Friday, August 17, 2018

New Chocolove Ganache & Coconut in Dark Chocolate

Chocolove makes some of my very favorite chocolate bars, bar none. Their chocolate is such a beautiful smooth blend and their flavors are so thoughtful, perfectly calibrated. You just know you're in good hands with a Chocolove bar. As someone who just isn't wild about coconut, I'm a biased reviewer of the new Ganache & Coconut bar. My Mother--a coconut fanatic--could give a more nuanced viewpoint. Alas, she is across the country and so I will try my best. As far as coconut infused candy goes, this is great. There is not a ton of sugar or filler, just a layer of beautifully toasted coconut. The top third of the bar consists of luxurious ganache. This is super smooth and rich, a layer of chocolate truffle to blend with each bite of coconut. Dark chocolate coheres the whole thing, and each taste resembles a high-end truffle more than a bite of chocolate bar. I probably wouldn't return to this bar simply because I prefer other flavors to coconut but this is one of the nicest coconut sweets I've encountered. The coconut is not over-processed or saturated with sugar and the ganache is so exceedingly sumptuous. My only issue: as the photos show, a hot day will instantly melt this lovely bar since the ganache is so delicate. Unfortunately, the box is only guarded with a thin cardboard backing on three sides. The bar was already pretty messed up by the time I could get to it, 10 minutes after purchase. I wish a more sturdy package was provided.

Score (even with a coconut bias): 4
Score (sturdier packaging, please): 2

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Jet-Puffed Dinosaur Mallows

In a blind taste-test there is absolutely no difference between classic Jet-Puffed Marshmallows and Jet-Puffed Dinosaur Mallows. They're tasty yet not earthshaking, and you hope to get a fresher bag. This bag was super fresh. Visually, the Dinosaur Mallows are awesome. Ok, they could be a little more awesome. In actuality the Triceratops, Brontosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus are barely more than pleasingly hued blue, green, and yellow blobs. They're entirely pleasing, nonetheless.

Score (dinosaur shaped marshmallows!): 5
Score (pleasing hues): 5
Score (good mass-market marshmallow): 3
Score (fresh bag!): 5
Score (brontosaurus blob): 2

Monday, August 13, 2018

Project 7 Cherry Lime Slush Sugar Free Gum

 Mmm, Project 7 sugar free gum flavors are always innovative but some are far more appealing than others. This Summer Edition Cherry Lime Slush flavor is delicious. The packaging promises that the flavor changes from Lime to Cherry, a claim that I question. Maybe the flavor gets a little less sour so that the cherry becomes more dominant. Despite that, it's a tasty gum--well worth picking up at a local Target.

Score: 3
Score (on the sugar-free gum scale): 4

Friday, August 10, 2018

Milka Triple Caramel Bar from Germany

A very disappointing offering, Milka. Usually I love a Milka chocolate bar. It's a good solid mass-market chocolate and the company creates such a vast array of flavors and fillings. This Triple Caramel milk chocolate bar, though, is a series of mis-steps. It's a great idea -- like the classic Sky Bar, this Milka Triple Caramel offers three different varieties of filling within one bar. There's liquid caramel, like a Caramello Bar. The center squares consist of a caramel patty that's super sweet and vaguely chalky. The squares on the right side of the bar consist of solid milk chocolate with tiny hardened caramel bits suspended throughout. I could barely taste them. The Caramello-type filling was pretty good, but the other two failed to delight. Another complaint: the fragile bar is distributed in a thin paper wrapper. Even while perching it on the top of my bag on the way home, the bar was cracked and caramel was oozing by the time I returned home. If there is oozing caramel in a bar, there should be a structured container to maintain the bar's delicate framework.

Score (the idea of the types of caramel in one bar): 4
Score (1 good flavor to 2 bad flavors): 2
Score (packaging): 1

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Glorious Marzipan Creations, Fortunato Brothers Bakery, Brooklyn

That's marzipan! Really! I'll never tire of the incredibly realistic and inventive marzipan creations for sale at Fortunato Brothers Bakery, a Brooklyn mainstay. What gets me every time is that the marzipan looks amazing but also constitutes some of the best-tasting marzipan anywhere. Check out past creations....

Monday, August 6, 2018

Orange Flavor Yogurt Dragees of Poland: Skawa Draze Apacz

I was stumped by the packaging on this Polish confection by Skawa, translated on the label as Orange Flavor Dragees. What's a dragee? Wikipedia tells me that it's a candy, like a Jordan Almond, with a hard outer shell that is typically used as a decoration. So it all makes sense that this handful of round creamsicle flavored candies host a crunchy outer shell and a softer center. The aroma of the candies matches that of a creamsicle perfectly. The center is a super sweet white chocolate with a tiny bit of yogurt-flavored sourness added in. I had low expectations based on the 50-cent pricetag and outdated imagery on the packaging, but these dragees are tasty--a non-messy non-melty creamsicle on-the-go!

