Surf Sweets – Part II

Today brings the anxiously awaited conclusion to my review of Surf Sweets‘ product line that I began on Wednesday. First up (or is it fourth up?), their Gummy Swirls. The Gummy Swirls were little gumdrop shaped gummis about the size of the first joint of my pinky finger. They came in two versions, pink/white swirled…

Non-Candy Related Help?

Dear Readers, I know y’all come from all over the country/world. Maybe y’all can help me out with a quandry? I had been using Cheez-It Stix in my senior thesis research. They are of crucial size, shape, and composition for my research apparatus, and I really, really, really need them. Unfortunately, they are now nowhere…

Surf Sweets – Part I

One of the biggest perks of my candy blogging hobby is getting free samples from candy retailers. When Surf Sweets offered to send me samples of their all-natural and organic candies, I eagerly agreed. They sent me a generous box of their complete line-up. We’ll cover half today, and the other half on Friday. First…

No chocolate before bed?

From the NY Times Health section a couple weeks ago, a Really? piece questioning the claim that chocolate can disrupt your sleep. Their conclusion? Chocolate could contain enough caffeine to keep you up at night. That probably goes extra for me, as I rarely consume caffeine that’s not in chocolate, so I’m super sensitive to…

Happy New Year!

Chinese New Year (well, Lunar New Year, to be perfectly pc. But I’m Chinese, so I’m calling it like I see it), that is! May your next year, the Year of the Ox, be filled with prosperity and chocolate deities. And may your hong bao be filled with real money instead of chocolate coins. No…

Charles Chocolates – Part II

Here’s the review of the rest of the box of Charles Chocolates that was introduced on Wednesday. We did the top row then, so today we’re going over the bottom row. First up, bottom right, the bittersweet chocolate fleur de sel caramel. It was goooood. You can buy a box of 10 or 20 of…

Chocolate as a slippery slope?

A new study reports that allowing one indulgence, such as a chocolate truffle, can lower one’s willpower and lead to a desire to eat more. I think it’s an attitudinal thing – you can eat one truffle and think, “Well, I’ve already ruined my diet, so I may as well have more and eat well…

Charles Chocolates – Part I

I’d wanted to try Charles Chocolates for ages, and I was sad to have missed the chance to go on a tour of their factory when I was in the area. When they had a free shipping sale for the holidays, I jumped at the chance to pick up a box of their classic collection…

Yes We Can! Eat Fran’s Salted Caramels

Happy Inauguration Day! Celebrate with President Obama’s favorite sweets (according to Obamafoodorama.com), Fran’s Salted Caramels. If you’re not from Seattle, where Fran’s is headquartered, you can probably find them at your local Whole Foods. That’s where I bought the one I’ve had (it was too tempting to wait to take home for a proper photo;…

Sour Patch Xploderz - Review

Sour Patch Xploderz: Better Than Gushers?

I love Sour Patch Kids candies, so when I saw Sour Patch Xploderz, how could I say no? Especially since leaving off the leading “e” and swapping the plural “s” for a “z” makes it inherently oh-so-cool and utterly irresistible. Maybe I can finally be one of the cool kids! Jokes aside, how do Sour…