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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Candyology 101 - Podcast Episode 25 - Halloween


It’s the Candyology 101 podcast anniversary. Our first episode was also about Halloween. This year we talked about some of the new products we’ve seen, recommended candies for dietary restrictions (allergies) and the goofiest candy poll we’ve seen in years.

Download the MP3 file and of course check out the extensive show notes on Candyology 101.

Happy Halloween, sweet friends!



POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:05 pm     CandyHalloweenHighlightRadio InterviewsComments (0)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Hershey’s Kisses Deluxe

Hershey's Kisses DeluxeHave you ever wished that you could get American-made Ferrero Rocher? You know, a whole hazelnut with some crispy crunch and milk chocolate? Well, keep wishing, because Hershey’s Kisses Deluxe do not fill that hazelnut-flavored hole in your heart.

The new Hershey’s Kisses Deluxe are definitely a step above the regular Milk Chocolate Hershey’s Kiss. They’re twice the size of a regular Kiss and feature a whole roasted hazelnut, creamy layers and delicate crisps. They’re just as expensive as Ferrero Rocher and come in little gold foil wrappers. This goofy plastic tray that I picked up at Walgreen’s holds four pieces, cost $1.59 but is only 1.2 ounces. That comes to $21 for a pound. And like many Hershey’s products, they’re also made in Mexico.

Hershey's Kisses Deluxe

So, I went into this with very low expectations because of the price and the packaging and the reputation of the brand.

Out of the flimsy tray the bronzy gold foil is quite nice, and the grand size is actually very appealing. The chocolate shell is glossy and has a balanced sweet and nutty scent.

The bite is quite nice, the milk chocolate is much creamier than the standard Hershey’s Kiss and the whole hazelnut in the center was perfect. The light crispies are not a huge flavor component, but a very good addition to the texture. The sweetness is a little strong, but because the pieces aren’t very big, it didn’t seem too cloying. The overwhelming note afterwards was the roasted hazelnut.

The package says there’s only 170 calories, which is easy to explain when it’s only 1.2 ounces, but they’re still only 142 calories per ounce ... or 43 calories for each deluxe Kiss.

I didn’t think I was going to like these, I was prepared to mock them, but they turned out to be pretty good candy. However, as far as hazelnut candies wrapped in foil goes? I’m still going to pick up Perugina Baci if it’s an option (and it seems they’re similarly priced). I’m most curious to see if Hershey’s will introduce a dark chocolate version, or perhaps expand with some other varieties, such as marzipan or pistachio.

These are made with milk, soy and hazelnuts and also may contain pecans and almonds. The package states that Kisses Deluxe are gluten-free.

Related Candies

  1. Dove Hazelnut Crisp Dark Chocolate Promises
  2. Lindt Gold Bunny Hazelnut
  3. Hershey’s Kisses with Macadamia Nuts
  4. Perugina Baci
  5. Hershey’s Kisses Air Delight
  6. Caramel Apple Kisses & Caramel Creams
  7. Ferrero Rocher
  8. Cherry Cordial Creme Kisses

Name: Kisses Deluxe
Brand: Hershey’s
Place Purchased: Walgreen's (Miracle Mile)
Price: $1.59
Size: 1.2 ounces
Calories per ounce: 142
Categories: Candy, Hershey's, Chocolate, Cookie, Kosher, Nuts, 7-Worth It, Mexico, Walgreen's

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Snickers Crisper

Snickers CrisperNext month Mars is introducing a new Snickers variant, the Snickers Crisper. The new bar boasts multiple textures and “delivers on [Snickers] satisfaction pledge with the chew of caramel and the crunchy crispiness of rice and peanuts.”

Like the recent Snickers Peanut Butter Squared that came out five years ago, these are actually two squares in one package instead of a single bar.

The new bar is supposed to be in response to consumers wanting healthier options. I’m not sure what would make this bar healthier than a regular Snickers, though this one has crisped rice in it, instead of nougat and is actually 12 grams lighter, which means fewer calories per serving.

Snickers Crisper

Each square is about 1.25 inches on each side. They’re about two or three bites.

The bar smells well roasted and a bit like toffee. The bite is very soft, the caramel on top has a lot of give to it, but not much pull. The chew has a nice texture, with the peanut butter coated crisped rice as a highlight. It’s quite sweet though there’s also a hint of salt. I don’t get much more peanut butter or sort of thick satisfaction that I find in a regular Snickers. I do enjoy the malty notes of the rice though as well as the few peanut scattered about. I think I just wanted more peanut butter and less sweetness.

