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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

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: Merci

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May I just show you these lovely chocolate sticks and say thank you? There, I did.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Eat with Your Eyes: Black Licorice

Natural Vines - Licorice

Perfectly black licorice.

(Review here.)

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: Stacked Fruit

Arcor Veni

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.

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: Gifts from the Sea

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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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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Candy Tease: August 2010

imageName: Organic Licorice Twists
Brand: Newman’s Own Organics
Description: The first licorice twist made with organic ingredients comes from Newman’s Own Organics. It’s available in today’s favorite flavors, black and strawberry, as well as two new fruit flavors, pomegranate and tangerine. The candy is low in fat and sodium, and is free from trans fat and cholesterol. $2.99 per 5-oz. package
Introduction Date: 6/1/2010
Notes: I’ve had organic licorice before ... never in a twist form, but I have my doubts that it’s that different. It sounds good but very pricey.

imageName: Bubble Paste
Brand: Ludo LLC
Description: Unlike regular bubblegum, the Bubble Paste user gets to squeeze it out! So if you want a lot squeeze, squeeze, squeeze! The gum will retail between $0.59 to $.79/unit Comes in Strawberry and soon Sour Apple and Grape.
Introduction Date: 9/2010
Notes: You may want to read the entire press release here. There are too many inaccuracies (and insulting things) in there for me to cover comprehensively. The short: Dylan Lauren deserves to just be referred to as her own entity, not as the daughter of Ralph Lauren at this point. Two: bubble gum in a tube has been done before, several times. I remember Bazooka back in the 80s. The gum is for kids but contains artificial sweeteners. Finally, the press release closes with this I would have loved being an automobile manufacturer. However, I knew that was so unrealistic due to the capital requirements. Seriously, I’m supposed to want to buy from a guy who doesn’t really want to be doing this for a living? It’s a press release!

imageName: Cinnamon Bun Bites
Brand: Taste of Nature
Description: Delicious bite size cinnamon bun pieces in a creamy white chocolatey coating. Both egg free and Kosher.
Introduction Date: June 2010
Notes: Made by the same folks that brought you Cookie Dough Bites. They sound absolutely dreadful. They sound so bad I’m really looking forward to them. (But that egg-free thing is probably a big selling point right now.)

imageName: Gummi Bear-Rings
Brand: E-Frutti
Description: Gummi Bear Rings made with real fruit juice with great play appeal in an array of fruit flavors that every kid loves. 
Introduction Date: unknown
Notes: Dang these are cute. The pun possibilities abound! You could be traveling with someone and get turned around and then say, “Lost? Can I help you get your Bear-Rings?” Oh, I’m a stitch!

My biggest concern is that they won’t fit on my big fingers. I have no idea where to get them, but I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled.

imageName: Starburst GummiBurst Flavor Duos
Brand: Wrigley (Mars)
Description: New Starburst GummiBursts Flavor Duos brings together two juicy fruit flavors in each piece! Flavor Duos delivers a gummy outside with a different fruit-flavored liquid center for a double burst of delicious fruit flavor! Strawberry Watermelon, Cherry Fruit Punch, Green Apple Strawberry & Lemon Cherry.
Introduction Date: 08/30/10
Notes: I’m not big on these new oozy gummis, but I think that Starburst is going in the right direction making them flavor combinations instead of single flavors (like the Skittles Crazy Cores). Now they just need to start making them in citrus flavors.

imageName: sweetriot yumBar
Brand: Sweetriot, Inc.
Description: The yumBar is sourced and produced directly in Latin America. The bar is available in two flavors. yumBar 65-65% dark chocolate with crunchy cacao ‘peaces’, and yumBar 70- 70% dark chocolate with crunchy cacao ‘peaces’ and plump golden raisins. This delectable bar is all natural, doesn’t contain gluten or dairy ingredients and is only 45-50 calories per ‘mega peace’. 
Introduction Date: March 10, 2010
Notes: I haven’t tried these. I’ve seen them, but they just don’t speak to me for some reason. It might be the funky capitalization/lower case thing going on, it could be that pieces are always spelled ‘peaces’ or it could be that I’m just too grouchy for something with yum in the name.

All photos/images courtesy of the respective manufacturer

POSTED BY Cybele AT 5:16 pm     CandyNew Product AnnouncementHighlightFeatured NewsFun StuffComments (4)

Friday, August 20, 2010

A Candy Quiz (from 1945)

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The National Confectioners Association (NCA) used to put ads in popular magazines about candy. This one appeared in LIFE magazine on October 15, 1945.

See in largest format to read or perhaps even print out.

I love the description at the bottom of the NCA’s goal: an organization devoted to maintaining high standards of quality in candy and the dissemination of authoritative information on its use as an energy-producing, morale-building food. I agree, by the way, I think candy has great morale-building potential.

There are some enigmatic questions and answers, such as Did the Pilgrims eat candy? (yes) and Is candy mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays? (yes) - wouldn’t you like to know what candy that was?

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:43 pm     CandyHighlightFeatured NewsFun StuffComments (1)

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