Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Circus Peanut Pumpkins!

My new fave mag is Family Fun. In the past, I used to love reading Esquire, Gourmet, Bon Appetit... but now it's all about finding ways to pass the time with the Sugar Baby, so Family Fun it is. This month they have instructions on how to transform Circus Peanuts and gumdrops into wee little pumpkins. Cute!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Hey China! Cut the Crap!

Okay, seriously, it was bad enough when China started adding I.Q.-decreasing lead to kids' toys. But now, melamine in candy?! Come on! As a mother, I find this infuriating. As a candy aficinado, I find this completely unacceptable. You can check out the National Confectioners Association's statement on the situation here.

Free Dove Chocolate Giveaway!

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Starting at noon (Eastern Standard Time) today (Monday, Sept. 29), the first 20 people who send me an e-mail (candyyumyummail@yahoo.com), with Dove Pure Chocolate in the subject line, with their name, birthdate and e-mail address will receive a limited-edition Dove giftpack valued at $40. Woohoo! Good luck everyone!

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Did His PR People Do Their Research?

I can't watch Bob the Builder without thinking of this:

(Not candy related, but I just had to get it out of my system. Stay tuned for BIG CANDY FUN on Monday!)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Fudge For a New World

Yesterday I received a package from Allison's Gourmet. Inside was a round of organic vegan fudge. Yes, my friends, I did say vegan. As in, no animal products whatsoever. Admittedly my first thought was, "Fudge without milk, cream or butter? No thanks." Then of course I wondered what they could possibly use in place of those ingredients. Ahhhh-- coconut milk and coconut butter. Now things were looking a little more promising.
After dinner tonight, we busted open the package and cut it up. We each took a little piece and sniffed, then sampled.
Dang! It was good. I mean, really good, like you wouldn't even know it was vegan. (Not in a, "Try this tofu burger, you won't even miss the meat" kind of way, but in a "Hey, don't be eating all of my fudge" kind of way. I'm not even sure what that means, but somehow it makes sense in my head.)
Here are the official comments from the round table:
Grandpa: "I could eat a whole pound of that."
Meemaw: "Very chocolatey. I'm not a huge fan of fudge, but that's very good. Very smooth."
Mr. Goodbar: "Mmmm. Now you can have fudge AND impress your lesbian friends." (Please send all letters to Mr. Goodbar, 14 Politically Correct Way, Pleasanttown, Blue State, 06611.)

So there you have it: rich, creamy chocolatey fudge without the weight of the animal kingdom on your back. The price is kind of steep: $24.90 for a 6" x 6" tray, but it's a small price to pay for a satisfied sweet tooth and a clear conscience.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

What Are You Eating Tonight?

Just sittin' here, eating some Whoppers, waiting for Meemaw and Grandpa to arrive ... My mother always told me that malt balls were good for when you're sick. I wonder why?

Edible Dishes Anyone?

A reader has written wanting to know where she can get edible candy bowls and cups for her son's birthday. I know you can find candy shotglasses at places like Oriental Trading and Candy Shot Glass.

And you could always make a bowl from melted chocolate, or bake one out of cookie dough.

Anyone else have any suggestions?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Gobble Me Up!

How cute is this? A turkey made of the loveliest of things: candy corn, malt balls, mini Reese's and Oreos. What's not to love? Check it out at The Hungry Housewife.
(A message to the Wee von Schokolats: Please take note of this and remind me to make them at Thanksgiving!)

