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May 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: Wonka Candy Cane

Wonka Candy Cane

Instead of being grape flavored, these were chocolate flavored. But still stunning looking. (Package here.)

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: Stars

Candy Stars

I bought these sour jelly stars a couple of years ago just so I could take a picture of them. And eat them.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: Mushroom

Champignon Caramel

Michel Cluizel Champignon Caramel - it’s quite an engineering achievement. The cap is an almond crunch covered in chocolate, the stem is filled with caramel, covered in dark chocolate then white.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: Red


These are a different kind of red lentil. They’re Kopper’s Milkies, like M&Ms only made with smoother milk chocolate. (Original review here.)

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Nobel Nama Caramel Gummy

Nama Caramel GummyNobel  is not a brand of Japanese candy I know well, though I immediately have affection for them because they make the Super Lemon sour candies that have the charming packages.

A couple of years ago I picked up a package of Puccho that was creme brulee flavored (technically I think it was called Baked Puccho - Custard Cream). I love it so much and though I know it was a limited edition flavor, I’ve been looking for something like it. A chewy, milky and caramelized sort of thing.

When I saw this little package in Little Tokyo I thought I’d give it a go. It’s called simply Nama Carmel Gummy. I could palpate the pieces within the bag and could tell that they were firm but distinct pieces, like tiny little fleshy bricks.

Nama Caramel Gummy

It smells sweet and rather woodsy, like brown sugar and milk. The texture is soft and bouncy but quite firm. There’s a light dusting of what I’m guessing is corn starch, so they’re not shiny.

Honestly, they don’t look like much, but they’re quite dreamy. Instead of being caramel flavored, they’re actually made with milk and cream ... that’s not zinc oxide making it look milky, it is milky. It’s a toasty flavor, not too sweet. The texture is bouncy and chewy more like a Haribo than a Trolli. They’re crazy good though I admit they’re strange. It’s really like eating something that’s a cross between butterscotch pudding and jello. I would definitely buy these again if I can find them.

Of course I can’t find them online.

Related Candies

  1. Meiji Pokka Coffee Caramel
  2. Meiji Gummy Choco
  3. UHA Puccho Custard
  4. Das French Salted Caramels
  5. Fran’s Gray Salt Caramels

Name: Nama Caramel Gummy
Place Purchased: Marukai (Little Tokyo)
Price: $1.39
Size: $1.58
Calories per ounce: 118
Categories: Gummi Candy, 8-Tasty, Japan

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Eat with your Eyes: Poco Dolce

Poco Dolce Bittersweet Toffee Tiles

Another item I’ve bought several times, eaten and then never reviewed. This was a Poco Dolce Bittersweet Burnt Caramel Toffee Tile. (Package here.)

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mike and Ike Fruit Flavored Bubblegum

Mike and Ike Fruit Flavored Bubble GumYou’ve probably noticed by now that I’m not a big gum chewer. But I’ve had to do a lot of thinking at work lately, and there have been studies that show that chewing gum enhances learning and reduces stress.

I found this bag of 75 pieces of Mike and Ike Fruit Flavored Bubblegum in my package of samples from the National Confectioners Association that arrived in advance of the Sweets & Snacks Expo later this month. I’ve seen these on store shelves already. They’re little bubble gum pieces in the same five flavors as Mike and Ike: strawberry, lime, lemon, orange and cherry.

The bag is an odd portion, it’s 4.25 ounces but a serving size is 2 pieces. Of course that’s just a recommendation. My mode of gum consumption is to chew it quickly until it loses its flavor, toss and start with a new piece/pieces. A portion for me is about 20 pieces for a session. (There are 5 calories per rod.)

The gum itself is made by Ford Gum under license from Just Born, makers of Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales and Marshmallow Peeps.

Mike and Ike Fruit Flavored Bubble Gum

The rods are just about the same size as the classic Mike and Ike. The only differences are that they’re opaque and more regularly shaped. The outer coating was a light candy shell, not completely crunchy but it had a satisfying grain that created a good texture at the start of the chew and it also released a lot of flavor into the mix.

Orange was better than I expected. I was afraid it would be too tangy and reminiscent of Aspergum. It is a nice citrus flavor, tart at first but then a sweet orange flavor. It hangs onto the zest notes the longest, though it’s not as though it’s a long time at all.

Lemon started out sweet, then got a nice tangy lemonade vibe going on, then all the flavor just up and left.

Lime is all the things I love and hate about lime. It’s metallic and bitter but also zesty and tangy. The lime flavor is rather realistic but part of me is wondering why I’d want to chew lime gum.

Strawberry is fun because it’s sweet and a little like lemon with its tart bite. It seemed to be the one with the best bubble blowing, but that might have been because I chewed it the longest.

Cherry looked a lot like Strawberry much of the time, just a smidge darker. It was like a LifeSavers Wild Cherry gum rod. I liked it, even though it was medicinal, syrupy and rather bitter towards the end. It was also thin and soupy in parts and never really made good bubbles.

Mike and Ike Original FruitsI liked chewing mine in pairs. Two pieces made a perfect portion for later bubble blowing. I was mostly a purist, but occasionally mixed the flavors together. Of course all citrus go together and strawberry with lemon is good.

I’d say I liked these better than actual Mike and Ike, but that’s not saying much as a I find the jelly rods a bit bland. Fruit flavored gum made with actual sugar isn’t that easy to find.

They also make a Hot Tamales version of the gum, but it’s made with artificial sweeteners, so I gave it away for a cinnamon gum fan.

Related Candies

  1. Dubble Bubble Chewola Bubble Gum Crayons
  2. Classic Gums: Black Jack, Clove, Beemans & Teaberry
  3. Mike and Ike Alex’s Lemonade Stand
  4. Tiny Size Chiclets
  5. Gold Mine Gum
  6. Short & Sweet: Gums
  7. Mike and Ike Tangy Twister

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Eat with your Eyes: Dutch Tiles

Mentos and Crunchy Fruit-tella

An arrangement of Mentos and a new product also from Perfetti van Melle called Crunchy Fruit-tella.

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