Project 7 – Birthday Cake Gum

So I have kind of a Sunday ritual. Well, it’s kind of a new one, but the beginning part of said ritual is the same. For a while I was drinking a lot of Starbucks – like… A LOT. Not only is that stuff packed with calories, but it also takes it’s toll quickly on ones pocket book. So I made deal with myself that I can have a cup of chai tea (my favorite beverage from Starbucks, as I don’t drink coffee) on the weekends and I couple that with a bagel from the Noah’s next door. It’s rather nice really. I grab my drink, then my bagel and lounge for a moment while people watching then I head home. Well it seems that I have to always pick up something from the near by Target, whether it be toilet paper, cat food, whatever, but now wandering around Target even when I have nothing urgent to buy has been my new thing. It’s kind of relaxing to meander up and down the aisles when the store is quiet and look at all the things that I don’t need.

This morning while in the check out line I finally caved and bought the Project 7 Birthday Cake gum that I’ve looked at many times before. The idea of birthday cake flavored gum sounds pretty gross, bought I thought I’d give it a whirl. Plus a few pennies of my purchase go towards a good cause so why not.

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This gum comes in a small resealable package that is bound to open in the bottom of my purse. Judging by the picture on the front of the package, I am in for a treat of yellow cake frosted with a delicious looking pink butter cream frosting. At least that’s what I built up in my brain.

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I popped a piece in my mouth hoping for the best. I’m not really a flavored gum chewer, I prefer the original Trident, but I do absolutely love cake. I started chewing and did not really get the flavor of cake. It was more like chewing on a solid form of Redi-Whip whipped cream. The flavor was good, but was not cake-esque to me. Unfortunately this gum suffered the same fate as most novelty flavored gums and the taste disappeared in less than 5 minutes and I was left chewing flavorless rubber.

Texture: 5/5 - This gum is pretty run of the mill Chicklet style gum. Crunchy exterior, chewy gum interior. Nothing fancy here.

Smell: 3/5 - As a kid did you ever decorate cookies with the Wilton frosting that comes in a squeeze tube? This is exactly what the gum package smells like. Sweet but with a very artificial flavor undertone.

Appearance: 1/5 - Now I feel like this is where the product could have really sold my brain. Isn’t the saying that we eat with our eyes? It would have been awesome to peel open this package to find 12 little funfetti pieces of gum staring back at me, but instead I was greeted with plain underwhelming white pieces of gum. I guess you could trick someone into eating one of these without them knowing the flavor, so there is that.

Taste: 2.5/5 - This gum was decent. I will give it that, but like I mentioned before, it tasted more like whipped cream than birthday cake to me. I was also disappointed (though I anticipated) that the flavor only lasted a few minutes. Overall, I would probably only buy this as a novelty item to give to a friend as a little fun gift with a larger birthday gift or card.

Have you tried this gum? What did you think?

Hawaiian Host – Aloha Macs & Christmas Macadamia Medley

So the lovely people at Hawaiian Host recently contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing some of their holiday products – UH DUH. Of course I obliged and instantly the video above played repeatedly in my head until these treats arrived at my doorstep from that place I’ve never been to… Hawaii. (Please note, any travel agencies reading my blog that would like me to review a resort in Hawaii, the answer is always yes – just sayin.)

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I thought I would start off with the ole standard of milk chocolate covered macadamia nuts. Its no surprise here that these were delicious. Combining delicious macadamia nuts with chocolate is a match made in heaven – and gives chocolate and peanut butter a run for their money for best confectionary duo. Or is that hazelnuts and chocolate… OKAY NUTS AND CHOCOLATE BELONG TOGETHER. These are dangerous to have around the house because they seem to magically disappear and by magically disappear I mean that I can eat the entire tray in one sitting while watching tv. One thing that makes you feel less horrible about yourself is that there are considerably less in the tray than in a box of See’s Candy.

Texture: 3.5/5 – So I am unsure if during their journey to my doorstep if they were melted a little and then re-solidified but the chocolate had that weird crumbly texture to it on some of them, but for the most part the macadamia nuts were crunchy and the chocolate was smooth.

Smell: 4/5 – The only thing that you can really smell is the chocolate you are about to consume and it smells tasty!

