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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Food Review Weekly #3

Here we go, another weekly roundup of all the best food reviews from our little blog carnival. This is just a small sampling of what each blog has to offer, most of these blogs are in my blogrolls, so I hope you’ll visit them.

Food

  • The Healthy Snacks Blog: Lauren features VitaMuffin Deep Chocolate VitaTops. (Are muffin tops really just cakey-cookies?)

  • Snack Lounge: Abi tries Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Ginger Snaps and finds that she’d be proud to serve them to gluten free guests (and probably eat them as well).

  • The Impulsive Buy: Ace tries Pringles Extreme Screamin’ Dill Pickle. They’re like dry crunchy pickles, but not in a good way.

  • Heat Eat Review: Josth tries Lean Cuisine Chicken Philly Flatbread Melt. The elements actually tasted like, well, cheese & bread and has a medium spicy kick.

  • iateapie.net: Lizabeth samples Borden Fat Free Sharp Cheese Singles. Not as disappointing as most fat free cheeses.
  • Drinks

     

  • Screaming Energy: Angie and Jason review OC Energy Insane XXX Energy Drink. Looks like the reviewers and the reader agree about this one.

  • 1 Wine Dude: Joe sips Banfi Rosso di Montalcino. He promises a 7 word review (in pictures even!) but gives readers more for their money!

  • Energy Drink Reviews: Energy Guru tries Opta Organic Berry Fusion Energy Drink. Perhaps an organic energy drink is possible after all.
  • Imbibable: Abi reviews Columbia Gorge Organic Apple Cider

  • Candy

     

  • ZOMG! Candy: Rosa tries the classic Annabelle’s Rocky Road. I’ve always loved the package on the Rocky Road line.
  • Candy Addict: Jamie samples the Cinnabon Cinnamon Pecan Clusters. I still wanna know what Makara cinnamon is.

  • Condiments

     

  • Hot Sauce Blog: Nick tries Fat Kid Sauces Mango Amore Habanero Hot Sauce. I figured peppers were masculine, but never really thought much about Mangoes.
  • Check out the previous roundups: Food Review Weekly #2 & Food Review Weekly #1. Want to know more about joining the review? Check out this page.

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:49 pm     CandyFeatured NewsComments (2)

    Monday, February 25, 2008

    Hollow Chocolate Rabbit Week

    Saturday, February 23, 2008

    Candy Tease: Edition Four

    imageName: Roca Buttercrunch Thins
    Brand: Brown & Haley
    Description: ROCA(r) Milk Toffee Thins take a slender baton of our delicious toffee and enrobe it with velvety milk chocolate. ROCA(r) Dark Toffee Thins coat our distinctive toffee with 60% cacao chocolate from West Africa. The ROCA(r) Dark Truffle Thins take the same West African chocolate and pair it with a bold dark truffle filling made with California almonds and ROCA(r) Buttercrunch Toffee bits. The final entry is our ROCA(r) Caramel Truffle Thins made with French caramel, California almonds, and ROCA(r) Buttercrunch Toffee bits.
    Release Date: 4/7/2008
    Notes: One of my big complaints with Almond Roca has always been with the fact that they use mockolate. This sounds like a great combo of toffee and real chocolate.

    Name: Dots Elements
    Brand: Tootsie
    Description: Smooth mellow coating over tasty flavored centers. Fire=Cinnamon, Water=Green Tea, Earth=Pomegranate, Air=Wintergreen
    Release Date: unknown
    Notes: Of all the Tootsie products, Dots are not exactly the ones that I thought would go with the whole Gaia thing.

    imageName: Peeps Joy
    Brand: Just Born
    Description: Peeps form the words JOY in white marshmallow letters with gold sparkling candy flecks.
    Release Date: 10/31/008
    Notes: While I think this is a cool idea, part of me is disappointed that there aren’t more letters so that we can go around making foul words with Peeps. But the most interesting product in development is a vague mention of “Chocolate Mousse Bears & Chocolate Mousse Bunnies” for 2009.

    (Images courtesy of the respective manufacturers.)

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    1. Candy Teases: Edition Three
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    3. Candy Teases - New Products

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:12 pm     CandyNew Product AnnouncementFeatured NewsComments (3)

    Tuesday, February 19, 2008

    Things that Won’t Be There Anymore: Baldinger’s (updated)

    Baldinger'sA couple of years ago I was in Pittsburgh visiting family and because my brother knows how to show me a good time, we went to Baldinger’s.

