Monday, December 10, 2018
Friday, December 7, 2018
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
They're back and I'm so excited! I've already consumed two bags of the seasonal Peanut Brittle m&m's and we're only in the first week of December. Below, the republished review from last year, illustrated with new technicolor photos!
Reposted from 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
Monday, December 3, 2018
Saturday, December 1, 2018
I simply refuse to think about Christmas candy until December 1. That provides ample time to sample the newest array of holiday treats but also allows one to maintain a sense of propriety during the Fall season. It just doesn't feel right to see a Santa Claus themed chocolate before Thanksgiving.
But here we are again, December 1. We shall begin the season with something that made me laugh. Trolli Sour Brite gummies are tasty as far as sour gummies go--good flavors and consistency, a nice mix of sour and sweet. These reindeer poops are the usual breakdown of Trolli Sour Brite flavors, just molded into the shape of poop emojis, or what I prefer to think of as a soft-serve swirl. Way to mix it up with Christmas themes, Trolli!
Score (trolli sour brite gummies): 3
Score (originality of holiday theme): 4
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Many years ago I was lucky enough to enjoy a meal at Wylie Dufresne's WD-50 restaurant. His mastery of molecular gastronomy made the entire experience more like a magic show than a meal. I was wowed, but there's only so much passion I can put into non-sweet foods.
Cut to now, and we've moved to a new neighborhood. Within mere steps from the new home-base is DU's Donuts and Coffee, Dufresne's newish passion project-- pure focus upon the donut. It turns out that Dufresne cut his proverbial teeth working in his father's diner, so this love for attention to what makes the quintessential donut is a thrilling full-circle. Well, I don't know if it's thrilling for Wylie but this has made my entire move worthwhile.
We entered the clean spare shop, all glass and wood and high ceilings and pops of orange. One of each flavor of donut is on display, but otherwise, there's not a lot of clutter going on. You're there for a donut (or 12)--just make a selection and they're ready on the trays behind the counter.
I don't remember all the flavors. There were so many enticing ones, and I just kept chanting to myself, "hold it together, we can return any time. Even later today!" Co-taste-tester Mark and I selected the Key Lime and Brown Butter Donut. The lime was zesty and sang above the mellow buttery notes. Most important, it was perhaps the best consistency of a cake donut I've ever encountered--really tops. I'm pretty over the Donut trend, and not much surprises me anymore, but this was a wow-worthy donut.
I can't wait to return and try all of them. Thank you, Wylie, for focusing your magic on donuts!
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving, obsessivesweets readers!
Today I want to give an extra special thanks for reaching 1 Million hits on obsessivesweets.com.
It all began back in 2009 as an excuse to take photos of candy and I'm thrilled that so many people have come along for the ride with me as this obsessive candy index grows!
Friday, November 16, 2018
Honeycomb candy is a personal favorite--I love the rigid crystaline structure that deconstructs on the tongue. The Mighty Fine Dark Chocolate Honeycomb Bar, from England, is not one of the better honeycomb candies I have encountered. Unfortunately, the crystals had toughened and bound together in spots, creating more of a hard toffee consistency. Honeycomb candy must be light-as-air. The dark chocolate separated easily from the honeycomb rather than combining cohesively. It wasn't bad, but sadly this bar just inspired me to find other finer options out there.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
I have officially never met a Lindt Truffle that I didn't like. I love the way the shell gives way to the molten truffle center in any flavor. The new Fudge Swirl Milk Chocolate Truffle maintains these excellent qualities. It's not one of my favorites, though. The milk chocolate shell supports a thin layer of white chocolate truffle which in turn supports a central ball of milk chocolate truffle. Milk chocolate mixed with white chocolate is so very sweet. It's tasty, but the sweetness overwhelms the creaminess. I prefer the pure milk chocolate truffle.
Score (it's a Lindt truffle): 4
Score (within the scale of Lindt flavors): 3
Friday, November 9, 2018
Sometimes it's difficult to discern whether a sweet treat should be counted as a candy or a cookie. Japanese sweets company Meiji has produced a perfect example of this undefinable sweet, Takenoko No Sato Cookie & Vanilla. They're small cones of Oreo-cookie like biscuits dipped and then molded in a thick layer of vanilla icing dusted with cocoa. The packaging is fun and colorful and these sweet crunchy bites are such a tasty satisfying treat. The biscuit leans away from sweet in order to counterbalance the icing. Luckily, these are packaged in a reasonable serving size so that you don't end up eating too many--really the perfect size to share with a friend.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Score (compared to other milk candies): 5
Score (overall): 4
Score (brown sugar / molasses anything): 5
Monday, November 5, 2018
I recently posted about the fantastic return of Sunkist Fruit Gems, one of the most vibrant sugar memories of my youth. It made me realize that to be fair, though, the other beloved fruit jelly of my childhood--the one that never went away--deserves a shout-out, too. Hi, Chuckles! You are a beautiful classic constant of the candy aisle, without the need to sway with marketing trends, the same pleasing packaging and flavors throughout history. Chuckles are substantive jellies, perhaps not the flashiest but always delicious and reminiscent of a time when the candy aisle offered far fewer options. The only reason I prefer Sunkist Fruit Gems to Chuckles is the highly personal matter of the licorice flavored jelly. I just don't like it--never have and never will. Thank goodness my Mother does, as she has been the recipient of a large number of leftover licorice Chuckles through the years. But I spoke recently to both my Mother and work colleague Greg, and they both feel a deep affinity with the licorice Chuckle, so it's a subjective matter.
