Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
See now, finding something like this would really make my day. It's "Corn Flavor Creamy Candy." Those wacky Japanese.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
So this got me to thinking: if I had to invent a candy bar, what would it be? I went through lots of different ideas in my head, but I've settled on these two. They are a homage to my beloved pets of blessed memory, P.J., a.k.a. Chompy, (a very stubborn and naughty Basset hound) and Guy Noir (the most adorable, fluffy and aloof black cat).
This would be a candy bar shaped like a bone. It would have a vanilla/marshmallowy center with a thin layer of oozy caramel and crunchy almonds. And it would come wrapped in an IRS rebate check, just like the one P.J. ate.
The Noir Bar
This would be a bar of extremely dark chocolate with catnip. No, no, just kidding. It would be dark chocolate with salted cashews. Maybe it would be shaped like a fish, or have fang marks in it.
Those are my dream candy bars. What are yours? Maybe, just maybe, there will be a prize for the yummiest sounding.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
So I left that chocolate for last, figuring it'd be the least exciting. Boy, was I wrong. It was fantastic. A snappy dark chocolate cup, with a layer of caramel, a layer of white cream, and a crunchy sugar top. Seriously, I could've eaten an entire box of just these. So sad that there were only two (one for me, one for Mr. Goodbar). This needs to be a candy bar onto itself. Are you listening, Trader Joe? Make it into a big, yummy bar and I'll be forever your number one customer!
Monday, January 21, 2008
Anyhow, the box of Trader Joe's Dark Chocolates was a big success. They were all really good and I managed to only have one piece a day. Huzzah!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
M. Gregor (his name)Beekeeper: Marcel Gregor -address, tel.....sold "in the courtyard" daily 9-4pm
Honey with chocolate (the c with the funny mark is ch)weight, min. 430 gIngredients: honey from nectar, chocolate sauce(vegetable fat, sugar, cocoa powder, lecithin, ethylvanillin) Storage: upto 77 deg. Fahrenheit, without direct sunlight Good until (at least): 12/08
I was kind of hoping it said something more exotic like, "Super mysterious and rich chocolate honey, made by killer bees in Transylvania," but hey, I do dig that "sold in the courtyard" business.
Yesterday I mixed some of the honey into Greek yogurt. OMG! It was so good. I had to fight the Sugar Baby for it.
Friday, January 18, 2008
The latest in the candy paintings. I went with a more graphic, cutesy feel for the Smarties and I was pleased with how the chocolates came out. In the past, my chocolate paintings have ended up looking like big turds.
Alexandra gave me a big box of all sorts of candy-related stuff. Let's see, there was a deck of cards shaped like candy corn (very cute, and currently hidden from the Sugar Baby), and a notepad with candy corns on it. The Mint Chocolate-Scented candle is very popular with the Sugar Baby for some reason. He enjoys taking the lid off and putting it back on.
And just in time for all the January diets, DD made what I think is a really stupid marketing move: they introduced Milky Way Hot Chocolate and M&Ms Donuts. Why didn't they launch them in November, when everyone's loading up on calories anyway? I don't understand.
In any case, learn from my lesson: if you're craving chocolate, just have a candy bar and don't mess around with muffins. Especially 600 calorie ones.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I'm not exactly sure how we've come to associate danger with dark chocolate, but hey, I'm no advertising guru.
The first piece I had, above, is a bourbon vanilla cream. It was good. Perfect? No, but good enough to satisfy. The chocolate had a nice snap to it-- I like snappy chocolate-- and the vanilla was flavorful.
Now here's the problem. There's no way I can have a box of chocolates in the house and eat one a week. I never pretended that I could do that. My original intention was to buy one piece a week, but that didn't work out. So two weeks into my experiment and it's already falling apart. But hey, these are small chocolates. So instead, I'm aiming for one a day.
Well, it was an emergency of sorts, I suppose. He had to tell me that he was drinking a new Chocolate Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper. He explained the tasting process in detail, how he sniffed, then sipped it, swished it around to get the full flavor. He's decided he likes it, although, he said, "It's like wine. I wouldn't want to drink it all the time." Huh? What? Who doesn't want to drink wine all the time? Oh Baron, how you disappoint me. Then our phone call was cut short because he was driving through East Bumble where they don't have those fancy cell towers.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Rich chocolate nougat with roasted pistachios and hazelnuts, topped with a creamy and soft caramel, enrobed in dark chocolate. Chocoholics beware! This is what you have been searching for. Just try one and addicted to it you shall become.
Holy cow, does that sound good or what? I'm trying to resist ordering it, but I don't know if that's possible.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Thanks to everyone who wrote in with their great captions for the photo of the Sugarbaby. Here's some more:
"Don't you dare tell my mommy!!! I found her secret stash of candy!!!
Now, if I can only get this package of peanut butter cups open, I'll be
"Organic peanut butter cups? I want my Reese's NOW!"
Anyhow, it's come to my attention that my comments button has disappeared. Where has it gone? I can't figure it out. I checked the boxes in Blogger that are supposed to allow comments to appear. Any advice for me? What happened?
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Here we have a vanilla cream and a coconut cluster from the Newtown Chocolatier. The vanilla cream had a distinct texture-- not too soft and runny, not too stiff. It was almost like buttercream. It was yummy. The coconut was tasty. I've been on such a coconut kick, ever since having the Sugarbaby.
But now I've encountered a problem. Where am I supposed to get One Perfect Piece every week? I didn't stop to consider the fact that there aren't really a ton of chocolate shops around. I suppose I could order some chocolates off the Internet, but the whole purpose of this experiment was to NOT have lots of chocolate in the house. Any ideas?
