Friday, September 13, 2019

Milky Way Fudge Bar

This new Milky Weigh Fudge Edition feels like a brick, weighted down by dense chocolate nougat topped with thick caramel. I really didn't love the taste of the chocolate nougat, which tasted more like a chocolate-aerated marshmallow rather than real chocolate fudge. It's all too much--too dense, too rich. I wonder if a "chocolate" version might taste better than a "fudge" version. Nice try, Milky Way, but I'll stick with the original.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Friday, September 6, 2019

Gummy Snapshot: Trolli Sour Brite Llamas

Trolli Sour Brite Gummies in an array of new flavor duos, now in Llama form!
Passion fruit - pineapple is the tastiest, and Strawberry-blueberry is good, too.
The mango - berry punch left me cold, but that's all subjective. I would probably opt for the classic Sour Brites of traditional flavors on future gummy forays, but these llamas were definitely a fun diversion.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Sweet Arts, Gelatina: Tulcingo Bakery, Corona, Queens

I love the saturated technicolors infused into a modern Gelatina dessert. They're absolutely mesmerizing. And fruits suspended within the transparent mold create fantastical underwater landscapes.  In skilled hands, a gelatina is a work of art. I never tire of stopping by Tulcingo Bakery in Corona, Queens on my evening commute. While grabbing a more transportable sweet, such as a pan dulce or churro, I always linger at the Gelatina case admiring the vivid tableau.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Maple Sugar Frogs and Lobsters: D&D Sugarwoods Farm, Glover, Vermont

Nothing in this entire world tastes as good as 100% pure maple sugar candy or 100% pure maple cream. Nothing! It somehow tastes even better when molded into whimsical (read: non-maple leaf) shapes. I love the smooth sugar frogs and substantive lobster from D&D Sugarwoods Farm in Glover, Vermont. Pro Tip: I've recently enjoyed throwing the maple frogs into morning bowls of oatmeal.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Chocolove xoxox Peach & Pecan in Milk Chocolate

Chocolove xoxox Peach & Pecan in Milk Chocolate is a sweets combination that seems like a natural and is surprisingly rare in the market. The brand's milk chocolate is fantastic, some of my very favorite on the market, and crunchy pecan and peach bits are lovely. Each bite, though, is too sweet overall, and the mellow peach becomes lost in the milk chocolate. There needs to be some adjustment to allow the more subtle flavors of peach and pecan to shine through. 

Friday, August 23, 2019

Queens Night Market, NYC: Chinese Sugar Painting

Recently, I was snacking my way through the wonderful Queens Night Market in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and discovered a traditional sugar practice--Chinese Sugar Painting. Teacher Yan of Flushing Queens deftly spun sugar into any number of animals and zodiac signs and served them atop a lollipop stick. I need to learn more about this sugar art practice and will keep readers posted!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Chocolove xoxox Ruby Cacao Bar

The big new thing I keep hearing about are Ruby chocolate bars, born of the ruby cacao bean. Chocolove xoxox, one of my very favorites, makes a ruby cacao bar which seemed like the best place to start. I asked a number of people to sample the bar with me. There's a fruity essence to the chocolate, something vaguely funky or tangy. The closest comparison I can make is as whole milk is to buttermilk, milk chocolate is to ruby chocolate. I liked savoring a cube and letting the flavor unfold, like cheese or wine. I wouldn't want to eat a bunch of ruby chocolate at once, though--one bite at a time is plenty.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Gummy Snapshot: Trolli Twisted Sour Brite Crawlers

Trolli Twisted Sour Brite Crawlers, chewy outside in blue raspberry, 
green apple and strawberry flavors with a soft "berry" filling. 
(I think the berry tastes like bubble gum).

Friday, August 9, 2019

Salty Road Salt Water Taffy: Can't Stop Won't Stop

I've never encountered better taffy in any flavor. Salty Road Salt Water Taffy is perfection, honoring classic taffy and elevating it to an entirely new level. A special shout-out to the banana flavor.Thanks, Ben!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Classic Candy Snapshots: Rainbow Licorice Rips

Going strong since 1978, Rips Rainbow Licorice is a life-long favorite. I love the mellow fruit licorice, vastly superior to any gummy chew. I still prefer Rip Rolls, but the pre-cut bites are nothing to complain about. The candy seems to have recently expanded distribution, which is exciting. I hope to continue to find these sweets in more and more shops.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Theo Salted Toffee Dark Chocolate Bar

This Theo Salted Toffee Dark Chocolate Bar is so incredibly delicious. The dark chocolate's bite, along with the hint of salt, perfectly offset the sweet buttery toffee. My only wish would be to change the ratio of chocolate to toffee. Here, the toffee bits are sprinkled throughout the chocolate, acting as a supporting element. I would love this to be more like a Heath Bar, with giant slabs of this decadent toffee smothered with a layer of dark chocolate. Theo should make a few variations of the bar, each with a different ratio of chocolate to toffee. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Via The New Yorker: The Allure of Swedish Candy

gummy foamy mushrooms from sockerbit

Click over to The New Yorker to read a great short piece about the wonder of a Swedish candy store and "Socialcandy". From the classic Sockerbit to the new Bon Bon, there are more and more opportunities in NYC to dig into these wonderful scoop-your-own stores. I'm inspired! Thanks to astute reader Roz for sharing!

