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