Thursday, January 10, 2008
It's that time of year again! NECCO has just announced what this year's special sayings will be on their Conversation Hearts. Going with a weather theme (because love and weather are a natural pair), here they are: “Melt My Heart,” “In A Fog,” “Chill Out,” “Cloud Nine,” “Heat Wave,” “Sun Shine,” “Get My Drift,” “Wild Life,” “Nature Lover,” and “Do Good.”
Who gets to write these? Is there one person who's the official slogan writer? Or is it a group effort, where everyone puts their ideas in a suggestion box?
What would you pick if you had to write them? Maybe a pharmaceutical theme? "You're my Prozac!" "You Make Me Feel Better Than Oxycontin" "You Make My Heart Burn."
Or maybe an election theme? "I Heart Huckabee," "OH! Obama!" "McCain? McLovin!"
What would you write?
Then, in the sexual harassment episode, they're interviewing Toby, I think, in front of the candy machine in the break room, but all of the candy is turned around so you can't see the labels. That would be pretty funny to do in real life.
(P.S. Many years ago we went to a friend's wedding out in California. There were giant fruit plates on the tables, including figs which I had never seen. "What are those?" I asked. The guy next to me, whom the bride described as "the world's most bitter gay man," said, "They're figs. If you don't live in California, you won't like them." Always up for a challenge, I decided to try one, and yes, it was good, despite the fly-head thing. "I think they're good!" I said. "Oh, you'll never eat one again," said Louis, the king of bitterness. Well, HA! There you go, Louis! I did SO eat them again!)
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Friday, January 04, 2008
Wow! What a year it was! I've just gone back over all the 2007 posts and it was a great time for candy.
In 2007, there were lots of new "Limited Edition" releases:
Junior Mints Deluxe and Peppermint Crunch
Nestle Crunch Crisp
3 Musketeers Mint
and the wildly popular Candy Corn Hershey Kisses
Then there were the exotic things, like:
and real licorice root
I found out some interesting tidbits, like:
Green gummi bears are strawberry flavored
Jujyfruits are actually shaped like vegetables
and putting Mint Mentos in Diet Coke can be explosive!
There were some big moments in Candy Yum Yum history, such as:
The Sugarbaby's first actual Halloween experience
My first-ever celebration of Wombat Day
The introduction of the Baron and the von Schokolat crew
The unveiling of the Candy Yum Yum logo
and my 15 minutes of fame, when I was interviewed for a Food Network special on candy*
I discovered some new favorite things like:
Etsy.com, where you can find all sorts of groovy hand-crafted candy-themed items
Emily's chocolates, which are totally yummy and addictive
and the ultimate candy bar, the European "Fine Dark" Kit Kat
There were a few new additions to the site this year, including:
The Candy Confessional
Madame Yum Yum's Candy Horoscope
My candy-themed ABC paintings
and our fabulous advertisers!
And last, but not least, the candy event that was just too funny:
when Quinn got a yucky, old, leftover Easter bunny in his trick-or-treat bag.
It's been a great year. Thanks to all the Candy Yum Yum readers who keep me going!
*Update: I was in contact with the producer yesterday and he said the pilot is being "re-worked" to include actual visits to candy factories. I fear that this does not bode well for my chance at stardom. Oh well.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
She said they had some at the fire station, and she remembered how good the stuff can be.
I totally agree. Some years ago, friends sent me a tin of chocolate-covered peanut brittle. The stuff was incredible. But I don't think I've had any since then.
But this past Christmas, I was given a tin full of Judy's homemade cashew brittle. Holy smokes. Talk about addictive. I mean, it's so freakin' yummy I have to hide it from myself. It's crunchy with just a slight chew at the end, and the cashews are sweet and salty and fabulous. The Baron tried to dip his paws into my stash o' brittle, but I caught him and allowed him a single, solitary piece. Now every night I reward myself with a piece or two. Or three. I have to get the recipe.
(Editor's note: while writing this, I suddenly remembered one of the very first jokes I told my grandmother:
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Then we have a very groovy sparkly candy corn patch which would look great on my jean jacket if I hadn't thrown it out during the Great Move of 2007. Ah well, I'll just have to buy a new one.
And then, yes, you're seeing this right: Lightning Bugs Gummy Candy. "Grab a Bug! Light it Up!" with the enclosed "Magic Tong."
This was a gift from my nephew, D-Sword, who is currently winning big moolah in the Bahamas playing poker. I can only hope that he'll remember his favorite aunt when he hits it big. But back to the candy.
I don't know about you, but I'm just a wee bit afraid of candy that comes with instructions, especially ones that say, "Remove the battery pull tag." Um, okay, doesn't it kind of go against rational thinking to put batteries in our mouths? And then there are the cautions (because what's candy without a caution?): "Do not point light into eyes and Do not put tongs into water." But perhaps, the most frightening part of all: Made in China. Oh yes, there's a "Safety Tested" seal on the package. A rather unofficial seal.
I meant to share this goodie with the von Schokolats, because I knew the wee ones would get a kick out of it, but I totally forgot, which means that I need to be the taste tester. But alas, you'll have to wait until I'm good and liquored up before I go putting a battery-powered, glow-in-the-dark, totally safe (wink!) candy in my mouth. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Wishing all of the Candy Yum Yum readers a sweet 2008.
And now, I begin the annual January purge/organization/diet.
First, I have 3,000 e-mails to go through in my mailbox. This is a task that I dread but I must do it.
I have a box full of miscellaneous candy that needs to be eaten or given away or baked into cookies.
I have to figure out why my on-line xylophone lessons suddenly aren't working.
I must somehow, some way clean off my desk.
And lastly, I must figure out a way to successfully lose some poundage while still maintaining this blog.
Oh, how I hate January.