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June 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: Jelly Belly Gumballs

Jelly Belly Bubble Gum Balls

Red gumball, orange gumball, yellow gumball, green gumball and blue gumball.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:13 am     CandyFeatured NewsFun StuffPhotographyComments (0)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Meiji Milk Chocolate

I couple of months ago I went on a buying spree in Little Tokyo and bought this Meiji Milk Chocolate bar. I photographed the packaged but then ate it without taking a picture of the contents. After consuming it, I thought, I should really review this.

Meiji Milk Chocolate

I don’t know much about Meiji as a company. Everything I know about them is what I have experience interacting (eating) their products that I can get a hold of in the United States. I don’t know their politics, I don’t know how the Japanese regard the products and company and I don’t know anything about their history (except that they’re over 80 years old). It’s kind of a strange approach for me, as I often like to immerse myself with a lot of context when it comes to candy.

Late last year Meiji’s chocolate bar line got a new look. (Here’s what the package used to look with along with Orchid64’s review and some other more professional evaluations of the redesign.) Here’s another view of their classic-style packages.

I loved their old wrapper, but I have to say, I really dig the new one. I like the font but what I really enjoy is the bold simplicity; partly because what’s inside is simple and partly because it stands out so well amongst the very chaotic and colorful candy packaging common in Japan.

Meiji Milk Chocolate

The ingredients are great: sugar, cacao mass, whole milk powder, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, artificial flavor.

The bar measures 6.25” long and 2.75” wide. There are 15 segments - five across and three down. They don’t really do much besides provide visual interest - I found the bar broke into pieces wherever it felt like, not along the supposed section dividers. Under the embossed paper sleeve the bar is wrapped in a rather thin and devilish foil. I found it difficult to get the bar out and even worse to get it back in. (Basically I just re-wrapped it the best I could and put it in a zipper plastic bag for later consumption.)

In Japan the bar is about a dollar, so it’s like the Hershey bar in that it’s widely available and cheap. (In the US I paid twice that though, $1.99 in Little Tokyo.) The bar is bigger than a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate which is 1.55 ounces and the Meiji Milk Chocolate is 2.04 ounces.

Meiji Milk Chocolate

The flavor is deep and smoky. It’s much darker than ordinary milk chocolates, but also much less milky. It has charcoal and cocoa overtones, it reminds me of chocolate pudding I make at home - which is often very low in sugar and very high in chocolate (usually a mix of chocolate and cocoa). The melt is cool and exceptionally smooth - smoother and more consistent than Dove. It was actually comparable in mouthfeel to Amano’s Milk Chocolate bars. It’s thick but not sticky, silky but not greasy.

The toasty caramel and charcoal notes have a bitter aftertaste that’s quite pronounced. I enjoyed it quite a bit and found no problem eating a whole bar in one sitting. It’s not for everyone, but I applaud the good use of ingredients, fresh and unique flavor profile and decent price. The bar is extremely fatty - it clocks in at 167 calories per ounce, which is much higher than many milk chocolate bars which are known to be very sugary - but there’s also 15% of your calcium in each serving, 6% of your Vitamin C & Iron plus 2 grams of protein.

I’m willing to continue spending $2 for this bar and seeking it out in Japanese markets.

Related Candies

  1. Cool Honey Altoids
  2. Al Nassma Camel Milk Chocolate
  3. UK vs US Cadbury Dairy Milk
  4. Nestle Milk Chocolate
  5. Milka Alpenmilch
  6. Villars Swiss Milk Chocolate


Name: Milk Chocolate
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Meiji
Place Purchased: Little Tokyo Market (Little Tokyo)
Price: $1.99
Size: 2.04 ounces
Calories per ounce: 167
Categories: Candy, Meiji, Chocolate, 9-Yummy, Japan

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:43 am     CandyMeijiChocolate9-YummyJapanComments (10)

Eat with your Eyes: Haribo Raspberries

Haribo Raspberries

I probably take more photos of Haribo products than I do actually eat them. They make some pretty, pretty candies.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:09 am     CandyFeatured NewsFun StuffPhotographyComments (2)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: Compartes Fennel

Compartes Candied Fennel

Fennel seeds are often used in candy, especially in the old style of panned mints. They’re used as the starter, a tiny little seed with a bold bite of anise that gets coated dozens of time with sugar syrup until it’s the size of a peanut. In this case they were only lightly candied and made into truffles by Compartes.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:43 am     CandyFeatured NewsFun StuffPhotographyComments (1)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Pierre Herme Chocolat Noir Sao Tome

Herme Sao Tome with Sea SaltThis bright yellow box holds a bar of Pierre Herme Chocolat Noir Pure Origine Sao Tome a la Fleur de Sel. I got it from my friend Ernessa, who was traveling in France and never forgets to pick me up something special. This is a special bar.

The bar is slightly smaller than the usual 100 gram (3.5 ounce) tablet. It’s 80 grams and 2.82 ounces, which in my book is two perfectly proportioned servings. Inside the box the bar is presented in a simple cellophane sleeve that’s a little oversized so putting the bar back in it is easy.

