Cranberry Raisinets

Nestle‘s Cranberry Raisinets have been making the rounds in the candy review blogosphere lately (check out Candy Blog and Candy Addict). A PR rep sent me some free samples, three 100-calorie packs, to be precise, along with an offer that I think you, dear readers, will appreciate. But we’ll get into that in a bit….

A Chocolate Lunch for Julie & Julia

Just the first sentence of this post from the Kitchn blog made me want to cry with jealousy: “I went to a blogger’s chocolate lunch on Monday with Scharffen Berger chocolates that was tied into the release of the Julie & Julia film.” As I read on, my jealousy only deepened. Jacques Pepin was there!…

Choco Roll Taro

One of my dad’s specialty, cranks-it-out-for-dinner-parties dishes is taro root with chicken. He poaches chicken, uses the resulting stock to cook sliced taro root for hours until it’s buttery and meltingly soft, and mixes in the poached chicken (pulled into thin slivers that disappear into the “melted” taro) along with some chopped scallions. It’s delicious….

Skittles Crazy Cores

Crazy Core Skittles are the latest flavor addition to the Skittles line up. My package wasn’t marked as a limited edition, so I think they’re around for good. They come in five flavors: Mango Peach is pastel orange on the outside and pink on the inside. It tastes of a floral artificial peachiness with a…

Gummy Choco Fruits Mix

I’ve wanted to try Meiji Gummy Chocos ever since Cybele from Candy Blog gave them a rave review. I had looked for them every time I went into an Asian grocery store and finally, FINALLY! found them last month in Austin, TX. They came in single flavor and fruit mix tubes; I went with the…

Peeps!

I don’t especially love eating Peeps, though I will buy a pack or two if they’re on sale after Easter. I do, however, love the creativity that Peeps can unleash in people, as exemplified by the Washington Post’s Peeps Diorama contest. I made the following Peeps futball game to celebrate the Yale Concert Band’s then…

Sunbelt Sweet & Salty Granola Bar

When I was contacted about getting samples of Sunbelt’s Sweet & Salty granola bars to review on ZOMG, Candy!, I told their PR contact that granola bars were outside the domain of this blog. I did, however, offer to review them on Sugar Savvy, which I also write for. Soon, a generous shipment of 3…

Two food crazes in one

The foodie fads of salted caramels and adding bacon to everything collide in (insert dramatic music) Bacon Caramels! If I ever get around to making caramels from scratch, I may add bacon to a few. Until then, it’s on you, intrepid readers, to see how these taste.

Encore Chocolates: Minuet and Almond Cluster

Now that I’m all moved in and more or less settled into my new home, I’m back. Hooray! I thought it would be fun to re-kick things off with a review of a local chocolatier: Encore Chocolates in Rochester, NY. In my first week in Rochester, I got a bit lost trying to find the…