Guest Post: Meiji Fruit Gummies Part I

I’m currently at the Society for Neuroscience conference in New Orleans, so I’m turning things over to some globe-trotting friends this week. Cameron and Meredith are former roommates of mine (we did lots of chocolate truffle tastings together), and they’re writing about some treats they bought on a recent trip through Japan. ~Rosa For our second and…

Maybe someday I’ll win a Nobel…

My friend Steve alerted me to a news story that’s been making the rounds: a nation’s chocolate consumption correlates with Nobel laureates per capita. Switzerland came out on top in chocolate consumption and second in Nobel laureates. As Steve noted, logic clearly states that I am overdue for a Nobel. In related news, Slate has…

Guest Post: Japanese Tiramisu Chocolates [Review]

I’m currently at the Society for Neuroscience conference in New Orleans, so I’m turning things over to some globe-trotting friends this week. Cameron and Meredith are former roommates of mine (we did lots of chocolate truffle tastings together), and they’re writing about some treats they bought on a recent trip through Japan. ~Rosa Hello folks!…

Dark Chocolate Chipotle Almonds from Sugarfina

These Dark Chocolate Chipotle Almonds were another free sample from Sugarfina. They came in a little plastic 2×2 inch box, which I believe is their petite size. It held ~20 almonds. They were much larger than most dark chocolate-covered almonds that I’ve seen, I think because the almonds were first given a chipotle-flavored candy shell…

Bacon Praline Recipe

You ready to get your drool on? Check out this recipe from Serious Eats for Bacon Praline. That’s candied bacon plus caramel. Drooling yet? Really, though, you could just stop at the candied bacon part. I make candied turkey bacon – I like it better because it’s meatier – and add a sprinkle of coarse sea…

Mint Chip Malted Milk Balls from Sugarfina

These Mint Chip Malted Milk Balls came from my free sample of Sugarfina‘s Malt Shoppe tasting flight. The flight’s “menu” described these as “refreshing malt balls… coated in dark chocolate, then rolled in mint cookie crumbles.” The Mint Chip balls were quite visually appealing, a sea-foamy green flecked with dark cookie bits. Mine were certainly…

DIY Molded Chocolates

In case you’ve ever wanted to make your own molded chocolates, Rise and Shine (via Lifehacker) shows how you can make your own molds out of brown sugar. Looks fun! If I ever try it, I will probably start with something less phallic…

Hammond’s Caramels – Vanilla and Chocolate

These Hammond’s Caramels were free samples that arrived in the same box as the Piggy Backs that I previously reviewed. They came in vanilla and chocolate, and both 1.5-inch squares were wrapped in waxed paper for an old-fashioned look. Vanilla had a soft and super super sticky chew, like an extra sticky Starburst. The wax paper that…

Sugarfina Cocktail Hour – Part II Gummies

On Wednesday, I covered the cordials from my free sample of online candy boutique Sugarfina‘s Cocktail Hour Tasting Bar. Today, I’ll go through the gummis in that assortment. The gummi half of this assortment included Hard Cider Pints, Belgian Ale Pints, Champagne Bubbles, and Champagne Bears. The Hard Cider Pints were yellow bottle-shaped gummies coated…