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.

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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.

Maynards Wine Gums

Can I whine about Wine Gums for a minute? And no, I’m not going to apologize for that terrible pun because bad puns are the best 🙂

Everyone I know loves wine gums and honestly, I don’t understand the appeal. My husband, who rarely buys candy, comes home with bags of wine gums more often than any other candy. I have friends who bring wine gums to movie theatres and co-workers who will break their ‘clean eating streaks’ for a bite into a wine gum. Sure, the flavours are good but the candies themselves are way too chewy for my liking. I have yet to eat a wine gum without nearly breaking my jaw and getting candy stuck in every nook and cranny of my teeth. Even the fresh ones are hard to chew. So ya, I think they’re tasty but not worth the effort because the consistency is terrible.

Maynards are the original wine gums and come in five shapes – oval, diamond, circle, rectangle and crown – with five different labels on the candies including port, sherry, burgundy and claret. As a side note, wine gums don’t contain any alcohol.  I used to think they did but now I realize how absurd it would be to sell alcoholic candies to children. They’re also not flavoured like liquor (for obvious reasons).

If you love wine gums then you’re probably going to love Maynards. They’re a classic version of this treat. But, if you’re like me, you’d much prefer to snack on a bag of Starburst Gummies or Trolli Cherry Bombers.

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.

Reed’s: Straight Out of the Willy Wonka Factory

Reed’s hard candies are flavourful. So flavourful that they remind me of that iconic chewing gum from the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. You know, the one that Violet Beauregarde chews and it tastes like a three course meal: tomato soup, roast beef with baked potato, and blueberry pie with ice cream and in the end she blows up into a big blue ball.

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The reason these candies reminded me of poor Violet Beauregarde is because Reed’s hard candies taste exactly like drinking a root beer soda and or eating a bar of creamy butterscotch. They even have cinnamon which was super spicy and not unlike eating a handful of cinnamon hearts all at once.

Reed’s are definitely hard candies at their finest. Each one is dense enough that it’s going to take you a while to get through and by the end, all you will taste if the delicious flavour you chose. My personal favourite was Root Beer. So good!!!

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.

Trolli Candy Company: Gummy Candy Aficionado

This week we’re talking about Trolli Candy Company. Started in Germany, Trolli is probably best known for making gummy candies. Notably, some of their candies (and, to be honest, their website) are a bit strange. They have a slogan is “it’s going to get weird if we have anything to do with it. Which we do”. and they have a page on their US website where you can submit weird and awesome stuff like photos, videos, and posts. It’s kooky, unusual, and I love it! Who doesn’t want to play around with their candy?

I got to taste test two different Trolli products and both were fantastic. The Sour Brite Weird Beards are shaped like James Harden’s head (and yes, I had to look him up. The internet tells me he’s a basketball player). Each face has two flavours, one for the head and one for the beard, that when combined make this candy deliciously sweet and sour. The texture is on point, not too chewy but not too soft and I love the bright colours. Overall, Sour Brite Weird Beards are a win in my books.

I also tried the Cherry Bombers and I’m happy to report they are one of my all-time favourite candies to date! Each one is a tiny taste bomb with a juicy dollop of liquid on the inside. They’re kind of like Gushers (remember those?) but about a thousand times tastier. Fun to eat, delicious, and flavourful.

Much like the Fini Candies from Spain, I was super impressed by Tolli Candy Company products. I appreciate that they stick with what they’re good at, gummy candies, because why mess with a good thing?

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.

Yoo-hoo Candy Bar: Surprisingly Delicious

This candy bar threw me for a loop. For starters, it’s advertised as a ‘candy bar’ not a chocolate bar, which had me wondering  ‘why?’. That is, until I took my first bite and realized that it’s less like a regular chocolate bar and more like a chocolatey-hard-to-describe-bar.

Here’s why: Yoo-hoo Candy Bar tastes exactly like chocolate milk. Not regular chocolate milk but the kind of liquid chocolate milk you drink from a glass.

Yoo-hoo was originally developed as a soft drink in the 1920s in New Jersey. The creator, Natale Olivieri, wanted to make a chocolate drink that wouldn’t spoil in the summer like regular chocolate milk. Think about that. He didn’t want chocolate milk to spoil…..needless to say there are probably all sorts of preservatives and dehydrated whey products in the drink. Lucky for Olivieri, he succeeded and Yoo-hoo milk chocolate drink was born.

Now picture that drink in solid form. It’s creamy, but you can tell it doesn’t have the density and creaminess that usually comes from milk products. Instead, it’s lighter, sweeter, and there’s a somewhat grainy texture to the bar that makes it break apart and melt on your tongue.

Got it? Okay now you’re officially imagining Yoo-hoo candy bars! Well done.

One other thing to note about this treat:  the bar itself is huge! It breaks into generous pieces that are perfect for snacking on.

This candy bar was such a guilty pleasure. It’s not particularly high-end, it doesn’t have any bells and whistles, the packaging is a bit plain….and yet,  I loved it.  The taste was sweet and delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed breaking off large squares to eat with my tea. I can’t wait to get my hands on another one.

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.

Original Jelly Tots for the Win

Jelly Tots remind me of England because they’re pretty popular there, and as it turns out, they’re also super popular in South Africa and Australia!

Jelly Tots are basically tiny gumdrops jellies that taste like fruit and are lightly covered in granulated sugar. They’re chewy and the texture is not unlike a jube jube, soft but dense. I think part of the appeal of Jelly Tots are their small size. Each one is about the size of a dime (or even a little smaller) so you can easily pop a few in your mouth at a time for a delicious fruit medley.

They also make Jelly Tots with milk chocolate coating. I thought they were not great….the chocolate shell combined with the chewing jelly made for an odd texture. Also, I could taste the granulated sugar underneath the chocolate and it made this treat too sweet. Unlike original Jelly Tots, the chocolate covered ones are not something I think I’ll gravitate towards in the future.

Have you ever had Jelly Tots or chocolate covered Jelly Tots? What are your thoughts?

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.