David’s Signature Beyond Gourmet Jelly Beans Sampler

Three words: bacon jelly beans. Oh I’m sorry, you wanted more than that? Okay. I got a free sampler box of David’s Signature Beyond Gourmet Jelly Beans (available online from Amazon/Oregon Trail Foods), and it included a bacon flavor. Which I will review last to make sure you keep reading. The David behind the beans is the…

Belgian Sweet Treats

Serious Eats has a nice round-up of chocolate and nut treats that can be found in Brussels. I want speculoos almonds! I know that Neuhaus has US outposts in NYC, so not all of those sweets are out of reach if you can’t get all the way to Belgium.

Vosges Smoke and Stout Caramel Bar

I’m slowly tasting my way through Vosges’s many different bars – slowly because they run about $10 for each 3 oz bar. The Smoke & Stout Caramel Bar was comprised of “Rogue Ale’s chocolate stout beer, alderwood smoked salt, burnt sugar caramel” and 70% dark chocolate. Like all of Vosges’s full-sized bars (at least the…

No Bake Snickers Cake

I’ve always been meh on peanuts, so Snickers don’t really do it for me. But man, check out these food porn photos of a no bake Snickers cake on Bakers Royale. They’re luscious enough to change my mind!

Recchiuti Sesame Nougatine

Here’s another A Southern Season‘s splurge, a full-sized Recchiuti Sesame Nougatine bar to go with their Asphalt Jungle Mix. It was described as “dark milk chocolate with sesame nougatine and fleur de sel.” This bar came in a plastic inner wrapper inside a classily designed cardboard sleeve. That plastic inner wrapper was infuriating – there was nowhere…

Hedonist Spring Collection

I went back to Rochester over spring “break” to work on some brain data I left there. Grad students don’t get vacation! Fortunately, my visit was timed so that I was able to pick up a free sample of Hedonist Artisan Chocolates’s new Spring Collection (full description and “artist’s notes” here). While in the shop, I…

Homegrown Skittles Star

Skittles is known for its off the wall commercials. Now, via Serious Eats, they’ve hired an off the wall spokesperson in Trale Lewous, a crazy guy who can’t pronounce words and has an annoying voice. The story behind Trale Lewous is pretty interesting. He’s just a comedian who started making silly videos about Skittles that…

French Broad Chocolates – Part 2

Here’s part 2 of my review of some French Broad Chocolates purchased at A Southern Season. On Monday, I reviewed the vanilla bourbon and mole negro. Today, we’ll cover the fig and port and the sorghum caramel. Fig and port was “55% cacao Hawaiian dark chocolate, coconut cream, a puree of local figs from an old man’s…

French Broad Chocolates – Part 1

I picked up a quartet of French Broad Chocolates while I was at A Southern Season. They got a special mention at the chocolate counter because they were local. In fact, they were only local-ish, as their Asheville store is about 4 hours from Chapel Hill. Though A Southern Season carried many different French Broad…