Score (long live Chuckles): 5
Score (licorice flavor): (biased) 1
Score (overall): 4
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Monday, October 29, 2018
This review was originally published on obsessivesweets September 12, 2012. The opinions still stand, but now represented with far better accompanying photos.
I'm so excited to have found these limited edition White Chocolate Candy Corn m&m's at my local Target. They were released last year at the same time, but I was never able to track them down (click to read my wishlist preview from last year). I approached them with a mix of excitement and wariness as I can eat pounds of candy corn in one sitting, but white chocolate products do not tend to be favorites. These are basically larger-than-regular m&m's in a candy corn white, yellow, and orange color profile, filled with white chocolate. The bad surprise: I really didn't taste that unique candy corn flavor in there. In the first few I ate, there was an underlying candy corn moment. By the 4th m&m, all I could taste was the white chocolate. That said, the nice surprise is that this is really appealing white chocolate, very soft and melty and not at all waxy, as white chocolate can be. It's a little like eating a ball of sweet white frosting encased in a crunchy shell. Good! Super sweet! Perhaps a little too intensely sweet. Perfect for consuming a handful but I would be hard-pressed to finish a whole box (unlike with regular or peanut butter m&m's).
Friday, October 26, 2018
image courtesy of the new york times
A life-long devotee of The New York Times, my favorite portion each week is the weekend Magazine. The photos are printed beautifully on glossy paper; the subjects are explored in-depth and along a theme. (I even had the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of being part of a NY Times Magazine special insert earlier this year, having to do with historic photos and not candy, though). This week's NY Times Magazine is entirely devoted to candy. You should go read every single page and enjoy every single photo. It's beautiful from beginning to end. There's a fantastic article on the Kit Kat craze in Japan. There's another one on the Colombina Sweets Factory. It's all a great read.
The coolest article of all names 33 unique sweets from across the world. The list left me tantalized. There are so many yet to find. And yet I was also proud, because at this point I have been able to taste-test an enviable number of those sweets due to obsessivesweets.com. Check out the array!!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
I'll check out any Pokemon candy tie-in, especially one featuring Pikachu. This Lotte Pikachu Grape Gummies, however, are a disappointment. Yes, the wrapper is fun and flashy. The gummies, though, are bland. It is kind of funny how some Pikachus are frowning and some are smiling, but the shapes aren't very innovative and the flavor is not appealing at all. There are plenty of other great Lotte products to opt for instead.
Monday, October 22, 2018
I never would have guessed--grape and orange flavored candy corns are tasty! And pleasingly pretty! As a candy corn traditionalist, it's a surprising treat to enjoy such an exotic candy corn flavor. The sour dusting of sugar, though, just doesn't cohere to candy corn surface. Unlike the gummies of original Sour Patch Kids, that provide a malleable surface for which the sour sugar to cling, you end up with a big mess of loose sugar with these. Why not just have some sour orange and grape candy corns and lose the sour sugar entirely?
Score (surprisingly good candy corn flavors): 4
Score (messy dusting of sour sugar): 2
Score (overall): 3
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
A couple weeks back the living room ceiling collapsed and everyday life went down the drain while we transfer to new and safer housing. I'll admit, it's grim and I'm grumpy. Even obsessivesweets.com suffered as the built-up stockpile of candy had to be dumped. Things will get better, and quickly, but for now a special sweet can really improve the quality of each day--add a little sugar-spun cheer to the situation.
In the heart of Corona, Queens--at the 103rd Street 7 train stop--Tulcingo Bakery, a Mexican Panaderia, presents the perfect venue to indulge in some sugar cheer. I go straight for the Pan Dulce. There are so many varieties and they are so fresh from the oven. With a cup of hot tea it's bliss for less than $3.
The rest of the bakery is a visual feast--technicolor cakes with elaborate frosting, molded jello that looks like a stained glass masterpiece, fruit suspended as if by magic within transparent jello--it all forms a glorious blend of the dessert styles in a rainbow of color.
I might have to pay another visit this evening....