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Hear them Shqueep: Peeps Minis: Chocolate Crème

Friday, July 25th, 2014 by Becca Droz

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Peeps now come in Mini size!

These peeps are of an unfamiliar sort. All cramped up inside the bag, 24 to a room, it’s the factory farming of peeps. They took them out of their bag free, free-range boxes and stuck them into a bag. After yesterday’s “Peepa” march against bagged peeps, I decided to get a bag to see what the disturbance was about.

I rip off the seal and unzip the dark cave where the peeps reside. My hand reaches down and the bag crinkles. It’s warm and soft, I just grab something because I’m not sure where each one starts and ends. I pull it out of the bag and it looks just like I’d expect any bagged peep to look after transport. Squished; no structural stability whatsoever, I can see the sadness in its eyes, it knows that life wasn’t supposed to be like this, it dreams of what else could be out there, but it knows of nothing else but the bagged life. He has heard stories of the strong, brightly colored peeps with a whole box of room shared with only four others, where they were able to grow strong and stand up on their own. But those stories are as good as myth to this cramped marshmallow creature.

These mini peeps are a soft, melt-in-your-mouth style gooey substance, not quite the feeling of a typical marshmallow. (My guess is that they must have been affected by the inhumane culture of the bag). This gooey substance is the tar of a hot-chocolate-packet-tasting feather.

Satisfying and highly sharable, but these peeps lack the structural soundness of that classic peep that holds the memories and taste of Spring.

Hot chocolaty squished peeps… hear them shqueep.

Becca’s Brilliant Candy Blogs, Round 2: Begin

Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Becca Droz

The world of candy blogging has called me back. Maybe it is the expanded appreciation I have now for sweets; working in wilderness therapy, a treat of sugar at night, when all the students are zipped into their sleeping bags, brings a moment of absolute solitude and bliss. Nothing can interrupt the sweet serenity of a well-earned bit of melting chocolate on the tongue. Maybe I am back because it would be selfish and rude to pass up the candy blogging opportunity that every child dreams of… The reasoning is less important than the result, which is that Becca is back, which means the creative blogs that you’ve been waiting to see more of are back too!

Forget Pallet Cleanser with Jelly Mints

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 by Becca Droz
Forget Pallet Cleanser with these Jelly Mints

Forget Pallet Cleanser with these delicious Richardson's Jelly Mints

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 7

Convenience: 4

Novelty: 7

Overall: 9

“It tastes like what those valentines hearts should taste like, the perfect amount of chalkyness and sweetness and crumbles so perfectly with the slightest bite.” I couldn’t have said it better myself, my friend Conrad has a wonderful way with words.

Each mint has a chewy flavored center with green ones tasting like peppermint candy canes, black ones with anise flavor, and other fruity minty blends.

This is a simple yet extremely satisfying after dinner mint. It might not serve as great pallet cleanser because it is so tasty that it holds its own full flavor.

The Caffex Mallows Family is Creating a Buzz

Monday, March 14th, 2011 by Becca Droz
The Mallows Family is Creating a Buzz

The Mallows Family is Creating a Buzz

Sharability: 4

Denture Danger: 7

Convenience: 10

Novelty: 9

Overall: 7

Coffee, Mocca, and Java make a marvelous mallow trio. These squares may look like brownies, but don’t let looks fool you that easily, these are cubes of gooey coffee flavored marshmallows. Substitute your morning coffee with morning candy with the same amount of caffeine, and choose between three mallow flavors; the Java which is energized with a double shot of espresso, coffee which is a double coffee boost and the mocca which is a real espresso and cocoa blast!

The mocca is my favorite, the bitter taste of the chocolate helps to ease a bit of the intense marshmallowy sweetness away. The Java and the coffee are both quite tasty as well (although I can’t really find much of a taste distinguishment between the two), sweet, gooey energy shot; how can you complain?

If you want to hear about how people all over America love caffemallows you can watch caffeine hyped individuals rave about this product on youtube.com. You can also check out what they are up to on their twitter page (http://twitter.com/coffeemallows) or on the facebook page (http://on.fb.me/coffeemallows). The internet sure does makes it easy to market a product these days.

The Coffee Mallows come in three individual wrapped packages within a nice plastic box. From an environmentalist’s standpoint, all of this wrapping seems a bit excessive, but from consumer perspective it comes off as a quality, high class candy product.

For those of you that just can’t start your day without a caffeine fix, these mallows are perfect because they save you the trouble of having to make a cup of coffee in the morning if you are in a rush to get going. Instant energy hits with these sugary caffeine marshmallows.

