Megaload – Sweet and Salty

I got these Megaload Sweet and Salty cups as free samples at Sweets and Snacks. At the time, they were transitioning from the Overload name to the Megaload brand, so my samples were in unbranded packaging. You can see what the packaging looks like on their website.

They come nestled in a row in a plastic tray that does a nice job of protecting them. Mine survived the trip from Expo to Chicago apartment to Durham just fine.

The Sweet and Salty cups were peanut butter cups topped with different types of covered pretzels. One was milk chocolate, one was white fudge, and the third was peanut butter fudge.

The chocolate peanut butter cups were perfectly smooth and creamy, with a thick and pasty peanut butter center. There was a mild nuttiness from that peanut butter – I wish it were stronger.

The pretzel toppings added a great contrast with their crunchiness.¬†Quite honestly, I couldn’t really taste the differences in the different pretzels. They were all salty with the nice bready yeastiness that you expect from pretzels, but any flavor subtleties were dominated by the sweetness of the chocolate.

I was super impressed that the pretzels maintained their crunch factor while sitting in the packaging – those fudge coatings probably helped seal out any moisture/stale-making invaders, and I loved the mix of creamy and crunchy textures.

The ratio of the flavors, however, were a bit off for me. I wanted more pretzel toastiness or peanut butter nuttiness to balance out the sweet chocolate. Or just less sweet chocolate, I guess.

Still, I thought it was a great idea to put peanut butter cups and pretzels together. An O.

American regional candy favorites

About a month ago, NPR ran a great, thoroughly reported story about the state of candy in the U.S., with a special focus on different regional specialties from all over the country.

Back home in Texas, Lammes’ Candies are a go-to treat, and my stint in upstate New York introduced me to sponge candy. I haven’t figured out what North Carolina is known for yet.

What about your hometowns, readers? Any notable local treats that you want to share?

Vosges Habana

This little half ounce Vosges Habana bar was an A Southern Season find. These tiny bar formats are a nice size for a candy blogger on a budget – I get enough to get a taste, and while $3.25 is a lot for such a little bar, it’s still cheaper than their full-sized versions.

The Habana was “made with organic milk chocolate” and plantain chips. That chocolate was 45% cacao, so pretty high for a milk chocolate.

That “deep milk chocolate” had a thick melt. It was on the sweet side, with a light hint of cocoa powder flavor. The chocolate flavor was pretty pure, with no caramel notes.

The plantain chips were dispersed throughout the bar in small bits. They added a light crunch and the salty toasty starchiness of fried plantain chips.

This bar finished with a strong saltiness that danced on the delicious edge of being too salty. It makes me want to dip plantain chips in chocolate for a sweet and salty snack.

While it wasn’t quite as “ethereal” as the bar’s molding promised, it was a great mix of sweet and salty flavors and soft and crunchy textures. An OM.