Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Krause's Chocolates, Saugerties, New York

I'm loving these hand-crafted chocolates from Krause's Chocolates in Saugerties, New York. They've been perfecting their recipes since 1929 and it shows. Thanks, Mark!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Lindt Dark Chocolate Mint Coulis Bar

This Lindt Creations Dark Chocolate Mint Coulis bar is a surprising delight. Lindt dark chocolate is always delicious. Take a rich base of vanilla truffle, add a layer of translucent green mint, and the entire combination becomes an exciting burst of flavor. There are supposed to be crunchy cocoa nibs in the mix but I didn't notice them. No loss. I like the smooth melty consistency. More like this, please, Lindt!

Score: 5

Friday, August 26, 2016

Snapshot: Maison Ladurée, Soho, NYC

Famous in Paris for its exquisite macarons, Maison Ladurée has opened two shops in New York. One look at the pastry case and the visitor is immediately struck by the artistry on display. 
Well worth a stop!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Blueberry Squares

Why aren't there more candies that integrate the unique fresh flavor of blueberries? They're such an incredible fruit, and these Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Blueberry Squares prove that the combination of chocolate and blueberry works beautifully. The blueberry filling in these squares is the consistency of s smooth syrup rather than a chunky fruit-filled jam. When you bite into the square, you have to beware of the oncoming wave of syrup that will try to escape. They're pretty wonderful. I've only encountered these blueberry squares in one or two stores. Why are they not a part of the well-distributed Ghirardelli line-up? I see the Raspberry Squares everywhere. If you can get a hold of these, they're well worth a try.

Score: 4

Monday, August 22, 2016

Pastel Snapshot: Guatemalan Malvaviscos Marshmallows

There is no difference in taste and consistency between Malvaviscos Marshmallows from Guatemalan manufacturer Guandy and your average American Jet-Puffed or Camp Fire Marshmallow. These colors, though, make the simple sweet so appealing. While toasting them the pastel colors start to blends in the most wonderful combinations. They're a simple treat, but I'm a big fan of the variety of color combinations. They're lovely.

Score (taste): 3
Score (visuals): 4

Friday, August 19, 2016

Vintage Chocolate Bars: The Zero Bar

I hadn't realized that Zero bars hail from all the way back in 1920. I knew the candy bar had a history, but always assumed from the vaguely space-agey look of the packaging that it dated to the 1960's. It's definitely remained a unique offering on the candy bar market, and although I hadn't run into a Zero bar for a number of years, I'm pleased to see them popping up more frequently these days. The Zero consists of a thick nougat center that contains a rich nutty mixture of Almonds, Peanuts, and Caramel. Thick white chocolate fudge surrounds the nougat. The whole thing is a little sweet for me--the white chocolate fudge sends the sweet nougat into the sugar stratosphere. But I also appreciate that such a unique bar has stood its ground in the historical pantheon of candy bars for so long. Long live the Zero bar!

Score: 3

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Snapshot: Library Cake

This library cake is simply so pleasing to gaze upon. I bet it's delicious, too. To read more about the cake or its skilled baker, Kathy Knaus, head over to this article on the io9 blog. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Sugarfree Licorice Pastilles of Iceland: Nói Síríus Topas Xylitol Sykurlaus

Nói Síríus, the largest candy manufacturer of Iceland, produces quite a large variety of licorice pastilled. Topas Xylitol Sykurlaus constitute the sugar-free mint-infused offering of the line. They're basic, tasty, and soothing. Hard to chew, you have no choice but to let them dissolve in your mouth. They're not "fun" candy, to consume with abandon. Rather, these pastilles are meant to cleanse the palate or freshen one's breath after a meal. They do the job perfectly. The package design is really appealing, too.

Score: 3

Friday, August 12, 2016

Bring on the Fall Flavors: Brach's Sea Salt Chocolate Candy Corn

I'm a fan of Brach's flavored candy corn line. When they fail, it's a pretty big fail, but some of their innovative flavors are so delicious! I'm afraid to say that Brach's new Sea Salt Chocolate candy corn is a disappointment. Chocolate and honey are a funny combination and the artificial chocolate flavor doesn't really approximate the real thing. The little note of sea salt is nice. I'll take the traditional candy corn any day, but keep trying, Brach's!

Score: 2

Monday, August 8, 2016

Trolli Tropical Sour Brite Crawlers Minis

Although I love the Trolli Sour Brite line of gummies- the colors! the zing of sour!- I am not enthusiastic about the Tropical flavors. Mango-Orange tastes strangely of chemicals, there is no evidence of kiwi in the Strawberry-Kiwi, and ok, the Pineapple-Lime is pretty tasty on its own. Hooray for creepy florescent gummy worms, but I'll stick with the original flavor line-up

Score (flavor): 2
Score (visuals): 4

Tuesday, August 2, 2016