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Candy History, chocolate, Easter Candy

History of the Chocolate Bunny and Where to Start Eating

April 13, 2011 by

Chocolate bunny - April 12According to Gourmet Live, the first American chocolate bunny was made in the mid-1840s by Whitman, but the fad did not catch on until they were mass-produced and marketed in 1916 by Bortz. The tradition of chocolate bunnies started in Germany in the early 1800s, though. Probably they were more like sinewy, gangly hares than soft cute bunnies, though.

Whatever the history, you can’t deny that they are an Easter classic. How do you eat them? Ears first or feet first? Back in the day when I worked at NCA we had quite a lively office debate on the topic. I still eat them feet first. You don’t want the little guy scampering off. But tell us your method and reasoning. I think of the ears as a perfect handle to get the cute little feet taken care of but some say that’s the wrong way.

Bunny by dearbarbie.

Candy Memories, chocolate, Easter Candy

Easter Chocolates: Not Just for Easter Breakfast

March 23, 2011 by

Little known fact: Easter candy consumed while no one is looking contains zero calories.When I was a kid my brother and I ate almost nothing but candy, especially the yummy Easter chocolates probably until about mid-afternoon when our mother made us put down the sweet stuff in exchange for a plate of ham or something. Really? Trade chocolate for ham? Who wants to do that? One thing I always wanted to see in my Easter basket was one of those giant chocolate bunnies like the woman in the photo has. I practically dreamt of devouring one of those, eating it feet first so it couldn’t hop away.

That would have been awesome. Maybe Mom will read this and know what to send me. Despite my age, I would still accept an Easter basket if anyone offered. Yes, that’s a hint. Maybe Jon will send me some candy.

Photo by Theresa Thompson.

Candy Reviews, Easter Candy

Don’t Forget About Cadbury Caramel Eggs

March 7, 2011 by
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.

Candy Reviews, chocolate, Easter Candy

The Extended Eating Possibilities of the Cadbury Mini Eggs

March 3, 2011 by

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

Easter Candy

Imagine: Easter Baskets Filled with Cadbury Crème Eggs

March 1, 2011 by
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

Candy News, chocolate, Hard To Find Candy

Hershey Kisses… A Yummy Collection created by Zoe Raucher!

August 19, 2010 by

We are always looking for unusual candy websites and were really impressed with Zo Rauscher's collection of Limited Edtion Hershey's Kisses! Please click the photo to visit her site!

It started in 2005 on Halloween night when I saw that my trick-or-treat bucket was mainly filled up with Hershey kisses. I only knew of one flavor… the original milk chocolate. Then I started thinking of all of the flavors of kisses that the Hershey Company could make.

I discovered that there were Hershey’s kisses with different wrappers as I dug deeper down into my bucket. I had gotten about four kisses with different wrappers. I soon found out that the different wrapper colors stood for different flavors. I decided to start collecting them, so I went down the candy aisle every time I went to the store, and I still do that today.

This is how I now have 59 different varieties of kisses and a website (www.lauracarey.com/kisses) with a photo and information of every kiss I’ve gathered in my collection. I’ve gone from having no idea what different wrappers stood for to being recognized in articles from all around the world! I’ve been in newspaper articles from Israel to Dallas, and many from my hometown. People have emailed me about my website from nearly all over the world, even as far away as Australia!

It’s always a good time to start collecting Hershey’s Kisses because you can find candy from ‘The Sweetest Place on Earth’ almost anywhere in the world and because Hershey’s Corporation manufactures new kisses all the time. What you don’t want to do to start off your collection is run out to the store and buy a bag of every single different kiss you see.

That’s what I did and low and behold five years later I still see those same kisses in stores every day. There are six types of kisses that will probably never be discontinued. These kisses are the Original Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Hugs, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Caramel, and Cherry Cordial.

