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!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Haribo Sour Cubes

Haribo Sour Cubes come in array of unique and new fruity flavors such as Sour Blood Orange, Sour Dragonfruit, Sour Passionfruit, Sour Gooseberry, Sour Plum, and Sour Mango. Most of them are unrecognizable except for the exceptional Sour Blood Orange and Sour Passionfruit. The Sour Plum and Sour Gooseberry are tasty if not identifiable. Although I liked the fruit jelly/ gummy cubes, I can't report that they were all that sour. The dusting of sugar does have a zing, but it's more of a suggestion of sour than a statement of such.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Stop the Presses: Reese's Peanut Butter Lovers Peanut Butter Cups

It took me three tries to get these babies in front of the camera. This is because every package of Reese's Peanut Butter Lovers Peanut Butter Cups that I purchase is immediately devoured. By me. I really did not believe that anything could truly rival the classic Reese's but these do. They're not all that different than your typical cup except that the top of the cup is comprised of a layer of thicker peanut butter rather than the usual chocolate topper. It works. It's fantastic. The ones pictured here were eaten seconds after the photograph was taken. Buy some now while they're on the market!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Gamer Gummies in "Energy Drink" Flavors

Could a reader please help me identify the "energy drink" flavors in 7-Eleven's Gamer Gummies? 7-Select has offered far more identifiable and pleasing gummy lines in the past. I'm pro-gaming in general and like the little controller gummy shapes--but the gendered boy head and yellow can of energy drink just leave a bad taste in my mouth both literally and figuratively. A gamer line could have included so many more whimsical and imaginative shapes!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Swedish Fish Tails - 2 Flavors in 1

Classic Red Swedish Fish remain ever the best gummy on the market. It's hard to compete with perfection. These Swedish Fish Tails, though, are a fun twist on the original. Each fish blends two flavors, one on the head and one on the tail. Special shout-out to tasty Strawberry and Pineapple in the line-up. I could do without the Mango and Watermelon--those halves were left bitten in the bag.

Monday, June 17, 2019

De la Rosa Pulparin Dots

I love the classic de la Rosa Mazapan (peanut candy marzipan style) so much. It's the ideal sweet bite to keep me going. So on a recent visit to Mexico I was excited to try the company's Pulparin Dots. Tamarind pulp with salt and chili space encased in a sugar shell. Tamarind is a good flavor but the chili and salt were overpowering. It was just a vaguely organic tasting spice bomb in my mouth--with a crunchy shell. I'd like someone else's perspective--someone who loves the mix of sweet and spice, maybe someone who has tasted a number of tamarind-based candies. I think there's more context needed here. 

Friday, June 14, 2019

U-Crew Thai Creamery & Tea, Corona, Queens

I randomly stopped into a bubble tea place on lunch break the other day and while ordering my attention was arrested by what appeared to be a very realistic tiny stuffed animal dog toy by the register. As a fan of pups (understatement) I reached out to touch its soft artificial fur and stopped short. Why was it frosty? Why was the clerk reaching to stop my hand? As the tiny dog's "blanket" suggested, this dog is "delicious food," chocolate mouse ice cream, in fact. It's incredible! As yet I remain the same person who used to cry when ice sculptures of animals melted so this also makes me a little bit queasy. It's too real. Uncanny valley. I'm in awe of this feat of ice cream art but couldn't bring myself to take a spoon to that wrinkled face. I'm curious to see what other ice cream creations U-Crew dreams up.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Fantasy Gummies from 7-Eleven: Rainbows, Unicorns and Mermaids

I don't mean to be critical but I don't think this set is very cohesive--the unicorn and mermaid make sense in a fantasy gummy set but am I wrong or are rainbows for real? That's no fantasy--that's a wonderful reality! While I'm on it, there mermaids are super cute but the unicorn shapes are a little confusing. The flavors Rainbow Sherbet and Starfruit are delicious! I would never have identified either flavor but they're tasty nonetheless. Cotton Candy is meh. Overall, worth a taste, but definitely not one of the strongest in 7-Eleven's 7-Select gummy line.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Chocolate Rocks: Shirakiku Stone Shaped Chocolate

