Sunday, May 11, 2014

Russell Stover Cake Assortment

A mini-box of four chocolate candy squares, in red velvet, chocolate cake, carrot cake and wedding cake flavors.

The chocolate coating had a smooth, velvety melt and the fillings tasted for all the world like cake frosting, including that slight grainy crunch of sugar crystals. These little confections were basically chocolate-dipped cubes of frosting. Chocolate coated frosting! Could there BE a more scrumptious delight in the candy universe! Two of the pieces had a white chocolate coating. I don't know if it was the real stuff or the cheaper "white confection." I just know it was delicious.

RED VELVET CAKE -- No chocolate note in the filling. It tasted more like the cherry-raspberry creams you get in a Valentine box.

CARROT CAKE -- Strong spark of spice, just like real carrot cake.

CHOCOLATE CAKE -- Rich and fudgy. Chocolate to the max.

WEDDING CAKE -- Remember the vanilla buttercream frosting on cakes at childhood birthday parties? Here it is, in a little cube-shaped confection.

Tasting these candies was one of the most enjoyable candy experiences of my life. I wish now I bought TWO boxes (kicking self). This mini sampler assortment is great for gifting, whether to a co-worker, a friend, a sweetheart, a parent, or a child.

 I have no choice.
THIS CANDY HAS BEEN RATED D (DIVINE)

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Astronaut Ice Cream

 Maybe technically more of a snack or dessert than a candy, but I will consider it candy for the sake of this review.
This delightfully decadent novelty confection -- actual ice cream, freeze-dried for enjoyment in space and on camping trips -- is a mixture of crunchy and creamy, melting in the mouth in a creamy rhapsody of flavor and richness. Think meringue drops, cotton candy, and cereal marshmallow bits combined and you have these nuggets of yumminess. The neapolitan is a trio of fabulous flavors, the chocolate-chocolate chip packs quite a wallop of chocolatiness, and the mint chocolate chip is minty without being toothpastey and would be the perfect after-dinner mint.

This candy is rated D (DIVINE)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Kandy Kritique -- Publix Dark Chocolate Dipped Dried Cherries

    Found this sweet little gem in the produce(don't laugh!) section of my local Publix supermarket. (am in Florida) If you don't live near a Publix and your local grocery store doesn't have these little delights, maybe your local natural-foods store has something similar.
     This was a real dried cherry enrobed in solid, non-waxy, melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate, creating an intriguing interplay of flavors that dance on the taste buds. These candies aren't too sweet but very satisfying and the perfect marriage of candy and fruit, healthfulness and decadence. I recommend them highly and am struggling not to finish off the whole container in one sitting.

THIS CANDY HAS BEEN RATED D (DIVINE)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Kandy Kritique -- Russell Stover Dark Chocolate Raspberry Creme Santa

This filled chocolate piece is wrapped in a Santa-motif wrapper, but out of its wrapper, the piece should be called Dark Chocolate Raspberry Creme Triangular Lump. If this thing looks like Santa, then I'm the Japanese emperor.
That said, however, this is a confection fit for an emperor. A delicate layer of robustly rich-tasting dark chocolate surrounds a satiny, sumptuous whipped raspberry "mousse" filling. The chocolate is not waxy and has a surprisingly smooth and creamy melt for dark chocolate, and the "mousse" would be perfectly at home in a pretty glass bowl at a fancy restaurant or enrobing a birthday cake, and has jamlike, fruity notes mixed with vanilla-creme notes. The whole yummy concoction melts in the mouth in a blissful symphony of chocolatey richness and a sweet spark of fruit-and-creme. A very craveable and satisfying candy. I could mow through a case of these things in the blink of an eyelash.

THIS CANDY HAS BEEN RATED D (DIVINE)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Kandy Kritique -- Toffifay

Ah, here's a confection I remember from childhood. The Broadway-esque advertising jingle had a line that went, "It's too good for kids." Not only did I find that blatant bit of ageism an insult, I thought it was bulltoot as well. The tweenage girl I used to be tried one of these sweet miniature delights -- can we say, a party for the taste buds?
Sadly, these scrumptious little gems had disappeared -- or so I thought. All these years later I was in Walgreens and there they were, a box of Toffifay candies. I picked it up, purchased it, and tasted a piece, thinking maybe the yumminess I remember was just a figment of an immature palate.
Nope. If anything, Toffifay candies are yummier than EVER BEFORE. A dainty cup of soft caramel that lacks that annoying dental adherence factor (it doesn't stick to your teeth), filled with a crunchy yet tender and buttery roasted hazelnut surrounded by a soft, rich frostinglike chocolate-hazelnut paste, like the filling in a Ferrero Rocher but smoother, and then, topped by a drop of chocolate rather like a flat Kiss. The whole thing melts in the mouth in a burst of nutty, caramelized sweet richness that lingers on the tastebuds and left me with a craving for more.
This is a craveable confection that, despite the slogan, will put a smile on the faces of young and old and everyone in between. My mother liked them too and, fortunately for my willpower, finished off most of the box. Truly an underrated candy classic.