Caffex introduced these mallows in mid-April 2010 and without any promotion, a box of twenty packages was sold by mid July. With promotions for this new fix running across the internet and coffee shops, coffee addicts are going to be jittering with joy about the new mallow buzz all over America.

My stomach must be bigger than my eyes for the Big Tex Jumbo Jelly Bean

Friday, March 11th, 2011 by Becca Droz
My stomach must be bigger than my eyes for the Big Tex Jumbo Jelly Bean

My stomach must be bigger than my eyes for the Big Tex Jumbo Jelly Bean

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 10

Convenience: 8

Novelty: 10

Overall: 8

Imagine a world where Jelly Beans were so big that you could not only not eat a handful at a time, but you could to take multiple satisfying bites of one jellybean. Well, as they say, if there is a will, there is a way, and the jellybeans must have eaten a bite of Alice’s cake because they have grown exponentially in size.

Limey green, grapey purple, sweet vanilla white (not to be confused with Vanna White), cherry red, licorice black, lemony yellow and a pink that I believe is an attempt at strawberry; these fun flavors fill these supersized jelly beans.

Don’t think that the growth of the bean has reduced the potency of the taste because each bean is bursting with flavor. The thick, soft shell protects the chewy jelly gum inside, which holds the life of the party.

I think this is a good candy for the bite-and-pass technique because that way you can get a taste of every flavor without overdoing the candy eating and wearing out a flavor. (As long as no one is sick, the bite and pass is my favorite way to share because you get just enough to want a little more, which is the perfect amount).

Don’t Forget About Cadbury Caramel Eggs

Monday, March 7th, 2011 by Becca Droz
Cadbury Caramel Eggs are a yummy addition to the Cadbury candy lineup...

Cadbury Caramel Eggs are a yummy addition to the Cadbury candy lineup...

 

Sharability: 2

Denture Danger: 7

Convenience: 8

Novelty: 8

Overall: 10

The other breed of Cadbury’s Eggs; the egg  filled with caramel.

Caramel, thick yet stringy; smooth yet sticky; like all things in life, the caramel inside of this milk chocolate coating is paradoxical. It is almost as stringy as the caramel inside of a Caramelo, but is much gloopier and thus leaves teeth prints when you bite into it.

For those of you who prefer the less intensely sweet taste, Cadbury’s Caramel Egg will probably be more satisfying than the original Crème filled egg. This caramel egg has only been around since 1994, well after the 1985 “How do you eat your Cadbury Egg” campaign began. The options with how to eat this egg can be explored in the same ways that you experimented with how to eat Cadbury’s Crème Egg for so many years.

You can go at it with a spoon, you can split it at the seam, you can bite from the top, fill the mouth, you can eat it with your eyes closed or crossed or you can share it bite for bite with someone you Love.

Easter feast just isn’t complete without a Cadbury Caramel Egg to cleanse the pallet for the Cadbury Crème Egg after the meal. The caramel and chocolate meld together as one magnificent, melty taste that will leave you lounging limp in your seat while your mind travels into the la la land of swirling tasty joy.

The Extended Eating Possibilities of the Cadbury Mini Eggs

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 by Becca Droz

Cadbury Mini Eggs are tasty and this posting explores the many different ways that they can be enjoyed

 

Denture Danger: 4

Convenience: 8

Novelty: 9

Overall: 10

The Cadbury Mini Egg facebook page is filled with self-proclaimed addicts of this “solid milk chocolate with crisp sugar shell” novelty. Though I thought these eggs would be inadequate because of their solid nature, thus lacking the inner gloop that makes Cadbury’s Caramel Egg and Cadbury’s Crème Egg so fun, I was creating an unnecessary expectation.

Don’t let the lack of filling let you think that the mini eggs have less possibilities of variable eatability; creativity is always an option if you allow it to be.

You can suck on the mini egg until the sweet shell dissolves into the melty smooth milk chocolate, you can chew it up for a cruncharific chocolate experience, you can do your best to try and eat the shell off of the egg (though this is difficult to do cleanly without biting chunks out of the egg), and you can go for the mouthful of mini eggs for a mess of egg shell and milk chocolate mixing together like compost decomposing in the warmth of your mouth.

All of these are fun and none of them leave out any of the tastiness to be had by the miniature eggs; but don’t let me ruin the fun by telling you all the ways to eat these eggs, I bet you can think of a unique and personalized miniature egg eating style. 

There may not be any goo to release in these mini eggs, but this product presents you with the opportunity to play the Easter bunny and give to the chocolate egg cravers in your community.

