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Coastal Maine Popcorn Co’s Cinnamon Apple Popcorn

As we get further and further into our quarantine life, snacks seem to be a high priority. I mean, I want snacks. I want them very much. All the snacks. Just ask my fully fleshed tum. So when I received … Continue reading

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Katjes Salzige Heringe

Black licorice is a divisive nibble. Some love it, others visibly gag at the thought. And there’s typically no middle ground, with people either seeking it out, or throwing it in the bin immediately. I’ve got to admit that I … Continue reading

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Kasaugai Roasted Nuts Assortment

I love senbei mixes. The crunch, salty goodness. The nori (seaweed) yumminess. Those tasty flavored peanuts. That wasabi kick. But mostly, I love that there are so many different flavors, my tongue never has to worry about Fear Of Missing … Continue reading

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Family Volcano Popping Candy – Lychee

C’mon. Everyone who’s able to tolerate sugar has tried popping candy of one sort or another. By the pool, after you shelled out your hard-earned allowance. After a bit of Trick-or-Treating. Maybe even sharing a few packets after finding some … Continue reading

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Huang Fei Hong Spicy Crispy Peanut

Peanuts are my jam. Okay, my butter. My soup. My sauce. My everything. *cues up Barry White*  Any way I can get ‘em, I get ‘em. I especially love a touch of spice to my peanuts, so hello Huang Fei … Continue reading

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Hu Chocolate Bar – Hazelnut Butter Dark Chocolate

I could get used to high-quality chocolate. Don’t get me wrong; I love me some Thousand Dollar Bars and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I’m as red-blooded as the next chocoholic. But there’s something absolutely decadent about a Fair Trade bar … Continue reading

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Hu Chocolate Bar – Almond Butter+Puffed Quinoa Dark Chocolate

Have you put on your “Quarantine 15” yet? With folks scarfing down old-school comfort foods like crazy, why not try a few new things? Don’t go crazy; I’m not talking about marmite out of the jar. (Unless that’s your thing; … Continue reading

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Cook’s California Champagne Brut – 187ml bottle 4 pack

First off, let’s just address the French elephant in the room. Cook’s isn’t really champagne. That honorific is reserved for sparkling wines made in the Champagne region of France. But as time goes ever forward, many non-Champagne sparklers have adopted … Continue reading

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Nestlé’s Kumamon Ikinari Dango KitKat

Who doesn’t love it when someone brings strange flavors of KitKats to a party? NO I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE. Friends either coming back from Japan, or hitting up the local cool Asian market on just the right day; it’s … Continue reading

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Yuengling’s Hershey’s Chocolate Porter

What do you get when two great Pennsylvania tastes decide to mix it up? You get a fantastic porter that’s well worth searching out. Yuengling knew what they were doing when they collaborated with Hershey’s. And the brewery definitely let … Continue reading

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Oliver Brewing Co.’s Creator Destroyer

I love Baltimore. So many great breweries so close together. But you never forget your first. For me it’s Oliver Brewing Co., which used to brew right in Pratt Street Ale House, but now has its own digs. This ale … Continue reading

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Village Bakery’s Mini Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

So you thought all the pumpkin things went away after Halloween? Oh my sweet summer child. Have you forgotten that Fall is decorative gourd season? And with gourds come…wait for it…pumpkin. We’re not even close to maximum ‘kin y’all. Buckle … Continue reading

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Cadbury Screme Egg

Holidays with candy as a focus are fantastic. Even though I’m an adult (going by trips around the sun; mental maturity is a separate matter) I can gorge myself on all sorts of candy. Sure I regret it later (I … Continue reading

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Reese’s Wasabi Horseradish

No. No no no no no. NO. This isn’t wasabi, it’s an abomination. And yes, I’m angry because I was hoping wasabi in a tube would be wonderful. It’d be nice to be able to put just a touch of … Continue reading

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Bissinger’s Coffee Toffee 75% Dark Chocolate, Almond Toffee & Rich Roasted Coffee Bar

Sometimes I feel as though I’m not cool enough for some of these uber-fancy chocolate bars. Such was the case with this one; made in Italy, sustainable trade, single-origin chocolate…I’m way out of my league here. And I’m not telling … Continue reading

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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.’s Cookie O’Puss Limited Edition Stout

Growing up in the DC area, Carvel ice cream stores were a staple. What’s best known from this ice cream chain is their ice cream cakes; two layers of ice cream with chocolate cookie crumbles in between. Sure, Fudgy the … Continue reading

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Specially Selected Mango Chili Flavored Tortilla Strips with Chia Seeds

Aldi is quickly becoming my go-to place for finding new things to try. They have a knack for creating items that make me do a double-take, and then put said things into my cart. Like these chips. Mango and chili … Continue reading

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Crunchy tacos: my madeleines?

