Orange is the New Root Beer

Crush’s Orange Gummy Soda Bottles are delicious. I wouldn’t go so far as to say they taste exactly like orange pop but they’re pretty darn close. Not unlike root beer candies (which are one of the world’s best gummies), these are shaped like mini bottles with the ‘pop’ colour on the bottom and clear ‘bottle’ colour on top. They’re also super soft and genuinely taste like orange pop instead of the typical orange flavouring you usually find in candies.

I’d say these are definitely a keeper. I also think they’d be tasty mixed together with root beer gummies, but maybe that’s just me?

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own.

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Creamy Delicious Caramels

Cream Caramels are really plain looking. They’re soft tan in colour and shaped like perfect squares. That’s it. No bells, no whistles.

They’re a bit hard on the outside, sort of like caramels chews you might get at Halloween or from your Grandma’s house. They’re also soft  and dense on the inside, and the flavour is a combination of creamy, caramely, and sweet.

All in all, I really enjoyed Wilson’s Cream Caramels. They didn’t blow me away with their amazingness, but they were good and I found myself snacking on them a few times throughout the week.

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own

 

Messy & Tasty Old Fashioned Valomilk Cups

Hey! We’re back from our trip to Europe and I’m still full of frites, stroopwafles, and marzipan. Yum!! But more on that later.

Today, I’m reviewing Sifers Valomilk cups. For starters, I love the packaging. It’s retro, simple and there’s something so appealing about it. What do you think?

Valomilk comes with two milk chocolate cups that have a creamy marshmallow filling. The filling is sweet and delicious. It has a hint of vanilla, which, fun fact, gives the marshmallow its runny texture. Ian said the cups reminded him of Cadbury Cream Eggs, and while they aren’t quite the same taste, they certainly have the same texture.

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The neat thing about Sifers Valomilk is that it’s the only candy the company makes. The Kansas company used to make penny candies and chocolates but eventually, they settled into perfecting Valomilk cups. Today, they still use the original recipe and make them in small batches. How cool is that?

Another fun fact: the name is a mash up of all the ingredients put together: V= vanilla, MALO= marshmallow, MILK= milk chocolate.

Overall, we really loved these cups. The company has a neat and endearing story, the packaging is great, and the taste itself is delicious. Win-win-win.

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own.

TV Bar & Nosh: a Different Kind of Review

This week I wanted to try something a little different. Instead of tasting these chocolate bars myself, I had my husband and our roommate try them and asked them for their reviews. Here’s what they had to say:

Derek’s review of the TV Bar White 

  • “the name is a bit of a mouthful, Tropical Coconut Crunchy Rice Puffs in Smooth White Chocolate
  • Was expecting it to be chalky, like a protein bar (because it looks exactly like one), but it’s wasn’t.
  • Delicious texture, the coconut is subtle.
  • Gets better with each bite.

Ian’s review of the Nosh Bar

  • Very tasty!
  • Is like a Snickers bar combined with a Mars bar
  • Would buy it again, but “not mind-blowing”

Okay, so maybe having the guys try to describe these chocolate bars to me in vivid detail was a bit of a fail. But still, both of them seemed to enjoy them. I think Ian especially liked the Nosh bar and when you combine milk chocolate, hazelnuts, nougat and caramel, what’s not love it?

Also, you’ve probably noticed I’ve been sampling a lot of south African products lately. Remember this one, this one, this one, and of course, this one? Well, I’ve now more or less completed my South African candy tour and overall, I’d say it was both fun and delicious. I pretty much loved every product (with a few exceptions). I sure appreciate candy stores that manage to get products from all over the world! It’s so fun sampling hard-to-find treats.

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs (and Derek, and Ian)

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own.

South African Nougat

Hello candy eating friends!

It’s been a while! Lately, I’ve been busy with work and French lessons in preparation for my upcoming trip to Belgium (only seven more sleeps!!). I used to speak French and now I can barely remember how to ask for a cup of coffee, so lessons have been a must.

Today I wanted talk about nougat bars, which are, in my opinion, the perfect treat.

Ever tried a nougat bar before?

If not, it’s sort of like eating a chewy marshmallow with nuts and fruit mixed in. With each bite, the nougat gets softer and softer until it melts in your mouth. The key to good nougat is that it has to be soft but firm, chewy but not tacky, and it has to have the perfect combination of fruit and nuts.

Damascus Nougat is made in South Africa, but it’s based on a traditional french recipe that includes flavoured fruit pieces. While I loved the consistency of the bar (and the peanuts) I wasn’t crazy about the fruit. They tasted like Turkish Delights, which I abhor. I also found the ration of fruit too heavy and would have preferred a simpler version.

Walters Honey Nougat (also made in South Africa) is hands down the best nougat I’ve ever had. It’s simple and soft in texture. I especially loved the delicious flavours: cranberry & almond, honey, ginger & almond, and macadamia nut. Also, check out their website here. If the pictures don’t make you want to devour some fresh honey nougat, then I don’t know what will.

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So while I might not gravitate towards a Damascus bar anytime soon, I’ll be sure to have a few Walters bars on hand while I’m studying for French class.

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own

 

Smarties and White Chocolate: An All Too Sweet Combination

Smarties are the best. I love the colours, the crunchy coating, and the milky chocolate centres. Yum! So adding Smarties to a chocolate bar sounds like a winning combination, but is it?

