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