Appearance: 3/5 – Like I touched on earlier, some of the chocolate was a little crumbly and had that oh so appealing white film, but that didn’t stop me from eating the hell out of them.

Taste: 4.5/5 – Well I think I made my point that these were good and unlike most of the other food that I review, did not make it into the hands of anyone else in my immediate circle of family and friends. YUM!

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20140301-094324.jpgSo I like to think that I saved the best for last with the Christmas Macadamia Medley. It contains two flavors that I have consumed before, milk chocolate covered macadamia nuts and dark chocolate macadamia nuts but also has two that I have not tried, MacNut Crunch and Maui Caramacs. Of the two, I really enjoyed the MacNut Crunch. The macadamia nut to chocolate ratio is evened out by it being minced into small pieces instead of two large lumps in the middle of chocolate. The Caramac was really good as well, but I was expecting more of a chewy caramel instead of a rip your fillings out one bite at a time caramel.

Texture : 4.5/5 – The texture of the MacNut Crunch was similar to that of a Crunch bar. I really enjoyed the texture as it seemed more airy than the standard chocolate covered macadamia nut. The Caramac on the other hand gave me a jaw cramp from the chewiness of the caramel.

Smell : 5/5 - This box of chocolates smelled just as yummy as the previous box I consumed prior.

Appearance : 5/5 - This box of chocolate fared much better than the other box did, sparing itself from the weird white film and crumbly chocolate – and all of the chocolates looked simply delectable.

Taste : 5/5 - Now before I get into the taste of these chocolates, how come no one has ever made an edible tray in the box? If you look at the close up picture of the chocolates, the brown tray looks almost good enough to eat – how come no one has capitalized on it? Environmentally friendly and makes my inner fat kid happy. The MacNut Crunch chocolates were very very good, I would eat an entire box of these alone. I could take or leave the Caramacs, while they are good because I enjoy caramel, I did not find them very rememberable. I do however like that they chopped up the macadamia nut instead of taking a whole nut, covering it in caramel then covering it chocolate.

Of the two boxes that I was sent, I would probably be more apt to purchase the medley because I like the variety but both of them were very good. I’d like to thank Hawaiian Host for the opportunity to sample both of these boxes of treats and that the opinions I have posted are my own and I have not been compensated in any way other than the boxes of chocolates. Merry Christmas peoples!

 

Klondike Caramel – The Candy!

For most of my years of employment I have worked in a various form of retail. I know the tricks of the trade to make consumers buy things, product placement, if I’m really getting a deal on that item that is on sale, etc. One thing that was ingrained into my brain during the beginning years of my retail life was the saying “Eye level is buy level!” My old district manager used to say that as some sort of retail chant that would take him to sales heaven. It has always stuck with me, and to this day I still joke about it. But! There is some truth to this mantra. The items that stores want you to buy are often put in the middle sections of the aisles. Why do they put all the bad for you food at kids eye level? Because they know that as soon as the child sees the brightly packaged food, they HAVE to have it. So where am I going with this?

I spotted these candy morsels on the very bottom shelf, slightly pushed aside in the check out line of Walmart the other day. I’m sure you know the ole saying “What would you doooOOOooo for a Klondike bar?” Want the truth? Not much. I honestly don’t care for Klondike bars because I don’t like the chocolate they use on the outside of their perfectly square ice creams, although I will eat the hell out of a Choco Taco. I was not expecting to find these tucked away on a bottom shelf, but in the more predominate section of the candy section, but I guess they haven’t been jumped into the gang yet.

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Now I find it a little weird that they had to proclaim ‘The Candy!’ on the outside of the package. Were they concerned that if they put a box of these on the shelf without the warning that someone would think that stores were trying to sell thawed ice cream at checkout stands? I was slightly apprehensive about buying these because of my dislike of their ice cream, but I figured that at less than a dollar, what have I got to lose?

As I was putting groceries away I completely forgot that I purchased these, shows the lasting impression they made eh? But I was excited to try them because I like caramel a lot. I tend to shy away from caramel because I have 16 fillings in my mouth, and the thought of yanking one out is enough to make me pass up the treat entirely, but a girl wants what a girl wants, right?

