Thursday, January 22, 2009

Chocolate-flavored Smarties, Peanut Butter Sixlets - That's What I'm Talking About!

After a little candy investigating, I discovered there are some excellent sounding "new" versions of my old favorites coming out soon. I have yet to spot any of them on the store shelves, but they are available from online candy wholesalers. I'll update as I find and taste them.

Chocolate-flavored Mega Smarties

Peanut Butter flavored P-NOT Butter Sixlets - Quite the tongue twister. These contain no real peanut butter, hence the P-NOT.

Sour Patch Jelly Beans - It seems like at least 20 different varieties of jelly beans debut each Easter season. I recall last year when we were blessed with Nerds Bumpy Jelly Beans. I love Sour Patch Kids and hope these are just as good.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Stop the Press! Twilight-Themed Necco Conversation Hearts

According to the Boston Herald, NECCO (the New England Confectionery Company), creator of the Valentine classic Sweetheart Conversation Hearts, will be releasing a Twilight-inspired version of the candy. The Twilight hearts are set to debut in March and coincide with the release of the film on dvd.

More details from the article:

"NECCO will release softer, sparkling versions of the pastel sugar hearts in March, when the film is released on DVD. The printed messages will include “Bite Me,” “Secret” and “Soul Mate,” and flavors such as “orange obsession” and “tempting apple.” More Sweethearts will hit stores for the November release of the “New Moon” sequel."

I am curious to see how they are going to make the candies sparkle. However, I can't help but be a little disturbed by the additional news of the Twilight-themed Sky Bar "customed molded shapes". Sky Bar tastes like feet. If Edward could eat, he wouldn't eat Sky Bar foot candy! I hope this doesn't backfire on them.

Happy Happy Hippos

It's been way too long since I've posted. It's time to get back on the horse, or in this case the hippo. Let me introduce you to Kinder's Happy Hippo. While not as known or available in the USA, Kinder candies are wildly popular in other parts of the world like Europe and Australia. The Happy Hippo is just one of their many treats; the toy-filled Kinder Surprise Egg is a must buy if you ever visit Canada.

Even before biting into the Happy Hippo I was impressed by the attention to detail on its surface. Each hippo has nostrils, eyebrows, and two eyes made of white milk creme dots with cocoa pupils. The bottom of the hippo is covered in milk creme and dipped in tiny chocolate and white candy pieces which gives the appearance that the hippo is skimming above the surface of a chocolate pond. The hippo body is made of a wafer which tastes a lot like a cake cup ice cream cone. The body is filled with two thick layers of flavored creme. Milk creme on the bottom and cocoa creme on the top. The cremes are soft and rich, very much like the consistency of Nutella. In fact, Ferrero, the maker of Nutella, produces the Kinder products. The Happy Hippos I had were cocoa flavored, but I understand there is also a hazelnut flavor which fits in well with the Kinder/Ferrero brand.

Overall, the Happy Hippo is a cute and tasty treat. Try one if you ever are lucky enough to come across one.

PS: Thanks to Susie P. for the hippos!