    Baldinger’s is in Zelienople in Butler County north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and billed themselves as having Foods from All Nations. What they were known for though was their incredible candy selection, including their actual penny candy that cost a penny a piece.

    Baldinger’s was a family affair, started by Dorothy & Allen Baldinger in 1933. They started as a roadside fruit stand and carried other food items and items like cookie cutters and later found that the candy was a real hit. After the Baldinger’s died, the store passed to Dorothy’s sister, Lois Dodge. Dodge left the day-to-day business of the store to Betty Sabo, who managed the store, she started working there in 1943 as a teenager. But the land under the store was recently closed with the understanding that the store would stay open as long as Betty Sabo continued to manage the store. This was complicated recently when the owner, Lois, passed away. The store is slated to close in June of this year.

    Organized Candy

    While the rest of the world seemed to pass them by, including I-80 and the Turnpike leaching more traffic from route 19, they never even updated the original cash register that never rang more than $9.99. When I was there, my purchases were written up on a slip of paper, added by hand but the cashier.

    Baldinger’s boasted an excellent collection of candies. Much of it was bulk items and classic hard-to-find items like anise squares, Nik-l-Nips, wax lips and Mary Janes. They had seasonal candies as well, as that’s half the fun of candy along with candy bars from all over the country, limited editions and not the just the biggies. I also found a great selection of Dutch and other European Licorices and at only $6 a pound (half of what I pay for them at other places in San Francisco).

    Baldinger's

    If you’re in the neighborhood before summer, it’s definitely worth a trip to see them, a little piece of history, before it’s gone. It’s a completely different kind of nostalgia than the manufactured (Dylan’s Candy Bar) and franchised (Powell’s Sweet Shoppe) style that has replaced it. (It’s kind of in the Economy Candy style.)

    The penny candy selection is what I’d call “obligatory” since it contains very small pieces of candy, all made in Brazil or Mexico and not any names you’d recognize. But once you get up into the five cent and by the pound stuff, it’s all pretty good. I picked up individually wrapped Goetze’s Caramel Creams, various boxes of Lemonheads & other fruit heads, a full set of Pearson’s, a limited edition Take 5 chocolate cookie, Boyer’s Mallo Cup & Smoothie. I also got a bunch of Peerless candies (but I just ate those, they weren’t for reviewing). All the prices were great when I was there 65 cents for any candy bar (they also had some import consumer bars) and the bulk candy ranged from $2.00 a pound to $4.00 a pound. Mind you this was 2006, but I doubt that much has changed.

    Read more about the store: The Pittsburgh Channel (with video) & Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Wikipedia.

    22105 Perry Hwy
    Zelienople, PA 16063
    Phone: (724) 452-9310

    UPDATE 4/9/2008: It looks like Baldinger’s may get a new location and continue! Check out this story in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. I’ll check up on the new space next time I’m in Pittsburgh.

    UPDATE 5/29/2008: The new address is 519 Perry Highway (Rte 19) - they’ll be across the street from the Exxon station. They expect to move into the larger space sometime in July. So if you’re planning on stopping by this summer, just call ahead to see where they’re at.

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:12 pm     CandyI Miss9-YummyFeatured NewsShoppingComments (16)

    Thursday, February 7, 2008

    Chocolate Bars are Better Than Greeting Cards

    To You ChocolateI like papergoods and I love looking at wrapping paper, ribbon and greeting cards. But those things are expensive!

    Simple Hallmark Cards cost $3 these days ... the fancy handspun ones at places like Papyrus can cost $5 or $6 now.

    It’s silly. Or at least for me it is. I don’t keep greeting cards, they’re pretty and the sentiment is nice, but I simply don’t live the kind of life where I keep things like that (every once in a while I will, but as a rule after a period of time they get recycled).

    Candy Bars ... lotsa candy bars

    So that’s why I advocate fine chocolate bars as a replacement for greeting cards (heck, they don’t even have to be “fine chocolate” as long as you know it’s a welcome bar).

