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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Eat with your Eyes: Scotch Balls

K Chocolatier K Hiballs: Scotch

Most chocolate and liquor combinations are about the flavors. This one actually has a real sip of Scotch inside each chocolate sphere. Kind of like and alcoholic geode.

These little morsels are from K Chocolatier of Beverly Hills. This is just a tease, review to come.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Eat with Your Eyes: Tic Tac Strawberry Fields

TicTac Strawberry Fields

A new flavor of TicTacs called Strawberry Fields. The candies are two different shades of pink but I think they were the same light strawberry flavor.

You can read an excellent full review at Sugar Pressure. They should be on store shelves now, but I haven’t seen them. These were a sample from the Sweets and Snacks Expo.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:34 am     CandyHighlightPhotographyComments (0)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Original Necco Wafers Return

Classic Necco Wafers Return Ad June2011Back in 2009 Necco revamped their 145 year old Necco wafers by going all-natural with the ingredients. This meant not only dropping artificial colors and flavors, but they also discontinued lime since they could not make it naturally.

Well, a scant two years later, the original (or at least pre-2009) version is coming back to store shelves. This little ad to the right is from June 2011, so your store might have them in stock now. (Of course some stores I visit never stopped stocking them, as they have a very long shelf life.)

So it turns out that some candy companies do listen to their customers, so never forget to let them know when you don’t like something ... or when you do.

(Personally, I preferred the All Natural version.)

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Eat with Your Eyes: Walnut


I may be allergic to walnuts, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t think they make great companions for chocolate.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Eat with your Eyes: Queens Nougat

This is a little review, but mostly photos today. My husband was in China late last year and brought back some candy for me. One of the products is called Queen’s Nougat. There is no analogue product, as far as I know, in the United States. The candy comes in a simple bag.

Queens Nougat

The little pieces are about two bites and are an interesting construction of different confectionery items. The center is a mix of crisped rice and chocolate cream. It was firm and crispy. The top and bottom layers were firm and chewy nougat and then those were skimmed with a glaze of chocolate.

Queens Nougat

The whole candy was then wrapped in edible rice paper. The effect was excellent. The crunchy center was offset very well by the smooth and chewy nougat strips. Sometimes I would peel off the rice paper and eat it separately, because it does get a bit pasty, but sometimes I’d eat it all together because it became creamy with the combination of the sugars and chocolate.

If you ever see a hometown candy maker doing something like this, grab a few. It’s a great combo, rather like a decadent all-chocolate Whatchamacallit.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:50 am     CandyHighlightPhotographyComments (1)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Eat with your Eyes: Gummi Bowl

Haribo Color-rado Mini

Close up these Haribo Color-rado Mini look like their normal sized progenitors. Instead they’re teensy little versions of some of Haribo’s favorite products.

They taste just the same but give you a greater variety.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:17 am     CandyHighlightPhotographyComments (1)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Eat with your Eyes: Sarotti


Sarotti is a classic German chocolate maker, founded by Hugo Hoffmann in 1868. The company is currently owned by Stollwerck (which started as a cough drop company and expanded into confectionery) which was in turn owned by Bernard Callebaut. Callebaut recently announced that it sold off Stollwerck to Baronie Group, which is based in Belgium.

I picked up this little chocolate gem while in Germany, where the Sarotti brand is quite easy to find and moderately priced.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Eat with your Eyes: Vegan

Goody Good Stuff Tropical

A juicy slice of orange on a sunny summer day.

This is a Goody Good Stuff vegan gummi (which technically means it’s a jelly, not a gummi).

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:17 pm     CandyHighlightPhotographyComments (5)

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