About ten years ago there was another bar called the Snickers Cruncher, which was similar: it was a peanut butter coated crisped rice bar with caramel coated in chocolate. It was all one bar and actually really good. When they disappeared in the United States, I was still able to find them in Europe (and a few sellers on eBay would import them).

Related Candies

  1. Snickers Mixed Nuts
  2. Jer’s Peanut Butter Bars
  3. Snickers Unwrapped Bites
  4. Hershey’s Whatchamacallit & Thingamajig
  5. Crispy Cat
  6. Snickers Rockin’ Nut Road Bar
  7. Snickers Nut ‘n Butter Crunch
  8. Snickers Cruncher

Name: Snickers Crisper
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: samples from Mars
Price: $.99 retail
Size: 1.41 ounces
Calories per ounce: 135
Categories: Candy, Snickers, Mars, Caramel, Chocolate, Cookie, Kosher, Peanuts, 7-Worth It, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 4:03 pm     CandyReviewSnickersMarsCaramelChocolateCookieKosherPeanuts7-Worth ItUnited StatesComments (4)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Trader Joe’s Toffee Chips

DSC_9773rbTrader Joe’s Toffee Chips come in a pretty simple little box packed with a half a pound of toffee planks covered in either milk or dark chocolate.

It’s a pretty good deal for a half a pound of candy made with all natural ingredients, though Trader Joe’s doesn’t say where the chocolate comes from.

The product popped up at my local Trader Joe’s about a week before it was listed on the website, so I bought a box. Then I ate it all, so this is my second box. (You’d think it would get a better rating than a 6 out of 10 if I’ve eaten a full pound.) After the first box I figured I’d pick up another, but it disappeared from the three Trader Joe’s I frequent for nearly a moth.

Trader Joe's Toffee Chips

I think this is intended as a hostess gift item, or perhaps something you’d buy to put out for guests at a party or after dinner.

The tray holds 8 pieces of each variety, so I’ll go ahead and calculate that each is a half an ounce (and about 75 calories). The tray is rather flimsy, and the box doesn’t reseal after you open it. The whole thing, oddly enough, felt a little like a See’s item (they also use a lot of black and white in their packaging, but this has some brown elements and the full product image).

Trader Joe's Toffee Chips

They’re very attractive. The first box was unphotographable because the heat got to it, though it was still edible. The little planks have a squiggle of chocolate across them, making for a lot of chocolate heaped on the top.

Trader Joe's Toffee Chips

The milk chocolate variety is very sweet. The milk chocolate is milky and creamy, the toffee inside has a salty note and an excellent crunch but it falls apart into a bit of a grainy mess, like eating brown sugar towards the end. (I love eating a pile of brown sugar, but not when I think it’s supposed to be toffee.)

Trader Joe's Toffee Chips

The dark chocolate version had the same crunchy then grainy texture and excellent butter flavor, but the dark chocolate really meant nothing. The flavor of the dark chocolate was so non-descript I really kept wondering what it tasted like. If I shaved it off with my teeth, it was like a creamy dark chocolate baking chip, but eating with the toffee it just became a texture.

I don’t think these are bad, mostly I ate the whole box because I was trying to figure them out, but I never really liked them much. They’re better with something else, like crushing them up on ice cream or with some strong coffee. As a hostess gift, they’re probably acceptable, especially for the price point. I don’t see myself buying them again though.

They’re made with milk and soy and may also contain traces of wheat, eggs, peanuts and/or tree nuts.

Related Candies

  1. Trader Joe’s Magic Beans
  2. Lindt Hello Toffee Bites
  3. Trader Joe’s Almondictive Bits
  4. Poco Dolce Popcorn Toffee
  5. See’s Double Caramel
  6. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee
  7. See’s Lollypops
  8. Valerie Toffees & Nougats

Name: Toffee Chips
Brand: Trader Joe’s
Place Purchased: Trader Joe's (3rd & Fairfax)
Price: $3.49
Size: 8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 149
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Christmas, Trader Joe's, Chocolate, Kosher, Toffee, 6-Tempting, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 4:16 pm     All NaturalCandyReviewChristmasTrader Joe'sChocolateKosherToffee6-TemptingUnited StatesComments (2)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Candyology 101 - Podcast Episode 24 - Candy Corn


It’s the season where candy corn is everywhere. If it’s not actual candy, then it’s little decorative cutouts or orange, yellow and white themed products. Halloween, in the current century, is inextricably tied to Candy Corn. Have a listen to hear more about the iconic candy in this episode of Candyology 101 with Maria.

Download the MP3 and read our show notes.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:01 am     CandyHighlightRadio InterviewsComments (0)

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