Friday, May 26, 2017

South African Nestle Bar One Peanut Blast



Nestle's New Bar One Peanut Blast, hailing from the South African market, is basically a condensed Snicker's Bar. As opposed to a classic Bar One, which is all nougat and caramel, without the peanuts. With the Peanut Blast version, a dense, substantive layer of nougat is packed full of peanuts. Then a thick layer of caramel, all cohered with sweet Nestle milk chocolate. Good stuff, if you can find it.

Score: 3

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Via Quartz: The Long Fight Over the Shape of a Kit Kat


Recently Quartz (qz.com) published a fascinating article detailing the decades long court battle between Nestle and Mondelez (owner of Cadbury) over the shape of the KitKat bar.

An interesting slice of candy history via Quartz: Gimme a Break: Two candy giants have spent years in court fighting over the shape of Kit Kat bars



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lotte Fit's Super Mario 30th Anniversary Ginger Ale Gum

Fans will rejoice with the release of this cleverly packaged Super Mario Bros Ginger Ale flavored gum in honor of the game's 30th anniversary.The ginger ale is a cool and unique flavor, a sweetened mellow ginger. As previously noted, the packaging is awesome. Apparently they released a Luigi flavor of Fit's gum, as well. I'll keep my eyes peeled!

Score (unique new flavor): 4
Score (packaging): 5
Score (brand tie-in): 4

Monday, May 22, 2017

Doughnuts - Make it Stop

photo courtesy of krispiekreme.com

A number of years ago obsessivesweets published a blog post entitled, "I Was Right; or, Put Down the Cupcake," begging for the cupcake trend to dissipate. Once something special and delightful, cupcakes saturated the market until one could only roll one's eyes upon seeing a new cupcake shoppe pop up. It's a shame as it's not the cupcakes' fault. 

After the cupcakes, the doughnut became trendy, and now we have yet again come to that eye-rolling phase. Again, not the doughnut's fault. Thanks goodness that Bloomberg.com has incited a call to action, a war-cry that we must stop the onslaught and proliferation of too many doughnut shops. A highly recommended read:






Friday, May 19, 2017

Japanese Sweets: Brazilian Orange Pocky


Get ready for summer with these zesty Brazilian Orange Pocky by Japanese candy company Glico. From the extensive array of Pocky flavors, this has to rank as one of the very best. The orange tastes genuinely juicy, with a tart citrus zing to it. Combined with the mild and crunchy cookie stick, it's a fantastic flavor blend. These remind me a little of another favorite, Sicilia Lemon Resort Pocky. These cookie sticks are well-suited to citrus flavors.

Score: 4

To read past Pocky reviews, click here

Monday, May 15, 2017

Norwegian Nidar Gullbrod Marzipan



It's difficult to identify anything in this world more delicious than marzipan. That is the obsessivesweets official yet biased stance on the matter. This Nidar Gullbrod bar of marzipan coated in a thin sheet of dark chocolate is fantastic. It's the more rough hewn type of marzipan, rather than the super smooth Austrian version. This type of marzipan feels substantial--sweet and heavy and filling, like delicious heavy spackle. The dark chocolate offsets it perfectly, adding a small bitter note to the bite. I love this chocolate marzipan bar, hailing from Norway. If only these were stocked more frequently in the NYC area....


Score (marzipan flavor): 5
Score (inability to procure more): 1
Score (inspires dreams of a marzipan filled American candy aisle): 5

 

 


 



 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Polish Wafer Bar: Milky Way Ameo Crispy Rolls



It's been a spell since a new wafer bar was entered on the obsessivesweets (see list below). Milky Way Ameo Crispy Rolls constitute a nice re-entry. Hailing from the Polish arm of Mars, Ameo rolls are simply a wafer bar with a reconstituted shape. Rather than alternating thin sheets of wafer cookie and cream, here the round wafer cookie wraps around a core of cream filling, smothered in a sheet of milk chocolate. They're light and crunchy, with emphasis on the cookie rather than heavy chocolate. I can't say that they're that distinctive in taste from your average yummy wafer bar, but definitely worth a try.

