Monday, February 27, 2017

Easter Bunnies Enjoy Hershey's Carrot Cake Kisses





Carrot Cake spells romance to me. The decadent cream cheese frosting mixing with earthy spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. It's simply the best cake out there. It was my wedding cake. It is beloved. All of this is to say that I was so utterly excited to try Hershey's Carrot Cake Kisses for Easter. They're mostly a success. I love the rich cream cheese element in the center of the Kiss. The rich nutmeg and cinnamon come through the orange casing, mixing nicely with the center. The essence of both carrot and cake are missing, though, replaced with a sweeter fruitier simulacrum that tastes quite artificial. I asked taste-tester Mark to name the flavor in a blind taste-test and he guessed Pumpkin Spice. He also is enormously fond of Carrot Cake, so he was disappointed that although the flavor is tasty, it misses the mark with accuracy. I'll still devour the entire bag.

Score (concept): 5
Score (flavor accuracy): 3

Friday, February 24, 2017

Milka Oreo Bar


The Milka Oreo bar is such a smart idea. Suspend chocolate cookie chunks in a vanilla cream filling that mimics the filling of an Oreo cookie. Wrap up the whole thing in milk chocolate, and it's a clever reinterpretation of the classic cookie. That said, the balance feels a little off. The vanilla cream is so very sweet, obscuring flavor for sugar. I'd love to see an updated version with a new cream filling that more closely resembles the mellow cream of a real Oreo.

Score: (concept) 4
Score: (actual flavor) 2

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lotte Fit's Peach Yogurt Sugarfree Gum


Fit's sugar-free gum by Japanese candy company, Lotte, comes in a cool variety of unique flavors. This Peach Yogurt flavor, though, is unnerving in gum form. The peach flavor is quite fresh and I like the tang of the creamy yogurt flavor added in, but somehow the two tastes combined become muddled or muted. Chewing on gum and tasting yogurt is a little bit off-putting to my taste-buds. I'd urge Lotte to produce a pure Peach sugar-free gum, which I bet would be scrumptious!

Score: 2

Monday, February 20, 2017

Easter Already? Dove Peanut Butter Easter Egg


Valentine's Day is a candy-heavy holiday, and just as we're nursing our collective sugar hangovers, the Easter holiday candy appears in the candy aisle. It's too soon. Easter is two months away and I understand that the candy companies want to maximize the time this seasonal candy is available but this does really feel too early.

That said, if I must be confronted with Easter candy already, I'm glad it's the Dove Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Egg. So delicious. A relatively thin casing of Dove milk chocolate envelops dense smooth peanut butter that instantly melts in the mouth. I think a dark chocolate version might offset some of the sweetness nicely, but this milk chocolate version still constitutes one of the best chocolate-peanut butter mashups out there. 

Score: 4

Friday, February 17, 2017

Slush Puppie Dip-n-Lik Popping Candy


Is Slush Puppie Dip-N-Lik Popping Candy a clever brand-expanding novelty candy? Certainly. It takes an iconic brand associated with sweet treats and builds a candy line along the same flavors.

Is the popping candy delicious? No. The flavors simply aren't that appealing. And this is coming from a fan of Slush Puppies. There are far better popping candies on the market (such as Pop Rocks or Crack-Ups).

Score: 2


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Try a Red Velvet Kit Kat for Valentine's Day



These Valentine's Day Red Velvet Kit Kats are so addictive. The mild chocolate flavor, combining milk and white chocolate, is an accurate representation of Red Velvet. It's subtle yet compelling. I found myself eating so many of these individually wrapped goodies in a sitting, I gave the rest of the bag away in order to spread the love. Highly recommended, especially before they disappear off the market with the rest of the Valentine's Day candy.

Score: 4


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)
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)

Sweets for Your Valentine Sweetie: White Cookie Cupcake Hershey's Kisses


There's a lot happening in the White Cookie Cupcake Hershey's Kisses, released on the market in time for Valentine's Day. Is it White Cookie? Is it Cupcake? It's neither, but it's good. These White Chocolate Hershey's Kisses are infused with that heavy Vanilla Cake Batter flavor that very much mimics the taste of a Vanilla Cupcake. Then you have pink vanilla cookie bits suspended throughout. Cupcakes don't have crunch. White Cookies (so-called) are rarely Pink in color. It's all a little confusing thematically, but I do like the addition of a little bit of crunch in the mix, not to mention flashes of festive Valentine-y pink. They are awfully sweet, so it's difficult to imbibe more than a couple at a time, but each bite is super tasty.

Score (confused flavor theme): 2
Score (taste): 4
Score (overall): 3

Friday, February 10, 2017

Lindt Lindor Valentine's Day Strawberries and Cream White Chocolate Truffle



The truffle filling within the Valentine's Day themed Lindt Lindor Strawberries and Cream White Chocolate Truffle is beautifully weightless, so light as it melts on the tongue. The strawberry flavoring lacks that artificial taste that plagues so many strawberry candies and comes close to resembling the real thing. I love that truffle filling. Unfortunately, when combined with the strawberry-infused white chocolate shell it all becomes too sweet, too murky with white chocolate and cream. I feel like a dark chocolate shell would off-set that delightful truffle filling better. I dream of that combination.

Score: 4

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Ghirardelli Valentines Dark Chocolate Strawberry Squares


Ghirardelli has been distributing fruit-filled chocolate squares for awhile now. I tried the Blueberry Squares and was in love (read here). I also tasted the Raspberry Squares and they were so good that I consumed them too quickly to photograph or review. The new Valentines Dark Chocolate Strawberry Squares rate just as high as the other two, a real triumph of berry filling. This strawberry filling is truly "jammy," with a thick consistency and natural flavor. I love that Ghirardelli paired it with Dark Chocolate, as many chocolate companies seem to believe that Strawberry and Milk Chocolate should be the predominate pairing. That's usually too sweet, though. The delicate square barely contains the strawberry jam and it seems like a miracle that they don't all get smashed and oozy in transit. But every single one of mine remained intact. These beauties are well worth a taste!

