Monday, April 24, 2017
We must begin by mentioning that classic strawberry Twizzlers is one of our least favorite food products on the planet. To us it tastes like raw flour or hard Play-Doh (flour is a main ingredient). We were feeling openminded, however, about sampling Twizzlers new Flavor of Florida Orange Cream Pop Filled Twists since we love Creamsicles and past Twizzlers variations have proven to be more palatable than the original. For this new variety, orange flavored licorice twists are filled with a cream flavored filling.
After just two bites of this imaginative confection, we knew it wasn't for us. Something about Orange Cream Pop Twizzlers made us feel uneasy and panicked and we later realized that's because eating it reminded us of going to the dentist. The flavor was less orange cream pop and more the orange fluoride the dental hygienist uses. The orange part of the candy was chewy with a waxy texture and the "cream" part had a gritty paste mouthfeel. Visually the candy reminded us of toothpaste or ointment coming out of a tube.
We did find the candy fascinating, however, and we couldn't stop commenting on how it was unlike anything we've ever had before. Despite the unpleasant experience, Twizzlers deserves some credit for making one of the strangest, most unique conversation pieces we've had in a long while.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
"Made with only the finest rainbows." -- Starbucks
Starbucks is celebrating sparkles and dreams with their NEW, super-rare limited edition Unicorn Frappuccino! For this ethereal concoction, mango crème Frappuccino is blended with colorful, mystical powders, topped with heavenly whipped cream and sprinkled with sour pink and blue fairy dust. As you drink and stir the enchanting elixir, the colors transform from purple to pink and the flavors change from sweet and creamy to sour and tart. We were lucky enough to nab one and it really was an otherworldly experience!
Magic really is real at Starbucks, but they've only harvested enough unicorns for a 5-day supply starting today. So grab your very own Unicorn Frappuccino before they're extinct forever!
Monday, April 17, 2017
Mars is playing the flavor game again with its NEW springtime confectionery, Limited Edition Strawberry Nut M&M's!
Regular Peanut M&M's is one of our favorite candies so we were pumped to try a new variety. We had fantasies of tasting a gooey peanut butter and jelly sammy with this new flavor, but the first bite of Strawberry Nut M&M's was nothing like that. Instead we found the strawberry flavoring to be very artificial and bordering on cloying. While we appreciate the attempt to create an amusing new variety, and the new strawberry patch inspired colors are fun for sure, we were left wishing we had some good ol' fashioned regular Peanut M&M's.
We say skip these "berry" flavored bombs and stick with the original.
Monday, April 10, 2017
We're not the biggest coffee drinkers. When we do indulge, we love our joe light 'n' sweet and over ice so we were excited to learn that Dunkin' Donuts is celebrating spring with a NEW Coconut Crème Pie Iced Coffee. We ran over to our local Dunkin' to give it a go.
The first sip of our Coconut Crème Pie Iced Coffee (with milk) was the best with a sweet and creamy taste combination of coconut, vanilla and pie crust. Overall, Dunkin's rich and nutty brew is elevated by the addition of coconut crème pie flavor. The taste experience isn't artificial as we feared it might be, and it's the perfect accompaniment to Dunkin's returning Spring Flowers Donut.
If you're a fan of coconut, dive into this dreamy drink!
Thursday, April 6, 2017
With Baked KitKat, you can bring the sweet thrills of a Japanese bakery directly to your kitchen! We discovered this curious snack food product at an M2M convenience store in NYC and were instantly drawn into the delectable image of a seemingly baked white KitKat on the cover of the packaging. We rushed it home only to discover that there were some sort of toaster oven cooking instructions on the back that were entirely in Japanese! Since we can not read Japanese (and we do not have a toaster oven), we decided to try and figure it out on our own. After a few trials, we found a method that worked beautifully using our home convection oven!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Unwrap your Baked KitKats (do NOT attempt with other KitKat varieties) and place them on a nonstick cookie sheet. Place the sheet in the center of your oven and bake for about 7 minutes or until the bottom edges of your Baked KitKats turn golden brown. Cool for a few minutes and enjoy! While we found this method to work well, we can imagine that cooking them in a toaster oven would yield even better results. Watch the video below to see how!
We reckon the flavor of these particular Baked KitKats was eggnog. They tasted like a scrumptious butter cookie loaded with rum! The texture was flaky with a nice caramelized, crunchy bottom. We ate them with some coconut ice cream and the combination of flavors was unreal.
Since these KitKats are formulated to be cooked, we weren't sure if we could eat them "raw." But we did and they're actually really good uncooked as well with the same rum butter flavor and a pleasant, gritty sugar texture.
If you see them, try these crazy candies out!
Available at Asian specialty markets.