This Kooky candy bar was an impulse buy at the checkout line of my parents’ neighborhood grocery store, HEB. It’s a knockoff Twix that was shelved with a knockoff Snickers, 3Musketeers, and Milky Way, but I chose to buy the Kooky because it was on sale (3 for $1 instead of 2 for $1).
The Kooky called itself “biscuit and caramel covered with milk chocolate” with the tagline “That’s the way the Kooky crumbles” (groan). Like a Twix, there were two fingers per package.
The caramel with stiff and a little chewy. It tasted sweet with scorchy butter notes. I found it quite enjoyable, especially for a mass-market bar.
I also liked the biscuit layer. The cookie was dry and crumbling with some nice toasted notes that gave it some complexity.
Finally, the sweet milk chocolate coating was fairly standard. I had just the slightest tinge of a sour burn in my throat after I polished off one of the fingers, but I didn’t feel like it was too sweet since it was balanced out by the cookie.
I didn’t have a Twix to do a side-by-side comparison on this treat, but I think I actually would prefer the Kooky – I really enjoyed the darker flavor tinges that the toasted cookie and caramel brought. An OM.
Via AdFreak, looks like Yellow is going to get a starring role in a Super Bowl commercial this Sunday. I believe he is trying to twerk, though it is hard to tell as he does not actually have a butt.
The voice seems off to me. Compare to the classic M&Ms Santa commercial below:
Via Slate, here’s a weird and probably NSFW candy mint commercial out of Hong Kong. No idea why the nipple-licking stuffed animal is supposed to make you want to buy this candy.
Via Kotaku, check out these gifs from a Japanese TV show in which celebrities had to decide whether pieces of furniture and whatnot were real or made of chocolate. Apparently, they had to figure it out by taking a bite out of everything.
I think this would make for a fun game show. I volunteer to be the first contestant.
Hello Panda is Meiji‘s answer to Lotte’s Koala’s March: cream-filled cookies imprinted with cute animal cartoons. I got a couple of boxes to try in my free MunchPak samples, first in Strawberry and the following month in Double Choco.
The Hello Panda biscuits were either round or round with ears, like teddy bear heads. The Strawberry version was vanilla biscuits with strawberry cream, while Double Chocos were chocolate biscuits with “choco” cream.
Compared to the Koala’s March, the Hello Pandas had a more substantial crunch and a greater cookie to filling ratio. Strawberry’s biscuit was lightly sweet, while the center strawberry cream had the texture of a solid frosting and a floral sweetness to its artificial strawberry flavor.
The chocolate cookie of the Double Choco was darker in both appearance and flavor. It had a slight cocoa bittersweetness, like a mild Oreo cookie, and its chocolate filling was creamy with a slightly greasy feel.
I liked the Double Choco better than the Strawberry, which was too artificially floral for my taste. I did wish, however, that the Double Choco had more intensity of chocolate flavor and wasn’t quite so greasy. An O for both.
I think it’s safe to state that Jelly Belly is tops in their field of creatively flavorful jelly beans. Instead of resting on their laurels, they never stop innovating! Their newest product are Draft Beer flavored jelly beans.
I was quite excited to be surprised with free samples to review. I was more excited that they came with an adorably tiny beer mug, which made for a fun photoshoot.
The beans were striking right out of the package in two ways. One, they had Jelly Belly’s new jeweled look in a beautiful gold tone, and two, they had a strong, distinctive scent (regular Jelly Bellies don’t smell).
These amber nuggets smelled boozy and yeasty, like beer does, but also sweet and floral, which made it smell more like beer that had gone a little funky. Or, I guess, like beer that hadn’t finished fermenting and turning its sugar into alcohol.
The Draft Beer beans tasted like a sweetened blonde beer. It started off sweet and honeyed, and then took on a little fermented yeastiness. There was no bitter bite to the end, which I appreciated since it is candy, after all.
I’m a cocktail person, not a beer person (surprise, surprise, I have a sweet tooth), so I wouldn’t buy these for myself. They do, however, win points for novelty, and I can think they’d be a fun gift for beer aficionados. An O, just as a matter of personal preference.
You guys, I just saw this at Rite Aid over the weekend.
Easter candy in January? While Valentine’s Day candies still dominate the shelves? Too soon!
3D printing has been making the news for some time now. It was recently announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that you can print your own 3D candy at home! Provided you’ve got 10 grand to spare…
The candies are gorgeous, though I am dubious about how tasty they are. Check out the slideshows at The Verge and Fast Company. Hat tip to Neil.
Amedei Chocolates, which I’ve previously reviewed, now has a chocolate boutique in New York City. Apparently Amedei’s founder bills herself as the world’s first female chocolatier. Sort of depressing that we didn’t have female chocolatiers before 1990!
Hopefully all your Halloween candies have been eaten by now – but you may have some Christmas candies lying around, or maybe you’re getting a head start on Valentine’s Day sweets? Neil sent me this link about suggested beer and candy pairings, in case you’re looking for a grown-up way to indulge.