Score: 3


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 Red Velvet (United States)
Kit Kat Royal Milk Tea (Japan)

Kit Kat Triple Chocolate (United States)
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, May 8, 2017

Ritter Sport White Cinnamon Crisp


I'm a maniac for cinnamon and so this Winter Edition Ritter Sport White Cinnamon Crisp Bar is such a treat. The sweet white chocolate is packed with pebbles of sweet cinnamon crunch, offsetting the very sweet base with some earthy zing. I loved it. That said, you have to be awfully fond of cinnamon to enjoy the bar.

Score: 4

Friday, May 5, 2017

Root Beer Float Mike and Ikes


Mmm, I love almost any root beer flavored sweet, and these Root Beer Float Mike and Ike candies don't disappoint. I'd prefer a little more oomph to the flavor, a little more vanilla float base and a little "sparkle" to the root beer, but overall these constitute a pleasing treat.

Score: 3

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Limited Edition Strawberry Nut m&m's



I first tried Strawberried Peanut Butter m&m's when they were a Transformers movie tie-in back in 2009 (read original review here). Then they were so popular (for good reason!), they were released for a short time on the market again in 2010. Still delicious (read review here). The Strawberried Peanut Butter m&m's are peanut butter m&m's infused with strawberry flavor. Now they have evolved (that's right, evolved!) as Strawberry Nut m&m's. The real peanut at the center--as opposed to the smooth, more sweet peanut butter--is what makes the whole combination sparkle. The strawberry is pretty subtle, as it should be, and all of it together really does feel like a pb&j sandwich rolled with milk chocolate. These are great!

Score (overall): 4
Score (innovation, evolution): 5

Monday, May 1, 2017

New Caramel m&m's


These new Caramel m&m's are a little bit disappointing. Or perhaps I was too excited about them--the anticipation was too high. I love caramel and I love m&m's and the combo seems like a natural fit. There's something a little bland about them, though, The crunch of the m&m shell offsets the soft caramel center nicely, and the thin layer of milk chocolate surrounding the caramel center makes the bite extra rich and creamy. There's nothing to complain about. But they were missing some central ingredient. Maybe the caramel needs to be more flavorful, more buttery? Or maybe there needs to be a little bite or bitterness to the very sweet bite? Maybe the caramel needs to be firmer? I can't put my finger on it. Also, these Caramel m&m's need their own special color combination like every other new line. That's part of the appeal of these new flavor varieties--the color scheme matters. I could happily eat a full bag of these new Caramel m&m's, but would most likely opt for a traditional bag of chocolate-based m&m's.


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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Edible Art: Rainbow Bagel from The Bagel Store



I've written about the ingenuity in both aesthetics and flavor going on at The Bagel Store in Brooklyn. Breaking into a rainbow bagel yields the most unexpected color combinations, all entirely beguiling. These rainbow bagels are a bit sweeter than a classic bagel, and thus pair well with sweet cream cheeses like cannoli cream cheese or funfetti cream cheese. In combination, this is one of the most enticing dessert treats out there.

To read past admiring blog posts about The Bagel Store, click here.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Trolli Sour Brite Dip'n Crawlers


Trolli Sour Brite Dip'n Crawlers are grotesque in all the best ways. They are garish and rely on the idea of eating worms dipped in dirt and yet actually manage to pull off "cute". They're fun and tasty and super sour. Often novelty "concept" candies don't taste very good, but these Trolli Sour Brite Dip'n Crawlers are as tasty as they are fun.

