March 25th, 2014 by Rosa
March 24th, 2014 by Rosa
Fruit Vines Bites are a new candy from the Red Vines folks that currently come in cherry and strawberry. They were little chunks of chewy fruit candy about 3/4 of a inch long and comprised of three stuck together ropes.
They were quite soft and easy to bite through, with a bit of a tendency to get stuck in the nooks and crannies of my teeth as I chomped them up. The lightly sweet fruity flavors intensely permeated the whole bite, and both had just a hint of a wheaty undertone.
I liked the cherry (maroon) better than the strawberry due to its darker, more rotund red fruit flavor profile. It just seemed a little more intensely flavored in its plummy cherry-ness, which I liked.
Strawberry (red) was lighter and brighter in its candied red fruit flavor, which also made it a little more plastic tasting to my tongue. Not bad, but not as good as the cherry.
An OM for the cherry and O for the strawberry.
March 7th, 2014 by Rosa
The Washington Post has an annual Peeps diorama contest every Easter, and it’s pretty great. People get so creative with their Peeps! This year, the contest closes March 17th, so hurry and get your artsy-fartsy on!
March 6th, 2014 by Rosa
By the time this post has published, I’ll be well on my way to Shanghai, China for a neuroeconomics conference. I’ll keep an eye out for any new candies, though embarrassingly (but not surprisingly) enough, I still have candies from my trip to Shanghai last summer that I never reviewed.
Like these FruTips. They’ve been sitting on my desk, and I’ve been slowly eating my way through them because they’re delicious! I really need to write them up. I also should probably buy a new tube because I’m no longer sure that I have one of each flavor of FruTip – they really are good!
I also just got these review samples of these new Fruit Vines Bites from Red Vines. I’m usually meh on licorice type candies, but I like these! I’ve already eaten quite a few cherry ones. There will be a write-up of these when I get back.
See y’all in a little over a week!
March 5th, 2014 by Rosa
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. For those of you who may not be familiar, St. Patrick’s Day is a chance for to celebrate being Irish, even if they’re not actually Irish, and drink lots of green beer. Because… I’m not really sure why.
Jelly Belly recently came out with beer flavored beans (reviewed here), so clearly the next logical step was to dye the beans green for the holiday. If you visit the Jelly Belly Vistor/Tour Centers in California or Wisconsin on March 14th, you’ll be able to pick up your own boozy green beans.
That green and gold is a striking mix in those jewel tones, no?
February 28th, 2014 by Rosa
Jelina Chocolatier has long been one of my favorite chocolate makers that I discovered at Sweets and Snacks. The Earl Grey in 72% cacao was a free sample and the one that I was most wary of tasting, as tea flavored chocolates have never been my favorite.
The dark, woodsy chocolate had the strong scent of tea leaves – a little floral, with dry, herbal notes. The bar broke sharply into its pre-segmented rectangles but chewed with a dry crunch and a hint of grit.
The chocolate was awesomely intense. It was deep and dark with strong, earthy cocoa notes and a slightly bitter finish from the tea leaves.
The tea definitely made its presence known. It added the aforementioned bitterness, as well as a slight astringency and grit, all of which lingered on the tongue long after the chocolate melted away.
The complexity of the chocolates’ flavor profile made this another standout bar from Jelina, though perhaps not my favorite of their lineup (that’s the Maple Crunch, out of all the one’s I’ve had so far). An OM.
Someone PLEASE make it possible for me to buy these in the U.S. Pretty please? I think right now you can only buy them in 8-packs on Amazon.
February 27th, 2014 by Rosa
Crest recently introduced a chocolate-flavored toothpaste (mint chocolate, to be exact) to much ado. The Impulsive Buy recently wrote up a thorough review of what it’s like to brush your teeth with toothpaste that tastes like candy. In case you were curious, it’s not so bad!
February 26th, 2014 by Rosa
As you may know, I’m a PhD student in psychology and neuroscience in real life. I’ve been sporadically science blogging at Beyond the Abstract and just started tweeting @scienceBtA. I’m going to be at the ScienceOnline unconference these next few days, so hopefully tweeting a lot about all the science-y things I’ll be learning!
As a reminder, candy tweets will still come from @zomgcandy.
February 26th, 2014 by Rosa
PLoS’s paleontology blog recently ran a fun piece about whether dinosaurs ate chocolate. I suppose I should have spoiler-alerted the headline – they probably didn’t because we have no fossil record for cacao plants that overlap with the time of the dinosaurs. Giant sloths, however, probably did!