Essentially, the Nestle Smarties Milkybar is made up of a white chocolate base with whole Smarties mixed inside. The bar breaks into small squares and aesthetically it’s really pretty. I love the look of the white backdrop and brightly coloured candies, but that’s about all I loved because unfortunately, this chocolate bar is really really sweet.

In general, white chocolate tends to be much sweeter than it’s dark chocolate counterpart. And, as someone who is partial towards dark chocolate (70% cocoa is my fav) I always find white chocolate a bit too sugary for my palate. With the added Smarties, I found this chocolate bar hard to eat.

So unless you’re a fanatic for white chocolate, the Nestle Smarties Milkybar is probably best enjoyed in small bites or by small children who don’t seem to care as much about taste as they do about looks.

What do you think? Do you love or hate white chocolate? Or are you indifferent and will take it or leave it?

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own.

Crunchie Bars & Chocolate Cakes

Two years ago I made this chocolate cake for my friend’s wedding. Actually, it wasn’t just a chocolate cake. It was more like a Guinness Chocolate Ganache Toffee cake that was amazingly tasty!!

The recipe calls for honeycomb to be crumbled on top, but where on earth can you buy plain honeycomb? I definitely couldn’t find any in my small town, so instead, I used a Crunchie bar and, as luck would have it, the substitution was delicious.

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Crunchie bars (which are essentially sticks of honeycomb dipped in chocolate) have never really appealed to me. I’ve always thought they looked too hard to eat and the thought of biting into one used to make me think of nails on a chalkboard.

But I was wrong. Sure, the honeycomb is hard, but as soon as you bite into it, it starts to slowly melt into toffee in your mouth. Um, yum!! And now that I know it’s also the perfect cake topper, I’m pretty much hooked on these things.

How do you eat your Crunchie bars?

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own.

 

Oh So Flaky

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Ever treated yourself to a Flake chocolate bar? They’re strange and wonderful and to be sure, they’re aptly named.

Each Flake bar is a combination of folded layers of milky chocolate that literally breaks apart as you eat it. Prepare for a mess! Fun Fact: the bar itself was first created in the 1920s when an employee at the Cadbury factor noticed streams of excess chocolate falling off the candy molds and forming flaky ripples. I guess he thought, ‘hmm that looks good!’

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In the 1930s, Cadbury began selling Flake sticks to be served with vanilla ice cream and today, it’s still a popular treat.

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Eating a Flake chocolate bar on its own is not my all-time favourite. The chocolate is tasty but not super high quality, it’s a bit sweet and super crumbly. But…..stick it into some ice cream and it sure makes for a delicious combination.

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own.

The Great Top Deck Mystery

Top Deck is the perfect blend of milk and white chocolate come together in one bar. On the bottom is a classic milk chocolate base and on top are dollops of sweet white chocolate that’ll melt in your mouth. This bar removes any decision making you might have if you find yourself torn between deciding on milk or white chocolate for dessert.

Oh and it also comes in “bubbly” which is not unlike an Aero bar and is a much lighter version of the original (and it’s my favourite).

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Despite Top Deck being so tasty, it’s only sold in South Africa and New Zealand, which makes me wonder, why? Why isn’t it sold elsewhere? It used to be, so what changed?

The short answer? I have no idea.

I tried my best to find some answers but to no avail. I’m guessing it’s for obvious reasons like profits, sales, and marketing but who knows. One thing I DO know for sure is that everyone loves a novelty item. So, if you give the people Top Deck bars and then take them away, they’re bound to be a bit miffed. Take, for example, the United Kingdom, where Top Deck used to be sold until one cold deary day Cadbury stopped selling them. The UK market was – and remains – upset by the lack of Top Deck supply. So upset, in fact, that some dedicated consumers started a ‘Bring Top Deck Back’ campaign on Facebook with over 1,700 followers (no small feat!).

Clearly, candy is a nostalgic thing. We love treats that remind us of being kids, of visits to Grandma’s house, or of road trips with our parents. No doubt, that’s part of Top Deck’s appeal but ,it doesn’t detract from the fact that’s it’s seriously tasty.

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own.

PS if you aren’t planning a trip to South Africa or New Zealand anytime soon then you can buy these chocolate bars from Candy Funhouse (they sell both the original and the bubbly versions).

Kinder Bueno White (aka Childhood in a Chocolate Bar)

Kinder Bueno…..has anyone in the world ever said anything bad about Kinder products? Me thinks not.

Basically, anything Kinder makes is absolutely delicious. I love that they always combine hazelnut (hello Nutella), with both white and milk chocolate. It’s like eating all the good stuff combined into one.

Anything made by Kinder reminds me of being a kid. Probably because Kinder Surprises were such a big deal in my house growing up. Even today, the white/milk chocolate combination with hazelnut cream always bring me right back to being nine years old and spending my allowance money on a Kinder treat at the corner store.

Kinder Bueno comes with two long white chocolate wafers with hazelnut cream on the inside and, seeing as it’s Kinder, there is a hint of milk chocolate on the outside. The wafer is light and airy and it breaks into nice bite size pieces. The best part definitely has to be the creamy centre, which was utterly divine! Ah so soft and sweet, my mouth is watering just remembering how good these are.

Kinder Bueno also comes in milk chocolate and dark chocolate flavour and I’m excited to get my hands on all of them.

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own.