Friday, January 29, 2016

Matthias Buchinger Raspberry Chocolate Bar


I recently enjoyed a bite of a raspberry chocolate bar created to promote Ricky Jay's new book, Matthias Buchinger: "The Greatest German Living." A tasty, jammy chocolate bar in fantastic wrapping.

I haven't yet read Jay's book, but enthusiastically recommend the current Buchinger exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum, Wordplay: Matthias Buchinger's Drawings from the Collection of Ricky Jay. Check it out if you're in the New York City area!

Click here to read more about the exhibition.


 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Opal Sykurlaus Sugarfree Menthol Pastilles from Iceland





Icelandic Opal Sykurlaus constitute small super-chewy sugar-free methol-infused pastilles in fantastic packaging. They're a perfect post-dinner breath refreshing, not so tasty, but cleansing. The packaging is simply timeless, as are the pastilles. Thanks, Tara!

Score (flavor):3
Score (packaging): 5




Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Gummy Snapshot: Meiji MogiMogi Gummy Grapevines


Fragrant jewel-like (not to mention sticky) Mogimogi Grape Fruits Gummy by Japanese candy company, Meiji. The grapes are flavored as one might expect and the cloudy green vines are a super sweet melon soda flavor. It's all a bit much but they are exceptionally pretty gummies.


Score (visuals and aroma): 5
Score (flavor): 2

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Present from Handy.com: Magnolia Bakery Lemon Sea Salt Chocolate Bar




I'm a sucker for a marketing campaign that includes good free sweets. Handy.com, the inexpensive house cleaning business, recently sent me a Magnolia Bakery Lemon and Dark Sea Salt Chocolate Bar- not because I blog about sweets but merely as thanks for being a customer and in hopes of garnering a stronger social media presence. I've certainly tasted a large number of Magnolia Bakery cupcakes and banana puddings and ice box cakes but hadn't realized that they produce chocolate bars, as well. It's a good base chocolate, with a nice subtle sprinkling of salt. I simply don't love the combination of lemon and chocolate as they seem at odds together, but the lemon was subtle and simply added a little zest to each bite. Overall, a nice bar. Thanks, Handy!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Via The Impulsive Buy: Add Cadbury Oreo Creme Ogg to the Wish List!

image courtesy of theimpulsivebuy.com

News via theimpulsivebuy.com: add these new Cadbury Oreo Cookie Creme Egg to the wish list! I believe they're only available on the Canadian market, but here's hoping some will make their way down to NYC stores. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Palmer Lane Maple Jelly Beans




I've said it before and I'll say it again: maple is the most underutilized and most perfect flavor in the candy spectrum. These Palmer Lane Maple Jellybeans from Vermont simply underscore the fact. In fact, jellybeans and maple are the ideal union. The aroma of the beans, alone, is enough to make anyone swoon. Thanks, Ben!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mazapan Azo: Peanut Candy from Mexico



Major caveat here that I am really into De la Rosa brand Mazapan candy and that perhaps this love comes with a bit of a bias against other mass-produced mazapan offerings. During a recent trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, I was really excited to dive into some new varieties of the peanut-based treat. I did try a local hand-made version that was unbelievably good. I expect that high quality of something that fresh and lovingly hand-crafted.

This Mazapan Azo (Dulce de Cacahuate), with the grinning peanut on the packaging, looked promising. Especially with the layer of caramel filling (relleno de cajeta) at the center. It was less sweet and creamy than De la Rosa, however, and a lot denser and I just didn't love it. I simply need to taste-test more brands for a better sense of context. Any readers who know of a good widely-distributed brand of mazapan, please alert me in the comments.

Score: 2

Friday, January 15, 2016

Valentine's Day Candy Season Begins: Jelly Belly Mickey and Minnie Mouse Valentine Mix






January 1 the Christmas candy is cleared from purveyors' shelves and the Valentine's Day candy mania begins. It seems early to me but does allow time for an awful lot of sampling. Jelly Belly has released a co-branded Mickey and Minnie Mouse Valentine Mix for the occasion- an awfully sweet mixture that includes bubble gum, cotton candy, and strawberry shortcake flavors, to name a few. I can't say that it's my favorite of the Jelly Belly mixes, but the colors are so pleasing and fitting for the holiday. A nice token to give to someone you love.

Score (flavor): 3
Score (visuals): 4

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Chuao Chocolatier Firecracker Candy Bar



I love this Firecracker candy bar by Chuao Chocolatier! There's a lot going on but it all works. First, there's a good dark chocolate base, melty and flavorful. Suspended throughout the chocolate is a plentiful sprinkling of popping candy (unbranded Pop Rocks) and salt, not to mention a small dose of spicy chipotle. Each unfolds at its own pace. The popping candies start immediately and continue to sizzle throughout the bite; next the salt flavor emerges, counteracting with the sweet chocolate. It's not until the chocolate has almost melted away that you experience that chipotle spice on your tongue. It lingers pleasantly long after the other flavors have faded. Chipotle in a chocolate bar can go so wrong, but Chauao gets the combination just right. Add the fun of Pop Rocks, and this bar's a winner! Thanks, Joelle!

Read past Chuao reviews here:
Chuao Pop Corn Pop Bar
Chuao Potato Chip Bar

Monday, January 11, 2016

Menz Mini Choc Honeycomb Candy from Australia

I love honeycomb candy-the way the firm crystals instantly melt in one's mouth, dissolving into a sweet honey syrup mixed with chocolate. Frankly, the reason for the scarcity of honeycomb candy on obsessivesweets is because the sweets rarely make it in front of the camera. I've consumed it too quickly, without the ability to wait to document. I was so excited to find this packaged form of honeycomb candy, as I tend to only find it in homemade chocolate shops rather than in widely distributed, prepackaged form. This Menz Mini Choc Honeycomb Candy from Australia, however, was a disappointment. The chocolate to honeycomb ratio was way off- far too much chocolate, and the chocolate was waxy rather than melty. The honeycomb, itself, was stiff and didn't dissolve easily. Some candy company should attempt this concept, as it could be so appealing. Menz's product, however, didn't satisfy.

Score: 2

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Mexican Treats: Nestle Almon Ris


From the look of the Nestle Almon Ris, I expected to bite into something akin to a Heath bar, hard toffee enrobed in chocolate with a sprinkling of peanuts (rather than Heath's almonds). But no! The Almon Ris exceeds these expectations. Instead, one encounters a thin bar akin to a Butterfinger, but with a higher ratio of chocolate with plentiful peanuts added on top. It's delicious. Beware, though, the messy nature of the chopped nuts. As soon as you open the package they begin to spill out and with each bite they spread (everywhere). I made a huge (not to mention delicious) mess. Stores in NYC should attempt to carry these- I've never encountered an Almon Ris in the United States and believe they would constitute a popular item with the candy bar consuming audience.

Score: 4