Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Limited Edition Cauldron Skittles




Mmmm, Halloween Edition Cauldron Skittles are a total hit, with a great mix of flavors and a pleasing color scheme. Bogey Berry, Gripping Grape, Lurking Lemon, Petrified Pear, and Twisted Tangerine constitute the evocative array of flavors. Lemon and Grape are tasty but nothing new. Bogey Berry tastes like Blueberry. Pear and Tangerine are both really good new additions. I hope we'll see them return in future Skittles mixes.

Score: 4

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Via Grubstreet.com, The Best Candy Stores in NYC

Candy Stairway at Dylan's Candy Bar


I'm working my way through NYC's copious candy shops slowly but surely. There are simply so many! Today's grubstreet blog, however, includes an excellent and astute list of candy stores across New York. From Economy Candy to Sockerbit, this is a great guide to some of the city's heavy-hitters. Thanks to astute obsessivesweets reader Karenin for the heads up!

"The Absolute Best Candy Store in New York" by Hannah Goldfield via Grubstreet

Friday, October 28, 2016

More Candy Corn Varieties: Brach's Apple Mix Candy Corn


Brach's Apple Mix Candy Corn is 2/3 a sweet delight and 1/3 an unpleasant encounter. Apple Pie flavor is the best, mixing a mellow baked apple flavor with a lot of cinnamon. The flavor goes perfectly with the consistency of candy corn. Caramel Apple is good, too. I wish the caramel flavor was a little bit richer and less crazy sweet but it goes great with a pretty mellow apple base. The Green Apple candy corn, though, tastes like a Green Apple jolly rancher mixed with cream and honey. Blech. To be fair, guest taste tester Ben enjoyed the flavor. However, I couldn't even get through one and picked the rest out of the bag.

Score (overall): 3
Score (Caramel Apple candy corn): 3
Score (Green Apple candy corn): 1
Score (Apple Pie candy corn): 4

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Sweet Pumpkins: Russell Stover Caramel and Marshmallow Pumpkin


Russell Stover's Caramel and Marshmallow Pumpkin is a surprisingly nice treat. I assumed that the textures of the caramel and marshmallow might resist one another, but they actually blended beautifully, both super soft sticky. Delicious! My only complaint: as this is a very delicate and potentially messy candy, Russell Stover should put a little structure in the packaging to keep the pumpkin intact. In a foil wrapper it's just too easy to crack and smoosh.

Score: 3

Russell Stover Varieties:
Russell Stover Apple Pie in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Banana Whip in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Birthday Cake in Milk Chocolate 
Russell Stover Caramel Apple in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Carrot Cake in White Chocolate

Russell Stover Chocolate Marshmallow in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Chocolate Wedding Cake in White Chocolate
Russell Stover Coconut Cream in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Cookie Dough in Milk Chocolate 
Russell Stover Lemon Cake in Dark Chocolate 

Russell Stover Maple Cream in Dark Chocolate 
Russell Stover Orange Marshmallow in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Orange Cream in Dark Chocolate  
Russell Stover Peanut Butter in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover (Extra Crunchy) Peanut Butter in Milk Chocolate 
Russell Stover Pineapple Whip in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Pumpkin Pie in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Red Velvet Cake in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Sea Salt Caramel in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Strawberry Creme in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Strawberry Cream in White Chocolate 
Russell Stover Wedding Cake in White Chocolate

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Travel Snapshot: Barcelona Museu de la Xocolata (Museum of Chocolate)







Honestly, I learned far more about the process of chocolate production at the Dick Taylor Chocolate Factory than at the Museu de la Xocolata / Museum of Chocolate in Barcelona, Spain. If you would like to view some incredible chocolate sculpture, though, this place is worth a look.

Museum of Chocolate Website

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Halloween Wafer Bar: Triple Chocolate Kit Kat

Triple Chocolate Kit Kat are such an excellent idea. Switch up the traditional vanilla wafer bar with chocolate wafer and the classic candy suddenly feels decadent. Honestly, it's a little too much chocolate for me. I happily ate a few of these individually packaged sweets, but given the choice, I'd still opt for the original. For the sake of fairness, frequent guest-reviewer Mark went crazy for these. He ranks them as a resounding 5. Given that I was going to give them a 3, we'll split the difference...

