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Monday, April 16, 2007


I’ve been puzzling over this candy bar for years. It’s called the Eat-More and is sold in Canada. It was originally made by Lowney but later Nabisco took them over but since 1987 they’ve been made by Hershey’s.

The description of Dark Toffee Peanut Chew sounded to me like the inside of a Goldenberg’s Peanut Chew (now Chew-ets), which I find pretty spectacular and the prospect of having that without the mockolate made me want one.


Amber brought two for me direct from Canada, and in the King Size to boot. I have to say that the bar isn’t that attractive out of the package, which is probably

The King Sized bar is huge - 8.5” long. The slab is soft and chewy and has a pleasant smoky and roasted peanut scent. It’s not a caramelly chew exactly as the bar contains chocolate, which gives the toffee a bit of a stiff crumble.

It’s actually really satisfying and not at all sticky sweet. The 75 gram bar contains 8 grams of protein from the peanuts, so it’s a pretty satisfying snack. I wouldn’t say I wanted to eat more after about half the bar, but it was easy to just eat more later. As for the comparison to the inside of a Goldenberg’s, it’s not as smooth and doesn’t have that molasses kick. But the dark and robust flavors will probably appeal to Goldenberg’s lovers.

Since there’s nothing else in the States to compare this to, I have to recommend anyone who has been looking for a dark chewy toffee with nuts and chocolate to seek out this bar. It’s odd that something that I consider an “all weather” bar comes out of Canada. Since there’s no chocolate coating, it should travel well and stand up to temperature extremes.

Name: Eat More
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Hershey's Canada
Place Purchased: from Amber in Toronto (thanks!)
Price: unknown
Size: 75 grams
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Chew, Peanuts, Canada, Hershey's

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:06 am     Comments (31)

Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Last of the Candy Season Purchases

I did a little more shopping this weekend and picked up some good deals since Easter goodies were now 75% off.

Rite Aid (Hollywood) - only 50% off on Thursday night but I was stopping for batteries because the power was out

  • Peanut Butter M&M Speckle Eggs - I’d been looking for these. They were only 52 cents!
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Eggs ... 11 ounce bag for $1.89, not great, but the power was out at home and I’ve been watching Jericho and learning that no one cares about chocolate after Armageddon
  • Target (Burbank Empire Center):
    There really wasn’t anything left there. Just a lot of weird plushy Easter baskets and a few odds and ends.

  • Twizzler Tweeters (candy covered Twizzler nibs) - 49 cents - I’m not going to review these because they were so terribly beat up that I just threw them out.
  • Russell Stover Coconut Eggs - I got six of these to dole out to Bronwen at the office as needed - they were only 12 cents each, she’s worth it.
  • Candy Snake - I’ll have a full review of this at some point. I’m not sure what sort of Easter Bunny puts life sized sugar snakes in Easter baskets. But it was 49 cents, so I thought I’d find out what all the fuss was.
  • Walgreen’s (Echo Park):

  • SweeTart Bunnies, Chicks & Ducks for only 49 cents in the 12 ounce bag!
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Eggs ... still PGPR free and 74 cents for the 8.5 ounce bag
  • Lifesavers Jelly Beans - Pastels - 14 ounces for 62 cents
  • Long’s Drugs (Glendale) - this location is in the basement parking area of a shopping plaza. They had a WHOLE aisle of Easter goodies, all in good condition and with a pretty good selection. They had cases and cases of Mini Eggs left for any of those folks who live in the area

  • Three Whirly Pops - pastel colored lollies about 3” across for only 35 cents each.
  • Palmer Mockolate Rabbit - a half pound of fake chocolate for 32 cents - I don’t know what I’m going to do with, certainly not eat it
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Eggs ... this one was 85 cents for the 11 ounce bag
  • Reese’s Pieces Pastel Eggs - again, another item I neglected before Easter, now at the rock bottom price of 85 cents for 11 ounces
  • Reester Bunny - the small set of bunnies, I’m not sure what these are but I like the name for only 65 cents
  • SweeTart Chicks, Ducks and Bunnies - yes, I have trouble remembering the name and that I already have four bags. This one was 12 ounces and 52 cents.
  • The one thing I’ve found when shopping after holidays is you have to go where people aren’t planning on stocking up on candy. I know this seems like a weird thing to consider, but the Walgreen’s in Echo Park seems to be the best place for me to find a good selection even after the deeper discounts, while the one in Hollywood on Sunset Blvd was cleaned out on Monday. The Long’s in Glendale seemed to be the same way, excellent selection left (and still pretty neatly organized) and great prices. I was on the prowl for Lindt items, but I guess you have to get there early for those (or maybe they ship them out). Cost Plus World Market didn’t have a single candy item left and the Ralph’s and Von’s I stopped at also didn’t have any marked down candies - or perhaps they put them someplace I don’t go, like the meat department.

    I’m going to do a roundup review of those things that are new here.

