Archive for April, 2014

Unsweetened cocoa is good for mice – but what about chocolate and humans?

April 30th, 2014 by Rosa

The NY Times just ran an article called “Why Chocolate is Good for Us”. It describes a study finding that mice fed unsweetened cocoa extract didn’t gain weight when put on a high fat diet.

 

Sounds like a neat study! But a bit far-fetched to then say chocolate, with all its added fat and sugar, is good for people, as the headline suggests, no?

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Klondike + Candy

April 29th, 2014 by Rosa

Via AdFreak, a silly commercial about what happens when Klondike ice cream meets a candy bar. I thought it would result in the poor quality Klondike mockolates that I’ve previously reviewed, but instead, it’s a frozen ice cream chocolate bar. That seems much more appetizing!

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Washington Post Peeps diorama contest winners!

April 28th, 2014 by Rosa

I hope you all had a lovely Easter with a fruitful post-Easter candy sale haul! If you stocked up on Peeps, you can get a head start on next year’s Washington Post Peeps diorama contest.

This year’s winners are up online. A black-and-white rendition of MLK’s “I have a dream” speech took the top prize. I found it impressive, but part of the appeal of Peeps is their neon coloring. I felt they lost some of their magic rendering them in black and white.

Selfies: A Retrospeeptive was my personal favorite: cutely creative while still being cheerful!

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Nestle FruTips – Chinese Assortment

April 18th, 2014 by Rosa

On Monday, I reviewed the mango, grapefruit, and lychee FruTips that I bought in China. Today, I’ll review their regular flavor assortment.

The regular FruTips were the same size and texture as their specialized flavor counterparts, and they also contained lychee flavored jellies (white). You can refer to Monday’s review for my notes on texture and the lychee FruTips.

Yellow was lemon. It tasted tart and zesty with lots of bitey lemon zest flavors. Orange was orange and tasted of candied citrus. It, too, was quite zesty, but its flavor profile was more rotund and orangey.

Green was apple and tasted like apple juice. Pink was strawberry, which was floral and sweetly tasty.

Finally, purple was blackcurrant, which is not a flavor we usually get in the U.S. It had intense, seedy tannins with almost menthol-y undertones that gave it some bite.

Nearly six years ago, I wrote a review of Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles that may be the same product as these, except this time around, I really liked them. I’m not sure if the Chinese ones were fresher or a different formulation, or what, but I think they’re worthy of an OM.

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Keep a candy bar handy for relationship bliss

April 17th, 2014 by Rosa

Via my friend Neil, a new study shows that low blood sugar may prompt more aggression towards your significant other. Researchers suggest eating a candy bar before touchy conversations to keep things on a more even keel.

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Beautiful Easter Eggs

April 16th, 2014 by Rosa

Via David Lebovitz on Facebook, Vanity Fair France has collated the most beautiful edible Easter eggs in France. They’re absolutely stunning and almost a shame to eat.

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Nestle FruTips – Mango, Grapefruit, and Lychee

April 14th, 2014 by Rosa

As previously mentioned, I’m way overdue for a review of Nestle FruTips from China. When I was in Shanghai this March, I bought of couple of fresh tubes to cover today and Friday. I’ll start with the Mango, Grapefruit, and Lychee tube.

The FruTips were thumbnail-sized flat disks that were covered in gritty sugar sand. The chew started off mostly soft with a bit of tension, then became softer and stickier as I chewed. The texture was smooth and felt like limpid jelly on my tongue.

Grapefruit was a white with a greenish tinge. It was tart with a slight pithiness that highlighted its bright citrusy grapefruit flavors.

Mango was a pale orange. It was round and floral with nice flash of tartness at the end, and it tasted of the tropical seediness of ripe mangos.

Finally, Lychee was white and tasted just like real lychees, though more like canned lychees than fresh ones. These were sweetly floral and addictively tasty.

I wish these were available in the U.S. They’re a great combination of flavors that we usually don’t get in American candies, and I enjoyed their intense fruit flavors and chewy texture. An OMG.

According to Wikipedia, these guys may be available in Canada. They may be the same thing as Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles, which I had reviewed before in a different flavor arrangement but didn’t care for at the time.

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Everyburger

April 11th, 2014 by Rosa

This box of Everyburger was an impulse buy at my local Asian grocery store. I couldn’t read a word on the package besides “Everyburger”, but the box was shelved with other chocolate+cookie treats, so I assumed that these were some sort of chocolates+cookies shaped to look like hamburgers.

Fortunately, my assumption was correct, and I didn’t accidentally buy some weird shelf-stable normal burgers in a tiny box. The Everyburgers were made of two nickel-sized cookies sandwiching a chocolate patty that was topped with a little schmear of frosting cheese.

The cookies had a soft crumble with a mildly sweet, buttery flavor. The top bun had some fake sesame seeds that added a toasty crunch and an edge of burnt flavors.

The chocolate was standard – it was sweet and thickly creamy with a caramel finish. The “cheese” was creamy but didn’t carry any specific flavors.

Altogether, the Everyburger was a nice mix of flavors and textures packaged into a cute bundle. An OM.

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Cadbury Creme Scotch Egg Recipe

April 10th, 2014 by Rosa

Have you loaded up on Easter candy yet? Here’s a fun recipe to turn Cadbury Creme Eggs into a sugar-bomb of a twist on scotch eggs, via Cakespy/Serious Eats.

Because what Cadbury Creme Eggs really need is MOAR SUGAR! in the form of chocolate and cookie crumbs.

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Chocolate is a “bright spot” in the current economy

April 9th, 2014 by Rosa

Via my friend Neil, here’s an AP article about how chocolate’s doing in our current economy. Pretty well, it seems.

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