Fruit Vines Bites – Strawberry and Cherry

March 24th, 2014 by Rosa

I got these Fruit Vines Bites as free samples the day before I left for Shanghai. Now that I’m back and mostly no longer jet-lagged, I can get around to reviewing them!

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.

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Washington Post Peeps diorama contest!

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!

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Off to Shanghai + Fruit Vines Teaser

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!

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Green Beer-flavored Jelly Bellies

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?

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Jelina Chocolate – Earl Grey

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.

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Chocolate Mint Toothpaste

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!

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Science blogging

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.

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Dinosaurs probably didn’t eat chocolate

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!

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Nestle Lion Bar – as a cereal!

February 25th, 2014 by Rosa

Nestle’s Lion Bar is/was one of my favorite British candy bars. It’s like a 100 Grand + Twix = synergistic deliciousness.

Apparently, it’s a cereal in the UK! Serious Eats has the write-up.

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Albanese Gummi Fruit Slices

February 24th, 2014 by Rosa

Emma recently visited the Albanese gummi factory and brought back oodles of gummi treats, including this peg bag of Albanese Gummi Fruit Slices. I hope that Albanese is moving towards selling their gummis in peg bags with a wider distribution – I haven’t seen them in NC yet!

The wedge-shaped gummis were lightly striated with Albanese’s characteristic firmly sproingy chew and intense flavors. They were mostly citrus flavors, with a couple of exceptions, that were a subset of Albanese’s 12 flavors.

Pink, my usual favorite grapefruit flavor, was sweet and lightly tart with some grapefruit pithiness. Green was lime, which was lightly zesty and sweetly candied.

Yellow was lemon, with a sweet citrus zesty lemon undertone to the finish. Orange was orange, with a great citrus juiciness.

Now the non-citrus, naturally wedge-shaped fruits: Red was cherry, I think, and tasted like red fruit candy (which all tastes the same to me). White was pineapple and brought an intensely bright and sweet corey flavor.

I wish these were widely available in stores in my area – or maybe not, because I’d buy them all the time for their flavor intensity. An OM.

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