Score: 4



Wafer Bars Past:
Bingo Serenata Double (Greece) 
Bocadin Wafer Bar (Mexico)
Johnny Krocker Milk Wafer Bar (Ukraine)
Karin Blume Orange Mille Feuille Chocolate Bar (Japan)
Kit Kat Caramel (United States)
Kit Kat Cheesecake (Japan)
Kit Kat Chunky Mint (England)
Kit Kat Cookies & Cream (United States)

Kit Kat Darkness (Dark Chocolate)(United States)
Kit Kat Halloween (White Chocolate) Edition (United States) 
Kit Kat Milk Coffee (Japan)
Kit Kat Muscat of Alexandria (Grape)(Japan) 
Kit Kat Orange (United States)
Kit Kat Royal Milk Tea (Japan)
Mama Mia Wafer Bar (Poland)
Manner Original Neapolitan Wafers (Vienna)
Milka GoFree Chocolate Wafer Bar (Turkey)
Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Cookie Wafer Bar (United States)
Nestle Nesquik Wafer Bar (Turkey)

Nestle Tin Larin Wafer Bar (Mexico) 
Tiki Gold Wafer Bar (Trinidad/ Tobago)
Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Biscuit (Scotland)
Ulker Chocolate Wafer Bar (Turkey)
Ulker Cokonat (Turkey)

Ulker Dido Wafer Fingers (Turkey)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Halloween SweeTarts Skulls + Bones



In their Halloween incarnation, the original (yummy) flavors of SweeTarts come molded as skulls and bones. I love candy that's a little morbid, so these have become fast favorites! They're so festive!

Score: 4

Friday, October 21, 2016

Halloween Sweets: Caramel Apple Peeps


I like the idea behind new Caramel Apple Peeps. An apple flavored marshmallow dipped in caramel fudge makes great sense. I wasn't very wowed by the Apple flavoring, though- artificial apple and creamy marshmallow just don't blend all that well. The caramel fudge base is delightful, but it needs a better apple marshmallow to balance it out. Nice try, but could use some fine-tuning.

Score: 2



Peeps Reviews Past (click each name to link to review):
Flavored Peeps
Blueberry Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Flavored Fudge
Blue Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow
Bubble Gum Flavored Marshmallow
Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow
Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate  
Candy Corn Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Chocolate
Cherry Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate 
Cherry Flavored Marshmallow Drizzled in Dark Chocolate
Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow
Gingerbread Flavored Marshmallow
Hot Cocoa and Cream Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Chocolate
Lemonade Flavored Marshmallow 
Lemon Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Lemon Fudge 
Maple Brown Sugar Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Fudge 
Mint Flavored Marshmallow Covered in Milk Chocolate
Orange Creme Flavored Marshmallow 
Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow 
Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow Covered in Milk Chocolate 
Red Velvet Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Chocolate
Strawberry Creme Flavored Marshmallow
Strawberry Creme Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Milk Chocolate 
Strawberry Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Flavored Fudge 
Sugar Cookie Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Milk Chocolate
Vanilla Creme Flavored Marshmallow


Traditional Peeps
Peeps Bunnies
Peeps Chicks (Blue)
Peeps Chicks (Green)
Peeps Christmas Trees
Peeps Easter Eggs
Peeps Ghosts 
Peeps Hearts
Peeps Minions
Peeps Monsters
Peeps Pumpkins
Peeps Snowmen
Peeps Tombstones 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Halloween Edition Spooky Junior Mints


It's not like the flavor is anything new, but I love these Halloween Edition Spooky Junior Mints with black and orange centers nonetheless. I admire a candy company that's willing to go with a black filling- it's risky as it can be pretty unappealing. In this case, though, it's perfect. I love these Junior Mints with hidden color-coded interiors for various holidays.

Score: 4

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fortunato Brothers Bakery 40th Anniversary Celebration, Brooklyn





The Fortunato Brothers Bakery in Brooklyn, New York, is my absolute favorite Italian bakery anywhere (although I'm lucky enough to live in the same neighborhood). Every dessert is beautiful and tastes even better than it looks. The Fortunato Bros have been perfecting their recipes for 40 years and hosted a street party this last week to celebrate. I was lucky enough to have attended both their 35th Anniversary party and now the 40th. It's almost impossible to depict the sheer number of gorgeous cakes offered to attendees to taste-test. Here's to 100 more years of Fortunato Brothers Bakery!

Click here to read past posts on the Fortunato Bros



obsessivesweets, eating all the cakes





Monday, October 17, 2016

Autumnal Treats: Brach's Double Crunch Maple Almonds

These Brachn's Double Crunch Maple Almonds are my new favorite go-sweets. Yes, I like anything Maple. But these go above and beyond. They're at base Jordan Almonds with an interior layer of maple cream. Fantastic mixture of crunch and nut and maple. I love them. I hope Brachs makes these available all year and not just in the fall.

