See's Assorted Chocolates - Ranked! [Part 2]

See’s Assorted Chocolates Ranked! [Part 2]

Today we have the next batch of chocolates out of the free sample box of See’s Assorted Chocolates that I started reviewing on Monday. Vanilla Nut Cream First up, their vanilla nut cream, a vanilla buttercream with English walnuts. What makes English walnuts better than walnuts unaffiliated with a specific nation? I suppose that’s a…

Chow.comís Holiday 2010 Gift Guide

I love Chow’s annual gift guide and have posted about it before. See 2009, 2008, and 2007. The 2010 edition contains lots of candy-related yummies: chocolate-covered cereal (looks like a classier version of Not Just Cereal), goat milk caramels, chocolate almond toffee butter bars, Haribo salty licorice gummies, and Charles Chocolates Pate de Fruit.

Trader Joe’s Black Cocoa Almonds

I’ve never been shy about proclaiming my love for Trader Joe’s nor lamenting Rochester’s lack of one. These Trader Joe’s Black Cocoa Almonds only underscore those points. They’re described as “fresh California almonds dipped in dark chocolate and rolled in black cocoa.” They’re beautifully dark and smooth and matte, like velvet pebbles. They’re covered in…

Hedonist Spring Teas Collection

Having fairly recently reviewed and enjoyed Charles Chocolates’s tea truffles, I was excited when I got the chance to try Hedonists’s take on the genre when they gave me a free box of their Spring Teas Truffle Collection. Jasmine was beautifully painted with green swirls and green speckles. It tasted mostly of deep, dark chocolate…

Interview with Chuck Siegel

I got the chance to interview Chuck Siegel, president and founder of Charles Chocolates, via his PR firm. “Transcript” below. 1) What is your favorite mass-produced, decidedly non-gourmet, checkout aisle/vending machine-style candy bar? Chuck Siegel: I love a frozen Snickers bars on a really hot summer day. 2) What is the most unusual chocolate you’ve…

Online Candy Deals

Thanks to William from Chocolate Obsession for rustling up some great online candy deals that y’all should check out. I ordered a box of Charles Chocolates with free shipping that should arrive next week, during reading period. Nothing like high-quality truffles to help ease the pain of studying/term paper writing!

Winter break trip

For winter break, my parents and I will be spending a few days in Vegas and a few days in California (San Francisco, maybe LA, claims my father). I’ve already made a huge list of places I want to visit. It’s impossible to hit them all, but the Jelly Belly Factory must happen. I was…

Haven’s Candies Factory Tour

I spent the latter week of my spring break in Maine and managed to nab a factory tour of Haven’s Candies, which was definitely one of highlights of my break. Though I’ve taken tours of the Jelly Belly and Scharffen Berger factories, I’d never gotten anything as up close and hands-on as my tour of…

Winter Break Trip Roundup

Happy New Year’s Eve! I get to fly home to Austin today. Hooray! I shall be traveling with a wheeled carry-on suitcase literally half-full of candy. Hooray! And that’s not even counting my bag of Jelly Belly Flops. Hooray! Many thanks go out to my parents, who decided we were past due for a family…