Score: 4

Friday, April 21, 2017

Limited Edition Milky Way Marshmallow Caramel Minis




The name of the new limited edition Milky Way Marshmallow Caramel Minis is somewhat misleading. The ostensible layer of "marshmallow" more closely resembles a nice vanilla-flavored nougat. Which is to say that this version of Milky Way is basically vanilla-infused Milky Way, with the same double layer of fluffy nougat and caramel, this time with vanilla added. This isn't a complaint, though. These Milky Ways are really good. The vanilla complements and blends with the caramel really nicely, and the one-bite mini tastes so flavorful yet light-as-air. These limited edition minis are definitely worth a try!

Score (descriptive accuracy): 2
Score (actual taste): 4

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Candy Crafts Snapshot: Candy Sushi

(Image courtesy of obsessivesweets readers Kara, Mark, Conor and Ronan)


Clever and colorful candy crafting inspiration for your next gathering! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Bazooka Strawberry Cajillions




Cajillions, distributed by Bazooka, may be defined as a cascade of tiny balls of strawberry-flavored foam. They resist chewing, but eventually disintegrate on the tongue. These aerated bits resist categorization as food for consumption. Although the packaging is fun, don't expose your palate to Cajillions.

Score: 1 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter! (With Gummy Carrots!)


(Gummy carrots purchased in Bulk Candy area of Dylan's Candy Bar, Union Square, New York)


The cascade of Easter Candy has reached its apex. Wishing you a happy Easter!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Peeps Delights Coconut Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate


Ooh, I had no idea that coconut and marshmallow create such a lovely combination, especially when accentuated with dark chocolate. These Peeps Delights with Coconut Marshmallow chicks dipped in Dark Chocolate are some of the tastiest of the vast Peeps line. The coconut flavor is mellow and doesn't have that artificial sunscreen essence and the dark chocolate off-sets the flavor perfectly. Taste tester Ben agrees that these constitute essential Peeps for the canon.

Score: 4



Peeps Reviews Past (click each name to link to review):
Flavored Peeps
Apple Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Caramel Fudge  

Blueberry Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme 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 
Orange Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Orange Fudge
Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow 
Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow Covered in Milk Chocolate 
Red Velvet Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Chocolate
Sour Cherry Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Lime Fudge
Strawberry Creme Flavored Marshmallow
Strawberry Creme Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Milk Chocolate 
Strawberry Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Flavored Fudge 
Strawberry Flavored Marshmallow
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 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Lindt Lindor Coconut Chocolate Truffle Eggs





Lindt Lindor Coconut Chocolate Truffle Eggs pack a powerful flavor punch. The coconut cream center of each bite-sized egg is dense and smooth and melty. It does have that artificial coconut essence that many coconut candies fall prey to, but it's quite good nonetheless. There are other truffle flavors that Lindt does so incredibly well, I probably wouldn't waste my calories on these Coconut Truffle Eggs again, but for anyone that's wild for coconut, these are worth a taste.

Score: 3

Cadbury Chocolate Crunch and Creme Mini Easter Eggs



Cadbury Mini Eggs of both the classic milk chocolate and newer royal dark chocolate varieties constitute two of the best offerings in the Easter Candy aisle, hands down (read reviews here). The Chocolate Crunch and Creme variety, though, are a little lackluster comparatively. The white chocolate is awfully sweet, and not nearly as rich and decadent as the others, and the chocolate cookie crunch is nice but not very flavorful and overshadowed in crunch by the candy shell. They're fine. They're tasty. However, they are not of the same amazing level of deliciousness as the other Cadbury Mini Egg offerings.

Score: 3

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Reese's Mini Reester Bunnies

There's nothing new going on here, flavor-wise, but then again, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups have no need to improve on flavor. They're perfect. These Reese's Mini Reester Bunnies are a Peanut Butter Cup molded in the shape of a quirky rabbit in honor of Easter. Bonus. I'm as pleased to eat bunny-shaped peanut butter and chocolate as I am to consume the two ingredients in more traditional form. A tasty addition to any Easter basket!

Score: 4