Archive for June, 2010

Haribo Brixx

June 30th, 2010 by Rosa

I bought this bag of Haribo Brixx at a dollar store. The same one where I bought Haribo Clown Fish and Pico-Balla. Thankfully, they weren’t as terrible as the others, but they definitely aren’t my favorite Haribo product.

The Brixx are very cute little rectangles with six smaller white rectangles of fondant running through the center. They have a very stiff chew, with no bounce and barely any stickiness.

They come in three colors: yellow, green, and red. All are pretty regularly sized and covered in sugar sand, and all had a light creamy undertone that came from the fondant threads.

I guessed that yellow was pineapple, but Candy Addict says it’s pear. It was mild and sweet, with tinge of sour citrus. The stiff chew made it taste kind of plasticky.

Green was apple. It combined the mellow roundness of Fuji apples with the edge of green Granny Smiths while staying shy of sourness.

Red fell into the trap of generic artificial red candy. It tasted deeply sweet and, well, red!

I wasn’t a big fan of the texture, but I did enjoy the novelty of the fondant addition. An O.

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Candilicious Katy Perry and Trolli Statement

June 29th, 2010 by Rosa

I had no idea Katy Perry’s new California Gurls video was crazy candy-filled until my friend Katie shared it with me. I won’t embed it here since it’s not entirely work appropriate…

And via Jezebel, Trolli felt it necessary to issue a statement about the video saying that their gummi bears would never be so rude!

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Japanese Kit Kat – Ginger Ale

June 28th, 2010 by Rosa

Leave it to the Japanese to decide that Ginger Ale would make a good Kit Kat flavor. I’d read reviews of Ginger Ale Kit Kats on other sites, but it sounded so weird that I still really wanted to try one for myself. Lucky for me, there was one in my free sample box from Tsunami.hk.

The Kit Kat was a yellow-ish white chocolate. It smelled exactly like soda, though I thought the scent was more citrusy than gingery. I’d say more like Sprite or Fresca than ginger ale.

The bars’ outer white chocolate coating was super soft and melted in my fingers. It tasted of overly sweet white chocolate with a hint of citrus.

Most of the “ginger ale” flavor lay in the cream filling sandwiched between the crisp wafers. It tasted weirdly sour and effervescent. Every once in a while, there was a sharply piquant crystal of sour lime flavor.

I wasn’t a fan of the combination of white chocolate and citrus and effervescence. The whole thing had an awful finish that I found off-putting.

Flavor-wise, I thought it merits a . But I am glad I got to try it. It’s definitely a taste experience!

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Japanese Kit Kat – Royal Milk Tea

June 25th, 2010 by Rosa

I got a bunch of Japanese Kit Kats in my free sample box from Tsunami.hk. For some reason, Kit Kats in Japan have taken on a life on their own, with dozens of always available and seasonal/limited edition flavors, some of which are quite weird.

Today’s review is of the first of the lot: Royal Milk Tea (ginger ale, 2 kinds of matcha, and raspberry cheesecake were the other ones Tsunami.hk sent).

I liked this Kit Kat’s outer packaging, with its plaid background and depiction of the iconic Queen’s Guards. The box held two individually packaged pairs of fingers. Their packaging was blue with a single guard’s silhouette.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect for the flavor. Does the “royal” apply to the milk or to the tea? I guessed that it would be a tea-flavored take on a cafe latte/cafe au lait.

The fingers were white chocolate with the usual Kit Kat cookie wafers. They tasted of vanilla and fresh milk, with a strong creaminess at the finish.

There was a bit of fragrant floral-ness mixed in with all that lovely dairy-ness, which made me think that they were aiming for Earl Grey for the tea component.

I loved the complexity of the flavors, but it was a tad too sweet for my taste. An O.

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World Cup Sponsorship Woes

June 24th, 2010 by Rosa

Via Chocolate Reviews, here’s a World Cup-centric UK Kit Kat commercial.

The problem? Mars has shelled out some big bucks to be official sponsor of England’s Football Association, and they are not pleased with what they perceive to be Kit Kat’s treading on their expensive ground!

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Kabaya Nameraka Pudding Chocolate

June 23rd, 2010 by Rosa

I recently got a generous shipment of free samples from Tsunami.hk, a Hong Kong company that ships Japanese and Asian goods to the US. They’ve got an impressive and ever-changing selection of Japanese food and drink, including lots of candy!