I opened the package and was… expecting a little more. Literally. I’m not sure why I was expecting more, the package is not very big, but the pieces were about the size of.. the middle of a nickel and a quarter. quickel. I bit into one of the pieces and was surprised. The caramel was buttery and soft and the chocolate was okay. Note that on the package it says chocolate flavored coating. It could be wax for all I know. The coating still reminded me of the outside of a Klondike bar, but the ratio of chocolate coating to caramel is quite small, so you hardly taste it.

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Texture : 4/5 – The texture of this candy is nice. The caramel is smooth and chewy, and the chocolate coating is not bad. It could be worse, it could be coated in Palmers chocolate – gaaaa-ross.

Smell : 3/5 – The smell of the candy before you bite into has a noticeable chocolate smell. Nothing spectacular.

Appearance : 3/5 -I get that they were modeling the appearance of these after their famed ice cream treat, but they were pretty lack luster in the appearance department. They had that nice white film that chocolate gets when it is old, but my guess is that it was probably from being frozen or refrigerated during transport vs age.

Taste : 3/5 -These were OK – but they are no Rolo. I really enjoyed the caramel in the middle. I tend to like my caramel more on the chewy side vs the gooey side, so these worked out nicely. Due to the size of the candy, the chocolate coating wasn’t overpowering like I was expecting it to be. I could take or leave these. One thing that I do wish that they would have done is done a no frills wrapping on each chocolate piece so I did not feel obligated to eat the entire package because I didn’t want to scrounge around for a bag to put the others in, but that’s just me.

So what would YOU do for a Klondike bar? Or candy?

Altoids Smalls – Nordic Mint

Good Evening you tangy tangerines! How is everyone today? I have a major case of OCD when it comes to grocery store check out lanes. I don’t know if it is from my time spent as a cashier at Target (before moving into grocery) or if it is just OCD in general, but I always feel the need to organize and fix all of the mints and gum so that they look presentable. It is also something to do when the line is long, and it gives me a chance to look through all the impulse buys to see if there is anything new. The other night while at Bel Air, I was waiting to check out and spotted these little guys (literally) tucked away between their more well known flavor offerings and was curious. They are after all, curiously strong.

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I am more of a gum chewer than a mint popper mostly because I really enjoy mints, and could easily eat the entire tin without thinking. I recall one time when I was still working at Hot Topic that we started carrying caffeinated mints by Penguin. Of course I didn’t really read the label, I was more so just catering to my mint addiction and the fact that I was getting 40% off – had I known that they were caffeinated, I would have passed. I ate about 10 in the span of an hour, which was the equivalent to 5 cups of coffee, and thought I might die. My heart was racing, I was sweating like crazy, and I had a hard time focusing. Lesson learned? Always read the labels.
When Altoids first debuted, I was really excited because I really love intense mint flavoring. Before I really switched over to gum, I would crunch away on a tin of Altoids like they were potato chips. Occasionally I will pick up a tin of the minis and keep them in my purse, but I really haven’t purchased a tin of Altoids in ages. When I saw the Nordic Mint flavor, it piqued my interest, mostly because I have no idea exactly what makes something Nordic versus regular mint.
I thought about this for a while, trying to figure out what flavor Nordic Mint was because I honestly couldn’t put my finger on what made these different from the regular mints. I knew they tasted different, but I couldn’t figure out why. Someone best described the flavor as peppermint with a hint of menthol. I think this is a pretty astute observation. They are not as powerful as a regular Altoid, so if you’re not into that, these may be for you, but they still pack a punch despite their cute size. They leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean and one small mint will do the trick.
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Texture: 4/5 - Typical mint texture. If you chew on it, it will be crunchy and somewhat gritty. Suck on it long enough and it will melt away in your mouth.
Smell: 5/5 - Not only do these mints pack a punch in the taste department, they let everyone around you know that you just popped an Altoid.
Appearance: 4/5 - Anything mini usually means extra cute. Because of their square shape, I want to organize them in the tin, but in the famous words of Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time fo that!” Also don’t carry these around loose, someone might mistake it for some weird club drug.
Taste: 5/5 - These mints are really good. They are not so strong that your mouth burns from the mint flavoring, but they are strong enough to give you that fresh feeling. Just one is enough after a garlic filled meal for me to make me feel less like I am going to peel some paint off the walls. Give them a try! Also for those of you who watch your sugar intake, these bad boys are sugar free!
What do you think Nordic Mint is?

