October 2009
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Cookie Dough Bites Box

I’ve seen these Cookie Dough Bites around for some time now, yet I’ve never picked them up to try them. I guess part of it was that I consider cookies not candy, so why would cookie dough be candy? Even if it’s chocolate covered? I wasn’t sure exactly were the lines was drawn for me, so I was ok with just letting them sit there on the shelf as I passed them by. It wasn’t until I was offered some samples that I felt bad for not giving them a try sooner, I mean, they sound really good! So I decided it was time I finally gave them a review.

I have to admit, I felt especially foolish for not trying them when my boyfriend saw the boxes of my samples and exclaimed “Oh! Those things are delicious!” My bad. My bad.

So what are cookie dough bites? The box comes with a tightly sealed plastic bag full of chocolate morsels that look like fat Raisinets. Each pieces varies in size, but they’re very similar to wasabi peas or hazelnuts. The surface is glossy and you can see little puckers in spots where the chocolate coating didn’t completely cover. They smell buttery and sweet, and it doesn’t remind me of chocolate or of cookies.

The texture is just like the rolls of frozen cookie dough you can buy at the store. Well, once you’ve defrosted it anyways. It’s soft and dense, with a nice grain from the brown sugar in it and a nice slickness from the butter.


Cookie Dough Bites Pieces

The flavor? Well, you guess it. It tastes of chocolate chip cookie dough. All those nice flavors of the dough that’s filled with butter, brown sugar, milk all blend in together and just makes you feel like you took a scoop right out of the bowl. The chocolate doesn’t get to shine much though, I had a hard time tasting it against the intensity of the dough filling.Don’t get me wrong, it’s still extremely tasty ad there’s points when you get a big nugget of these and the chocolate/dough ratio is just perfect and it’s a party in my mouth.

So if you’re always big on cookies or cookie dough, I highly suggest you check these out. As much as I love the flavor, I don’t know if the flavors are intense enough to coax me away from my standard chocolate bar. Regardless, these are awesome and if I’m ever in the mood for some childhood nostalgia, I’m buying these right away.

Rating: Might Eat Again

Might Eat Again

Links Taste of Nature Website


Bali's Best Tea Candy

I was recommended these candies from a good friend of mine. She’s the sister to one of my best friends, who, I actually attribute my fascination with beautiful food photography which got me into candy blogging in the first place. Wonderful how things come full circle like that, right? She was so kind to write me a letter asking if I’d do a review of these, as they are a favorite candy of hers. The problem is the source for her Bali’s Best Tea Candy was a Cost Plus World Market, and sadly there are none of those in my neck of the woods. Fail.

Lucky for me, they both graciously sent me some in a care package. So here I am with a review for you!

Classic Iced Tea: The candy is round in shape with a semi opaque color. It really looks like hardened tea or honey with a nice brown color with golden tones to it. It really tastes like someone took an Arizona iced tea and hardened it. It’s flavored of classic English breakfast tea with a hint of sweetness and lemon. Really awesome authentic flavor.

Green Tea Latte: This version is olive green in color but also milky and opaque. The flavor is very sweet and creamy. It tastes more milky and coconutty than green tea, which I associate with strong grassy flavors. This is much sweeter and more like a milkshake than a cup of green tea. It’s still good and really tasty, but I don’t get much of the tea flavors here. But then again, it is called “latte”. I wonder why companies think we need to drown green tea in milk and sugar in order for us to enjoy it.

There’s also a citrus green tea flavor, but I didn’t get any of those. It sounds lovely though. 

I man, I am even sadder now there’s no Cost Plus World Market’s near me. I find so much good candy there, and I just added these to my “awesome” list. I’m going to have to keep my eyes peeled for these in stores near me, as they are a really delightful hard candy.

Rating: Will Buy Again

Will Buy Again

Links Fusion Gourmet Bali’s Best Website


Black Jack, Clove and Beemans Gum

I’ve mentioned before I’m not mush of a gum expert. But, I do consider myself pretty well informed in regard to classic candies. I found this assortment of reto gum during a stop in my local Wegmans. I’ve heard of them before for a few reasons, the first being is that I know they are quite sought after. Second, Black Jack is famous for being a licorice flavored gum, and my Dad has mentioned it to me before as something I might enjoy. They’re made by Cadbury Adams in limited quantities nowadays.

