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Monday, February 6, 2006

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    POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:44 pm    

    Consumer Reports: Valentines

    Consumer Reports, the bastion of stodgy and unbiased reviews of common products has tackled the confusing world of boxed chocolates just in time for Valentine’s Day.

    Their top picks?

    Norman Love Confections but they give Candinas and Jacques Torres Jacques’s Choice a best buy, probably because they’re half the price.

    In the Very Good category See’s Famous Old Time Assorted got high marks and of the recommended (Very Good or Excellent) chocolates, it’s by the far the least expensive (at $.88 per ounce) which means you can give your sweetie MORE for the same money!

    The worst on the list? Whitman’s Sampler.

    See the complete list here.

    (Link found via A Full Belly - thanks!)

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:16 am     ValentinesNewsShoppingComments (0)

    Pearson’s Nut Roll

    Pearson’s Nut Roll is one of those bars I look at and think that it’s not for my generation. It was first introduced in 1933, and during the depression a bar like this could not only be a treat, but supply much needed calories and protein at a rather affordable price.

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    Pearson’s Nut Roll is kinda like a Payday bar. It’s a soft nougat center, then a small layer of sticky caramel and a generous coating of salted peanuts (Virginia peanuts according to their website). My bar was a little wonky, with the caramel part showing through and the peanuts all gathered around the edges instead of on top. It didn’t seem to affect the flavor at all.

    The center is much sweeter, as far as I can tell, than a Payday bar, but the nuts are salty and balance it well. For a candy bar there’s a lot of protein in there too, 8 grams for the regular 1.8 ounce sized bar. A lot of those “nutrition” bars don’t have that much protein in them. Of course you have to like peanuts to eat this bar. Which I do.

    It’s a solid middle performer as candy bars go. It’s something I would pick up if I were looking for a “meal replacement candy bar” that has a good balance of taste, texture and of course a hit of protein which gives lasting energy. Without any chocolate, it’s a good hot weather performer as well.

    Name: Pearson's Salted Nut Roll
      RATING:
    • 10 SUPERB
    • 9 YUMMY
    • 8 TASTY
    • 7 WORTH IT
    • 6 TEMPTING
    • 5 PLEASANT
    • 4 BENIGN
    • 3 UNAPPEALING
    • 2 APPALLING
    • 1 INEDIBLE
    Brand: Pearson's
    Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market
    Price: $.69
    Size: 1.8 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 133
    Categories: Peanuts, Caramel, United States

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:03 am     Comments (40)

    Sunday, February 5, 2006

    Malted Crisped Rice Squares

    For those of you who have been reading the blog, you know well of my love for all things malted. (And let me tell you, I don’t blog about half the malted stuff I eat.)

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    A while back I decided to create a recipe for Rice Krispie Squares with Malt.

    This turned out to be rather simple, and here’s the recipe I used:

  • 4 tablespoons of butter (a half a stick)
  • 40 large marshmallows (about 10 ounces)
  • 5 cups of crisped rice
  • 1/2 cup of Carnation Malted Milk powder
  • Melt the butter in the bottom of a large saucepan (big enough to hold all ingredients) over the lowest heat. Add the marshmallows after the butter has melted, stir over low heat (this part takes a while).

    When the marshmallows are dissolved and mixed thoroughly with the butter, add the malted milk powder, slowly to prevent clumping. Stir well (and quickly). Remove from heat and add in the rice krispies (I usually add half, stir well, then add the other half).

    Dump mixture into a baking pan (I use 12x9, but you can do square and they’ll just be really tall). Press with buttered fingers into corners. Allow to cool.

    The squares end up being a bit milder, less sweet than regular rice crispies treats. I enjoyed them and I think I’ll probably make them again (seeing how I have a half a box of rice crispies, I’ll probably have to). The look about the same as the regular ones, maybe a little more yellow and have a distinctive malty smell.

    I know this doesn’t qualify as candy, but I supposed you could make small cubes and dip them in chocolate. Yum.

    Related Candies

    1. Slice of Orange Hot Chocolate
    2. The Easiest Chocolate Pudding (not quite from scratch)
    3. BonBonBars: Malt Ganache & Scotch
    4. Recipe: Candy Crescents
    5. Mary Jane’s Bread Pudding
    6. Chocolate Hellfire Chip Cookies
    7. Villars Swiss Milk Chocolate

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:52 pm     RecipesReviewFun StuffNewsComments (5)

    Joke Contest

    What’s better for your heart than some good chocolate?

    A good laugh.

    You can have both (or give both).

    Enter the Laughter is running a contest to find the best Valentine’s-themed joke. The winner gets a box of chocolates.

    Enter here. (Or just read the current entries.)

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:57 pm     Fun StuffComments (1)

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