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Jelly Pumpkins

Happy A-Day-Early Halloween!

I wish you a night of fun and full of candy! Is there anything special you’re looking forward to getting or handing out this year?

As a treat, here’s some of my favorite Halloween candy photos I’ve taken. Enjoy!


Caffarel Pumpkins III

Gummi Pumpkins

Brachs Autumn Mix

Harry & David Pumpkins Duo

Brachss Assorted Mellowcremes


Colts Bolts

Yee-haw! We’re up for a rip-roaring cowboy filled adventure post today! I’ve heard of these rip-roaring line of Colts chocolates before from Cybele over at Candyblog, but it wasn’t until my latest trip to the Fancy Food Show did I finally get a change to taste them. I talked with them at their booth and was sent home with a sample of their famous Colts Bolts and a Happy Trails Chocolate. Why, thank you ma’am. Mighty kind of you.

Colts Bolts are an over sized disc, similar to a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup made up of chocolate, peanut butter and almonds. Now, the shape of these are like RPBC, but the size is HUGE in comparison. They weigh a good 2 ounces. That’s a lot of tastiness right there, folks. 

The bolt is wrapped in waxed gold paper, then with saran wrap inside of that. The bolt is layered like a sandwich, with chocolate on the top and bottom and the peanut butter in the center. Which, attractively leaks out on the sides, just begging to be eaten. It smells lightly sweet and not of anything else.

The flavor is nice and not too overpowering. The chocolate is creamy and sweet, a it’s a very nice milk chocolate. The almonds are awesome; fresh, lightly salty and so crunchy. The peanut butter is smooth and sweet, and takes second place flavor-wise to the almonds which really stand at the forefront of the taste. The texture of the peanut butter is nice and it has a full, delicate, sweet flavor.

This is quite the mouthful of a candy treat. Truly meant for the toughest of us cowboys and gals. 


Happy Trails Chocolate

I love the packaging of “Roy Roger’s Happy Trails chocolates” trail mix chocolate, with it’s bright and retro design. I expected it to be lumpy mound like most retro candies in this shape, but I was surprised to find it’s a smooth molded dome. It smells sweet, salty and strongly of peanuts.

The inside is very thick, dense and satisfying. It’s like a chocolate covered mound of crumbly, chunky peanut butter. The flavor is a great mix of salty and sweet. You easily taste the smooth chocolate with a strong hit of peanuts and peanut butter. It has has a big kick of coconut, along with the strips of coconut to boot. Wow. It’s a great mix of sweet/salty/thick/chewy and it’s very satisfying and fun to eat.

The package says it has raisins, sunflower seeds and pecans in it. I didn’t get any, er, taste or feel any.

I liked these both a bunch, as they feel both homemade and gourmet. The ingredients and concepts and wholesome, and are a hearty indulgence. Worth the try if you’re looking for something a little wilder or need a treat after a long day on the ranch.

Rating: Will Eat Again

Will Eat Again

Links Colts Chocolates


Attune Probiotic Cocolate

I saw these Attune Probiotic Chocolate bars in the store one day next to the greek yogurt I like to buy. “Chocolate in the refrigerated section?” I asked myself. I picked up one of the two different kinds I saw and examined the packages. Ah, these have probiotics in them, no wonder they need to be kept cool. I bought two of them for too much money (somewhere between $1.40 to $1.99 for each small bar, I forget exactly how much they were). I kept them in the fridge at home meaning to try them right away, but since they were away from my tasting pile, I kept forgetting about them.

There’s two kinds, a dark chocolate and a white chocolate variety. The package design is clean and attractive, and each bar is about 100 calories. Which is similar to a cup of yogurt, depending on the type you like to buy.

Dark Chocolate: I opened it up and it’s an attractive little bar of chocolate. It has a nice gloss and deep color. It has extremely hard snap and break, which I think is partly due to the fact it needs to be kept cold. The chocolate melts easily and smoothly in the mouth. It’s very chocolatey with notes of berries, caramel and coffee. It’s mild dark chocolate and not very acidic. It has a pleasant flavor and buttery texture.

