May 18, 2010

Hershey's Milk Chocolate Drops

At first glimpse, we thought Hershey's came out with an M&M wannabe snack. In reality, these drops are about twice the size of M&M's without the colorful coatings. According to the packaging, there is no candy shell, but rather a "light shiny finish" that keep them from melting in your hands.
The melt occurs much more quickly than with M&Ms resulting in immediately chocolate satisfaction. The sweet taste is similar to a Hershey's Kiss.

My .6 oz sample pack had 5 large drops, but from a psychological standpoint, 10 M&Ms might feel like a more satisfying indulgence.

May 11, 2010

Sweets and Snacks Expo: Icee Lollipop

My ten year-old son thinks this will be a hit because he likes Icees. The sample we received is blue raspberry, which is his favorite lollipop flavor.

Compared to a DumDum pop, this one is larger (.6 oz) and tastes better, according to our expert, "It's tastes more like blue raspberry. I think it has more sugar."
The big surprise came when he cracked it open (I hate when they bite their lollipops!), the center is filled with a tart, sour powdery center. And it fizzes in your mouth!

On a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 being the best, our tiny taster ranks this treat a 3.

By the end of the taste test, my boy's lips. teeth and tongue were bright blue, much to his delight and my disgust. Have I mentioned my disdain for artificial food dyes?

At any rate, I'm thinking the sealants we had applied to his molars during his last dental check-up are going to be a worthwhile investment.

May 03, 2010

Sweets and Snacks: Mars takes the Lead on Nutritional Labeling

One standout I noticed digging through the huge pile of samples I received from the National Confectioner's Association is the new nutritional labeling on Mars candies.

Interestingly,
according to their website, Mars was the first food company to globally commit to not market to children under the age of 12.Mars is living up to their commitment to help consumer make informed choices with their new labeling (photo below) which clearly outlines, in large, visible type, calorie content, total fat and sat fat, sugars and sodium.
It's a bold move for a confectioner.

As a consumer, I can easily see avoiding that impulse purchase at the checkout line when it's clear how many fat grams are in a given candy bar. On the other hand, nothing gets between this girl and her PMS chocolate cravings, so the labeling makes it easier to find the best (least worst or perhaps "most satisfying per grams of fat") snack.

May 01, 2010

Mrs. Prindable's Gourmet Jumbo Caramel Apples

Take a peek at the highlights from a MomImpact (my company) blogger tour at Mrs. Prindable's. The factory is located just outside of Chicago in Niles, in the same facility that produces Affy Tapple taffy apples. However, Mrs. Prindable's features its own production line and a more labor-intensive process. Each hand-dipped is apple is an individual work of edible art. With layers of caramel and chocolate smothering a ginormous, tart apple, Mrs. Prindable's apples are delicious treats that can be shared with up to ten people.

More check-ins at Mrs. Prindable's
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Sweets and Snacks: Licensed Character Fun

Items with licensed items = fun! Treats emblazoned with or molded into the shape of a favorite character are a natural choice for well-themed party goody bags. Hello Kitty is apparently irresistible on any item. The Hello Kitty Pez I received in my media kit will make a nice addition to my collection (which presently sits in a box in storage like most of my other worldly possessions right now).

What Hello Kitty is to girls, Mario is to boys. The One-up Mushroom candy tin based on the uber-popular Mario videogames and filled with sour hard candies is like a boy magnet.

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