Chocolate antioxidants boost memory

The NY Times has a nice summary of a new neuroscience study finding that drinking a mixture high in chocolate antioxidants improved memory in older adults (aged 50 to 69).

 

It sounds like awesome news for chocolate lovers – our chocolate habits are good for our brains! – except that you’d have to eat 7 full-sized chocolate bars a day to match the antioxidant levels that the people in the study were getting. That’s a lot, even for a candy blogger like me.

Halloween Giveaway from Mike & Ike

This Halloween, Mike & Ike have some fun holiday-themed candy mixes: Mummy’s Mix is lemon, orange, grape, lime, and raspberry, and Vampire Variety is cherry, raspberry, grape, watermelon, and fruit punch.

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If you’ve never had Mike & Ikes before, they’re sort of like cylindrical jelly beans. I’ve reviewed (and enjoyed) their Lemonade Blends in the past.

If you want a chance to try out these Halloween Mike & Ikes, you’re in luck! They’re letting me give some away to one lucky U.S. reader. Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Crispy M&M’s comeback + giveaway reminder

YOU GUYS! Crispy M&M’s are coming back! Starting in January of 2015!

If you can’t tell, I’m pretty excited. I loved Crispy M&M’s as a kid. They’ve got the tasty crunchiness and mix of sweet/starchy of Pretzel M&M’s, but a superior lighter texture, if my memory serves me correctly.

Is it January yet?

Also, don’t forget to enter the Shangri La Tea Chocolates Giveaway, which closes tomorrow! I have a randomly selected winner of the Churchill’s Carousel, but s/he has not responded to my email, so I can’t announce anything yet.

What’s in a chocolate’s name?

As a psychologist, I’d long known that people can easily determine which of the below two shapes is named Bouba and which is named Kiki.

Kiki sounds hard, so people associate it with the sharp shape, while Bouba sounds round and goes with the round shape.

I learned more recently from reading Slate’s excerpt from a book about the language of food that Kiki and Bouba are also attributable to different types of chocolate. Specifically, milk chocolate, with its smooth mouthfeel, is associated with Bouba. Dark chocolate, with its sharper flavors, is associated with Kiki.

Pretty cool, huh? Also this means you should think twice about what you name your chocolate company, as people may form expectations about what your product will taste like based on how sharp or round its name is.

Olive & Sinclair Whisky

I mentioned yesterday that I visited Olive & Sinclair, a Nashville bean-to-bar chocolate maker, while I was in town for a wedding. There were some chocolate truffles filled with a boozy caramel for sale – if I remember correctly, they were called Whisky Musket Balls?

At any rate, I bought one to try. It was pricey but noms!

By the way, that round stone in the top right corner is for grinding cocoa beans to make chocolate. And those pebbly-looking things at the bottom are cocoa beans. The backwards EAT is a reflection of a sign that they had on the opposite wall.

Pee candy from Hollywood

I’ve been traveling quite a bit recently, so I’ve been too busy to write new reviews. Hopefully I’ll be able to play some catch-up this weekend, as I’ve got some new free samples that just rolled in. In the meantime, I’ve got some photos from my travels to share.

I found this pee candy (“Urine for a Treat”, harhar) at a candy store near Universal Studios in Hollywood. It’s a yellow liquid candy stashed in a specimen cup. Lovely, no?

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