About me

Hi! I’m Rosa, and welcome to my candy blog! I’m glad you’re here.

I use this blog to share my opinions on various types of candies and sweets that I taste and eat. You’d be surprised at how much candy there is out there in the world. I hope that I can help you avoid the bad ones and hone in on the good ones. I have no formal training in the culinary arts or food tasting, but I love candy, and I love sharing my love with others.

If you’ve got good candy tips, feel free to drop me a line through my contact page; I love hearing from readers and fellow candy lovers!

I’m currently a PhD student in Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University. When I’m not in lab or blogging about candy, you may find me working off my candy calories in Turbo Kick class – I’m a certified Turbo Kick instructor and currently teach at the Duke gym.

I started this blog back in August of 2007, and I hope to keep it up as long as I can continue fitting it into my life. Just to warn y’all, I do anticipate grad school taking over at some point. I love my blog, but it’s a hobby, not a career, and I hope to be a good enough student to make a career in science.

My blog is self-run and self-funded, meaning that I pay for my hosting, my domain, and my candy out of my own pocket. I do run Google Adsense ads, but I’m lucky if that even drums up a few pennies a day. I also run affiliate ads and links in my sidebars and in my reviews. If you click on those links to shop Amazon.com or JBox.com or CandyWarehouse.com, I get a small percentage of what you spend, at no additional cost to you.

I sometimes get free samples from PR people who are promoting their products. When that is the case, I always say so in my reviews. I state all of the above so that you, dear readers, know about anything that could potentially bias my reviews. If you’d like to help fund my blog, check out those affiliate links and this page here.

A few more candy related things about me: I love dark chocolate, especially chili chocolate. I adore malt and will eat it straight out of the tub. I spent a summer abroad in England (my first time in Europe) and fell in love with the place. I also fell in love with British accents, British toffee (especially Walker’s Treacle Toffee), and licorice pencils/cables/whatever you want to call them.

As my boyfriend learned after we toured France and Spain together, international traveling with me means learning about another culture through its candy. I will drag you into the candy aisle of every convenience and grocery store we pass, and instead of proper souvenirs, I will fill my suitcase with sweets.

I can’t stand black licorice, and I tend to look down on white chocolate. I also tend to look down on Hershey’s for their sour milk chocolate and their horrible use of mockolate in many of their products. Take 5 used to be one of my favorite candies, but I haven’t tried them since they’ve been reformulated with mockolate. Mockolate makes me sad.

I take my candy photos with a plain old point and shoot digital camera – a Canon SD1000 set on macro with no flash – and a special tabletop lamp that was worth every penny – no more waiting/praying for direct sunlight to shoot in! I’ve been seriously considering investing in a digital SLR for ages, but I’ve yet to take the financial plunge. For photo-editing (which for me means cropping, white-balancing, water-marking, and re-sizing), I use Picasa for Mac. And I make liberal use of Picasa’s “I’m feeling lucky” button.

Finally, I occasionally get some posting help from my friends Neil and Emma. Neil is a U.S. expat living and working in the Netherlands, so he has access to foreign sweets that I can’t get in the U.S., and Emma has a fancier camera than I do. Both keep me apprised of candy news. My friends Nana and Justin are also often mentioned, as they are kind enough to keep me supplied with foreign candies while they’re having their own expat adventures.

Enjoy the site, and have a nice day!