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Mar
19



Hanabiyori Azuki Chocolate II

I found these chocolates back in 2005. They were from Japan, and were milk and white chocolates filled with red bean paste. They tasted just as beautiful as they look.


Mar
17



Hersheys Kisses Buttercreme

Hershey’s Kisses have a nice habit of coming out with seasonal flavors over the course of the year. Many flavors from year prior make re-appearances, like my beloved Pumpkin Spice Kisses, Mink Kisses, Cherry Cordial Kisses, etc. New flavor variations are getting harder to come by, as I’m sure it’s hard to think up a new flavor that would potentially be successful. For instance, over the Holiday season I found the Irish Creme Kisses, but found them so unremarkable I decided it wasn’t worth a review. Rewind to a few weeks ago when I saw these new Buttercreme Kisses in Wal-Mart. I snatched up a bag eager to try this newbie.

The kisses come in a nice silver wrapper with cream colored stripes on them. They smell of chocolate with a very prominent dairy smell to them. It’s not quite creamy, it’s not quite cheesy, but it’s smells rich.

The texture is immediately smooth in the mouth, and it feels like a rich frosting. The flavor is very buttery. You get the flavor of the chocolate, but it really stands behind the creamy center it surrounds. The chocolate is quite a secondary taste, so if you’re looking for an intense chocolatey hit from these, you will be disappointed. The center, which you’ll see easily if you bite the kiss in half to reveal it’s rich yellow color, tastes just like a rich buttercream frosting. It’s very buttery, with notes of vanilla and cream, and it tastes just like cake frosting.

I was pleased with these, as I found them to be one of the better “new” flavors I’ve seen in the past few months. My boyfriend even liked these, as he usually turns his nose up at Hershey’s kisses. I really suggest picking these up if you’re a fan of cake frosting. 


Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links Hershey’s Kisses Website


Mar
15



Lifesavers Gummies Bunnies & Eggs Bag

I was excited to see these new Lifesavers Gummies Bunnies & Eggs on the candy shelves for Easter. They looked part gummi, part fruit snack and since I’m a fan of both, even though I’m not sure if I consider fruits snacks to be a candy or not, I picked these up to try them. The bag is interesting, the color are vibrant, almost overly so. The cartoon bunny is a little odd, as he looks crazy. Spring fever I guess.

I was happy to see that once opened, these gummies are small and opaque in color, much unlike the regular Lifesavers gummies, which, I’m not the biggest fan of. They come in shapes of bunnies, bunnies coming out of eggs, and eggs. The details are nice for something so small in size. The aroma from the bag is fruity, with a slight sour note. 

 

Lifesavers Gummies Bunnies & Eggs

Lemon (yellow): This one tastes just like the lemon Lifesavers. It has very sharp lemon flavor with a strong sourness to it. I love it.

Apple (green): This smells of iced tea. flavors stars off sweet, then grows into a jolly rancher apple flavors that’s very floral and fake. It has a tartness to it like a granny smith.

Orange (orange): This one also tastes just like the orange Lifesaver. It’s very citrusy with a good tart kick to it.

Tangy Cherry (pink): Tastes sweet and mild at first, light flavors that remind me of berry. There’s a bitter edge to it, but overall it’s a pleasant mind cherry.

Tangy Punch (blue): Sweet at first then grows into a great Hawaiian punch like flavor. I’m a fan!

Watermelon (red): Immediately fake and extremely floral tasting, exactly like the watermelon Jolly Ranchers. Yuck.

In the end, these didn’t really do much for me, as I only really enjoyed three of the flavors. But, I can say that my boyfriend absolutely adored them, and the bag disappeared before the afternoon was out.
Rating:Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again

Links Lifesavers Website (Wrigley’s)

 


Mar
12



Meiji Marble Fruit Flavors Boxes

These are a popular Japanese candy you can find in most Japanese markets. They are a pack of little boxes, each holding a different flavored candy.. My favorite of the bunch are the strawberry pastilles, as they’re like M&Ms, but with strawberry white chocolate on the inside. Yum!


Mar
10



Pucker Powder and Pucker Pieces

I stumbled across Pucker Powder recently in New York City at the annual Toy Fairshow. I’ve seen their powder booths in many large candy stores before, but have never tried them as I’m not really into sour or powder candy. Curious to try something new tho, as I always am, I took some of the free samples they were handing out at the booth and tucked them into my pocket to take home and photograph to review.

One things I have to say is that the graphic design of the packet of the Pucker pieces is really nice. It is vibrant and fun, and really strikes me as something kids would be drawn to. I get a vibe of “fun” from it, and that’s a big part of what people look for in a candy I think, even if it’s subconscious. 

The main way you see Pucker Powder is in bins of colorful powder that you pour and layer into portable the tubes. With these tubes you can mix and match flavors as you’d like. I have to say that I think the top of the tubes is really well designed. It allows you to open and close the tube without much effort, and it doesn’t accidentally open and spill everywhere. So I was able to eat a little, and save the rest for later. I made a small tube of it mixed with flavors I thought I’d like:

Root Beer: It’s sweet, with a nice cola flavor to it, but it lacks the wintergreen spice I associate with the drink.

Orange: Has a nice citrus flavor to it, with a good sourness to it that I really enjoyed. It has a nice hint of cotton candy to it.

Strawberry: Fruity with a nice tart edge to it, like a Sour Patch Kid. It has notes of berries and bubblegum.

Pucker Pieces are the newcomer to the Pucker Powder line. They’re little tablets that are bigger than a round Advil, yet smaller than a dime. They’re fun to roll around and they make a nice sound like dominoes in my hand.

Yellow: A banana flavor, it has a nice starchy flavor and sweet like bananas. It’s not sour, but does a nice job of capturing the flavor.

Blue: This one is tart! It’s a berry flavor, the sourness is nice and it’s really enjoyable.

Purple: This one is also tart, and it’s grape. Despite me not liking sour candies and grape candies, but I really liked this. It’s reminiscent of grape soda, in the best way possible.

Light Pink: This is strawberry lemonade and the flavor is really spot on. So refreshing!

Dark Pink: The flavor is tart and berry like, I’m guessing it’s strawberry again cause there’s a strong note of bubblegum like the powder did.

Orange: Extremely tart and tastes of citrus. Intense, but yummy.

Color me impressed! I was really pleased with the flavors and sour levels of these candies. I’d definitely search these out again if I ever get a sour candy craving, and I highly recommend trying these if you’re a sour candy lover.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links Pucker Powder Website


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