Almond Joy Pieces

Almond Joy Pieces [Review]

I thought I nabbed a candy scoop with these Almond Joy Pieces. A quick Google revealed that they’ve been out for nearly a year now, and Candy Addict and Candy Blog‘s already covered them! Guess it just took me a while to come across them in stores. Hershey’s basically extrapolated their Reese’s Pieces concept to…

NPR talks licorice

NRP has a nice piece about licorice and vegetables/herbs that taste of licorice. I love this quote from it: “I have always felt that the flavor of licorice overstays its welcome, like a chatty visitor whose friendliness turns out to disguise a monologuing narcissist.” It didn’t change my mind about my distaste for licorice, but…

Haggis Chocolate – Just a Deceptive Headline

Via the Facebook page of Hedonist Artisan Chocolates comes a story of a Scottish chocolatier who is making haggis chocolates. Alas, the gross-out isn’t as gross as story’s headline would lead you to believe: “Ellingham does not use actual haggis in the chocolate truffles, but instead blends spices including nutmeg, mace and black pepper, as…

Trader Joe’s Citrus Gum Drops

Every time I visit my boyfriend’s Boston home, I make ask him to take me to Trader Joe’s, as they always have an assortment of neat packaged foods. The last time I went, I picked up a bunch of new candy loot, and their Citrus Gum Drops are first up to be reviewed. The gum…

Life Savers Fruiteria [Review]

This bag of Life Savers Fruiteria caught my attention with its splashy NEW! sign. It kept my attention with an adventurous selection of flavors that included passion fruit and papaya. It seems that globalization and foodie-ism have trickled down to this once basic brand that started out as a peppermint. In addition to passion fruit…

Another Take on Tempering

Serious Eats has a step-by-step guide to how to temper chocolate over the stove. Like with Mark Bittman’s piece, I appreciate the instructions, but I still find microwaving chocolate (small chunks of time, checking and stirring lots in between) to be way easier and a far less daunting task. I love this comment on the…

Chocomize Bar II

I wrote about my purposefully strange Chocomized bar on Monday. Today, I’m writing about the free sample bar that I Chocomized with the hopes that it would taste good: dark chocolate with currants, dried raspberries, and sea salt. As with Monday’s bar, Chocomize was super generous with the toppings. They were well distributed, so it…

Chocomize Bar I

Chocomize is a U.S. based candy company that lets you make personalized chocolate bars that “are handmade to order”. They’re the second customized chocolate company I’ve gotten to try free samples from (Chocri was the first; I think Chocomize has them beat on name cuteness). You start with your choice of base chocolate: a 56.8%…