We had crunchy tacos the other night. They’ve become a regular fixture on our home menu in the past year or so, especially since I’ve discovered several brands of taco shells that are quite low in sodium. Now, I know … Continue reading

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Noble Jerky – Chipotle

Vegan…jerky? Of course! Now that we’re all lusting over vegan burgers, jerky is a no-brainer for companies wanting to lure vegans (and vegan-adjacents like myself) into the land of tastiness. And this jerky just may fool your more carnivorous friends.  … Continue reading

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Wyndridge Farm Crafty Cider

I often buy cans of alcoholic beverages based on the can art. I’m not ashamed. It’s led me down some pretty cool rabbit holes. So when I saw this can with a foxy Robin Hood-nik balancing an arrow-ed apple on … Continue reading

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Marabou’s Schweizer Nöt

Or “milk chocolate with hazelnuts”. As you like. This bar has been called Sweden’s favorite chocolate bar, and I can see why. Smooth chocolate that’s just the right amount of sweet, studded with lots of chunks of hazelnuts.  Yep, you … Continue reading

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Lakritsfabriken’s Swedish Premium Sweet Liquorice

Tiny bits of heaven is what this is. It’s no secret that I love licorice, but this candy is gonna go into my Licorice Hall of Fame. This isn’t a sweet-sweet licorice, ala Good ‘n Plenty, but a lovely umami … Continue reading

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Ghirardelli Intense Dark – Hazlenut Heaven

I’m always game for dark chocolate. Plus, I’m a sucker for hazelnuts (aka filbert, a name I absolutely love) in any form. So hello, combination of the two! Ghirardelli blends their premium chocolate with nicely minced nuts to create a … Continue reading

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Samuel Adams Seasonal Summer Ale

Sam Adams has changed up their Summer Ale for the first time in 23 years. If you think I’m passing up a chance to give it a sip-see, you’re crazy. And you’re not crazy. Okay, you’re the right kind of … Continue reading

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Victory Brewing Company’s Storm King Imperial Stout

Stout, stout, stout, stout. I love stouts. So when I found a bottle of one I’d been wanting to try for a while – this very brew, as it happens – I grabbed it up immediately. I’d heard great things … Continue reading

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McKeever & Danlee Confectionery Co.’s Liquorice Allsorts

Licorice (though the company spells it with a “qu”, I’m used to the “c”, so I’ma go with that) allsorts are so darn pretty. All the colors, shapes and styles, all in one bag. Who can resist? Not me. And … Continue reading

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Orchard Valley Harvest’s Sweetened Cherries in Dark Chocolate

Dried cherries and dark chocolate. Two great tastes y’all. I’m not a chocolate covered berry kinda gal; the berry ends up mushy and the chocolate ends up damp. It’s a downer no matter how you look at it. But dried … Continue reading

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Specially Selected’s Chocolate Truffle Eggs

Easter chocolates can typically be found in two forms: the egg, and the bunny. Eggs tend to get a classier treatment, because they’re filled, so they can be called truffles. Truffles are classy y’all. Aldi’s foray into classy Easter isn’t … Continue reading

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Choceur’s Dark Chocolate Marzipan Mini Eggs

I used to avoid almond flavor like the plague. As a matter of fact, I had been accosted by marzipan when I was a small child, thank you for asking. Those syrup-oozing “strawberries” fooled me one too many times. I … Continue reading

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Reese’s Outrageous! Pieces bar

I love peanut butter, I love chocolate, I love caramel. And I really dig Reese’s Pieces. But Outrageous is less the sum of its parts. And that’s a real shame. The bar has a nice weight to it, and the … Continue reading

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Anthony Bourdain’s “The Nasty Bits”

(To keep things on the up-n-up, I must confess this is a re-print of the piece I wrote back in ’06. I could change tenses, and/or mention Bourdain’s passing, but I’m still in denial. So here ’tis, unsullied by the … Continue reading

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Heavy Seas Brewery’s Blackbeard’s Breakfast Salted Caramel Porter

I’m not one of the cool kids. I typically can’t handle bourbon-barrel aged brews. Too much like actual liquor; if I wanted a shot of booze, I’d grab tequila or vodka. When I want a beer, I want a beer, … Continue reading

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Oskar Blues Brewery’s Death By Coconut Irish Style Porter

Oskar Blues is a brewery that can’t do wrong in my eyes, ever since I stumbled upon their Old Chub Scotch Ale. So I’d been dying to try their seasonal coconut extravaganza for quite some time. And Death is right … Continue reading

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C.R. Maguire‘s A Whovian Feast: A Doctor Who Inspired Cookbook for Discriminating Fans and Chris-Rachael Oseland’s Dining with The Doctor