Limited Edition Junior Mints – Pastel Edition

So I think I should start this post off by first apologizing for the less than stellar pictures included in this post. Truth be told, my sweet tooth struck while laying in bed and it was rather dark in our room, making for less than great picture quality. Normally I would exude some sort of self control and save a few to take a picture of in better lighting, but this box had no chance.

Now on with the show. I love Junior Mints. I really enjoy them cold and if you haven’t tried them that way, you haven’t lived. I saw these at my near by Bel-Air store and had to get them. I’ve had a few incarnations of Junior mints, mostly released at Christmas time, but I was curious how these would taste since they do not have their signature dark chocolate outside coating.

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Normally there is something about Junior Mints that keeps me from eating the entire box. Usually about half way in I get the Junior Mint upset stomach and have to put the box away, but there was something about these that I could not resist. Maybe it was the pastel outside coating, maybe I just really wanted some Junior Mints, maybe I just told myself to suck it up – who knows, but these are good. If you are a mint lover, but not really into chocolate, next time Easter rolls around, grab yourself a box. The inside still has the gooey mint filling, and the outside has a good coating of non-descript what I’m guessing is white chocolate on the outside. To me, it was rather flavorless, but that’s okay because I think I would eat the mint filling out of a jar if given the option – I have no shame.

As for the pastels, I guess they consider pink, yellow, and blue the extent of the spectrum and was slightly disappointed when I poured a bunch into my hand and pretty much only had blue. Again this does nothing to affect the flavor, but is more of a personal preference, but I would have liked to have seen some color variation.

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Texture :  5/5 - Junior Mints have a great smooth texture that is part of the appeal to me. Peppermint Patties are one of my candy favorites also, but I often find that the inside mint portion is slightly gritty. This is not the case when it comes to Junior Mints. These babies will practically melt in your mouth.

Smell : 5/5 - The only smell you will find with these are MINT. Yummy!

Appearance : 3/5 –  As a slightly complained before the lack of color variation with tehse made me slightly disappointed, but it was nice to see a little something different in the box than all that dark chocolate. I also imagine that if I left these in the car, like I somehow always manage to do with regular Junior Mints, that instead of a large blob of brown goop, it would be a pretty technicolor mess inside the box instead.

Taste : 4/5 - I was actually surprised that despite the lack of dark chocolate these tasted pretty similar to the original Junior Mint. Of course the chocolate element adds a bit of a different taste, but I know that not everyone enjoys chocolate as much as I do – so for those of you that don’t, these may just be the minty candy for you.

Peeps – 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Vanilla Creme

Well I hope that everyone had a fantastic Easter and didn’t get pranked too bad yesterday on April Fools Day. I myself scored major on the candy front for Easter, and my prank didn’t happen until today when my boss decided to tell me that one of the employees from corporate wanted to sit down with me tomorrow and give me a talking to about a question that I asked. I am pretty new to my job (I started in mid-December) so when she told me that, I instantly started to panic, luckily she didn’t let me freak out too long before letting me know that she was joking. No harm no foul. Speaking of… fowl… NICE SEGUE (that looks like it is spelled all kinds of wrong)

Peeps have turned 60! Good grief, who knew? I imagine not much has changed since the original incarnation of the Peep, but I must say, they are looking FABULOUS for their anniversary party.

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A while back when I reviewed Katy’s Kettle Chips I complained that they were lacking pizzazz because there were clearly sparkles on the outside of the bag. Well I guess Peeps heard my gripe and turned up the disco dust on these guys. The confetti sprinkles almost look too good to eat. Almost. The vanilla creme part drew me in because I felt like I could think of what a Peep tasted like, but I couldn’t completely remember, so vanilla seemed kind of fancy to me.

I took one bite and was met with the familiar taste of a normal Peep. I thought maybe that it was just my mind fooling me so I of course had to eat the other 2, and sure enough – same ole Peeps but fancy pants outside.

