Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Gummy Snapshot: Gummy Abbreviations

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Japanese Sugar Tablets: Meiji Hi Lemon

Hmm, maybe it's just the packaging of the Meiji Hi Lemon tablets from Japan, but these candies have a real medicinal feel to them. Pop them out of the tinfoil backing like a pill or lozenge, and you're confronted with a mild lemon-flavored sugar pellet. I wouldn't call the Hi Lemons unpleasant but there's nothing about them that's compelling, either. Usually I'm enthralled by Meiji's clever packaging, but in this instance it's simply a distraction from the lackluster candy.

Score: 2

Friday, June 24, 2016

Project 7 Gourmet Gum: S'Mores Build-a-Flavor

The concept behind Project 7's Build-A-Flavor S'mores gum is creative and fun. It's nice to have three varieties in one, where you can combine chocolate graham gum with marshmallow gum or stick with the separate flavors. The marshmallow gum is pretty tasty and a close approximation of a real marshmallow. The choco graham gum tastes quite a bit like chocolate, but it's unnerving to experience chocolate in gum form and the flavor is a little bit off. Gum should clear the palate, not confuse it. I just couldn't get into the choco graham experience. That said, I'll be excited to try more of Project 7's flavor creations.

Score (concept): 4
Score (flavor): 2

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Marshmallow Mushrooms from Sockerbit, the Scandinavian Candy Superstore in NYC

Where have I been? Sockerbit, the Swedish candy store in NYC specializing in Scandinavian sweets has been around for years and I was unaware until yesterday. So much lost time, so many missed sweets! Well, I'll have to make up for lost time. It's now my favorite candy store in the city. The layout is fantastic, the candy options so plentiful, the friendly and knowledgeable staff, the reasonable prices- I was swooning throughout my time in the store. Swedish candy heavily favors licorice and marshmallows in many varieties, and apparently the store's puts out new offerings every week. Obsessivesweets readers are sure to be reading about a wide variety of Scandinavian candies in the near future.

Click here to view Sockerbit's website and learn more: Sockerbit

Monday, June 20, 2016

Wawel Malaga Candies from Poland

Wawel Malaga Chocolates from Poland present a candy flavor entirely new to my taste-buds. Named after the Spanish wine, chopped raisins are suspended in a thick, somewhat gloppy caramel with a subtle flavor of rum or alcohol. The closest flavor comparison is rum raisin ice cream minus the cream. It's not my cup of tea but for anyone who likes the combination of chocolate and spirits, these might be right up your alley!

Score: 3

Friday, June 17, 2016

Surprising Flavors from Japan: Lotte Apricot & Dark Chocolate Bar

This Lotte Apricot & Dark Chocolate bar, hailing from Japan, is a really surprising flavor. I absolutely love chocolate dipped dried apricots so I came in with high expectations. The dark chocolate was rich and flavorful, and the crunchy pebbles of apricot combined well with the chocolate base. The chocolate bar smelled strongly of artificial apricot, though, and the flavor wove through the chocolate. It was a dark, funky, heavy version of apricot, not that tart, fresh, natural apricot flavor. Overall, a disappointment. It did get me thinking, though, that some chocolate company should come up with a lighter variation of this concept. 

Score: 2

Monday, June 13, 2016

Albert's / Moritz Ice Cubes

Ice Cubes have been around forever. They're not a high-quality chocolate treat, but they're so unique and appealing. As a kid, this was one of my favorite go-to's. Albert's Moritz has been distributing them for decades. They're mockolate, not real chocolate, and are infused with a hazelnut or praline flavor. Strangely, they feel cool on the tongue and melt instantly upon hitting the mouth. This is because they're made of partially hydrogenated coconut oil, which melts at a low temperature, but if you can forget that fact, they're a pretty enthralling bite. They're for sale at my neighborhood bodega and a couple times a week I just can't help but pick one up on my way home from work to make the walk home sweet.

Score (flavor and cool sensation): 4
Score (ingredient quality):1
Score (nostalgia quotient): 5

Friday, June 10, 2016

Japanese Chocolate-Dipped Cookie Sticks: Glico Pocky Mint Demitasse

Pocky has become an inadvertent favorite at obsessivesweets, with so many tasty varieties to test (see past reviews of Pocky and variations). This Mint Demitasse Pocky by Glico is another good flavor to add to the growing list. A mild mint-infused chocolate cookie stick is dipped in milk chocolate. The mint is subtle, elegant. Each bite just hints at mint, emphasizing the rich chocolate base. Delicious!

Score: 4

PS-Sicilia Lemon Resort Pocky remains my all-time favorite. For now....

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016

Vintage Sweets: Boyer Peanut Butter Cups

I love a classic candy. Boyer Candy Company has been around since the 1930's producing Peanut Butter Cups and Mallo Cups. The peanut butter cups are delicious. As a point of comparison, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are sweeter and a little creamier. Boyer Peanut Butter Cups mix the peanut butter center with butterscotch, giving the candy a really distinctive and pleasing flavor. This retro classic is well worth a try!

Score: 3

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Gummy Snapshot: Scottie Dog Gummies

It's difficult to discern whether these Scottish terriers are comprised of red licorice or gummy. I find myself able to defend either base. Either way, they're a nice firm juicy chew,  not to mention adorable.