I don’t read Japanese. Fortunately, Tsunami translated the product name for me: Kabaya Nameraka Pudding Chocolate.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get translations for all the text on the box, so I can only guess at what the chocolate cross section is labeling. I believe it’s something along the line of chocolate cap, custard pudding filling, and custard-flavored shell?

Each pudding chocolate was individually wrapped. The chocolates themselves are cutely flower shaped. They look like tiny flans.

They taste like flan too. They’re sweet, creamy, and custardy with a chocolate finish. There was no discernible visible difference between the center and the white chocolate outer shell, but its texture was different – a little lighter and mousse-like.

I found it tasty and cute and quite unique in both flavor and shape. An OM.

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Pretzel M&Ms Commercial

June 22nd, 2010 by Rosa

Via AdFreak, here’s the new commercial for Mars’s new Pretzel M&M’s. Kinda makes you think which orifice they plan on using to get that pretzel in there… No wonder poor Orange is freaked out!

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Jelly Belly Cocktail Classics

June 21st, 2010 by Rosa

I think Jelly Belly‘s new Cocktail Classics have an awesome tagline: “It’s five o’clock somewhere.” Their press release had another great line, “All the flavors and none of the hangover.”

I’m a cocktail person (I’m too wimpy for beer’s bitterness), so I was excited to see what Jelly Belly’s jelly bean mixologists out together.

There are three new cocktail flavors – Mojito, Pomegranate Cosmo, and Peach Bellini – to add to their three current ones that have been around for two decades – Margarita, Pina Colada, and Strawberry Daiquiri.

The mini sample packs I got had all 6 cocktail flavors. For some reason, the boxed set was missing margarita.

We’ll start with the newbies. Mojito was light green with darker green speckles. Real mojitos are mint, rum, and lime.

Jelly Belly Mojito beans start off brightly tart and zesty with fresh lime flavor. Suddenly, a strong mintiness comes through.

For me, that mintiness was too much, too reminiscent of toothpaste, and I missed any notes of rum. I didn’t like the flavor mix, but I also don’t particularly care for mojitos.

Pomegranate Cosmo was a prettily translucent pink. Its initial bite of red fruitiness that gave way to a darker sweetness reminded me of regular pomegranate Jelly Bellies. I’m not sure I could differentiate the two in a blind taste test. Still, it was quite tasty!

Peach Bellini was another prettily translucent bean, more light orange than peach colored. Bellinis are peach puree with sparkling wine, and I think Jelly Belly nailed it here.

The bean version tasted fresh and fragant, with a lovely floral peachiness. There’s a champagne undertone that dances around the edge of bitterness in the finish.

And now, the old hats:

Margarita, a solid, translucent green, has always been one of my favorite Jelly Bellies. It tastes of tart citrus and lime, with a boozy undertone.

Pina Colada, yellow, starts with the tartness of pineapple, then gives way to a round coconut flavor and a sugary sweetness after the shell is gone. I like the pineapple component, but for some reason, I don’t like the mix of jelly bean texture with coconut flavor.

Strawberry Daiquiri is a solid, faintly mottled pink. It starts with an initial strong flash of genuine strawberry flavor with a hint of lime and a seedy raspberry undertone.

I enjoyed Pomegranate Cosmo, Peach Bellini, and Margarita enough to want to scoop them out of a Jelly Belly bulk bin in the future, so they get OMs. While I was less enamored of the other three, I did enjoy tasting them, so Os.

Kudos to Jelly Belly for a fun flavor mix. And kudos to Cybele for finding a fun way to photograph them (I wish I’d thought of that!)

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Ritter Sport Summer 2010 – Stracciatella

June 18th, 2010 by Rosa

This is the last of Ritter Sports’ 2010 summer flavors that I picked up in Europe. The other two, Peach-Passionfruit Yogurt and Wildberry Yogurt, were reviewed earlier in the week.

Stracciatella is a flavor of Italian gelato that’s analogous to chocolate chip ice cream. I have to admit I didn’t try stracciatella gelato while I was in Italy – I was too busy eating yogurt gelato!

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iChocolates on Succeed Blog

June 17th, 2010 by Rosa

If you don’t know about Succeed Blog, it’s the positive counterpoint to Fail Blog. Check out their iChocolate Succeed. A total gimmick, but a pretty cool one!

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