Loacker Tortina Chocolate Wafers

Loacker Original TortinasOh yeah! Time to review something that never gets old… CHOCOLATE! And Loacker Original Tortinas does not disappoint! I picked one up at my local World Market (great place to pick up weird candy from around the world) after dinner one night.

How’s it taste? Take a Kit Kat Bar, make it round and make it awesomer and you’ve got Tortinas! The chocolate is much richer and meltier which is nothing short of fantastic. The only negative thing I can say is that they should be bigger. Like… Frisbee sized.

Must. Eat. More. Chocolate. Discs.

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4 out of 5 awesomes!

Rating= 4

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The Confectional- mini cheesecakes that’ll make you hug your delivery guy.

Confectional Cheesecakes reviewAll I want for Christmas is a box full of cream cheese and love. The Confectional is a company based out of Seattle that’ll ship a heavenly(and surprisingly heavy) box of mini cheesecakes straight to your door. All they ask in return is that you confess your love for cheesecake. And these aren’t your average cheesecakes either! With a whopping 16 flavors right now, this is a great gift for any discriminating foodie in your life. You can mix and match as little of a box of 9 and as large as 20.

For our box, we chose an assortment of Seattle’s NY style, Caramel, Triple Berry, Mexican Chocolate and their in season Pumpkin cheesecake. Here’s our thoughts on each flavor:

Seattle’s NY Style- we had to of course start off with a NY style as a base. The cheesecake was sweeter than expected, but not overly sweet. You know you’re eating dessert and not a bastardized quiche-y concoction. It’s dense and creamy, how a cheesecake should be. Just enough crust- I hate a cheesecake that tastes like half crust.

Pumpkin- this is their seasonal flavor and the most anticipated one in Angela’s opinion. The pumpkin cheesecake was denser than the NY and had almost the texture of a pudding cake. It was well spiced, but the pumpkin by itself was somewhat underwhelming. Fortunately, their signature sweetened sour cream topping gave it a nice tart contrast that tied it together very well. I loved the little green stalk!

Confectional Cheesecakes reviewCaramel- this is a great choice if you prefer your cheesecake sweet. It has a caramel flavor blended into the cheesecake and also seemed to have a layer of caramel between the cheesecake and the crust. Some parts of the crust had a satisfying candied taste and crunch. Here, the crust tastes like a cookie!

Triple Berry- this one is my favorite! It has strawberries, blueberries and raspberries mixed into it. I really appreciate the whole berries in the cheesecake. The berry flavor is very prominent. It all rests on a chocolate crust. I’m usually not a fan of fruit and chocolate, but I was pleasantly surprised! The netfoodie favorite!

Mexican Chocolate- we ordered this one as test of one of their more wilder flavors. It’s a chocolate cheesecake with a chocolate crust and a sprinkle of cinnamon and cayenne to give it a little kick. You get more of a spiciness than I expected, towards the end. The chocolate cheesecake was well balanced and wasn’t overly chocolaty unlike many competitors. Very creamy!

Confectional Mini Cheesecakes review

Overall, these The Confectional’s mini cheesecakes are a great indulgent treat for you or an awesome gift for a friend. 4 out of 5 awesomes!

Rating= 4

You can check out the other flavors and place your order at http://www.theconfectional.com/

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SNL Death by Chocolate videos featuring Ashton Kutcher! Updated with working video!

SNL Death by Chocolate
I missed this last night because I was having a fondue party. Luckily, Serious Eats had all the episodes! So here it is: all three of Saturday Night Live’s Death by Chocolate skits:

UPDATE: Videos went down, I got it back up for you guys!

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idea: uber m&m’s

I was catching up on old entries on The Sneeze today and came across one that really spoke to me. It’s an older entry in “Reviews You Can Use” about Steve’s disappointment when first trying Mega M&Ms. I felt the exact same way. I think I tried them when they were a Shrek movie tie-in. They called them ogre-sized, but were really just slightly bigger. “Mega” just isn’t as big as I used to think it was. I must have gotten taller or something.