The types of kisses you want to look out for are the ones for sale around the holidays. These are almost always Limited Edition and don’t always come back the next year. Here’s a list of the holiday Limited Edition kisses that I’ve seen in the past…

Christmas: Irish Crème, Hot Cocoa, Candy Cane

Halloween: Candy Corn, Pumpkin Spice, Caramel Apple

Birthdays: Champagne Truffles, Confetti

Easter: Butter Crème, Vanilla Yogurt Crème, Lemon Crème, Orange Crème, Vanilla Crème, Valentines Day: Raspberry Hugs

The best part of a Hershey Kiss collection is… if you get tired of it, you can always eat it! Yum!!! (I don’t recommend that, though

Candy Reviews, chocolate, Peanut Butter Candy

Peanut Butter M&M’s Melt More Magically Than Most M&M’s

August 2, 2010 by

Peanut Butter M&M's were designed with candy lovers in mind as who can resist the great taste of America's most beloevd chocolate candy combined with creamy peanut butter? It's a match made in candy heaven!

Sharability: 7

Denture Danger: 1

Convenience: 5

Novelty: 7

Overall: 10

 Peanut Butter M&M’s are a breed of their own. A small glob of peanut butter is covered in M&M’s melty milk chocolate and the hard candy shell allows it to keep its shape. This type of M&M is relatively new. It was introduced in 1990 about 50 years after the original M&M hit the market. Peanut Butter is the best type of M&M to allow to melt in your mouth. A trick that my brother taught me when I was younger was to let it sit in your mouth for a minute and then push your tongue through the M&M and that way you get the full taste of the candy with direct contact to all taste buds.

I have noticed that through the years the Peanut Butter M&M’s have been the most rare to come by. They aren’t on the shelf next to the Kit Kat, Reese’s and Regular M&M’s. I actually don’t remember a time when I was successful in finding the Peanut Butter M&M’s on a store shelf. Their elusive quality is just another one to add onto the reasons why this is such an enjoyable candy to eat.

Candy Bar Reviews, Candy History, Candy Reviews, Retro Candy

The Zero Bar is far from a Zero!

July 15, 2010 by
Vintage Zero Bar Wrapper

The Zero Bar is a candy with a long history as it was first introduced in the 1930's by Hollywood Candy Company but it now owned by Hershey Foods. This wrapper , circa early 1930's, is very rare as it shows a Polar Bear!

The Zero Bar is not your average candy bar as it is a candy with a history spanning over 70 years!

It was first introduced in the 1920’s by the now defunct Hollywood Brands Candy Company and is now owned by Hershey Foods although this transition took place over many years and included many owners in between.

 The candy bar is unique in that it consists of a delicious amalgamation of almonds, peanuts and caramel nougat covered, or shall we say , drenched, with delicious white fudge. This was even more controversial upon its release as most candy bars then, as now, are coated in milk chocolate.

As per the name, this has been the subject of candy lore as it was not touted as a reduced calorie candy bar – hence the name Zero – but rather because the white coating was supposed to give the impression of snow and, metaphorically speaking, “cool as zero degrees”

The original wrapper had a Polar Bear on it and upon it’s initial release,  was called Double Zero. It wasn’t until 1934 that it formally became known as the Zero Bar

The original Zero Bars were distributed in the summer as fudge has a much higher melting point than milk chocolate and, as there wasn’t air conditioning readily available when the bar was first released; retailers stored this in their refrigerators.

Yes, this candy bar like others will melt if exposed to high temperatures but there is something intriguing about this bar that makes it endure as a classic if only because it is delicious and holds true to it’s original formula and because it is over 70 years old!

PS: The vintage Zero Bar wrapper pictured above is VERY rare as it shows the Polar Bear!  This is circa early 1930’s

Candy Bar Reviews, Candy Reviews, chocolate

Milky Way Simply Caramel offers a totally Caramel experience

July 13, 2010 by
Milky Way Simply Caramel Candy Bar offers a truly Caramel experience

In 1923, the first chocolate candy bar with a filled center was introduced and it was called Milky Way. In 2010, this iconic candy bar has a new relative called Milky Way Simply Caramel which is a great tasting candy bar aimed at lovers of Caramel Candies...

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

Candy Bar Reviews, Candy History, Candy Reviews, chocolate

Dark Chocolate Clark Bars – A history of a classic candy bar revisted!

July 9, 2010 by
A vintage Clark Bar Advertisement made long before there was a Dark Chocolate version

Clark Bars have a unique place in Pittsburgh history and were invented in McKeesport where our candy warehouse has been located since 1927! The new Dark Chocolate Clark Bar is a truly delicious twist on an old classic!

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!