Jelly Belly Pea & Carrots

I’m not sure if these Peas & Carrots mellocreme candies from Jelly Belly are a seasonal Easter treat or not. My little bag was bought at the dollar store, where it was shelved with other Jelly Belly treats. Still, peas and carrots nicely fit in with springtime and bunnies, so it would make a good…

Toxic Chocolate

Wired has a great post about the chemical make-up of chocolate and why it’s toxic – not just to dogs, but also to people! – if ingested in large enough quantities. Apparently, Valentine’s Day is the biggest day for dogs in the ER due to chocolate ingestion. But Easter and Halloween are big chocolate holidays as well, so…

Russell Stover Iddy Biddy Bunnies

These Iddy Biddy Bunnies were a seasonal Easter treat from Russell Stover. My 1.7 oz bag advertised 60 pieces and noted that the bunnies on the wrapper were “Actual Size!” The bag of chocolate smelled sweetly chocolatey, like Hershey’s chocolate syrup. The molded bunnies were, as promised, Iddy Biddy indeed – just under an inch…

Jelly Belly Candy Couture

I’ve written in the past about Project Runway’s Candy Couture challenge to make a dress out of candy. Students of The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College and Chicago junior high and high school students from After School Matters recently did something similar, creating a fun assortment of dresses and accessories out of Jelly Belly candies. The one below…

Black Forest Juicy Oozers Gummy Cracked Eggs

Hi readers! Sorry I was AWOL on reviews last week – I was road-tripping and out of the town the previous weekend and fell behind on life. I’m back now with some drug store buys from my pre-road trip snack shopping. First up, Black Forest‘s Juicy Oozers Gummy Cracked Eggs. These were a seasonal Easter…

Alain Ducasse Bean to Bar Chocolate

As a candy blogger/candy lover, I’ve had the privilege of visiting a few bean to bar chocolate factories to check out how chocolate gets from the raw beans to the finished bars. Apparently, the bean to bar trend hasn’t really hit in France yet, so much so that David Lebovitz suggests that they’re a great…

Hidden Snickers Price Changes

The Billfold had a nice piece about how companies surreptitiously save money by downsizing their products, using the Snickers bar as an example. Apparently they’ve been slowly increasing the price and changing the shape and packaging. I appreciate that they took the time to consider how ratio balances may alter taste experiences – ratios are so important…