    Lake Champlain Organic Dark BarsAt present there are hundreds to chose from, they come in sassy wrappings the rival the pretty cards and you can eat it (even share it)!

    So instead of going to the papergoods aisle at the drug store to find something that says that you were thinking of someone, consider presenting them with a bar of Lindt, Ghirardelli, Guittard, Charles Chocolates, Ritter Sport, Endangered Species, Chuao, Equal Exchange, Cadbury, Elite, Lotte, Marabou, Dove, Michel Cluizel, Hershey’s, Scharffen Berger, Dagoba, Nestle, Theo Chocolates, Green & Black’s, Dolfin, Amano, Askinosie, Villar’s, Feodora, Lake Champlain, KChocolade, Meiji, Morinaga, Russell Stover, El Rey, Santander, Chocolat Bonnat, Choxie, Terra Nostra, Amadei, Felchin, Valrhona, Hachez, Gallery, Cafe Tasse, Vosges, Slitti, Toblerone, Chocovic, Pralus, Domori or Caffarel.

    Chuao Chocolatier

  • Pick one based on what you think they’ll like.
  • Pick one that you like because of the package design.
  • Pick one that donates money to a cause you support.
  • Pick one because the % of cacao is the same as the recipient’s age.
  • Pick one because it was made in your hometown.
  • Make up a story about why this bar made you think of them.
  • Sign it if you want, put it in an envelope if you need to, but let’s get back to what’s important with greetings ... you were thinking about someone and wanted to tell them. So say it with chocolate.
  • If they need to have a keepsake, there’s always the wrapper.

    (Please note that this works with any consumable ... give someone a pretty apple or pomegranate if that’s what moves you or you think that’s what will move them. Wouldn’t you like someone to answer the door and say, “Is that a banana in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?” and you can say “Both!”)

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:39 am     CandyFeatured NewsComments (2)

    Tuesday, February 5, 2008

    Valentines Product Roundup

    Since this is my third Valentines since starting the Candy Blog, I figured I should point newer readers to some almost-fresh reviews of Valentines products that can be found in stores today. (Lest you think that I haven’t been there, done that.) Just click on the teensy photo to be transported back in time to relive the glory.

    imageName: 3 Musketeers Cherry with Dark Chocolate
    Brand: Mars
    Place Purchased: samples from Mars reps
    Price: unknown
    Size: 9 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 124
    Type: Chocolate/Nougat
    Rating: 6 out of 10

    imageName: Be My Love Edible Jewelry Kit
    Brand: Au’some
    Place Purchased: Walgreen’s (Echo Park)
    Price: $.99
    Size: unknown
    Calories per ounce: unknown
    Type: Chalk (Dextrose)
    Rating: 6 out of 10

    imageName: Strong Dark (70% Dark Chocolate)
    Brand: Chocolove
    Place Purchased: gift (thanks Monica)
    Price: unknown
    Size: 3.2 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 157
    Type: Chocolate
    Rating: 8 out of 10

    imageName: Chocolate Heaven
    Brand: Cocoa Deli
    Place Purchased: Walgreen’s (Echo Park)
    Price: $3.50 (on sale)
    Size: 5.1 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 141
    Type: Chocolate/Caramel/Mint
    Rating: 6 out of 10

    imageName: Dove Jewels
    Brand: Mars
    Place Purchased: Rite Aid (Echo Park)
    Price: $3.99
    Size: 5 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 144
    Type: Chocolate/Nuts
    Rating: 6 out of 10

    imageName: Elmer’s Four Piece Box
    Brand: Elmer’s Chocolate
    Place Purchased: Von’s (Hollywood)
    Price: $.99
    Size: 2.4 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 121
    Type: Chocolate/Caramel
    Rating: 5 out of 10

    imageName: Ferrero Rocher
    Brand: Ferrero
    Place Purchased: Walgreen’s (Echo Park)
    Price: $1.39
    Size: 1.3 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 169
    Type: Chocolate/Nuts/Cookie
    Rating: 8 out of 10

    imageName: Mon Cheri
    Brand: Ferrero
    Place Purchased: Walgreen’s (Echo Park)
    Price: $1.39
    Size: 1.5 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 173
    Type: Chocolate/Nuts
    Rating: 7 out of 10

