Vladimir Lenin Head Pops - Overthrow the tyranny of capitalist candy
Lenin once said, "No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses." But perhaps a whole lot of Lenin head lollipops will do the trick. Each cola flavored sucker is about 2-1/4" tall with a 4" plastic stick.
If you like sour candy, you might be interested in Toxic Waste's "Hazardously Sour Candy." The problem is that while you are enjoying your mouth-puckering goodness, your conscience may be saying "How can I be taking part in a candy whose name evoked anti-environmentalism? Al Gore will never speak to me again!"
Have no fear, Toxic Waste candy is bad for the environment in name only. You merely have to go to their Environmental page to see that they believe in a cleaner planet.
Haggis...favorite is William Wallace and the traditional Scottish delicacy.
It is made of sheep entrails and spices boiled inside a sheep's stomach. Yummy. In the unlikely case that you don't like this (yeah right), you can at least eat the gummy candy version. The candy is 3-1/2" long, and weighs 100 grams. As the image makes clear, it is an unappetizing brown color. It is butterscotch flavored.
Kyle Busch's has won seven times this season, with 10 top-five finishes. So M&M/Mars capitalizing on their team (they're Busch's sponsor) by launching a new blend of personalized "My M&M's" candies featuring Busch. The blend includes yellow, brown, red and white candies (M&M Racing's signature colors) printed with Busch's face, autograph, car number and the message "Go Kyle!"
They're available here for $12.99 per seven-ounce bag, with a minimum of three bags. Big Nascar families can economize with the five-pound bulk box, at $140. My M&M's will donate $5,000 (128 standard orders' worth) to the Kyle Busch Foundation, which supports children's homes that provide safe, supportive environments.
Walmart Snickers & 3 Musketeers Packaging Mystery Solved, We Think
We learned of this last night when no one knew what the deal was with these stark Snickers and 3 Musketeers wrappers at Walmart. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, now that we're ready to post about it, the mystery may have been solved.
The packaging looked not only simple, but as many in the blogosphere noted, strangely soviet, especially with the single star. Was this some cold war throwback? Was it part of the branding for the Olympics? No one knew.
As it turns out, it is in fact just nostaligic packaging, no bigger story. The look goes back to their original 1930's wrapper - the single star turns out to be the original Mars logo.
Mars and Walmart could have made this more clear, not only clearing up confusion but driving sales because they are sort of cool now that we know what's up.
From Bean to Bar - Chocolate Makers Controling the Whole Process to Ensure a Better Product
The LA Times had a feature recently on the recent group of American "bean-to-bar" chocolate makers who are building their own factories and, as the term implies, owning the entire process of making their chocolate.
These folks "want to talk about cacao genetics, or the advantages of a roller mill versus a ball mill during chocolate refining, or the stability of certain types of crystalline structures in chocolate," and are likely "to be excited about a just-found piece of vintage machinery (say, a 1930s mahogany winnower) or the next shipment of beans from Bolivia. "
We've covered Tcho before, explaining the WIRED co-founder's small batch philosophy to making chocolate. We've also looked at Askinosie in Missouri and Theo from Seattle, and Mast Bros. Chocolate in New York. Two others mentioned are Taza in Somerville, Mass.; and Rogue Chocolatier from Minneapolis.
Look for reviews of Taza at Candy Snob soon, they were nice enough to send us some samples.
Who knew a kitchen and bath manufacturer could make great chocolate? As it happens, Destination Kohler is a resort/spa in Kohler, Wisconsin. The resort made chocolates for sale within the resort itself, but due to popular demand, they decided to sell them to the general public. The Resort, the Chocolate maker and the Kitchen and Bath fixture maker are all under the Kohler parent company.
A refurbished 1970s-era station wagon will be cruising the country this summer on the Milky Way road trip, bringing Country Karaoke, family photos and product sampling to fairs and festivals across the USA. Scheduled stops for the Milky Way Road Trip include stops at classic American summer events such as the Taste of Cincinnati, the Hometown Milwaukee 4th of July parade, and the Brickyard Classic in Indianapolis.
In addition, Milky Way is sponsoring the Great American Country Tour Bus as it crosses America, stopping at concerts and popular music festivals. Now in its third year, the GAC Tour Bus will stop at some of the biggest country music events of the summer during its 27,000-mile trek across 25 states. Music fans can sample Milky Way products while enjoying music by their favorite country artists.
Starburst Gummi Burst Stars In Its Own YouTube Series
Mars' latest Starburst offering, Gummi Burst, is the star of a new campaign created by Digitas that includes a new animated Web series on Starburst's own YouTube channel. "It really is a fresh look at their digital strategy," said Digitas' SVP of marketing, Todd Stanley. "It's targeting a very fickle and hard-to-reach ... audience for Starburst."
