Archive for October, 2013

Milka & Oreo

October 16th, 2013 by Rosa

This Milka & Oreo came to me via a visiting German student in the lab. It was a gift for the lab to share, so I couldn’t take it home to photograph in my usual set-up.

Instead, I managed to snag some shots with my fancy new iPhone (finally gave up on my dumb phone when the 9 button no longer worked) before my labmates tucked into the bar. I gotta say, I think my new camera phone is at least as good as, if not better than, my now 5 years old digital camera.

The Milka & Oreo was a Milka milk chocolate bar filled with Oreo cookies and cream. That Milka chocolate was wonderful – there was just a thin top and bottom layer of it, but it was substantial in texture (thick and creamy) and flavor (luscious caramel notes).

The offwhite cream center was sweet with notes of dairy and vanilla frosting. It was chock full of hearty bits of Oreo chocolate cookies, which tasted of bittersweet dark cocoa.

Those cookies were incredibly crunchy. I was astounded as to how they maintained their crunchiness while surrounded by all that cream.

I found this bar to be quite addictive. The flavor and texture mix was great, with the melting and sweet caramel milk chocolate contrasting nicely with the robust crunch of the darker chocolate Oreos. An OM.

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Handmade chocolates from 1 minute meal

October 15th, 2013 by Rosa

Via Serious Eats, here’s a 1 minute meal video of Michael Rogak of Jomart Chocolates explaining why he believes in the power of handmade chocolates.

1 Minute Meal: “Factory Hands” from James Boo on Vimeo.

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Hammond’s Pigs N’ Taters

October 11th, 2013 by Rosa

I bought this Hammond’s Pigs N’ Taters bar at the amazing Giant Eagle flagship in Pittsburgh. How could I not buy a bar featuring “milk chocolate with crispy bacon bits & potato chips”? Those are all things that I love!

This is the third Hammond’s chocolate bar that I’ve reviewed (previous reviews here and here). While they look like they’re all the same rectangular shape on the outside, they’ve all had a different structure inside. This one was segmented into 6 rectangles, each stamped with an H.

The bar’s break was soft, due to the milk chocolate. That milk chocolate was sweet with a mild chocolate flavor. It was maybe a bit sour and dusky to finish, but it was hard to tell because…

SALT! was mostly what my tastebuds picked up. I like salt in my chocolate, but man, this was salt overload. The potato chips were salty, as were the bacon bits (which were the crunchy artificial kind with no actual meat).

All those salty add-ins did bring a nice crunch to the bar. If I thought really hard about it, I think I could pick up some vaguely meaty and starchy potato notes, but mostly it was just salty.

It turns out that mixing up a whole bunch of things that I enjoy doesn’t necessarily compound that enjoyment. Go figure.

An O because I did enjoy trying it, but I wouldn’t buy it again now that my curiosity is sated/salted.

 

 

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ChocoVivo Preview

October 10th, 2013 by Rosa

LA has a new bean-to-bar chocolate maker called ChocoVivo. Serious Eats has a mini-profile here. It sounds like they make Mexican-style chocolate that’s coarse, like Taza’s chocolate.

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David Lebovitz’s Salted Butter Chocolate Sauce Recipe

October 8th, 2013 by Rosa

David Lebovitz is a master of sweets – and a master of making me drool onto my keyboard. Check out his recipe for a salted butter chocolate sauce that looks like it would be good with just about anything.

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Sarris Candies – Pecan Truffle & Cashew Meltaway

October 7th, 2013 by Rosa

Today I’ve got two more treats that I picked up in Pittsburgh from local candy maker Sarris Candies: a Pecan Truffle and a Cashew Meltaway.

The packaging on the Pecan Truffle was misleading. The image on the package showed a prettily striped square truffle treat, similar to the S’mores bar that I reviewed last week.

Instead, the chocolate bar within was just a plain rectangle, though its top was prettily wavy. The cross section wasn’t quite so chock full of nuts either.

The bar had a milk chocolate shell that was thickly creamy and quite sweet. Inside that shell was a top layer of dark chocolate truffle filling. While the truffle filling was also thick and creamy, it was softer and had a fatty feel as it melted.

Finally, there was some itty bitty pieces of pecans below the dark truffle filling. I found their taste to be on the raw side and would’ve preferred a roastier nut. Because I wanted more nuttiness from something that was supposed to feature pecans so prominently, an O.

The Cashew Meltaway had a minimalist silver wrapper with text but no pictures. Inside, the Cashew Meltaway bar looked pretty much like the Pecan Truffle – a rectangle with a wavy textured top.

Like the Pecan Truffle, this had a milk chocolate shell. Unlike the Pecan Truffle, however, the truffle filling inside the Cashew Meltaway was also milk chocolate.

I thought the truffled milk chocolate tasted more caramelly with some vanilla undertones as well. It was sweet and creamy, like the milk chocolate shell, but softer in texture.

The cashew bits were sharply crunchy and added a hint of nuttiness. I liked their nuttiness more than the under-flavored pecans.

Though this won points for being nuttier, it lost points for being too sweet after more than a couple of bites. After a while, it made my throat burn. An O.

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The secret to Nadal’s popularity

October 3rd, 2013 by Rosa

Fun fact: I was once in a ESPN “This is SportsCenter” commercial as part of the YPMB. I’m sad that I can’t find it on YouTube. It’s the one with Steely McBeam and the Jets cheerleaders welcoming Brock Andrews.

Raphael Nadal has a new “This is SportsCenter” commercial. Check out the secret to his popularity (via AdFreak).

Update 10/05/2013: I found our commercial!

 

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Sarris Candies S’mores

October 2nd, 2013 by Rosa

While I was in Pittsburgh for a conference, my former labmate and awesome Pittsburgh host took me to one of the best grocery stores ever: the Giant Eagle flagship. It was at least as good, if not better, than the flagship Wegmans in Pittsford, largely due to its incredible candy selection.

I picked up a few local confections from Sarris Candies. First up, this S’mores treat, which was described as ”marshmallow & graham cracker covered in our creamy milk chocolate”.

I was nervous about keeping this bar intact and unmelted throughout my travels. Thankfully, this was a hardy bar, and I unwrapped it at home to find it unscathed, with all its chocolate drizzle ribbons intact.

The outer milk chocolate shell was thick and sweet and creamy. It featured strong caramel undertones to its dairy chocolate flavor.

Inside, the 1.5 oz bar held a bottom layer of graham cracker topped with a white foamy marshmallow. The marshmallow was sweet and softly squishy, adding a nice textural contrast to the cookie and the melting chocolate.

The graham cracker cookie was quite crumbly and slightly crunchy. Its graham flavor was mildly sweet, which did a nice job of cutting the sweetness of the chocolate and keeping the treat from becoming too cloying.

I ate the whole thing in one sitting (rare for me!), partly because it wasn’t that big compared to regular candy bars. It gets an OM, and I wish I’d bought more. The Sarris website recommends microwaving these for a few seconds to make them extra gooey, which I’d like to try.

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Android KitKat 4.4

October 1st, 2013 by Rosa

Y’all have probably heard by now that the newest Adroid’s OS is going to be KitKat. Pretty sweet cross promotion for Nestle! I’m sure that did not come cheap…

Via AdFreak, KitKat also has a new commercial (above) that spoofs tech rollout announcements.

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