Archive for the ‘chocolate’ Category
Did you know that the first chocolate bar with a filled center was the beloved Milky Way bar, made by Mars, which was created by Frank Mars in 1923. However consistent this candy bar has remained for over 87 years, it is important to note that note all Milky Way bars are created equal.
The Milky Way bar that is offered in the United States is a delicious amalgamation of chocolate malt nougat topped with caramel and covered with rich milk chocolate BUT the Milky Way Bar offered on “distant shores” is not topped with caramel and is therefore similar to the American 3 Musketeers.
Confused? The Milky Ways sold in the United States is similar in taste to the Mars Bar sold in Europe.
Just when you think that you understand the subtle differences, Mars throws us a challenge with their new and delicious Milky Way Simply Caramel.
Unlike its siblings, this is identical throughout the world and, according to Masterfoods USA, it is “for consumers seeking a totally caramel experience” and is “tempting with rich, creamy caramel surrounded by real milk chocolate.”
It is a delicious new candy bar and there are few companies that can take a tried and tested classic and make it better as Masterfoods USA has done with Milky Way Simply Caramel
The former pride of Pittsburgh and McKeesport , the beloved Clark Bar, has just released a All Natural Dark Chocolate version which is truly a unique twist on one of the best tasting candy bars available
In case you are not familiar with Clark Bars, they are a candy bar consisting of a honeycomb peanut butter crisp center with a rich milk chocolate covering.
The signature item of one of the country’s largest candy empires started in 1891 with a small operation run by young entrepreneur David L. Clark located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Within a few years, he made enough money to open a modest factory in McKeesport which is where CandyFavorites has been located since we opened our candy filled warehouse in 1927 ( actually it was in 1926 but we didn’t incorporate until a year later)
By 1911, the candy had become so popular that the company was forced to relocate, and Mr. Clark purchased a large building from a cracker manufacturer.
In the 1920′s, when the company was making approximately one hundred and fifty (150) different types of candy and gum, Mr. Clark decided to create a separate company for the gum-making business, thinking that the candy and gum operations would be more successful if run separately.
He opened the Clark Brothers Chewing Gum Co. across the street from his candy factory and his family continued to run the business until 1955. The company remained a Pittsburgh mainstay for several decades but ran into financial difficulties in the 90s and the brand was rescued by the New England Confectionary Company known to candy lovers as NECCO.
In 2010, the formula was changed for Clark Bars and now includes All Natural Ingredients. The Dark Chocolate version of the Clark Bar is one of the few examples of a formula being improved and we think that this variation is so delicious that, someday, it too will become a classic!
Denture Danger: 4
If you think of yourself as someone who just doesn’t do dark chocolate, one of those people who thinks dark chocolate is just too bitter or too sophisticated or not sweet enough or not smooth enough, think again. If you think that you fit at least slightly under that description then I would argue that you have not tried Dove’s smooth dark chocolate.
This candy bar of Dove chocolate is! It melts smoothly in your mouth leaving you craving more, but be careful because it does follow the trend of most candies in that less is more. As long as the candy bar comes perforated to break into separate chunks you might as well make someone’s day silky smooth with the generous offer.
Dove from the Mars company makes sure that its chocolate is not too sweet or too bitter, but is as delectable as it is by making sure the perfect ratio of chocolate liquor and cocoa butter is put in the chocolate.
I can just imagine one of those society driven people bustling through a stressful day of business plans and kids’ arrangements, or a teenager after a long day at school, or backpackers after a long hike, or a young child after a day, or a grandparent after a sports event being interrupted by a friend or a stranger and asked if they want a piece of Dove’s silky smooth dark chocolate.
I can imagine they take it as they would take most pieces of chocolate, with mild excitement and mild thanks, thinking it’s going to be equally as good as the bag of M&Ms they gobbled down an hour ago but upon putting this piece of chocolate in their mouth all of the worries and problems, all thoughts of past and future drift away into nothingness (which is really what they were to begin with) and all that is left is a moment of chocolate bliss where the entire body is focusing on the magical taste of silky smooth dark chocolate nowness, every muscle in the body is trying to conserve the taste as it melts away, until, there it was, a moment of presence brought to you by Dove’s silky smooth dark chocolate.
Denture Danger: 4
Obviously, (almost) anything covered in chocolate is a taste treat. Even though the malted milk ends up stuck in your teeth it is worth the crunch that it adds to the soft melty milk chocolate. These little generic malt balls are tasty, but they don’t come close to the satisfaction you find when you bite into a real gourmet malt ball also known as Brachs Malts. But not to say these malt balls aren’t delicious, they way they melt in you mouth or crunch between your teeth is quite unique.
Malted milk is a powdered food that is made of malted barley, wheat flour, and evaporated whole milk, all mixed together in one crunchy, airy snack.
