August 31, 2008

CandySnob Monthly Roundup for August

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Gum

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August 29, 2008

Lollipops You Hook To Your Computer Before Sucking

image1.jpgTouted as "The candy that provides you with a sensational new way to see," Eye Candy uses "cutting edge Sensory Substitution Technology to transmit vivid emotive images into your mind's eye."

They come in six flavors ranging from I Can Assert to I Can Focus - each one meant to get you into a certain state of mind - by projecting specially evocative imagary into your field of vision.

They go into more detail about how this works on their site, but suffice is to say that the "lollie" part of the device transmits messages through your tongue, to your brain. And those messages are what put you in a certain state of mind, supposedly.

www.eyecandycan.com

From NOTCOT

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August 29, 2008

How Bubble Gum is Made

What a better way to enjoy your Friday than watching a humongous pink blob being twisted around.

Thank you Expired Foods for the heads up.

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August 26, 2008

m&m + M = 3M

Fun signage from NOTCOT that includes one of our favorite candies, M&Ms.

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August 26, 2008

Seth Ellis Chocolates - Artisan Chocolate from Colorado

sethlogo.jpgWe came across Seth Ellis' Chocolates at Foodzie (a great place to find artisan food by the way). Seth Ellis is a small artisan chocolate manufacturer in Boulder, Colorado who creates gorgeous, interesting chocolates from organic and natural ingredients.

The pictures below are the Ginger Truffle and the Nutmeg Caramel Snobinette, respectively. Beautiful chocolates, and fun flavor combinations.

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Seth Ellis candies range from $12.50 to $25, and can be found at Foodzie

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August 25, 2008

Obama Candies - A Sweet Way to Celebrate the Democratic Convention

Happy First Day of the Democratic National Convention!

It is easy to slap an Obama wrapper on a regular old piece of chocolate or candy. What's not as easy is to make a really original, unique, collectible piece of candy to celebrate the new face of the Democrat Party's nominee. But that's exactly what Kai's Candy has done with its Obama lollipops and hard candies. They are made with the traditional Japanese art of kumi ame (rolled candy), which gives each piece its own nuances and uniqueness. The flavors are similar to American hard candies, but with a more mild flavor. The small candies are mint flavored.

Comedy Central's Indecision 2008 Blog
said it best...
"Now you can satisfy your [Obama] lust by wrapping your hands around the big B.O. and licking his sweet face... his lollipop face, that is."

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Les Shooters - Chocolate + Ouzo? Sounds like a good time to me!

suite88_shooters.jpgLes Shooters from Montreal's first chocolate lounge and boutique, Suite 88. The shooters, which appear to be average, conical truffles are actually chocolate containers filled with an assortment of 12 different liquors. Flavor combos include Abosult Mandarin vodka in a dark chocolate casing and Greek anise-flavored liquor Ouzo, combined with a white chocolate and blue cocoa butter shell. Other liquors used include: Malibu, Hypnotiq, Apple Martini, Raspberry Daiquiri, Sake, Grand Marnier, Litchi, Kahlua and Jack Daniel's

You can by Les Shooters for $24 at Suite 88.

From coolhunting

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August 22, 2008

Jar Jar Binks Lollipop - When good licensing goes bad

jar jar lolly.pngYep, its true. There was, in fact, a Jar Jar Binks lollipop released back when Star Wars Episode 1 came out. Pretty weird, and a little creepy. Who the heck wants to French kiss Jar Jar??? No wonder it didn't sell very well.

Check out some of the other cool Star Wars licensed stuff in this WIRED video:

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LICORICE WITH HIGH LEAD LEAD LEVELS PULLED FROM MONTEREY COUNTY COSTCO

Monterey County public health officials are warning consumers not to eat a licorice candy distributed in Costco stores after it was found to have elevated levels of lead.

Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Black Licorice candy was discovered to be contaminated by the California Department of Health and has been recalled by its manufacturer, a North Carolina company called Lucky Country.

According to Monterey County Health Officer Dr. Hugh Stallworth, lead is toxic to humans, particularly young children, and can result in disabilities and disorders that can last a lifetime.

The California Department of Public Health discovered that the product contained as much as 0.15 parts per million of lead. California considers candies with lead levels in excess of 0.10 parts per million to be contaminated.

Consumers who find the product for sale in stores are encouraged to call the department's complaint hotline at (800) 495-3232.

For more information about lead poisoning, parents and caretakers can contact Monterey County's childhood lead poisoning prevention program at (831) 755-4704.

From The Associated Press and CBS5.com

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Caffeinated Candy Week - Javapops

java_pops.jpgJavapops come in 5 coffee flavors - French Vanilla, Chocolate Almond, Irish Crème, Cappuccino, and Chocolate Raspberry - these suckers are for adults.