White Chocolate Blueberry Vanilla: Unwrapped, the bar looks like it has tiny pieces of blueberries all chopped up in it. It’s flicked with blue and purple spots. It smells of plastic.

The snap is hard, and I was surprised to find tiny rice crisps in here when I looked at the cross-section. They add a nice crunch though.

The flavor is sweet. Really, really sweet. I’m reminded of that mockolate coating you find on those yogurt raisins people eat. I don’t get much blueberry or vanilla flavor, but instead more of a subtle berry flavor akin to mixed berry yogurt.

I’d recommend these if you’re trying to find a tasty way to get more probiotics in your diet. For me, I’m perfectly happy just eating yogurt or keifer, but if that’s not your thing I’d look for these. I thought they’re a good effort, but I prefer to keep my probiotics and chocolate separate.

Rating: Might Eat Again


Might Eat Again

Links Attune Website


Trident Layers

One of the candy types I always notice when there’s a newbie around is gum. Even though I am now a big gum chewer, I often find myself standing in line at the store and eying all the different kinds of gum on the shelves. That’s how I noticed the Trident Layers gum. I only first saw them in Rite Aid, then in Wawa, and soon I was getting a email for a free sample. With it’s colorful packaging and I admit, the flavors look terribly appealing, so I’m happy to give them a go.

Trident Layers comes in two flavors: Green Apple and Golden Pineapple and Wild Strawberry and Tangy Citrus. The image on the front of the package showing the sliced fruit looks like a creation of some gourmet chef. The small box opens to reveal fourteen rectangular pieces of gum nicely lined up in silver foil wrappers.

Unwrapped, the gum look like a Bassets Allsort. It’s two layers or gum with a gooey, fruity, different-colored center.

Green Apple and Golden Pineapple: Yellow colored gum with a green center. The flavor is like a granny smith apple at first, and not like a Jolly Rancher (thankfully). The apple is strongest flavor for about first ten minutes. Then pineapple takes over and is really authentic with a juicy sweetness. The apple taste doesn’t come back, and the pineapple flavor lasts until you’re either done chewing or… I don’t know, it lasts a really long time.

Wild Strawberry and Tangy Citrus: The colors are pink gum and red center in color. The flavor is neither distinctly strawberry or citrus to me. Unlike the Apple and Pineapple flavor, these two fruits blend together rather than stick out as their own entity. The flavor is berry-like, with nice notes of orange juice flavors to add some tartness to it. Again, the flavor lasts a long time, and my jaw gets sore before the flavors runs out.

I was really impressed with these flavors, so if you’re a fruity-flavored gum lover you need to give these a try. 

Rating: Will Eat Again


Will Eat Again

Links Trident Website


Topic Bar

I first tried a Topic bar on a whim. I was visiting my sister in New York City and we stopped in one of the plethora of corner markets that you can find there. I was lucky enough to step in one that specialized in foods from the UK, and I stood in awe eying their candy eye for a good chunk of time. There were so many things I’ve never seen before. I was drawn to the Topic bar by its small size and brightly colored wrapper. Not really looking at what it was, I tossed it into the pile of swag I was amassing and it came home with me.

Out of the wrapper, Topis is a very pretty, petite sized bar with a good weight to it. It’s described as milk chocolate, hazelnut, soft nougat and smooth caramel center. No wonder it’s so heavy! There’s a lot going on here!

The taste is wow!. So complex and satisfying, I don’t know where to begin. It’s so creamy with the chocolate, the caramel, the nougat, even the hazelnuts have that wonderful smoothness to them. The flavor is rich and full without any one element being too overpowering. You definitely notice the hazelnuts and the caramel more that the chocolate while the nougat is there just as a soft filler. It really reminds me of a Snickers bar with hazelnuts instead of peanuts. Which, for me, is a much more pleasing combination.

So very good, makes me wish I had bought more! It has such a wonderful richness to it, and it’s very satisfying and indulgent. Think of it as an upper-scale Snickers. I am smitten.

Rating: Will Buy Again


Will Buy Again

Links Mars International Website

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