I was reading on the Peep wiki that there is a Peep Off where people buy tons of discounted Peeps after Easter and compete in a competition to see how many can be eaten in a 30 minute period. This originally started in Maryland, but I was surprised to see that my current hometown of Sacramento has its own competition and its current record holder has consumed 102 in one sitting. (that is over 2,800 calories/700 grams of sugar worth of peeps) Honestly, eating all three was pushing it, not to mention that Peeps always make my teeth feel like they have sweaters on afterwards.

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Texture : 4/5 – Personally, I prefer my Peeps a bit on the stale side, but there is something about a delicious fresh spongy fluffy as a cloud Peep. The outside still had its sugar coating giving it the slight crunch and the rainbow dust did not change the texture at all.

Smell : 5/5 – These smelled rather vanilla-y right out of the package. Yum!

Appearance : 6/5 – Yes, I am giving these a 6/5 because I love the way these look. Candy should be fun and colorful and I wish more companies remembered that.

Taste : 3/5 – Don’t get me wrong, these were delicious, but I was really missing the distinct vanilla flavored boasted on the outside of the packaging. To me these tasted just like a normal Peep. I also think that they could have taken a risk and done an interesting flavor instead of choosing a fool proof flavor like vanilla for their 60th anniversary celebratory Peep.

Skittles – Darkside

Hello!

I hope everyone is doing well this fine eve – I myself am taking a trip to the darkside. No, no, I am not watching a marathon of the Star Wars flicks and contemplating who I would use the force grip on, I am enjoying Skittles new offering Darkside Skittles. Skittles has a few incarnations that I really enjoy, the classic and the tropical being my favorite, but according to this package, I am about to embark on a trip to the other side of the rainbow. (I though the other side of the rainbow was the same as the beginning, who knew!)

You may have noticed a small little cat face poking out behind the package of Skittles, that would be Jimothy and he refused to occupy himself while I attempted to take a picture – I guess I have a new assistant.

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So what flavors you ask compose the flavors of the darkside? Pomegranate, dark berry, midnight lime, forbidden fruit, and blood orange. So what you’re telling me Skittles is that you came up with a new flavor and rebranded the rest to make them spooooooky. I also though the release of these seemed a little mistimed – Halloween would have been a better gimmick, no? Anyways, like a moth to a flame, I couldn’t help myself and may or may not have devoured the entire bag in one sitting. Dear Internet, riddle me this…

How do you eat your various colored candies?

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Personally? I organize them by color and then eat them based on flavor preference, starting with my least favorite first. In the event that there is no difference in flavor vs colors (i.e. M&Ms) I organize them by color and eat them based on color preference, starting with my least favorite – which is brown in case you were wondering.

I started with blood orange, since I am not a huge fan of orange flavored things. They were OK – I noticed no difference in flavor than from the regular Skittles. Next I moved on to the forbidden fruit. What is a forbidden fruit anyways? According to the Bible, its an apple, but these are definitely not apple flavored. I did not care for whatever fruit flavor this was as it was a tad bit soapy. Next we have dark berry, which tasted like your standard nondescript berry flavored mixture, leaving you to wonder which berry it actually is. Pomegranate followed, which I also thought tasted a slight bit soapy as well. Finally we have midnight lime. Lime flavored candies are probably my favorite when it comes things not consisting of chocolate, so I always save it for last. These also tasted like the standard lime flavor that you would find in a regular Skittles bag.

Overall, I think that this mixture is not bad, but I think the flavors could have been a little more adventurous, considering what Jelly Belly can do with a jelly bean. So far the only place that I have spotted these have been in the checkout lines at my local Target.

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Texture: 3/5 – There is nothing different about these texture wise than a regular bag of Skittles. If you have never sampled Skittles before, they have a hard candy shell with a chewy inside.

Smell: 3/5 - The bag smelled like a fruit mixture with a LOT of sugar added in.

Appearance: 3/5 - The colors used reminded me of a mixture of the tropical Skittles and the Skittles Riddles. Want to up the ante? Make the entire bagful black and make me guess and what I am eating – thats a little bit of evil right there.