They're larger than normal pops, and have 60mg of caffeine.

A little tip, use the wooden stick to swirl yoru Javapop in your regular liquid coffee. Because 60 mg certainly isn't enough, you need a regular cup of joe too.

Javapops are available at Think Geek's Caffeine section.

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August 21, 2008

Check out Nestle's cool Museum of Chocolate in Mexico City

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From NOTCOT and Noticias Arquitectura

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Caffeinated Candy Week: Buzz Bites Chocolate Chews - They Might Just Give You Heart Palpatations

buzzbites.jpgOK...if you really need to wake up this badly...you might have problems.

One Buzz Bite Chew has as much caffeine as 1.25 Red Bulls or 3 cans of coke. Wowzers. The individually wrapped chews contain caffeine, ginseng, taurine, and five B vitamins. 100 milligrams of caffeine to be exactly.

Buzz Bite Chocolate Chews are available at Think Geek's Caffeine section.

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August 20, 2008

Caffeinated Candy Week: Black Black Gum & Candy - Japanese sensation popular in US too

211febb.jpg'Hi-Technical Taste' is what you should expect from this caffeinated candy. Black Black is made by Lotte and is all the rage in Japan. Besides the caffeine, it also has Vitamin B-3, ginseng and oolong tea in it.

Black Black Gum and Candy is available at Think Geek's Caffeine section.

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August 19, 2008

Caffeinated Candy Week: The Headshot Gamer Bar - One Bar, One Kill

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If you're a video game junkie, you know how annoying the need for sleep can be. So you need Headshot. Its a toffee flavored Guarana Infused Candy bar dedicated to the gamer lifestyle. These puppies have 100mg of Guarana and have no bitter caffeine taste.

The Headshot Gamer Bar is available at Think Geek's Caffeine section.

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August 18, 2008

Caffeinated Candy Week: The Mega Caffeine Candy Sampler, v7.0

caffeine_sampler_v7.jpgFalling asleep on the job and need a quick pick-me-up? Then you might want to check out this caffeinated candy variety pack, which claims to pack "enough caffeine to power a Imperial Walker" (for all you Star Wars fans).

Includes one of each:
* Bawls Mints
* Blitz Energy Gum - Original
* Foosh Energy Mints
* Jolt Gum - Icy Mint
* Jolt Gum - Spearmint
* Night Light Caffeinated Chai Mints
* Penguin Mints - Cinnamon
* Penguin Mints - Peppermint

The Mega Caffeine Candy Sampler, v7.0 is available at Think Geek's Caffeine section.

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August 16, 2008

I bet Willy Wonka never thought Gobstoppers could be used as a weapon

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A man caught carrying a large Gobstopperin a sock has been fined £400 after it was found to be an offensive weapon.

The guy said he was carrying it for protection after being attacked. Cops said the Gobstopperwas "a substantial piece of confectionary" and that "even though it was not in the same category as a knife or axe, it was capable of inflicting a nasty injury."

Next up...Man uses Mike & Ike Sprayin lieu of pepper spray.


From the BBC via Expired Foods, photo from Spoonful of Sugar

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August 15, 2008

Vegan Candy Week: Spring-summer Box Pave Glace - Vegan Dark Chocolate

purple box.pngThis is a great gift for the vegan candy lover in your life.

Swiss Imported chocolates specialties without preservatives or artificial coloring and using only the best natural stuff: cocoa powder, sugar, cocoa mass, vanilla, cocoa butter, and soy lecithin. Its 100% vegan and comes in a beautiful purple gift box.

Check out Spring-summer Box Pave Glace

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August 14, 2008

Vegan Candy Week: Raspberry L'Ami Provencal hard candies

raspberry.pngTraditionally made hard candies from France by L'Ami Provencal. All natural, no preservatives or artificial colors. You'll get a big burst of natural raspberry goodnedd in these hard candies.

Raspberry L'Ami Provencal hard candies

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August 13, 2008

Vegan Candy Week - Pere Pelletier Dark Candy Sugar

dark sugae.pngWhether this is truly "candy" or not I suppose is up to how the person consuming it. If you want to use it like normal sugar to sweeten tea, for example, then maybe its not "candy." But if the idea of vegan dark sugar (sucre candi) from France makes you want to eat it all by itself (like me) then we say it is "candy."

It does say "candy" on the label, btw...

Check out Pere Pelletier natural dark candy sugar

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August 12, 2008

Vegan Candy Week - Schooner Pete's Salt Water Taffy, Oregon Mix

taffy.pngSchooner Pete captures the distinctive flavors of the Northwest in this traditional, vegan, salt water taffy from the Oregon Coast.

