KitKat Cone

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I don’t know if you guys are getting tired of reading about KitKats on my blog. I’m certainly not tired of eating them. Although usually I wrote about a new flavor of KitKat, this time I’m writing about KitKat and ice cream cone hybrid that I came across in Bali. To be honest, it wasn’t all that special. It was pretty much just a Cornetto style chocolate ice cream cone with a KitKat stuck in it, almost like a “whippy” in the UK. Not that it wasn’t good though. I enjoyed it, but if I never see one again I could live with that.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 6

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Camembert & Fig Chips

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I love camembert and I love figs and the two make a great combination, but how will they pair as a potato chip flavor? I found out in Australia where famous chip distributor Kettle released a line of luxury potato chips called “sensations”. It certainly was not sensational. I couldn’t tell what flavor it was if I hadn’t seen the package. There was a certain sweetness, but that’s where it ended. They were good chips though in all honesty, just not what I expected.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 6 

KitKat Gold

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I haven’t been hiding my love of KitKats on this blog. We don’t usually find them here in China, so it’s often restricted to when I’m traveling. If you’ve been reading my blog you’ll know I found many different varieties of KitKat in Japan, but during my trip to Australia I wasn’t disappointed either. On my first day in Oz, pretty much the first thing I bought was a so-called KitKat Gold. It was named that after its golden hue, but no actual gold was used. Instead the golden appearance was obtained by using caramel. They could have just called it a caramel KitKat, but what’s the fun in that. This KitKat, unlike some of the other ones I’ve had, really delivered on flavor. You could taste the caramel, and it was just a joy to eat.

Fear Factor 0 / Taste Test – 8

Mint Maltesers

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I might have mentioned before that it is hard to find a different version of Maltesers as I’ve only seen a handful of renditions over the years. To me, that’s not necessarily a bad thing as perfection is a difficult thing to perfect. I really do think nothing’s better than a crispy crunchy Malteser. Australia seems to think otherwise as I not only found a raspberry flavored Malteser, but also a mint flavored one. Mint and chocolate is of course a classic combination, so it’s hardly original or risky, but it’s considered a classic for a reason. It’s just that damn good. I loved these minted Maltesers and wish they’d be released worldwide, but I’ll still take my originals any day.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 9

Rum raisin pretzel sticks

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Every once and a while I try out a new flavour of pretzel sticks or bread sticks such as the famous Japanese Pocky. In China they have recently added a rum raisin variety, which used to be my favorite ice cream flavor as a kid. An alcoholic in the making, perhaps. These sticks were somewhat reminiscent of that ice cream I remember so well, but the taste was not very intense. It was nice, but is nice ever really good enough?

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 6

Salmon and wasabi chips

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Salmon and wasabi is a now classic combination, bur in potato chips it’s a pretty new concoction. The question is: “Does is work?”. The answer, I would say, is no, not really. There was just the feintest trace of fishiness to these chips, hardly enough to label them as salmon flavored. There was some wasabi, however, and not too much to make your head hurt, so at least they got that part right. If they had named these chips wasabi flavored ones, rather than salmon and wasabi, I would probably have given them a higher score, but as it stands I don’t think they quite hit the mark.

Fear Factor – 2 / Taste Test – 5

Wasabi Oreos

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Here’s something I never thought I’d see in my lifetime. Wasabi Oreos. Yet there it was, on the shelves of the supermarket. It was a limited edition, the same time as those chicken wing flavored ones, so I was lucky to buy a pack when I could. The actual cookies were just regular Oreo cookies, but the stuffing was extremely green almost as if it was pure wasabi paste. I’m thinking now that perhaps it actually was just plain wasabi, because as soon as I had a bite I got this massive whack in the face that only wasabi or horseradish can give you. I tell you, it was not pleasant.

Fear Factor – 6 / Taste Test – 1

Beanboozled: Minions Edition

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I have written before about the special Jellybeans called “Beanboozled”. Each package will have some good flavors and some bad ones that are indistinguishable from each other. It’s a little like Russian roulette in that you never know what you’re going to get. Ok, maybe it’s more like a box of chocolates. When I played this before with my friends I found that the so-called bad flavors can actually be really enjoyable such as soap, grass and even dirt, but there are some bad eggs as well such as, well, bad eggs.

The reason I’m posting about Beanboozled for a third time now is that I found a new special edition featuring everyone’s favorite yellow cartoon characters the Minions – no offense Simpsons fans. These boxes had two extra unusual jellybeans namely pencil shavings and minion farts. The names alone made me laugh. They were in fact not all that bad. The pencil shavings one tasted slightly woody – no offense Toy Story fans, and the Minion fart ones didn’t really disgust all that much. A fun edition to an already fun collection of candy.

Fear Factor – 3 / Taste Test – 8

Hot pot pretzel sticks

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Every once and a while I try out a new flavor of pretzel sticks. They are usually sweet with flavors such as chocolate, green tea and strawberry, but are often also savory. In the past I’ve tried shark fin soup flavored ones for instance. The flavor of the month this time was hot pot. Hot pot is China’s favorite dish consisting of a large bowl of spice soup that you then cook your raw ingredients in. The pretzel sticks were not nearly as spicy as I had imagined with only a trace of spice to tingle your taste buds. It could have been a great flavor, but unfortunately this one was just too mild in taste.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 5

Raspberry maltesers

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Just a couple of posts ago I mentioned how Maltesers are my favourite candy, but they never really have any unusual varieties. So I thought anyway. I just arrived in Australia for a trip and one of the first things that caught my eye at the 7-eleven was a bright pink bag of Maltesers.

As it turned out this was indeed a new kind of chocolate malt balls. This was a raspberry coated Malteser. I expected a bag full of little pink balls, but they looked the same as usual with a regular coating of chocolate. It did taste of raspberry, though it was a subtle flavour with the actual chocolate being dominant. After a handful or so they started to taste like regular Maltesers though perhaps with a hint of raspberry every once and a while.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 7