Via AdFreak, news of a clever new game/app from Stride Gum: it uses iOS devices’ front cameras to detect chewing motions of your mouth, and it uses that to control the game’s character. I stopped chewing gum after my dentist told me that it was bad for my jaw muscles, so I probably won’t download this one, but I will admire its ingenuity!
Moonstruck Chocolates makes pretty good chocolates (see past reviews here) that are, unfortunately, also pretty pricey. I’ve long coveted their adorable little animal-shaped truffles, but I always found them too expensive and felt like the extra cost was more for the cute factor than the taste factor.
When I think of big candy companies, I usually don’t think of Ferrara Pan. I think it’s because they don’t spend much on advertising in the same way that Hershey’s or Mars does.
In fact, they make a ton of different products, as evidenced in this Serious Eats round-up of (almost) everything that they make. Their Sweets and Snacks booth is always ginormous, with unattended, overflowing bins of free samples. That’s how you know a candy company is big; they are generous with the freebies.
Remember how last week I said I was too busy to write reviews because I just moved to a new apartment? This week I’m in China! Just to visit – my new apartment is still in North Carolina.
Surprisingly enough, getting ready for/going on a trip to the other side of the globe has not freed up more time for me to review candy. Go figure. Fortunately, I did carve out enough time to get some news posts in the pipeline, so the site won’t have to go static while I’m gone.
I’ll also see if I can write about what sweets I’m encountering in China, but I’m not too confident that I’ll be able to thanks to the Great Firewall.
My favorite part about all this is that Jelly Belly is actively promoting this on their Facebook page. They are either good sports or have sneakily creative PR people.
My least favorite Jelly Belly is probably the canned dog food one from the Bertie Botts/Beanboozled beans. I actually have tasting notes from when my friends and I had a blast playing the Beanboozled game, but I never wrote them up because they were things like, “weirds me out that it has notes of ketchup” (barf) or “musty and moldy, sort of tastes like an attic” (pencil shavings).