Whatchamacallit has a new friend! It was…oh, I forgot the name already. What was it called? That Thingamajig type candy bar?
Thingamajig is a new Limited Edition bar that Hershey’s is producing, I am unsure for how long exactly, as a nice compliment to the Watchamacallit bar. It cleverly sports another placeholder name and is essentially the same sort of candy bar. A few things have been tweaked and switched, but the two are really candy bar siblings as so to speak.
Thingamajig comes in a sassy red wrapper, which is much more eye-catching than Watchamacallit’s beige/yellow color scheme. The wrapper describes it as “Made with chocolate, cocoa crisps and peanut butter”. I admit, I’m suspicious of this, as I know Watchamacallit is made with mockolate. So I can’t help but scrutinize the semantics here. Does “made with” mean the same as “chocolatey”? From a glance at the ingredients, it does. *sigh*
I’ll refrain from comparing the two bars for the sake of brevity, as that territory has been covered by many of the other candy blogs out there. The main difference is that the crispies in Thingamajig are cocoa flavored, and it has a stripe of peanut butter instead of caramel like Whatchamacallit. We all clear here now?
Out of the wrapper, the Thingamajig smells a little like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (RPBC): sweet, peanut buttery with a hint of chocolate.
The flavor is sweet and chocolatey at first, with notes of caramel and cream and that signature mockolate greay texture. Then the peanut butter taste comes in, similar to a Reese’s PBC, but not as intense and fresh. I don’t get any extra chocolate kick from the cocoa crispies, which doesn’t surprise me, as flavored crisped rice is a mild beast to begin with. As I taste this, I am annoyed by the fact that the mockolate coating melts on my fingers as I hold the bar (yes, I don’t like to use the wrapper for that, I like my bars to be free and break off pieces). The cripiss are very fresh and crispy, as I hear them crunch so loudly in my head when I chew them, it’s like there’s a war going on the there.
It was good, better than I expected, but still nothing stellar to knock me off my feet. Use real chocolate next time and it’s very possible I’ll change my mind.
Also check out these reviews at Candyblog.net, Candy Yum Yum!, Cocoa Heaven, A.V. Club, and Limited Edition Foods.
Rating: Might Eat Again
Links Hershey’s Website
I only just discovered the existence of these new Limited Edition M&Ms released for the new Transformer’s movie on Tuesday. Mars had only announced them on Monday, so I guess I’m faster on the pickup than I thought. I wistfully pondered when I’d ever find them, as my area doesn’t get many first releases of candy and they show up a month or two later than everyone else. So imagine my utter delight when I find these in an display while grocery shopping that very evening. Luck was surely smiling upon me.
The bag is a little busy. It has a gray iron base with two versions of Mecha (or should I say Transformer?) Orange, who looks very nervous despite the fact that’s he’s now a killer robot. The M&M’s name is still the most prominent feature on the bag and the flavor is brightly listed above it. I kept re-reading the flavor title though: Strawberried Peanut Butter? It sounded very odd to me, I would have never guessed that sort of flavor combination in an M&M, it seems a little out of the box to me. Kudos to Mars for trying something so unique.
The size of these M&Ms are large, like the crispy and the peanut butter varieties. They come in three colors that fit the Transformer’s palate: red, brown and yellow with red flecks. They look similar to the Wildly Cherry M&Ms and the Limited Editions Indiana Jones IV version from last year. They smell lightly fruity, which is a little strange, yet inviting. It’s a little like how Skittles smell, but it’s much milder here.
Curious to see what’s makes up these M&Ms, I bit one in half to see the innards. As I suspected it’s made up of a candy shell, chocolate, then a peanut butter center. They break very easily in my mouth and are somewhat soft, not as crunchy as the other varieties of M&Ms.
The first thing you taste is a hit of strawberry flavor. It’s light, fruity, and pleasantly not artificial (like many found the Wildly Cherry M&Ms to be). Next you get the sweetness from the chocolate, followed by the nicely roasted and salty flavor of the peanut butter center. I’m guessing that the flavor of the strawberry is in the candy shell, since once I chew it and dissolve it, all I get are chocolate peanut butter flavors. The strawberry flavor doesn’t mix too much with the peanut butter center either. It tends to disappear before you get to it, at least that’s how it tastes when I eat them. I find that the flavor grows on me as I keep tasting more and more of them.
These are a little strange at first, until your taste buds and head recognize the flavor combo. That’s right, it tastes of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in M&M form. It’s good, but not anything classic in my mind. Now I just gotta keep my eyes peeled for the Snickers Nougabot Bar!