Guest Review: White Chocolatey Tootsie Rolls

This just in from Alexandra:

I found something new & exciting (or so I thought) at the Christmas Tree Shop. I invested my hard earned 95 cents in some Tootsie Roll Holiday Mini Chews - White Chocolatey Coated Mini Tootsie Rolls. Sounded good....I finally got around to trying them today... at first glance they reminded me of Good & Plenty candies but a bit bigger. The taste and feel I can only compare to a crayon. It's waxy! (Okay, more the feel since I've never eaten a crayon that I remember!) If I were to eat a crayon I'm sure this is what a white crayon would taste like until the coating dissolves away and the Tootsie Roll is discovered. What were they thinking?!?! There isn't even that chocolatey smell of the Tootsie Roll in the box, in fact there is no smell. Tootsie Rolls are one of my favorite candies - from the midgets to the pops, but not these! To quote the box - "The combination of flavors and textures is a wonderful taste sensation. Mini Chews deliver the Tootsie Roll taste you love and a sweet goodness you can only find at the Holidays!" Yes, the Tootsie Roll taste is there, but I couldn't find any sweet goodness. I hope Santa doesn't fill my stocking (or anyone else's) with these. Save your money or spend it on the original Tootsie Roll.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Trader Joe's Almond in the Coconut

I'd been eyeing these babies the past few times I went to Trader Joe's. I'd pick them up, put them back. Pick them up, put them back. Finally I decided enough was enough and I bought 'em. Here's what the label says (since my photography skills are so bad): "Crunchy almonds and a creamy coconut center enrobed in milk chocolate."
Yeah, I know. Milk chocolate. That's why I kept putting them back. It seems that the only acceptable chocolate for almonds and coconut is dark, not milk, although obviously the success of Almond Joy speaks differently. So I decided to give them a chance anyway.
Here's the deal. They're good, don't get me wrong. The coconut is nice and chewy and the milk chocolate is quite good. But the almonds are chopped up into little pieces-- big strike on that one. And, try as I might to like these just the way they are, I can't help but wonder how much more delicious they'd be in dark.
And so, half a container still sits hidden amongst the flour and sugar in the cabinet, waiting for Mr. Goodbar to find them. But I reckon he'll have the same response. "Milk chocolate? Oh man!"

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Chocolate vs. Vegetable Oil: the Smackdown!

I tip my hat to Cybele of Candy Blog for her appearance on the Today Show where she exposed Hershey's little dark secret: the fact that they've replaced real milk chocolate in some of their products with inferior, vegetable oil-based "chocolateyness." I've had several readers contact me about this travesty. What can I say? It's a doggone shame, but not surprising, is it? This is just all the more reason to check out organic chocolate, which has been booming in the past few years. It used to be that you'd go to a health food store and find all sorts of wacky chocolate stand-ins: carob, date-nut rolls, etc., etc. But now, go down the candy aisle (yes, a whole aisle!) and you'll find everything from peanut butter cups to chai tea chocolate bars-- all made with REAL chocolate.
Stay tuned during the next few weeks for lots of fun looks at all the organic goodies that are available. (Yes, fine, maybe I am tag-teaming this with an article for the magazine. But that just means you'll get the inside scoop on the latest happenings in the organic confections world.)

And thanks to everyone for their well wishes. The House of Yum is still under the weather, so keep sending that feel-good juju.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Candy Corn: You Be The Judge

Okay Yumsters, I'm handing the soapbox over to you. Candy corn: should it be the kind with a white bottom or a brown bottom? Whaddya say? Give it to me straight!

The Man Needs Some Sugar

Today, in the doctor's office, going to a useless check up to find out what's making me feel so craptastic:

Dr. Killjoy: "How old are you?"
Madame Yum Yum: "Um, 37."
Dr. Killjoy: "Well, you're getting there."

Wait. What? Getting where? What the heck?! Where am I going?! Can you believe the gall?!

(I realize this post has nothing to do with candy, but it's all I can manage right now. We'll return to our regularly scheduled candy goodness ASAP!)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Don't Leave Me, People!

I'm still feeling craptastic, so I'm sending you over to another blog for your daily dose o' sugar. Check this out; I so have to go there soon.
In the meantime, start working your feel-good juju. I've had enough of this.

Monday, September 15, 2008

We'll Be Back Soon!

... As soon as I kick this evil plague that has descended upon the House of Yum Yum.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Pumpkin Spice Kisses: Blech.

