Annabelle’s Rocky Road

Annabelle’s Rocky Road is a retro candy that’s easily distinguishable by its bright red wrapper. I first read about Annabelle’s, who also makes the Abba Zabba and the Big Hunk, in Steve Almond’s Candy Freak. The wrapper promises milk chocolate coated marshmallow with cashews, which I was excited about, as it’s hard to go wrong…

Candy Filler

No especially notable candy news to report today. Yesterday I hosted a chocolate tasting in my residential college, but my notes from that won’t be ready for publication until at least next week. I shall also, at some point, post a guide to planning, hosting, and leading a chocolate tasting. For now, I have a…

Hello Kitty Compressed Sugar Candies

There are a surprising number of candies that carry the Hello Kitty brand. I found these adorable little plastic barrels of compressed sugar candies in a Sanrio store next to Sanrio gum, lollipops, and hard candies. Each barrel was $0.75, and they came in Hello Kitty (peach), Badtz Maru (cola), and Pandapple (apple). The candies…

More on Milk Chocolate

The Washington Post dining section also ran a story on milk chocolate’s growing popularity on the day before Valentine’s Day, complete with a milk chocolate tasting and ratings. I’m planning a chocolate tasting (to be held tomorrow!) for my residential college and bought several milk bars to try to break out of my dark chocolate…

Ethel’s Chocolates Truffles

Ethel’s Chocolate Lounge is a chain of chocolate cafes owned by Mars. Think Starbuck’s but with truffles and hot cocoa and mocha lattes. For now, they’re only in Illinois and Las Vegas; I made it a point to track one down in the Fashion Show Mall on the Strip. I picked up four truffles at…

Michel Cluizel Truffles from Viva Chocolato

I saw a box of Michel Cluizel’s Champignon truffles at Cafe Moka in the Houston airport but didn’t buy them because they were so pricey. It was a choice I regretted. Thankfully, Viva Chocolato opened in Austin, and they carry lots of truffles by Michel Cluizel, including Les Champignons. Hooray! I bought one of the…

WashPost Peeps Diorama Contest

Last year, the Washington Post had a wildly successful Peeps diorama contest for Easter. It inspired me to create this centerpiece of Peeps playing soccer, hahvahd v. Brazil, for our final Yale Concert Band concert reception before we went to Brazil on tour. I had a ton of fun making it, and if I had…

Newman’s Own Organics – Cinnamon Mint

Disclosure alert: These mints were samples sent by Newman’s Own. I love the packaging on these Newman’s Own mints. They took the Altoid’s-like tin we’re used to and made it more exciting with the old fashioned circus advert. The top of the tin informs you that they’re made with organic sweeteners. My first thought on…

Wisconsin or Bust

Up until I read this NY Times article, I’d never expressed any interest in visiting Wisconsin. Now it’s a definite goal. I love how the article references the Candy Tourist. Hmm… I wonder how feasible a business plan for a candy tourism agency would be.

Prickly pear candy

My father really wanted to go to the Grand Canyon while we were on the West Coast this past winter. I wasn’t a huge fan of losing two days of trip time driving to see a big hole in the ground, but at least I got a package of prickly pear candy from Desert Gatherings…