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May
31



Morinaga Caramel Pumpkin

As anyone who knows me in real life would tell you, I may be enthusiastic about candy, but I’m head over heels crazy for pumpkin. I adore all things pumpkin and it’s really one of my favorite things to eat. This is why I was super excited when I saw this box of Caramel Pumpkin candy in Sunrise Mart in New York City. Pumpkin and candy rolled into one? Sign me up!

From the look of the box, I was expecting this to be one of the many “reverse Pocky” candies that the Japanese love so much. Essentially, it’s a biscuit stick with a hollow inside that’s filled with a flavored chocolate. Although, I would have realized that this is not the case here, if only my Japanese was a bit better.

The sticks come in sealed packets of two, so you get a small about to snack on without overdoing it. They’re golden in color and smell sweet and of squash. A good sign!

The texture is not crispy like I would have expected, but instead it’s dense and creamy. It’s more of a tube of chocolate, than a hollow biscuit with chocolate inside. Interesting.

The flavor is unique, but in a good way. First you taste the sweetness, then the roasted flavor of acorn squash comes through with it’s sweet, yet earthy flavors. Then you taste the caramel, which adds a nice burnt sugar taste to it. It reminds of of oven roasted acorn squash like my Mom makes, as she melts some butter and brown sugar in the center. The aftertaste is sweet, slightly squashy, but more of the caramel flavor. I have to say, I like it a lot!

This is an excellent example of a great pumpkin candy, and I’m pleased to have found it to try. It’s really yummy and it satisfies that sweet pumpkin craving I get sometimes (yes, I realize that’s strange). So if you want to try something a bit different, I’d give these a go.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links Morinaga candy Website (Japanese)


May
28



Marzipan Sushi

These are some adorable marzipan Sushi my cousin brought back from Austria. Aren’t they simply adorable?


May
26



Katjes Katzen Pfotchen Bag

These, like the Lakritz Batzen I reviewed on Monday, are another licorice made by Katjes. I picked these up on the same trip to Cost Plus World Market, when I raided their candy aisle for all the sweets I can’t find around where I live. Eager to try as much Katjes licorice as I could get my hands on, I nabbed these, but little did I know how much I’d love them. I should have bought more.

The name of these translates to “Kitten Paws” as the licorice pieces are small and round like cat feet. Again, terribly cute, and I can’t help but feel that “cute” is a great match for licorice. Really? Ever realize how much licorice is named after cute things? Kittens? Pandas? Bears? Scottie Dogs? Chalk? Buttons? I digress….

 

Katjes Katzen Pfotchen

The texture of these are much firmer than the Lakritz Batzen. Those were much softer and squishier, almost jelly-like. These are more dense and chewy, like a fruit snack. Thankfully, they aren’t sticky in the mouth at all, so they don’t annoy me and I can really enjoy the texture. The flavor is fantastic too, as it’s very sweet with nice molasses notes and a strong licorice flavor. It’s not as herbal as the Lakritz Batzen, much more on the sweet side than those, but they’re still lovely and really represent what an “ideally good licorice” tastes like.

I am buying a stash of these next time I see them on the shelves. They’re just too god to pass up. I find they’re also really good car candy, and they don’t melt easily, and they have good staying power in the mouth, especially if you suck on them instead of chewing them. If you’re a black licorice lover, you gotta try these.

Rating: Hoard

Hoard

Links Katjes Website


May
24



Katjes Lakritz Batzen Bag

Katjes are quickly becoming one of my favorite licorice candy companies. There hasn’t been a single variety of theirs that I’ve tried to date that I didn’t enjoy. It’s sad that the main place I find a good stocking of their candies is Cost Plus World Market, and sadly there’s none of them in my neck of the woods. Saddness. So I always do my best to stop into one when I know I’m going to be close by.

Katjes means “little kitten” in Dutch, and I have to say that’s pretty cute! Katjes, according to their website, says they’ve never used artificial colors in their licorice in 20 years. Pretty sweet! They also have an addictive “licorice chooser” on their site which allows you to pair flavor and texture to find the idea licorice for you. I’m smitten!

So my last trip to a Cost Plus World Market I found this bag of Lakritz Batzen. I have no clue what the title says, but I saw licorice and had to nab it to try it.

 

Katjes Lakritz Batzen

This licorice is sweet and soft. The pieces are like gumdrops that are round on the sides but flat on the top and bottom, like a fat button. They’re covered in a granulated sugar and are a nice black color. They smell woodsy and herbal, like good licorice should. The texture is indeed soft, the pieces are squishy when you chew them and dissolve easily. I prefer to suck on them for a bit before I chew, as the flavor lasts longer that way. The flavor is very nice as it has a sweetness to it with lots of molasses flavors mixed with a licorice taste. It’s not too herbal or medicinal tasting. It’s just…right. A nice licorice for beginners and for those who love it in any form.

I’m so smitten with these, and my boyfriend loved them even more than I did. The bag disappeared so fast which left both of us wishing for another.

Rating: Hoard

 

Hoard

Links Katjes Website

 


May
21



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.


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