So here’s my thought: I should make a giant m&m. It can’t be too hard, right? Some chocolate, some kind of candy shell and a little bit of edible coloring. I’m sure there’s more to it than that, but it’s doable. And since Mar’s Inc already took the adjectives “Mega” and “Ogre-sized” I guess I’ll call it an Uber m&m. If Mar’s has a problem with that, I could call them w&w’s or 3&3′s. Ha, take that “the man”!

fake m&ms

I’ll do some research and get back with you guys. If I’m not back in a couple days, I probably found something shinier to play with.

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Egg cream recipe

Egg cream chocolate sodaWhat’s better than a chocolate bar and a can of soda? That’s right, a threesome. But what do you drink after the threesome? Chocolate soda!

That’s basically what an egg cream is. It originates from New York and is usually made with U-bet chocolate syrup. The name is misleading because there’s no eggs or cream in the recipe. I’ve seen it a couple of times on food network- once on an episode of unwrapped and once Kat Kora made it on Iron Chef America. The origins of the name are unclear- Unwrapped said it may have been named because the foam you get after mixing the drink looks like egg whites. It looked simple enough to make, so I decided to give it a shot for you guys.

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces of milk(traditionally whole milk)
  • 3 ounces of seltzer water
  • 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup(U-bet brand traditionally)

This is probably going to be the easiest recipe you’ve ever read. First, mix the chocolate syrup into the milk. Then, mix the seltzer water into the chocolate milk. Tada! Egg cream!

OK, so I half-assed my way through the entire recipe. I used 2% milk(expired 2 days ago), sparkling water and Kroger brand chocolate syrup. Who cares, still tastes good :)

For you hardcore egg creamers(tee hee) out there, I’ll try it later with the legit stuff and update this recipe accordingly.

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Gimme a crack at that Toggi Bar!

Original Toggi Greek ChocolateI freaking love saying the name: Toggi! It sounds like a game you would only play at a party when you’re really drunk and no one would really know the rules but it doesn’t matter because it always ends up as a giant chocolate orgy. Wait, huh? Nevermind.

I picked up the Original Toggi at Seven Eleven. I suppose there’s a Toggi doppleganger out there somewhere, stealing Toggi’s identity. But nothing can match the original fine European chocolate wafers. I mean, there’s funny words I don’t understand on the packaging, it must be European! Sure enough, the back says these things are made in Greece. Mmm, greeky.

These things are pretty damn good. The closest mainstream thing we have to compare to is Kit Kat. Toggie’s (toggii?) are similar in flavor to Kit Kats, but much bigger and have a thinner shell. The wafers are a little lighter and crispier too and it has more of a hazelnut flavor to it. If I had to choose, I think I’d go with a Toggi bar over a Kit Kat… but that may just be because I like chocolate orgies.

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Pocky= tiny sticks of pure joy!

Pocky Chocolate and StrawberryIf you’ve ever been “glomped” at a con, then you probably don’t need an introduction to Pocky. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then this review is for you!

Pocky is a ridiculously popular Japanese snack from Glico. You can find them in Asian markets, comic book stores, anime conventions and even at some Walmarts! They’re usually a dollar or two a box, unless you’re being overcharged at a convention. They’re nifty little biscuit sticks dipped into sweet flavored coatings. It’s really less of a biscuit and more of naked pretzel stick. The most popular flavors are chocolate and strawberry, but they come in a seemingly infinite variety of flavors. While I’m sure that the future holds many reviews of the other flavors, today we’ll focus on chocolate and strawberry.

Opening the Pocky is half the fun! The boxes are made to somewhat act as a display for your sweet sticks. Once you pop open the box, you’ll find a sealed pouch(or 2 if you got a large box) keeping your confection fresh.

The Pocky is a sweet crunchy treat. The stick is crisp and slightly salty while the coating counters with a sweet flavor. I definitely like the chocolate flavor better myself but the strawberry is nothing to sneeze at either(because that’d be kinda gross).  I was constantly surprised at how chocolaty each bite was.

Some notes about Pocky:

Don’t leave Pocky in a hot car, unless you want one giant Pocky bar… which actually sounds pretty good. On second thought, DO leave Pocky in the car.

Don’t let the clerk drop your Pocky. Half of our strawberry Pocky were broken because the clerk dropped the box. Still tasty though!

Pocky is considered a form of currency at anime conventions. Though prostitution is not technically allowed at these conventions, you’ll be surprised at what a box of Pocky can get you. Think of it as a fangirl Klondike bar.

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