"How to Eat Candy Like a Swedish Person," The New Yorker, May 17, 2018, by Hannah Goldfield

Monday, July 29, 2019

Gummy Snapshot: Haribo Sour Streamers

Haribo Sour Streamers are so tasty in orange, cherry, apple, and blue raspberry. Not as sour as Sour Patch Kids, a good balance of sweet with sour sugar. Their saturated colors are so pleasing, as well. And they're somehow especially good for sharing.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Lemonhead Twists

Lemonheads, now as fruit jellies! "Life gives you Lemonheads" in Lemon-Cherry, Lemon-Lime, and Lemon-Watermelon. From a life-long Lemonhead, these are great!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Ricolino Mint Chocoretas

Every visit to Mexico presents an opportunity to dig into all kinds of new candies. There's one mass-market candy, though, that I grab a bunch of every single time--Ricolino Mint Chocoretas. They consist of mockolate, not chocolate--an automatic no for some. They're quite a bit like Sixlets (also mockolate), in size and sugar shell. Unlike Sixlets, though, I love them. They have a thick sugar shell that presents a substantial crunch--thicker than an m&m shell. The mockolate inside is infused with a strident crisp mint, strong as a Junior Mint all wrapped up in that small mockolate ball. Between the crunchy shell and strong mint, with a little chocolate flavor thrown in, I easily consume these by the handful and bags disappear alarmingly fast. I really wish some stores in NYC sold these--I see other Ricolino candy products but never my Mint Chocoretas!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Detectve Pikachu Movie Tie-In: Snubbull Roaring Raspberry Pink Confection Bar

I didn't amp up the color on those photos. That is the true color of the Roaring Raspberry Pink Confection that constitutes the Snubbull Bar for the Detective Pikachu movie tie-in with 7-Eleven's 7-Select candy bars. I'm into the color for the shock value, and the tiny crunchy purple sugar crystals add something nice to the bite. The flavor of the non-chocolate is hard to put one's finger on--one would be hard-pressed to guess raspberry. Maybe it was the suggestive color, or maybe it was the vaguely waxy texture, but the Snubbull Roaring Raspberry Pink Confection bar most reminded me of those old fashioned Mother's Circus Cookies, or at least their frosting. Which I love. So no complaints. If you don't enjoy artificial flavors, skip these. If the circus cookies pictured below appeal, check out one of these Snubbell bars.

Image of Mother's Circus Cookies via Dessert First Girl

Friday, July 12, 2019

New Chocolove xoxox Caramel Almonds Nougat and Dark Chocolate Bars

It's a little bit strange that the fantastic Chocolove xoxox brand doesn't seem to name its candy bars, only the components. I don't mind--it just doesn't trip off the tongue like "Snickers". No matter. The new Caramel Almonds Nougat Dark Chocolate is so uniquely delicious. The nougat is my favorite part--light-as-air. The layer of crushed almonds and caramel is dense and chewy and sweet, heavy on the almonds. The dark chocolate brings the note of bitter needed to round off the sweet bite. I can't recommend it enough. Yet again, Chocolove xoxox achieves perfection.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Ulker Cikolata: Milk Chocolate with Pistachios

Ulker milk chocolate, hailing from Turkey, constitutes some of my favorite mass-marketed milk chocolate--maybe in a tie with Cadbury. It's a milker chocolate than Hershey's or Nestle. Blend in a handful of soulful pistachios and you couldn't ask for more in a chocolate bar. Pistachios are so underutilized in candy. They're too subtle and mellow to stand up to a strong chocolate flavor, but I love their flavor combination. This bar is a perfect example of how pistachios elevate chocolate as compared to peanuts or almonds. I'm also a proponent of sunflower seeds and chocolate, but that's for a later review. If you can get your hands on an Ulker Cikolata bar, buy two!

Score: 4

Friday, July 5, 2019

Cookie Dough Red Velvet Cupcake Bites

Why are these Cookie Dough Red Velvet Cupcake Bites so compulsively delicious? I couldn't offer a reasonable explanation. The candies consist of tiny vanilla cake bites with the consistency half-way between cake and cake dough surrounded by bright red (super-staining--both on the hands, mouth, and nearby clothing) cocoa flavored "frosting". It's all so artificial and yet each bite begs for the next--each morsel instantly transforms from solid to melty on the tongue. The flavor is buttery and rich and so sweet it made my teeth ache. I finished off the box in no time and have found myself thinking about obtaining more. Thanks, Ben!