Guest post: Hema Caramel & Biscuit Candybar Mini

Here’s another guest post from ex-pat friend Neil! ~Rosa A staple of Dutch towns is the HEMA department store. I dither on its American equivalent. K-Mart? Target? Everything there is their own brand, from clothing to sausage to the carpet cleaner. Often, when you ask a Dutch person “Where would I buy a…”, the answer…

Guest post: Viba Mandel-nougat

Here’s another guest review from ex-pat Neil while I try to catch up from being out of town for most of last week. ~Rosa Recent trips to Germany & Austria have refilled the never-empty pantry here. I’ve tried the Viba Mandel-nougat which came from one of those countries (sorry, I should take better notes while…

Kit Kat WiFi Break

Via Neil, news of an interesting new ad campaign from Kit Kat. Building on their “gimme a break” slogan and taking advantage of our current culture’s anxiety about our constantly wired world, they’ve built a bench in Amsterdam that blocks all WiFi signals, so people can truly take a break. A fun, attention getting idea!…

Whimsical Candy Garden

Via Neil, check out this whimsical series of photos of a candy garden featuring Mike & Ike flowers and Pop Rocks fertilizer. Maybe I should take up candy gardening as a hobby – reviewing certainly leaves me with enough random odds and ends of all kinds of candy!

Candy Big Brother

Via my friend Neil and Slashdot, news of a creepy marketing campaign: Nestle’s embedding GPS trackers into select candy wrappers so that they can literally hunt down the purchasers. Fortunately, that hunt ends with the lucky huntees winning £10,000. But still, creepy, no?

Guest Post: Sarotti Edel-Marzipan

I spent my weekend trying to win Duke basketball tickets by sleeping outside, so I’ved turned things over to my ex-pat friend Neil for a couple of reviews. ~Rosa This bar came, I think, from a supermarket in Osnabrueck, but I can’t be sure. Here’s a secret: I’m a sucker for marzipan. I don’t know…

Me-targeted Kinder ad?

My friend Neil sent me this photo of a billboard that he took in Bremen, Germany. Clearly Kinder is trying to suck up to me, all the way from Germany! Okay, maybe not. As best as I can tell, Kinder Surprise is now promoting special pink eggs with girly toys. I don’t love the idea…

Guest Post: Haribo Turtles

Hey readers! I’m on my last day of pseudo-vacation up in New Hampshire, so check out this post from ex-pat Neil in the meantime. ~Rosa I had time to kill in a German train station, and I needed some spare change to use the bathroom, so I bought these Haribo Turtles. They set me back…