but instead what I found was the exact impression of the filling of a lemon meringue pie! I really enjoyed this. The dark chocolate casing didn't really do the candy any favors, though. I'm not exactly sure what goes with lemon meringue but Russell Stover should keep experimenting on that front. Overall, though, definitely worth a try- it's a really fun flavor experience.

Score: 4


After Note: There are so many unique flavors to this Russell Stover Cake and Pie line, and they range from pretty disgusting to incredibly delicious. Here is the growing list of past reviews of these innovative candies.

Russell Stover Birthday Cake in Milk Chocolate 
Russell Stover Carrot Cake in White Chocolate
Russell Stover Red Velvet Cake in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Apple Pie in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Caramel Apple in Milk Chocolate

Sunday, March 29, 2015

For the Easter Basket: Russell Stover Carrot Cake Egg





Carrot cake is my number one cake of all time so I came to the Russell Stover Carrot Cake Egg completely biased to love it. (Hot on the tail of Carrot Cake m&m's I feel a very exciting trend coming on...) The carrot cake center has a crumbly truffly consistency that does oddly resemble massively condensed cake that is so sweet you can discern the individual grains of sugar cohering everything together. The flavor is incredibly close to carrot cake, though- impressively so. It's just so very sweet. The white chocolate surrounding the egg is the major misstep. It's a firm, ultra-sweet white chocolate that only emphasizes the sugar-overload center. What it's missing is the distinctive taste of cream cheese frosting traditionally paired with carrot cake. Instead of white chocolate the casing should consist of a condensed cream cheese frosting coating. Ooh, I would have liked that. Neat try, though.

Score: 3

After Note: There are so many unique flavors to this Russell Stover Cake and Pie line, and they range from pretty disgusting to incredibly delicious. Here is the growing list of past reviews of these innovative candies.

Russell Stover Birthday Cake in Milk Chocolate 
Russell Stover Red Velvet Cake in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Apple Pie in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Caramel Apple in Milk Chocolate

Friday, March 27, 2015

An Easter Miracle: Limited Edition Cadbury Creme Egg Biscuits







Ooh, these Limited Edition Cadbury Creme Egg Biscuits are an Easter dream come true. Cadbury Creme Eggs are such a decadent treat, and a tasty chocolate crunch added to each bite mellows out the sweetness of the sugary cream. I really wish we could purchase these in the States; I ordered mine from England. If you have the chance to get your hands on some of these, jump on it!

Score: 5

Thursday, March 26, 2015

An Easter Tableau: Nestle Crunch Snoopy Milk Chocolate Disk





I'm the first person to tell you that Nestle is some of my least favorite chocolate on the market. That said, I am in love with these Nestle Crunch Snoopy Easter Disks! The tableau of Snoopy and Woodstock sharing Easter Eggs with clouds in the sky above is so pleasing and unique. What other mass-produced chocolate products depict whimsical landscapes? The milk chocolate with rice krispies even tasted better to me in this format.

Score: 4

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Classic Easter Repost: Cadbury Creme Egg Twisted Candy Bar



These new Cadbury Creme Egg Twisted candy bars are perfection. I've been waiting for these all my life and only bemoan their scarcity. I've been a big fan of Cadbury Creme Eggs for years. In fact, as a child my mom once got me across the country on a slow-moving train by promising me one Cadbury Creme Egg a day and it was worth it. I've always felt that it's awkward to eat that delicious cream filling in egg form, unnecessarily messy from the proportions of the egg. This double candy bar simply elongates the original egg, allowing you far more control in your consumption of the sticky filling. It's wonderful. This incredible find merits a special shout out of thanks to my friend Dan who has an innate gift for finding elusive limited edition candy in the unlikeliest of places.
Score: 5

Annual Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest Winner Announced!

image courtesy of maria fonseca via the washington post

The announcement of each year's Washington Post Peeps Diorama contest is so exciting! There is so much creativity at work here, real messages behind these sugared marshmallow tableaus! This year's winner is "Peepalize It" (seen above) by Michael Romanyshyn and his family. Fantastic! 

