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March 2010

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: Paint with Candy

Runts and Tart n Tiny. Arranged on an aluminum painter’s palette.


POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:16 am     Candy

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: Orange Nougat BonBonBars

Sometimes I buy nice things and eat them. These are BonBonBar nougats.

Orange Nougat BonBonBar

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:20 am     CandyFeatured NewsFun StuffPhotography

Friday, March 5, 2010

Wonka Exceptionals Domed Dark Chocolate

Wonka Exceptionals Domed Dark Chocolate PiecesThe new Wonka Exceptionals Domed Dark Chocolate pieces are No. 3 velvety dark chocolate with milk chocolate medallions.

They’re the third item in the new launch of the better quality Wonka chocolate products hitting store shelves now. The ingredients are all natural, the packaging revamped and the quality vastly improved.

Now that I’ve tried all three varieties I can say that they’re right, the quality of the chocolate is much better. The chocolate is smoother, has a bolder flavor and of course the fact that the ingredients are better should make it easier for families to choose Wonka. I’ve compared them before to Dove and Hershey’s Bliss - but what these have going for them is that the packaging is all about imagination - the bright striped foils are going to appeal more to kids than the sedate and elegant positioning of Dove or Bliss.

Wonka Exceptionals Domed Dark Chocolate Pieces

The pieces themselves aren’t quite as stunning to look at as the other two Exceptionals. The little domed blocks don’t stack either. I was hoping for some glossy dark chocolate, and while it’s tempered properly, the piece looks like well worn coat button instead of a sumptuous piece of dark chocolate.

Wonka Exceptionals Domed Dark Chocolate Pieces

The dark chocolate flavors are quite sharp. It’s acidic without being tangy, not quite chalky but a little dry. It’s smooth but I wouldn’t characterize it as the same silkiness as the milk and white chocolate from the Waterfall version. There are berry and raisin notes to the cocoa but nothing overtly complex. It’s toasty but not so dark that it’s roasty and too bitter like black coffee. The sweetness is pretty overwhelming, sugar is the first ingredient on the list.

As a dark chocolate, it’s very accessible, and probably won’t dissuade children from eating them. They remind me of eating chocolate chip cookies - the melt is similar to that in a fresh cookie.

I think Nestle has done a great job of reinvigorating the brand. It takes more inspiration from the original books and taps into the dreamy quality that Wonka has evoked in every kid who every kid who’s read it.

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Name: Wonka Exceptionals Domed Dark Chocolate Pieces
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Wonka (Nestle)
Place Purchased: Ralph's (Glendale)
Price: $4.99
Size: 9.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 138
Categories: Chocolate, United States, Nestle, All Natural

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:08 am    

Eat with your Eyes: Goumas

Goumas is an Ohio candymaker. They create local favorites like Buckeyes as well as classics like caramels and toffees made with fresh nuts.

Goumas Toffee & Caramels

The mint meltaways, even though they’d traveled all the way across the country were glossy and pristine.

Goumas Mint Meltaways

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:47 am     CandyFeatured NewsFun StuffPhotography

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: SweeTarts Jelly Beans

Wonka SweeTarts Jelly Beans are perfectly lovely.

Wonka SweeTarts Jelly Beans

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:27 am     CandyFeatured NewsFun StuffPhotography

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