Chocolate Conflicts

Via my friend Nana (of generous international candy gifting fame), a BBC story about a US/UK chocolate divide and potential British resistance to a Hershey’s takeover of Cadbury. The NY Times’s take can be found here. And via Chocolate Bytes, news that Mars is suing Hershey’s. The claim is that Hershey’s Bliss ads are a…

Bacon Sweets

From NPR, a piece on bacon desserts and lots of bacon dessert recipes, including one for chocolate bacon peanut bark. Relatedly, from The Kitchn, a recipe for candied bacon fudge. 2009 was a big year for the bacon and sweets trend. Will the craze last through 2010?

Jelly Belly Soda

Jelly Belly already makes soda-flavored jelly beans. Soon, you can get Jelly Belly-branded jelly bean flavored sodas in sour cherry, lemon drop, crushed pineapple, blueberry, green apple, tangerine, juicy pear, strawberry, and very cherry. Some of those sound like soda flavors that already exist, but blueberry and juicy pear seem new!

Chocolate-related gift guides (hint hint)

Serious Eats has put together a gift guide for chocolate lovers. In other gift guide news, Vosges makes another appearance in Chow’s annual Winter Gift Guide. The folks at Chow.com are clearly big Vosges fans – or at least big fans of receiving Vosges as gifts (exhibit A, B, C, D). Hey Chow, Vosges is…

Holiday Hiatus

Hello, dear readers! I get two precious weeks off from work to spend at home with my family, so I’m taking a two week break from reviews. Instead, you’ll get bonus news posts… Like this piece about bringing candy to the workplace. I love the holiday candy season, but others seem to resent the additional…

Hedonist Holiday Truffle Collection

Remember when I reviewed Hedonist truffles that were maybe no longer for sale? That’s because they replaced them with new truffles, their Holiday Collection, comprised of Champagne Pomegranate, Egg Nog, Fig, Ginger Molasses, and Orange Clove. I was lucky enough to get a free sample box to try (and managed to pick up a hidden…

Fannie May Giveaway

As best as I can tell, Fannie May is a Chicago candy institution, and I made sure to try them out when I visited Chicago a couple of years ago (reviews here and here). They’ve been around since 1920, and while most 90 year-olds aren’t terribly tech savvy, Fannie May’s entering their 9th decade with…