Monday, April 23, 2018

Simple Beauty of Classic Candy: Blue and Purple Sixlets

I fall prey to any marketing through color. I'm entirely susceptible. So when I saw these classic Sixlets for sale at Dylan's Candy Bar - oh that sumptuous violet and deep royal indigo - I lost all track of economy and splurged for a small bag. They are so pleasing in hue. Not to mention tasty Sixlets to snack upon.


Friday, April 20, 2018

New Go-To Favorite: Brooklyn Born Chocolate White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup

These Brooklyn Born Chocolate White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups were a total impulse buy, perched by the register at my local organic grocery store. I'm so glad I followed the impulse as these are definitely a new go-to favorite. I never thought the day would come, but I can easily proclaim that this peanut butter center is far more delicious than that of a Reese's. And trust me, I have tried so many of these high-end peanut butter cups and none of their peanut butter fillings rival Reese's. Brooklyn Born Peanut Butter Cups do. The peanut butter is a delightfully melty consistency that pours out of the structured white chocolate shell. I love the thoughtful packaging that protects each delicate square--so often overlooked with filled chocolates. I must try every flavor the company makes.

Score (overall): 5
Score (thoughtful packaging): (bonus) 5

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

James Harden Collector Edition Trolli Sour Brite Sneakers




Obsessivesweets always appreciates an innovative gummy, and Trolli Sour Brites tend to be at the center of a lot of this editioned gummy activity. The latest arrivals, purchased at my local 7-Eleven,  Trolli Sour Brite Gummy Sneakers released as a special James Harden Collector Edition. Visually fun with a nice tie-in to the NBA, these chunky sneaker-shaped gummies are tasty, too.

Score (limited edition collectible gummies): 5
Score (Trolli Sour Brite gummy flavors): 3

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Organic Coconut Dark Chocolate Patties: Ocho Coconut


Coconut Ocho candies are like bite-sized Mounds bars made with much higher quality and more thoughtful organic ingredients. The dark chocolate perfectly offsets the dense shredded coconut patties. I don't love a coconut candy, so these didn't move me. They were tasty for coconut but that doesn't seem like a fair assessment. I tried these on my esteemed Mother, who loves coconut enough for the entire family. She flipped over them and highly recommends them to other coconut lovers. 

Score: 4

Monday, April 16, 2018

On a Roll with 7 Select Birthday Cake Bites

I did not have the highest hopes for the 7-Select line of candy issued by 7-Eleven. I expected low quality ingredients in fun packaging. I was wrong, though, as each candy I've tasted so far has surpassed my expectations. The 7-Select Birthday Cake Bites are a sleeper hit, as they come out of the package looking a bit misshapen and lackluster compared to the illustrations on the bag. Described as "bits of birthday cake, covered in vanilla icing and confetti sprinkles," and it totally delivers. Most cookie dough bites have a really waxy outer shell in order to contain the delicate interior. The vanilla icing here, though, tastes like the real thing and lacks that offensive waxy quality contained in so many others. The flavor is spot on with strong notes of vanilla and butter. They're super sweet (like birthday cake), but really tasty with a great consistency.

Score (crushing previous assumptions): 5
Score (flavor + consistency): 3
Score (no waxy coating): 4

Friday, April 13, 2018

Flavor Vote: Crunchy Mint m&m's

After the rather disappointing new FlavorVote Raspberry Crunchy m&m's, I wasn't all that excited to try the other two new flavors. But I was so wrong! These new Crunchy Mint m&m's with chocolate cookie center are fantastic! Basically they are small poppable Thin Mints. Less candy than cookie, I couldn't stop eating these upon opening the first package. Which is why I'm afraid to open the second. As far as m&m's innovation, this new Mint Crunchy is top rank!

Score: 4

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Gummy Snapshot: eFrutti Gummi Bracelets




Ooh, eFrutti gummies always come in the most whimsical shapes and these gummi bracelets are a new triumph. I love these sweet inexpensive jewels. Buyer beware: they're sticky. Also, not so tasty. They still constitute a new visual favorite.