I was in it from the beginning for the packaging--it had me at Hello!! The Shirakiku brand stone shaped chocolate are really aesthetically pleasing, too. Interspersing rough and smooth stones in subdued hues, they're some of the best looking versions of the classic candy that I've encountered. Buyer be aware, though, that this is mockolate and not chocolate. If you enjoy Sixlets (which I do), then you will like these crunchy chocolate-y sweet treats. But m&m's these are not. A great novelty candy but it would be far more delicious with real milk chocolate.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Flavor Vote: Thai Coconut Peanut m&m's

For an entirely new flavor, try out Thai Coconut Peanut m&m's. I'm not sure they agreed with my sensibilities of delicious, but they're something different from the rest of the vast m&m's line. The coconut and peanut make a robust flavor combination, with a lot of savory mixed with the sweet. I'd be curious to see people's reactions to these. 

As for the flavor vote: British Toffee has my heart!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Coffee & Cocoa Pocky

Someday I will boast that I have tried every flavor of Pocky. This dream, however, is far off because there are so many varieties of the brand's cookies dipped in chocolate. This one, the Coffee & Cocoa flavor, is meant to resemble the flavor of a Tiramisu. A chocolate biscuit is dipped in a deep coffee flavored chocolate and the combination is terrific. It's part of a 3-box series depicting schoolgirls.
The most info I could find online is that the set commemorates the end of the Heisei era in Japan. If any readers know more about the set, please let me know!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Ice Cream Season: Carrot Cake Soft Serve at Mr Dips, Brooklyn

Ice cream season is upon us and I'm already celebrating big! Repeated visits have already occurred to the local Mr. Dips, an airstream trailer in an oasis of green hidden above the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn. The carrot cake soft serve, pictured here, is so worth the trip. My wedding cake was carrot cake and to me this is a sublime and romantic flavor and this soft serve captures it perfectly. It tastes natural, a mellow carrot with just the right combination of spices and a hint of cream cheese. I keep wandering over with the intention of trying other flavors but just keep going back to the carrot cake. Definitely a new local favorite.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Gummy Snapshot: Morinaga Hi-Chew Original Mix

Ode to Morinaga Hi-Chew Original Mix, mellow green apple, strawberry, and best of all, grape. Not too sweet, these classic treats take a long time to dissolve. A classic treat

Friday, May 10, 2019

Jelly Belly Candy Cones: Mellocreme Candy in Ice Cream Flavors

Mmm, the key to these Jelly Belly Candy Cones is that the graham flavored mellowcreme candy that is incorporated into each cone is tasty. It's not too strong but lends a graham element to each ice cream cone inspired flavor. Special shout-out to the delicious orange sorbet cone flavor.The mint chocolate chip cone is a close second. The only hitch is that orange and mint chocolate chip don't really go together so there are some weird mash-ups if you eat more than one candy at a time. Jelly Belly, let's get more mellocremes on the market!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

7-Eleven Dragon Gummies

We all have a fever for Game of Thrones and dragons these days. Winter came, we're down two dragons, and I need some snacks to get through the rest of this final nail-biting season. 7-Eleven's in-house brand 7-Select has brought us Dragon Gummies, in three fire-wrought shapes and three defiantly non-firey flavors--blood orange, strawberry dragon fruit, and killer kiwi. The blood orange is great --basically orange. The strawberry dragon fruit is entirely strawberry flavored--the dragon fruit is in name only. And the killer kiwi is fine although I would never have guessed that the flavor profile was of the kiwi variety. Fun to bring to a Game of Thrones viewing, even if not the tastiest gummies on the market.

Score (flavor): 2
Score (visuals): 4

Friday, May 3, 2019

New Hazelnut Spread m&m's

How did Hazelnut Spread m&m's not exist before? We've been going through a collective Nutella obsession in America for the last few years, acting like it's something new even though it's been around and perfect in its own right since the 1940's. On a personal note, I don't prefer a hazelnut spread to pure chocolate ever--it's just not my personal go-to flavor. But I appear to be one of the few people who feels this anti-hazelnut-chocolate bias. If you do enjoy Nutella, these m&m's will rock your world. A warm buttery taste of hazelnut infuses the chocolate cream center of each oversized m&m. Run to get a package or 12 while they're in stores--definitely worth a try!

(No score due to anti-hazelnut-chocolate bias)