Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Decorate the Christmas Tree with Hershey's Chocolate (Edible) Ornaments

I haven't seen too much innovation in this year's mass-market Christmas candy aisles. There are a lot of repeats from past years. Hershey's, however, delivered a clever addition this year--edible ornaments. About the size of a chocolate bar, each wrapper acts as a mold, and the chocolate pops out in that shape. You can hang them on the tree, and then pop a candy bar any time the urge hits!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Jelly Belly Holiday Favorites

Ingest all the holiday flavors without tucking in for a full meal with the festive Jelly Belly Holiday Favorites sampler. It's all highly subjective--I'm wild for the eggnog and cranberry and could skip the pumpkin pie and hot cocoa. Another winner for the Christmas stocking! Thanks, Ben!

Friday, December 20, 2019

Sourdoughnuts, Doughnut Plant, Brooklyn

I've reached the point of over-saturation of doughnuts recently. With Du Donuts within easy reach I have taste-tested to an unseemly extent. The staff recognizes me too easily. They have both yeast and cake donuts but I always go for the cake. Now Doughnut Plant has also moved a few blocks from home. When Doughnut Plant only existed on the deep Lower East Side I would trek in for just a taste of their incredible chai tea, ladled out of a crock pot and infused with the best spices on earth. No chai compares. Now it's just around the corner and I can't stop the visits! And although I had decided to abstain from a Doughnut Plant full donut immersion, I discovered their new brilliant invention, The Sourdoughnut. It's incredible. Each yeast doughnut is spiked with that distinct sourdough flavor, bringing down the sweet factor and letting the fruity flavors (like apricot!) sing. I've tasted a few flavors now and they're so flavorful. Doughnut over-saturation is now forgotten!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Jelly Belly Jellybeans: Disney Frozen II Mix

These Jelly Belly Frozen II jellybeans are a great treat for the Christmas stocking. It's a nice blend, and pretty, too, featuring Sparkling Berry Blue, Sparkling Blueberry (favorite!), Sparkling Cream Soda, Sparkling Very Cherry, and then Non-Sparkling Sour Orange for a little variety. Not just tasty, but likely longed for by Frozen II fans everywhere!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Trader Joe's Organic Dark Chocolate PB&J Mini

Red models the sweets (but does not eat them)

Trader Joe's really does sweets right. For instance, all I've ever really needed is a peanut butter and jelly chocolate bar--it was obvious from the beginning. Trader Joes delivers a beautiful creation based on this need, and then wraps it up in individually wrapped pieces so that you don't have to go "all in" in order to enjoy. That organic dark chocolate PB&J minis are fantastic and I'm considering keeping a stock of them at work for quick infusions of peanut butter! Thanks for introducing me to these, Mom!

Friday, December 6, 2019

Sour Patch Kids Christmas Mix

A little bit sour, a little bit festive, I plan to eat handfuls of Sour Patch Kids seasonal Christmas Mix!

Monday, December 2, 2019

Christmas Sours: SweeTarts Merry Mix

 I love SweeTarts so much and enjoy these sour sugar bombs reconstituted as festive seasonal snowmen and Christmas trees. The entire box of Merry Mix was devoured instantaneously so I'm going back to the store to stock up.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Chopin's Muse as Chocolate Cameo: Delfina P. Chocolates from Poland

Ooh what a great new discovery at the local Polish market! Delfina P. Chocolates are named for Delfina Potocka, once a muse of Frederic Chopin and a renowned beauty and intellect. The individually gold-foil wrapped bonbons consist of a hard dark chocolate shell filled with firm vanilla cream infused with mystery alcohol. The dark chocolate shell is adorned by an elegant white chocolate cameo of Delfina.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Project 7 Santa's Soda Shop Sour Soda Gummies

The cherry and lemon lime flavors are nice, but the real exception is the super tasty cola flavor in Project 7's new Sour Soda Gummies! Perfect for a Christmas Stocking or a snack.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Local Goods: Humboldt Chocolate Humboldt Bay Coffee Bar

Delicious local goods from a Humboldt County Honey! 
If you can get your hands on one, there's nothing better than a 
Humboldt Chocolate Humboldt Bay Coffee Bar. 
Made with real coffee, it'll pep up your step!

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.