Each rectangular packed sports it’s beautifully classic design with bold fonts and colors. Each packet contains five sticks of gum, each with that foil/wax paper folded over it to keep it fresh and separate from the other pieces.

Black Jack: Light gray in color. The flavor isn’t as intense as I hoped. It’s lightly sweet with nice licorice and anise flavors that are very authentic and herbal. There’s also slight note of molasses in there. Sadly, the flavor dissipates quickly once you start chewing and I felt the need to spit my piece out after ten minutes or so. 

Clove: Is white in color and you can smell it’s spicy, woodsy aroma it right away. The flavor is surprisingly delicate. It has good woodsy notes with that spicy kick of clove and rounded out with a taste of cinnamon.  As with the Black Jack, the flavor didn’t have any staying power.

Beemans: White in color as well. It immediately tastes of root and birch beer, complimented with strong wintergreen notes rounded out with a spicy kick. This flavor also is a flash in the pan as it was gone within five minutes of chewing.

As much as I wanted to enjoy these bits of candy history. They really didn’t do anything for me. The flavor wasn’t intense enough, or lasted long enough for my liking.

Rating: Not Worth It


Not Worth It

Links Cadbury Adams Website


Will Buy Again

I wanted to make all my readers aware that of this past Monday, October 5th, the Federal Trade Commission (F.T.C.) is requiring all bloggers as of December 1st to claim full disclosure of all their tried to advertisers and any free products we may receive.

So what does this mean to TCE? Not much, as I’ve done my best to tell you my readers whenever I’ve received samples of a particular candy. I will make an effort to make that more clear from now on. When accepting samples, I always make sure it’s a product I’m either interested in or am fairly confident that I can give a nice review to, as I really hate taking a freebie and then trashing it. I’d rather pay the money than deal with the guilt.

You can read the full article from the New York Times here.

I know this pertains mainly to all us bloggers, but I figured you as my readers should be aware of this as well. smile


Clark Bar: Wicked Mix

Clark bar, made by NECCO, is a classic/retro candy bar that has a pretty wide distribution that I feel is very overlooked. I see it in many places and it makes me happy to see such a bar still on the shelves. Many of you I am sure are not even aware of what a Clark bar is, am I right? Well, don’t feel bad, I’ll rectify that by the end of this review. It’s a pretty easy bar to spot, with it’s bright, attractive red wrapper. I stumbled across this Halloween “Wicked Mix” meant for trick or treaters in my local Wegmans and promptly snatched it up.

Clark Bar: classic red wrapper: Clark bar is like a Butterfinger, except it uses real chocolate. Butterfinger uses that nasty mockolate stuff. The bar smells chocolatey and peanut buttery. The center is very crispy and you feel it flake apart, but it’s not messy at all. The center is a nice peanut butter brown color, and crumbles nicely and cleanly. The flavor is mainly the peanut butter, but the chocolate adds a nice sweetness to it.

Clark Bar Dark: dark brown wrapper: Smells darker and more of chocolate and a hit of coconut. The center here is much harder, it didn’t crisp like the classic one did. It was more difficult to eat because of it. The chocolate is more bittersweet and adds a nice richness to the peanut butter that I liked a lot.

Clark Bar Coconut: (brown wrapper): I was very surprised to find this one is not chocolate covered at all! Instead it’s covered in flakes of toasted coconut, like a Zagnut bar. Smells coconutty and sweet. The flavor, oh, it is awesome! It’s rich in the sweet, toasty flavors of the coconut, then the nutty, salty flavors of the peanut butter. The center here is crisp like the classic, so it’s easy to eat. Love it.

This is a delightful (er, should I go Boston on everyone and call it “wicked”, ha ha) mix. It’s nice to see such a classic bar in the Halloween aisle and I’m sure any trick or treaters would love to get something unique like this in their swag. Who knows, you might even influence a new generation of Clark bar lovers.

Rating: Will Buy Again


Will Buy Again

Links Clark Bar Website

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