Score (creamsicle flavor accuracy): 5
Score (too-sweet white chocolate center): 2
Score (overall): 3(+)

Friday, August 3, 2018

Local Brooklyn Sweets: Salty Road Sea Salt Caramel Salt Water Taffy

It's rare to taste a classic candy and think, " this is honestly the best version of the candy I've ever had. I'm reconsidering the entire nature of this candy." This is the experience I had at first encounter with local Brooklyn taffy-maker Salty Road Salt Water Taffy's Sea Salt Caramel taffies. This was a personal taffy revolution. After years of mass-produced boardwalk salt water taffy, I forgot the perfection of the consistency of a home-spun batch. Add tiny rocks of sea salt and the pleasingly bitter taste of burnt sugar, and I re-evaluated my entire history with taffy. Despite a perfect burnt caramel flavor, you cannot confuse this chew with caramel--it is uniquely taffy in consistency. The box disappeared in less than a day and I shared the treats with no one. I have to find more of this taffy, not to mention that I feel compelled to try more flavors. Thanks, Ben, for bringing this treasure to me.

Score: 5 (for taffy, no less!)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Gummy Snapshot: Haribo Alphabet Letters Gummi Candy

Another terrific Haribo gummy mix, this time a confusion of letters of the alphabet. Delicious and fun to play with. Only issue: not nearly enough vowels!

Score (Haribo gummy letters): 4
Score (deduct one point for lack of vowels): 3

Monday, July 30, 2018

Cote d'Or Orange Sinaasappel: French Marmalade Chocolate Bar

What a terrific surprise! I couldn't figure out what to expect from the packaging on this Cote d'Or Orange Sinaasappel dark chocolate bar, just some combination of orange and dark chocolate. A very delicate layer of dark chocolate coheres a thin layer of candied orange peel. It tastes like a drier version of marmalade. And it's so delicious! The zesty citrusy chunks of orange blend beautifully with the dark chocolate. My only complaint is that the bar is really fragile and the soft cardboard packaging is barely enough to protect the bar. I wish the bar could be in a sturdier box or broken into 2 or 3 separate pieces and packaged separately, leaving less room for breakage. My bar didn't stand a chance in the grocery bag.

Score (dark chocolate and orange peel): 4
Score (deduct a point, needs sturdier packaging): 3

Friday, July 27, 2018

Japanese Sweets: Glico Almond Caramel Chews

They don't look all that appealing --waxy beige cubes indented by the wax wrapper -- but here, looks are deceiving. These Glico Almond from Japan are tasty caramel chews, with a nice creamy caramel flavor and a good smattering of crushed almonds. It's a tough chew at first, that dissolves pleasantly as it warms in the mouth. Glico Almond are reminiscent of Mary Janes, but a bit lighter and creamier.

Score (flavor): 4
Score (visuals, candy): 2
Score (visuals, packaging): 3

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Gummy Feast Part 2: e.frutti Movie Bag Gummy Set

Last month obsessivesweets covered e.frutti's Lunch Bag and this month e.frutti is taking us to the movies with a gummy feast! As always, e.frutti's creations are so whimsical, down to the tiny mushrooms on each piece of gummy pizza. They taste pretty good, too. The only fault is some overlap between the two sets.

Monday, July 23, 2018

New Mini Tropical Swedish Fish

As pointed out in a number of past posts, I believe that Swedish Fish are the best gummy product, no contest. Myriad gummies are released on the market but to my taste-buds nothing compares with a Red Swedish Fish. The Summery blends of new Mini Tropical Swedish Fish: Pina Colada; Tropical Island; Beachy Punch; and Passion Fruit. Not a bad one in the bunch, although there's a little too much artificial coconut used in too many of the flavors. The contents of the bag disappeared incredibly quickly.