My personal favorite this year is "To Kill a Peepingbird" featuring Scouty-Peep in her ham costume. 
image courtesy of peewee.com

Friday, March 20, 2015

Like Magic! Making Chocolate Frogs at Home





A chocolate bar is good but chocolate frogs are better! I recently learned how incredibly easy it is to create shaped chocolate pieces from experienced chocolate makers, Kara and Conor. Task 1: find an appealing chocolate mold. They come in an incredible array of shapes and sizes. Next, break chocolate of your choice (preferably high-quality chocolate) into a double boiler and melt until smooth. Then pour melted chocolate into the mold. Here's the key move: tap the filled mold gently on the counter to allow any air bubbles to surface. Pop the mold into the fridge until chocolate solidifies and then gently turn the mold upside down and tap until the chocolates drop. Voila! Magic! Chocolate frogs!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Via Slate: "Chocolate Experts Hate Mast Brothers"

photo courtesy of shop composition via lovelypackage.com

Mast Brothers Chocolate of Williamsburg, Brooklyn has saturated the bean-to-bar market. Popular consensus among chocolate experts, however, is that the bars are not exceptional, or even that good. Today Slate published a fascinating article that explores the disparity. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Easter Peeps Part 2: Easter Egg Peeps, Orange Creme Peeps, and Party Cake Peeps




Earlier in the Easter Season I added three new additions to my ongoing collection of Peeps- Blue Raspberry, Strawberry Creme, and Classic Green Chicks. Here are three more for the growing list (over 45!). First, we've got classic flavored Peeps in a decorated Easter Egg shape. Delightful!



I love these Orange Creme Bunny Peeps. They're mellow orange creamsicles that melt in your mouth. These are definitely some new favorites (far more tasty than the Stawberry Cremes).



I've got mixed feelings about the Party Cake Peeps. When you rip open the package the smell of buttercream frosting is overwhelming- in a good way. The aroma really packs a punch. The taste, however, is a lot more subtle. The chicks taste vaguely like vanilla but the major flavor impact remains in the infused aroma. These Party Cake chicks start with an explosion and end with a sputter. It's a good idea that needs a little tweak of improvement.

Score (Eggs): 3
Score(Orange Creme): 4
Score (Party Cake): 3

A Traditional Take on Easter Chocolate: Russell Stover Solid Milk Chocolate Cross





(Reviewed before, but with improved photos!) For those who prefer religious iconography on Easter candy over bunnies and chicks, Russell Stover offers a solid milk chocolate cross. Delicious.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Starburst Sugarfree Gum: Cherry and Strawberry Varieties


Ew, disappointing! I do believe that Starburst Fruit Chew flavors taste extra juicy and delicious-rivaling only Skittles for perfect fruity flavors. Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Sugarfree Gums in Starburst Strawberry and Cherry varieties, however, totally miss the flavor mark. The gum tastes really artificial and, even worse, the flavor vanishes within seconds of one's first bite. Nice try but no dice with this attempt, Juicy Fruit.

Score: 2

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Classic Easter Repost: Maltesers MaltEaster Chocolate Bunny



 
Maltesers constitute the British equivalent of Whoppers malted milk balls. Though I enjoy both brands and almost anything with malt flavoring, Maltesers are the superior product. The chocolate is milkier and meltier, and the malt has a warmer flavor and a less dense consistency. For Easter, Maltesers created this charming two-bite bunny filled with an incredible, light-as-air malted cream with tiny chunks of crunchy malt ball suspended throughout. I've never experienced a malted cream filling before and it's brilliant. Talk about festive for the Easter Holiday! I wish Maltesers would create a malted cream candy for year-round! Thanks, Evan!
 
Score: 5


Monday, March 9, 2015

A Variety of Easter Peeps: Original, Blue Raspberry, and Strawberry Creme Dipped in Milk Chocolate




It's that magical time of year once more when Peeps go into overdrive with new colors, flavors, and shapes. I love to collect them all and like to support the constant innovation emerging from Just Born.

These are simply the classic chicks in green for Spring. I've had them before (see here) but I can never resist another round of these. Their fresh hue is perfection. And if I made a Peeps diorama, these would be the stars.
The Strawberry Creme Peeps Dipped in Milk Chocolate are certainly memorable (see previous coverage here). I don't love the cloying flavor of the strawberry but do enjoy the undercurrent of creme underneath. It blends so nicely with the milk chocolate base. The pink sugar on pink marshmallow interior is also bright and fun.


The Blue Raspberry Peeps are entirely new to me and frankly my stomach churned at the thought of blue raspberry flavored marshmallow. I was surprised, though, that it was a better taste than expected. The exterior sugar is a sour berry flavor which is mellowed by the interior (pretty blue) marshmallow. I wouldn't choose this flavor over original but these would probably be a hit with people who really enjoy sour candies.

Score (original): 4
Score (strawberry creme): 3
Score (blue raspberry): 2

Thursday, March 5, 2015

L.A. Times Blows Cover Off of Girl Scout Thin Mints Production Methods

image courtesy of the la times

My mind is blown. 
Did you know that there are a multiple varieties of Girl Scout Cookies depending on where you live in the United States? One Thin Mint could be wildly different than another based on where you purchase the classic treat. I'm speechless. L.A. Times digs in where others have feared to tread! Read the article by clicking here (and be sure to check out the great interactive map!)