Ingredients include: Marionberry huckleberry, cranberry, hazelnut, pumpkin pie, apple pie, cherry pie, raspberry and gooseberry

Check out Schooner Pete's Salt Water Taffy Oregon Mix

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August 11, 2008

Vegan Candy Week - Pave Glace - Solid Soft Dark Chocolate

vegan chocolate.pngPave Glace is soft solid dark chocolate that uses cocoa butter instead of oils. Its all natural (Ingredients: cocoa powder, sugar, cocoa mass, vanilla, cocoa butter, soy lecithin), and does not use any dairy. With 75% cocoa content, this is a great vegan option.

Check out Vegan Pave Glace - Solid Soft Dark Chocolate

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Compartes Chocolatier - Helping Darfur Through Chocolate

compartesforcause.jpgCompartes makes the statement that they make "Chocolates for a Cause." They have several gourmet, artisan chocolate collections, but the one that caught our eye was the African Collection - with flavors including Cardamom, Coconut and Organic Red Rooibus Tea. To add to the aesthetic, the African continent is painted on each piece.

compartes_2012_2005354.jpgPlus, each box of chocolates includes Relief Beads, which are one-of-a-kind bracelets, handmade from sand in Africa. The proceeds from the sales go to benefit Relief International, funding extensive programs in Africa and Darfur, including refugee camps, medical clinics, education and women's centers.

Compartes Chocolatier website


Heads up and images from CoolHunting

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August 8, 2008

Could M&M's Be Having a "New Coke" Moment?

adco190.jpgWe were on this story well before the New York Times, who wrote yesterday about the new M&Ms Premiums, the fact that they have no shell, and the new ad campaign that goes with it. Here are some of the points from the article that caught my eye:

""Even just seeing one color of an M&M helps say, ooh that's something different," said Susan Credle, executive creative director at BBDO New York, which handles M&M's advertising.""
Spoken like a true ad executive...looking for the ooh instead of the happy customer.
""We found that premium chocolate lovers want the smooth, creamy taste to be the first thing they taste in a chocolate product, so the smooth shell of M&M's Premiums enables them to taste the chocolate first," said Michele Kessler, vice president for marketing at Mars Snackfood."

Hellooo...premium chocolate lovers aren't buying M&Ms for that purpose. We/They buy M&Ms for the...wait for it...wait for it...taste and texture of an M&M!

"The Mars research and development team came up with a new manufacturing technique to make the shell, she said. And some ingredients are different, so the candy can accept the shimmering finishes and exotic flavors."

"Ms. Kessler said she was not concerned about moving too far from the main M&M's product."

"They're still lentils, they still have the 'M' on them," she said. "They're certainly colorful in a different way, but in a more premium way that reinforces what the product brings."

Ask Coca-Cola how depending on market researchers and agencies worked out for them when they launched New Coke.

From NYT, Mars Takes M&M's Out of Their Shell

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Review: Baskin Robbins Cookies & Cream Hard Candy

IMG_3777.jpgI went into this with very low hopes. In fact, I expected to hate these, likely not finishing them like the last Baskin Robbins candy we tried.

But we were pleasantly surprised. The rounded rectangle piece of hard candy is split into a black side and a white side, and they actually work relatively well. The cream flavor takes the lead on this candy, giving way, as it melts, to the odd chocolate/oreo flavor.

Our advice: don't chew these up, let it melt. I have trouble doing this too, I'm a biter, but trust me, the experience is much nicer when the two flavors are melding together. Chewing them up actually changes the whole dynamic for me, it stopped being a cookies and cream taste and turned more chocolate and sugary. And it left a sharp aftertaste that got me in the back of the throat.

The verdict? Better than the soft candies, but still not as awesome as Baskin Robbin's ice cream, so they should think these candies through more.

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August 7, 2008

Review: 1880 Crunchy Alicante Almond Turron Candy

IMG_3773.jpgWe thought we had hit the Spanish Turron Holy Grail when we had the 1880 Soft Almond and Honey Jijona Turron, but we were premature in our evaluation. Although very different, the 1880 Crunchy Alicante Almond Turrón is actually our new favorite.

This is classic Turrón "Duro" (i.e. hard or crunchy) - because it is made up primarily (65%) of tasty Marcona almonds. Apparently, that's the most almonds they can put in without it falling apart. Then, they are doused in orange blossom honey to bind the bar together. They are bound together with 100% orange blossom honey.

