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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Candy Now in Stores (January 2011)

I get advance tastes of new candies, but I often post about them months before they hit the stores. Here’s a little review of reviews of new candies:

Snickers Squared

Snickers Peanut Butter Squared from Mars is a new introduction to the Snickers family of candy bars. It’s not a limited edition and is available in single serve size and fun size bags.

The regular package is two squares of candy. It features nougat, peanut butter and caramel covered in chocolate. It’s a bit less of a textural marvel than the standard Snickers. Folks who like a softer chew may prefer it, but it left me wanting a real Snickers bar.

I saw these first at the checkout at Target.

See full review for Snickers Peanut Butter Squared. (7 out of 10)

Hershey's Milk Chocolate DropsHershey's Cookies 'n' Creme Drops

The new Hershey’s Drops come in two varieties: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Drops and Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Drops. They’re large chocolate beans with no candy shell, easy to pop in your mouth or share. The milk chocolate variety isn’t different enough from a typical Hershey’s Kiss for me, even if there’s less unwrapping. But the Cookies ‘n’ Creme is interesting because there are so few candies that use the white confection like this. (Though there is a Kiss version, too.)

I saw these first at Von’s (photo) in stand up bags.

See full review of Hershey’s Drops (7 out of 10)

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Minis

Like the Hershey’s Drops, the new Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis are here to making snacking easier. They little cups are easy to pop into your mouth and don’t require layers of wrapping like the foil-wrapped, fluted-cupped miniatures. They’re going to be great for baking.

See full review of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Minis (7 out of 10)

imageI teased these last summer and I’m doing it again. New PEEPS Chocolate Covered Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow Hearts in single-serve packages. This year, PEEPS Brand Marshmallow Candies are melting hearts with their new PEEPS Chocolate Covered Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow Hearts. Delicious milk or dark chocolate cover raspberry flavored PEEPS to create a scrumptious chocolate and marshmallow experience.

I tried the Peeps Peppermint Trees for Christmas and found them to be poorly made. I bought six of them and all were oozing, cracked and sticky inside. (Even the ones that weren’t cracked still had deflated centers.) I’m hoping the quality control for the Raspberry version will be better, because I think it’s a great idea.

I don’t think they need the colored marshmallow centers though, it just adds more ingredients that do nothing for the flavor (in fact, I’m prepared that the pink will taste bitter to me).

Twix Coconut

Finally, another tease. Mars is introducing a new Limited Edition Twix Coconut this spring. Look for it to hit shelves in April 2011.

Like the Coconut M&Ms, these have no coconut in them. Instead it’s a traditional Twix with a cookie base, caramel stripe and chocolate coating plus a light touch of coconut flavor.

Related Candies

  1. Peeps Dark Chocolate Covered Mint Marshmallow
  2. Eat with your Eyes: Twix Coconut
  3. Snickers Peanut Butter Squared
  4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis
  5. Hershey’s Drops: Milk Chocolate & Cookies n Creme
  6. Chocolate Covered Peeps
  7. M&Ms Premiums

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:33 pm     CandyNew Product AnnouncementSnickers7-Worth ItHighlightFeatured NewsComments (2)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: El Rey

El Rey Stack

Sometimes I meticulously photograph things with the intention of doing an exhaustive review.

And then I eat them.

El Rey makes chocolate from Venezuelan beans. Not only is it really good quality, it's pretty reasonably priced.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:51 pm     Comments (3)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: Gail Ambrosius

Gail Ambrosious

I liked this photo because I felt like the chocolate had some personality. There’s a swirl on top, but it’s turned away, like the chocolate is being coy. Or perhaps I snuck up on it and took this photo.

This is from Gail Ambrosius, which I’ll get around to reviewing for the holidays.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:50 pm     CandyHighlightFeatured NewsComments (4)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: Twix Coconut

Twix Coconut

This is a little visual tease ... there’s a new Twix Bar coming out next year, Twix Coconut.

It doesn’t look any different on the outside (actually it looks the same inside, too). It’s kind of like the M&Ms Coconut.

The full review for Twix Coconut is now up!

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:09 pm     CandyHighlightFeatured NewsComments (16)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Halloween 2010 Product Run Down

Since this is the sixth Halloween I’ve covered on Candy Blog, it’s hard to find Halloween candies to feature that I haven’t reviewed before. So I thought I’d do a run down of what I’ve been seeing in stores again this year for the Halloween Season. These are just candies that are special to Halloween, not regular candy in large bags or with special wrappers.

Candy Corn Kisses

HERSHEY’S

  • Caramel Apple Kisses (review)
  • Candy Corn Kisses (review)
  • Pumpkin Spice Kisses (review)
  • Orange colored KitKats
  • Reese’s Pumpkins
  • York Peppermint Patties shaped like Pumpkins with Orange colored filling
  • Sky Bar - Eclipse - Caramel Filled  Milk Chocolate

    NECCO

  • Twilight Eclipse Candies (review)
  • Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses (review)
  • Clark Wicked Mix (review)
  • Mary Jane Wicked Mix (review)
  • Mellocreme Zombies (I still haven’t found these)
  • Candy Corn

    FARLEY’S & SATHERS (BRACH’S)

  • Brach’s Milk Maid Caramel Candy Corn (review)
  • Brach’s Autumn Mix (review)
  • Brach’s Halloween Mix (flavored mellocreams in holiday shapes) (review)
  • Brach’s Indian Corn
  • Brach’s Mellocreme Pumpkins
  • Brach’s Gummy Candy Corn (review)
  • Bat Dots

