Archive for March, 2012

Kasugai Mangosteen Gummy Candy

March 2nd, 2012 by Rosa

Kasugai is probably the best known and most widely available brand of Asian gummy available in the U.S. As I noted before, I’m long overdue for a review. Fortunately, I recently saw and just had to buy this bag of their mangosteen gummis.

Mangosteen is not a fruit flavor widely seen in candy – or a fruit widely seen in the U.S. I’ve had them fresh once in Canada and loved them. They’re like lychees on deliciousness enhancing drugs.

Canned mangosteens, however, ain’t worth it. All the fresh fleshy sweetness is lost, and they get generic tasting.

The bag describes mangosteens as “the perfect balance of sweet and sour taste, known as the ‘Queen of Fruit’.” The 4oz bag was full of individually wrapped heart shaped gummis.

The gummis were a lovely translucent golden wheat-yellow. The outer surface was matte, while the gummi inside was smooth.

They were bouncier than I remember Kasugai gummis to be. The chew was super sproingy with a lot of tension.

I also remember other Kasugai gummis as being more flavorful; this was pretty mild. Its flavor was lightly sweet, a mix of mild, white peaches and white grapes with a lychee finish.

I thought this was too timid in its flavor. It was pleasant enough, but I wanted more intensity!

It was the same issue I have with canned mangosteens – the subtle uniqueness of that special fruit is lost. An O.

 

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Exclusive Chocolate Tasting Parties

March 1st, 2012 by Rosa

Via my friend Neil, who saw it on MetaFilter, Clotilde of Chocolate and Zucchini has a write-up of what it’s like to be a member of the ultra exclusive Club des Croquers de Chocolat.

They’re a bunch of French chocolate lovers that get together every other month for some serious chocolate tasting. There are only 150 members total, and you must be sponsored by two existing members in order to join – if there even are any vacancies.

In other words, I will never be cool enough to attend. For anyone else who is similarly not cool like me, you can always have your own chocolate tasting parties!

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