This morning I decided to really concentrate on my list of candies I wanted to seek out.
Here are a few highlights so far:
Junior Mints has a new product called, jeeze, they don’t even have the name on the wrapper! It’s kind of like the Cella cherry cordial. A giant Junior Mint. The dark chocolate is decent and gives a nice dry but chocolatey counterpoint to the abundant soft flowing and abundant mint fondant.
Hershey’s was displaying more of their Chinese line of chocolate that includes a Kiss filled with a thick and creamy strawberry fondant. It was pretty good, again, nothing I’d buy regularly, but I enjoyed the new edition.
Welch’s has a new line (manufactured by Promotion in Motion) called Fruit ‘n Yogurt snacks. It’s almost too healthy to call candy. There’s a soft fruity center that’s made from fruit puree (and added sugar after using fruit juice for sweetener) and is covered with a creamy yogurt coating that has added calcium, vitamins and even probiotics. They come in Strawberry, Cherry, Raspberry, Blueberry and Peach. No artificial colors or flavors.
Dove is also branching into the fortified chocolates with their Vitalize line that will be sold in morsels like the Promises. Milk and dark chocolate pieces are fortified with heart healthy antioxidants and vitamins. If the dark chocolate version is any indication, this silky smooth piece doesn’t feel like a compromise on taste. But I expect a premium price to be attached.
I sat down with a few minutes with Ginny (I’ll link up to her in the future with her coverage) and tried the Twix Java bar. It’s definitely a strong coffee flavor and feels authentic. It has the chocolate cookie core and a coffee flavored caramel with milk chocolate on the outside. I think I’d prefer the dark chocolate, it just felt a little too sticky sweet ... just a little too much for me in the two stick pack. I think I’d like it in the mini size they do.
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