Monday, January 28, 2008

The Skittles Touch

Since I just posted about Skittles, thought I would share this new Skittles commercial. It cracks me up. Hilarious!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Chocolate Mix Skittles

My latest find at Target - new Chocolate Mix Skittles! An interesting take on the original fruity Skittles, but will they stick around? Let's review the flavors:

S'mores: Believe it or not, I've never had a real made-over-the-campfire s'more. About the closet I've ever got are s'more flavored candies, which I am guessing are no match to the real thing. With that said, the s'more Skittle tastes like a s'more candy.

Vanilla: You may be wondering, what's a vanilla candy doing in a Chocolate Mix? I don't really know, but I think it works here. It tastes very much like a vanilla pudding Snack Pack. Which brings us to....

Chocolate Pudding: Tastes just like a chocolate Snack Pack

Chocolate Caramel: Kind of tastes like a Sugar Baby

Brownie Batter: Very, very similar to a Tootsie Roll

So, my final verdict on the Chocolate Mix Skittles - They are an interesting change, although I think on an average day I would probably pick original Skittles over these. I definitely couldn't imagine eating a whole bag without getting a serious case of "Skittle Stomach" (stomach ache resulting from the overindulgence of Skittles).

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Yummy Strawberry Chocolates

Not only is Aldi's a good place to buy discount cookies, they also sell these delicious Choceur Mini Chocolate Bars. The bars come in a variety of flavors, but even without trying all of them I can tell you that my favorite are the strawberry which are described on the box as "milk chocolate bars with a strawberry yogurt creme filling".

Each package contains 11 individually wrapped Kit-Kat size bars. The creamy milk chocolate that surrounds the yogurt filling has a slight, but pleasant, hazelnut taste which I attribute to their being made in Germany. To me, German chocolate always seems to have a distinct hazelnut flavor to it. But perhaps my favorite part of this chocolate bar is the strawberry yogurt filling. The yogurt contains tiny bits of strawberry. I don't know if they are real, dehydrated strawberries, or something manufactured, but whatever they are, they're good. I would make a trip to Aldi's just to pick up another box of these.

(Thanks to the Elk for the strawberry chocolates!)

Monday, January 21, 2008

Hershey's Kisses - New York Cheesecake

I initially found these flavored Kisses in the Valentine candy section at Kroger, and since then I've spotted them in the Valentine section of Target. This pack contained 5 Kisses for $0.99, but I should note that they are super-sized. I would compare it to the size of a Sorry! board game piece. The Kiss is heavy on chocolate with a bit of cheesecake flavored cream in the center.

I had big hopes for the New York Cheesecake flavored Hershey's Kiss, but it really didn't taste much different than a plain ol' Kiss. Thinking my taste buds were off, I even consulted a second candy taster with the same conclusion - where's the cheesecake flavor? Cheesecake & chocolate = a great idea, I just don't think this product was very successful with it.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Russian Roulette of Jelly Beans

If you've ever tried to eat Jelly Belly's Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans , then you know sampling them can be traumatic experience. Trust me, the vomit flavored bean is a little too realistic. Regardless, this month Jelly Belly is launching Jelly Belly BeanBoozled .

BeanBoozled is comparable to playing russian roulette with your taste buds. Here's how it works, there are twenty flavors - ten gross flavors and ten pleasant flavors. The catch is that there are only 10 colors. Therefore you could pick up a black bean thinking it's licorce flavor (which would be gross in itself), but when you take a bite you discover it's "skunk spray". Sounds awful, but I can see little kids having fun with them.

Here's how the flavors pair up:

skunk spray / licorce
rotten egg / buttered popcorn
ear wax / cafe latte
booger / juicy pear
baby wipes / coconut
pencil shavings / top banana
toothpaste / berry blue
vomit / peach
moldy cheese / caramel corn
black pepper / plum

I must admit I am curious about the flavor of "pencil shavings". I love the smell of pencil shavings, but will I want to eat them? Maybe....

What's Your "Dream Bean"?

Starting today the jelly bean giant, Jelly Belly Candy Co., kicks off the Dream Bean Contest. The company is asking customers to come up with the next great jelly bean flavor. The grand prize is a wooping $10,000. Five runners up are entered into the bean-of-the-month club for one year and there are a number of instant win prizes also available. So what will I be thinking of this afternoon...the next great jelly bean flavor, of course.

To enter: