Technical difficulties

Hi readers,

Just to give y’all a heads up – I’m currently having some issues with my Contact and Comments not working 100% correctly. Currently, if you submit a message to me via the Contact form, it doesn’t save your email address, so I have no way of responding unless you put your email address in the message itself. Hopefully we’ll get this cleared up soon.

On another note, I’d like to migrate this blog from (paid and externally hosted) back to (free, except for the cost of my domain name). Anyone have experience doing this and want to digitally hold my hand through the process? I’m not that technically proficient and get so nervous making sweeping changes that could accidentally delete everything!

Jelly Belly Chocolate Dips

I really enjoy receiving free samples from Jelly Belly. Everyone else contacts me first to ask; Jelly Belly just sends stuff, so I’m always pleasantly surprised to get a package from them.

Case in point, my free sample of these Jelly Belly Chocolate Dips. The press release calls them, “the much anticipated marriage of America’s favorite jelly bean with refined chocolate.” Five flavors of Dips, Very Cherry, Orange, Raspberry, Coconut, and Starwberry, are being released right around now.

I have to admit, I’ve never thought, “Gee, if only this were covered in chocolate,” while eating Jelly Bellies. I was a bit dubious as to how well the pairing of chocolate and bean would work. Turns out, surprisingly well!

To start, these aren’t exactly the same as chocolate-dipped jelly beans. The beans lack their usual hard sugar shell. Instead, it’s a shiny panned chocolate shell with a squishy gooey sticky jelly bean center.

The dark chocolate tasted like dark cocoa powder. While it was possible for me to let the chocolate layer melt away, leaving a naked jelly center, I preferred to chomp them and mix the chocolate flavor into that of the bean.

Very cherry started out lightly sweet and fruity under the chocolate. As the chocolate flavor dissipated, the slightly artificial maraschino cherry flavor came through more strongly.

Orange presented an immediate hit of strong zest/citrus oil flavor. It didn’t taste like orange jelly beans. Instead, it tasted like candied orange rind, which paired splendidly with the chocolate. This was one of my favorites.

Raspberry was also a winner with the chocolate. It let the chocolate come through first. Then its fruitiness kicked in, mostly notes of raisin. I wouldn’t have guessed that it was raspberry.

Coconut was another one that let the chocolate take precedence. It came through as a fragrant, airy, deliciousness nuttiness after the chocolate disappeared.

Finally, strawberry had a bright sweetness with a lovely floralness and a great finish.

These surprised me with their tastiness and addictiveness. An OMG!

World’s Largest Gummi Worm

The World’s Largest Gummi (or Gummy) Worm found its way into my candy stash as a free sample from its makers. At over two feet long (26 inches to be exact), it’s quite a sight to behold. I put some regular gummi worms beside it for comparison.

I’m going to call it the Worm in this review, as it’s spectacular enough to merit capitalization.

Thanks to its size, girth, and ribbed nature, it’s possibly the most unintentionally adult-looking candy that I’ve ever reviewed.

Actually, based on the YouTube video advertising the Worm, maybe that adult-ness is not so unintentional.

I chose not to just chomp down on the Worm like the guy in the video did. Instead, I tried to slice it like a meatloaf.

It sort of worked… The gummi was so, well, gummi-textured that it didn’t slice that cleanly. To be specific, the gummi’s texture was sticky and squishy. Furthermore, it was a tad moist, lacking the matte outer shell that most gummi worms and gummi bears have.

The Worm that I was given to review was orange and blue raspberry flavored. The blue raspberry end tasted like blue Gatorade, with a mellow artificial fruit punch flavor.

Orange tasted quite sweetly and clearly of candy (rather than genuine) orange flavor. It reminded me of Sunny D.

I don’t think it’s fair to assign this a regular review rating – it tasted fine for a gummi, but no one’s buying it for the taste – so I’ll just say that it definitely makes a visual impact. Plus, it’s a big attention getter, which is exactly what you want out of your giant novelty gummis. Up to you if that’s worth your $27.99!

Holiday Hershey Kisses

These holiday Hershey Kisses, Mint Truffle and Candy Cane, have been around for a while, but I’ve never reviewed them before. They were out at an event that I attended, so I slipped a few into my pockets to write about later.

The Mint Truffle Kisses came wrapped in green foil with little snowflakes. The center was an unnaturally bright sea green, while the outer shell was chocolate.

It tasted similar to an Andes mint. The mint flavor was strong, fresh, and effervescent while the milk chocolate had a sour finish. Ahh, Hershey’s signature flavor profile… An OM.

The Candy Cane Kiss’s wrapper was silver with little red canes. The Kiss itself had a red and white striped outside. The inside was solid white chocolate flecked with little dots of red nonpareil.

The white chocolate was quite sweet with a milky sourness that was especially strong in the finish. There was a light milky dairy flavor to it, but it mostly tasted of meh quality white chocolate with a hint of peppermintiness.

I enjoyed the textural contrast of the nonpareils – they brought a great crunch – but I was not a fan of the white chocolate, so this gets an O.

All in all, not bad for holiday-specific treats and definitely tastier and more interesting than the originals!