    imageName: Raffaello & Rondnoir
    Brand: Ferrero
    Place Purchased: RiteAid (Vermonica)
    Price: $.69
    Size: 1 ounce
    Calories per ounce: 180 & 160
    Type: Chocolate/Cookie/Nuts/Coconut
    Rating: 6 out of 10 & 8 out of 10

    imageName: Heart Shaped Junior Mints
    Brand: Tootsie
    Place Purchased: Von’s (Hollywood)
    Price: $.99
    Size: 4.75 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 116
    Type: Chocolate/Mint
    Rating: 7 out of 10

    imageName: Marshmallow Hearts
    Brand: Frankford Candy
    Place Purchased: Rite Aid
    Price: $.79 (on sale)
    Size: 5 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 95
    Type: Marshmallow
    Rating: 6 out of 10

    imageName: Assorted Chocolates (Heart Box)
    Brand: Russell Stover
    Place Purchased: Walgreen’s (Echo Park)
    Price: $.99
    Size: 1.75 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 137
    Type: Chocolate/Coconut/Caramel
    Rating: 6 out of 10

    imageName: SpongeBob Squarepants Plastic Heart
    Brand: Frankford Candy
    Place Purchased: Walgreen’s (Echo Park)
    Price: $1.50 (on sale)
    Size: .71 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 140
    Rating: 2 out of 10

    imageName: SweeTart Hearts
    Brand: Nestle
    Place Purchased: Walgreen’s (Echo Park)
    Price: $.79
    Size: 1.5 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 113
    Type: Dextrose/Sour
    Rating: 7 out of 10

    imageName: Turtles
    Brand: Nestle
    Place Purchased: Walgreen’s (Echo Park)
    Price: $1.98 (75% off!)
    Size: 3.5 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 139
    Type: Chocolate/Nuts/Caramel/Kosher
    Rating: 4 out of 10

    imageTechnically I never reviewed the Coconut Heart, but here’s the specs on the Egg version:
    Name: Cream Eggs: Strawberry, Coconut and Maple
    Brand: Russell Stover
    Place Purchased: Rite Aid
    Price: $.39 each
    Size: 1.25 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 104-120
    Type: Chocolate
    Rating: 8 out of 10

    imageTechnically I never reviewed the Nestle Cruch Dark Heart but here’s the review from oh-so-long-ago on the Limited Edition Bar:
    Name: Nestle Crunch Dark
    Brand: Nestle
    Place Purchased: Convenience Store
    Price: $.75
    Size:1.4 oz
    Calories per ounce: 135
    Type: Chocolate (crisped)

    I also have on hand for review this week: Brach's Heart Shaped Cinnamon Imperials, Brach's Cherry JuJu Hearts, Confectionery Lane Mixed Fruit Marshmallow Lollipop & Hershey's Heart's Desire Assortment.

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:59 am     Comments (16)

    Monday, January 21, 2008

    Fancy Food Show 2008 Notes - Part Two

    Here’s the second half of my notes on the Fancy Food Show in San Diego last week.

    FFS-46Malie Kai chocolate bars are made from cocoa beans grown on Oahu. Wow, an All American Chocolate Bar!

    The cool thing about Malie Kai is that they do more than just plain chocolate, they have some combination bars as well ... and as you might expect they include Hawaiian items like Kona coffee and macadamia nuts as well as citrus and almonds. Lovely two ounce bars and wonderful hospitality at their booth. I’m looking forward to tasting the full bar I picked up.

    FFS-49Jeff Shepherd is always a delight when I visit at his booth displaying his goodies from Lillie Belle Farms. I got to try the Smokey Blue Truffle again ... it’s growing on me. I like the crunchy almonds and the smooth creaminess of the chocolate ganache. The bite of the Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue Cheese is pretty interesting, it creates a little buzz on the tongue. It feels more like food than candy, but that’s not a bad thing either.

    FFS-48The other fascinating item he had that was brand new was a wild chocolate bar ... that is, chocolate made from cocoa beans harvested in the wild, not from plantation-raised trees. I wish I had a photo of it, it’s not on the website yet. As you can imagine, there can’t be a lot of these since wild cacao is exceptionally rare and hard to harvest. Of course it’s also a very limited edition.