Score: 5(!!)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Candy Corn of Many Flavors: Brach's Brunch Favorites Candy Corn



I was so excited to get my hands on Brach's new Brunch Favorites Candy Corn. There's so much potential in these flavors. The problem with a mix, though, is even if one flavor is bad, you have to eat the bag carefully. I so love the French Toast and Maple Syrup flavor. It's exactly as it promises, filled with maple with hints of butter and vanilla. Yum! Chocolate Chip Pancake flavor is fine. I don't believe that Chocolate and Candy Corn go that well together, but mixed with a little Maple and Butter flavors, it's a somewhat pleasing amalgam. The Waffles and Strawberry, though, are so off-putting--so achingly sweet with that terrible artificial strawberry flavor that bears no earlthy resemblance to the real thing. I encourage Brach's to put out a simple Maple Candy Corn. This will certainly be the best candy corn ever made and they have started down this path to flavor perfection with their French Toast and Maple Syrup Candy Corn.

Score (overall): 3
Score (Chocolate Chip Pancake candy corn): 2
Score (French Toast and Maple Syrup candy corn): 4
Score (Waffles and Strawberry): 1

Monday, October 10, 2016

Holiday Wafer Bar: Halloween Kit Kat

Yes, the Halloween Kit Kat wafer bar is orange to honor the holiday. Fun! But what you really need to know about this limited edition variety is that it's a White Chocolate Kit Kat. I liked it a lot--melty and rich white chocolate surrounding the traditional vanilla wafer center is awfully sweet but also pretty great. Some people, though, just don't like white chocolate and these Kit Kats will not change their minds.

Score: 4

Wafer Bars Past:
Bingo Serenata Double (Greece) 
Bocadin Wafer Bar (Mexico)
Johnny Krocker Milk Wafer Bar (Ukraine)
Karin Blume Orange Mille Feuille Chocolate Bar (Japan)
Kit Kat Caramel (United States)
Kit Kat Cheesecake (Japan)
Kit Kat Chunky Mint (England)
Kit Kat Cookies & Cream (United States)

Kit Kat Darkness (Dark Chocolate)(United States)
Kit Kat Milk Coffee (Japan)
Kit Kat Muscat of Alexandria (Grape)(Japan) 
Kit Kat Orange (United States)
Kit Kat Royal Milk Tea (Japan)
Mama Mia Wafer Bar (Poland)
Manner Original Neapolitan Wafers (Vienna)
Milka GoFree Chocolate Wafer Bar (Turkey)
Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Cookie Wafer Bar (United States)
Nestle Nesquik Wafer Bar (Turkey)

Nestle Tin Larin Wafer Bar (Mexico) 
Tiki Gold Wafer Bar (Trinidad/ Tobago)
Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Biscuit (Scotland)
Ulker Chocolate Wafer Bar (Turkey)
Ulker Cokonat (Turkey)

Ulker Dido Wafer Fingers (Turkey)

Friday, October 7, 2016

Halloween Sweets: White Boo-tterscotch m&m's


These White Boo-tterscotch m&m's are terrific! At base, they're a white chocolate m&m variety infused with accurate and rich butterscotch flavor. People are divides on Butterscotch in general. I love it and think that it's really underutilized compared to caramel, so I anticipated these with a lot of excitement. And they delivered. That said, when forced upon a few taste-testers, I received reports ranging from "excellent" and "addictive" to "too sweet" and "white chocolate anything is nasty." If you are a butterscotch fan, run to Target to get a bag of limited edition Boo-tterscotch m&m's while you still can!

Score: 4

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Peeps Snapshot: Halloween Edition Peeps Marshmallow Monsters

Another super cute addition to the line of original marshmallow (unflavored) Peeps in seasonal shapes. These cheerful Frankenstein monster marshmallows come in ideally portioned three-packs.




Peeps Reviews Past (click each name to link to review):
Flavored Peeps
Blueberry Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Flavored Fudge
Blue Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow
Bubble Gum Flavored Marshmallow
Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow
Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate  
Candy Corn Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Chocolate
Cherry Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate 
Cherry Flavored Marshmallow Drizzled in Dark Chocolate
Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow
Gingerbread Flavored Marshmallow
Hot Cocoa and Cream Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Chocolate
Lemonade Flavored Marshmallow 
Lemon Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Lemon Fudge 
Maple Brown Sugar Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Fudge 
Mint Flavored Marshmallow Covered in Milk Chocolate
Orange Creme Flavored Marshmallow 
Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow 
Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow Covered in Milk Chocolate 
Red Velvet Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Chocolate
Strawberry Creme Flavored Marshmallow
Strawberry Creme Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Milk Chocolate 
Strawberry Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Flavored Fudge 
Sugar Cookie Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Milk Chocolate
Vanilla Creme Flavored Marshmallow


Traditional Peeps
Peeps Bunnies
Peeps Chicks (Blue)
Peeps Chicks (Green)
Peeps Christmas Trees
Peeps Easter Eggs
Peeps Ghosts 
Peeps Hearts
Peeps Minions 
Peeps Pumpkins
Peeps Snowmen
Peeps Tombstones