I'm having trouble finding it on YouTube, to be perfectly honest. We'll put it up when we find it, but if someone knows where it is let us know. In the meantime, here's a funny review of Starburst Gummi Burst">Starburst Gummi Bursts:
Taylor's Chocolate Paddle Thermometer - Simplification Through Combination
Taylor's Chocolate Paddle Thermometer combines a spatula and a thermometer to make working with chocolate one step less complicated. Key temperatures etched on the paddle provide further assistance, making tempering the chocolate much easier - and we all know how difficult tempering can be.
Goldenberg's Peanut Chews - Why Screw Up the Wrapper?
We recently picked up a pack of one of our favorites - Goldenberg's Peanut Chews. We got them at Cracker Barrel, but previously had only gotten them at the movie theater...and its been awhile since I'd had them. You can see, in perfect Cracker Barrel form, its a great, vintage label. As I mentioned, its been awhile, so I had only ever seen this candy with the vintage label and the slightly newer version (below).
But the following is the new wrapper, the one currently sold. We hate it. We're not opposed to updating a classic candy, but why wouldn't you evolve the original - refreshing it and giving it a face lift. Not some Saturday morning cartoon-looking logo.
Saucony recently previewed a candy bar inspired pack at BRIGHT Frankfurt. The Saucony Shadow 6000 is the base sneaker style. Then they took inspiration from Reese's, Kit Kat and Snickers in the colors. We're digging the Kit Kat designs the most.
Glee Gum Peppermint - Can't Get Past the Fleeting Flavor
The title says it all. We've looked at Glee Tangerine, Bubblegum and Cinnamon. And today we broke into the Peppermint flavor. Just like the three flavors before, the initial bite and chew is awesome - a nice crackle. And the initial flavor is some of the best we've come across - no doubt because of the all-natural ingredients. But by the time you're really appreciating the flavor its going away.
We recently had a chance to try out some Spanish candy - the Soft Honey and Almond Turron Bar by 1880. The candy is made by hand in Jijona, Alicante, Spain.
The folks at La Tienda who were nice enough to send us some, warned us that it "was addicting" and that they "eat it for breakfast." So I was anxious to try it out, although I wasn't exactly sure what I was getting into...
In case you're ignorant of what Turrón is, like I was, it is a nougat confection that's typically made of honey, sugar, and egg white, with toasted almonds or other nuts, and usually shaped into either a rectangular tablet or a round cake. In this case, the Turrón is of the Jijona variety, which means its softer because the almonds are reduced to a paste and they add oil. Marcona almonds make up over 65% of the bar, and the almonds are ground together with 100% orange blossom honey.
Generally speaking, Turrón comes in a sealed rectangular package not unlike tofu packaging. We cut the package open to find, coincidentally, something that looked a little like light brown tofu, actually. The smell is amazing, and you can both see and feel the oiliness. Its not completely greasy by any means, but you definitely notice the oil.
When I cut our a small square and popped it in my mouth, the first thing that struck me was the highly unique texture. It feels dry, but it really isn't. In fact, it ends up being quite moist, while at the same time being a bit crumbly. As you chew and the Turrón begins to melt and soften even more, you notice the ever-so-slight crunch that comes from Marcona almond pieces that are so small you don't even see them.
If you've ever had almond butter, imagine that flavor times ten and you'll have the flavor of this Turrón. Mesh that with the honey flavor and you have one tasty treat.
This is a very interesting, very unique, and very delicious candy that everyone should try at least once.
Full disclosure...I've had this a couple times now for breakfast myself...
Mars Candy Spending $10M to Sequence the Chocolate Genome
Did you know the cacao tree is responsible for a $13 billion dollar-a-year chocolate industry in the U.S. alone. That's a lot of chocolate. So it stands to reason that with climate change and the spread of diseases, chocolate companies are looking to make sure their cacao stocks are strong. Which is why Mars Candy, along with IBM and the USDA are spending $10 million to sequence the entire genome of the plant.
If you're a comic book geek (which I admittedly am), you'll want to check out these pez dispensers, which are being released to coincide with the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight. Each box comes with an assortment of characters: Batman, Joker, Riddler and Two Face. I don't think Riddler is in the new movie, but who's counting?
Check them out
Chocolatea from Smile Chocolates - "12 Sublime Tastes"
Infused chocolate is all the rage these days...and we must say there is usually a good reason why...because they're delicious. We hope the same holds true for Chocolatea, a new line of tea-infused chocolates from Smile Chocolatiers.
They sport four types of chocolate: Very Dark (72% cacao content), Dark (64% cacao content), Milk (37% cacao content) and White (37% cocoa butter).