    Haribo was also there with a their same booth. I don’t really have anything to report on their product line. I know they have their new Root Beer Gummis and as much as I’m a fan of root beer as a flavor, these just don’t do it for me (they might be too citrusy). I did have a few of their spectacular Pink Grapefruit Slices though. You can just enjoy these close ups of their lightbox display:

     FFS-34   FFS-32   FFS-35   FFS-31   FFS-33   

    Jo’s Candies based here on the Los Angeles area will have some new Vanilla Caramels available at all their usual outlets. They were soft and tasty, perhaps a bit more milky than buttery than I’m used to, but super-traditional in plain wax paper and sold in clear bags.

    I also enjoy Elegant Gourmet’s booth every year. They have stunning handmade lollipops and hard candies that look like painted ponies on a carousel.

    FFS-27

    I’ve never pictured their candies as an everyday sort of sweet, but for special occasions like baby showers, weddings and gifts, they’re something to consider.

    Acapella Gourmet has an awesome new line of “coffeelatte” called Caffe Acapella ... basically, it’s cocoa butter mixed with coffee solids (coffee beans) instead of cocoa solids. So it’s not coffee flavored, it’s coffee! I have a few samples of those for a full review later.

    FFS-42Vosges made their first appearance at a trade show I’ve attended. They had everything in their repertoir out for tasting. I had a little sip of their white chocolate/vanilla/lavender/lemon myrtle drink (even though I’ve had it before) and had a few tastes of some other their items I haven’t tried. (No, they wouldn’t send me home with any samples for later.)

    I tried a few of the caramels, being especially careful to stay away from anything with walnuts and was definitely pleased. It’s a stiff caramel, not too chewy but soft and with good buttery notes. I think the next thing of theirs I’m going to plunk down some money for is their Volcano Island Honey Truffle collection.

    FFS-39The Fancy Food Show always has a good showing of companies with honey and maple syrup. I picked up a few samples from Canadian company, mopure. They’re just little transparent maple leaves made from maple syrup. (I’m sure their maple syrup is awesome too, but I’m not much of a syrup user ... but if they offered me that bottle as a sample, I’d be all over it.)

    Other items I picked up samples of:

  • Colts Bolts - gourmet peanut butter cups
  • Santander Chocolate - three different varieties of dark
  • Domori Cru - single origin tasting squares
  • Lake Champlain - various tasting squares
  • Repubica del Cacao - Ecuadoran chocolate
  • BruCo - olive oil chocolates and salt tasting chocolate
  • Black Opal - chocolate covered licorice stick
  • Bali’s Best Tea Candy (like their coffee candies
  • Honey Mints - chocolate covered creamed honey with a touch of mint
  • For the most part I zoomed through the show this year. I usually take all three days and spend a lot of time with each company. This year I had my priority hit list and made it to most of them. A few I didn’t get to I know I can probably visit with at ExpoWest in March down in Anaheim (like Theo’s new Phinney bars). Of course my speed meant a lot fewer take home samples (usually I have conversations to discuss what I might be interested in taking home for a full review) but the money I saved on not having to get a hotel room in San Diego can now go to buying that candy instead.

    (All above photos by Emanuel Treeson.)

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:29 am     CandyFancy Food ShowFeatured NewsComments (3)

    Monday, January 14, 2008

    Fancy Food Show 2008 Notes - Part One

    Yesterday I had the great fortune of attending the Fancy Food Show in San Diego and then sleeping in my own bed.

    As with my usual style when attending a trade show with a lot of food, I rarely eat any of it on the floor, I take it home for sampling later. But here are some brief thoughts of what I did see (and wasn’t able to bring home for a full review). I also brought along a photographer! (My husband was so kind to record some important football game and come with me instead of sitting around the house all day.)

    FFS-4K. L. Keller Imports was showing a lot of stuff that I’ve already had before, like lavender honey from Spain and Suprem’ Nougat by G. Savin from France. They also had some new nougats from South Africa from Walters that are a little lighter and fluffier and feature pecans and macadamia nuts instead of the traditional almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios. They also had some great chocolate covered candied nuts called Cude Catanies from Spain. Fantastic. Crunchy, sweet, chocolaty, nutty ... everything you would want from those ingredients.

