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Monday, June 4, 2007

KitKat Temptations: Hazelnut & Coconut

Australia has not been left out of the KitKat craze, but they’re a little harder to get a hold of. One of my co-workers happens to be married to an Aussie, so on his last trip to visit family I gave him some bucks and asked for anything that caught his fancy (knowing me of course). Some I just ate, but these I thought I’d at least share a little about.

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KitKat Temptations: Coconut Eclair: The big dome over the narrow little pair of wafers is filled with a sweet and mildly coconutty cream. The cream is kind of a cross between the inside of a York Peppermint Pattie and a truffle. Not quite smooth, not quite buttery, but not as crumbly as the fondant of a York.

The cookies don’t even take a back seat here, they’re on a trailer being towed behind. One of those shocks that would greet you as you were looking to change lanes and saw that the Coconut Eclair had passed you and you were trying to get out from behind some mollasses Slo-Poke and didn’t realize that they had that wafer cookie trailer bouncing along behind, without lights or any of those red dangly flags. Then you slow down and smack your own forhead and say, DUH! It’s a KitKat!

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KitKat Temptations: Hazelnut Praline: This one smelled kind of like maple, but perhaps pecan, if we’re talking about nuts. I know Australia is a half a world away, but I also know they grow hazelnuts, so I can’t quite figure out the lame taste on this one. It’s all very sweet. The nutty cream center is rather like Nutella, but lacks that nutty punch. Instead it’s flavored like nuts, but doesn’t taste like them ... ya know? There are a few little crushed nuts in there (as there should be, the picture on the wrapper illustrates them) but they just didn’t strike me as hazelnuts. They could have been almonds.

Yeah, I’m just not getting the KitKat vibe here. KitKats are all about the wafers, grainy cream and chocolate. Anything added is great, but don’t muck with the basics.

You may have tempted me once, but you’ll not snare me again.

Name: KitKat Temptations: Coconut Eclair & Hazelnut Praline
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Nestle
Place Purchased: gift (thanks Brett!)
Price: unknown
Size: 40 grams
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Cookie, Coconut, Nuts, Australia, Nestle, KitKat

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:22 am     Comments (12)

Saturday, June 2, 2007

May Search Strings

1. skittles
2. carnival skittles
3. japanese candy
4. starburst candy
5. berries and creme
6. maya gold
7. starburst
8. snickers dark
9. barnegat candy
10. FDA chocolate

Wow, I can only say that people are sure interested in the chewy goodness of Skittles and Starburst. (Hey, I had a good time writing about them.)

POSTED BY Cybele AT 5:11 pm     CandySearch StringsFun Stuff

Friday, June 1, 2007

This Week in Candy - Inagural Edition

It’s a new month, so here’s a new feature for you, just a little weekly recap not only of what I’ve covered here, but all the candy news that’s fit to link!

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  • Bitter Button is well on her way through candy project to illustrate important dates in candy. She’s putting the little drawings on tags noting the introduction of seminal candy products such as Milky Way, Almond Joy and Bit-o-Honey (bee pictured).
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  • Jelly Belly has introduced a new shopping option, the Jelly Belly Factory Outlet. Now you can order Belly Flops (those not quite perfect Jelly Belly) and what’s more enticing to me is the stuff called Hodge Podge, which is everything EXCEPT jelly beans. Gummies, licorice, jellies and maybe even some malted milk balls. At only $8.00 for 2.5 pounds, it sounds like a good deal to me ... unless I order it and it’s all cherry and peach thingies.
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  • Joanna at Sugar Savvy is starting off the summer with an authentically flavored Corn Lolly. Sounds like a fun treat to bring back from that vacation in Iowa.
  • I’ve been remiss in KitKat land (I’m stuck in Starburst/Skittle-ville), but Sera’s certainly picking up the slack with a big roundup of Limited Edition KitKat from Japan: Banana, Yubari Melon and Blood Orange.
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  • On the more picturesque side of things, you may have noticed the cool ad I found on Flickr. This is a photo set of old candy ads from a catalogue uploaded by newhousedesign.
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  • SugarHog is back from her trip to Finland, so look out for more from her.
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  • Terry at The Chocolate Review has been detailing all the versions of HubbaBubba he can get his hands on. Who knew there were that many? I bet his jaws really hurt.
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  • William at Chocolate Obsession seems to have crawled out from under his moving boxes and has started sharing again. (Of course he leads off with Bacon? Well, someone’s gotta cover it, cuz I don’t touch the stuff.)
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  • Finally, YumSugar is running a testimonial round-up right now: I Heart Candy!. Deadline is June 19th.
  • Here’s the recap of CandyBlog reviews this week:
    Tuesday: Storck Chocolate Riesen (9 out of 10)

    Wednesday: Butterfinger Stixx (6 out of 10)

    Thursday: Starburst Sours (New) (6 out of 10)

    Friday: Sour Extinguisher (5 out of 10)

    Weekly Average: 6.5 ... 50% chocolate content.

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:38 am     CandyFun StuffNewsComments (5)

    Sour Extinguisher

    Sour ExtinguisherFollowing up on yesterday’s Starburst Sour, I thought I’d tackle some real sour stuff. I found Sour Extinguisher at the 7-11 a few weeks ago and thought it was a cute idea. There are three different flavors with different levels of sour along with an “extinguisher” that puts out the sour burn.

    The first thing I noticed was that the “randomness” of my bag meant that I had an overwhelming number of yellow candies. (The bag makes mention that the assortment may vary, it also makes mention of the chance of mouth irritation.)

    The candies break down this way:

    Tangy Tangerine - a mild sour ...  (6 candies)
    Super Sour Lemon - super pucker power. (15 candies)
    Tongue Twisting Lime - will it be enough to burn your tongue? (8 candies)
    Sweet Blue Raspberry - the sour extinguisher. (4 candies)

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    The little candies look more like pieces of lumpy gum. They’re matte in color and don’t smell like anything.

