Tuesday, December 18, 2012

White Chocolate Peppermint Pringles!

Well we finally got our mitts on some White Chocolate Peppermint Pringles. The last member of their holiday dessert trio. While the Cinnamon Sugar and Pumpkin Pie Spice didn't dazzle our brains, we still gave Pringles huge props for trying something so beyond their normal flavors. But from the moment we heard about these new flavors, these were the ones we wanted to try the most. The White Chocolate Peppermint had the biggest chance of either being completely awesome, or just plain disgusting. So? How were they?

Even the most elusive snacks can't escape us...
Well other people must have been thinking the same things and been as intrigued as we were, because these were nearly impossible to find. We had to enlist the help of faithful Fatguyfoodblog readers, girlfriends, and former Chaotic Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Brian the Firebrand Fury to help us track them down. Once in our grasp, it wasn't long before we popped the top and passed that familiar tube around. And...well...they are strange. 

You can definitely taste the white chocolate and the peppermint flavor immediately. They are both there right from the start but neither is overpowering. Then the same thing that happened with the other flavors happens. You get the salt and that strong Pringles potato taste. 

Notice the fine dusting of flavor...

Just like with the other flavors, you definitely can taste what they are supposed to taste like, but the salt and potato taste just make it all around weird. This being the strangest flavor combination, it wins the award for WEIRDEST of the three. Pretty much everyone who tried them around us didn't hate them, but after one or two, popped the cap back on the tube and walked away. These are great to experience, but not for extended snacking. 
We at Fatguyfoodblog would once again like to applaud Pringles for their willingness to try new crazy flavors, despite these three not being amazing, and hope they continue to blaze trails in to future of snack flavoring. 

I give these a B-. Interesting and strange, but not something you want to keep eating. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sweet Bricks Toffee (100th post!)

It seems like Christmas came early for us here at FGFB headquarters. We opened the door to find a package delivered from the great and powerful candy chefs of Sweet Bricks. I was unsure what to expect and was frankly blown away at how awesome toffee, a candy which barely passes my lips these days, could be.
branding and packaging is A+

The package we recieved had 4 different flavors of hand crafted toffee. Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate, Cookies n Cream, Peanutbutter, and a smaller, more intimate packaging of a limited seasonal Pumpkin Spice.

Irwin was too lazy to come to the kitchen for a picture with candy
Again, as a candy consumer, toffee is one of those candies that I never go out and purchase. If it's around, or if a friend snagged some exotic toffee candy from some far off adventure, I'd try it, but never have I pursued something in the toffee arena. I can without a doubt tell you, that Sweet Bricks will change your melancholic idea of how toffee should, and does, taste.

Let's start off with Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Toffee:

This Salty Sweet concoction let's the chocolate take a back seat to the sweet toffee, but is still there, twiddling it's thumbs about, waiting for after you've tasted the sea salty goodness to show it's face, and then let the toffee take over the after taste.

Cookies n Cream:

This offering to the toffee gods was Mikes favorite. This piece of toffee heaven feels more like if Oreo decided to make a toffee flavored cookie. The chocolate and cream wash over every other flavor in your mouth, and then, out of nowhere, comes the old toffee friend, clapping you on the back for a job well done. I was shocked on how well the flavor rolls together, like a well orchestrated symphony, it's absolutely stunning.

Peanut Butter:

A favorite of most everyone in the household and any casual visitors that stopped by, this Peanut Butter Toffee candy offers some of the salty goodness of peanuts, and sweet smoothness of peanut butter, which ended up hiding a lot of toffee flavor, leaving you wondering if this was indeed in fact a toffee candy you just popped in your toothless mouth!

Pumpkin Spice:

As fall closes and winter begins, I'm not sure if this flavor will be on the table for much longer, but for lovers of all things Pumpkin Spice, get ready to get your mind blown by this sweet piece of Pumpkin Spice gold. Same as with the peanut butter offering, this flavor completely overtakes the toffee candy and washes over your taste buds like your favorite holiday flavored coffee.

In a word, Sweetbricks toffee candies are amazing. I find myself hard pressed to include the word 'toffee' along with their review, only because I think in the candy world, toffee is the old man, sitting at a diner, sipping coffee, eating a slice of pie, and getting ready to start a hard days work. It's honest, it's knows what it is, and does a fine job doing it without asking for anything in return. Which I think is the thought behind bringing such awesome candies to the forefront and into a new age. Honesty and integrity, but with a hip name and packing. 
Sweetbricks are delicious, and I highly recommend you picking some up immediately. 
every piece of delicious, elegant, hip, and hard working toffee I give an