Jelly Belly Blech

The Huffington Post is running a bracket-style voting contest to find the people’s least favorite flavor of Jelly Belly. Voting starts later today for the final round, which will be either popcorn or top banana versus cappuccino or licorice! Winner (or loser?) will be crowned tomorrow. My favorite part about all this is that Jelly…

Busy busy busy

Hey readers, If you noticed, I missed my usual Monday review. That’s because I spent all of this past weekend moving! And now I live in a messy new apartment full of boxes. Things are getting a little hectic, so it may be a a bit before I get to posting reviews. News posts are…

Skinny Cow Divine Filled Chocolates – Caramel

I’ve never been a big fan of candy companies that refer to candy as a guilty pleasure. Why can’t it just be a pleasure, without all these extra hangups? As long as you’re not eating as much candy as I do, you’re probably fine. Skinny Cow, with its ridiculous svelte cow logo, clearly markets itself…

Just Born at Sweets and Snacks 2013

One of my favorite moments from last month’s Sweets and Snack’s Expo was the surreal Mike and Ike press conference with Nelly¬†at the Just Born booth. Yup, that Nelly. At last year’s Expo, it was announced that Mike and Ike of Mike and Ike were splitting up. This year, they brought Nelly to the Expo…

Lovely Caramels

The Lovely Candy Company was a new (founded this year!) candy company that made its debut at Sweets and Snacks last month. They make gluten-free licorice, caramels, and fruit chews (gluten-free was a continuing trend from 2012 to 2013), and I grabbed a couple of free samples of their caramels for review. I got one…

Jelly Belly Jewel Collection

Jelly Belly didn’t have a totally new candy product to show off at Sweets and Snacks this year (last year was all about Snapple Jelly Bellies), but they did have some fun tweaks on existing products. One especially eye-catching tweak resulted in these Jewel Jelly Bellies (photos without my watermark are from Jelly Belly): They…

Russell Stover Caramel Apple with Peanuts

I got this Russell Stover Caramel Apple with Peanuts as a free sample at the Russell Stover booth at Sweets and Snacks. There was also a version without nuts; this is just the one that was handed to me by the nice booth representatives. The wrapper described this as “naturally apple flavored caramel, peanuts, and…

DeMet’s Turtles Minis

DeMet’s Turtles were another candy trying to make mini happen at Sweets and Snacks. They were handing free samples of their Turtles Minis, so I, of course, grabbed a little bag to review. Despite my efforts to pick a bag that didn’t feel smushed (some of the sample bags obviously contained one large stuck together…

Yet another weird Skittles commercial

Via AdFreak, here’s yet another weird Skittles commercial. It’s interactive, which is neat, but you totally lose the brand engagement by the time the interactive stuff starts. I don’t really understand why Skittles goes for the purely bizarre in their commercials. Strange but funny I get; strange for the sake of being strange is just……