Friday, September 28, 2018

Travel Snapshot: Maple Salt Water Taffy, Perkins Cove Candies, Ogunquit, Maine

Perkins Cove Candies of Ogunquit, Maine, is the purveyor of all the sweet delights you might imagine in a local homemade chocolate shoppe. However, my heart belongs to maple, so their unique maple salt water taffy is the focus of this post. The taffy is made with real maple, not that artificial buttery maple flavoring. The flavor is subtle but rich and the chewy taffy allows the maple flavor to build slowly. I love these. Thanks for procuring, Ben!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Gummy Snapshot: Frankford 3D Animal Gummies

No, no, I was so easily pulled in by the idea of 3-dimensional gummies rather than the usual flattened forms. I think these 3D Animal Gummies by Frankford are the first version of many more 3D gummies that will arise from other companies. Unfortunately, these are a little rough in form. That could be easily forgiven, though. The bad part is that they taste terrible--some of the worst gummy flavoring I've encountered. Just not yet worth the visuals.

Score (3D in in theory): 5
Score (3D in practice): 3
Score (flavor): 1

Monday, September 24, 2018

Halloween Peeps: Marshmallow Monsters

Of the infinite flavors and forms of the classic Peeps marshmallow treat, the Marshmallow Monsters are amongst my favorite. They're the traditional vanilla marshmallow, but there's something so cheerful about these smiling green monster faces. I look forward to greeting them again each year.

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
Fruit Punch Flavored Marshmallow
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 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Edeka Gut & Gunstig Erdbeer & Joghurtcreme Riegel / German Strawberry Yogurt Cream Bar

I love the special tang that yogurt adds to candy, a little sour to blend with the sweet. Unfortunately, in the case of the German chocolate bar by Edeka, this Gut & Gunstig Erdeer & Joghurtcreme (Strawberry and Yogurt Cream) is so incredibly sweet that the yogurt fades into the background. The strawberry does a bit, too. So much strident sugar, not much else in the bar registers. Strawberries and yogurt is a great idea, but allowing the tart of the yogurt and strawberries to dominate would improve this bar immensely.

Score: 2

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Brach's Maple Candy Corn

I am a great advocate of candy corn and maple is my number one favorite flavor--better than chocolate, better than anything. Brach's Maple Candy Corn should be my jam. But something's off. The artificial maple flavoring leans toward buttery which doesn't blend well with the honey base. The flavors never blend. Is this an innate problem to maple candy corn or is it just an issue with this maple flavoring? I would love to find out.

Score (maple candy corn in theory): 5
Score (this attempt at maple candy corn): 2

Friday, September 14, 2018

Salon de Look Ichigo Pancake Chocolates

The flavor of pancakes and strawberry syrup in a one-bite chocolate? I love this kind of Willy Wonka magic! Straight from Japan, Salon de Look Ichigo Pancake chocolates present a great fantasy of reconstituted foods that are delicious. In actuality, it's not a bad bonbon but the reality certainly doesn't fit the fantasy. I would never guess that the bite was supposed to taste like pancakes and strawberry syrup. There's a nice layer of strawberry jelly and then a creamy layer that tastes like vanilla with a tiny mini hint of wheat. Weird. There's nothing familiar that can be compared. They're worth a try but not that compelling after the first few bites.

Score (fantasy chocolate creations): 5
Score (reality of fantasy): 2
Score (packaging): 4
Score (current need for pancakes): 5

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

Welcome, Autumn: Bring on the Candy

Until the day after Labor Day, I put on blinders to any Autumnal or Halloween-themed candy. There's plenty of time for that. Each year that September day finally arrives when I allow myself to focus in on those loaded seasonal candy shelves and the first choice is always the same: Brach's Mellow Creme Pumpkins, the hardier cousin of the brand's traditional candy corn. Note the bad photograph above. The bag never makes it home intact. I love those little sugar bombs, and consume an embarrassing number of them in a frenzy. There's nothing better. I'm a hard-core fan. Inevitably I wake up the next morning feeling vaguely sick and strongly regretful and vow to reinstate moderation for the rest of the Halloween Candy Season. Love or hate these classic Fall sweets, their arrival announces the oncoming wave of seasonal candy. Get ready.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Japanese Sweets: Xylish Sugar Free Fruits Assortment Gum

Like an elegant, sugarless version of classic FruitStripe gum, Xylish Fruits Assort offers six tasty flavors in one small pack. They're all pretty tasty--not a bad one in the bunch--with a special shoutout to the peach and lemon flavors as especially delicious. I wish these were stocked more regularly in the US!

Score: 4

Monday, September 3, 2018

Never Liked Watermelon Candy Until Now: Kabaya Watermelon Gummy

I have never met an artificial watermelon sweet that I enjoyed. I cannot find any resemblance between that nuanced flavor of a real watermelon and the chemical creation known as "watermelon flavor". These Kabaya Watermelon Candy gummies from Japan taste like watermelon! I didn't even know it was possible! They're fantastic, refreshing, evocative of the juiciest crisp watermelon on the hottest day of the year. This could change everything.

Score (flavor innovation--didn't think it could be done): 5
Score (packaging): 5