Friday, February 16, 2018

Sweets History via Gastro Obscura: Exploring the Original Girl Scout Cookie Recipe

Image courtesy of Library of Congress via gastro obscura

Big thanks to Gastro Obscura for bringing the history of Girl Scout Cookies to light and for exploring the original recipe. It's easy to forget that Girl Scouts originally received an inexpensive cookie recipe and then made their own cookies to sell. There weren't any pre-packaged Mint Thins to speak of. It was such a smart fund-raising strategy that morphed into such a beloved staple of American culture.

To read the fascinating story, click on the article link:
The First Girl Scout Cookie Was Surprisingly Boring

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sending out love to each and every reader of obsessivesweets!
Wishing you a sweet and sugar-filled holiday!

Just in Time for the Holiday: Ghirardelli Strawberry Bark Squares

These Ghirardelli Strawberry Bark Squares pack a flavor punch. The real dehydrated strawberry bits have a really nice natural strawberry flavor. The lower layer of milk chocolate mellows the super sweet white chocolate top layer. They're powerful flavor bombs wrapped in a demure foil wrapper.

Score: 4

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Decadent Valentine's Day Sweets: Lindt Lindor Raspberry Dark Chocolate Truffles

I've never encountered a Lindt Lindor Truffle I didn't like. That central chocolate truffle is undeniably perfect in any variation. There are some flavors, however, that are more appealing than others. This Valentine's Day Raspberry Dark Chocolate Truffle isn't one of my go-to favorites. There's something artificial about the raspberry flavor, which remains on the tongue far longer than the rich chocolate. I happily ate a handful of these sweets, but found myself pining instead for a plain Lindt Dark Chocolate Truffle.

Score: 3

Monday, February 12, 2018

Boozy Jellybeans, Part 4: Jelly Belly Cocktail Classics

There has been a recent wave of cocktail and alcohol-related candies. Project 7 and Jelly Belly have produced a variety of sweets along the theme, from Draft Beer flavored jellybeans to Champagne flavored gummy bears (see ever-growing list, with links, below). In Jelly Belly's Cocktail Classics Mix, six classic cocktails come to life with surprising realism in jellybean form. Every single flavor is tasty, although I might not have been able to pinpoint all flavors exactly without the handy illustrated key. A special shout-out for the Mojito flavored Jelly Belly. The light mint mixed with lime is perfection. I wish I could buy a bag of only these--they would constitute my go-to jellybean.

Score (innovation): 5
Score (fidelity of flavor to original): 4
Score (overall taste): 3
Score (Mojito jellybeans): 5

Recent Cocktail Candy Reviews

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Valentine's Day Snapshot: Marshmallow French Fries

The "Fries Before Guys" motto on the packaging of these Target brand Valentine's Day Marshmallow French Fries mystifies me. The hierarchy put forth doesn't make sense. I have never put a guy before a fry or visa versa. I have shared fries with my guy, and perhaps that might make a more romantic Valentine's Day message. That said, the concept of marshmallow french fries is pretty great, and they're super soft and mellow, with a good consistency.

Score (message): 1
Score (marshmallow french fries): 3

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Valentine's Day Gummy Snapshot: Swedish Fish Hearts

Mmmm, to my palate there is absolutely no tastier gummy than classic Swedish Fish. They have the ideal fruit punch flavor and non-sticky firm consistency. They are absolute TOPS of the huge gummy market. To celebrate Valentine's Day, Swedish fish have reconstituted into Heart shapes. Same taste, same consistency, just a new romantic shape in honor of the holiday. Nothing so new, but a good seasonal treat.

Score (best gummy of all time): 5
Score (holiday variation innovation): 3

Monday, February 5, 2018

Valentine's Day Truffles: Lindt Red Velvet White Chocolate Truffles

I've never met a Lindt Truffle I didn't like. There is something so perfect about the instantly-melty truffle centers in any flavor. And Red Velvet is a beautiful flavor variation on the classic milk chocolate truffle center. It somehow achieves a perfect simulacrum of a piece of Red Velvet Cake, heavy on the frosting with a mellow cocoa base. I love these. They should not be on the market only for Valentine's Day but rather throughout the calendar year! Try one (or a handful) while they're still available in the candy aisle!

Score: 5

Friday, February 2, 2018

Valentine Sweets for Your Sweet: Reese's Peanut Butter Love Bugs

Nothing is better than a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup except maybe a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup all dressed up as a pink or purple ladybug. The Reese's Peanut Butter Love Bugs win my vote as most whimsical new Valentine's Day candy packaging.

Score (Reese's Peanut Butter Cups): (the ultimate) 5
Score (Valentine's themed packaging): 5