Sweet Endings

Psychology Today has a great explanation of a recent Psychological Science paper about positivity bias – a paper on an elegant study that I wish I had done! Psychologists have long known that first and last gets special attention. When we remember a list of things, the first and last item of the list is better…

Ritter Sport – Rum Raisin and Nuts

This Ritter Sport Rum Raisin and Nuts was one of the most exciting samples that I brought back from Sweets and Snacks. According to the Gourmet Grand Dame bloggess of the company that imports Ritter Sports to the U.S., Alfred Ritter didn’t want to export this flavor of Ritter because the rum flavor dissipates if it…

Fair Trade – not so fair?

Via The Kitchn, an article from Food First claiming that “Fair Trade is Dead.” According to the article, big companies jumping on the Fair Trade happy good feelings wagon is corrupting the original purpose of fair trade – to benefit small farmers. Fair trade is a popular designation for chocolate these days, and there are other…

Happy Memorial Day

Hi readers! I hope you are enjoying your day off – well, those of you that live in the U.S., that is. While it’s nice to have the long weekend to fire up the grill or hop in the pool, it’s also nice to remember that the original point of Memorial Day is to honor…

Wine and Chocolate – not a good match?

When I lived in Rochester, Chocolate and Vines was one of my favorite hang-out spots. You could get wine and chocolate pairings there, along with desserts and cheese plates, which made it a fun place to go for a quiet night out. Recently, via the Kitchn, I learned about a piece that ran in Palate Press….

Starburst Flavor Morph - Review

Starburst Flavor Morph: Changing for Good?

Starburst Flavor Morph is a new-ish addition to the Starburst line. Cybele covered them back in November, but I didn’t get mine until very recently, both as free samples from CandyFavorites.com and from the press room at Sweets and Snacks. Though they’ve been out for at least six months, my package still called them “New!”…

SendFudge Giveaway

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Fudgie Wudgie review comes today’s free fudge giveaway, courtesy of SendFudge.com. They offered me a free sample of their fudge for review, but, as noted yesterday, I don’t properly appreciate fudge. Instead, I’m going to let one of you appreciate some of Send Fudge’s fudge! They agreed to let…

Fudgie Wudgie Rocky Road Fudge

Though I love candy of nearly all forms, I actually don’t like fudge. I find it to be far too sweet. Chocolate is great as it is; why turn it into a super-saturated sugar bomb? Thus, when online candy retailer CandyFavorites.com sent me a free box of Fudgie Wudgie Rocky Road Fudge to review, I…

Sweets and Snacks Tips for Bloggers

Before I went to the Expo, I boned up on what to expect by reading Cybele’s past coverage and checking in with Sera on what her experience was like. For current/aspiring candy bloggers, here’s my list of DOs and DON’Ts. DO dress nicely. This is a business trade show, and there will be buyers and…