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November 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

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This is a one ounce chocolate turkey from SweetWorks. It’s all natural chocolate, kosher and of course wrapped in colorful foil to look like a turkey.

This one was sent as a sample, but I have seen them for sale at Dylan’s Candy Bar. I have a whole array of the different foil wrapped hollow chocolate figures from SweetWorks, I’ll be posting a review in a few weeks.

I hope you have a tasty and safe Thanksgiving with all your dearest loved ones.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:42 am     CandyComments (0)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Kraft Jet-Puffed Peppermint Mini Mallows

Kraft Jet-Puffed Peppermint Mini MallowsKraft is always keeping up with special versions of marshmallows during different seasons. This year I spotted the Jet-Puffed Peppermint Mini Mallows at Target in the baking section. (I’m sure these have been around before.)

It seems like a pretty simple confection, which is largely the selling point. They’re pink swirled mini marshmallows, small enough for snacking or including in recipes

Mini Peppermint Jet-Puffed Marshmallows

They vary a little in size, but most are half inch cylinders.

They’re quite fresh, bouncy and light. There’s a dusting of corn starch on them, so they’re not sweet immediately, but a little chalky. The mint is mild, but fresh. There’s a light hint of the red food coloring aftertaste, if you’re one of those folks who can detect it. But for the most part, I liked them very much. I threw a handful in some hot chocolate and liked how creamy they melted and added that little minty touch without too much sweetness.

They’re an exceptionally good value. It was $1.00 for a large 10 ounce bag. That’s less than $2 a pound. They’re pretty spare on calories, 2/3 of a cup is only 100 calories and seems like a lot of candy. It’s a nice ingredient, something to use on cupcakes or in hot chocolate or just throw in a small bowl to keep around for kids to snack on without filling up. (Please watch small children with marshmallows and any small candies, as they are a choking hazard.)

Related Candies

  1. Peeps Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookie & Candy Cane
  2. Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows + Vanilla, Cinnamon Bun, Strawberry, Chocolate Royale, Gingerbread
  3. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Minty Mallows
  4. Peeps Dark Chocolate Covered Mint Marshmallow
  5. Campfire Mini Marshmallows
  6. Trader Joe’s Peppermint Marshmallows
  7. Artisan Marshmallows: Plush Puffs


Name: Jet-Puffed Marshmallows: Mini Peppermint
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Kraft
Place Purchased: Target (West Hollywood)
Price: $1.00
Size: 10 ounces
Calories per ounce: 94
Categories: Candy, Christmas, Kraft/Mondelez, Marshmallow, Mints, 8-Tasty, United States, Target

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:31 pm     CandyReviewChristmasKraft/MondelezMarshmallowMints8-TastyUnited StatesTargetComments (4)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Ritter Sport Winter Edition Caramelised Almonds

Ritter Sport Winter Edition Caramelised AlmondsRitter Sport has been creating limited edition seasonal bars for a few years. More recently these are available in the United States at specialty retailers. I found my Winter Edition bars at Cost Plus World Market as imported bars (the packages are in multiple languages, but not English).

The Ritter Sport Winter Edition Caramelised Almonds is a returning flavor, I reviewed it as part of set of minis back in 2011 (as Ritter Sport Gebrannte Mandel). Toasted, sugar coated almonds are a common treat at the Christmas Fairs in Europe, kind of like Kettle Corn is here. It plays on may of the strengths of Ritter Sport’s product line, such as the solid milk chocolate and nut inclusions.

Ritter Sport Winter Edition Caramelised Almonds

The chocolate is smooth and creamy, but exceptionally sweet. The almonds are also sweet and crunchy with a hint of a cereal taste to it. The bits are quite small, not full almonds, so it’s hard to really discern the almonds from the crunchy coating on them.

I love the idea of this bar but found it achingly sweet, perhaps even more sweet than the first time around. The textures are exemplary, the ratios are perfect, the chocolate is wonderfully smooth, the nuts are fresh and crunchy. But it’s all overpowered by the sheer amount of sugar covering up the cocoa flavors and nuances of caramelized sugar. Now ... do this in the dark chocolate or a dark milk, and I think I’d be howling about the unfairness of the limited edition.

Ritter Sport has published quite a bit about their cacao sourcing and plans for sustainability. Though I found it sweet, this bar is a far better value and much better quality than a Toblerone.

Related Candies

  1. Eclat Chocolate Caramelized Hazelnuts 65%
  2. Limited Edition Ritter Sport Amarena Cherry
  3. Toblerone Crunchy Salted Almond
  4. Ritter Sport 100th Anniversary Edel-Nuss Mix + Bonus Previews
  5. Limited Edition Ritter Sport Winter Kreation + Factory Store
  6. Ritter Sport Fruhlingsspezialitaten 2010


Name: Caramelised Almonds (Winter Edition)
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Ritter Sport
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (Farmers Market)
Price: $2.99
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 149
Categories: Candy, Christmas, Ritter Sport, Chocolate, Limited Edition, Nuts, 7-Worth It, Germany, Cost Plus

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:03 am     CandyReviewChristmasRitter SportChocolateLimited EditionNuts7-Worth ItGermanyCost PlusComments (2)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Lay’s Wavy Milk Chocolate Potato Chips

Lay's Wavy Milk ChocolateA few weeks ago the internet excitement for new limited edition products spilled over into big media with the news that Frito Lay was introducing chocolate covered potato chips: Lay’s Wavy Potato Chips Dipped in Milk Chocolate. This news was apparently mind-blowing, as if USA Today and ABC News have never seen chocolate covered potato chips before.