Taste: 3/5- Overall I thought the collection was OK. Like I said above, I do not think that the flavors used were extremely imaginative, as most of them were just their standard flavors given new names, but I would buy them again… If I couldn’t find a bag of Tropical.

Extra Dessert Delights – Rainbow Sherbet

Aloha! No I’m not in Hawaii, but I thought I would mix it up a bit. I consider myself an avid gum chewer. I have always liked gum, even as a kid. I ran the gamut of flavors before settling in on one my favorite gums, Original Trident. I know that this is kind of an old school gum, but honestly the flavor is nothing like anything else on the market and I like it. So there. However, I do occasionally mix it up and like fruit flavored gums. Of all of the different flavors that Extra has put out recently with their Dessert Delights line, the Rainbow Sherbet appeared to be the least disgusting of them. Who wants to eat apple pie gum, or key lime pie, or any of the other odd flavors they chose. Not me.

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(don’t worry, the fuzzy blue stuff under the package of gum is not mold, its the background to my cupcake tattoo)

I imagined that this gum would taste similar to popping a few sticks of Fruit Stripes Gum into your mouth. I absolutely loved that gum as a kid and when I found it recently on a grocery store shelf, I was pretty excited. I am also pretty sure that the package of gum had been made when the original production was happening with Fruit Stripes, as it was a bit stale, BUT IT CAME WITH TONGUE TATTOOS. Excuse me, I am easily amused. And keeping on with the amusing gum tales, when I was a kid I was convinced that I would be able to sleep with gum in my mouth and not have it get in my hair while I was sleeping. Despite my Mother’s urging not to, I defied her and hit the pillow for a night of rest, gum tucked into my cheek. Flash forward a couple of hours to me waking up in horror that not only had the gum mangled itself in my hair, it was stuck from my hair to my Ariel nightgown. It was a total tragedy – needless to say, I have not intentionally slept with gum in my mouth since then.

The package of gum smells kind of like an Orange Creamsicle. Citrus and vanilla mixed together to make an extremely yummy treat. So far I was sold on this gum as being a possible contender to add to the mix of my rotation of gums. I unwrapped a stick, slightly disappointed that it was not swirled with the colors for Rainbow Sherbet but just a plain pinkish red. Womp Womp. I popped the stick in my mouth and began to chew. I… I don’t even know how to describe this flavor. It kind of tastes like the bubblegum amoxicillin that you used to get as a kid mixed with fruit and kind of… minty? It is bad. If you can get past the inital flavor shock, it kind of tastes like Juicy Fruit gum. Kind of.

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Texture: 3/5 – Nothing fancy about this gum. No flavor crystals, or weird flavor burst orbs or whatever else shenanigans that gum and mint companies keep trying.

Smell: 5/5 – YOU ARE DECEIVING. This gum smells really good.

Appearance: 2/5 – As I touched on above, I was rather disappointed that the gum did not have all of the colors of sherbet. Plain pinkish red? That’s all you can throw at me?

Taste: 1/5 – No. Just no. This gum is not good at all. If you make it the 2 minutes or so of chewing before spitting this gum out, you’ll lose the flavor all together in the gum. So if you like chewing on flavorless rubber for a while, pick up a pack of this and you’ll be set, provided you can get past the initial gross value. Dessert Delight? More like Dessert Nightmare. Extra? stick to mint gum.

Charms Fluffy Stuff Snow Balls Cotton Candy – Strawberry

Evening friends! Are you feeling the Christmas spirit yet? I can’t decide if I am or not. My favorite thing about Christmas (other than the obvious family, friends, yadda yadda yadda) is the lights! I LOVE Christmas lights. There are some very cool displays here in Northern California and I can’t wait to check them out this year. Last night I picked this cotton candy up at The Nugget for no reason other than it was white cotton candy. I received a lot of ribbing because I was so excited about having white cotton candy, which I have never seen! I was disappointed though when I picked up the package and saw that the flavor was strawberry vs. peppermint. Strawberry doesn’t really strike me as a Christmas flavor, but I can roll with it I guess. But I also don’t think that peppermint cotton candy is a thing, so get it on candy companies.