The package comes with two foil-wrapped packages of bars, which are pre-cut so you can separate more manageable pieces. When I first opened these, it looked like there was a thin layer of Styrofoam on the bar - I figured shipment in the heat had melded it on to the candy, and I was not happy. However, under further investigation, it was not packing material. Rather, it is an ultra-thin wafer on top - so it is an added layer of texture for the whole eating experience.

This Turrón lives up to its "Duro" classification - it is very crunchy - you really have to give it a good bite. That initial crunchiness does give way to a little more chewiness, once you get into the dense almond clusters and honey. And while an odd combo, the wafer on top seems to make sense.

The flavor, if you like Marcona almonds and honey (if you don't, maybe this blog isn't for you...), is out of this world. Marcona almonds are NOT like those you find in the grocery store or in your Hershey's bar, these have a special nutty, slightly more oily, and certainly more intense flavor. With so many packed into this bar, coupled with the honey, you have an explosion of sweet, nutty, crunchy goodness.

We may have been eating the soft Turrón for breakfast, but we could make ourselves sick on the 1880 Crunchy Alicante Almond Turrón

Like the soft Turrón, this is made following an artisanal process in Jijona, Alicante, Spain.

Check out Alicante Turrón.


Some info from Wikipedia

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Funny TV Ad for Chupa Chups - Girlfriend



From Space Invaders

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August 6, 2008

Review: Botan Rice Candy

IMG_3781.jpgWe picked these up at World Market, a great place for all sorts of candy. What caught our eye was the chubby little baby drawing on the box - odd yet intriguing.

The candies themselves are only about 1/2" x 1/4" rectangles, each individually wrapped. They're an opaque, light orange color. The candies themselves are quite normal, almost pedestrian. There's nothing at all wrong with them, they are chewy (sticky actually), and have a great, sugary orange flavor. But that's it. Perhaps I set my hopes too high for a more adventurous candy experience.

Each candy has an edible inner wrapper that melts in your mouth. If you're not paying attention, you'll miss this little nugget of information, its located on one of the inner flaps of the box. In fact, I missed it and spent several tedious minutes trying to get all the wrapper off.

They also come with a temporary tattoo for the youngsters. Ours was the Chinese character for "Friends."

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August 5, 2008

Why M&Ms Screwed Up with M&Ms Premiums

mms prem.pngI checked out the Mocha flavor of the new M&Ms Premiums line recently. I had extremely high hopes, and looked forward to checking out the other flavors.

When you first see any of the Premiums, the first thing you notice is the beautiful colors on the shell - a mix of relevant colors for the flavor, making them both visually appealing, but also a natural extension of the look of a regular M&M.

Then you eat one (or three as it were). The flavor is pretty good actually, its a nice quality of chocolate (for a mass brand), and in this case the mocha flavor was present but not overwhelming.

The problem, and its a big one in my opinion, is not in the quality, beauty or flavor. The problem is that they took away the hard shell. There is no crunch, there is no texture contract between the shell and the inside, nothing. What the heck happened to "melts in your mouth, not in your hands"??? That shell is one, if not the, differentiator for M&Ms - the thing that has made them so unique, popular, classic. Why in the world would they change this.

Major strategic misstep Mars.

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August 4, 2008

Durian Candy - Why Does Everyone Hate It So Much?

518873769_0a46493a71_o.jpgWhen you Google "durian candy" the first three links (more actually) will be to negative posts. You'll hear tearms like "stinkbob," and see it on pages of "Bad Candy" or on Top 10 Grossest Candy lists.

What is durian? It's a spiky fruit that is known for it's sweet yet pungent odor.

I'll admit its not a normal candy, but I've had a lot worse. In fact, I like this stuff. It has a nice tropical flavor, I get a lot of coconut. Its not overly sweet, and the pieces I've had have the consistency of a Starburst.

Are there any people out there who like durian candy? Or is it truly a hated candy? Let me know.

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Seen the new Hershey's Pure TV Ad? It's chocorific!

From BeyondMadisonAvenue

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August 1, 2008

Monthly Roundup for July

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Gum

Healthy-ish Candy

International Candy

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Monthly Roundups

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Pez

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Fictional Candy That Inspires Real Products - Willy Wonka and Harry Potter

fictionwonka2.jpgBox Vox noted five products that were fictional at one point but turned into real life products. Two of them are candy, so we thought we'd show them to you. The first is the classic Willy Wonka chocolate bar. An entire Wonka brand has been developed in real life based on the movies and books.

Harry Potter also featured an unusual candy product: "Bernie Bott's Every Flavor Beans." Although introduced in the first book, it was apparently mentioned much more frequently in the movie.

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From boxvox; Images from 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory movie and 2005's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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