    TOOTSIE

  • Blood Orange Dots (Bats) (review)
  • Ghost Dots (Clear)  (review)
  • Candy Corn Dots (Vanilla)  (review)
  • Orchard Mix Caramel Apple Pops (review)
  • Vanilla Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramel Apple Sugar Babies
  • JUST BORN

  • Peeps Cocoa Cats (review)
  • Peeps Chocolate Pumpkins (review)
  • Peeps Ghosts & Pumpkins
  • NESTLE & WONKA

  • Butterfinger Pumpkins
  • Spooky Nerds
  • Whitman's Candy Corn Marshmallow

    RUSSELL STOVER & WHITMANS

  • Russell Stover Peanut Butter Candy Pumpkins
  • Whitman’s Candy Corn Marshmallows (review)
  • Russell Stover Coconut Dream Pumpkin
  • Russell Stover Chocolate Marshmallow Pumpkin
  • Russell Stover Dark Chocolate covered Marshmallow Pumpkin (review)
  • Russell Stover Strawberry Cream Pumpkin
  • Russell Stover Marshmallow Pumpkin (milk chocolate) (review)
  • Jelly Belly Mellocremes

    JELLY BELLY

  • Jelly Belly Deluxe Halloween Mix (review)
  • Jelly Belly Giant Candy Corn
  • Jelly Belly Sour Gummi Pumpkins
  • Jelly Belly Fall Festival Mix
  • Other

  • Riegelein Confiserie Foil Wrapped Halloween Chocolate (review)
  • What have you seen in stores ... or what have you had trouble finding this year?

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:43 pm     CandyHalloweenHighlightFeatured NewsShoppingComments (10)

    Thursday, October 14, 2010

    Eat with your Eyes: Honeycomb Peanut

    Honeycombed Peanut

    Unlike Circus Peanuts, Honeycomb Peanuts are more like you’d expect based on their size, shape and color. They look like peanuts, are about the same size as a small pair of peanuts in teh shell and actually taste like peanutty candy. They’re a light orange colored hard candy filled with a crunchy peanut butter center (kind of like the middle of a Butterfinger Bar).

    I usually pick them up in bulk bins. They’re also considered a vegan candy.

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:26 am     CandyHighlightFeatured NewsComments (8)

    Tuesday, October 5, 2010

    Eat with your Eyes: White Malteasers

    Malteasers White

    I picked up this curious alternate version of Mars’ malted milk balls called Malteasers in white chocolate a month or so ago. I was ready to review them, then it got very hot in Los Angeles. So hot that even the candy I store in insulated coolers (no ice or anything) actually melted. It was in the high nineties in my candy room.

    So you’ll just have to enjoy the photo.

    Package photo here and review of the regular Malteasers here.

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:23 pm     CandyNew Product AnnouncementHighlightFeatured NewsComments (6)

    Friday, October 1, 2010

    Candy Tease- October 2010

    imageName: Hi-CHEW Grape
    Brand: Morinaga
    Description: Japan’s #1 selling fruit chews for more than 30 years. Now in Grape.
    Introduction Date: in stores now
    Notes: I’ve blogged quite a bit about HiCHEW over the years and take full credit for the fact that they’re now being sold more widely in American stores. The new packaging is in English and with a flavor list slightly different from Japan. We can get strawberry, melon, green apple and mango in stores already. The candy isn’t made in Japan, it’s produced in Taiwan. Some hardcore HiCHEW fans (including me) prefer the Japanese version, as the flavors are more intense and authentic tasting.

    imageName: Jelly Belly Seed Packs
    Brand: Jelly Belly
    Description: Jelly Belly play on the nostalgia of heirloom seeds and reflect the ingredients used to make Jelly Belly beans.
    Available in Watermelon and Very Cherry, the products are gluten-, dairy- and gelatin-free, as well as kosher certified

    Introduction Date: unknown
    Notes: The choice of cherry as a flavor for a seed package is more than odd as cherries come from trees. I don’t know anyone who has grown a cherry tree from seeds (most people I know buy saplings). Better choices might have been cantaloupe, strawberry, blueberry, mixed berry, or raspberry. I like the idea of the packaging though, it would definitely be fun to add to a themed gift basket for a gardener or food enthusiast.

    imageName: Ben Tre - 72% Cacao Single Origin Dark Chocolate
    Brand: Scharffen Berger
    Description: Ben Tre is one of the first Vietnamese single-origin beans to be imported into America. Ben Tre is spicy, lightly fruity with notes of banana, cinnamon and fig.
    Introduction Date: in stores now
    Notes: Banana and fig along with chocolate is a great combination. I’ve never had a bar made with Vietnamese cacao. This is definitely one single-origin folks will be interested in.

    imageName: Dark Chocolate Mallo Cup
    Brand: Boyer Candies
    Description: From milk chocolate to a rich & popular dark chocolate with a creamy Mallo center. Boyer Candy Company will introduce their ever famous cup candy in a dark chocolate Mallo Cup. “This is in response to an overwhelming demand from loyal Mallo Cup customers”
    Introduction Date: 11/1/2010
    Notes: Mallo Cups are the first “cup candy bar”, so it only makes sense that they get a flavor extension eventually. I’m assuming they come with the little Boyer play money points.

    All photos/images courtesy of the respective manufacturer

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 5:56 pm     CandyNew Product AnnouncementHighlightFeatured NewsComments (5)

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    ON DECK

    These candies will be reviewed shortly:

    • Willie’s Cacao - Venezuelan Gold 72%

    • YumJunkie Sassy Straws

    • Nature Addicts Fruit & Chocolate

    • Jelly Belly Sour Bunnies

    • The Recent History of Brach’s Fiesta Malted Milk Eggs

     

     

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