Georgia Nut Bear Claw – Part III of Chicago Week

As Chicago Week continues, yet another delicious confection courtesy of the Cobbs: the Bear Claw (and a similar looking product here) made by Georgia Nut (bottom right in a poorly lit shot; sadly the only photo I have of it). The Georgia Nut Bear Claw is a serious candy. It’s ginormous, about the size of…

Fannie May Chocolates – Part II of Chicago Week

The saga of my sweet-toothing my way through Chicago continues with Fannie May chocolates, who I would liken to Chicago’s version of See’s, except See’s is better. At a Fannie May store, I picked out a selection of their chocolates and a few of their individually wrapped candies (review on those to come next week)….

Frango Mints – Part I of Chicago Week

Back in March, over my spring break, I road-tripped to Chicago with my dear friends Katie, Chris, Rita, and Steve (who needs to get a blog or something. I’m not going to be creepy and link to his facebook page). Lemme tell ya, you’ve got to really love the people you’re road-tripping with, especially when…

More candy quickhits – another gifted edition

In continuing with Wednesday’s spirit of cleaning notes out of my candy tasting notebook, more quick reviews of candies that I didn’t have much to say about. These, like Wednesday’s, were all gifts, but they are not all international. South African Nestle Chocolates from former suitemate, future roommate Catherine (who doesn’t like chocolate!), who got…

Sweets and Snacks is TOMORROW!

Emma and I are flying to Chicago for the¬†Sweets and Snacks Expo at the crack of dawn tomorrow! The Sweets and Snacks Expo is the big annual candy and snacks convention/trade show, where hundreds of companies show up to show off what they’re making and selling. Last year, I got a bazillion samples that provided…

Sweets and Snacks 2013

Emma talked me into taking on Sweets and Snacks again this year. We’re Chicago bound in a few weeks! If you don’t know, Sweets and Snacks is the big annual candy (and now salty snacks) convention. Last year, I took away about 20 lbs of free samples. Candy companies are very generous with their freebies,…

Ode to Frango Mints

Jennifer McCoy, the pastry chef of Craft (that’s Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio‘s restaurant), waxes rhapsodic about Chicago’s Frango Mints on Serious Eats. I reviewed Frango Mints a couple of years ago (wow! It’s been that long?!) and loved them.