The idea for malted milk was originated by a pharmacist named James Horlick who was trying to develop a wheat and malt based nutritional supplement for infants.
In 1873, James and his brother William formed their own baby food company. Soon after, they patented their formula for of dried milk, trademarking the name “malted milk” and marketing their product as “Diastoid.”
Though the intentions were to make a healthy supplement for infants, malted milk became popular in may other respects. The fact that it was lightweight, non-perishable, and packed a lot of calories made it a perfect snack for exploring travelers worldwide.
It was also a popular drink that was commonly found at soda fountains and a delectable addition to ice cream. Now you can find malted milk within the shell of chocolate in almost any candy store.
Sharability: 8 (spread the love)
Denture Danger: 2
This is it. This is the candy that justifies chocolate obsessions and addictions. This is the chocolate that can actually make your mouth water at the sight of it, and the chocolate that defines creamy and defines milk chocolate. This is the chocolate that sets the bar for all chocolates. Please, if you find a chocolate that you think can give the Lindor Chocolate Balls some competition, let me know, because I would love to try that chocolate.
The only chocolate that I’ve tasted that even comes close to this is chocolate that my friends have brought back straight from the homeland of chocolate itself, Switzerland. What a coincidence! These Lindt Lindor chocolate balls are manufactured in Kilchberg, Switzerland by a team of dedicated and experienced chocolate chefs.
Lindt began in 1845 in Zurich’s old town when David Sprüngli-Schwarz and his son Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann decided to make chocolate. The Lindor Balls were originally produced in 1969 as Christmas tree decorations. Its demand and popularity convinced Lindt to make these chocolates year round. The Lindor name came from combining Lindt with the French word for gold: or (Lindt + or = Lindor). This is a very appropriate name because this chocolate really is the quality of gold. Enjoy your visit in heaven while it lasts.
Those of you who know of Nestle’s popular 100 Grand chocolate bars may be wary of the title of this very post. And I guess I don’t blame you. In the Summer of 2005, a radio DJ in Lexington, Kentucky hosted a contest for the tenth caller to win “100 Grand.” This WLTO-FM (Hot 92) DJ told the winner to wait at Central Bank the next day where she would receive her “100 Grand.” What did he really give her, you ask? The yummy 100 Grand chocolate bars! Though he was careful not to mention dollars in any of his phrasing, he was still promptly sued for his intention to “cheat, defraud, and play a malicious job upon the plaintiff.”
Now, I don’t know about you, but when I first heard about this lawsuit I couldn’t believe it. Yes, it was a malicious joke, but I can’t help but think that this lawsuit stemmed from disappointment above anything else. To get a chocolate bar instead of $100,000 can be disappointing to some people, but I just want to point out that I’m sure the DJ listeners got a kick out of listening to the joke afterwards and his job is to entertain them. Above all else, the winner didn’t lose anything and she did walk out of the bank with something more than she walked in with. I believe the lawsuit will not stick, but I haven’t found any followup articles to tell me so or otherwise.
100 Grand is simply delicious, and though others may take advantage of the name itself, I say we should all enjoy it for its rich combination of chocolate, caramel, and crisped rice taste. And instead of being greedy like our plaintiff, share the delicious wealth with someone else. You get two yummy bars for the price of one. Go on! Enjoy your 100 Grand and be that much richer in satisfaction.
Ever crave a bite (or three!) of chocolate but feel like you really shouldn’t? Read on for numerous scientific reasons you should indulge those cravings daily.
1. A small study suggests that eating dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure — for once, something that tastes good is also good for you! It doesn’t happen often, so I suggest you take advantage of it. German researchers said in the Journal of the American Medical Association that the short study would need to be confirmed in larger, more long-term ones before doctors could recommend the “chocolate treatment.”
Thirteen adults with untreated mild hypertension got to eat 3-ounce chocolate bars every day for two weeks. Half of the patients got white chocolate, while the other half got dark chocolate. Blood pressure remained pretty much unchanged in the group that ate white chocolate, but after two weeks, systolic blood pressure had dropped an average of five points in the dark-chocolate group. Diastolic blood pressure reading fell an average of almost two points.
2. Why do people get addicted to chocolate? Why is it that when you’re having a bad day your mind turns towards that creamy, chocolatety goodness? In part, it’s due to the interesting chemical makeup of everybody’s favorite candy. Theobromine, one of the most active chemicals in chocolate, is similar to caffeine and can lift your spirits. Other chemicals in chocolate include anandamide and phenylethylamine, or PEA, which has also been called the “love chemical” because of its effects on the brain’s neurochemistry. High levels of this neurotransmitter can help promote feelings of attraction, excitement, giddiness and apprehension by stimulating the brain’s pleasure center.