Some things to know about me:

My favorite color: Orange
My favorite holiday: Halloween
My pet: A black cat
My favorite pie: Pumpkin
My favorite spice: cinnamon (only in sweet foods, though; can't stand it in savory foods)
One of my favorite memories from a previous job: Creating "Cubicle Trick-or-Treating"
In short, I love Halloween and I love pumpkin. So when I heard that this year's Target special edition Hershey Kiss was Pumpkin Spice, I packed the Sugar Baby up in the car and hauled our behinds over there quicker than you can say "Don't let me forget diapers."
Candy Blog and The Candy Enthusiast both have positive reviews of them, so I feel like a real loser saying this, but I really didn't like them. It wasn't the taste, though. No, these had a really nice, spicy bite and you could even taste the pumpkin, which I thought for sure wouldn't be the case. But what I didn't like was the texture. It's as if they took really smooth white chocolate and dumped gritty, dusty spice into it. I'm really disappointed. But I think they'll be good with some sort of cake or cookie. Maybe melted between two flat chocolate cookies. Sigh. Well, there's always the Christmas Kisses. What'll it be this year? I'm rooting for sugar cookie.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Bark From the Doghouse

It seems that The Connection is in the doghouse.
See if you can relate:
Spouse looks up at you sheepishly, bearing a gift of some sort.
"Look!" Spouse says. "I bought you a gift! For no reason! Just because I love you!"
Suddenly, somewhere, far off in the land, alarm bells start ringing. Brrrring! Brrrrring! Whooot! Whoooot!
You know something's up.
This was the scene a few nights ago at the Connection household. Apparently, the Connection put a few Ebay bids on expensive camera lenses, not thinking he'd really win them.
Okay, ladies, raise your hand if you HAVEN'T been in this situation. Let's see, I believe the Baron's big "oops" was for an antique coin. For Mr. Goodbar, it was a car. (Oh, my bad. Make that several cars.)
In any case, Mrs. Connection benefitted from this eensy-weensy mistake-- she got a nice box of Li-Lac Chocolates.*
(This is the point in the universal conversation where Partner #1 says, "You spent money buying me something to cover up for the fact that you spent a fortune on yourself?!")
Anyhow, Mrs. Connection, being the embodiment of pure kindness and selflessness, actually saved a piece of this extreme deliciousness for me!
Now, I've heard of Li-Lac chocolates, and you have to understand-- I live a mere hour from New York City-- but I've never had any of their chocolates. Where have I been? Check out their website; you'll be drooling in no time. I particularly love this:
Li-Lac's Continental Assortment: Continental at Li-Lac
refers to our exotic selection of chocolate-covered pecans, walnuts, pistachios, filberts, almonds, cashews and macadamia nuts. Unique in the way they are made, using antique molds, the nuts are visible through the chocolate, leaving no surprises. Available in either milk or dark chocolate.
Doesn't that sound like the ultimate chocolate/nut experience?!
Back to the bark. It was good. I mean, reeeaallllllly good. Toasted almonds, dark, fragrant chocolate. Fantastic. If I gave ratings, this one would've been a 10. Or an A+. Or a Golden Pegasus with a rainbow and a peace sign and an American flag and Obama.
Kudos to Mr. Connection for knowing how to work it.
And kudos to Mrs. Connection for sharing.

*She explained that this is the gift of choice in the Connection household. "Wouldn't you much rather get a box of these chocolates than a dozen roses?" she asked me.
Well, yes, Mrs. Connection. But some of us have had to settle for smaller things, such as, oh, I don't know, a single piece of lint-encrusted licorice which, turns out, is full of lead goodness.

I'm Gonna Git You, Sucka

File this is the "What the ???" category. These are actual lollipops that, using some whacked-out Jetsons' technology, do something to your brain and make you do one of the following: relax, socialize, assert, meditate, overcome or focus. They're sold out right now, due to "overwhelming interest that is outstripping supply."