The new limited edition packages are sold only at Target until the end of the year. The bag is small, something I’d call a “king sized” bag that you’d see at a convenience store that would hold two servings. This bag, however, holds five ounces and says it’s five servings. Chocolate is heavier than Potato Chips by volume.

The bag is pretty and it was easy to spot on the shelves (partly because Target devoted so much shelf space to them, I think it was three shelves about four feet wide in the holiday section).

Lay's Wavy Milk Chocolate

The chips look an awful lot like the images on the bag. Most were whole or at least large with a consistent coating of chocolate ... on one side. Virtually all of the chips were coated with thick milk chocolate on one side. I don’t have an issue with this, as it was plenty of chocolate, but when saying that they’re dipped in milk chocolate, I have to wonder how that was accomplished without getting chocolate on one side.

They are the thick ridged chips, which hold up well to the chocolate coating. The potato notes come through quite clearly. The salty hint and the earthy tubers combine well with the creamy and sweet chocolate. But the ratios are a bit off, there’s still a lot of chocolate and the chocolate is really, really sweet. Like most chocolate covered potato chips, they’re on the greasy side. I enjoyed them, but found two or three were more than enough (4 chips were listed as a serving). There’s a filmy, greasy feeling on my tongue that followed that left me regretting eating them at all.

Lay's Wavy Milk Chocolate

I might buy these again, but I think I’m more likely to enjoy potato chips as an addition to a bar or bark than as a chocolate coated item on their own.

As a comparison, I happened to have the Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips sitting around as well (similar expiration date). The Lay’s are far more consistent - the chips are more often flat, less often stuck together and since they’re coated on one side, more potato flavor. There’s also far less salt in the Lay’s. The Trader Joe’s variety has 140 mg in a 1.5 ounce serving and the Lay’s has 45 mg in a 1 ounce serving. The price difference is also noticeable. The Trader Joe’s is $3.99 for 6.5 ounces versus the Lay’s $3.49 for 5 ounces. The ingredients are nearly identical as are the calories per ounce.

There’s no statement about the sourcing of the chocolate. These contain milk and soy and are also processed on equipment with peanuts and tree nuts. There’s not statement about gluten on the package at all, but the Wavy Lay’s do not contain any gluten ingredients either.

Related Candies

  1. Chuao Honeycomb & Potato Chip Chocolate Bars
  2. Morinaga Sweet Potato Caramels
  3. Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips
  4. Kimmie Sweet & Salty Corn Bits
  5. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Crisps
  6. Daffin’s Candies Factory & World’s Largest Candy Store
  7. Maud Borup Potato Chips


Name: Lay’s Wavy Potato Chips Dipped in Milk Chocolate
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Frito Lay
Place Purchased: Target (West Hollywood)
Price: $3.49
Size: 5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 160
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Chocolate, Cookie, Limited Edition, 7-Worth It, United States, Target

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:39 am     All NaturalCandyChocolateCookieLimited Edition7-Worth ItUnited StatesTargetComments (3)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Mentos Tutti Frutti

Mentos Tutti FruttiSeveral times a week I browse eBay’s candy sellers’ section to see what sort of new products are out there. This is usually how I find out about new varieties of Mentos around the world. I spotted the Mentos Tutti Frutti a while back and have been trying to get a hold of them.

Tutti Frutti means “all fruits” in Italian and is a common dessert and ice cream flavor. This variety looks like it’s available in Europe and possibly Asia. This variety of Mentos is part of a new trend in the European releases made with all natural colors and flavorings.

Mentos Tutti Frutti

The candies are the palest pink. They don’t smell like anything, but biting into them, there’s a lot of flavor. If you’re familiar with Juicyfruit gum, this will be a familiar flavor. It’s a combination of banana, apple and a touch of pineapple. It’s sweet and soft, like banana, with a sort of creamy note to it. But there’s also a light tangy hint like fresh apples or canned pineapple.

It’s an awful lot like a Skittles version of Juicyfruit gum. I like that it’s natural colors and flavors, there’s no weird bitterness or aftertastes. There’s a clean sweetness and soft of floral finish that’s not quite as breath-freshening as a mint, but still feels like I’ve had some jasmine tea or some other neutral drink.

There are quite a few other varieties of Mentos in Europe that we don’t have here in the United States. Kristian at CandyBrain.de was good enough to seek them out (some are sold only at gas stations):

Mentos

I’ll have reviews later of the other versions: Mentos Mintensity, Mentos Incognito and Sour Rainbow Mentos. I feel like Mentos are stalled as a brand here in the United States. They’ve been spending more on their gum line than the mints and chews, so we rarely get to see the new flavors, even as limited editions here. As we become more global, it’s nice to experience the cultural crossover flavors at the local stores instead of having to pay the premium for eBay sellers or JBox. (I have some JBox candies on order.)

Of course it’s hard to do a review of a Tutti Frutti item and not include this: Little Richard singing Tutti Frutti.

Related Candies

  1. Mentos: Ume, Honeyed Apple and Lemon Squash
  2. Mentos Pina Colada & Mojito plus Mentos Duo
  3. Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans by Jelly Belly
  4. Mentos Mix Grape
  5. Fresh Cola Mentos
  6. Jelly Belly: Lollibeans
  7. Short & Sweet: Gums
  8. Dalandan & Juicy Ponkan Mentos
  9. Pink Grapefruit Mentos


Name: Mentos Tutti Frutti
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Perfetti Van Melle
Place Purchased: candy swap with CandyBrain.de!
Price: unknown
Size: 1.32 ounces
Calories per ounce: 106
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Mentos, Perfetti van Melle, Chews, 8-Tasty, Netherlands

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:06 pm     All NaturalCandyMentosReviewPerfetti van MelleChews8-TastyNetherlandsComments (3)

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