    FFS-5I spent a few minutes at Coco-Luxe which makes truffles and the candied almonds covered in chocolate and cocoa shown here called Block Party Almonds. Like so many chocolatiers that show off at the Fancy Food Show, Coco-Luxe is based in San Francisco and was founded by Stephanie Marcon.

    FFS-7The bulk of their products are truffles, made in the tile-style. In the case of Marcon’s, they little transfer design on top is usually a good indication of what’s inside. Her flavors are usually based on popular desserts such as Banana Split, Devil’s Food, Gingerbread and Mocha. However, I asked for something that was not out on display that I’d read about, which was their Rose for Valentine’s Day. It has a touch of honey and is made with rose water (instead of rose flavoring). It was fresh and light and not the slightest bit like eating soap. Their other two flavors for the Valentine’s box are Champagne and a plain dark chocolate they call Pure Devotion. Awwwww.

    FFS-18I was happy to see another west coast confectioner there called Cary’s of Oregon. They make excellent toffee and are featured at CocoaBella in San Francisco. I wanted to try more of their items though, so they were on my list as a must-stop.

    Most of all I wanted to try their Milk Chocolate with Chai Tea Toffee. It’s a nice fluffy crunch that doesn’t become a tacky lump in your teeth. The flavor is buttery and of course the milk chocolate goes really well with the spice of chai. (They have another with Mango Tea and dark chocolate, but that wasn’t really up my alley)

    FFS-14Sweetfields isn’t quite a candy company, but I thought I should at least put them in my notes. They make candied flowers. They had a beautiful display right on a corner at the show that did stop me dead my tracks. They had piles and piles of sparkly, preserved violas.

    They’re stiff but look velvety soft in their “crystal glaze”. They don’t taste like much, a little bit of raspberry essence is thrown in, which is a nice floral flavor. The sugar melts away and of course there’s a teensy bit of the flower petals left. They had larger displays of pansies with their dark throats and primary-bright petals. They’d be wonderful on desserts like petit fours or of course wedding cakes. I could also see them as a lovely garnish for a dessert plate or on top of a truffle.

    FFS-16Also in the “not candy” category were the vanilla vendors. But they smelled fantastic. This one Aust & Hachmann had bundles and bundles of vanilla. It just smelled so good!

    They also had some lovely little kits for true vanilla obsessionalists that have beans from all over the world so you can do your own taste test. See their site for more.

    FFS-26One of the people at the top of my list (but who wasn’t on the official list of exhibitors) was Larry Slotnick, who was showing off his new stone ground chocolate from his company, Taza Chocolate. Stone ground, you say?

    Yes, big plates of stone grind together to create a slurry of ground cocoa beans to make the cocoa liquor that is the basis of this food of the gods. He has an array of three bars so far in his repertoir 60%, 70% and 80% plus the Chocolate Mexicano which is a traditional style Mexican puck. I tasted this and I can say, as you might think, it’s very rustic. It also has a wonderfully different flavor profile and texture. First, it tastes like bananas and caramel, the texture is grainy but still smooth in that it dissolves pretty easily on the tongue (I’m guessing more available cocoa butter to melt and distribute the flavors on the tongue). I’ll have more on this later when I get a hold of an actual full-sized sample.

    FFS-30I had a lovely time visiting with the women at the Belgium’s Best Chocolates booth. First, the packaging and sheer quantity of chocolate bars on display was stunning. Galler has a great package design that always reminds me of art supplies - like they’re boxes of paints or oil pastels. They also carry Dolfin which I’ve reviewed before in their lovely large bars in “tobacco pouches”. The new mini bars I picked up are White Pepper & Cardamom and Lavender & Dark Chocolate. (I also have a super-dark bar sitting around that I need to review as well.)

    FFS-38Poco Dolce knocked my socks off with their Burnt Caramel Bittersweet Tiles. Not quite toffee, there was no butter getting in the way of this intense burnt sugar flavor along with a nice complement of salt and smooth dark chocolate. But the real reason I stopped at their booth was because I saw that Kathy Wiley, the creator of these San Francisco confections, was also introducing a line of nougats. Drat! She didn’t have them with her. Oh well, I get to San Francisco quite often and of course they have a web store.

    Whew! I’m only about a third of the way through my notes, so more tomorrow. (You can peek at all the photos here.)

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:33 pm     CandyFancy Food ShowFeatured NewsComments (5)

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