Pretty freaky stuff, although admittedly I'd be curious to try the "relax" flavor the next time the Sugar Baby dumps his yogurt all over the cane chairs.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Not-So-Lucky Licorice

This just in:
Lucky Country Inc. of Lincolnton, NC is recalling all of its natural black licorice products from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, and Washington State due to elevated levels of lead.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The Little Blogger That Could

I've cleaned off my desk; now it's time to organize my desktop in preparation for the new job. Can I even write it without hyperventilating? Okay, here goes:

I'vetakenapositionastheEditorinChiefofawomen'shealthmagazineOMGOMGOMGIcandoit,Icandoit. (No comments from the Peanut Gallery about the candy/health conflict please.)

There. So I've found some miscellaneous candy items that I
just haven't gotten around to writing about yet. Here we have a Kit
Kat Caramel that No-Nuts bought and devoured. Okay, yes, she did share with me. It was better than I expected. For some reason I thought the caramel would be stiffer and chewier, but this was more soft and flowy, like a Caramello. It was yummy.
And kudos to Nestle for not spelling caramel with a

Those little pink things are Russian candies from my mother's neighbor. I'm not sure what flavor they were, but there was some sort of little berry printed on the wrapper. They were chewy, like taffy.

Lastly, we have a Choxie dark chocolate coconut bar. I had high hopes for this one, but it tasted overwhelmingly like suntan lotion. Why the fake coconut flavor, Target? I bought this bar when I was with Susan (not MKAFFGGF), and she bought some sort of toffee variation that was way better.
(What's up with this wonky lay out? Mercury must be in retrograde.)

Monday, September 08, 2008


Cat: 1
Mouse: 0

Coconut found herself a squeaky little playmate last night by the Hershey's Kiss I set out as bait. But still, it doesn't bring my beloved dark Kit Kat back... sigh.


I am absolutely thrilled to announce that the fabulous Mrs. G* is the winner of the Nie Nie Day Auction carrot cake print! A big Yum Yum thank you to everyone who bid and who donated to the cause. There was a great article on this all in this weekend's New York Times. Click here to read it.

And remember, there are still more auctions going on with lots o' groovy stuff.

*Okay, I'll admit it: I'm giddy simply because Mrs. G contacted me. She's my bloggy idol. If you haven't already checked out Derfwad Manor, well what the heck are you waiting for?

Friday, September 05, 2008

The Carrot Cake Could Be Yours ... If The Price is Right!

Hey, who needs Pottery Barn or the Starving Artists' Market when you could have a gen-yoo-ine limited edition carrot cake print done by Yours Truly? Just look how fabulous the original looks perched upon my mantel. You, too, can achieve this casual, hip decorating style in your groovy pad AND do a really good thing at the same time. There's still time left to make a bid to help out a family in need. Click here for deets.

Someone's Been Eating My Dark Kit Kat

I was cleaning off my desk yesterday in an attempt to prepare for the new job (more on this later; can't talk it about it now without having a panic attack) and I picked up my bag of candy that Ms. Chops brought me back from Canada. At one point in time it contained the following deliciousness:
Coffee Crisp (yum!)
Caramilk Dark (Oh, super yum!)
Caramilk Maple (Subtle yum!)
and several Kit Kat Noirs (the be-all and end-all)
No-Nuts and I had put a major dent into the stash, so there was only half of a maple Caramilk and a dark Kit Kat in the bag when ...
"What the ???" I uttered as I held a gnawed-upon Kit Kat up for review. Something had gotten into my stash and nibbled away. Upon closer inspection, I found teeny-tiny oh-so-gross mouse poops on my desk! A mouse (mice?!) have been eating my precious dark Kit Kats! I know, I know, totally icky. Nasty. Hanta virus. Disgusting. YUCK! Seriously, I'm not that much of a slob that I should have little rodents hanging out in my living room, eating my candy and surfing on my laptop.
So today the Sugar Baby and I went over to Grandma and Pop Pop's and borrowed back my cat Coconut. She is the ultimate hunter. If she can't solve this problem, no cat can. It's gonna be a rockin' night in the old Candy Yum Yum house. And to paraphrase another candy slogan, "Nobody Better Lay a Finger on My Kit Kats."

