Candy Sale Cycles

Via Lifehacker, the website Living Richly on a Budget has a month to month list of when different products go on sale. February and October/November are designated as candy sale times, thanks to Valentine’s Day and Halloween. With the way candy product cycles are, post-Easter and post-Christmas are also prime times for candy sales! Just…

Milk Chocolate Salty Pocky

I found these Milk Chocolate Salty¬†Pocky at an Asian grocery store back home in Austin. I immediately snatched them up – salt + chocolate has always struck me as a European thing, so I was excited to see them on Pocky, a classic Asian treat. They were basically regular milk chocolate Pocky – thin biscuit…

Brookside Dark Chocolate Goji with Raspberry

I bought this bag of Brookside Dark Chocolate Goji with Raspberry at a Bed Bath & Beyond because I needed a few more dollars to use my coupon. It turned out to be a great unplanned addition to my shopping list. The bag described them as “smooth dark chocolate surrounding a sweetened real fruit juice…

Watch out for candy health halos

Here’s a study I wish I had done: a new study in the journal of Social Psychological & Personality Science reports that consumers believe that chocolate labeled as Fair Trade has fewer calories than non-Fair Trade chocolate. This is an example of the halo effect, in which one positive trait bleeds over and influences perceptions…

Duc d’O Pates de Fruits

A Belgian friend of mine in Rochester was kind enough to remember me on his latest trip back to his homeland. He brought me back a box of Belgian Pates de Fruits from Duc d’O (also available online!) Pates de fruits, also known as fruit jellies and fruit pate, are much better than gummi candies….

Surf Sweets Fruity Hearts

I received a bag of Surf Sweets Fruity Hearts as free samples from the manufacturer. The press release said that they were launched in time for Valentine’s Day, though it was never explicit about whether these were a limited holiday edition or not. They were, however, explicit about touting all the benefits to the Surf…

Trader Joe’s Fleur de Sel Caramels

These Trader Joe’s Fleur de Sel Caramels were an expensive (I think ~$7?) impulse candy buy from my last Trader Joe’s run. They came in a round plywood tub with a lid, sort of like a hatbox. The tub described them as “buttery, soft chewy caramels with imported French sea salt.” It had two sealed…

Cacao Adventuring

Via LongForm.org, here’s a neat story from Outside magazine about cacao hunting in the Amazon rainforest. Now I want to try this Cru Sauvage chocolate magic, but it definitely don’t come cheap.

Cheese and Chocolate Pairings

I actually grew up disliking cheese. Thanks to my Asian parentage (cheese is not a thing in China) and public school lunches, I only knew cheese in¬†Kraft singles form and square pizza slice topping form. When I got to college, however, my cheese horizons were expanded thanks to some food-loving roommates. After graduation, I moved…