Archive for October, 2013

Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2013 by Rosa

Happy Halloween! Are you trick or treating, or handing out candy to trick or treaters? What will kiddos get if they visit your house? Maybe a gummi eyeball?

If you end up with a full bounty of trick-or-treating chocolate, mayhaps you can melt it all together into a 7-layer dip, Serious Eats style. It looks delicious yet nauseous all at the same time!

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Why this is a candy blog and not a vegetable blog

October 30th, 2013 by Rosa

Candy is just so much better. These kids know (via AdFreak):

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Halloween Salami Recipe

October 29th, 2013 by Rosa

If you’re looking for a last-minute spooky treat to bring to a Halloween party this year, check out this Serious Eats recipe for chocolate “salami”. It’s very simple, but the results are quite visually striking.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Giveaway Reminder

October 28th, 2013 by Rosa

Hey guys,

Don’t forget that I’ve got a giveaway going for a soundtrack download of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical soundtrack! You can enter here.

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Haribo Smurfs

October 25th, 2013 by Rosa

I once bought Haribo Smurfs waaay back in 2009, when I was on vacation in France. There, they were Haribo Schtroumpfs, which was fun to say. I’m pretty sure I drove my boyfriend crazy going, “Schtroumpfs schtroumpfs schtroumpfs” for a good chunk of that trip.

While they’ve been popular in Europe for a while, Haribo Smurfs are new to U.S. shores. They’ve only been around since February of this year to promote that terrible Smurfs 2 movie. I found them at Cost Plus World Market, along with Wednesday’s Haribo Ginger-Lemon Gummis.

The gummis may have all started out very Smurf-like in shape, but mine got melted a bit in my car, so their features were less than ideally defined. Still, I could make out Smurfette (the blonde) and Papa Smurf with his red hat.

The texture of the gummis was classic Haribo, very bouncy and sproingy without getting stuck in my teeth. The gummis were mostly blue, which tasted sweet with a light berry fruitiness. Maybe they were blueberry flavored, or maybe that was the power of suggestive coloring.

The classic white Smurf’s hat tasted of core-y pineapple, while Papa Smurf’s red hat tasted of berry as well. Smurfette’s blond locks were lemony sweet with light citrus flavors.

I found these to be pleasant enough, if not especially earth-shattering in flavor. I probably wouldn’t buy them again over other gummis, unless I was looking for an excuse to say “Schtroumpfs” a lot. An O.

Cybele on Candy Blog also reviewed these last month, and her photos came out much better than mine.


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Another Dominique Ansel confection

October 24th, 2013 by Rosa

Via Serious Eats, Domonique Ansel’s latest confection creation is a Gingerbread Pinecone filled with speculoos mousse and covered in chocolate. There are few things more delicious than speculoos and chocolate, as Trader Joe’s has taught me.


Photo from Dominique Ansel’s website because I live too dang far away to get my paws on one for myself.


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Haribo Ginger-Lemon Gummis

October 23rd, 2013 by Rosa

I first saw Haribo‘s Ginger-Lemon Gummis at the Sweets and Snacks Expo back in 2012. I got to taste a sample then, but they didn’t have any that I could take with me, so I wasn’t able to review them then.

Since then, I’d been keeping an eye out for them in the wild. A few weeks ago, I finally found them at Cost Plus World Market for only $1.89!

The yellow, vaguely egg-shaped gummies were sugar sand covered and had the sproingy, bouncy Haribo chew that I love. On first bite, they were slightly tart, I think because there was sour powder mixed in with that sugar sand.

The gummis began with a tart yet sweet lemon flavor before taking on the bite of ginger root. I liked that the ginger flavor was noticeably sharp but not painful.

Its flavor lingered in the finish, eased by the sweetness of the gummi. I found these gummis to be pleasantly addictive, with their well-balanced flavors and enjoyable texture. An OMG.

If my review isn’t enough for you, Cybele gave these her highest rating over on Candy Blog.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical giveaway

October 22nd, 2013 by Rosa

When it rains it pours. Or something. I’m currently running a giveaway for a free bag of Zulka sugar, and today I’m starting yet another giveaway for a free download of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical soundtrack. It’s the only candy-centered musical that I can think of!


The musical is currently playing in London, but I’ve read that they’re hoping to bring it to Broadway eventually. I have fond memories of watching the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie as a kid, and I think I read Roald Dahl’s books about that chocolate factory at least half a dozen times each.

If you’d like to try to win a free download of the musical soundtrack, courtesy of WaterTower Music, leave a comment here about your favorite Charlie and the Chocolate Factory moment. I’ll randomly select one winner. Contest closes a week from today at 11:59PM EST, October 29th. No geographic restrictions on this one, since the prize is a digital download!

Good luck!

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Cadbury Cola and Pretzel

October 18th, 2013 by Rosa

Remember when I posted about how weird the Cadbury Cola Pretzel Honeycomb bar sounded, and how I’d love to try it? Ask and you shall receive, at least when you’re a candy blogger! Sometimes…

The folks at CyberCandy heard my plea and sent me a free sample of my very own Cadbury Cola Pretzel Honeycomb bar. It was an absurdly ginormous bar, weighing in at 200g (just under half a pound).

The bar had traveled to me all the way from England, so it had broken up a bit by the time I got it. You can see from Kev’s review that the bar is pretty crazily/assymmetrically segmented, so that it looks quite cobblestonesque, and its underside was studded with oval chunks of pretzel.

Those pretzel chunks were each about peanut-sized, so pretty big. They delivered a great hit of salty crunch that contrasted nicely with the sweet and lightly grainy melt of the Cadbury milk chocolate.

While the bar had a hearty crunch from the pretzels, some chomps carried a more subtle, even dainty, crunch from the bits of honeycomb in the bar. They also added a lightly golden sweet tinge.

The cola came in the form of small chewy nuggets that were spread out throughout the bar. Those nuggets reminded me of Au’some Nuggets in texture – chewy with a matte graininess – and they added a fruity cola undertone.

I have to give Cadbury major credit for this “marvelous creation”. They really let their creativity run wild while still creating a tasty bar of unusual flavor combinations. It was almost too sweet for me, but those solid pretzel chunks reeled it back. An OM.

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Zulka sugar skull giveaway

October 17th, 2013 by Rosa

We all know that Halloween is coming, but did you know about the Mexican holiday that follows it? Really, it’s more correct to say that the Day of the Dead precedes Halloween…

The Day of the Dead is all about celebrating the memories of loved ones who have died. It involves lots of skeletons and skulls for decorations, including skulls made out of sugar.

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The folks at Zulka sent me the above bag of cane sugar and a skull mold so that I could try my hand at making a sugar skull. He’s still drying out, so I can’t decorate him yet.

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If you’d like the chance to make your own sugar skull, you’re in luck! Zulka’s letting me give away another sugar skull making kit. One lucky, randomly selected reader will get a 4lb bag of Zulka sugar and a skull mold.

To enter, leave a comment about your favorite Halloween tradition. Contest closes at 11:59 PM EST next Friday, October 25th. U.S. readers only. Good luck!

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