This is a lot of candy I’ve never tried before. Before going to my running class, I ate all of these candies so I could review them for you all at once. Let’s begin, shall we?
Divine Dark Chocolate with Mint – The wrapper in the photo above is empty and the little piece pictured is actually all that is left of this magically delightful, appropriately named “Divine” dark chocolate mint bar. I bought this as part of my groceries one day at Fairway, since dark chocolate is healthy and with mint added it counts as one of my vegetables. I wasn’t planning on reviewing it until I ate it and realized just how delicious vegetables can be. It’s currently my favorite dark chocolate bar, but that is subject to change as easily as my TV on a Friday night. (PS there is no good tv on Friday night.)
- Ohio Buckeyes – Technically the name is just “Buckeyes” but I bought them in the Cincinnati airport and they are the local candy there (I guess), plus Ohioans are called “Buckeyes” (right?), so there you go. These are a very soft chocolate and peanut butter candy that tastes like peanut butter cream and disappointment. They’re actually pretty good but since they’re from Ohio there’s an inherent sadness inside them that you can’t help but taste. I appreciated that they came individually wrapped.
- Kit Kat Chunky Hazelnut Cream – Another new-to-me Kit Kat Chunky flavor! Huzzah! But then I tried it and it’s not nearly as good as the Chunky Peanut Butter flavor. It has that enticing chocolate-hazelnut Nutella aroma but then the flavor is somehow lacking and the chocolate seems waxier than other Kit Kat Chunky bars I’ve enjoyed. It’s still a tasty candy bar since it’s a Kit Kat, but I would never be tempted to buy one of these again (unlike the Peanut Butter flavor that still calls my name at night).
- Birthday Cake M&Ms (aka “Super-pointless M&Ms”) – I was 100% expecting the inside of these M&Ms to be yellow or maybe off-white (like the candy corn or pumpkin M&Ms from the fall), so I was mildly shocked to discover they were a standard dark brown chocolate. Once again my detective skills have failed me, as the bag clearly features a giant photo of the red M&M character thrusting a slice of chocolate cake with white icing into the face of the consumer. I blame it on never having chocolate cake as birthday cake (and I will never think of birthday cake as chocolate – birthday cake is white, or yellow, or funfetti, but not chocolate, even if it is actually chocolate – also there should be ice cream). So how do these M&Ms differ from regular plain M&Ms? They don’t. Ok, no, they are somewhat puffier, so I guess you get a higher chocolate-to-candy-shell ratio, and if you really concentrate, the flavor of the chocolate does evoke some cake-notes instead of only chocolate notes. It reminds me of the sorcery that makes Frangelico and lemon vodka taste like chocolate cake when mixed, but without the ensuing drunkenness and immediate hangover. Overall, this “flavor” of M&M indicates there is serious desperation going on over at M&M/Mars, mostly likely precipitated by a company-wide depression over the discontinuation of the great American Mars bar in 2002 (not to be confused by the entirely inferior international Mars bar that’s basically just a Milky Way), but ultimately it is just proof that I will buy any new candy I see.
- Hi-Chew Peach – Ok, calling this a “new” candy is a stretch, since I eat Hi-Chews on the regular, but I’ve never actually had the peach flavor (my favorites are the green apple and grape, which battle for the top spot). The texture is the same as any Hi-Chew, and they are definitely peachy-flavored & peach-aromaed (WordPress doesn’t think that’s a word but I just made it up so it is now). It tastes fine, but green apple and grape have nothing to worry about.
- Something-Something Chewy Asian Bear Candy – I had no idea what the name of this candy was, but amazingly it was the third image when I google-image-searched “chewy asian bear candy.” Apparently it’s from the Puccho Japanese candy company. I totally bought it because it featured a bear on the wrapper and it was candy. (The interweb informs me the bear is the “kawaii Japanese black bear character ‘Kumamon‘.”) I was hoping the fruit pictured was some sort of citrus and not durian or jackfruit or some other abomination masquerading as fruit. Luckily, it was citrus (again the web tells me it’s “wanbai pomelo” or “sweet Chinese grapefruit”), and the candy itself is very much like Hi-Chew, except it features a clear “core” of a slightly different texture (more like a hard jelly or gummy instead of the surrounding “chew”). It’s a perfectly delightful and refreshing candy and now I have a new cute mascot obsession that may or may not be worse for me than eating the candy.
Also, I followed through and got my hair chopped off on Sunday. It was indeed long enough to donate so I’ll be mailing it to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. I ran with my new short hair yesterday and it was definitely easier to pull it into one short ponytail instead of my old three-elastic-braid-bun monstrosity. I’m hoping this haircut will offset all the candy I just ate before tonight’s class.
How much candy do you eat each day? Did you have chocolate-flavored birthday cakes growing up? I just ate 6 different candies!!! Share in the comments!