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Friday, February 1, 2013

Eat with your Eyes: Rivoire Firenze

Rivoire Firenze’‘

Since I’m traveling I thought I’d feature a photo today of another chocolate I tried because a friend brought it back from a trip. I don’t know much about these little Rivoire Chocolate pieces from the Rivoire Caffe in Florence, Italy.

They’re rich and smooth and just the right size to eat with a cup of coffee.

Rivoire Firenze

Rivoire Firenze
Piazza della Signoria angolo Via Vacchereccia, 4R - Firenze
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POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:29 am     CandyChocolateItalyHighlightPhotographyComments (0)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Eat with your Eyes: Fleur de Sel Caramels

Trader Jacques Fleur de Sel Caramels

Trader Joe’s has an incredible knack for curating candies from all over the world. One of the other habits of Trader Joe’s, though, is to make certain candies seasonal, available only for the winter holidays. This was the issue with their Trader Jacques Fleur de Sel Caramels. They were originally sold in a round wooden box. That’s nice for gifting, but unnecessary for regular purchases.

So it was a happy discovery last year when I saw that Trader Joe’s is now selling the caramels in the little tubs year round (well, they run out from time to time). The price isn’t necessarily better, but at least you won’t have an embarrassing stockpile of wooden boxes that you can’t seem to throw out and only provides evidence for your obsession.

Original review here. (7 out of 10)

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:43 am     CandyTrader Joe'sCaramelHighlightPhotographyComments (0)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Eat with your Eyes: Chocolate Covered Ginger Fudge

Darrell Lea Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger Fudge

I picked up this Darrell Lea Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger Fudge at Cost Plus World Market last year along with some other Darrell Lea items from Australia. The fudge is sweet, not terribly buttery but has numerous pieces of candied ginger in it. Overall, it was earthy and got a nice boost from the woodsy and smoky dark chocolate.

I don’t have a full review for the item, but after I bought this one, I didn’t see them in the store again until last week. I’m inclined to buy it again, partly because it’s a unique combination. (Full wrapper photo, if you’re on the prowl for it.)

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:32 am     CandyDarrell LeaChocolateGingerAustraliaHighlightPhotographyCost PlusComments (2)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Choco Canyon Truffles

I hope everyone is having a tasty holiday and enjoying all their favorite seasonal sweets and perhaps starting new traditions.

Keep safe, hold your loved ones tight and if all that togetherness pushes your buttons, take a candy break.

Are you getting or giving confections for Christmas this year? I’m in charge of the stockings this year, so there will be a nice mix of American favorites and a good sampling of German candy in there as well.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:15 am     CandyChristmasHighlightPhotographyComments (4)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Eat with your Eyes: Michel Cluizel Bille

Michel Cluizel Bille

At the Michel Cluizel shop in Manhattan, I was enchanted by the look of these little chocolate spheres. Inside the chocolate and sparkly ones is dark chocolate and a little bit of crisped rice. The red ones are white chocolate inside. I loved the elegant holiday look.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:05 pm     CandyChristmasMichel CluizelHighlightPhotographyComments (1)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Eat with your Eyes: Good and Plenty

Good and Plenty

There’s pretty long list of candy that does well in the summer’s heat. Panned candies, those with a sugar shell, do particularly well. So for those who want a little licorice treat, I still like Good & Plenty. It’s not chocolate, but it has plenty of hearty and deep flavors because of the molasses base. One of my other favorite all-weather candies is Chick-o-Sticks.

What’s your favorite summertime candy?

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:38 am     CandyHighlightPhotographyComments (2)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Eat with your Eyes: Luden’s Cool Menthol

Ludens Cool Menthol

My day job has been kicking my butt for the last month and I’ve run out of time to write posts at the moment, so you’ll just have to look at something that I’ve been eating but probably won’t review. Early mornings, late nights, European kiss greetings to co-workers, coffee breath ... I’m eating cough drops. Enjoy this peek at the new packaging for Luden’s Cough Drops. I miss the old salmon orange box, but thankfully the menthol cough drops inside are just the same as I remember.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:33 am     CandyHighlightPhotographyComments (3)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Eat with your Eyes: Hershey’s Luscious Pearls of Chocolate

Hershey's PearlsThis isn’t actually a review. It’s just a photo documentation of a version of Hershey’s chocolate that’s available in China.

They’re narrow tins that open like drawers. Inside are little spheres of chocolate. They call them Pearls. They’re not so different than the Godiva Pearls that are sold in the United States in much smaller tins.

The chocolate actually seemed to be of higher quality than the ordinary Hershey’s bars, but that could just be the premium packaging. It’s a great way to portion just a little bit of chocolate and the tins are nicely reusable. They’re thick enough that I could put a few thumb drives in them, or a card reader for my camera and some extra flash memory. Or I suppose I could refill them with other edibles and stash it in my bag.

Hershey's Extra Creamy Pearls

Another view of the Hershey’s Extra Creamy Pearls.

Hershey's Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate Pearls

Hershey’s Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate Pearls close up.

Hershey's Special Dark Pearls (with M&M)

They’re each about the size of a fresh garden pea.

Hershey's Special Dark Pearls

There was also a version of Hershey’s Special Dark Pearls, which I didn’t find as creamy as the milk chocolate version. I picked these up as samples at the ISM Cologne show last year.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:23 am     CandyISM CologneHighlightPhotographyComments (0)

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