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

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Russell Stover White Pastel Marshmallow Egg for the Easter Basket



Classic Russell Stover marshmallow, now wrapped up in an elegant white pastel shell. Somehow the whole thing feels a little bit fancier. It's awfully sweet, though, without any strong flavor notes to distract from all of the sugar. I think these would be amazing with a thin layer of Raspberry. Russell Stover, take note!

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 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

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sour Berry Blast Pop Rocks XTreme



These Sour Berry Blast Pop Rocks XTreme promise super loud, super sour popping candy." Honestly, I really can't discern the difference between these and regular Pop Rocks, but they are delicious and entertaining nonetheless. I would have guessed the flavor as tasty Fruit Punch, without much hint of a sour note. Basically, the packaging doesn't fit the product, but the product's pretty great on its own.

Score (accuracy of description: 2)
Score (classic fruit punch Pop Rocks): 4

Friday, March 9, 2018

At Last, It's Peeps Season: Peeps Lemon Sherbet Delights




Lemon Sherbet Delights are a variation on an old theme. Peeps have in the past been distributed in Lemonade flavor and Lemon marshmallow dipped in Lemon fudge. This version, a creamier lemon marshmallow dipped in a creme flavored fudge, is a little bit mellower version. In fact, my only complaint is that the lemon gets a little lost in all of that creme. That said, lemon and marshmallow work really well together, so although this is not the very best variation of Peeps Lemon Marshmallows, it's still worth a try. Enjoy!

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 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 
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 5, 2018

Spring Approaches! Limited Edition Lindt Lindor Blueberries and Cream White Chocolate Truffles



I never encountered a Lindt Truffle I didn't enjoy. Even the flavors that aren't amazing are off-set by the smooth and melty consistency of that creamy truffle center. The Blueberries & Cream White Chocolate Truffles are a good case in point. The blueberry flavor tastes surprisingly natural -- actually, quite delicious. Unfortunately, the white chocolate shell is so very sweet, the subtle and mellow blueberry flavor is overshadowed. I wonder if the same blueberry truffle center encased in a dark chocolate shell might blend better. I'd love to try that. Nice try, Lindt, but for now I'll stick with your other fruit-infused truffle varieties.

Score (natural blueberry flavors): 4
Score (overshadowing the star): 2
Score (overall): 3

Update: Due to overzealous Winter heating at work, these truffles were left out in a hotter-than-usual room. With unexpected results. The centers completely liquefied, allowing the molten blueberry cream flavor to sing above the white chocolate shell. The consistency made all the difference. These are now fantastic. Hot Tip: Heat These Up!

New Score (molten blueberry chocolate): 5

Friday, March 2, 2018

Winter Edition Ritter Sport Caramelized Almonds


On the East Coast it's easy to feel like Winter will last forever. So yesterday's blast of early Spring temperatures offered a reminder that Winter will soon end, and thus we have to clear the rest of the Winter Edition candies out of the closet. A super delicious offering from Ritter Sport is the Caramelized (Caramelised) Almonds Milk Chocolate bar. It's basically a milk chocolate bar with almonds, but the addition of a thin roasted sugar shell with its burnt sugar flavor edge is the ideal component to complete this blissful mix. This is a superior go-to bar that should be offered year-round. Thanks, Ritter!

Score: 4