Friday, November 15, 2019

Brace Yourself, It's Time for Christmas

Last week I finished my last bag of candy corn, so thank goodness Christmas candy season has arrived just in time for a fresh infusion. Yes, it's really early. I've barely considered Thanksgiving plans yet. But with so many Christmas-related sweets to sample, we might as well approach the heavily loaded sweets aisles. Let's just ease in with a little Christmas-themed candy corn.

Start your engines and get your sweet tooth in gear.....

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Brach's Football Candy Corn

Happy football season, sweet readers! I don't follow it, personally, but welcome any Brach's candy corn variation, especially those in a larger size. The caramel flavor doesn't really work, but the classic and chocolate flavors more than make up for it!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Pacari Organic "Tree to Bar" Chocolate with Fig from Ecuador

Directly from Ecuador, Pacari chocolate is elevated bean to bar chocolate. They're the ideal example of why Ecuador is known for its chocolate. The Fig bar is especially decadent, with emphasis on the intense chocolate and only a whif, an aroma and subtle infusion of real fig. Thanks, Paola!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Haribo Halloween Ghostly Gummies

Haribo Ghostly Gummies, featuring grinning toothy skulls, menacing fanged jack-o-lanterns, vampiric bats, and lurking zombies, are my favorite of the many Halloween-inspired gummy mixes!
Wishing readers a happy and sweet Halloween! 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Ghirardelli Intense Dark Blood Orange Sunset

There's a more refined way to enjoy the Halloween candy season than simply gulping handfuls of candy corn (not that there's anything wrong with that). The Ghirardelli Intense Dark Blood Orange Sunset bar brings a dark twist to a chocolate classic. Little freeze dried bits of blood orange suspended through the dark chocolate pack tiny bombs of super zingy citrus flavor, and the chocolate itself is infused with a more subtle citrus note. Delicious!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Hammond's Sodapop! Cola Flavored Milk Chocolate with Fizzy Popping Candy

There are an awful lot of candy bars of late that incorporate pop rocks / popping candy. It's a fun novelty. What made this Hammond's Sodapop! candy bar so compelling is the cola flavored milk chocolate. I've never experienced anything like that and tend to enjoy Hammond's milk chocolate. Chocolate and cola are a nice blend and the flavor didn't overwhelm the chocolate. It was a little unnerving, though--it's unexpected to find notes of artificial cola in a mouth full of milk chocolate. I enjoyed the experience and would be curious to try more flavor-infused chocolate bars by Hammond's but I probably wouldn't buy this bar flavor a second time.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Halloween Trolli Sour Brite Bats, Cats and Rats

Creepy and Delicious! I love these new Trolli Sour Brite Bats, Cats and Rats for the Halloween candy season! In sour cherry, lemon, strawberry, grape, orange, and lime, there's not a bad flavor in the bunch.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Halloween Season Gummy Snapshot: 7-Select Gummi Candy Witch Hats

(Hard to see but there are black witch hats, too. They're just blending into the background. 
Loving the new Halloween array from 7-Eleven's 7 Select brand!)

Friday, October 18, 2019

Halloween Season Jelly Belly Candy Corn

I've never encountered a candy corn that really competes with the classic honey-infused Brach's Candy Corn. Artificial candy corn flavor without that mellow honey just lacks the substance, or might I even say character, of the Brach's version. I enjoy most Jelly Belly candies and their wild flavors but the candy corn is all sugar, no honey, and I just didn't get into it with the same compulsion I bring to the Brach's. I do like that these Jelly Belly packs are sold in individual size, like a bag of m&m's. I'd love to see other candy corn companies embrace the idea.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Halloween Sweets: Reese's Monster Mania Peanut Butter Cups

Um, I'll never say no to a Reese's Peanut Butter anything, so this is more a complaint with marketing than with the product. Here we have some super cute packaging for Reese's Monster Mania Peanut Butter Cups. But then you tear open the package and find a Reese's Easter Egg. Same mould, not even an attempt to add some creepy horns or a stem to transform the egg into a jack-o-lantern. 
I'll still eat all of them. 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Halloween Creepy Cocoa Crisp m&m's

I've heard good reviews of these new Halloween season Creepy Cocoa Crisp m&m's from those I forced the candies upon. Not robust enthusiastic reviews, but definitely positive. So take my feelings with a large grain of salt. I don't like the grainy consistency of the cookie at all. It doesn't really add to the general chocolate flavor, either. It might even detract. They're just not my thing but worth testing out to see what you think.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Brach's Autumn Mix: Candy Corn and Pumpkins!

With the end of the Summer ice cream season, we usher in another beloved round of seasonal sweets. With the Autumn holidays let's welcome the back the king of seasonal candy, Candy Corn! Bring it on! I've already devoured a 1-pound bag and it's still September! Pictured here is the classic Brach's Autumn Mix, including regular candy corn, chocolate candy corn, and--my very favorite--pumpkins!!

Monday, September 30, 2019

No More Pumpkin Spice: Pumpkin Pie White m&m's

This year I'm drawing the line with Pumpkin Spice. I just don't like it, in any form, and there are SO MANY forms of it out there in the candy aisles. Saturation complete. So this is my one and only Pumpkin Spice-related post for the Halloween Candy Season. Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate m&m's. I'm too biased with anti-pumpkin fervor to offer up a review but you can imagine a super sweet white chocolate infused with artificial pumpkin without much underlying cinnamon or nutmeg. I'd love to hear what a pro-pumpkin reader might think of this new line of holiday m&m's. Thanks to Kara, Conor, Ronan, Mark and Luna for finding these for the blog!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Good Bye to All That: My Ice Creams of Summer

As the tidal wave of Pumpkin Spiced everything washes through our candy aisles, I want to give a special shoutout to my two favorite ice creams of Summer. It was a three-month love affair and I'll miss them terribly. Special shoutout to the Carrot Cake soft serve at Mister Dips and the Peanut Butter and Jelly ice cream at Oddfellows. I'll never forget you and hope you'll return next year.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Project 7 Grapefruit Melon Sugar Free Gourmet Gum

It turns out that grapefruit and watermelon combine into such a refreshing summery flavor! There should be beverages stacked with ice that combine these two fruits! Leave it to Project 7 to discover this energizing combination and then to create a sugar free gum version of that flavor that manages to taste pretty natural. This is definitely my new favorite go-to sugarfree gum. For now...

Friday, September 20, 2019

Cracker Jack Birthday Cake Popcorn

Cracker Jack Birthday Cake Popcorn is basically candy. The popcorn is coated with a sweet crunchy vanilla glaze bedazzled with patriotic sprinkles. Given my low expectations, this was a whole lot of fun. Plus the Prize!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Project 7 Cupcake Bites Sugar Free Gourmet Gum

Although a big fan of Project 7 Sugar Free Gourmet Gum, this Cupcake Bites flavor doesn't work at all. The artificial vanilla frosting flavor does not mix well with a sugar free gum consistency. Butter essence doesn't belong anywhere near a fresh healthy mouth. I'll stick with the less savory flavors of Project 7 in the near future...

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!