Archive for July, 2010

Coconut M&M’s

July 2nd, 2010 by Rosa

Coconut M&M’s have been out for a while, but I only just stumbled across them at a local convenience store. They had started out as a limited edition M&M, but I do believe they’ve now morphed into a permanent addition.

They smelled like a mix of generic quality chocolate and coconut sunscreen. The M&M’s were fatter than plain ones and irregularly shaped.

They only came in three colors – green, dark brown, and white. As you can see, some of them had Ms adorned with additional tropical-themed decorations, like beach umbrellas and flowers.

The insides were solid chocolate. The chocolate was reminiscent of that of plain M&M’s, so there was a tad bit of graininess to it. It was on the sweet side, with just a bit of fruitiness.

The center also had a nicely genuine coconut flavor that was pretty spot on. All in all, the whole M&M was a tad too sweet from the milk chocolate and the sugar shell, but I still enjoyed it.

I liked Almond Joy Pieces better. AJP had more nuttiness in the center thanks to their bits of almond, their shell was crunchier, and their chocolate was darker and nuttier.

I found the Pieces better balanced, but I wouldn’t turn down Coconut M&M’s if they were offered to me. They get an O. I’d say they’d be good enough for an OM, but the Almond Joy Pieces got an OM, and the AJP are definitely better.

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Serious Eats Recaps the Sweets and Snacks Expo

July 1st, 2010 by Rosa

As previously lamented, I wasn’t able to make it to the Sweets and Snacks Expo, this year’s big candy trade show.

Fortunately, Serious Eats was there to recap some of the booths of interest:

Part I: The Big Guns

Part II: Smaller US Companies

Part III: International Companies

Part IV: Serious Eats’s Notable Five

Maybe next year, I’ll manage to be there. In the meantime, I still have at least 10-12 pounds of my pre-trade show press goodie bag to go through!

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