Okinawa Brown Sugar Candy

My expat friends, Nana and Justin, sent me a bag of Okinawa Brown Sugar Candy in their last generous shipment of foreign candies. At first I thought that making sugar-flavored candy was strange, but then I realized it’s not that different from honey candies or straight up shooting honey sticks. The prettily matte bag was mostly…

Duc d’O Pates de Fruits

A Belgian friend of mine in Rochester was kind enough to remember me on his latest trip back to his homeland. He brought me back a box of Belgian Pates de Fruits from Duc d’O (also available online!) Pates de fruits, also known as fruit jellies and fruit pate, are much better than gummi candies….

Cranberry Bog Frogs

These Cranberry Bog Frogs have been lurking in my candy stash for a while now. I know I received them as a gift from someone, but alas, I can’t remember who gave them to me. If it was you, thanks! The box calls them “sweetened dried cranberries and roasted cashews smothered with rich caramel and…

Chuao ChocoPod – Picante

Last week, I reviewed 2 of 3 Chuao ChocoPods that I’d picked out at Beacon Hill Chocolates. Today, I’ll review the third, the Picante. The Picante was described as “spicy cabernet caramel”. The other two ChocoPods that I had tried were solid chocolate, so I was surprised when this one oozed liquid caramel when I…

Beacon Hill Chocolates – Part II

On Wednesday, I reviewed 2 of the 5 chocolates that my boyfriend bought me from Beacon Hill Chocolates (BHC). Today, I’ll review the other 3. I’ve saved the best for last! I’ll start with the prettily swirled gold dome. I couldn’t find this one on their website, so no fancy description. It has cacao nibs…

Beacon Hill Chocolates – Part I

My boyfriend recently treated me to a lovely box of truffles from Beacon Hill Chocolates (hereafter referred to as BHC). I will review 2 of them today and 3 more on Friday. BHC doesn’t make their own truffles. Instead, they sell truffles made by other chocolatiers. Alas, they don’t credit the chocolatiers in their shop…

Chuao ChocoPods – Honeycomb and Firecracker

I love the idea of Chuao Choco Pods. They’re the same chocolate as full-sized Chuao bars, just scaled down to just 11 grams apiece. Chuao’s chosen to market the scaling down as smart portion control. I say it’s great for candy bloggers who want just small samples! I picked out 3 Choco Pods at Beacon…

Leonides Les Truffes

Today I’m reviewing more European treats that were gifts from my friend Neil, this 9-piece box of Leonides Les Truffes. There were 6 kinds of truffle in the box: Classique, Noire, Cafe-Caramel, Champagne, Noisette Croquante, and Speculoos. They got a little smooshed in transit, so a few had cracked shells, but they all tasted fine! All of the…

Milka Nussini Hasselnuss

This Milka Nussini Hasselnuss bar was a gift from my friend Neil, of Dutch ex-pat fame. I don’t know what Nussini means, but I’m taking an educated guess that Hasselnuss means hazelnut. The Nussini bars were wafer sandwiches topped with hazelnut bits and covered in chocolate. The wafers were quite light and airy, an absolute…