Friday, November 9, 2018

Meiji Takenoko No Sato Cookie & Vanilla Bites


Sometimes it's difficult to discern whether a sweet treat should be counted as a candy or a cookie. Japanese sweets company Meiji has produced a perfect example of this undefinable sweet, Takenoko No Sato Cookie & Vanilla. They're small cones of Oreo-cookie like biscuits dipped and then molded in a thick layer of vanilla icing dusted with cocoa. The packaging is fun and colorful and these sweet crunchy bites are such a tasty satisfying treat. The biscuit leans away from sweet in order to counterbalance the icing. Luckily, these are packaged in a reasonable serving size so that you don't end up eating too many--really the perfect size to share with a friend.

Score: 3

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Brown Sugar and Cream: Japan's Uha Cucu Black Milk Candies

Japanese milk candies are usually somewhat lost on my taste-buds. I see the appeal of the creaminess without so much sugar, but they are just a little too bland for much appeal. Uha brand Cucu Black Milk candies, though, are fantastic and really addictive. You have the basic creamy milk hard candy swirled with a brown sugar swirl that tastes almost like molasses. There's a beautiful richness to the flavor that blends so well with the mild cream. They also come individually wrapped in packaging decorated with a sweet dog whose body is comprised of three cucu cubes. I hope I can find the other flavors of Cucu cubes.

Score (compared to other milk candies): 5
Score (overall): 4
Score (brown sugar / molasses anything): 5

Monday, November 5, 2018

Classic Fruit Jellies: Chuckles


I recently posted about the fantastic return of Sunkist Fruit Gems, one of the most vibrant sugar memories of my youth. It made me realize that to be fair, though, the other beloved fruit jelly of my childhood--the one that never went away--deserves a shout-out, too. Hi, Chuckles! You are a beautiful classic constant of the candy aisle, without the need to sway with marketing trends, the same pleasing packaging and flavors throughout history. Chuckles are substantive jellies, perhaps not the flashiest but always delicious and reminiscent of a time when the candy aisle offered far fewer options. The only reason I prefer Sunkist Fruit Gems to Chuckles is the highly personal matter of the licorice flavored jelly. I just don't like it--never have and never will. Thank goodness my Mother does, as she has been the recipient of a large number of leftover licorice Chuckles through the years. But I spoke recently to both my Mother and work colleague Greg, and they both feel a deep affinity with the licorice Chuckle, so it's a subjective matter.

Score (long live Chuckles): 5
Score (licorice flavor): (biased) 1
Score (overall): 4