This review is really an acknowledgement that there’s a nearly inifinite number of writings about Doctor Who done by the fans of the show over the past fifty years. Yes there’s fanfic where they’ve created their own stories, some using … Continue reading

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Carletti’s Jakobsen Coffee Time chocolate collection

Danish chocolates? Don’t mind if I do!  Especially when the package itself gives me a great excuse to indulge. Coffee time? Yes please! And while these chocolates  would go great with coffee, I had mine with a stout, and then … Continue reading

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DeLallo Flat Fillets of Anchovies

I don’t like pineapple on pizza. I think it’s an abomination, and a waste of perfectly good pineapple. But what do I know, I like anchovies. So for part of my Feast of the Seven Fishes, here comes some ‘chovie … Continue reading

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Specially Selected Cold Smoked Salmon Deli Sliced

Smoked salmon seems to be a mainstay around here, especially during the holiday season. But while it’s a great treat, it often becomes cost prohibitive to really get your salmon on. Cue Aldi! Farm raised in Chile, their smoked salmon … Continue reading

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Specially Selected’s Cajun Flavored Hot Smoked Salmon

Hot smoked salmon? I’ve never heard of this. Or maybe it’s just that I tend to focus on the better known cold smoked salmon that typically graces bagels and brunch plates. But hot smoked is just that; a piece of … Continue reading

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Smashmallow’s Cinnamon Churro marshmallows

‘Tis the season for warm festive beverages! And for all the things to top ’em. Nutmeg for nog, a cinnamon stick for mulled goodness, and for folk who partake of animal products (ex: gelatin), marshmallows for coffee and chocolate-centric libations. … Continue reading

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Bar Harbor All Natural Smoked Wild Kippers

Tis the season to be fishy! While Christmas is almost a month away, I love planning a Fest of the Seven Fishes. Yes, at this house that includes Goldfish crackers and Swedish Fish, but I won’t judge you if you … Continue reading

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin – Snack Size

Milk chocolate and peanut butter. What a great combination. Even I, a dark chocolate fan, can appreciate it. Especially the tangy salty bite of a Reese’s cup’s peanut butter. Reese’s makes their usual cups, but sometimes they shape them for … Continue reading

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Treat Street’s Zombie Hand Gummy Lollipop

Gummy candy feels like cheating. All the fun of candy, but without the fat and cholesterol of chocolate. That means I can eat more, right? For Treat Street’s gummy lollie, I think I’ll stick to one. Not because they’re not … Continue reading

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Jelly Belly’s The Original Gourmet Candy Corn

JB started as Goelitz candy back in the mid-1800s, but Jelly Bellys wouldn’t come around ’til 1976. And thank goodness; I don’t know how I’d get along without their Buttered Popcorn, Margarita (from their Cocktail Classics® line), Toasted Marshmallow and…well, … Continue reading

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Wonka’s Halloween Fright-Tins: Vampire, Mummy and Ghost

I love Wonka candies. Everlasting Gobstoppers, Fun Dip, Spree, Bottle Caps…they’re all the stuff my childhood summers were made of. And of course Nerds and SweeTarts, which tended to bleed over into Halloween, thank goodness. (I realize we can all … Continue reading

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Sour Patch Kids’ Sour Patch Kids’ Zombie candy

Sour Patch Kids are a candy I tend to like, but only sometimes. And by “sometimes”, I mean “I only eat the red, blue and pink flavors.” Because let’s face it, these candies aren’t fruit flavored more than they’re flavored … Continue reading

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Flying Cauldron’s Butterscotch Beer

For the past twenty years, with Halloween comes Harry Potter. And Hermione, Ron, Tonks, Sirius, and the crew. I’ll admit to donning my own version of a Slytherin costume (well, as a Hufflepuff why not go as my polar opposite?) … Continue reading

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Cheetos’ Bag of Bones*

Like Eric Cartman, I love cheesy poofs. The crunchy ones are good too, but there’s something special about letting a savory, cheesy bit of air and corn melt onto your tongue. Weird, yes. But damn it’s good. During this, the … Continue reading

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Halva Licorice Bars – Sweet and Salty

Everyone around here knows I love black licorice. Wasn’t always so; I absolutely hated the stuff when I was a kid. But my dad would grab it gleefully, so after a while I decided to give a mini-box of Good … Continue reading

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Stork’s Toffifay

I remember being a kid and seeing Toffifay. It looked so elegant, so grown-up. Now this was a classy candy, obviously made for ADULTS, thought Little Me. Naturally, I had to try it. And I loved it. But I seldom … Continue reading

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Taza Chocolate’s Guajillo Chili Discs

There are lots of tastes that taste great together. Peanut butter and jelly. Buttered popcorn and champagne. (Seriously, try it.) And, of course, chocolate and licorice. But there’s one that doesn’t get enough love here in the States, and that’s … Continue reading

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