Holiday Break

Hi readers, Happy holidays! I’m taking a hiatus through the holiday season. See y’all in 2013! In the meantime, I’ve started a science blog, Beyond the Abstract. Check it out! ~Rosa

European-style Nougat Recipe

If you’ve got some spare time around the holidays for an intense candy-making project, check out Liddabit Sweets’s recipe for European nougat, via Serious Eats. They’d make a great holiday treat! If you’ve never had European-style nougat, it’s very different from the nougat you find inside mass-produced candy bars like Milky Ways in appearance and taste….

Mini Chewy SweeTarts

I used to love SweeTarts when I was a kid. My parents used to buy me a big roll of them to keep me quiet on long car rides and such, so I think about them with fondness. Nestle was handing out free samples of these Mini Chewy SweeTarts at Sweets and Snacks. I don’t…

A twist on holiday chocolate bark

Serious Eats has a recipe for what they’re calling crack, which is basically just saltine crackers covered in chocolate and, if you’re in the holiday mood, crushed candy canes. I’ve never had chocolate-covered saltines, but I do enjoy chocolate-covered matzo, which has a toastier, wheatier flavor than saltines. We used to make chocolate-covered matzo in the…

Bissinger's Grapefruit Gummy Pandas

Bissinger’s Grapefruit Gummy Pandas

I’ve said many times on this blog that there aren’t enough grapefruit candies out in the world. There are, at least, Bissinger’s Gummy Pandas that come in pink grapefruit (with grapeseed), which I bought at Whole Foods. The bag makes all kinds of health claims: “made with organic sweeteners”, “natural sources of antioxidants” (from the…

Kraft Jet-Puffed Mallow Bites

I bought this bag of Kraft Jet-Puffed Mallow Bites at the dollar store because they had a big “New” banner. I don’t think there are other mass-market “milk chocolate covered miniature marshmallows” out there. Opening the stand-up, resealable bag unleashed a strong and sweet milk chocolate scent that reminded me of a milk chocolate Hershey’s…

Whimsical Candy Garden

Via Neil, check out this whimsical series of photos of a candy garden featuring Mike & Ike flowers and Pop Rocks fertilizer. Maybe I should take up candy gardening as a hobby – reviewing certainly leaves me with enough random odds and ends of all kinds of candy!

Vidal Sour Rainbow Pencils

Vidal Candies had a colorful booth at Sweets and Snacks full of all kinds of non-chocolate treats. It looked like they carried candies that are more commonly seen abroad than in the U.S., like these Sour Rainbow Pencils that they gave me as free samples. I ate tons and tons of filled licorice pencils in…

Holiday Candy Giveaway from Temptation Candy

The folks at Temptation Candy, an online candy store, would like to give one of my readers free holiday candy. How awesome is that? The holiday giveaway candy includes Ghirardelli chocolate squares, Starburst and Jolly Rancher candy canes, Jelly Belly Christmas chocolate malt balls, and more! A full list can be found on their blog….