The chocolate ingredients are simple. It’s a 75% cacao bar made from single origin beans, sugar, cocoa butter, hand-harvested French sea salt, non-genetically modified soy lecithin and natural vanilla extract. The beans of Sao Tome are known for their bold and rich taste, which has echoes of charcoal, roasted nuts and coffee.

Herme Sao Tome with Sea Salt

The bar has a good bit of cocoa butter in it so it has a nice melt on the tongue. The flavor is intense and just barely sweet, even before the little bits of sea salt come out to play.

The flavor is deep and woodsy with a light coffee note and scent of baked brownies. The salt give it a little pop and actually makes it seem sweeter at times. The buttery texture is a little bouncy but keeps the dry finish from going bitter.

I’ve tried a few other Sao Tome bars before and found them rather intense but lacking nuance and buttery texture. This bar is nothing like that - it’s soft and approachable and incredibly munchable for a 75% bar. If I’m ever in Paris or Tokyo, I’ll definitely sample more of the Pierre Herme chocolates (and of course the macarons they’re known for).

Related Candies

  1. Amano Dos Rios 70% Chocolate
  2. Amadei
  3. Domori Cru
  4. Amano Single Origin Bars: Madagascar & Ocumare
  5. Michel Cluizel Les 1ers Crus de Plantation
  6. Dagoba Single Origin


Name: Chocolat Noir Sao Tome
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Pierre Herme
Place Purchased: gift from Ernessa
Price: unknown
Size: 2.82 ounces
Calories per ounce:
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Chocolate, Single Origin, 9-Yummy, France

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:13 pm     All NaturalCandyReviewChocolateSingle Origin8-TastyFranceComments (2)

Eat with your Eyes: Xtreme Caramel

Snickers Xtreme

Snickers Xtreme, the limited edition version of Snickers without the nougat returns in September. If you liked the Milky Way Simply Caramel but thought it could use some nuts, this is the bar for you. (Original review here.)

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:09 am     CandyFeatured NewsFun StuffPhotographyComments (1)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Tic Tac Power Mint & Green Apple

Tic Tac  Power Mint & Green AppleStarting this month there are two new Tic Tac flavors on store shelves. Tic Tac Power Mint and Tic Tac Green Apple.

Tic Tacs are the world’s #1 selling breath mint. (Though really, only two of the current five regular flavors are mints, the rest are fruity.) They’ve been made in dozens of flavors and color combinations over the years, these new flavors are pretty ordinary but then again probably necessary.

They’re both exceptionally summery colors - bright green and aqua blue.

Tic Tac Big Pack - Power Mint & Green Apple

The samples I got were in the “Big Pack” which isn’t really that big, all things considered in the realm of candy portions. They’re one ounce of Tic Tacs in a clear plastic dispenser.

Tic Tac Power Mint

A few years ago Ferrero introduced Tic Tac Bold! They were stronger versions of Tic Tacs and came in translucent instead of clear plastic containers. They were good - obviously stronger than the regular Tic Tacs and meant to compete with Altoids. But the texture was different and they didn’t catch on.

This new Power Mint Tic Tac comes in the same packaging as the other Tic Tacs, which is great as far as I’m concerned since there’s no need to put them in a different box.

The blue color is inviting, though unnecessary. The regular white Freshmint has a light start with a vague anise note. The Powermint starts out that way as well, though goes to a strong peppermint much quicker. The mint is very strong, one Tic Tac goes a great job of powering through coffee breath. They’re not terribly sweet or chalky, just a quick chew to disperse the minty flavor. Sucking on them, they still dissolve the same however I got a very strong blast of mint there in the initial layers that burns.

Tic Tac Green Apple

Green Apple Tic Tac are surprising first of all because I thought there were green apples all along.

The texture starts with the same slick, smooth and cool shell. Then it gets a little tangy and a little flavorful underneath. I had especial trouble just letting these dissolve, I had to crunch them. The green apple flavor is exactly what you’d expect from a fake fruit. It’s sweet, chemical and lightly tangy. There’s no weird aftertaste but also not much freshening power to it. They don’t go with a lot of foods, like mint or coffee. But after an onion bagel, this might be a nice break.

Neither are my favorite Tic Tacs. I prefer the classic Freshmint and miss Cinnamon.

Related Candies

  1. Tic Tac Pink Grapefruit
  2. Cool Honey Altoids
  3. Twilight Sweethearts: Forbidden Fruits
  4. Mini Mentos: Orange, Apple, Lemon & Strawberry
  5. VerMints
  6. Tic Tac Bold!


Name: Tic Tac Power Mint
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Ferrero
Place Purchased: sample from Sweets & Snacks Expo
Price: $1.39 retail
Size: 1 ounce
Calories per ounce:
Categories: Ferrero, Mints, 7-Worth It, Canada


Name: Tic Tac Green Apple
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Ferrero
Place Purchased: sample from Sweets & Snacks Expo
Price: $1.39 retail
Size: 1 ounce
Calories per ounce:
Categories: Ferrero, 6-Tempting, Canada

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:34 pm     CandyFerreroMints6-Tempting7-Worth ItCanadaComments (3)

Eat with your Eyes: Mystery Bar

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