Friday, October 15, 2010
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.
HERSHEY’SCaramel Apple Kisses (review)
Candy Corn Kisses (review)
Pumpkin Spice Kisses (review)
Orange colored KitKats
York Peppermint Patties shaped like Pumpkins with Orange colored filling
NECCOTwilight 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)
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)
TOOTSIEBlood 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 BORNPeeps Cocoa Cats (review)
Peeps Chocolate Pumpkins (review)
Peeps Ghosts & Pumpkins
NESTLE & WONKA Butterfinger Pumpkins
RUSSELL STOVER & WHITMANSRussell 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 BELLYJelly Belly Deluxe Halloween Mix (review)
Jelly Belly Giant Candy Corn
Jelly Belly Sour Gummi Pumpkins
Jelly Belly Fall Festival Mix
OtherRiegelein Confiserie Foil Wrapped Halloween Chocolate (review)
What have you seen in stores ... or what have you had trouble finding this year?
Thursday, October 14, 2010
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.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
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.
Friday, October 01, 2010
Name: Hi-CHEW Grape
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.
Name: 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.
Name: 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.
Name: 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
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
May I just show you these lovely chocolate sticks and say thank you? There, I did.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Perfectly black licorice.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
For a long time I’ve thought that Arcor candy is some of the worst in the world. Arcor is a huge company and makes candy for many Central and South American countries and actually has quite a big presence in the United States as well. I find their chocolate products disappointing, as well as those with cookies or nuts in them. So I was rather surprised at how much I liked these filled hard candy fruit rods I picked up in July. They little wrappers call them Veni.
They’re made in the Italian tradition of fruity filled hard candies. The wrappers are also nice, a heavy foil with a wax paper lining. The anana (pineapple) was particularly good.
Friday, September 03, 2010
These curious little nougats studded with jelly have a selling point: they’re made with seaweed. According to the woman I met up with in the aisle of the Little Tokyo Market, if it’s from the sea, it’s good for you.
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