Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Worth the Trip: Du's Donuts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Many years ago I was lucky enough to enjoy a meal at Wylie Dufresne's WD-50 restaurant. His mastery of molecular gastronomy made the entire experience more like a magic show than a meal. I was wowed, but there's only so much passion I can put into non-sweet foods.

Cut to now, and we've moved to a new neighborhood. Within mere steps from the new home-base is DU's Donuts and Coffee, Dufresne's newish passion project-- pure focus upon the donut. It turns out that Dufresne cut his proverbial teeth working in his father's diner, so this love for attention to what makes the quintessential donut is a thrilling full-circle. Well, I don't know if it's thrilling for Wylie but this has made my entire move worthwhile.

We entered the clean spare shop, all glass and wood and high ceilings and pops of orange. One of each flavor of donut is on display, but otherwise, there's not a lot of clutter going on. You're there for a donut (or 12)--just make a selection and they're ready on the trays behind the counter.

I don't remember all the flavors. There were so many enticing ones, and I just kept chanting to myself, "hold it together, we can return any time. Even later today!" Co-taste-tester Mark and I selected the Key Lime and Brown Butter Donut. The lime was zesty and sang above the mellow buttery notes. Most important, it was perhaps the best consistency of a cake donut I've ever encountered--really tops. I'm pretty over the Donut trend, and not much surprises me anymore, but this was a wow-worthy donut.

I can't wait to return and try all of them. Thank you, Wylie, for focusing your magic on donuts!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving for 1,000,000 Hits on Obsessivesweets!

Happy Thanksgiving, obsessivesweets readers! 

Today I want to give an extra special thanks for reaching 1 Million hits on obsessivesweets.com. 

It all began back in 2009 as an excuse to take photos of candy and I'm thrilled that so many people have come along for the ride with me as this obsessive candy index grows!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Mighty Fine Dark Chocolate Honeycomb Bar

Honeycomb candy is a personal favorite--I love the rigid crystaline structure that deconstructs on the tongue. The Mighty Fine Dark Chocolate Honeycomb Bar, from England, is not one of the better honeycomb candies I have encountered. Unfortunately, the crystals had toughened and bound together in spots, creating more of a hard toffee consistency. Honeycomb candy must be light-as-air. The dark chocolate separated easily from the honeycomb rather than combining cohesively. It wasn't bad, but sadly this bar just inspired me to find other finer options out there.

Score: 2

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Lindt Lindor Fudge Swirl Milk Chocolate Truffles

I have officially never met a Lindt Truffle that I didn't like. I love the way the shell gives way to the molten truffle center in any flavor. The new Fudge Swirl Milk Chocolate Truffle maintains these excellent qualities. It's not one of my favorites, though. The milk chocolate shell supports a thin layer of white chocolate truffle which in turn supports a central ball of milk chocolate truffle. Milk chocolate mixed with white chocolate is so very sweet. It's tasty, but the sweetness overwhelms the creaminess. I prefer the pure milk chocolate truffle.

Score (it's a Lindt truffle): 4
Score (within the scale of Lindt flavors): 3

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