Friday, July 29, 2016

Throwback Favorite: Bottle Caps

Yes, Nestle Bottle Caps are at base artificially-flavored sugar pellets. I'm not sure if nostalgia is playing into this but I still find the Root Beer and Cola flavors enthralling. The flavors are unique and distinctive only to Bottle Caps, and I could certainly recognize them in any blind taste-test. I love them, irrationally or no. In the current "throwback" packaging, they're even more appealing, too.

Score (emotional reaction): 5
Score (flavor-all flavors but root beer): 3
Score (flavor-root beer): 5

Monday, July 25, 2016

Japan's Black Thunder Bar

It was the packaging, not the contents, that sold me on the Black Thunder bar from Japan. I kept picturing how cool I'd look extracting my Black Thunder foil wrapper casually from my bag to the envy of surrounding gawkers. The bar, itself, is good, too. It's a crisp bar comprised of puffed rice of many sizes, all cohered with a light layer of milk chocolate. The effect in its entirety is light and tasty. I've never really loved chocolate bars with rice krispies suspended throughout, but now I find that a rice krispie bar with a little additional chocolate is pretty delicious and worth seeking out!

Score: 3

Friday, July 22, 2016

Mike and Ike Mega Mix

This Mike and Ike Mega Mix is so beautiful, a veritable rainbow of fruit-flavored beans. There are some hits and misses among the bunch. I was not a fan of Kiwi Banana, Mango Delight, or Pineapple Banana. The Peach Berry, Paradise Punch, and Grape Soda are delicious, though! It's a fun mix with myriad possible flavor combinations.

Score: 3

Monday, July 18, 2016

Oreo Chocolat from Japan

This Oreo Chocolat, hailing from Japan, is simply an Oreo cookie reconstituted in new form and dipped in a thin layer of chocolate. Not that I'm complaining. The traditional chocolate sandwich cookies now comprise a solid chocolate cookie base. A thick layer of oreo cream filling tops the base, and then the entire combo is dipped in a thin layer of milk chocolate. I like it. The ratio of 1/2 cream filling to 1/2 chocolate cookie is ideal. The additional chocolate doesn't hurt. These cookie treats need to reach the American market, methinks.

Score: 4

Saturday, July 16, 2016

An American Classic: Wilbur Buds, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Wilbur Buds have constituted a local tradition in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania since 1893. They were introduced to the market by Wilbur Chocolate of Lititz, PA. The scrumptious chocolate morsels are produced in the shape of flower bud. Wilbur Buds preceded a similarly shaped product from 20 miles down the road, Hershey's Chocolate Kisses, that began production in 1907.  Delicious and addictive, I'm so pleased to have gotten the chance to try some of these classic candies. Thanks, Amy and Pat!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Ghostbusters Rice Krispies Treats, Opening Night Swag, Union Square Cinemas, NYC

Delicious two-bite Ghostbusters-themed Rice Krispies treats made by Treat House for the opening night of Ghostbusters at Union Square Cinema! How lucky am I?!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Snapshot: Geode Cake, Sugar Couture, Brooklyn

I've never seen a geode cake before. Brilliant, beautiful use of sugar crystals!! 
Viewed in the window of Sugar Couture in Brooklyn.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Ritter Sport with Tortilla Chips

I love the wide variety of innovative Ritter Sport flavor options, and this new Knusper Corn Tortilla Chips chocolate bar now tops the list. This is so wonderfully delicious! The savory corn blends with the rich chocolate beautifully, the grainy corn meal gives each bite substance. The only flavor I've ever liked more was the Ritter Sport with Cornflakes, a definite variation on a theme. The cornflakes are bit lighter, crispier, and finer grained. Both versions are fantastic. Corn and chocolate belong together.

Score: 5

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Lotte Fit's Sugarfree Gum in Where's Wally Strawberry Milk Flavor

I love a good candy cross-branding, and this one between Lotte Fit's sugarfree gum from Japanese and Where's Wally (known in America as Where's Waldo) is a fun, creative one. All obsessivesweets readers know that I'm a sucker for good packaging and this is a perfect example. The packaging here is brilliant. Lotte packs so much action into each square inch of printed paper and tinfoil. The flavor itself is fine. Sugarfree strawberry milk is so very artificially sweet. It's doesn't taste bad, but I'd never buy the flavor again on purpose. That said, if there's another flavor in this Where's Wally series of Fit's gum, I'll buy it in a snap.

Score (packaging): 5
Score (flavor): 2

Monday, July 4, 2016

A Sweet Fourth of July Celebration: Skittles America Mix

Unlike most holidays, laden with celebratory sweets, there are not a lot of Fourth of July-themed candies. This year, Skittles steps in to fill the void with an America Mix. With two shades of Red (Rasperry and Strawberry), White (Yumberry), and two shades of Blue (Blackberry and Wild Berry), it's a super juicy tasty mixture. Don't ask me what flavors combine to produce Yumberry. I have no idea, but it's good. I love a new Skittles flavor mix!

Score: 4

Friday, July 1, 2016

A Mystery in Each Bite: Mars Revels from Ireland

It's so rare that I'm lucky enough to get my hands on a bag of Revels, made by Mars and distributed in Ireland. Each bite is a surprise- you never know if the creamy milk chocolate obscures orange cream or coffee cream filling, crunchy toffee, a malt ball, a peanut, or a raisin. They're all good, so you really can't go wrong. The element of surprise makes the consumption of a bag of revels a pure delight. I wish I could find these more often.

Score: 4