Olive & Sinclair Whisky

September 19th, 2014 by Rosa

I mentioned yesterday that I visited Olive & Sinclair, a Nashville bean-to-bar chocolate maker, while I was in town for a wedding. There were some chocolate truffles filled with a boozy caramel for sale – if I remember correctly, they were called Whisky Musket Balls?

At any rate, I bought one to try. It was pricey but noms!

By the way, that round stone in the top right corner is for grinding cocoa beans to make chocolate. And those pebbly-looking things at the bottom are cocoa beans. The backwards EAT is a reflection of a sign that they had on the opposite wall.

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Olive & Sinclair

September 18th, 2014 by Rosa

Part of my recent travels included a weekend in Nashville for a wedding. My awesome friend Kevin took me to Olive & Sinclair, a local bean-to-bar chocolate maker in Nashville.

It was a fun visit. They’ve got free samples of everything lying around, so of course I tried it all. I also bought a box of their Bourbon Nib Brittle to review, so stay tuned!

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Pee candy from Hollywood

September 17th, 2014 by Rosa

I’ve been traveling quite a bit recently, so I’ve been too busy to write new reviews. Hopefully I’ll be able to play some catch-up this weekend, as I’ve got some new free samples that just rolled in. In the meantime, I’ve got some photos from my travels to share.

I found this pee candy (“Urine for a Treat”, harhar) at a candy store near Universal Studios in Hollywood. It’s a yellow liquid candy stashed in a specimen cup. Lovely, no?

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Bon Appétit foreign candy slideshow

September 4th, 2014 by Rosa

Bon Appétit has a slideshow of “19 foreign candies to buy while traveling“. For some reason, they’ve got Japanese Kit Kats in the slideshow header but not in the actual slideshow, which is a shame because Japanese Kit Kats are awesome.

Which reminds me, I’ve got some cheesecake flavored ones stashed away from this past March. I should find those…

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Who hasn’t wished for a bathroom made of chocolate?

September 2nd, 2014 by Rosa

Via Eater, here’s good news for anyone with an extra $133,000 lying around and a wish to take care of potty business in a bathroom made entirely of chocolate: you can buy a sink, toilet, tub, and bidet made entirely of chocolate! For that aforementioned $133k.

Apparently the company that made the chocolate plumbing fixtures is called “Choccywoccydoodah“. That they are not called “Choccywoccydoodoo” is just a missed opportunity.

More detailed photos, price breakdown, and ordering information can be found here.

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Peanut Hottie

August 29th, 2014 by Patty

Howdy! I’m Patty, a professor of Psychological Sciences at a small college in the midwest. Some important background information: I’m absolutely obsessed with peanut butter. It’s gotten to the point where I can’t keep any sort of nut butter in the house, or I’ll enter into a nut-butter-induced-fugue-state…within a few hours, the nut butter will have miraculously disappeared.

So I was particularly excited that Rosa gave me this opportunity to review a free sample of Peanut Hottie, a new hot peanut butter drink. The product is already available in the UK, and it will be hitting the US on September 7th.

Peanut Hottie is a powder that you dissolve into hot water…it’s that simple. When it launches in the US this fall, it will come in two flavors: peanut butter (what I sampled for this review), and peanut butter & chocolate. It’s made with real peanuts and is caffeine free.

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As soon as I opened the jar, I was hit with a sweet peanut-ish scent, really reminiscent of Nutter Butter cookies. The powder is fine-grained and off-white, and each jar of Peanut Hottie contains about 13 servings. The instructions recommended 4-5 heaping teaspoons of powder per mug of hot water, so I put 4 really heaping teaspoons in about 10 oz of hot water.

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The powder completely dissolved in a matter of seconds. There was no grittiness, and the texture of the drink was very smooth. It wasn’t heavy or creamy, and ended up having the consistency and color of tea with a little bit of milk in it.

Peanut Hottie review for ZOMG Candy!

The drink definitely smelled and tasted like Nutter Butter cookies: nutty and sweet (no surprise there: sugar is the first ingredient). I imagine that the smell/taste might be a bit too sweet (and not salty enough) for some people, but I found it to be an enjoyable treat as a dessert drink or sweet snack.

Peanut Hottie review for ZOMG Candy!

I saw some bloggers use Peanut Hottie powder in their baking, which made me want to explore some “off-label” uses for it. So I decided to try it in a vanilla-chocolate-peanut butter milkshake. It obviously has a completely different texture from peanut butter, but I thought it made a great flavoring for milkshakes or smoothies. It also worked well sprinkled over plain ice cream to give it a little bit of a nutty punch.

Peanut Hottie is almost definitely a “love it” or “hate it” product. It certainly does not have a natural peanut butter flavor or roasted nutty profile, but do most instant hot cocoa mixes taste exactly like chocolate bars? Heck no, and I’m okay with that.

Overall, I liked that my cup of Peanut Hottie was light and nutty, yet still gave me a satisfying dose of sweetness. It isn’t a liquid version of peanut butter, but it’s super convenient and seems to be pretty flexible as a sweet nut flavoring for other treats. I’d give it an OM for normal folks…but an OMG for my own nut-obsessed needs!

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of Peanut Hottie from the company to review, but all opinions are my own.

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Comprehensive chocolate baking tips from Serious Eats

August 28th, 2014 by Rosa

Here’s yet another post on baking with chocolate from Serious Eats. We’ve got a triptych! The last is a long and thorough write-up all about chocolate baking, from cacao percentages to chocolate types.

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Serious Eats on unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder

August 27th, 2014 by Rosa

More on baking with chocolate from Serious Eats. This time, an explanation of why unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder can’t be subbed for each other. The former has cocoa butter; the latter does not.

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Dutched versus Natural cocoa powder.

August 26th, 2014 by Rosa

From Serious Eats, a description of the difference between Natural and Dutched cocoa powder. Honestly, I never pay attention and just use whatever we’ve got in the can at home, but it does make a difference, apparently.

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Haribo Bärchen-Pärchen

August 22nd, 2014 by Rosa

This is the second bag of Haribo gummies that I bought while in Switzerland. They caught my eye because I’ve never seen them in the U.S., and they had a giant Neu sticker on it, which made me think that they were, well, New.

Google translate tells me that Bärchen-Pärchen means Bear Couple. Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it in English. The male-looking bear says he’s Sauer, and the female-looking bear says she’s Süss, which I took to mean that these bear couples are Sour and Sweet.

There were there different sets of bear couples: red/blue, orange/green, and yellow/purple. The firmly bouncy gummies were quite cute if you think that they look like bears that are holding hands.

They also looked like conjoined twins. In the case of the yellow/purple pair, the purple visibly leeched into the yellow, which made it look like the yellow bear was stealing the purple bear’s life-force.

Yellow was the Sour of its pair, a piquant lemon that was sweet, yet puckeringly tart. It made me salivate. Purple was Sweetly mellow and artificially grapey (thankfully without any unfortunate fake cough medicine allusions).

Orange was the Sour of orange/green, and it too, was puckeringly tart but with orangey undertones to the citrus. Green was candied green apple, with the flavor of apple juice.

Red (or pink if you held it up to the light) was the Sour of the red/blue pair. I think it was supposed to raspberry, as it had a bitey undertone to it, and it wasn’t as tart as the yellow and orange bears.

The blue half was sweetly fruity with an undertone of fresh blueberry to the flavor that developed as the chew progressed. I was surprised at how well this captured the flavor of real blueberries, as most blueberry-flavored candies just taste like sugar.

These were a fun twist on a classic treat. An OM.

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