Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Definitely Reese's. Peanut butter and chocolate are soulmates!! They are sooo yummy together!
Share a childhood candy memory.
Sometimes my mom stashes candy up in the pantry. I like to (quietly!) sneak into the pantry, take a piece of candy, stuff it in my pants and then walk normally back to my room! It works like a charm!
Favorite fruit flavor in candy?
Hmm, I have to say it's either Apple or Strawberry.
Which do you prefer: gummies or hard candies?
I like hard candies because they last longer. I also don't like chewing on gummy things because of the texture.
What's your favorite candy holiday?
Halloween or Christmas because that's when you get the most candy!
What's best: milk, dark or white?
I love milk the best, but I love them all!
Circus peanuts: yay or nay?
I do like Circus Peanuts, but I prefer candy!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
What?! Who offers wax bottles as samples?!
The Sugar Baby took one (red, of course, as he's decided he will only eat red things) and looked at it. This was where my parenting skills fell apart. I probably should've just bit the top off for him told him to chug the juice, but instead I tried to explain the procedure to him. He bit the top off, then proceeded to stuff the entire bottle in his mouth. He was chewing away with a perplexed look on his face; I finally had to extract the wax out with my finger. I can only imagine what he was thinking.
We moved onto lunch, where I had a pork chop and he had one bite of a grilled cheese before he discovered the little golf tee-peg game on the table. It kept him amused enough so I could actually eat my own lunch. On our way out, the lady offered him another bottle, but I declined. I didn't need him on a wax bottle sugar high for the rest of the drive. Instead, I bought him his very first candy stick which he relished in a matter of minutes, and then he played air drums and counted cell phone towers until he finally crashed.
Next post: what I bought for myself.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
"I would like to see you address the fact that people who like dark chocolate feel that they are better than those who like milk chocolate. I would like you to tell them that it is a matter of taste. And that they're probably lying about preferring dark chocolate so that they look more sophisticated."
Very interesting point, Jody. I will admit, in the past I’ve been known to be a dark chocolate snob. Yes, I actually do enjoy dark chocolate, but I also like milk. And of course, it all depends on the brand. In some cases I prefer the milk over the dark.
But you’re right in saying that some people feel that dark chocolate makes them look more sophisticated. This can be evidenced by the recent increase in chocolates that list their cocoa percentages.
First though, an explanation on the differences between milk and dark. Dark chocolate is made from sugar, cocoa butter and chocolate liquor (which has nothing to do with liquor at all; it’s simply liquefied cacao beans). Milk chocolate contains the same ingredients, plus milk.
Nowadays you can find bars of dark chocolate that list the cocoa content in percentages, usually anywhere from 50% to 85%. So if, for example, if you have a bar of 70% chocolate, that means that the remaining 30% is sugar. In other words, the lower the cocoa percentage, the higher the sugar content. High=bitter, Low=sweet.
Personally, I find anything over 70% usually inedible, which I suppose makes me part of the bourgeoisie in the serious chocolate circles. And really, if you meet someone who’s talking in-depth about their preferred percentage of cocoa content, run the other way.
However, it’s not all bunk. There is something to be said about the complexity and deliciousness of dark chocolate without sounding like James Lipton. Unfortunately I’m going to use another snobby product for comparison—wine.
My first real interest in wine started on my honeymoon in Venice. (I know, I know, stop with the pretentiousness already.) But the fact of the matter is, I’m terrified of foreign languages, so we often ate at a cafeteria-style restaurant so I wouldn’t have to ask for the check (“Il conto, por favor”). As I pushed my tray along the metal counter, I fell in love with the machine that, instead of dispensing soda, poured out wine. It looked so beautiful, that red wine splashing into a glass carafe. The thing was, I didn’t really like the taste so much. But after drinking it for lunch and dinner for a week, it started to grow on me.
I will state for the record here and now that some days, there is nothing that fits the bill more than a simple Special Dark bar.
So there you have it, Jody. Yes, some dark chocolate lovers are faking it. But there are others of us out there who like chocolate in almost any form it takes. But don’t let the dark lovers intimidate you, because the fact of the matter is, they’d probably respect you (and envy your honesty) for preferring milk.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
As an aside, we went to my parents' house and raided their candy dish. No-Nuts took a cherry Tootsie Roll Pop, which you can see below. Of course, my camera is just not up to par for these detailed shots, so what you aren't seeing is the lack of quality control. This was one messed up pop. The Tootsie Roll was oozing out of one side and the pop was all mangled and scary-looking on the other side.
- Bazooka Betsy: My sister, connoisseur of Bazooka and Baby Ruths.
- Baron, The: My brother-in-law, married to the Baroness. We share two common bonds: we're both the outcasts in the extended family and we both like to eat.
- Baroness, The: Originally my best friend, she then became my sister-in-law, and is now the Baron's wife. Three, three, three people in one!
- The wee von Schokolats: Liesl and Gretl, children of the Baron and the Baroness. Liesl loves chocolate; Gretl does not.
- The Connection: He supplies me with my goods, via Mrs. Connection.
- Frau Marzipan: A friend and former taste tester who is on the foodie scene.
