Monday, September 18, 2017

Bring on Autumn with Cadbury Harvest Mix

Besides Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, there is no more perfect chocolate product on the mass-market than Cadbury Mini Eggs during the Easter candy season. Now we have those same sweet morsels in a new form--more round than egg-shaped and in new Harvest-y Autumn colors. They are still perfection. That delicious ball of milk chocolate wrapped in a crisp candy shell. I love them. Run to stock up while they're on shelves or you might have to wait until Easter!

Score: (forever) 5

Friday, September 15, 2017

Project 7 Fairytale Fruit Sugar-Free Gum

I'm already a big fan of Project 7 sugar-free gum. Besides their innovative and realistic flavors, they use Stevia as sweetener, which is rare. There are hits and misses along the Project 7 flavor line (see past reviews here), but the majority are delicious. Add another hit to the line: Fairytale Fruit might constitute my new favorite. The base flavor falls somewhere between Juicyfruit Gum and the old classic, Fruit Stripe. However, here the flavor starts of quite sour and then fades into sweet. It's tasty and surprising and I definitely need to stock up on more of these.

Score: 4

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Nostalgia Snapshot: C. Howard's Violet Mints

They're technically called C. Howard's Violet Mints, but everyone I know calls them Choward's Violets. A classic from the 1930's, the violet is an acquired taste. Crumbling the chalky tablet, the aroma and flavor of violet is far more evocative of soap than a tasty snack. But there's something compelling about the flavor, and I always buy a pack when they're available. Not only is your mouth left feeling so clean, there's a delicacy and freshness to the old-fashioned candies that remains really appealing. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Red Vines Twistettes (Original Red)

As previously stated in many a blog post (click here), Red Vines constitute my very favorite licorice and one of my very favorite candies. In fact, they rank number 2 only to Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Red Vines are a life-long passion. And out of loyalty, I refuse to like Twizzlers. Red Vines keeps it simple with just a few perfect varieties. They don't often go for the limited edition flavors or concepts. But now we have Red Vines Twistettes, original Red Vines in small bite-sized chunks. Of course they're delicious, it goes without saying. They're the original flavor. However, unlike a Red Vine which has a hole in the center, these Twistettes are solid and dense. It's not better or worse than the original, just a different density.

Score: 5

Friday, September 8, 2017

Malaco Kick: Soft Licorice Toffee since 1954

Malaco's Kick is a scrumptious blend of Scandinavian licorice and toffee combined in a soft bar. When I see toffee on a label, I assume that the sweet will be extremely sticky and hard to chew. It was because of toffee that I have lost more than one filling. But not with the Kick bar. The consistency is so soft, nice cohered in bar form, but breaking down instantly upon hitting the tongue. It is such a pleasure to consume. I've never had anything like it. I'd love to find the other flavors offered, such as sea salt or lemon varieties. Thanks, Mom!

Score: 4

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Gummy Snapshot: Wawel Fresh & Fruity Filled Jellies

Wawel's Fresh and Fruity, hailing from Poland, are absolutely the tastiest fruit jellies I've encountered. It's a nice bonus that they look like technicolor gems. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Summer Edition: Lindt Hello Frozen Yogurt Chocolate Bar

I'm a big fan of the idiosyncratic and innovative flavors that Lindt produces in their Hello chocolate bar series. They continue to roll out whimsical flavors this summer. For instance, this Lindt Hello Frozen Yogurt bar is something new. Milk chocolate squares are filled with a layer of tart yogurt-flavored cream and another layer of a sweeter wildberry cream. It's an interesting flavor combination--fresh, like summer berries and cream. Combined with the milk chocolate, though, each bite is a little too sweet. I'd be curious to see this yogurt cream filling combined with other fruit flavors, as well as dark chocolate. I think this combo is close to something sensational but not quite there yet.

Score (potential): 4
Score (fillings): 4
Score (overall): 3

Friday, September 1, 2017

Godiva Limited Edition Birthday Cake Truffles

Every candy company has attempted their own version of the trendy Birthday Cake flavor recently. I'm a little over it after so very many birthday cake flavored candies. Godiva, however, gets it just right with Limited Edition Birthday Cake Truffles. White chocolate covers a creamy vanilla and white chocolate filling. Basically, it's like biting into a chocolate and getting a mouth full of funfetti frosting. It's delicious. It's awfully sweet. It gets birthday cake flavor on point. If you like the birthday cake flavor trend, this Godiva truffle is one of the better offerings. If you're not fond of birthday cake flavor, even with this tasty version you will be disappointed.

