Paynes Poppets – Mint and Toffee

Poppets are a UK treats that I came across while I was in Cambridge. I’ve seen them in Mint, Toffee and Raisin but didn’t buy the latter as I don’t really like chocolate covered raisins. The Poppets boxes have strangely eye-catching packaging with random remarks on the back. For example, here’s the front of their…

Is chocolate recession-proof?

Via Candy Dish Blog, an article from the Wall Street Journal indicates that premium chocolate seems to be doing okay in today’s rocky economy. Hopefully this isn’t one of those bogus trend reports that Slate loves to debunk (and that I love reading).

Starburst GummiBursts - Review

Starburst GummiBursts: Just Like Gushers?

I have no idea how long Starburst GummiBursts have been on the market. The bag says New!, but I bought it at a Big Lots. If you don’t know, Big Lots sells closeout goods of all kinds, including candy, making it a great place to go for random candy finds. For example, my neighborhood Big…

Dark Chocolate > Milk Chocolate

Science Daily reports that dark chocolate is more filling and lessens cravings better than milk chocolate. Just you wait – sooner or later someone will start shilling a diet plan that revolves around chocolate. Oh wait… I wonder if it’s too late for me to switch my major to something that’ll let me research chocolate…

Frey Tiramisu

I’d never heard of Frey branded chocolates until I saw them in a Target. They caught my eye because they were on sale, 3 for $5, so I thought it was a great time to give them a try. I bought a tiramisu bar, a plain dark bar, and a chili bar because I love…

UK Skittles – Are They Different?

Did you know that Skittles are different in the UKĀ and the US? When I say Skittles, I mean standard Skittles, not random limited edition/non-standard Skittles that are so varied that I have trouble keeping track of them. In the US, standard Skittle flavors are red – strawberry (I think), purple – grape, yellow – lemon,…

A new state sweet for Washington state?

My friend Rita, who gave me my box of Aplets and Cotlets, shared this article with me about how a Washington state representative wants to make them the state sweet. I think making a brand name product an official state anything crosses a line, but I must admit that Liberty Orchards makes tasty confections. Their…

Amano Jembrana

Waaay back in 2008, I reviewed Amano’s then complete line-up of single-origin bars and gave them an enthusiastic ZOMG! They’ve since released a new Jembrana bar and updated their packaging with a shinier, artsier look. I was pleasantly surprised with a free pair of their newest bars for tasting. Apparently they’d kept my name and…

Hot Chocolate Roundup from the NY Times

On Christmas Eve, the Times Dining Section devoted their $25 and under column to chocolate places with high quality hot chocolates. And oh yeah, food too. And from the links below that article, an older Travel section piece on hot chocolate in the city. I’ve had La Maison du Chocolat hot chocolate before – it’s…