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Review: Hershey’s Halloween Holiday Kisses

 

Photo courtesy of Baking Bites

 

Continuing with the trend of holiday fair, and the nine million blogs that seem to have already reviewed these products, I’m looking at some of the seasonal Kisses put out By Hershey’s. This year at my local target, I discovered Pumpkin Spice, Caramel Apple, and Candy Corn Kisses, only bringing the first two specimens home with me.

Looking at the photo in the upper left (taken by Nicole

Photo Courtesy of The Chocolate Review

at Baking Bites) you can see my favorite of the two varieties that I tried: the Pumpkin Spice. These were a real unique flavor, truly driving home a sweet and spicy flavor. The pumpkin was actually pretty muted in these, overwhelmed by what felt like a strong white chocolate that when combined with the spice component, almost burned the throat a little. They were pretty decent, but I’m more interested in the possibilities of baking with these. Hopefully for this Halloween weekend I will be able to find another bag to add to this 3G brownie recipe I found.

 

Moving on to the Caramel Apple kisses, all I can say is “whoa”. These things were crazy sweet, almost searing the back of my throat with how potent the filling is inside. To me, these tasted a lot more like a candy apple than caramel. I think that was due in part to the artificial apple flavoring used in these things. It also reminded me that although I love caramel, and eat apples every day, I’m not that huge a fan of the combo. I can’t put my finger on a reason why, but to me some things shouldn’t be tampered with.

Overall, these two flavor of Hershey’s Kisses are neat, and worth trying for the novelty, or if you are a seasonal food nut like I am. Still, I’m more excited about some of the varieties we may see more towards Christmas time. Bring on the mint and chocolate people!

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Pumpkin Fest 2010

Fall has to be my favorite seasons, and not simply because of all of the delicious seasonal foods… Okay those may play a slight factor, but really it comes back to the cool autumn days, blustery winds, and colorful foliage that make my New England home so unique, and those seasonal treats that much more special.

With that said, fall brings with it more celebrations than simply Halloween and Thanksgiving. Here in New Hampshire, we also have the Keene, NH Pumpkin Festival, or Pumpkin Fest if you prefer. It has become a happy tradition for my group of friends to gather at one of my friend’s homes in Keene, and celebrate. It is a fun-filled time of carving pumpkins, being merry (you know what I’m talking about), wandering through the packed streets of Keene, and of course, eating delicious food.

This year was a blast with Jello shots at 10 AM, creative pumpkins, homemade lasagna, and my rediscovery of Ye Goodie Shoppe in downtown Keene. I really want to take a moment to had it to this place. They are doing amazing work with all of their homemade chocolates, truffles, and other fine sweets. Needless to say I made a couple of trips, trying some of their chocolate dipped Oreo’s, white almond bark, and some of the best gummy raspberries and blueberries ever. If you’re ever in the Keene, NH area, check them out. It’s definitely worth the trip.

Past the candy store, the festival was a blast with vendor lined streets, and the best kind of company. If you’re ever looking for something a little different then your average state fair, check out Pumpkin Fest. Oh, and don’t forget, bring a carved pumpkin and help Keene be the record holder for most carved pumpkins. Come on folks, who doesn’t like to carve pumpkins?

Awfully Delicious: Deep Fried Mars Bar

Yeah, I went there. An interesting part about my trip to Scotland this year was that it landed me in the city of Edinburgh on my Birthday. What’s a guy to do to celebrate during a festival in a foreign country? Wander the streets of course!

Even though I love to have a plan, or a goal in my day (I live for a schedule) sometimes, I enjoy planning to have time to just do whatever. I know that sounds weird, but imagine a calender with a 5 hour chunk blocked out that just says meander. Well that is pretty much what I did on my birthday, exploring the wonders of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Well, during my travels, I saw a sign on a store front that stopped me dead in my tracks, forcing me to turn around. Scribbled in sharpy on a paper plate taped to a store front window the words “We sell fried Mars bars” were written. The next thing I knew, I was in the shop, and had ordered one. I got my treat, and escaped to the street as fast as I could. That shop was dangerous. They fried EVERYTHING. A couple inside were waiting on their fried cheeseburgers. Yeah, had to get out of their holding only one cause for a massive coronary.