Score: 4

Friday, July 20, 2018

Hershey's Flavor of Hawaii Pineapple Coconut Kisses

For awhile Hershey's was producing a range of limited edition flavors that were thematic by state. For instance, the "Taste of Hawaii" was Coconut Almond Kisses. I'm a bit confused by this new "Flavor of Hawaii" release of Pineapple Coconut Kisses. It's a nice surprise, but I'm unclear on how these different lines interact. The Pineapple Coconut Kisses are described as Pineapple Coconut flavored Creme. The aroma of coconut is overpowering, a direct aromatic correlation with old-time suntan lotion. It's not a bad smell but it's not that delicious, either. And it overpowers this terrific pineapple flavor that I think should be allowed to take center-stage. I think a whole new line should be built with fruit flavored "cremes" with a little burst of fruit filling in the center. Imagine that with pineapple. It could be phenomenal. Or Cherry. Or Raspberry. Just a little dollop of fruit jam in the center would put some of these fruit-flavored cremes over the top.

Score (overall): 2
Score (pineapple element): 3
Score (my idea to include a dollop of fruit jam in the center of fruit creme kisses):4

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

New Life Savers Gummies Neons

As a child of the 1980's I was conditioned to love a technicolor neon color. And I do. These Life Savers Gummies Neons capitalize on this reaction to neon colors and the flavors reflect the colors. Bold Berry, Orange Pop, Pink Punch, Cherry Lime Splash, and Electric Lemonade--they're all pretty delicious. Bold Berry I could take or leave. Pink Punch and Cherry Lime Splash are fantastic. Mostly they're just beautiful little gummy gems and they kept me entranced until the entire bag disappeared.

Score (basing flavors on colors): 4
Score (neon anything): 4
Score (taste): 3

Monday, July 16, 2018

Three Snicker's Varieties: A Comparative Taste-Test

Just from the flavor descriptions, I knew which limited edition Snicker's I would like and which ones I wouldn't. I love a salty caramel and know it's super trendy right now and oversaturated in the market but I'm not burned out on it yet. Salty and sweet is almost invariably tasty. The Salty & Sweet "Indecisive" Snicker's includes a salted caramel flavor infused into the traditional nougat layer. I liked it a lot. Taste tester Ben proclaimed it even better than the classic Snicker's. Big Win. The Espresso "Irritable" bar was pretty tasty, too, with an espresso-flavored layer of nougat. The espresso tastes pretty artificial, and I think a milk coffee flavor might blend better with the peanuts and chocolate than a strong espresso. The bar disappeared pretty quickly, though. No one really liked the Fiery "Wimpy" bar with its hot peppery infused nougat. Ick. We're all burned out on the spicy chocolate trend and I didn't like it that much to begin with. The Espresso and Salty & Sweet Snicker's are definitely worth a try while they're on the market--a novelty worth testing. Skip the "Wimpy" bar, though.

Snicker's (classic): 4
Snicker's (Salty&Sweet): 4
Snicker's (Espresso): 3
Snicker's (Fiery): 2

Friday, July 13, 2018

New Sour Patch Kids Freeze Lemonade Variety Mix

The flavors underlying the new Sour Patch Kids Freeze Lemonade Variety Mix are great. Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Blue Raspberry Lemonade, and the best flavor of all, Cherry Lime Lemonade. The problem lies with the "freeze" element, described on the packaging as a "cooling sensation". It reminded me more of that cough drop mentholated sensation that is more medicinal than a sensory treat. Take away the "freeze" and this constitutes a delicious flavor batch. A vaguely numb tongue only detracts from experience.

Score (lemonade flavors): 4
Score (mentholated gummies): 2

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Seeking Answers: What is this Amazing Russian Chocolate Bar?

This packaging is some of the best of I've seen. 
Do any obsessivesweets readers read Russian? 
Seeking any helpful information. I must know more!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Pocky Grape Squeeze

Pocky, the chocolate dipped biscuit cookie, comes in myriad flavors and most of them are tasty (click here to read some past favorites). It's hard to go wrong. This Grape flavored Pocky Squeeze is a strange one--not unpleasant but odd. When you open the package the strident artificial aroma of Jolly Rancher Grape hits hard. There's no subtlety to this one (unlike my very favorites Brazilian Orange and Sicilia Lemon). The flavor of the chocolate and cookie stick, then, is another surprise--mild creamy grape. It's still artificial but the taste of the cookie doesn't at all fit the aroma that first escapes the package.

Score: 2

Friday, July 6, 2018

Marks & Spencer My Little Pony Movie Milk Chocolate Balls

It's all about the packaging and not really about the candy with Marks & Spencer (M&S) My Little Pony Chocolate Balls as a funny cross-branding with the My Little Pony movie. That said, M&S house-brand milk chocolate isn't bad either. 

Score (packaging): 4
Score (chocolate): 3+

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Fourth of July, Obsessivesweets Readers!

(courtesy of m&m's Red White and Blue Mix. As one of the few candy companies to create a thematic candy in honor of this mid-summer holiday, thanks to m&m's for helpful holiday visuals!)