They infuse into these chocolate bars one of eight aromatic teas. For the Very Dark line you have Pomegranate White, White, Coconut Green and Herbal Chai. The Dark line has the same, except it trades the Pomegranate for Wild Raspberry. The Milk and White have only two flavors each: Milk has Wild Raspberry and Ginger, and the White has Rosemary and Pistachio Green (which sounds the most interesting to us).
We're seeing more and more cacao nibs out there. Sweet Riot has a nice line, and now we've come across TerrAmazon. They have several flavors, such as pineapple and raisin, and use "criollo," which is one of the rarest and most sought-after varieties of cacao. Cacao nibs can be quite bitter, especially if you're expecting a traditional chocolate flavor. TerrAmazon's are sweetened with sugar cane syrup.
All TerrAmazon products are fair trade, organic and kosher. We haven't tried them yet, but we hear they're at Whole Foods, and you can order from their website.
Ojon Rare Harvest Takawa "Ball" - Chocolate as Exfoliating Treating
I think it is safe to say that anyone reading CandySnob has a strong affinity for chocolate. But is that affinity strong enough that you would rub a giant dark chocolate ball on your body to treat your skin?
Enter "The Ojon Rare Harvest Takawa "Ball" - sold at Sephora and other cosmetics stores.
The Ojon Site describes it as:
"A powerful antioxidant-rich, cleansing full-body scrub treatment.
Ojon® Tawaka™ "The Ball" contains a high dose of wildcrafted Ojon® oil, rich in essential fatty acids, Omega-3, 6 and 9; Omega-3 fatty acids are essential components for skin's functioning. Omega-6 fatty acids are essential components of skin's structure. A deficiency of these essential fatty acids is the most common and can cause dry, flaky skin.
This exclusive skin smoother is inspired by a ball only available in the Tawaka™ villages found in the remote tropical rainforest of Central America - that is, until now. Ojon® offers you this luxurious beauty sphere for use in your very own home. Ojon® Tawaka™ "The Ball" is produced in small batches, with each ball taking up to 2 days to produce.
A beautiful fact: The rare, wildcrafted Tawaka™ Cacao blend in "The Ball" contains the same antioxidant amount as 2,834 lbs of blueberries!"
The folks at NOTCOT bought one and used it. Their take? Feels like chocolate, smells like dark chocolate (awesome), and not sweet to the tastebuds (try this at your own risk...). Once wet, the ball makes little nibs of chocolate which act as the massaging skin treatment.
Patriotic Candy - A Great Way to Celebrate July 4th & Support Your Political Party
It is a patriotic time of the year. Not only is July 4th just around the corner, but the Presidential primaries are over (FINALLY!).
This means we can get down to the real business at hand for the Presidential election - candy. Why not show your patriotism and your political leanings with some candy - from Democratic and Republican Buttermints to party-emblazoned chewing gum that is more refreshing than Barack Obama's rhetoric.
All the patriotic and political candy you could ever need is available at CandyFavorites.com
Naked Cowboy Gets Approval to Pursue Lawsuit Against M&M / Mars
This story started back in February, when The Naked Cowboy, a Times Square street performer said he was going to sue M&M/Mars because they made an M&M version of his character at their Times Square store. We thought is was ridiculous then, and since he just got the green light to pursue the lawsuit, we think its even more ridiculous now.
We had never heard of Colt's Chocolates before we happened across them at one of our favorite candy pick-up joints, Cracker Barrel. It looked interesting enough, a gold foil-covered disk just a little smaller than a hockey puck. It felt dense (it weighs 2 ounces), and the label had a picture of a woman with big hair and a equestrian jacket on. We had to check it out.
The first thing we noticed when we unwrapped the "Bolt" were the gray streaks in the top layer of chocolate. That's always a bad sign, we know graying happens and doesn't hurt the flavor, but its an indication of quality control in our opinion.
The "Bolt" disk is made up of three layers - in this case two milk chocolate layers with a peanut butter and almond middle layer. It is a fairly dense piece, so you need to cut out pieces, I'm not sure you'd want to bite right into it.
Overall, the flavor is in the vicinity of a Snickers bar, only much more dry. We did not get the three distinct flavors we were hoping for (milk chocolate, peanut butter and almonds). This may have been because the peanut butter wasn't plain peanut butter as far as we could tell - it was much lighter in color and tasted like it may have had milk added to it. I also think its a difficult task to distinguish two nut flavors in a single bite - the peanut and almond flavors end up merging together.
The other take-way was the texture - it was dry and crumbly. The three layers split apart as we bit into the piece, and the almond pieces, while nice and crunchy, were very dry.