Chocolate contains over 300 chemicals and it is not known how all of these affect humans. Many woman crave chocolate during their pre-menstrual period, probably because chocolate contains magnesium, a lack of which can exacerbate premenstrual tension. Similar cravings during pregnancy could indicate mild anemia, which can be helped by the iron in chocolate.
The brain uses the chemical Tryptophan, also found in chocolate, to make serotonin. High levels of serotonin can produce feelings of elation, even ecstasy (the drug ecstacy works the same way to raise serotonin levels).
3. Recent research at New York University suggests there is a genetic reason why some people crave sugary foods. The study was based on two strains of mice, selectively bred according to whether the parents preferred sweetened or unsweetened water. The team located the gene that was different in the two groups of mice and then searched for similar genetic sequences in humans.
4 Californian scientist Professor Carl Keen and his team have suggested that chocolate might help fight heart disease. They say that it contains chemicals called flavinoids, which thin the blood, helping to prevent clotting. Scientists have already suggested that red wine acts in this way.
5. Researchers at Harvard University have carried out experiments that suggest that if you eat chocolate three times a month you will live almost a year longer than those who deny themselves these simple pleasures. However, don’t start pigging out yet– the Harvard research also suggested that people who eat too much chocolate can have a lower life expectancy. Chocolate’s high fat content means that excess indulgence can contribute to obesity, which leads to an increased risk of heart disease.
So, just like your Mama told you, everything in moderation. However, if you do need to scarf some down, at least confine yourself to dark chocolate. It’s higher in cocoa than milk chocolate and helps to increase levels of HDL, a type of cholesterol that helps prevent fat clogging up arteries. In addition, recent research at UC Davis found that chocolate carries high levels of chemicals known as phenolics, some of which may help lower the risk of heart disease.
So what are you waiting for?!?
Princeton, New Jersey and McKeesport, PA — Fall 2006 Financial Crunch chocolate today announced that it is available at www.CandyFavorites.com continuing the tremendous retailer and consumer reception to its recent launch.
The brick and mortar headquarters for CandyFavorites.com is McKeesport Candy Co., founded in 1927 and located in McKeesport, PA. One of the oldest candy wholesalers in the nation, CandyFavorites.com offers over 2,800 varieties of candy.
Financial Crunch is a delicious gourmet chocolate packaged in an elegant green and gold octagonal tin filled with a “banker’s dozen” — 11 pieces of coin shaped, milk chocolate crunch. Adding to the fun, each .5 oz. piece has a tax bite out of it!
Jon H. Prince, President of CandyFavorites.com, commented, “It is a pleasure to offer a product that is both creative, unique and great tasting to boot. It’s the next generation of retro candy favorites such as chocolate gold coins!”
Why does Financial Crunch contain 11 pieces? Just as 13 is a baker’s dozen, Financial Crunch has coined 11 a banker’s dozen. Financial Crunch is the perfect gift for anyone who has it all – or doesn’t.
Financial Crunch has an SRP of $20.00. It is also available by the case, which contains 12 units. In less than a year and by word of mouth only, Financial Crunch has secured distribution from coast to coast.
Americans are calling on Financial Crunch chocolate to sweeten with humor the endless waves of financial crunches such as college tuitions, school supply purchases and gasoline expenses for themselves and their friends.
To date, Financial Crunch has attracted gourmet and high-end retailers as well as industries such as commercial and investment banks, law practices, accounting firms, hotels, museums and educational institutions
SWEET ASSETS AND FINANCIAL CRUNCH HISTORY
The financial crunch concept was created twenty years ago when college student, Nalen was lacking credit at home, school, and the bank. Realizing that she was, in fact, in a real “Financial Crunch”, Sweet Assets was born. While meeting with great success, the three partners had other career aspirations — the company and concept began a 20-year hiatus.
Nalen began co-hosting the Discovery Channel’s top rated home improvement show “Easy Does It” as well as appearing in numerous TV commercials and Soap Operas.
In 2004, Nalen contacted and bought out her former partners. Sweet Assets was then incorporated in 2004 with the first Financial Crunch chocolate produced in 2005. Financial Crunch www.financialcrunch.com is manufactured in Philadelphia. For more information, please email email@example.com or call 609.577.3502 or contact Jon H. Prince at www.CandyFavorites.com, 1-888-525-7577.
Few products have captured the imagination and tastebuds of candy lovers as Dark Choclate M&M’s have…
Originally introduced as a Limited Edition, they soon grew to”cult” status and became harder and harder to find
At CandyFavorites.com, we are always looking for the latest product and we are proud to announce that we these in stock in several different packaging options as well asÂ 5 pound bulk cases!
We are not sure how long supplies will last but we are sure that these are one of the best tasting candies to hit the market….