Jump to content
  • Welcome to the eG Forums, a service of the eGullet Society for Culinary Arts & Letters. The Society is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the culinary arts. These advertising-free forums are provided free of charge through donations from Society members. Anyone may read the forums, but to post you must create a free account.

Confessions of a Novelty Confection Fiend


jhlurie
 Share

Recommended Posts

Twix Java

TwixJava.jpg

This is the wrapper from a Twix Java candy bar I consumed and then scanned.

This was a limited edition candy that, I guess, is now part of the Twix family of products.

It's actually pretty good. The coffee flavoring is in the caramel. It's a mild coffee flavor so coffee lovers may be disappointed in it. Because the flavoring is in the caramel, it lingers longer on the tastebuds and so becomes more noticeable as an aftertaste. The chocolate cookie is good, too, and is different than the usual shortbread-type cookie in the regular Twix.

Two thumbs up from me.

 

“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

Tim Oliver

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I like Kinder Surprise eggs. Because there is a toy inside. I like the toy.

I've lately been consuming a lot of Jelly Bellys. Over the last several months I've been trying a bunch of different things for fueling during long endurance running, and Jelly Bellys have worked well and are easy to carry. First they were strictly for running. But now I'm popping them wherever and whenever. There's a snack baggie in the car, another one in my gym bag, and a yesterday I bought a 1 lb bag and they're sitting on my counter. :smile:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I like Kinder Surprise eggs. Because there is a toy inside. I like the toy.

My local source just stopped carrying them because of the goofy alleged choking hazard issue. Grrr...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

Hershey's Drops

Hershey\

I'm not sure how new these are.

The bag states on the front: "No candy shell - No mess".

How do they do it...prevent the chocolate from melting in your hand? If you've ever had a Milk Dud, you know the answer. There seems to be some sort of waxy coating on the outside of these drops, very reminiscent of the exterior of a Milk Dud.

The Hershey's Drops are somewhat flat-ish (imagine a squashed Milk Dud) and are 100 percent Hershey's Chocolate. The drops taste just like a Hershey's Chocolate bar. This can either be a good thing (if you like Hershey's Chocolate) or a bad thing (if you prefer the real McCoy).

I am not a fan of the sour-ish taste of Hershey's Chocolate so I would probably pass on these.

 

“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

Tim Oliver

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Minis

miniReeses.jpg

This is a picture of a bag I consumed and scanned.

These are a new item. They taste exactly the same as regular Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. The big difference is that these are unwrapped and they are quite small. You can see "actual size" on the front of the packaging.

The bad thing is that they are unwrapped. Why is this bad? Two reasons: 1) They are more likely to to melt in your hands if they linger there too long (who are we kidding? They won't be in our hands that long on the way to our mouths :laugh: ) and 2)because they are unwrapped, there is no delay in satisfaction. You don't have to unwrap anything. There's no pause between bites. It's eating one after the other until you start to realize "Hey these are kind of salty" and "Hey, the bag's empty...How'd that happen?" :laugh:

Thumbs up on these.

 

“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

Tim Oliver

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Oh, dear, those would be hazardous in the extreme to buy! I LOVE Reese's, and hate the waste of the extra packaging. It's a principle of mine NOT to buy individually wrapped candies, unless it's something like the Cella's cherries, or a Chunky (they discontinued the ones I adored ages ago, anyhow. :angry: ) I love Basset's Liquorice Allsorts, Canada Mints, gummy peaches with the fine sugar on them and dark chocolate covered Peeps! Halloween and Easter is a bad time for the easily tempted, and I am their Queen! Candy "Harvest Mix" like candy corn, only different, the chocolate and coconut candy nests, with jelly bean eggs, the 'Robin Eggs' malt candy and, though I have not seen them in my adult life ANYWHERE, the eggs my mom used to get me for Easter, with a white sugar candy shell, and a rather decent layer of chocolate inside. You had to crack the 'egg' and then eat the pieces. Has anyone found a source for Raspberry flavored shoestring 'liquorice? NOT the Strawberry ones (yuck) or the blue raspberry flavored Twizzlers, please! :shock: I could go on, but you'd think I was terrible (you'd be right, too!) :laugh:

"Commit random acts of senseless kindness"

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm addicted to Nestle Tango (mentioned above, but which now come in white chocolate around black chocolate cookies with a jam filling, sort of like decadent Jammy Dodgers, and which I can get at the corner store - both the original, jumbo sized ones and the minis), Wafer Mix in Naranjilla Creme flavour, and some small, lumpy Skittles-esque candies called Rocklets, which come in tropical flavours. I'm also a huge sucker for Encocados or Cocos, which aren't commercially produced but which tall, strapping Esmeraldans get on the bus selling, and which I always buy. They're Jamaican-influenced coconut and molasses candies, the best of which also contain little chunks of ginger and crushed peanuts. Kind of like an Eat-More, but better. Oh, so much better.

I desperately miss liquorice, both the salty and sweet kinds - they just don't do it down here.

Elizabeth Campbell, baking 10,000 feet up at 1° South latitude.