Score (visuals): 5
Score (gummy innovation): 5
Score (flavor): 2

Monday, April 9, 2018

Reese's Crunchy King Size Big Cup


There is nothing better to yours truly, Obsessive Sweets, than smooth peanut butter. There has never been a situation in which crunchy peanut butter was preferred. Never. Thus, this is a biased review. How could a Crunchy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup come close to the classic smooth Peanut Butter Cup? There's no way. Not possible. That said, for those who prefer some crunch to their peanut butter, this Reese's Crunchy Big Cup may be a delight. Heavy on the chunks of peanut, I found the crunchy peanut butter to err on the dry and crumbly side. You never have that issue with a classic peanut butter cup. That said, a large size peanut butter cup is a terrific idea. No size is too big when it comes to Reese's!

Score (size): 5
Score (classic Reese's): 5
Score (biased on crunch): (crumbly dry) 2
Score (for fans of crunchy peanut butter): 4

Friday, April 6, 2018

Vote! New Crunchy Raspberry m&m's





 m&m's has released another round of flavors in which the audience can vote the favorite into the permanent line. This time there are three Crunchy varieties--Raspberry, Espresso, and Mint. I believe that the Espresso Crunchy will be my favorite--I keep picturing dunking a biscuit into my coffee and how well they blend. In the case of Crunchy Raspberry m&m's, I just didn't love that artificial raspberry flavor. The crunch is ok but doesn't add anything of consequence into the overall bite. These aren't bad, but I would never choose them over myriad other delicious m&m flavors.

To log your vote text 84444 or share your reaction with #VoteCrunchyRaspberry

Score (artificial raspberry flavor): 2
Score (all m&m's are pretty good): 3

Monday, April 2, 2018

Limited Edition Neapolitan m&m's


m&m's are released in myriad variations on the original, and many of them are a delight. Unfortunately, the new limited edition Neapolitan m&m's are all show and no substance. They should really just be called Strawberry m&m's. Yes, the theme is chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla, like the classic ice cream flavor. However, the strawberry infused milk chocolate completely dominates all flavor, and the white chocolate is lost in the shuffle. And it's such an artificial cloying strawberry flavor. That said, the recent Strawberry Peanut m&m's were delicious, as the peanut mellowed out and balanced the strawberry flavor. Taste-tester Mark, who enjoys artificial strawberry flavor far more than I, really loved the Neapolitan m&m's. It comes down to this: if you like strawberry flavored chocolate, these might be for you. Otherwise, pass right along to the good stuff. There are plenty of delicious m&m's flavors out there.

Score (my anti-strawberry leanings): 2
Score (pro-strawberry taste-testers): 4

Friday, March 30, 2018

Technicolor Marshmallows: Fruit Punch Peeps





In a surprise turn, the Fruit Punch flavored Peeps may constitute the tastiest Peeps of this 2018 Easter Season. The Orange Sherbet Delights were pretty good, but these are even more compelling. The fruit punch flavor is a spot-on match for Hawaiian Punch, so if you like that sweet tropical beverage, you're in for a treat. Not only are these tasty, the technicolor visuals make for a vibrant array in the Easter basket.



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 
Lemon Sherbet Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Fudge
Maple Brown Sugar Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Fudge 
Mint Flavored Marshmallow covered in Milk Chocolate
Neapolitan Filled Delights 
Orange Creme Flavored Marshmallow 
Orange Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Orange Fudge
Orange Sherbet Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Flavored Fudge
Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow 
Peppermint Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate
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 Spooky Cats
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 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Easter Eggs: Elmer's Heavenly Hash Egg

The Easter candy market is so incredibly saturated with varieties of Easter Eggs. Most leave something to be desired, striving for pizzazz and quantity over quality. Elmer's Heavenly Hash Egg (since 1855) is one of the best Easter eggs on the market. They keep it simple and high quality. A super sticky soft vanilla marshmallow is contained by a thick sheet of good milk chocolate. Suspended through the thick marshmallow are a few whole almonds, just to give each bite some substance and chew. There aren't a lot of the usual bells and whistles and bling on the Easter delights but they're a solid go-to that you can count on for high quality.

Score: 3

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Neapolitan Peeps Filled Delights




Neapolitan seems to be popping up throughout the candy aisle. It's such a difficult flavor to do well, managing to balance strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla so that you experience each flavor individually and then blended. Handled in the wrong way, it's just a mashup of flavors overpowersed by strawberry. These Neapolitan Peeps Filled Delights consist of a very artificial strawberry flavored marshmallow dipped in creme fudge and filled with a glutinous chocolate filling. I just don't like the consistency of the fudge filling, and the flavor tastes far more of corn syrup than chocolate. The balanced beauty of a proper Neapolitan is lost amidst the muddle of flavors. There are far tastier Peeps to consume.