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Now let’s take a moment and give Charms an award at one of the longest titles for one of the most simple foods in existence. Part of the name seems rather redundant, but maybe you don’t know that fluffy stuff will be cotton candy. Maybe when you open the package you think you just opened a bag of teddy bear stuffing. That is exactly what this bag of cotton candy looked like. For a brief moment, my brain had in internal struggle were it did not want to eat it because it was convinced that I was going to be eating polyfill and not cotton candy. ALERT! ALERT! TURN BACK! THIS IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK IT IS LADY.

I really love cotton candy. A friend of mine actually owns a legit cotton candy machine and allowed me once to make my own. In true fashion with my life, I managed to get more cotton candy all over my self and in my hair than I did on the stick, but at least I looked like I walked off the set of a Katy Perry music video. I took a small bite and thought it was okay. When you buy cotton candy from places like the fair or Chuck ‘E’ Cheese you know that the cotton candy won’t last long if it is even remotely humid. Set it down for a day, and it will magically disappear. But somehow, this bag does not wither away into nothing. I attribute this to massive amounts of chemicals. Which are totally tastable. After a few bites, I was indeed convinced that I in fact was eating strawberry flavored insulation.

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Texture: 4/5 – If you have never had cotton candy and want to try some, but can’t get your hands on any, chew on a cotton ball or some stuffing from your kids teddy bear. Except turning into a weird gross mass in your mouth, it magically melts away into nothing.

Smell: 2/5 – This has hardly any smell at all – all you really smell is sugar.

Appearance: 2/5 – Because of the lack of color, it kind of loses its fun appeal of cotton candy. I also thought there were going to be small “snow balls” inside the bag instead of one giant snow brick inside the bag.

Taste: 2/5 – This tastes like sweet strawberry flavored chemicals. Charms should honestly stick to making Blow Pops and call it a day.

M&Ms – White Chocolate Peppermint

Well hello there, and a special hello to those of you who have found me via The Impulsive Buy! I’m not going to lie, I thought about skipping a review today because I am dead tired from going to a show in San Francisco last night, and not getting home until 2AM (it was a 2 hour drive each way for me) BUT – How could I do that to you lovely people?

I picked up these M&M’s at Target on Tuesday and decided to give them a whirl today. I did not however know that they are a Target exclusive. What is with all the retailers getting exclusive snack foods? In a sense its kind of cool, but at the same time its frustrating because it forces me to make extra trips to try and find things that I want to eat. The plain chocolate mint M&M’s used to be a staple at my house during Christmas when I was younger. My mom had this amazing purple and pink glass candy dish that I would never be able to lift the lid off of quietly to sneak some M&M’s, no matter how stealthy I tried to be.

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So first off, why do these have to be so massive? They are about the size of a peanut butter M&M, and honestly I find white chocolate a little rich for my taste. I love sugar, don’t get me wrong, I will eat it by the spoonful out of the jar plain, but there is something about white chocolate that tends to give me a tummy ache after about the first handful. The peppermint flavoring is not overbearing, and adds just the right amount of cool flavoring to the white chocolate. I honestly cant stomach more than a handful before rolling the bag up and putting it back in my desk drawer at work for later snackery. There is definitely something familiar about the flavor as a whole though and it took me a while to put my finger on it.

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Texture: 3/5 – The chunks of white chocolate coated in a crunchy candy shell make for a typical M&M experience. Because the interior has a glob of the white chocolate, I often find myself trying to bite off the crunchy exterior then eat the inside because I’m weird like that.

Smell: 4/5 – There is a definite balance of sweet and mint when opening the bag that gives you that nice gust of Christmas.

Appearance: 3/5 – Nothing fancy about these guys. I see where they are going with the red and white, as a nod to the candy cane (and possibly Target), but a couple of green ones wouldn’t have hurt to take festive to a whole new level.

Taste: 3/5 – These M&Ms are good nor bad. For me they were pretty middle of the road. The white chocolate mint lover will enjoy these, but its nothing that I wish they would make year round. For those of you who don’t have a Target near by and are dying to try them – just eat some Smooth n’ Meltys! They taste exactly the same and the nonpareils will give you the same crunch as the exterior of the M&M and most likely for a fraction of the price.

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