So, what was I holding? I didn’t take the picture above, but it looks almost identical to what I had. Biting into it was out of this world. The first thing that strikes you is the saltiness of the batter, and then you are struck by the rich sweetness of the candy bar. The caramel, and nougat ooze out in just the right way, not liquefied, but melted all together in its crispy coating. The treat is unbelievably rich, and still I scarf the treat without pause.

The fried Mars bar is an exercise in excess. It’s just wrong, and so much tastier because of it. This is a once in a lifetime treat…although I’d eat it again in a heart beat…even if it made that heart beat my last. What should be noted is that this whole shtick won’t work with just any candy bar. For instance a Snickers with its nuts inside wouldn’t be good. I’d be curious to fry a Musketeer bar though… NO NO NO!!! Mentally stepping away from the possibilities now.

The point is, if you see this, try it. It needs to be experienced at least once in life because that’s what it is: an experience. Please, just never make these fried and marvelous monstrosities a habit.

What’s New: Ritter Sport Bar

Since my trip to Scotland, and also since starting to read some blogs like Candy Blog, and Candy Addict, I have been trying to be more consolidated and adventurous when I splurge on foods that are off diet.

What this really means is that I’m trying to be all fancy-shmancy with my off the wagon weekends. Well, on one blog or another, I say a review of a Ritter Sport Bar.  Reading the article, I remember seeing the square bars in supermarket candy isle up near the Lindt chocolates and such, and moving on, deeming them too expensive and whatnot, settling on things like Snickers instead.

Well during my recent climbing escapade, Kyle bet me a candy bar that I wouldn’t make it to the top using a more interesting path up a ledge. Well, not one to be denied, and with chocolate on the line, I attacked the climb, and made it to the top. Kyle owed me some chocolate. So what did I do? I had him grab me a Ritter Sport Bar to try. I ended up picking the Dark Chocolate with Whole Hazelnuts to try.

The bar was big, ad probably should have been shared, but Kyle wasn’t interested. Oh well, more for me. the bar comes in a  standard 100g square that can be broken easily into smaller chunks. Breaking it apart, my first thought was that they weren’t kidding about the nuts. They are big, and laced through the entire bar. Sweet deal. Breaking off my first chunk, and popping it into my mouth, was pretty awesome. The dark chocolate was good, and there were more than enough nuts to give a punch of flavor. Still, it was nothing fantastic.

I guess I just don’t have a refined enough pallet for chocolate. I mean, I liked this more than say, a Hershey’s Special Dark, but at the price these things go for, they just aren’t worth it. They are definitely nice to get if someone else is buying, but not a must have on my own dime. Still, the dark chocolate was silky and good, but not as bitter as I might have expected. What was interesting though, was that me who doesn’t drink milk (long story) was left craving something of that nature after a bar of that rich dark chocolate. Just an interesting result.

What’s New: Hershey’s Take 5

If you haven’t guessed yet, I have a little bit of a sweet tooth.  Yeah … understatement of the century there, but oh well. Needless to say, I like to try different kinds of candy bars when the opportunity presents itself. Recently, I was able to try a Hershey’s Take 5 bar.

So, one of my favorite sweet snacks is Pretzel Flipz. They are an awesome combination of sweet and salty with the whole chocolate covered pretzel shtick they have going on. Going in with that, I thought that the Take 5 would be an instant hit. Sadly, it was not up to par for my pretzel and chocolate desires.

So, the Take 5 is a bar that brings together chocolate, caramel, pretzel, peanuts, and peanut butter. In the above picture, courtesy of Candybarlab.com, you can see the layered construction of the ingredients.  The end result is, to put it bluntly, a little too salty for my tastes. I love Flipz, but they are much more on the chocolate side of the combo. The Take 5 actually just left me wanting a drink afterwards.

So, here is a candy bar that I will probably not jump at in the future, leaving it to those who desire something for a crazy salt fix. I’ll stick to my Flipz thank you very much.