Score: 2

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 Marshmallo
Lemon Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Lemon Fudge 
Lemon Sherbet Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme 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 
Peppermint Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate
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 Spooky Cats
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 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Easter Eggs: Russell Stover White Pastel Coconut Creme Egg


For Coconut fans, this new Russell Stover White Pastel Coconut Creme Easter Egg is a perfect 10. The coconut creme is packed with coconut bits and melts so beautifully upon the tongue. The white pastel allows the coconut flavor to dominate, as it should. It's very sweet and very sticky, but well worth the mess!

Score: 3

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 and Almond in Milk 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 Marshmallow in White Pastel
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 Vanilla Creme in Milk Chocolate
Russell Stover Wedding Cake in White Chocolate

Friday, March 23, 2018

For the Easter Basket: Orange Sherbet Peeps Delights


We've seen variations on Orange Peeps before (see links to past reviews below), but it's hard to go wrong with any of them. Orange Peeps just work naturally. Creamy marshmallow imbued with a light citrus orange is instantly reminiscent of an Orange Julius or Creamsicle. It's all good. In this variation, a creamy Orange Sherbet marshmallow is dipped in a creme flavored fudge. Tasty! This flavor may tie with Fruit Punch as best Peep flavors of 2018 so far!

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 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 Marshmallo
Lemon Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Lemon Fudge 
Lemon Sherbet Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Creme Fudge
Maple Brown Sugar Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in White Fudge 
Mint Flavored Marshmallow Covered in Milk Chocolate
Neapolitan Filled Delights
Orange Creme Flavored Marshmallow 
Orange Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Orange Fudge
Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow 
Peppermint Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate
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 Spooky Cats
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, March 21, 2018

Easter Basket Jellybean Options: Starburst Ice Cream Jellybeans

Starburst Jellybeans are my favorite jellybeans of all (read review here). The flavors hit all the right notes, with something so juicy and vibrant about each one. Starburst Ice Cream Flavors Jellybeans are tasty and a fun variety to sample but don't come close to the original. In strawberry sherbet, orange sherbet, raspberry sorbet, and lemon sorbet, each flavor tastes like an original mixed with cream. Creamsicles are yummy, no complaints, but I don't seek them out. Advice: if you're only getting one bag of jellybeans, go for Starburst original jellybeans; if you're getting a few bags, throw the Ice Cream Flavors jellybeans into the mix.

Score: 3

Monday, March 19, 2018

Always Read the Packaging: Soft Strawberry Twists from Flying Tiger, Copenhagen



I love a good licorice, and I really love shopping for frames, containers, and random sundries at Flying Tiger, Copenhagen. On a recent visit, I was pleased to add this box of soft strawberry twists (from Finland!) to my shopping cart. I was ready to dig in, hand poised above the sticky red twists, when some key words on the back of the packaging caught my eye....


Here, look closer....



You're reading that right. "Excess consumption may have a laxative effect." Wow. First, do any readers know which ingredient brings on this unintentional side-effect? I bravely taste-tested one twist in the name of obsessivesweets research but the warning rang in my head and made the sticky lump extra difficult to consume. Just don't do it. No food is worth ignoring a warning such as this. There's far better food on this earth that will not cause adverse intestinal reactions.

Score: 1

Friday, March 16, 2018

Strawberry Nut m&m's

I love the Strawberry Nut m&m's! I gave them an enthusiastic score of 4 last Spring and continue to think that they are a fantastic addition to the m&m's line. But these are not new, and I feel like they're being marketed as such.

Hence, please find below my original enthusiastic review for Strawberry Nut m&m's, originally published May 3, 2017.



I first tried Strawberried Peanut Butter m&m's when they were a Transformers movie tie-in back in 2009 (read original review here). Then they were so popular (for good reason!), they were released for a short time on the market again in 2010. Still delicious (read review here). The Strawberried Peanut Butter m&m's are peanut butter m&m's infused with strawberry flavor. Now they have evolved (that's right, evolved!) as Strawberry Nut m&m's. The real peanut at the center--as opposed to the smooth, more sweet peanut butter--is what makes the whole combination sparkle. The strawberry is pretty subtle, as it should be, and all of it together really does feel like a pb&j sandwich rolled with milk chocolate. These are great!

Score (overall): 4
Score (innovation, evolution): 5