Archive for July, 2009

Mr. Chocolate takes on Mr. Softee

July 17th, 2009 by Rosa

Via the NY Times Dining Section of past, a Food Stuff blurb on Jacque Torres’s (aka Mr. Chocolate) new ice cream parlor, right next to his NYC chocolate shop.

I spent four years at college on the commuter line to NYC, and that I’m gone, I really wish I’d found the time to go into the city more. Good thing JetBlue flies direct between Rochester and JFK, and I have plenty of friends now living in the city – I’m sure I’ll be able to visit again soon-ish.

PS: Back to reviews on Monday! Hooray!

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Sweet Sunday Sweets

July 16th, 2009 by Rosa

If you’ve yet to discover the Cake Wrecks blog, you’re missing out! Blogger Jen posts photos of and hilarious commentary on professionally made cakes gone awry.

Every Sunday, she does a thematic Sunday Sweets post, showcasing some of the best in cake decorating. One Sunday, the theme was candy! Check it out here. I think my favorite is the Smarties roll cake – each Smartie was an individual cake!

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Candy across the world

July 15th, 2009 by Rosa

This neat article in Business Week is a nice overview of different candymakers around the world, battling it out for marketshare. An accompanying slide show lists the victors – the top candysellers in 25 different candies.

Before you click, got any guesses on who comes out on top?

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Plan B: Truffle making

July 14th, 2009 by Rosa

A fun NY Times column about trying truffle making as a backup job (scroll down to the final third for the chocolate part). Chocolate + tequila + chili + potato chips = dubious candy creation.

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Chow Gift Guides – the candy picks

July 13th, 2009 by Rosa

Back around Fathers’ Day, Chow recommended Vosges ice cream and LaLaBoodle’s Dark Chocolate Toffee as good gifts for dad.

More candy goodies appear on their Summer Gift Guide: Southern Candymakers (reviewed by me here) pralines, Valerie Confections’ uber-expensive chocolate skull truffles, and Guittard’s bittersweet chocolate sprinkles to go with a new ice cream maker.

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Cracked out candy commercial

July 10th, 2009 by Rosa

I feel like I could start a new blog category just for weird candy commercials. Via AdFreak, an ad for an Australian candy company that features a terrifyingly ginormous doll that wanders, Godzilla-like, through a city. Okay, so Godzilla never gave out free candy, but still – creepy!

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Can candy boost your athletic prowess?

July 9th, 2009 by Rosa

Via the NY Times Really? column, an explanation of why candy isn’t your best option for pre-workout food. I wonder if heavily nutted candies could work though, as they’re pretty protein packed.

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Candy Comics

July 8th, 2009 by Rosa

From F-Minus, May 30, 2009:

From Natalie Dee, June 24, 2009:

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A French near miss

July 7th, 2009 by Rosa

Sadly, it wasn’t until after I got back from Europe that I saw David Lebovitz’s post about a special, limited edition run of French stamps that look and smell like chocolate. I was even in a French post office! Buying stamps! Zut!

I shall also miss David Lebovitz’s upcoming Paris Gastronomic Adventure tour (not that I could’ve afforded it anyway). Don’t those macarons look delectable? I think they’re what I miss most about France.

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Candy Industry Trends Report, 2009

July 6th, 2009 by Rosa

Candy trends are fun and funny. Back in the day, dark chocolate was just a trend, and now it’s pretty much the norm. Recent trends that I can think of include bacon, chili chocolate, and “superfruits” like pomegrante, acai, and goji.

So what’s the next big candy trend? Here’s what the National Confectioners Association has to say in their 2009 trend report:

  • Confections will have healthier options and fortified benefits.
  • Chocolate isn’t just for dessert. Providing the most surprising flavor combinations, chocolate and cocoa will be used as a key ingredient in main courses.
  • Sweet and savory duos like chocolate and bacon, and chocolate and cheese will be popular in stores and on menus.
  • International spices and ethnic flavors will also have a large influence on new U.S. products and flavor development overall, especially Asian and Latin flavors.
  • Intense new flavors and interactive experiences will dominate children’s candies.
  • Eco-friendly manufacturing efforts, like recyclable packaging, will influence product development and consumer purchasing.

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