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links M&Ms Website
Everyone has their preferences when it comes to the candy they choose, and I am always interested in talking to people to see what their preferences are. One of the things I enjoy about having a candy blog is that it sometimes makes me eat “outside the candy box” and try something that I wouldn’t normally buy. Wonka’s Gobstoppers are one of these candies. I enjoy hard candies, yes, and I am impartial on tart/sour candies, so I have tended to just gloss over these in stores in favor of something I know I really enjoy. Then last year Cybele reviewed these at Candyblog.net reviewed these. Her photographs of them were so tempting, I knew I had to pick some up if I ever saw them. As far as I was concerned, even if they didn’t taste good, I’d get some pretty photos out of them at least.
So on the same trip to Wal-Mart where I found the Strawberry Creme Hershey’s Kisses I saw these on the shelf. What a productive shopping trip, huh?
I have to admit the name makes me think of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. One of my favorite bands.
The hearts are so pretty. They sit beautifully on my photography table; glossy, colorful and smooth. The colors, even though I would not call them traditional Valentine’s Day colors, still feel very festive.
Speaking of the the colors, there’s five total: purple, pink, red, orange, and yellow. They all taste the same aside with subtle variations. The yellow tasted a tad lemony, pink a little strawberry, purple like grape and orange, well, orange. Overall, they had a lightly sweet fruity flavor to them, and the tartness appears only when you crunch down through the shell to release the grainy, powdery center. Speaking of the center, it’s a chalky dextrose which has a nice tartness to it ad dissolves quickly on the tongue. The texture of the shell combined with the softer center is a wonderful contrast of hard and soft, smooth and grainy.
After tasting the few I had to do for the review, I admit I haven’t touched them. I’ve been eating the Hershey’s Kisses instead. Preferences die hard I guess.
You have to admit though. They are terribly festive and just adorable to look at.
Rating: Might Eat Again
Links Wonka Website
Galaxy is a bar (or brand) that’s made by Mars over in the UK. I’ve only been seeing them in import markets in the past few years, and only because I’ve started paying attention to such things then. I’ve had the regular bar, which I believe is similar to a Caramello; a milk chocolate bar with a stripe of thick caramel down the center. I got my hands on this limited edition variety as my boyfriend was sweet enough to bring me some treats back from his trip to England.
Packet comes with three “kisses”, which, according to the Brits, look like peaked dominoes. The sides are smooth and one has the decals of mistletoe on them. The smell strongly of caramel, cream and burnt sugar.
Biting into a pieces you immediately hit the caramel, so it’s very well dispersed inside the chocolate. The chocolate is typical Mars variety: sweet, very creamy and a nice chocolatey flavor. The caramel is a good middle texture: not too thick, not too watery, and nice enough to have staying power. It also creates those tantalizing threads when you bite into it.
Together, the caramel and the chocolate create this wonderful symphony of sweetness in your mouth. It’s really a nice, representation in chocolate of what a kiss to your special someone under holiday mistletoe would taste like. Maybe if Galaxy and Milkyway got together…?
I grew up in a household devoid of marshmallow peeps. It wasn’t until college that I finally became familiar with this popular marshmallow confection. My roommate bought them by the dozen around Easter (they were still an Easter exclusive item back then) and set them out to get stale. She then nuked them in the microwave, froze them, and finally consume them. I had never witnessed such an elaborate candy eating ritual, and I was both confused and intrigued by it.
Since then I have tasted my way though the different types of Peeps. Their light, marshmallow texture is delightful but the flavor leaves a lot to be desired in my book. They come across as flat and cardboard-tasting, and they remind me a little of Communion wafers. They’re terribly cute though, and I can’t help but eating a row of Chicks in the spring and some Pumpkin ones in the fall. Perhaps my love form them would grow if I experimented with my eating techniques a little. As of now I enjoy them fresh.
Enter the newest Marshmallow Peeps, Chocolate Mousse Bears for St. Valentines Day.
These look the same: puffy marshmallow with a colored sugar coating in an standard animal shape. They smell noticeable different, though. It’s a very sweet, cocoa aroma, like a good hot chocolate mix.
The flavor is much sweeter than a normal Peep to me. I’m also surprised to find they’re actually really flavorful, and I’ve tried all the varieties to date. They taste like I just took a spoonful of Nestle’s Quick, except in that wonderful puffy Marshmallow Peep form (you know, soft inside, slightly crunchy sugary outside). Immediately I finished off a row, promising to save the rest out in the open to get stale. They didn’t last a week.
Finally there’s a Peep I can say that I’m hooked on. I can’t help but recommend them whether you’re a Peep lover or not. You may just become a convert like myself.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Marshmallow Peeps Website