Everyburger

April 11th, 2014 by Rosa

This box of Everyburger was an impulse buy at my local Asian grocery store. I couldn’t read a word on the package besides “Everyburger”, but the box was shelved with other chocolate+cookie treats, so I assumed that these were some sort of chocolates+cookies shaped to look like hamburgers.

Fortunately, my assumption was correct, and I didn’t accidentally buy some weird shelf-stable normal burgers in a tiny box. The Everyburgers were made of two nickel-sized cookies sandwiching a chocolate patty that was topped with a little schmear of frosting cheese.

The cookies had a soft crumble with a mildly sweet, buttery flavor. The top bun had some fake sesame seeds that added a toasty crunch and an edge of burnt flavors.

The chocolate was standard – it was sweet and thickly creamy with a caramel finish. The “cheese” was creamy but didn’t carry any specific flavors.

Altogether, the Everyburger was a nice mix of flavors and textures packaged into a cute bundle. An OM.

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Cadbury Creme Scotch Egg Recipe

April 10th, 2014 by Rosa

Have you loaded up on Easter candy yet? Here’s a fun recipe to turn Cadbury Creme Eggs into a sugar-bomb of a twist on scotch eggs, via Cakespy/Serious Eats.

Because what Cadbury Creme Eggs really need is MOAR SUGAR! in the form of chocolate and cookie crumbs.

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Chocolate is a “bright spot” in the current economy

April 9th, 2014 by Rosa

Via my friend Neil, here’s an AP article about how chocolate’s doing in our current economy. Pretty well, it seems.

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ChocoChicken

April 8th, 2014 by Rosa

Via the NY Times, the folks behind Umami Burger are planning their next big hit: ChocoChicken. That’s right. Chocolate in everything – mashed potatoes, ketchup, and, per the namesake, fried chicken. Sounds weird, but I guess if it works for mole? And I can tell you from personal experience that a touch of sweetness makes fried chicken awesome.

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Barrels of Yum hard candies – Dilly Dally (Dill Pickle) and Classic Collection

April 7th, 2014 by Rosa

 Barrels of Yum are barrel-shaped hard candies that extend the trite root beer barrel concept to a wider variety of flavors. They were developed with Candyman David Klein, who worked on the original Jelly Bellies, so I had high hopes for their flavors…

And they certainly delivered! I got free samples of the Dilly Dally pickle-flavored barrels as well as their Classic Collection to review. I’ll start with the Dilly Dallies because Pickle Candy?

The individually wrapped Dilly Dallies were bright green with a smooth melt on my tongue. They tasted eerily like a sweetened dill pickle. I got a little tartness, as well as garlicky notes.

It was weird to have something sweet and savory and so unnervingly accurate. I can’t see myself wanting to snack on these, but they’re a fun and spot-on novelty treat. An O for the fun taste experience.

The Classic Collection had more snackable flavors. Like the Dilly Dallies, they were individually wrapped, which makes them easily shareable.

Orange was Orange Cream. It tasted like orange soda, smooth and sweet. There were some nearly herbal undertones that made me think of that lingering sassafrassiness that you get from root bear.

Peach Cobbler was a red orange that was hard to distinguish from the orange cream. It tasted generically fruit and bright with occasional tart notes. I didn’t get any peach flavors, but still enjoyed its pleasant flavor.

Sour Watermelon was pink. It tasted like artificial watermelon candies with a subtle tartness. Not my favorite, as watermelon candies taste nothing like real watermelons to me.

Light brown was Apple Pie, which started off tasted of canned apple pie filling before it took on brighter, fruitier notes of fresh apple with hints of bright tartness peeking through.

Dark brown was Chai Tea, an unusual hard candy flavor. It had strong floral notes of tea with herbal undertones. Not my favorite, but I’m also generally not a tea person.

Green was Granny Smith Apple. It mostly tart and tangy, like most green apple candies, but with added complexity from apple peel notes.

Hot Cinnamon was red, and it tasted fairly standard for a cinnamon candy, with a flavor reminiscent of Red Hots. It had a nice heat to it that was present without being overwhelming.

Finally Blueberry Crumble was a deep blue that was tart with plummy blueberry notes. It didn’t taste like real blueberries, but it had a nice intensity of flavor.

Overall, I found the Classic Collection from Barrel of Yum to be a tasty assortment with many snackable flavors (though I’d give you all my Chai Teas and save the Hot Cinnamons for after-meal mints). An OM.

Category: hard candy, novelty, O, OM, review | 2 Comments »

Embedding photos from Flickr’s new layout

April 5th, 2014 by Rosa

I logged on to do some blogging today and found myself totally turned around by Flickr’s new layout. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to embed my photos (get the image file’s URL), so I thought I’d put together a quick post to save others some time.

When you click on your photos, you’ll be taken to a lightbox layout. From there, click on the three dots on the right side of the screen to open up the More Actions dialog.

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In that menu, click Download/All sizes. That will open up a new dialog box. From here, don’t left click anything. Instead, right click on the image size you want to open up the familiar dialog box that will give you the option to Copy Link Address.

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Ta da! Back in blogging business.

 

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Mast Brothers single origin dark chocolate bar – Madagascar

April 4th, 2014 by Rosa

Today’s the last of the three Mast Brothers single origin chocolate bars, the Madagascar, that I bought at Cocoa Cinnamon, a local coffee shop. I reviewed the Belize last Friday, and the Papua New Guinea on Monday.

Wrapper description: “This organic cacao is sourced from a single farm in Madagascar’s northwest coast. Bold, with notes of blood orange, raspberry, and red wine.”

The Madagascar looked quite shiny and broke with a sharp snap. Its melt was fuzzy and with no tongue-coating properties.

It started with rich caramel notes that quickly gave way to an incredibly punchy, bright fruitiness that shone through. It was sweet and tangy – I placed it as passionfruit, though the wrapper notes went with blood orange and raspberry.

I am totally sold on Mast Brothers chocolates. They are pricey but totally worth it – every bar I had great flavor intensity and complexity. Another ZOMG!

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All Godzilla wants is a Snickers

April 3rd, 2014 by Rosa

Via AdFreak, a silly Snickers commercial insinuating that all that Godzilla stomping nonsense could have been averted had he had his hunger quelled with a Snickers.

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Philadelphia chocolatiers

April 2nd, 2014 by Rosa

When I post news about chocolatiers, it’s often focused on New York City. That’s partly because there are loads of chocolatiers in NYC, and partly because I get a lot of my food news from Serious Eats,

For a change of pace, via Knile, here’s a post about chocolatiers in Philadelphia. I have tried zero of them, though I’ve seen John & Kira’s at Whole Foods (they are pricey!). More fodder for the never-ending candy bucket list!

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Serious Eats’ Chocolate Magazine

April 1st, 2014 by Rosa

The great folks at Serious Eats put out the occasional e-magazine. Their latest issue is all about chocolate, and it’ll only cost ya two bucks. Check out their post about it here.

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