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:07 pm     CandyFun StuffShoppingTargetWalgreen'sComments (5)

    Saturday, April 14, 2007

    Big Media Discovers the Proposed FDA Chocolate Changes

    I’ve been madly typing away on an editorial for the LA Times for the past week. Honing it, submitting it, editing it.

    And I’m feeling pretty good. I’m taking a stand, getting the word out. Because I was feeling like this topic was neglected in the mass media.

    So I ran into my neighbor this morning, who happens to work at the LA Times (no, she’s not the one who spits things out) and she said, “Did you see the LATimes this morning?”

    See's Scotchmallow EggsI said I saw it, but I didn’t read it (because it was in an opaque wrapper that was an ad for Sprint and I couldn’t see the headlines). I had stuff to do and got up early and headed out.

    She said I should read it because there is an article on the front page about the cocoa butter substitution proposal.

  • The courage of their confections by Jerry Hirsch
  • (Sigh. So my editorial is a no-go at the moment. Maybe some retooling.)

    Here are some highlights of the article with my commentary:

    A pound of chocolate contains more than 4 ounces of cocoa butter, at a cost of about $2.30, said Guittard Chocolate, based in Burlingame, Calif. The same amount of vegetable oil was 70 cents.

    Think about that for a moment. So a quarter of what we’re eating when we consume chocolate is actually cocoa butter. And replacing that huge proportion with an ingredient that doesn’t make it taste better also isn’t going to improve the nutritional profile of chocolate. It’s going to make it worse. Sure, chocolate is high in fat (hello? it’s 25% fat) but it has been found to be neutral when it comes to our cholesterol profile (that’s just plain cocoa butter, chocolate itself as a combination of both cocoa solids high in antioxidants and the neutral butter lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol). The fats they want to put in place of cocoa butter are nasty. They contain higher levels of saturated fats and can even contain trans fatty acids.

    By adopting the proposal, the FDA would be providing “flexibility to make changes based on consumer taste preferences, ingredient costs and availability and shelf life,” said Kirk Saville, spokesman for the Hershey, Pa.-based company.

    Saville said it could be years before the FDA issued a decision.

    That flexibility already exists. Hershey is free to make products without cocoa butter in them right now. In fact, they do. They put a vegetable oil based coating on the current version of the 5th Avenue Bar. I’ve had it. And as a consumer with taste, I prefer the old version. I resent the fact that if this proposal goes through they can take the current mockolate formulation and put a big banner across the front of the package that says “Now with Real Chocolate” without changing a thing in the actual ingredients. Tell me they’re doing it becuaseof my preference and I will laugh in your face.

    Oh, and it could be years? Yes, but the open comment period for the public to respond is now, so that sort of mollifying comment is like saying, “don’t worry your pretty little head about it. We’ll do what’s right for you. Look at how much we have your interests at heart, because we’ve already publicly stated that customers may actually prefer a version of chocolate that don’t have cocoa butter in it.”

    Gary Guittard believes that in proposing to change the rules, the food industry is overthinking what he believes should be one of the simple joys of life.

    “Why add ingredients to something that is just fine the way it is?” he asked.

    Honestly, this sums it up so well. Industry is overthinking this. It’s a simple thing that we want, we just want chocolate. Keep it real, guys. Don’t mess with out chocolate.

    Note: Jerry Hirsch’s article also appeared in the Seattle Times.

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:31 am     CandyCandy Blog InfoChocolateNewsComments (3)

    Friday, April 13, 2007

    Koakuma Goth Puccho

    Koakuma PackageKoakuma from UHA are a curious little candy. They’ve taken their wildly popular Puccho and combined them with the flavors and colors of the Gothic Lolita style popular in Japan. Koakuma means “little devil” and the package sports the little character all over it. With a heart shaped face, little bat wings and on the bottom of the pleated bag, she rides a trident like a broom.

    These little candies come individually wrapped inside larger pouches. The taffy base is black with rich colored stripes and then studded with gummis.


    Koakuma Peach Rose

    I’m not usually fond of peach flavored candies. Don’t misunderstand, I’m a huge fan of fresh peaches, canned peaches and even dried peaches. There’s just something about many peach flavored candies I’m just not fond of.

    No matter, because these don’t taste like peaches. It smells like peaches, but it tastes like mildly tart floral berries.

    The little gummy bits provide and interesting texture to the bouncy chew. It was very fresh and soft and pretty darn good. I was really surprised I ate most of the bag.


    Koakuma Blueberry Rose

    I’ve never really been that impressed with blueberry as a flavor. I often get it confused with raspberry in candies, and this one is no exception. It tastes like raspberry and a little floral note thrown in there with the rose. But I have to say that I’m impressed that the color actually looks like blueberries instead of like something pharmaceutical.

    Again, bouncy and chewy and fresh and thoroughly enjoyable.