THIS CANDY HAS BEEN RATED D (DIVINE)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Kandy Kritique -- Russell Stover Fine Assorted Chocolates

Here's FOUR pieces for me to review. Gotta love boxed/baggged assortments

CARAMEL
A milk chocolate patty filled with firm, stretchy caramel of almost a gummi or jelly-candy consistency. The chocolate is delicate without being weak, with a maple note to it, and the caramel has almost molasses notes to it. Smooth and decadently satisfying.
THIS CANDY HAS BEEN RATED D (DIVINE)

COCONUT
Dark chocolate with coffee-like overtones is the perfect partner for a moist, fine-textured coconut paste that has almost the consistency of frosting and (no almost about it) the taste of the islands. Like a higher-end Mounds. Melts in the mouth (perhaps the perfect confection to savor while watching your favorite episode of "Gilligan's Island?")
THIS CANDY HAS BEEN RATED D (DIVINE)

PECAN DELIGHT
A milk chocolate cluster with a softer caramel than in the plain caramel piece and pecan bits. Very tasty and satisfying, but the chocolate and the caramel kind of dominate the taste of the nuts, and I do like pecans. For that reason, I had to deduct a point from the rating, but still a good, solid, enjoyable confection.
THIS CANDY HAS BEEN RATED IST (INSANELY TASTY)

MINT PATTY
A glossy, button-like piece. The dark chocolate has almost a fruitiness to it, and the filling, zingy with fresh mint flavor, is almost liquid, unlike the solid "icing" inside a York Peppermint Patty. Think donut glaze sparked with the flavor of mint. Delectable! (I'm a madwoman for mint!) Thing is, there's not enough of it. The ratio of chocolate shell to filling is higher. More filling in the piece would have garnered it a D rating, but even though I shaved a point off for there being more chocolate than mint, it was still a delicious, refreshing piece of confectionery, so ....
THIS CANDY HAS BEEN RATED IST (INSANELY TASTY)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

TRIPLE TREAT KANDY KRITIQUE

Today, I have not one, but THREE candies to review

LITTLE DEBBIE NUTTY BARS
Okay, maybe these aren't technically a candy, more like a cookie or a snack, but for the purposes of this review, I will treat them as a wafer-based candy a la KitKat or Twix.

This confection consisted of two wafer sticks sandwiched with peanut butter filling and enrobed in "chocolatey coating."

The wafer is mild-tasting. The peanut-butter is rich and crumbly and nutty, a la the pb filling in a Reese's cup. The coating is a bit weak in chocolate flavor but with a smooth melt and pleasing mouthfeel. Enjoyable and satisfying, but had to take a point off the rating for the chocolate being a little weak.

THIS CANDY HAS BEEN RATED IST (INSANELY TASTY)


Q-BEL PEANUT-BUTTER WAFER BARS
One thinks of all-natural candies and imagines something that looks like a clod of earth and tastes like something you'd sweep off your floor. Well, this little delicacy (and I do mean delicacy!) blows that stereotype out of the universe! This is the Little Debbie Nutty Bar's classier cousin.

Two slim wafer sticks, with a delicate crunch. The chocolate (real milk chocolate! Not "chocolatey coating" or some such) is rich and bold-tasting, with an almost frostinglike consistency, and the peanut-butter filling is a bit creamier than the filling in the LD Nutty Bar. The flavors really sparkle, and this is a very craveable confection.

THIS CANDY HAS BEEN RATED D (DIVINE)



Q-BEL WAFER ROLLS
More yummy proof that "natural-foods" candy brands don't have to taste like dirt, these are crisp, cylindrical wafers, (a la Pirouline cookies), a bit sweeter than the wafer bars, filled with a satiny chocolate "frosting," sort of like the ganache filling in a truffle, dunked in a rich real-chocolate coating. What's not to love?
Again, the delicate crunch, the creamy chocolate richness. These are also very crave-worthy. Good thing I only bought one or it would be Pig-Out City, USA!

THIS CANDY HAS BEEN RATED D (DIVINE)