Sources:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cadbury-Mini-Eggs/10250622622

Imagine: Easter Baskets Filled with Cadbury Crème Eggs

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 by Becca Droz
An analysis of a great Easter Candy - Cadbury Creme Eggs

An analysis of a great Easter Candy - Cadbury Creme Eggs

 Sharability: 2

Denture Danger: 3

Convenience: 8

Novelty: 10

Overall: 10

Well hello again candy blog readers! I have returned back to blogging in the United States after a wild and wonderful five months in Israel where I was living on a farm learning permaculture (sustainable living). But that story is not as enticing as the Cadbury Crème egg that you patiently anticipate all year. Well you don’t have to X off any more calendar days because the Cadbury crème egg has been laid on the storefront.

Thick milk chocolate surrounds the gloopy egg white crème. You can crack the egg straight down the middle and peel apart the thick fondant filling made from egg, thick white cream, sugars and other additives that holds a tad bit of orangeish yellow color that represents the yolk of this candy egg. This shot of sweetness can be devoured from the outside in or the inside out or just a big plopperoo for the mouthful of Creamy Cadbury nirvana.

In the UK, annual sales of Cadbury’s Crème egg between New Year’s Day and Easter exceed 200 million items! That’s a lot of gloopy fondant sugar crème, over 15 million pounds worth of Cadbury egg. The Cadbury Brothers manufactured the original eggs in 1923 and the current egg, first introduced in 1971, is manufactured at the Bournville factory in Birmingham at a rate of 1.5 million eggs each day! It’s a good thing they don’t have to depend on chocolate chickens to lay all those eggs.

Before being manufactured in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia used to house the operation and New Zealanders aren’t happy about the switch. The natives complain that filling of the eggs is thicker and less runny than it used to be when it was manufactured in their beautiful country. In the UK the eggs are a product of Kraft, but here in the United States, we thank Hershey’s for these Easter favorites.

As all candies are, these eggs are as sharable as you want to make them. I have allotted them a ‘2’ because of the “convenience” of the line that allows you to crack the egg directly down the center. They are also conveniently individually wrapped in pretty foil and have a high novelty item because of the limited time this holiday candy is available.

Enjoy, and sharing has never been a bad idea.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadbury_Creme_Egg

Spice Drops Are Even More Addicting Than Dots!

Monday, January 31st, 2011 by Becca Droz
Spice Drops also known as Gum Drops

Spice Drops also known as Gum Drops are a long time favorite and one of the older candies still available.

 

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 9

Convenience: 4

Novelty: 6

Overall: 9

These minty little gumdrops covered in shards of sugar crystals do not hold the density of other spice drops I have eaten. These spice drops are one of those candies with that perfect soft, chewy consistency. The spice drop flavors are sweet and all carry a mild kick of spice depending on the color you choose. No fruity flavors in this batch, spice drops are names as they are for a reason.

 I remember writing a blog a bit ago about how Dots candy is utterly addicting. It must be something to do with the gum drop candy because these spice drops are even more addicting than Dots; they’ll have you eating lots!

Keepin’ it Sweet and Sophisticated With Natural Vines Strawberry Licorice

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 by Becca Droz
Natural Vines Strawberry Licorice

Natural Vines Strawberry Licorice is a natural twist on a licorice candy classic

 

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 7

Convenience: 8

Novelty: 7

Overall: 8

This candy claims to be made with all natural ingredients including wheat flour, cane syrup, sugar, brown rice syrup, palm oil, malic acid, natural strawberry flavor, beet juice (a natural color), glycerin and licorice extract. They contain no artificial flavors or preservatives.

The American Licorice Company has “been dedicating ourselves to the pursuit of the preeminent licorice for five generations, since 1914.” The company now satisfies the taste buds of the most sophisticated candy connoisseurs.

At first bite I was not impressed by the taste of this strawberry flavored licorice, it tasted like any low quality red licorice that could be found wrapped in any generic package. A few bite size twists later the candy had won me over and I was double fisting the chewy red globs.

The texture is pleasantly soft and the sweet flavor coats the taste buds with touch of tang.

The idea that this candy is “natural” (whatever that means now-a-days) makes it seem like it is almost healthy to munch down on these bite size pieces and eat as many as your hands can stuff in your mouth before the bag is empty.

With that said, this is a great candy to share, to bring to the movies and reseal for tomorrow night’s sunset with all of your friends who love you because you supply them with candy.

Sources:

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100331/Natural-Vines-introduced-for-sophisticated-licorice-customers.aspx

http://www.americanlicorice.com/ourCandy/naturalVines.aspx