My eG Food Blog (2011)My eG Foodblog (2012)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 9 months later...

Stopped by World market this week-end and was sad they had a sign up on the barren cadbury shelves that imports have been halted due to the recent Cadbury/Kraft sale :sad:

Today's treat: KitKat Chunky - hazelnut cream.

bf2342d2.jpg

Edited by natasha1270 (log)
"The main thing to remember about Italian food is that when you put your groceries in the car, the quality of your dinner has already been decided." – Mario Batali
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 4 months later...

Limited Edition Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Cookie flavored candy bars, based upon Thin Mint cookies and Samoa cookies.

CrunchMint.jpg

CrunchSamoa.jpg

There's a third flavor, Peanut Butter, based upon the Tagalog Girl Scout peanut butter cookies but I couldn't find it in the store

.

The Mint flavored candy bar was good but not great. I kept missing the shortbread that is part of the Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies. I was surprised that I could miss that simple shortbread base. But it makes a difference.

The Samoa flavored candy bars were very good. It had that nice caramel-ly coconut-ty flavor that make the Girl Scout Samoa cookies so good. I thought they did a great job of replicating the cookie's flavor in the candy bar.

Of course, now I'm jonesing for the cookies themselves which are a half a year away. :sad:

 

“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

Tim Oliver

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 months later...

I finally stumbled upon the third flavor of Nestlé's Limited Edition candy bars...Peanut Butter Creme based upon the Girl Scout cookie flavors.

PB0001.jpg

At first I was disappointed in the flavor. It reminded me of those sugar wafer cookies. Just a lot of sweetness and the thin crunchiness of the wafer layers. Then the peanut butter flavor really kicked in. It tasted more like the Girl Scout's Do Si Do peanut butter sandwich cookies than the Girl Scout peanut butter Tagalong cookies. There was a salty sweetness to the candy bar that I enjoyed.

This candy bar gets a definite thumbs up. :cool:

 

“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

Tim Oliver

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If anyone feels nostalgic for difficult to find sweets/chocolate with a British origin, try http://www.aquarterof.co.uk/faq.php

They will deliver world wide.

Having said that, brands that I thought were British seem to be available in far more varieties in the States. For us Marathon,now renamed Snickers, has never had almonds, we just get peanuts. Kit Kat is largely just milk 'chocolate' in either four wafers or one larger bar. Occasionally there are orange flavoured variations. Twix is just Twix, 2 bars in one pack but no variations.

The Quarter Pound Of site does offer a good range of stuff long gone from high street sellers.

Diana

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If anyone feels nostalgic for difficult to find sweets/chocolate with a British origin, try http://www.aquarterof.co.uk/faq.php

They will deliver world wide.

Having said that, brands that I thought were British seem to be available in far more varieties in the States. For us Marathon,now renamed Snickers, has never had almonds, we just get peanuts. Kit Kat is largely just milk 'chocolate' in either four wafers or one larger bar. Occasionally there are orange flavoured variations. Twix is just Twix, 2 bars in one pack but no variations.

The Quarter Pound Of site does offer a good range of stuff long gone from high street sellers.

Diana

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

Those Hippos are almost too cute to eat....

I found the new coconut flavored three musketeers bar, and while it tasted okay, much to my surprise and dissapointment, it was artificially flavored with no real coconut at all. oh well.

---------------------------------------

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 6 months later...

M&M's Chocoate Bar

MMBar.jpg

I haven't seen this candy bar before. I don't know if it comes in different flavors. This is the wrapper of a candy bar that I consumed and then scanned on my office scanner.

It's exactly what you think it is. It's a chocolate bar...the same chocolate found inside the M&M's candies...with a sprinkling of teeny tiny M&M candies embedded in the bar. The tiny M&M's candy shell provides a little crispy crunch to the bar as you eat it.

What's not to like in this candy bar? :wink: Two thumbs up!

 

“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

Tim Oliver

Link to comment
Share on other sites

My boyfriend brought these back for me, from a trip to Sweden (in case this seems totally lame, from here this the equivalent of going to VT from NY, if people in VT spoke Frisian or something):

PloppCaramelStrawberry2013-06-04_21.33.19.png

The name somehow says it all. It tasted vaguely of chocolate and... things, which the labels enabled me to convince myself were not unlike the flavours of caramel and something red. My guess is that if you grew up with this, it has significant nostalgia value.

Michaela, aka "Mjx"
Manager, eG Forums
mscioscia@egstaff.org

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 years later...

Rumored to be coming this July:

Reese's Pieces inside Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

 

Edited to add something about the Department of Redundancy Department ;)

Edited by Toliver (log)

 

“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

Tim Oliver

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 4 weeks later...

I don't have a scan of the wrapper but I just belatedly tried a Snickers Xtreme (belatedly because it's been around for a while).

It's basically a Snickers bar without the nougat. So it's just more nuts and caramel, all covered in chocolate.

It's not a memorable candy bar. I think I miss the nougat. Go figure...xD

  • Like 1

 

“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

Tim Oliver

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 months later...