    The Tangerine is nice. A little firm to chew, not quite a Chewy SweeTart or Skittles, it’s more like a Razzle that never turns into gum. Lemon is quite tart, but actually has some really good authentic lemon flavors in there, even a little bitterness that makes it taste like a freshly shaken lemonade. Lime is very sour, so much so that it takes a while to get to the actual flavor. Again, it actually tastes like lime eventually.

    None of them was so sour that I had to reach for the Extinguisher but I pretended with some Lime anyway. The Raspberry was definitely sweet and it definitely smote the sour. The flavor was pretty bland, kind of like cotton candy.

    The texture of the candies as a whole isn’t really my idea of great. They’re crumbly but never really chewy and then they disappear. I’d give them higher marks if I didn’t feel like the texture was due to being in the sofa cushions for several years. As an interactive candy that you really need to look at what you’re eating, it’s a fun idea, especially for kids who crave these sorts of things. I found, if nothing else, they really got my mouth watering.

    Chewy ExtinguisherSee Candy Addict’s kid tested review.

    UPDATE 6/9/2009: Big BOING, the company that developed Sour Extinguisher, sold it to American Licorice. It was relaunched in January 2009 with two flavor sets. Full review here of the new Chewy Extinguisher Sour Citrus & Chewy Extinguisher Sour Fruit.

    Related Candies

    1. Wonka Kazoozles: Cherry Punch & Pink Lemonade
    2. Twizzlers Sweet & Sour Filled Twists
    3. New Flavors: Skittles Sour & Wonka Runts
    4. Red Vines
    5. Twizzlers Rainbow Twists
    6. Twizzler Sourz
    7. Twerpz
    Name: Sour Extinguisher
      RATING:
    • 10 SUPERB
    • 9 YUMMY
    • 8 TASTY
    • 7 WORTH IT
    • 6 TEMPTING
    • 5 PLEASANT
    • 4 BENIGN
    • 3 UNAPPEALING
    • 2 APPALLING
    • 1 INEDIBLE
    Brand: big BOING
    Place Purchased: 7-11
    Price: $.89
    Size: 1.5 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 101
    Categories: Chew, Sour, United States

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:09 am     Comments (21)

    Thursday, May 31, 2007

    Starburst Sours (New)

    Starburst Sour (new)Just when I think I’m done, I get pulled back in again! I thought I’d reviewed all the Starburst on the market today when I saw that the Starburst Sour have new flavors.

    It’s not like I was that thrilled with the original set of flavors in the Starburst Sour array, so the new ones might be better.

    As luck would have it I picked up the new flavors, then saw the original flavors at the 99 Cent Only Store. Before you go thinking that this will be a redux of the LifeSavers, both of these products are fresh.

    Original Starburst Sour were manufactured in June of 2006 with an expiration of 8/2007. New Starburst Sour were manufactured in December 2006. (Curious how I know this, check out What Does that Mars Code Mean?)

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    Here’s the flavor breakout:

    Starburst Sour (new)Sour Tangerine (was Orange) - I really had to work hard on this one. The wrappers were the exact same shade of orange and the candies were the exact same shade of orange. I had to admit that the new Sour Tangerine was different from the orange. It had a “high note” of orange and tartness that just wasn’t in the original. I can’t say I prefer one over the other, but I’m glad there’s something citrus in there.

    Sour Green Apple (was Cherry) - I was pretty surprised that this wasn’t in the original mix. It’s definitely a synthetic sour apple taste, but it’s quite intense and of course sour. It has some nice real apple juice notes to balance it out, especially as the chew goes on.

    Sour Strawberry (was Grape) - While I enjoy a sassy tart and crispy apple and even a juicy tangerine, I have a hard time with sour strawberries, as they’re so much better when they’re sweet and ripe. It smelled like strawberry - a cross between summer flowers and cotton candy. The chew though, was a little less pleasant. It was sour but it didn’t match up with the flavor, it was like a blind date that was going horribly, uncomfortably wrong. It made me break out in a sweat twice, not because it was too sour, perhaps because of the red food coloring. I didn’t eat the third one in the mix.

    Sour Blue Raspberry (same) - still an insane blue, still an unnatural flavor for food. Tart and a little on the lime side, a little bitter/dry aftertaste that I kind of liked it this time around.

    Overall, I prefer the much more rounded flavors of the classic Starburst. I can see these being a nice change of pace and if I were doing more bike riding or running where I wanted a little something to get rid of dry mouth, this might be the stuff because they’re so portable and of course a good variety in every pack.

    Some of our wheat sensitive friends will be happy to hear that the new packaging now says that New Flavors Starburst Sour are Gluten Free (please make sure that your package says that if you’re gluten intolerant since the old flavor set does not say that!).

    Related Candies

    1. Eiffel BonBons
    2. Starburst GummiBursts
    3. Cinnamon Fire Twizzlers
    4. Sour Extinguisher
    5. Starburst Baja California & Tropical
    6. Starburst Berries & Creme and Fruit & Creme
    7. Starburst
    Name: New Flavors! Starburst Sour
      RATING:
    • 10 SUPERB
    • 9 YUMMY
    • 8 TASTY
    • 7 WORTH IT
    • 6 TEMPTING
    • 5 PLEASANT
    • 4 BENIGN
    • 3 UNAPPEALING
    • 2 APPALLING
    • 1 INEDIBLE
    Brand: Mars
    Place Purchased: Rite Aid (Hollywood)
    Price: $.69
    Size: 2.07 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 120
    Categories: Chew, Sour, United States, Mars, Starburst

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:09 am     Comments (11)

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