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Hershey Kiss Sighting

Alexandra did some sleuthing at the evil Wal-Mart and found Caramel Apple Hershey Kisses. Can't say these excite me, but I'd be willing to give them a whirl.

In other news, I just received the Halloween edition of the Oriental Trading catalog. There are pages and pages of Halloween candy, including these which I just don't understand:

Fa-Boo-Lous Nutty Candy Corn. "Each bag contains approximately 1 oz. of tasty nuts and candy corn." Huh? That just doesn't sound too good to me. Then again, I'd take those any day over any of the following:

Mint Maggots ("A humorous breath freshener!")

Candy Blood Bags

Road Kill Gummy Candies

Barf Bags ("Gross has never been so sweet!")

Toe Jam Cotton Candy

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Because not all blogging is narcissistic

I went over to Derfwad Manor this afternoon to get my daily dose of enlightenment. It's there I read this:

Two weeks ago, a much loved blogger named Stephanie Nielson and her husband Christian, parents to four beautiful children, were in a private plane crash that killed their pilot friend and left Stephanie and Christian in severe shape-they are both in medically induced comas as doctors try to heal their injuries and burns. Stephanie suffered third-degree burns over 80% of her body. A large number of kindhearted bloggers have taken it upon themselves to hold an auction to raise money for the Nielson family and their skyrocketing medical expenses.

There's been an amazing response from bloggers, and there's all sorts of really cool stuff being auctioned off. (Even some candy!) You can check out the complete list here.

Here's what I'm auctioning off: a limited edition, ready-for-framing, 5" x 5 1/2" giclee print of my carrot cake painting. (It's calorie-free! Makes a great birthday gift!)
Bids start at $15. All you have to do is enter your bid into the comments and check back frequently. Auction ends at noon midnight (EST) on Sunday, September 7th. Winning bidder can donate the funds through Pay Pal.

Here's to the Nielsons' quick recoveries.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Monkeying Around

I've read this book roughly 73 times in the past 48 hours. It was a gift from The Connections' Wee One to the Sugar Baby and he is obsessed with it. The story goes like this: George (who, by the way, doesn't have a tail, despite being called "everyone's favorite monkey") and the Man With the Yellow Hat are out for a drive when they see a chocolate factory. They stop in, and while Yellow Hat Man is busy flirting with the sales girl, George sneaks into the factory and accidentally speeds up the conveyor belt. Hijinks ensue, but George ends up saving the day. This is my favorite page in the book:
When I was little, the Baroness and I would play a game where we take a page in a catalog and rate the items on the page in the order we liked them. Here's my pick for this page:
1) Orange fluff
2) Banana Cream
3) Nougat
4) Marshmallow
5) Caramel
6) Truffle
7) Fudge
It makes me wonder why there's no such thing as banana cream chocolates. Have you, dear Yumster, ever seen one? What flavor chocolates would you like to try that you've never seen before?

Monday, September 01, 2008

British Bites

There was a British store in the center of Freeport, Maine that was curiously crowded with browsers. I mean, me, I was there for the candy, but what were all the other people there for? Tartan blankets and mini Tower of London replicas? It's a mystery.
In any case, they had a nice selection of candy bars, most of which I've tried before. But I was pretty excited to see these two: Munchies and Refreshers.
The Munchies are little square chocolates with a toffee and biscuit center. It sounded much better than they actually are. There's not much flavor to them, more of an overall sweetness.
I was particularly psyched about the Refreshers, because they sounded like a candy I'd had as a kid. I can't really tell you what that candy was because I don't remember. But these are little fruity discs that have an effervescent fizz to them when they hit your tongue. They're really good as you eat them, but they seemed to leave a strange vitamin-y aftertaste in my mouth. So overall, it was a bust. I should've just bought a toast holder and called it day.
Now excuse me while I go and have a Toblerone and a good lie-down. I just watched the Buffy where (SPOILER ALERT!) her mother dies. OMG. Seriously. OMG.