Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Monday, November 27, 2017
I love the packaging on these Ninja Hard Gummies by Uha in Japan. It won me over at first sight. The taste is pretty good, too. I don't love a cola-flavored gummy but cola flavoring tastes nothing like Coke or Pepsi to me. That said the extra hard chew of the gummy gives a nice substantive and long-lasting chomp, and the outer casing lends a little slow fizz to the mix, which is great. If you can find a package of these Ninja Hard Gummies, definitely give them a try!
Score (packaging): 5
Score (flavor): 3
Score (long-lasting gummy chew): 4
Friday, November 24, 2017
Dreams do come true! I read about Snickers Oats & Peanuts (exclusive to Asia) awhile ago and reticently accepted the fact that it was unlikely I would ever encounter this enticing variety of Snickers bar. Recently, however, I was lucky enough to travel to Hong Kong and right there in the 7-11 of the Central Kowloon Business District, the Snickers Oats and Peanuts bars appeared. It was all worth the wait. As predicted, oats are a fantastic addition to any chocolate and peanut and caramel amalgam. Co-taste-tester Mark agrees that more oats would improve the candy bar even more. There is so much sweet caramel that the oats would help the peanuts offset the sugar with more natural flavors. Honestly, these Snickers Oats should start a whole trend of adding oats into chocolate bars--it's a great combination!
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
Score (lemon): 4
Score (chocolate): 3
Score (salmiak - salt): 2
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
image courtesy of nutella.com
Nutella is universally beloved sweet that consumers expect to taste exactly the same with each encounter. Watchful German fans recently noticed that Nutella packaging has changed its ingredients, adding more sugar and milk, and decreasing the cocoa. The changes haven't been instituted yet in the American version of Nutella but it's sure to follow soon. Basically, you can expect something sweeter, more creamy, and less chocolatey.
Stock up while you can on Original Recipe Nutella and read more about the ingredient changes in the Daily Mail: "Nutella fans go nuts after discovering the company has secretly changed the formula" (6 November 2017).
Monday, November 13, 2017
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Once I procured my bag of new limited edition Peanut Brrr-ittle m&m's, I tore them open with heightened anticipation. I just had a good feeling about this new flavor, and these expectations were met with flying colors. Peanut Brrrr-ittle m&m's are so delicious! They rival plain and peanut butter m&m's as my very favorite. Upon first bite, they don't seem awfully different from a traditional peanut m&m, but then you find yourself with extra crunch, added through the candy shell and a toffee coating on the peanut. The warm buttery toffee flavor melds beautifully with the peanut and the chocolate and all together it is a rich and perfectly-balanced mouthful. Despite best intentions I kept running back to the cabinet for fresh handfuls of the addictive sweets, until the entire mega-bag was almost completed. These Peanut Brittle m&m's should be a year-round offering. They're fantastic!
Score: (unexpected) 5
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017
Another fantastic Scandinavian treat! The Norwegian Nidar Smash bar uses one of my very favorite (and underutilized) combos--cruchy corn and chocolate. Rather than the more typical rice krispies and chocolate, crisped corn adds more substantive savory flavor and offsets the sweet chocolate beautifully. I wish these were available on the American market--they would definitely constitute a go-to chocolate bar. Thanks for finding this, Mom!
Friday, November 3, 2017
How did a cinnamon bun grow into such a pervasive cultural icon?
Is it simply the delicious frosting or is there more to it?
To read a fascinating account of the history of Cinnabon, head to the Seattle Met blog:
Scents from a Mall: The Sticky Untold Story of Cinnabon
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Score (flavor innovation): 5
Score (likelihood to buy again): 2
Score (chewing on champagne): 3