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!)

Monday, July 2, 2018

Travel Snapshot: Maple Cream, Cidrerie Verger Bilodeau, Île d'Orléans, Quebec

I have sung the praises of a number of maple creams (otherwise called maple butters) on this sweets blog (read past reviews here). In fact, I have never encountered a maple cream I didn't thoroughly enjoy. If created correctly, from 100% pure maple syrup and nothing else, maple cream cannot possibly taste any less than delicious. That said, this Maple Butter from the local Cidrerie Verger Bilodeau on Île d'Orléans in Quebec is possibly the best maple cream I've ever tasted. The robust maple flavor sings, changing in consistency on the tongue from a thick cream back to its original syrupy form. I'll admit that most of the container was gone before the end of the first night. It's impossible to resist. Thanks to my Mom for bringing this treasure back from the land of Maple!

Score: 5

Sunday, July 1, 2018

7-Select Go! Yum Peanut Butter & Jelly Chocolate Bar


This 7-Select Go! Yum Peanut Butter & Jelly chocolate bar from 7-Eleven is such a fantastic concept. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are such classic treats, and chocolate is a natural element to add in. The unexpected thing about this Go! Yum bar is that the peanut butter is folded into the chocolate rather than its own component. That could be delicious but in this case the flavor just isn't quite right, just a little bit off. The liquid raspberry jelly is terrific. If 7 Select just tweaks the recipe then this bar will be fantastic.

Score (peanut butter chocolate innovation): 4
Score (peanut butter flavor): 2