July 2016
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Easter DOTS

Yes, yes I realize that Easter has come and gone. I have so many pretty colorful pictures of Easter candy, I can’t but show them off! These were an especially fun find, as they were tasty and colorful. Plus, they were more opaque than normal DOTS, so they felt more flavorful. The blueberry DOT, a newcomer here, was the best by far.


Rakugan Shapes

Rakugan is a type of special Wagashi (Japanese Confection) that’s made using pressed sugar in wooden molds. These were sent by a friend of mine who lives in Kyoto. Aren’t they pretty?


PB&Co's Bonbons Box

Surprise! I’m doing a review today with a giveaway instead of my normal Eye Candy Post. I figured my first bog Giveaway should show up on a special day. Read on how to enter….

Around this time of year candy companies try to do something special for Mother’s Day. “Candy season” pretty much ends with Easter, yet I see more and more companies produce specific sweets for us to give to our Mom’s on her special day. Peanut Butter & Co ( PB&Co for short) sent me some free samples of their “Mom’s Lil’ Box O’ Bonbons” that they too created in honor of this holiday. I’ve had some of PB&Co’s other seasonal treats before and have really enjoyed them, so I was all too happy to take them up on their offer.

The box describes the bonbons as: “Milk Chocolate with a crispy white chocolate peanut butter center”.  Sounds promising already! The logo is printed on paper that slips around a sturdy folded white box. I admit, at first I was surprised at the small size of the box, as it weighs in at 2.3 oz and it about the size of half of a VHS tape (does anyone know what those are anymore? Now I feel old…). I reminded myself that it’s “quality not quantity” and realized that this size is a good amount. What Mom wants to be handed a pound of chocolate anyways, seriously? Especially in this day and age when everyone is trying to be healthier to boot. I know for one my Mom would prefer a smaller size, as I’d imagine it’s a less intimidating sort of food gift. I know I’d feel that way.

Each box has eight bonbons in it and I was utterly delighted when I opened the box. The bonbons were neatly nestled inside and were well protected.


PB&Co's Bonbons

The bonbons are beautiful to look at. They’re square, and about the diameter of a quarter. There’s a design of pink spring blossoms printed on the top of each. They feel very fresh and delicate.

The flavor is extremely peanut buttery right away. First you taste the smooth sweetness of the chocolate, then the flavor of the center comes through. It’s very fresh, creamy, nutty, sweet and a little salty. Just like your favorite peanut butter! The texture is awesome too, as it’s very smooth and creamy, yet it’s not dense or oily. There’s also something very crispy in the center too, and I can’t say what exactly is doing that, even though I’ve inspected the bonbon and nibbled at it in hopes of figuring it out. The chocolate coating is not very thick or heavy, so at best you get the chocolate’s sweetness and a little of the flavor. No matter, as the bonbons really are all about the peanut butter.

I really liked these, as a packaged set and in flavor. I think it’s a nice gift as it’s really not too much candy, as each piece clocks in a 50 calories. The flavor of the bonbons is really intense so you don’t feel compelled to eat them all at once. So yes, really yummy! I’d share them with my Mom if she was a big peanut butter lover herself, so I’ll just have to share them with my boyfriend instead.

GIVEAWAY! Peanut Butter & Co was kind enough to give me an extra box to give away to you, my dear readers! Want to win one? Here’s what you need to do:

1. Comment on this post with your favorite peanut butter candy.
2. Please make sure to include your email address, so I have a way of contacting you as the winner. I won’t be sharing it with anyone, pinky swears.
3. You must be a resident of the Unites States. My apologies to all of you elsewhere.
4. Post by 12 noon EST on Sunday, May 2nd.

I will randomly draw a winner that night and email you for your address so I can send your box of bonbons out to you. Thanks and best of luck. smile

Rating: Will Buy Again


Will Buy Again

Links Bonbons on Peanut Butter & Co’s Website


Happy Birthday!

Wow, can you believe it’s already been a year? I sure can’t!

I want to thank all my readers, whether they’ve stopped by just for a glance to those who regularly check back everyday. This blog is all for you. smile

I’ve been thinking for some time and I am going to change things around here a little bit. I’m going to start posting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from now on. I need to start making room for other things in my life, and it’s gotten to a point that even though I love writing here on TCE, I feel a need to cut back a little to make room for new shifts in priorities off the internet.

As always I’m open to your suggestions, comments, and stories. You can email me at sera(at)

Thank you again. Here’s to another successful year full of sweet things!


Charles Chocolates Holiday Collection III

I realized a bit too late that I didn’t have a post for today. So sorry! To make up for it I’ll post some nice “eye candy”, or photos of candy that I’ve had but I’ve lost my tasting notes/they’re no longer available/ it’s been too long since I ate them to give a proper review. Sometimes it’s all about looking. smile


Mamba Sour


Snickers Dark


The Chocolate Show: Samples: Comptoir du Cacao Pralines


Rausch Plantagen Schokolade Single Origin Minis I


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