September 18, 2008
Figamajigs Prices to Rise in October
The bad news:
The cost to produce Figamajigs has gone up dramatically over the last several months and requires that we raise our prices for the first time in 4 years.
The good news:
The price will go up by only 10 cents.
The price increase will be effective October 1, 2008
July 7, 2008
TerrAmazon's Line of Raw Cacao Nibs
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.
Thank you Cool Hunting for the heads up!
May 29, 2008
Figamajigs Now Available in Target! Woo-Hoo!
It is official, Figamajigs are now being carried by Target. Congratulations to our friends over at Figamajigs, this is a huge score to be nationally distributed by such a big chain. But more importantly, this means we (and by we I mean I) can enjoy these healthy, chewy, delicious treats more than ever. The thought that I no longer have to order these online and more than likely have them partially melt in the Arizona heat makes me oh, so happy. That has really been the reason I'm not a complete Figamajig addict. I no longer have any excuses...my name is Candy Snob, and I am a Figamajigaholic.
Check out their website
May 28, 2008
Candy companies hoping "functional" health benefits help business
Candy companies are betting that the trend toward healthy foods will extend to their confections - Cadbury, Wrigley and Mars are all launching new gums and candies this summer designed to provide health benefits. The "functional" candy category has grown in 2006, up nearly 2% to $1.5 billion.
For Cadbury - a new gum line called Trident Xtra Care. Its made with recaldent, a form of calcium derived from milk that has been shown to strengthen tooth enamel by filling in crevices where cavities can form. FYI - recaldent is already being used in Trident White (also from Cadbury), but Xtra Care will 2x as much.
For Wrigley - a new line of its Eclipse gum and mints formulated with magnolia bark extract (MBE), a substance that is supposed to help bad breath.
For Mars - two new lines of vitamin-enriched Dove chocolates earlier this year - Dove Vitalize (with vitamin B and plant sterols) and Dove Beautiful (with vitamins C and E, biotin and zinc).
May 6, 2008
New Mint Flavors of Figamajigs
We love Figamajigs, LOVE THEM! Can't wait to try the new mint flavors we've just learned about. They've also changed their website (www.figamajigs.com) to move of an online store, which looks to be a much nicer site. They're calling it the Figamajigs Market. Nice.
April 25, 2008
More evidence that dark chocolate can help blood pressure reduction
Some new studies have now shown that dark chocolatecan improve vascular health - because the cocoa flavenols in the chocolate help to make blood vessels more elastic, improve insulin sensitivity, and reduce blood pressure.
One of the studies was published recently by Mars in the Journal of Nutrition. Their study shows that CocoaViabars (fortified brand of dark chocolate) not only reduce blood pressure, but also lowers total and LDL cholesterol levels. Not that Mars would promote a study that said their candy was bad for you...we understand this is marketing after all...but if we can eat some tasty chocolate and have it even marginally improve our health, we're all for it.
Read more at the Heart Disease Blog
April 17, 2008
Fine and Raw Chocolates - Artisan, Sustainable & Healthy
Cool Hunting posted about these eco-friendly, guilt-free treats. The ingredients are sustainable, and they are choc (no pun intended) full of health stuff because of the raw preparation. The post says they have a "creamy soft consistency on par with the normal stuff."
Here are the vitals:
- Made using artisan low heat techniques to preserve raw vitality.
- Made from sustainably-produced shade grown raw cacao harvested from the Ecuadorian rainforest
- No sugar, dairy or additives
- Loaded with anti-oxidants, magnesium and other nutrients
- Made with the finest Blue Agave Nectar (a low gylcemic sweetener with fewer calories than sugar), coconut oil and lots of electrolytes.
- They contain Himalayan Sea Salt contains all the minerals and trace elements that comprise the human body.
It appears these are only available in the greater NYC area (hey, send us some samples Fine and Raw!), and cost about $7.
Thanks go to Cool Hunting for this find.
March 17, 2008
Review: Snickers Marathon Energy - When candy brands go healthy
Last week we looked at the PayDay Pro energy bar, and concluded that while it starts out like the PayDay's we know and love, it ends up tasting like a typical energy bar, which is to say it has a chemical/artificial taste. This week we looked at another energy bar from one of our favorite brands, this time it was the Snickers Marathon Energy Bar. Specifically, we tried the Peanut Butter version. The bar's made up of chewy peanut butter on the outside and peanuts, caramel, and chocolate flavored crisps inside. And it has the obligatory protein (14g of soy, peanut, casein and whey) and undisclosed carbohydrates for energy, and 16 vitamins and minerals.
