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Whatever happened to Mon Cheri hazelnut chocolates?

I believe they were discontinued around 2008. In the US Ferrero Mon Cheri were just the hazelnut filled variety. There were issues in some states with importing the liquor filled Cherry version, so they created an American-only variety.

Then about three years ago they introduced Ferrero Kusschen in Europe. They're little foil wrapped pieces filled with hazelnut cream and chopped hazelnuts (they come in a milk and dark variety). They're hard to find in the US, but you may be able to locate a gift pack at an import store or perhaps duty free shops at the airport.

More about it here:

Dec 18, 2012
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Alternative to Ghiradelli Chocolate Chips Needed

babyducks - See's are also made by Guittard. It's a slightly different recipe than the Guittard branded chips from the grocery store though. Good stuff.

Jan 06, 2012
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Make Your Own Trixy Stix in Super-Trendy Flavors

The problem with this set of recipes is that it uses table sugar (sucrose) instead of dextrose like Pixy Stix do. Dextrose (glucose) is less sweet and a little cool on the tongue.

Still, it's a fun project - I applaud the inventiveness of the set. They might be fun to use for your drink rims.

Oct 20, 2011
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A Diet Candy Bar That Actually Satisfies

So you pay twice as much for half as much product? You can get 8 bunch of Twix singles for $1.25 or pay $4.00 for that box that has 6 bars that you show up there.

It's the same marginal ingredients that Nate650 points out.

Is it a tasty little bar? Yes, it is.

Is it diet food? No. It provides no nutritional benefit. It is pure indulgence in a portion control package that adds in the expense as a further way to keep you from overeating.

Honestly, for the calories, really good quality dark chocolate is much better for you. If you need crunch, try some Spelt Pretzels (more protein and fiber for additional satisfaction).

Oct 17, 2011
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How do you 'Gussy Up' your Frozen Waffle?

Yuzu Marmalade (also known as Citron Tea at Little Tokyo Market) and Chevre - I eat it like a sandwich.

I'm out of Yuzu Marmalade, so yesterday I had sliced Figs instead.

Other than that, I usually eat them straight out of the toaster with nothing on them.

Jul 11, 2010
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If anyone is looking for coconut M&M's

Wild Cherry M&Ms were introduced as a Limited Edition, but they are now permanent.

Feb 21, 2010
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If anyone is looking for coconut M&M's

Pretzel M&Ms are supposed to be out this month, though I've been scouring the stores and haven't seen them.

I tried some at a trade show last year, they're like the old Crispy M&Ms, except saltier. They're a little larger than the Peanut M&Ms.

Feb 18, 2010
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If anyone is looking for coconut M&M's

They're milk chocolate with coconut flavor - a little larger than the regular M&Ms.

See photos here:

I've found them so far at Walgreen's pretty faithfully and even a few CVS.

For those who like actual coconut in their coconut candies, I prefer the Almond Joy Pieces, they're new from Hershey's and feature coconut & almond bits mixed into the milk chocolate inside a shell (like Reese's Pieces).

Feb 17, 2010
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Quaker Candy Boom

It's worth noting that in the States, Milton Hershey was a Mennonite, one of the Old Order Brethren (Quakers, Amish & Mennonites).

Jan 21, 2010
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Attempting to make a family recipe organic -- sub for organic dark corn syrup in caramels?

I've used brown rice syrup in place of plain corn syrup for caramels before.

It worked just fine, but what I found was that the caramels did have a darker flavor, mostly a malty one. (Brown rice syrup contains maltose plus complex carbs instead of glucose.)

Honey, brown rice syrup, molasses & organic corn syrup all work pretty well, just a bit different.

Dec 12, 2009
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Cote d'Or chocolate in LA

I've seen it pretty reliably at Cost Plus World Market.

Nov 26, 2009
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More Fake Diet Chocolate

Bubble Chocolate is not from Nestle.

And I think you have the calories wrong. It's 200 calories per portion, not per bar.

Nov 06, 2009
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Japanese candy

Ooh, it must be back, I just saw this on eBay today.

Note that the packages are in English, which usually means they're made in Taiwan, not Japan. The flavors, I've noticed, are not quite as intense with the Taiwan-made product.

Oct 12, 2009
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The Candy Made Me Do It

"somewhat credible theory" - uh, check your math on that. As mentioned above, statistics 101 - correlation does not mean causation.

Not only that, the consumption record is self reported and not done contemporaneously (they were polled years later).

Oct 12, 2009
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Japanese candy

I prowl the Japanese candy aisle pretty regularly and haven't seen the Lychee recently. The last time I saw it, it was in a mixed bag. But the most recent mixed bag I got had Pineapple instead of lychee.

However, the Lychee Kasugai Gummies are pretty awesome. For hard candies they also make a very good version of those.

There are some great other flavors of HiCHEW lately like Blood Orange, Cotton Candy, DragonFruit & CamuCamu.

Oct 07, 2009
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Krackel bar discontinued

Krispies hold up well when mixed with chocolate. They respond poorly to moisture, so make sure they're well coated in chocolate and they'll keep that crunch. Then make sure you store them in an airtight container.

I don't recommend the Coco Krispies for candy making because they're sweetened (and the regular ones really aren't) ... however, mixing it with some extra dark chocolate might actually be good because the sweetness would be so noticeable. (Instead of just competing with the sweetness of a milk chocolate.)

Definitely chose a low humidity day to work with it.

Aug 26, 2009
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Krackel bar discontinued

The Krackel in the miniature are now made with vegetable oil based chocolate (mockolate) instead of this Pure Hershey's they've been advertising.

