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.