    Both of them were nice, but the specific flavors just weren’t my favorites. I think I’d like a strawberry with rose or maybe a grape and violet. I bet they’d make a fun gift for someone who’s intro Goth though. (Who doesn’t like candies that match their nail polish?) There is another flavor called Cassis & Grape that I saw on JList for $1.80 (which has lots of other Gothic Lolita cosplay stuff to complete the look).

    Here are some other reviews:
    Japanese Snack Review & Giant Jeans Parlor

    Name: Koakuma: Peach Rose & Blueberry Rose
    • 10 SUPERB
    • 9 YUMMY
    • 8 TASTY
    • 7 WORTH IT
    • 6 TEMPTING
    • 5 PLEASANT
    • 4 BENIGN
    • 1 INEDIBLE
    Brand: UHA
    Place Purchased: gift from Santos (thanks!)
    Price: unknown
    Size: 1.41 ounces
    Calories per ounce: unknown
    Categories: Chew, Gummi, Japan, UHA

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:45 am     Comments (4)

    CocoaVia Bars

    After my pleasant first experience with CocoaVia last year I was happy to find that CocoaVia was at the ExpoWest trade show back in January. It meant that I could try more of their products without shoveling out oodles of dough. They were sampling their milk chocolate covered raisins, which I thought tasted like milk chocolate raisins. They also had a large assortment of their bars out there. It was hard to talk to the folks at the booth for all the attendees grabbing the free samples by the handful, but I stood my ground in the crush and had a nice conversation with the CocoaVia people.

    I like the idea of portion control. I had a little problem with those big tubs at Trader Joe’s sometimes, because I will just keep eating from it. I learned a long time ago to take a handful and put it in a little dish, close up the tub and put it away and then enjoy my treat.

    I think CocoaVia’s idea for a portion controlled sweet is two-fold - small individually wrapped packages sold only five at a time. And charge $20 a pound.


    Chocolate Snack Bar - the package on this one is a bit deceptive. It just shows some chunks of chocolate but it’s really a bar of crispy/chewy grains with a chocolate base. It feels much more filling than the 80 calories might ordinarily seem.

    The crisped rice and grain crunch is mellow and malty while the chocolate gives it a creamy and tasty component. Yeah, it could be bigger, but it’s a supplement bar, not dessert. (The ingredients on this bar list Almonds and Peanuts.)

    80 calories and 25% of our daily RDA of Calcium, 15% of your Vitamin E and 10% of your B6, B12, Folic Acid and Vitamin C.

    Rating: 5 out of 10


    Crispy Chocolate Bar - seemed to be more accurate on the picture front, little chunks of chocolate with itty-bitty crispies mixed in. The bar is dark and has a very green and smoky taste to it. And a bitter aftertaste. This was a seriously strong bar with a dry finish. Not really an indulgence, I felt like I was working to find the pleasant flavors instead of just enjoying it.

    I waited a couple of days and tried again and I’m gonna have to pass on this one, it’s just too bitter. It’s like eating a spoonful of cocoa.

    90 calories and 10% of your RDA of Folic Acid, Vitamin C & B12, 15% of your Vitamin E & B6 and 30% of your Calcium.

    Rating: 3 out of 10


    Milk Chocolate Bar - was very nice. Super creamy and smooth with great chocolate notes and some caramelized milk flavors. This bar was softer than the other ones (you can see it even melted a little bit under my hot studio light when I was taking the picture).

    It reminds me a lot of the Dove milk chocolate, which shouldn’t be surprising since they’re both made by Mars. However, there is an odd bitter (and only slight) aftertaste for me. It’s a little metallic and it could just be the fortifications, but it makes it less like candy for me.

    110 calories and 20% of your RDA of Calcium, 15% of your Vitamin E & B6, 10% of your Vitamin C, Folic Acid & B12.

    Rating: 5 out of 10

    These are all okay, but I still have to say that their best innovation so far is the Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds. I even found them locally at Shim’s Produce (it’s kind of like the 99 Cent store of grocers). They had stacks of boxes for only 99 Cents. I thought there must be something wrong with them and only bought one, but it was just fine (expiration date of July).

    That brings me back to the huge drawback of the CocoaVia line. The price. At about $5 a box of five, it’s pretty harsh for the pocket book and not terribly satisfying to the sweet tooth. If anything I’d feel obligated to finish something I don’t like because I paid so much for it.

    Name: CocoaVia: Chocolate Snack Bar, Crispy Chocolate Bar, Milk Chocolate Bar
    • 10 SUPERB
    • 9 YUMMY
    • 8 TASTY
    • 7 WORTH IT
    • 6 TEMPTING
    • 5 PLEASANT
    • 4 BENIGN
    • 1 INEDIBLE
    Brand: CocoaVia (Mars)
    Place Purchased: samples from ExpoWest
    Price: retail $1.00 each
    Size: .71 ounces to .81 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 99 / 127 / 141
    Categories: Chocolate, Cookie, Nuts, United States, Mars, Kosher

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:29 am     Comments (8)

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