Score (overall): 3
Score (better than the trend): 5

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Gummy Snapshot: Airheads Xtremes Sourfuls Rainbow Berry Chewy Candies

The pleasingly sour Airheads Xtremes Rainbow Berry Sourfuls are so aesthetically pleasing. The colorful casing is surprisingly tasty, too. I have no idea what flavor the white center is supposed to resemble, or what rainbow berry really means as a flavor. The bite resembles a sour rainbow ice, in a good way.

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

Monday, August 28, 2017

Flavor of Georgia: Reese's Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Cups

I like a little honey with my peanut butter at times. I've been known to add some honey onto a peanut butter and banana sandwich, and the addition is delicious. I had some high hopes for the Taste of Georgia: Reese's Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Cups--not like these would usurp the classic as a favorite but perhaps make for a little variety in my peanut butter cup consumption. These were, however, disappointing. Maybe I got an old one? The peanut butter was very chalky and dry. In addition, the flavor of honey was submerged under a whole lot of salt. The whole thing tasted awfully salty to me, which obscures the honey sweetness. These are not even in the same category as classic Reese's. Stick with the classic!

Score: 2

Friday, August 25, 2017

Hammond's Grasshopper Pie Dark Chocolate Bar

Grasshopper Pie is entirely foreign to my palette or experience. However, I love mint with chocolate and it's hard to go wrong with a Hammond's Chocolate Bar. Each chocolate square of the bar is filled with a shiny bright green filling the consistency of a liquid caramel. The color and pearly sheen of the filling is somewhat startling, but I suppose it does look quite like the Creme de Menthe that services as the flavor base of a Grasshopper Pie. The filling is a strong sweet mint flavor that's delicious and it blends beautifully with the dark chocolate. I really enjoyed the bar but wish I had the Grasshopper Pie experience to compare it with. Have any readers with an intimate knowledge of Grasshopper Pie taste tested the bar? I would love to hear their thoughts. Thanks to the wonderful Veitches for procuring this treat!

Score: 4

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Nostalgia Snapshot: Old Faithful Bar

Three cheers for classic candy bars like the Old Faithful and three cheers for the Idaho Candy Co for keeping these classics on the market. Peanuts are suspended through a thick layer of milk chocolate. A layer of mellow marshmallow cream lightens up each bite. Grab one of these whenever you can find it.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Squares

It's difficult to go wrong with any variation on a Ghirardelli Caramel Square. The chocolate company has a fantastic go-to caramel that is the ideal gooey consistency. The only thing is that the caramel and chocolate combination can become too cloyingly sweet. Here Ghirardelli has solved that problem by using a dark chocolate and infusing the caramel with a vaguely bitter note of bourbon. I'm not a bourbon drinker but this works. The caramel and bourbon blend beautifully and elevated by the dark chocolate, this is a unique and elevated combination. Try to find these while you can! Thanks for the sweet introduction, Ben!

Score: 4

Friday, August 18, 2017

Meiji Blueberry Meltyblend

These Meiji Blueberry Meltyblends are such a delicious treat. Each individually wrapped package contains a small half-bite cube of rich chocolate. The chocolate contains a dense blueberry cream with a really nice realistic berry taste. The whole thing melts so quickly on the tongue. It's rich and intense, but with the small bite size, the experience feels special. I really enjoyed these and now would like to try more of the Meltyblend flavors.

Score: 4

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Gummy Snapshot: Trader Joe's Gummy Tummies Penguins

The concept of Trader Joe's Gummy Tummies Penguins is great, exhibiting gummy penguins with bellies filled with cherry, lime and strawberry syrups. They're delicious, too--far better than your average gummy candy. That said, is anyone with me in noting that these gummy creatures do not in any way resemble penguins? They look like the abominable snowman. They look cheerful, but nothing like penguins. Where are the beaks? Am I being too critical? I don't understand the marketing. There are no penguins there, and the packaging got my hopes up.

Score (flavor): 4
Score (accurate packaging): 2

Monday, August 14, 2017

Huevitos Sabor de Marraschino from Ecuador

From what I can understand, Huevitos Sabor de Marraschino are little eggs the flavor of Maraschino. More specifically, the Ecuadorian candy consists of a round wafer shell coated in chocolate and filled with a cream the consistency of marshmallow fluff. I really didn't taste the cherry--perhaps a vague aroma of cherry, but the flavor was absent. The combination of soft filling and wafer and chocolate is a nice one, an adept variation on a wafer bar. I wish the chocolate was a bit thicker and the wafer was a bit crisper. That said, it was a pleasure to consume the entire bag of Huevitos, so these complaints are minor.