However, EWSflash, they do make a dark chocolate version. There's a set of Special Dark Miniatures that has both a dark Goodbar (though they don't call it that) and a dark Krackel.

Aug 25, 2009
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crispy m&ms

The coconut M&Ms are a limited edition item that came out in June. Once they're gone, they'll be gone (unless Mars decides to make them regular/seasonal).

I saw them today at Walgreen's. They had them up by the register and were really pushing them last month.

Aug 12, 2009
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crispy m&ms

Quite simply, they weren't popular enough to continue selling them.

You can write to Mars and ask them to bring them back.

They have returned a few times as a limited edition item, except perhaps a little different. Most recently there was a Crispy Mint version for the Indiana Jones movie last summer.

They do still sell them in Canada/Australia/Indonesia and you can find them on eBay every once in a while. I've been finding them ever so often at a wine shop that sells imported candies in Los Angeles called Mel & Rose.

Aug 11, 2009
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Malodorous plastic food packaging (and other rants)

I don't think you're nuts at all.

I can't stand cling wrap, much of it smells like pungent artificial skunk to me. In many cases, if I get a product that comes in such wrapping I have to take it out and let it "breathe" then repackage it.

I also won't go to places that use those foam containers for hot soup ... it just ruins the whole thing for me, even if I pour it into a real bowl right away.

Don't get me started on plastic cups ... how can people not smell that? (Some folks think I'm being all eco because I drink my water at the office from a glass I brought from home, really it's that the plastic cups in the kitchen smell like toxic waste.)

Jul 16, 2009
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What is your favorite type of nougat?

I'm a big fan of nougat. I'm not picky, I like both soft and hard nougats. I prefer it with nuts and don't care with it with dried fruits but a good candied citrus peel can be good.

Valerie Confections in Los Angeles does some really nice classic French nougats that include candied lemon or orange peels. (Covered in dark chocolate.)

I really like Arnaud Soubeyran for the nougat de Montelimar - the lavender honey notes come through quite strongly. It's expensive though but I splurge a few times a year. (Oh, and I think they do a fig one too, awesome as well.)

For a really good artisan nougat I recommend Nutpatch Nougat from Tasmania - great honey flavor and hazelnuts grown right there at the farm. It's kind of hard to get a hold of these days though, which is rather sad.

I also enjoy See's Awesome Nut & Chew Bar which has a soft nougat that's more of a cross between nougat and marshmallow - it has a soft stringy quality to it but an excellent flavor.

I've had Massam's from South Africa - though the texture is really good and I love the nuts, the doughy "cereal" flavor doesn't really float my boat.

In a pinch I pick up Ferrara Torrones - they come in bars that I often find at delis and usually at a decent price (about $2.50).

Jul 01, 2009
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Help Me Find Guittard Chocolate

I saw the little disks of Guittard couveture at Williams Sonoma over the weekend (Glendale Galleria).

I have seen them at Cost Plus World Market, but that was around the holidays, I don't know if it's a regular thing for them.

Apr 07, 2009
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Comme Ca? You're kidding, Right?

Looks like you got your wish.

Feb 20, 2009
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Candy as Bad as Battery Acid

Akitist - stomach acids are bad for you teeth. Just check with the bulemics.

No, candies do not use hydrochloric acid. It depends, they can be citric, fumaric and malic. It doesn't really matter what the source is, if it's acidic enough it will dissolve teeth.

But then again, so does soda - phosphoric acid. (Even the sugar free stuff.)

Nov 24, 2008
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Orange Digestif

I was hoping this was a recipe that used real citrus blossoms, not a retread of the limoncello recipes.

Nov 24, 2008
typetive in Recipes

Getting to Know Trader Joe

Tracking Trader Joe's hasn't been updated since 2006. Yeah, there might be some reviews there of use, but the way TJ's changes vendors and offerings, it's not quite as relevant as it should be.

How about Heat Eat Review? They've got reviews of over 40 TJ's frozen meals:

Oh, and to plug my own, I've been reviewing their candy products for a few years:

Nov 14, 2008
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Why I'm Going Vegan, Mostly

BBettinaB - Since you seem informed about this book and its contents, can you tell me what "astronomical" means in terms of the cancer risk difference between vegans and omnivores? I can't find any reference to it on the website or the excerpt.

Oct 13, 2008
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Why I'm Going Vegan, Mostly

Sooooo ... there is no response to the request for clarification? Do the blog writers ever read these comments? What is the difference in cancer rates?

Oct 13, 2008
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Why I'm Going Vegan, Mostly

"If your diet has more than 10% of its calories coming from animal protein, which is the Recommended Daily Allowance by the FDA, your chances shoot up astronomically"

Can you tell me what "astronomically" means here exactly? 10% more likely? 10 fold increase in risk?

Oct 10, 2008
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Switched at Birth

chargeorge - the FDA rejected the request to let them call mockolate chocolate. Basically Hershey's is pushing ahead with the fake chocolate, they just can't pass it off as the same thing.

Miriam - here's another article on the same subject with a bit more info:

As of late last year (hitting shelves this year), Hershey's Kissables are no longer chocolate.

Other non-chocolate products: Almond Joy, Take 5, Mr. Goodbar, Krackel (miniatures), 5th Avenue and Whatchamacallit.

Hershey's is not alone. Nestle's has changed the Carlos V bars and now calls them "chocolate style bars".

I've been covering a lot of this (including Hershey's & Mars price increases) at Candy Blog. It's quite disheartening ... and makes me want chocolate to soothe the anxiety, which makes me sad all over again.

Aug 28, 2008
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