Friday, October 20, 2017

Halloween Cookies & Screeem m&m's

Mmm, these new Halloween edition Cookies & Screeem m&m's are a wonderful new addition to the ever-growing m&m's flavor line. They consist of a center of white chocolate enveloped by a layer of dark chocolate contained in the classic crispy sugar shell. Dark brown is my least favorite color of m&m, but I do really like the effect of the white splatter paint sprinkled on a selection of the brown shells. Dark and white chocolate combined don't exactly create a surprise flavor-wise, but it's tasty. It's a little heavy on the white chocolate--I would personally prefer a reversal of dark chocolate\white chocolate ratio. But these are certainly worth a try and a fun Halloween design to have out in a candy bowl.

Score (flavor):3
Score (decoration): 4

Monday, October 16, 2017

Halloween Tricks: Snickers Xscream (Xtreme)


Imagine a classic Snickers bar without the layer of nougat and there you have the Snickers Xtreme, re-branded as Snickers Xscream for Halloween. It's a whole lot of firm caramel with some peanuts suspended throughout. It's tasty, but I miss the nougat, which really coheres and softens each bite of a classic Snickers. I forced taste testers Ben, Will, Alex, and Lori to try the mini bars and all were in consensus--without the nougat, it's missing zing that makes Snickers such a delicious bite. There's nothing wrong with the new incarnation, and it's fun to try varieties of a classic, but the panel of taste-testers agree that they will all return to original Snickers as soon as possible.

Score (new variations on a classic): 4
Score (missing all the nougat): 2
Score (overall): 3

Friday, October 13, 2017

Halloween Treats: Reese's White Peanut Butter Scary Ghosts





As someone who enjoys white chocolate but almost always opts instead for dark or milk chocolate, Reese's White Ghosts did not hold all that much appeal. But I was wrong! These are delicious! Somehow the white chocolate and peanut butter blend so beautifully. I thought they would be too sweet but they are not. I checked in with taste-tester Ben, who also feels strong emotions about the entire Reese's line, and he agreed that these white chocolate covered peanut butter ghosts are a surprise delight. One complaint: don't these ghost shapes seem awfully similar to the Christmas tree shape released by Reese's each Christmas?

Score (flavor): 4
Score (delighted surprise at flavor): 5
Score (ingenuity of shape): 2

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Halloween Peeps Snapshot: Marshmallow Spooky Cats




Nothing new in the Peeps ever-growing flavor spectrum, but these traditional Peeps in purple-y black spooky cats shapes are awfully cute for celebrating Halloween!



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
Coconut Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate
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 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

TV and Chocolate Snapshot: The Mindy Project Final Season Bacon Flavored Milk Chocolate Bar


TV and chocolate are a natural and beautiful pairing, something appreciated by the titular character of the The Mindy Project. Now in honor of the fantastic show's Final Season, Dylan's Candy Bar has released an honorary line of chocolate bars. I didn't eat the bacon flavored milk chocolate bar yet, but wanted to spread the word of the line's existence as soon as possible for the fans!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Halloween Candy Corn: Brachs Strawberry Vampire Teeth Candy Corn


The concept of Brach's Strawberry Vampire Teeth Candy Corn is so clever. White candy corn tipped in red is an absolutely perfect candy creation in honor of the Halloween holiday. Unfortunately, strawberry candy corn are so icky. The strawberry tastes of chemicals--even the aroma is unpleasant. I think Brach's should bring back this concept but with either Cherry, Fruit Punch, or Cinnamon flavors. In the meantime, there are too many traditional candy corns waiting to be consumed to waste your time with this strawberry variety.

Score (concept): 5
Score (taste): 1

Friday, October 6, 2017

Repost (It Bears Repeating): Autumn is Not the Season of Pumpkin Spice


Below is a repost of a blog entry I originally published in November 2013. It bears another read in light of the unabating and rampant overuse of Pumpkin Spice flavoring in Fall. No more for me. It's time to welcome in some new Autumnal candy flavors. How about Maple? Or Mulled Apple Cider? Or Apple Pie?

REPOST: AUTUMN IS NOT THE SEASON OF PUMPKIN SPICE


Pumpkin Spice - Pie Madness Part 5: Enough!!

photo courtesy of jezebel.com

Over the past month I have cried out against the all-pervasive "Pumpkin Spice" and "Pumpkin Pie" trend inundating the world of candy delights (Click to read Part 1Part 2Part 3, and Part 4, all recent reviews of Pumpkin Spice offerings). I am pleased to say that I am not the only online outlet decrying the popularity of the difficult-to-(pleasantly)-recreate flavor. Jezebel blog has previously presented two articles outlining the problematic trend and asking the artificial pumpkin flavoring to please disappear pronto(click here and here to read). Now, the bastion of breaking news, The New York Times, has jumped on the bandwagon with a video uncovering what exactly makes up "Pumpkin Spice" flavoring (hint: not pumpkin nor nutmeg nor cinnamon nor clove nor any related spice):
NYTimes Video, Mysterious "Pumpkin" Flavoring....(click here)

Join the movement!! Down with artificial pumpkin spice! 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Art as Cake: The Great Architectural Bake Off

Dattner Architects construct a sweet model of the World's Fair Unisphere.
Image courtesy of Scott Lynch/ Gothamist


Celebrating its second year, the Great Architectural Bake Off blends the skills of great architects with my very favorite thing, baked goods!

Click over to Gothamist to read about the exciting event and see all of the enticing architectural cake varieties!

Gothamist: "Check Out the Iconic Buildings Built from Cake at the Great Architectural Bake Off"


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Gummy Snapshot: Vobro Frutini Filled Fruit Jellies from Poland





These jewel-like filled Fruitini jellies from Poland are so beautiful, not to mention tasty! Fresh off a sampling of similarly juicy Wawel Fresh & Fruity filled jellies, I'm surprised by the high quality of fruity jellies coming from the Polish market. I'm not usually a fan, but both of these brands (Vobro and Wawel) taste really natural without the too-sweet flavor that gummies tend to fall into. If you can get your hands on these, try them! They're worth it!


Monday, October 2, 2017

Trick or Treat: Reese's Peanut Butter Spooky Eyeballs



There's nothing better on the mass-market than a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, except for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in the shape of (half) eyeballs in honor of Halloween! I'll make one complaint, although a subjective one. I prefer my Peanut Butter Cup to be heavy on the peanut butter, light on the chocolate. In this iteration, there is a higher ratio of chocolate to peanut butter because of the constraints of the shape. For some, this could be nirvana, but not for me. I'll still eat all of them with gusto.

Score: 4 (1 point deducted for chocolate-peanut butter ratio)