What can I say, it’s a good afternoon for dumb stuff to laugh at. Here’s a guy eating cotton candy backwards. Enjoy
Is it just me, or do Conversation Hearts taste better? Once uniformly mute and chalky, now they have distinct and punchy flavors. I am happy with the change even though I was fine with them before too.
The wording, though seems stranger than I remember:
“Reach for It”? “1 on 1”? “Race Me”?
What happened to I Love You and Hug Me?
Oh, and forget all my praise if you have a total reasonable aversion to artificial flavoring.
Happy Valentines Evening!
A sign for homemade candy bars drew Jim and I back into Smorgasburg just as we were about to leave only slightly on the side of gluttony.
How could we resist crunchy spongey honeycomb dipped in dark chocolate?
I’ve seen Liddabit candies at various shops around town but this was the first I’ve tried.
A spectacular first impression. I only wish more came in a bag.
There aren’t many Kosher products whose availability I look forward to (well, I do enjoy a matzo ball soup now and then) but come Passover time, Fresh Direct always offers these over sized dark chocolate Nonpareils.
Meaning “hundreds and thousands” the name refers to the white sugar sprinkles that match so perfectly with rich chocolate but in the world of confections are enjoyed on cookies, bread, and ice cream too.
The chocolate variety is of course, widely available in movie theaters nation wide as Sno-Caps, which I also love. But these, which come from the generically named 21st Century Snack Foods Company in Ronkonkoma are a superior version. Pick up a box if you have the chance.
My friends are awesome and always bring great goodies to dinner parties, but Astrid really outdid herself with these Peat Scotch Truffles.
She used this earl grey recipe as a basis but used the Peat Scotch in place of tea.
It’s a very sophisticated taste, that is at once chocolatey and boldly smokey (the signature flavor of Peat Scotch). It’s almost jarring at first taste, then quickly becomes addictive.
Having a packet of these in the fridge is proving to be dangerous. Dangerously delicious.
The Everlasting Gobstopper is the stuff of sweet tooth kid dreams from the mind of Roald Dahl. In real life, it doesn’t last forever and it won’t be used to test your commitment to Willy Wonka but they are harder to find than one might think.
Thankfully, at least for a couple more days, I can pull the pregnancy craving card and spend several errand runs tracking some down.
Rainbow Sprinkles have pretty much been the biggest pregnancy craving I’ve had and I’ve been loving them so much, they were even the theme of my work goodbye party – complete with a mega sized container of the little toppings for at home desserts. By the way, I do not refer to these as Jimmies.
The second I saw the commercial for Peppermint Pattie and Almond Joy pieces I was obsessed – but where to find them? Weeks of searches in drug stores and malls left me convinced that I had been hoodwinked. The tiny morsels couldn’t be found anywhere… Until now!
I got a text message from a friend who knew I was looking for them the same night Jim found hidden bags at the local Rite Aid. All the anticipation didn’t end in disappointment, these are as great as I expected.
I am shocked, even disgusted that I’ve failed to praise my favorite holiday candy on this blog before! Peeps are possibly the best thing about Spring and I’ve been craving them like crazy the past few weeks. I’ve eaten all the ones that were in the house, so I borrowed the photo from the Brooklyn Public Library blog. Be sure to take a peek at this week’s Peep themed laugh.
I love Peeps and I love dioramas, so you can just imagine how I feel about this Washington Post gallery. Below/after the jump are some favorite entries from this and years past.
Pomegranate, sea salt and chipotle oh my! Not necessarily the flavors you associated with caramel but the award winning artisan caramel maker Robin Bequet from Montana thinks inventively when it comes to her soft sweet candies that friend Jessica was gracious enough to give me a box of for my birthday. They are spectacular.
I was excited to find Cup O Gold at Galco’s (read more about it in the drinks section). My mom would often reminisce about the chocolate/coconut/marshmallow cup of deliciousness as the one thing she craved while pregnant. It’s hard to find but more popular in California than anyplace else. It’s super yummy and I wish the candy, which has been around since the 1950’s, was more available.
In a town rife with nondescript strip malls, Galco’s Soda Pop Stop is amongst the most nondescript and strip mally. Its bare bones appearance would never necessarily compel a visitor or local to stop by unless they had inside knowledge that this place is completely awesome (I owe this insight to my friend Shaun and this week’s book pick, LA Bizarro). The soda pop super store has been family owned and operated for over a hundred years: a wild achievement in our world of chain super-stores.
Inside you can find almost every kind of soda pop known to man. Jim guzzled a molasses Root Beer from Rhode Island while Laura and I found bliss in a cucumber soda that the owner told us would change our lives. Not surprisingly, the beer selection is also impressive and they boast quite an array of olde timey candies. Jim dared the Idaho Spud (a coconut and chocolate covered grayish marshmallow that tastes better than I just described it). I was thrilled by a plastic-wrapped tube of just the innards of my beloved Butterfinger as well as the famed (at least in my home) Cup of Gold, a coconut/chocolate cup filled with gooey marshmallow creme: the one thing my mom craved while pregnant with me.
Reed's Ginger Chews are probably the cheapest things you can find at Dean and Deluca (two bucks opposed to the seven some of the chocolate bars cost) and the added bonus of being good for the digestive system makes the deal even better.
Reed's also makes great candied ginger and, according to their site, a ginger ice cream that sounds incredible, but it's not something I've come across yet myself.
Maybe it's just the recent stress at work that's turning me into a comic strip stereotype of a chocolate craving office lady, but the other day I had a bite-sized Midnight Almond Joy from the candy canister in the middle of a meeting and then… I had another.
The things were brilliant. Delicious and brilliant. I feel like a nut!
Those wacky Icelanders! Mixing black licorice and sugary pink ganache in one dessert? Well, to my surprise – the result is pretty delicious and even pickier eaters than me (read almost everyone) agrees – my whole office rejoiced in the treat which Grace brought back from a trip to Helsinki.
Added bonus – the adorable packaging featuring the beloved Moomin characters! I cut off the box top to save, but it was the one thing on my desk the cleaning crew decided to throw out, boo