Saw these interesting m&m flavors at target & cvs recently:

 

chili nut, honey nut & white 'boo'terscotch

 

I didn't buy any but might try the white boo-tterscotch if I see it in a smaller size.

 

there was another coffee-nut flavor also.

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

  • Like 3
"The main thing to remember about Italian food is that when you put your groceries in the car, the quality of your dinner has already been decided." – Mario Batali
Link to comment
Share on other sites

29 minutes ago, natasha1270 said:

Saw these interesting m&m flavors at target & cvs recently:

 

There was a mention of the M&M flavors over in this thread where @BeeZee had the chance to taste and report back.  

I often look for them if I'm waiting in check-out lines but haven't seen any of the special flavors.  I think I'd like the coffee version and the butterscotch would be fun to put in Halloween cookies.  Perhaps a more thorough search is warranted in my area xD!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 months later...
  • 5 weeks later...
On December 16, 2016 at 1:07 PM, Toliver said:

An early Christmas (really, an early Valentine's Day) present: "Christmas Has Come Early: Red Velvet Kit Kats Are Here"

I bought a bag of these at Target today. They gave the white chocolate coating a tangy flavor to simulate cream cheese frosting. Chocolate cookie inside. Not bad.

  • Like 1

"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast" - Oscar Wilde

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 4 months later...

They'e finally being stocked in stores: M&M's Caramel (my apologies for any web ad pop-ups which seem to be so prevalent these days)

 

Strangely, I couldn't find the candy on the M&M web site which seems to exist only to sell M&M-related crap/products. ¬¬

The link above is from an early Food & Wine taste test of the new candy.

 

The candies are odd to eat (as mentioned in the article). They are large-sized and a little chewy. What happens is that, at first, you don't taste the caramel. There's just a crunch and chew. And then more chew. Then eventually all of the candy outer shell and the chocolate dissolve away and there's just a caramel-y finish. Initially, I had tried just one but I think it was more successful in regards to the caramel flavor when I ate two at a time (yeah, that's my excuse as to why the contents of the bag are disappearing so quickly and I'm sticking with that. xD ).

It sort of reminded me of eating Sugar Babies, where there's a long chew factor that's crunchy/grainy at first, then gives way to just the brown sugar-y goodness of the Sugar Babies.

Two thumbs up for these odd M&M Caramel candies.

 

 

  • Like 5

 

“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

Tim Oliver

Link to comment
Share on other sites

 Share

  • Similar Content

    • By ShylahSinger
      Hello! I'm fairly new to this site so I don't know if my search was weak. I'm trying to find a way to make Mandarin orange puree at home, but I couldn't find anything even similar in the forum. I am a home cook, but I have been making chocolate bonbons and other confections for over 4 years (intermitantly). It is too expensive for me to purchase this online- not because of the price of the puree, but the cost of shipping makes it prohibative. The recipes I've seen online are all differant and don't seem to be what I need. 
      I would love any help with this! I look forward to hearing and learning from those who have much, much more experience than me. Thanks!
    • By ShylahSinger
      Help! I am an amateur and make chocolate truffles, bonbons, and caramels for friends and family. I made some soft caramel for filling molded bonbons. The flavor and consistency are fine, but the caramel is filled with bubbles. I don't know how to get the air bubbles out, and am concerned using it in my molded chocolates. I would like to know if it is okay to use. I have been making confections for about four years and this is the first time this has happened. I would really appreciate any help! I'm new to the forum and don't know anyone yet.
    • By amyneill
      Hi all!! 
      I work at an amazing little New Zealand Style ice cream shop in the beautiful Denver Colorado. I was hoping to get a little help on the subject of adding fruit into ice cream after extracting it and ensuring that, when the ice cream is frozen, the fruity bits don't turn into rock hard shards. I am planning on doing a cherry chocolate ice cream and I was going to soak some dried cherries that we're no longer using for something else. I was planning on using some brandy and a ton of sugar, but I was really hoping someone had a tried and true method they could send my way so that I KNOW that the fruit will be luscious as it's frozen. If you have a certain sugar ratio. I know there is the brix test, but to be honest it's been many years since pastry school and I am very rusty. Would love to hear from some of my fellow sugar-heads. 
      Thank you!
      Amy
       
    • By amyneill
      Hi all! I just wanted to pop in here and see if anyone had some advice on canning/jarring caramel sauce for ready-to-eat consumption. The ice cream shop I work at is putting together gift baskets for valentine's day and we wanted to toss in some caramel and fudge jars in to add some tasty treats. We have a recipe that works great in the shop in our squeeze bottles for topping the ice cream, however I don't have a ton of experience with the canning process to make it shelf stable and shippable. I've canned tomato sauce and salsa in the past, but my method wouldn't be efficient for canning hundreds of jars for consumption. What is your method for success? Does it all hinge on the sealing process, and if so what are your favorite (cost efficient) products? Do you know of a jar that is self sealing or more durable than others?
      Thanks for any suggestions! 
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...