Score: 3

Friday, August 11, 2017

Temenujka: Violet Candies from Bulgaria

Violet candy is an acquired taste, no matter what form it takes. The beautiful smell of violets is strong and soapy and floral like perfume. It feels a little strange to be eating the flavor rather than smelling it. That said, Violet candy has been a tradition in a number of countries for a number of centuries. The flavor has pervasive staying power. And I like it. Temenujka Violet Hard Candies hail from Bulgaria. They are beautifully formed as violet flowers and when you open the bag, the strong floral aroma is overwhelming. In a nice way. When you pop a candy into your mouth it tastes like sweet soap as the aroma of violets wafts up to your nose. I can't say that it's a delicious taste, but the experience is refreshing. You feel like your breath is fresh and fragrant. I would prefer these to mints after dinner any day. Thank you for finding these, wonderful Veitch family!

Score (breath freshening factor): 5
Score (beauty): 4
Score (taste enjoyment): 2

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Travel Snapshot: Queens Night Market, Catmint Wheel Cakes

Another snapshot from the Queens Night Market. This time it's traditional Imagawayaki, Wheel Cakes popular in Japan and Taiwan. The focused purveyors at Catmint pour batter in three flavors, layer in a creamy custard filling, and you receive a piping hot cake exploding with rich custard cream. They're incredible. They're addictive. I'm going back next week to try the Chocolate Banana flavor.

Queens Night Market

Queens Night Market in the NY Times

Monday, August 7, 2017

Travel Snapshot: Queens Night Market, Dilena's Dolcini Alcoholic Gummy Bears

Dilena's Dolcini Alcoholic Gummy Bears, just one of the delicious and unique sweet treats they purvey at the Summer Queens Night Market. I tried Sangria and Mojito flavors--they taste just like the real thing in chewy gummy bear form!

Queens Night Market

DiLena's Dolcini

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Gummy Snapshot: Harry Potter Jelly Slugs

As an over-enthusiastic Harry Potter fan I am always pleased to sample the sweets described in the books. These Jelly Slugs are not only a great tie-in, but also delicious, with the consistency of Swedish Fish and bright juicy flavors. Thanks, Ben!

Score: 4

Monday, July 31, 2017

My Go-To Bar: Ritter Sport Milk Chocolate with Cornflakes

The reason Ritter Sport Milk Chocolate with Cornflakes hasn't previously appeared on obsessivesweets is because it has never made it in front of the camera before being devoured. Seriously. There have been a number of attempts. And note that the actual chocolate bar didn't make it even here. It is an understatement to say that I'm a fan of Ritter Sport's milk chocolate with cornflakes. I am also so thankful that they sell the sweet in a two-bite individual serving size in addition to the standard sized bar. This is my go-to bar when I want a chocolate treat. The subtle savory flavor of the corn pairs so well with the milk chocolate. The solid crunch of a cornflake, as opposed to the more standard rice krispie, is so satisfying. I encourage all readers to try this chocolate delight.

Score: 5

Friday, July 28, 2017

Mike and Ike Sundae Sweets

Mike and Ike chewy candies are released with all kinds of innovative flavor themes. Some work better than others. Sundae Sweets is not one of my faves, mostly because the flavors are uneven, forcing me to pick through for the good ones and abandoning the rest. Special shout-out to Crushed Pineapple, which is a terrific (not to mention rare) flavor. The Caramel Drizzle and Cherry On Top flavors are tasty, too. The Banana Split and Chocolate Fudge flavors are off-putting. Even the Vanilla Ice Cream flavor is somehow off, vanilla combined with badness. I'm glad I sampled the Sundae Sweets but would not revisit them.

Click here to read past Mike and Ike reviews.

Score (Best Flavor): 3
Score (Worst Flavor): 1
Score (Overall Mix): 2

Monday, July 24, 2017

Trader Joe's Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels

I'm wild for caramel but even more passionate about butterscotch. The difference is minimal--apparently caramel is made with white sugar while butterscotch uses brown sugar--but to me butterscotch attains perfection with that small twist in the simple recipe. So my question is why is there so much more caramel than butterscotch on the market? Thank you to Trader Joe's for creating their Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels. They're so simple but compelling. I can't stop eating them. I'm planning trips to Trader Joe's simply to pick up more. My only wish is that Trader Joe's sold the candy in individual serving bags, too.

Score: 5