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Kasugai Ramune Gummi

November 8th, 2013 by Rosa

I usually buy my Kasugai gummies at Asian grocery stores, but I found this bag of ramune flavored gummies at a Cost Plus World Market. If you’re not familiar with ramune (not to be confused with ramen!), it’s a lemon-lime Asian soda that’s usually kept in a uniquely marble-stoppered bottle.

Like all Kasugai gummies, these guys were individually wrapped and labeled. These were decorated with a little fizzy ramune bottle design. The gummis themselves were round with a striking translucent seafoam coloring.

They had an awesome soft, bouncy chew that yielded to my bite but still had some sproing to it. The flavor was sweetly floral to start, then took on a citrus fizziness.

When I ate them very slowly and carefully, I detected a slightly off undertone that made the gummi remind me a bit of diet Sprite. When chomped more quickly, as normal people would consume gummies, that slight undertone was undetectable.

Overall, these tasted like a cleaner, crisper version of Sprite with some bonus floral notes. An OM. My only complaint is the individual wrappers – so much trash from so few gummies!

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Mentos Rainbow

November 4th, 2013 by Rosa

I’ve done two Mentos reviews in the past (one of which was for a flavor sold in Asia), so it’s about time I covered them again. This round, I’m reviewing the Mentos Rainbow.

Mentos are oblate spheroid candies with a crunchy candy shell and a chewy center. There were 11 to my roll: 2 each of cherry, orange, pineapple, and watermelon, and 3 of strawberry. Sort of weird to have a prime number of candies per unit, but whatever.

Strawberry, the most plentiful of the pack, was light pink. It tasted sweet with candied berry flavors and reminded me of that syrupy strawberry topping that you get at ice cream parlors.

Cherry was a darker reddish pink. I didn’t think there was much intensity to its deeper red fruit flavor, and it struck me as a little fake/medicinal.

Orange tasted of tangerine citrus flavors. It was mellow, yet zesty, and was probably my favorite of my bunch because I like citrus fruits.

Pineapple was yellow and tasted just like canned pineapple. Mentos did a nice job of capturing the sweet flavor of pineapple core here.

Finally, watermelon was green. It started off tasting like real watermelon, only far too sweet, then developed a candied tart finish. I hated the start of this candy but loved the end, so I guess it balances out to a neutral rating.

There was nothing about these candies that was super stellar or super terrible. I wouldn’t buy them again because there are more intensely flavored chewy fruity candies out there that I like better, but I also wouldn’t turn one down if a friend offered me one. An O.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Guest post: Lindt Lindor Panna Cotta Passionfruit

September 30th, 2013 by Neil

Note from Rosa: Here’s another guest post from expat friend Neil. He wrote this in May 2013 but only just now found the photos.

I try not to subject you to reviews of candy I’ve let expire, but I’m making an exception for this. January 2013 wasn’t that long ago, right…?

This came from a German supermarket in summer 2012. I was intrigued by the notion of passionfruit panna cotta and the all-caps dictation to “ENJOY COLD!”

I thought it’d be a bar. The eighteen individual chocolate squares surprised me. Each had a Lindt logo on top and the chocolate appeared milky, though maybe a bit dried out by the unintentional aging.

My experience with passionfruit is limited to candies and juice, so whether or not these taste of the fruit off the vine is up to a proper produce-eater. The chocolate is quite satisfactory, and the passionfruit aspect is what really shines.

There’s almost a bright, sparkling pop in your mouth a few seconds after you finish a square, which is all fruit. An OM.

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