Kinder Toys blog

August 19th, 2014 by Rosa

While I was in Switzerland, I was jealous to see that Kinder Eggs were for sale there. They are illegal in the U.S. and Germany because they mix toys with chocolate, which I think is silly because the toys are safely encased in a plastic shell and thus separated from the chocolate.

I found this hilarious blog about Kinder Egg toys while trying to Google information about the toys that weren’t in the eggs I didn’t bring back from my Swiss vacation. It makes me wish we could buy the Eggs here, but then I guess they wouldn’t be special anymore.

Edited 8/19, 9:30AM EST: Thanks to commenter Rick Swartz for letting me know that Kinder Eggs were quickly unbanned in Germany due to public outrage. Wish we could get them unbanned in the U.S. I think that would take some lobbying pressure from Kinder/Ferrero.

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Haribo Orangina P!k

August 18th, 2014 by Rosa

Today and Friday, I’ll review some Haribo gummies that I bought while in Switzerland. First up is Orangina P!k. I know Orangina is a fizzy orange drink that’s available in Europe. No idea what the P!k means (and why it’s not a Pik).

At any rate, it’s pretty clear that these are supposed to be gummified soda bottles, though I think they also look like chicken drumsticks when turned to the side. They came in yellow, pink, and red (no orange, despite the name!).

The gummies were covered in sour sugar and had a wonderfully firm, sproingy chew. Red was tart to start from the sour sugar, then sweetly fruity. If I had to guess, I’d say it was a mild cherry or fruit punch flavor.

Pink was strawberry, maybe? Again, sweetly fruity, but with more floral notes that played off the tartness.

Yellow was citrusy. The color suggested yellow, but the flavor was mellow with no acidity or pithiness, so I think it was the classic orange flavor of Orangina.

I loved the strong fruity flavors and bouncy texture of these guys. They were just the right amount of tart. I wish I’d bought an additional bag, or three. OMG.

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M&M eating styles

August 14th, 2014 by Rosa

The folks at CandyStore.com have an extremely thorough blog post detailing all the different ways in which people eat their M&M’s.

Options include melting them under a desk lamp, sorting them by color, or freezing them first. Me? I sort them and try to let them melt in my mouth, but sometime I get impatient and crunchy.

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Chewing gum flavored milkshake

August 13th, 2014 by Rosa

Via Kotaku, news that you can get mint chewing gum flavored milkshakes in Japan. Sounds gross to me, but I don’t like gum, so maybe I’m biased.

 

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Maison Kayser chocolate tart food porn

August 12th, 2014 by Rosa

Via Serious Eats, check out this drool-worthy slideshow of how Maison Kayser bakery uses chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate to make their scrumptious looking tarts. I’ll take two, please!

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Lindt Passion Chocolat – Caramel & Fleur de Sel

August 11th, 2014 by Rosa

I’m lucky enough to have recently returned from a trip to Switzerland. We were mostly hiking the Alps, but I made sure to make some time to buy Swiss candies, including lots of chocolate.

First up, this fancy Lindt Passion Chocolat – Caramel & Fleur de Sel. It was described as “accord parfait du chocolat noir et du pur caramel,” which my rusty high school French translates as, “a perfect agreement between dark chocolate and pure caramel.”

The chocolate had a prettily artisanal look about it, with a little cellophane windowpane through which to view the bar. The top side was generously sprinkled with caramel and fat grains of sea salt, while the bottom was imprinted with the scripted Lindt logo.

The dark chocolate was creamy with a smooth and thick melt. It had a nice cocoa depth with a slight fruitiness that was highlighted by the occasional flash of salt.

The caramel bits were plentiful and brought a nice, clean crunchiness to the texture of the bar. They tasted sweet, with buttery toffee flavors that took on a slight toasted scorchiness as they melted away.

I found this to be a well-balanced treat that was surprisingly well-made for a mass-produced bar. An OMG.

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Peep in a vacuum

July 31st, 2014 by Rosa

Ok, this is a bit late since prime Peeps season is long gone, but it’s so cool I’m going to share anyway. From Slate’s Bad Astronomy blogger Phil Plait, check out what happens to a marshmallow Peep in a vacuum.

For the science behind what’s going on, you’ll have to read Phil’s explanation.

 

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British candy quiz

July 30th, 2014 by Rosa

From the folks at Yolli, a fun candy quiz where you guy the candy bar from its wrapper. I only got 30/40 because I didn’t recognize some of the British bars. Can you do better?

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Bad news for chocolate lovers’ wallets

July 29th, 2014 by Rosa

Via Slate, more news on price hikes for chocolate: Mars is going to raise chocolate prices by about 7%, while Hershey’s will raise their prices by 8%. Prices on cocoa beans just keep going up! I hope some of that price hike is trickling its way down to the actual cocoa farmers.

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Alcove Chocolates – Brownie

July 28th, 2014 by Rosa

Last week, I covered Alcove Chocolatesmimosa, red velvet, fleur de sel, and fleur de pretzel chocolate bars. Today, I’ve got a rundown of their Brownie bar, another free sample from Alcove Chocolates.

My boyfriend loves brownies – he can easily pack away half a pan in one sitting – so he was super excited to try the Brownie bar. Alcove Chocolates describes it as, “dark milk chocolate blended with traditional fudge brownie,” which I took to mean that it would chocolate blended with chewy brownie bits.

Instead, the bits of brownie in the bar were dry and crunchy, so more like cookies or brownie brittle. You can see them in the pebbled back of the bar above.

The texture of the brownie bits made me think of that airy crunch you get from freeze dried fruit, or the little chocolate cookie balls you can get at some Fro-Yo places. They added a soft crunch to the texture of the bar, which snapped sharply but crunched softly.

I’m not sure how something can be both dark and milk chocolate. This guy definitely looked dark – and glossy and well-tempered.

At any rate, the chocolate had amazing depth of flavor. The dark chocolate tasted deep, with rich, fudgey notes, like the best hot fudge I’ve ever had (from The Parlour, of course).

The crunchy brownie bits only served to amplify the intensely rich chocolate wallop of this bar. I loved it, and my brownie connoisseur boyfriend did too. An OMG.

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