Chocolate prices set to rise

February 18th, 2014 by Rosa

According to the Wall Street Journal, cocoa prices have been rising due to increasing demand for chocolate. Apparently the International Cocoa Organization thinks that demand will be greater than supply for the next five years, which will cause chocolate prices to continue going up. Good thing I’ve got a sizeable chocolate stash!

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Bissinger’s Salt Caramels – Merlot and Chardonnay

February 17th, 2014 by Rosa

I bought these Bissinger’s boozy salted caramels at a post-holiday sale at Southern Season. Merlot Salt Caramel was described as “red wine paired with a vintage merlot sea salt”, while Chardonnay Salt Caramel was, “Bissinger’s 300 year old caramel recipe, topped with barrel smoked chardonnay fleur de sel.”

The chocolate caramels came in sets of five in a stiff plastic sleeve. Merlot had a dark chocolate shell, while chardonnay’s was milk chocolate. Both were generously topped with salt sprinkles.

The caramels were stiffly chewy and sticky. Merlot’s caramel had an amazingly bright fruitiness, while the dark chocolate had the taste of cherries to its finish.

Chardonnay’s milk chocolate was sweeter with dusky caramel notes to it. Its caramel was butterscotch-y, without the great fruitiness of the merlot.

I liked Merlot (OMG) much more than the Chardonnay (OM) because of its fruity complexity. I didn’t really get any actual wine flavors, but these were still solid chocolate-covered salted caramels.

I should note, however, that these were not cheap. At full price, they were $12.25 for the 5. I got them at half price ($6.12), which made them more worth it.

 

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Kooky

January 31st, 2014 by Rosa

This Kooky candy bar was an impulse buy at the checkout line of my parents’ neighborhood grocery store, HEB. It’s a knockoff Twix that was shelved with a knockoff Snickers, 3Musketeers, and Milky Way, but I chose to buy the Kooky because it was on sale (3 for $1 instead of 2 for $1).

The Kooky called itself “biscuit and caramel covered with milk chocolate” with the tagline “That’s the way the Kooky crumbles” (groan). Like a Twix, there were two fingers per package.

The caramel with stiff and a little chewy. It tasted sweet with scorchy butter notes. I found it quite enjoyable, especially for a mass-market bar.

I also liked the biscuit layer. The cookie was dry and crumbling with some nice toasted notes that gave it some complexity.

Finally, the sweet milk chocolate coating was fairly standard. I had just the slightest tinge of a sour burn in my throat after I polished off one of the fingers, but I didn’t feel like it was too sweet since it was balanced out by the cookie.

I didn’t have a Twix to do a side-by-side comparison on this treat, but I think I actually would prefer the Kooky – I really enjoyed the darker flavor tinges that the toasted cookie and caramel brought. An OM.

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M&Ms Superbowl Ad Teaser

January 30th, 2014 by Rosa

Via AdFreak, looks like Yellow is going to get a starring role in a Super Bowl commercial this Sunday. I believe he is trying to twerk, though it is hard to tell as he does not actually have a butt.

The voice seems off to me. Compare to the classic M&Ms Santa commercial below:

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WTF candy commercial from Hong Kong

January 29th, 2014 by Rosa

Via Slate, here’s a weird and probably NSFW candy mint commercial out of Hong Kong. No idea why the nipple-licking stuffed animal is supposed to make you want to buy this candy.

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This should be a game show

January 28th, 2014 by Rosa

Via Kotaku, check out these gifs from a Japanese TV show in which celebrities had to decide whether pieces of furniture and whatnot were real or made of chocolate. Apparently, they had to figure it out by taking a bite out of everything.

Real shoe:

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Chocolate shoe:

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I think this would make for a fun game show. I volunteer to be the first contestant.

 

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Hello Panda – Strawberry and Double Choco

January 27th, 2014 by Rosa

Hello Panda is Meiji‘s answer to Lotte’s Koala’s March: cream-filled cookies imprinted with cute animal cartoons. I got a couple of boxes to try in my free MunchPak samples, first in Strawberry and the following month in Double Choco.

The Hello Panda biscuits were either round or round with ears, like teddy bear heads. The Strawberry version was vanilla biscuits with strawberry cream, while Double Chocos were chocolate biscuits with “choco” cream.

Compared to the Koala’s March, the Hello Pandas had a more substantial crunch and a greater cookie to filling ratio. Strawberry’s biscuit was lightly sweet, while the center strawberry cream had the texture of a solid frosting and a floral sweetness to its artificial strawberry flavor.

The chocolate cookie of the Double Choco was darker in both appearance and flavor. It had a slight cocoa bittersweetness, like a mild Oreo cookie, and its chocolate filling was creamy with a slightly greasy feel.

I liked the Double Choco better than the Strawberry, which was too artificially floral for my taste. I did wish, however, that the Double Choco had more intensity of chocolate flavor and wasn’t quite so greasy. An O for both.

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Jelly Belly Draft Beer

January 24th, 2014 by Rosa

I think it’s safe to state that Jelly Belly is tops in their field of creatively flavorful jelly beans. Instead of resting on their laurels, they never stop innovating! Their newest product are Draft Beer flavored jelly beans.

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I was quite excited to be surprised with free samples to review. I was more excited that they came with an adorably tiny beer mug, which made for a fun photoshoot.

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The beans were striking right out of the package in two ways. One, they had Jelly Belly’s new jeweled look in a beautiful gold tone, and two, they had a strong, distinctive scent (regular Jelly Bellies don’t smell).

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These amber nuggets smelled boozy and yeasty, like beer does, but also sweet and floral, which made it smell more like beer that had gone a little funky. Or, I guess, like beer that hadn’t finished fermenting and turning its sugar into alcohol.

The Draft Beer beans tasted like a sweetened blonde beer. It started off sweet and honeyed, and then took on a little fermented yeastiness. There was no bitter bite to the end, which I appreciated since it is candy, after all.

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I’m a cocktail person, not a beer person (surprise, surprise, I have a sweet tooth), so I wouldn’t buy these for myself. They do, however, win points for novelty, and I can think they’d be a fun gift for beer aficionados. An O, just as a matter of personal preference.

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Too soon for Easter candy!

January 23rd, 2014 by Rosa

You guys, I just saw this at Rite Aid over the weekend.

Easter candy in January? While Valentine’s Day candies still dominate the shelves? Too soon!

 

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The future is here: 3D printed candy at CES

January 22nd, 2014 by Rosa

3D printing has been making the news for some time now. It was recently announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that you can print your own 3D candy at home! Provided you’ve got 10 grand to spare…

The candies are gorgeous, though I am dubious about how tasty they are. Check out the slideshows at The Verge and Fast Company. Hat tip to Neil.

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