Archive for July, 2008

Jelly Bellies in the NY Times

July 3rd, 2008 by Rosa

This article is a week or so old, and I only stumbled upon it by accident. But really, since when is “People like Jelly Bellies more than regular jelly beans” news?

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Morinaga Choco Balls

July 2nd, 2008 by Rosa

These Morinaga Choco Balls were amongst the wide assortment of Japanese candies given to me by my friend Michael. It took me a while to find the name of these. The Morinaga logo is fairly clear in the top left corner (they make the pretty ubiquitous Hi-Chew candies), but the Choco Ball 40th Kyorochan seal is harder to notice. I wish I knew what Kyorochan means – maybe Choco Balls are celebrating a 40th anniversary? If so, then I’m not surprised that they’ve been around for so long. One taste of these Choco Balls had me addicted.

The Choco Balls are basically a crunchy chocolate cookie inside a shiny white chocolate coating – think Whoppers, but with different flavors. Usually I don’t enjoy white chocolate, as I find it way too sickeningly sweet, but here, it’s delicious. Like many Asian chocolates, the white chocolate shell has a creamy, fresh milk essence that’s refreshing. Maybe that’s why that toucan-looking thing on the box has a dairy cow print body.

The balls are perfectly-sized for popping, making it easy to get addicted.They’re smaller than Whoppers but bigger than M&Ms, and wonderfully, uniformly spherical. The clever packaging has a built-in spout near the top, and I found myself constantly reopening it to pour more Choco Balls into my hand so I could pop them in my mouth. I wish they came in a bigger box, as mine was all too soon emptied. An OMG for sure.

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Jelly Belly Dream Bean Contest

July 1st, 2008 by Rosa

Jelly Belly is running a “Create the Next Jelly Belly Flavor” contest. First prize is $10,000 and your flavor being made into a Jelly Belly. You can enter once a day.

The website lets you pick design your jelly bean: shell, inside, and up to two colors of speckles. Then you get a blurb to describe your jelly bean’s flavor. Once you finish creating your bean, don’t forget to play the instant win scratch-off game! That option takes a second to load, and I missed it the first time I entered a flavor.

Good luck, and have fun!

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