Ikea sweets review

Serious Eats recently posted a taste-test round-up of an impressive variety of the foods sold at Ikea, including some of their sweets. They managed to make something called “oat balls” sounds like a must-try, and their marzipan glamor shots are lovely. By the way, on my last Ikea visit about a month ago, I learned that…

Koppers Chocolate Covered Gummi Bears

These chocolate covered gummi bears were a free sample given to me at the Koppers booth at Sweets and Snacks. They call themselves “the original”, so I wonder if they predate the Albanese and other brands’ versions? The gummi bears (real Swedish, according to the wrapper) had a surprisingly sproingy chew. They positively bounced against…

Doctors immune to candy bribes

Via Discover Magazine’s Discoblog, news of an academic study that found that doctors are not very susceptible to candy bribes, at least not when it comes to increases responses to mailed questionnaires. No word on if candy bribes can help you get special prescriptions (I’d guess no).

Blommer Milk and Dark Chocolate Covered Grahams

I got these Blommer Milk Chocolate Covered Grahams and Dark Chocolate Covered Grahams as free samples at Sweets and Snacks. Mine were individually wrapped (unfortunately, I ate them before I realized that I didn’t have photos of the packaging), though it seems like they’re sold by the box on their website. Both treats were graham…

Warheads Sour Chewy Cubes

Original Warheads hard candies made their splash on the U.S. market when I was a kid. My friends and I used to compete to see how many we could stand to hold in our mouths at once and – more importantly – how long we could keep them there as their sour coating burned holes into…

Juice-infused chocolate – a lower fat option?

Today’s news post is a fitting one to come on the heels of this week’s “diet” chocolate reviews. Via Gizmodo, scientists have reported inventing a technique to create chocolate built around tiny droplets of fruit juice rather than fat. Photo from the article. The resulting chocolate supposedly has the same mouthfeel as regular chocolate but…

Project Runway Candy Couture Challenge

I swore off watching Project Runway after the judging travesty that was Season 9. It used to be a show about true talent but has since devolved into all about the best reality TV storyline. I made an exception, however, when they recently did an “unconventional materials” challenge to make clothes out of candy! At…

Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters – Milk Chocolate

Ira Glass had a great quote in his recent NY Times interview: “I don’t believe in guilty pleasures, I only believe in pleasures. People who call reading detective fiction or eating dessert a guilty pleasure make me want to puke. Pedophilia is a pleasure a person should have guilt about. Not chocolate.” I agree with…