Score: 4

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Russell Stover Sea Salt Caramel Valentine's Day Heart



(This review was originally posted for Valentine's Day 2016. This time it is accompanies by far better photos).


The Russell Stover Sea Salt Caramel Heart is a real treat. It's substantive, and while the caramel manages to stay pretty firm in the package, it instantly becomes soft and oozy when you start to consume the sweet treat. The salt is pretty strong in this mix, which I quite like, but then I love a good dose of salt on everything. Overall, I would be pleased to eat a bunch of these Valentine Sweets.

Score: 4


Past Russell Stover Reviews:
Russell Stover Apple Pie in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Banana Whip in Dark Chocolate 
Russell Stover Birthday Cake in Milk Chocolate 

Russell Stover Caramel and Marshmallow in Milk Chocolate 
Russell Stover Caramel Apple in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Carrot Cake in White Chocolate

Russell Stover Chocolate Marshmallow in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Chocolate Wedding Cake in White Chocolate
Russell Stover Coconut Cream in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Cookie Dough in Milk Chocolate  
Russell Stover Lemon Cake in Dark Chocolate 
Russell Stover Maple Cream in Dark Chocolate 
Russell Stover Orange Marshmallow in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Orange Cream in Dark Chocolate  
Russell Stover Peanut Butter in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Pecan Delight in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover (Extra Crunchy) Peanut Butter in Milk Chocolate 
Russell Stover Pineapple Whip in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Pumpkin Pie in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Red Velvet Cake in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Sea Salt Caramel in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Strawberry Creme in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Strawberry Cream in White Chocolate 
Russell Stover Wedding Cake in White Chocolate

Monday, February 6, 2017

Valentine Classics: Peeps Marshmallow Hearts


Classic Peeps vanilla marshmallows formed as hearts and enveloped in hot pink sugar. The simplest of candy treats, but the ideal sweet to celebrate Valentine's Day. I love Peeps in myriad forms, but these classic hearts remain some of my aesthetic favorites.

Score: 3


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 Flavored 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 
Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow 
Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow Covered in Milk Chocolate 
Red Velvet Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Chocolate
Strawberry Creme Flavored Marshmallow
Strawberry Creme Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Milk Chocolate 
Strawberry Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Flavored Fudge 
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, February 3, 2017

Love Letter to Heart Shaped Junior Mints



These heart shaped Junior Mints for Valentine's Day are the best! Junior Mints are, first off, the yummiest drugstore candy. Or actually the second best after the glorious and unbeatable Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. In this holiday version, the Junior Mint is super festive in the shape of a heart. In addition, some are filled with the classic white peppermint and others are filled with a surprising and jewel-like red filling. I've written before about my enthusiasm for the holiday mix idea from Junior Mints where they appear to be your standard Junior Mints and taste like your standard Junior Mints but if you bite them in half you are confronted by red or white colored filling, like a hidden homage to the holiday! Honestly, who really eats a Junior Mint by biting it in half. [note: I have now been informed that plenty of people bite their Junior Mints in half- I think that's better left for a Peppermint Patty but to each their own]. You could go through an entire box without noticing. I like the subtlety.

Score (flavor): 5
Score (holiday festiveness): 5
Score (subtlety): 5

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Russell Stover Dark Chocolate Pecan Delight Valentine Heart



All of the elements of the Valentine's Day Edition of Russell Stover's Dark Chocolate Pecan Delight Heart should work but unfortunately they're all a tiny bit off. The caramel patty is substantive and delicious. The dark chocolate off-sets the the caramel nicely and tastes a bit more sumptuous and decadent than milk chocolate. Perhaps the problem is in the pecans. rather than suspending them in the caramel, where they could blend with each bite, they are combined with the chocolate exterior. With each bite they separate away from the caramel, creating a sensory divide. Additionally--not to be too picky--the heart shape is a bit lumpy and awkward. If the pecans were combined with the central caramel, the heart might take a more viable shape.

Score: (disappointed) 2


Past Russell Stover Reviews:
Russell Stover Apple Pie in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Banana Whip in Dark Chocolate 
Russell Stover Birthday Cake in Milk Chocolate 

Russell Stover Caramel and Marshmallow in Milk Chocolate 
Russell Stover Caramel Apple in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Carrot Cake in White Chocolate

Russell Stover Chocolate Marshmallow in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Chocolate Wedding Cake in White Chocolate
Russell Stover Coconut Cream in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Cookie Dough in Milk Chocolate  
Russell Stover Lemon Cake in Dark Chocolate 
Russell Stover Maple Cream in Dark Chocolate 
Russell Stover Orange Marshmallow in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Orange Cream in Dark Chocolate  
Russell Stover Peanut Butter in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover (Extra Crunchy) Peanut Butter in Milk Chocolate 
Russell Stover Pineapple Whip in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Pumpkin Pie in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Red Velvet Cake in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Sea Salt Caramel in Dark Chocolate
Russell Stover Strawberry Creme in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Strawberry Cream in White Chocolate 
Russell Stover Wedding Cake in White Chocolate

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Valentine Bagel, The Bagel Store, Brooklyn


No, it's not candy, but I could not resist the visual allure of this Valentine Bagel from The Bagel Store in Brooklyn. Plus mixed with Funfetti Cream Cheese it's better than almost any dessert.

Behold, Holiday Beauty!

Click Here to view the shop's colorful website.

Click Here to see past obsessivesweets reviews of The Bagel Store