From the get-go, this is an entirely different experience than the PayDay. First, it is a wide, flat bar, the shape you expect from a typical energy bar. Second, it tastes pretty darn good for an energy bar. It does NOT remind you of a Snickers bar, which is the key point. It is an energy bar that happens to be branded Snickers, not a candy bar that has been made healthy, like the PayDay Pro. It makes all the difference. If it looks like a PayDay, initially tastes like a PayDay, but ends up tasting like an energy bar, that's bad for the PayDay brand. But if you have an energy bar that tastes good and happens to be branded Snickers and shares some of the ingredients, its an entirely better eating experience, one that doesn't hurt the Snickers brand. We'd definitely eat this bar again for a pick-me-up. Although we'd just as soon chomp on a real Snickers...
Check out Snickers Marathon products.
Snickers Marathon site
March 12, 2008
Review: PayDay Pro - When candy brands go healthy
We love PayDay bars. We sometimes need energy or a quick, somewhat healthy meal replacement. So why not try the PayDay Pro - PayDay's answer to the energy bar. On the nutrition side, it sports 15 grams of protein and 14 vitamins and minerals. And at first bite, you think its pretty darn close to tasting like a regular PayDay bar, with the trademark combination of peanuts and caramel. We generally love the sweet/salty combo of PayDays, and this bar delivers the good. However, after a few seconds, the taste changes from candy goodness to the "not-quite right" flavor you find in a lot of energy bars. Its a little on the chemically side, which takes over the flavor.
I'm not sure I'd buy this again, even as a pure energy bar. There are some others that have a less odd flavor and don't damage our overall image of a great candy bar in the process. But, if you're not a candy snob like us, and you live a really active lifestyle, I have no doubt these would provide a nice change of pace.
Check out PayDay Pro bars here.
Go to the PayDay Pro website.
March 7, 2008
Review: sweetriot flavor 50 - cocoa nibs dunked in dark chocolate
We picked up a 1 ounce tin of sweetriot's "flavor 50" product at Whole Foods, which are lightly roasted cacao nibs covered with 50% dark chocolate. As the package clearly says, this tin is filled with "'peaces" of intense yum." And the whole tin only has 140 calories!
At first glance, they look like mini-chocolate covered raisins, and even smelled a little raisin-y. But while there are definitely fruity notes to the taste, that look & scent doesn't carry through. What you get is more on the raspberry side of things. But less like real raspberry flavor and more like raspberry liqueur, such as Chambourd.
Since they are roasted cacao nibs, they were a wee bit dry, but definitely tasty. I found that you need to eat several at once to get the full flavor. Because they're pretty small, eating just one or two doesn't do the flavor justice.
And if there was ever a socially conscious candy company, sweetriot is it. They use all-natural ingredients, believe in fair trade with developing countries, celebrate culture and diversity , create a solid environment for their customers, partners and employees, and the candy is kosher. I think that about covers it. They call their nibs 'peaces' for goodness sake!
Even better, they have a lot of fun. First, the provide a cacao country fun fact inside each tin - which is on a little slip of paper just like the fortune in a fortune cookie. Ours said the following:
Front side: Cacao Country Indonesia is home to the giant Komodo dragon, which would be cool if it didn't occasionally snack on a villager.
Back side: Your get lucky numbers: 1,5,10,12,22,30
Second, like Jones Soda before them, they solicit artwork for their tins on their website. So if you're an aspiring artist and want to get your work seen by chocolate lovers the world over, click here.
Check out the sweetriot website.
January 7, 2008
Free Figamajig product samples until January 11
To say we love these fig candy bars is an understatement. Besides tasting absolutely great, they are low fat, high in anti-oxidents, high in fiber, and have no gluten, trans fat or high fructose corn syrup. Plus they're all natural.
They end up being only 2 points on Weight Watchers (whatever that means), but I love them because they allow me to indulge my candy bar habit with a ton less fat and calories. And I really do mean indulge...they are rich, flavorful, and have an excellent bite. This is a class A candy bar.
Which is why I'm thrilled to let you know about an offer Mel (founder of Figamajigs) emailed out today. For every box of Figamajigs you order by January 11th, you will receive one free product sample.
BTW, they also now have a Variety Pack of 15 Figamajig products, including: Original Figamajig Bars, Original Figamajig Bars w/ Almonds, Dark Chocolate Covered Fig Candy, and Orange & Yellow Chocolate Covered Fig Candy.
Visit the Figamajigs website