- Mr. Goodbar: My husband, who claims he doesn't like candy but will happily scarf anything I have in the house, especially Pay Days.
- The Ice Cube Queen: My oldest sister who introduced me to such candy oddities as Ice Cubes, marshmallow ice cream cones and Zotz.
- No-Nuts: My niece and intern at Candy Yum Yum. She is allergic to nuts and therefore has never had a Reese's.
- PIC: My partner-in-crime. We've been friends since forever, and although she doesn't quite share my passion for candy, she does love Butterfingers.
- Sue, My Kick-Ass, Firefighter, Garden Guru Friend (a.k.a. MKAFGGF): Well, I guess that one's self explanatory.
- Wee von Schokolats, The: Liesl and Gretl, children of the Baron and Baroness. Liesl loves chocolate; Gretl does not. She prefers gum or sour fruit things.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Monday, June 08, 2009
There is a horse cupcake recipe out there with white Circus Peanuts. Do you know of anyone in the Cedarburg, WI (@20 miles north of Milwaukee) area that might sell them?
Here in New England, it's high season for Circus Peanuts, so you can usually find the mixed bags, but I'm not sure about the Midwest. So.... anyone have an answer?
(FYI: You can see these cute cupcakes at http://www.hellocupcakebook.com/, and they also have a list of mail order places to get the white peanuts.)
What is your favorite candy?
(Above, Foodette enjoying a Welsh Cake in Wales. Yum!)
Saturday, June 06, 2009
No-Nuts has been busy
I have to say Yumsters, you did surprise me a little. The number one thing you'd like to read about is old-fashioned/retro candy, followed in a tie between candy recipes and foreign candy.
I like these ideas a lot. When I originally began Candy Yum Yum!, I intended to delve into retro candy, but lately I've been star-struck by all the new Limited Editions that have been coming out. I promise, I'll be getting back to the good ol' fashioned penny candy very soon, and will be coming at you with some candy recipes, too.
As for foreign candy, I'm thinking that maybe some of you international Yumsters could help out. Do you live somewhere other than the U.S.? Write to me and tell me about some of your local candies! Perhaps we could even do a candy swap.
Other items of note: Reese's was the only brand that specifically was mentioned. Let's give it up for peanut butter and chocolate! Woo hoo!
You're definitely interested in things like organic, Fair Trade, vegan and sugar-free candy, so more on that too!
Lastly, check out No-Nuts' artistic skills. I had no idea she was both a math whiz AND an artiste!
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
I got two bags with siamesed m's -- one was red, and the other was blue. In both cases, I counted them as 2. Only one bag had a broken m in it -- a yellow one. I know it wasn't broken in transport because only half of the m was there.
About 1/3 of the bags had an m with an "off" taste. One bag had 4, and I felt like I'd been ripped off. Come on, guys -- just because we can't see the peanut doesn't mean we can't taste it!
I'm going to keep this little experiment up over the course of 2009 to see how things look when the sample gets larger. Once an accountant, always an accountant, apparently.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Monday, June 01, 2009
According to Sarah, Mrs. Bunnylady was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She lived on a farm with her mother, father and brother where they raised goats and alpacas. When she was 5 years old she moved to North Carolina. Mrs. Bunnylady is now 11 and makes videos where she interviews people. She is very sassy. She one day hopes to become famous on You Tube.
Dear Madame Yum Yum,
What’s your favorite candy?
My favorite candy is Skittles because they are the colors of the rainbow. I once flew over a rainbow with a leprechaun!
Tell us one of your childhood candy memories.
One of my most precious childhood candy memories happened when I was six years old. I had a pet goat named Petunia. I fed her Sweet Tarts as a treat for dessert.
What’s your favorite fruit flavor in candy?
My favorite fruit flavor in candy is grape because when I was 10 years old my math teacher would give me grape flavored candy for answering the problem 2+2. Now whenever I get a grape flavored piece of candy I put it in my grape flavored candy bag of honor and eat it five days later.
Gummies or hard candies?
I prefer hard candy because gummy candy is so hard to brush off my teeth! Whenever I eat a gummy candy I have to scrub and scrub with my little Winnie The Pooh toothbrush, but it never comes off!
What is your favorite candy holiday?
My favorite candy holiday is Easter because I always get the most eggs. I have a secret to share as to how I do that. I hide the eggs with the adults and then dress up as a five year old. I get all the eggs because I know where they are. The best part about it is that I make all the kids cry.
Milk, dark or white?
My favorite kind of chocolate is milk because when I was seven I took a trip to the Hershey's Factory and stole all the milk chocolate bars. Then I fed some to my pet Petunia and she went berserk and ran off. After that my mom grounded me for 6 weeks and I felt so sad I escaped through my window and ran to go live with the cows who make milk for the milk chocolate.
Circus Peanuts: yay or nay?
Last but not least, Circus Peanuts are sadly a nay. I loathe them because they look like styrofoam! When I first ate one I thought it was styrofoam. My mom told me it was candy, but I still did not think so and I still don't think so today!
Thank you so much for letting me answer these candy questions! Remember to always be kind to your pet goats and always get the first Easter eggs! Sincerely, Miss Bunnylady