Thursday, November 10, 2005

holiday "trend": mint

Peppermint As A Xmas Flavor: not new. But w/ candy makers so comfy w/ limited edition-ing, there's room for more pepp. Mint Kit-Kats are back and here's more stuff:
1. Hershey’s miniatures ltd-ed choc mint collection, a trio: mint-milk-choc, mint-dark-choc, & mint-white-choc w/ crunchy candy bits (see pic). Eat all 3 & contrast!
2. Nestle mint Treasures, like big lunky Jr Mints, but still an enhancement to the SuperT candy aisle
3. mint M&Ms, intro’d 4 Xmas a few yrs ago but i never saw 'em til this wk

28 Comments:

At November 10, 2005 11:43 AM, Anonymous Wigmubarac said...

Splendid! More chocolate minis.

 
At November 10, 2005 11:51 AM, Anonymous tg said...

how fast on the draw wigmubarac is! and there i was, still fixin' my links. all clear now

 
At November 10, 2005 11:54 AM, Anonymous tg said...

hopefully, next time wigmubarac visits NYCE, wigmubarac will take another gander at the updated presentation of today's item. no pressure, tho. whatever wigmubarac wants

 
At November 10, 2005 11:58 AM, Anonymous m.b. said...

T.G., excellent photo!!!! I accidentaly clicked ON the photo and saw the closeup version. The candy bits really stand out! What exactly are they made of?

 
At November 10, 2005 12:06 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I'd guess sugar and peppermint extract.

 
At November 10, 2005 12:08 PM, Anonymous tg said...

m.b. you know what's so weird? is that the top of the white-choc mini has way more candy crunches than the bottom. i didn't realize this but they must pour the liquid choc into a mold whose bottom has the nestle imprint. so the little crunchies sink to the "bottom" which ends up being the top.

anyway to answer yr question, the crunchies are just weird little crackly things. perhaps like tiny shreds of hard candy. they end up sticking a bit to your teeth. but the texture is nice; as previously stated, i'm down with the grit

 
At November 10, 2005 12:09 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Are those sleigh bells or a jack hammer?

 
At November 10, 2005 12:10 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I see there's not many of those Hershey's bars left in the bag. I'm sure it didn't come that way.

 
At November 10, 2005 12:12 PM, Anonymous tg said...

as for the bag, i um er i had to empty the bag of its contents slightly to maximize the layout of the photo. yep, that's it. great layout, huh?

 
At November 10, 2005 12:13 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I see the M&M bag has the crumpled look of emptiness, too.

 
At November 10, 2005 12:20 PM, Anonymous tg said...

PHOTO LAYOUT, aesthetics, striving for good visuals. WHEN will you stop TORMENTING me, enough, i can't TAKE it anymore, OK OK i CONFESS, i ATE THE M&Ms, are you happy now

 
At November 10, 2005 12:23 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

You can't fool us!

 
At November 10, 2005 12:27 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

I'm not really big on the whole mint thing.

 
At November 10, 2005 12:32 PM, Anonymous peanut gallery said...

Me neither. Mint doesn't go with nuts, which everyone knows makes the best possible combo for chocolate.

 
At November 10, 2005 3:14 PM, Anonymous grain of salt said...

Mint, big deal

 
At November 10, 2005 3:28 PM, Anonymous IceCreamHead said...

Love the MINT and the "cool" pics too.

 
At November 10, 2005 3:33 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

I have a hard time believing that any of these could beat two Chicago staples (available year round, I might add...)

Fannie May Mint Meltaways. A couple of Harvard MBAs with sweet tooths took over Fannie May's product line two years ago, and were smart enough to keep most of the favorites going. When I worked with the new owners on the acquisition of the brands a couple of years ago, they were bemoaning the fact that their drive to keep the authentic recipes going meant they were paying $350 a gallon for vanilla extract. (There was a severe shortage of vanilla at the time.) Their drive for authenticity shows in the quality of their product. To hell with value engineering!

Marshall Field's Frango Mints. These are a longtime favorite of the visitors to Field's Christmas windows (along with Garrett's Popcorn). They used to be made in a kitchen that could be viewed from the street, but Target (a former Field's owner) moved the production to an offshore factory. By the way, Federated Department Stores, which now owns Field's announced a couple of months ago that they were getting rid of the Field's brand and renaming it Macy's. They nearly caused a lynch mob to form in Chicago. Macy's Frango mints ... not the same to a Chicagoan.

Interesting trivia (new to me) from the Chicago Tribune archives:

"The predecessor of the Frango mint was developed by Frederick and Nelson Co., said Herbert Knechtel, the man credited with inventing the candy. When Fields bought the Seattle retailer in 1929, the mints were called ``Francos,`` an acronym of the name of the newly acquired property.

"The name was changed when Spanish dictator Francisco Franco rose to power in the late 1930s, Knechtel said. ``They didn`t want people to think it was named after him,`` Knechtel explained. He said Frangos were in great demand in the years following World War II, when demand far exceeded the chocolate supply."

Hmmm...I wonder if that's why Hitler's Chocolates changed their name to Hershey's?

 
At November 10, 2005 10:31 PM, Anonymous polar negri said...

unless you've had candied whale blubber, you don't know your sweets. of course we dye it green or red, or sometimes stripes of both, at the yule season. the kids just go crazy

 
At November 10, 2005 10:36 PM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

tg: you know all those makers of decorative plates and figurines of famous people call their very mass=produced items limited editions, too. you know what they will be worth in 5 years? maybe a fifth of what you paid for them, if someone is crazy enough to still be collecting them. what i want in limited edition is $500 bills; i hear they really are in short supply

 
At November 10, 2005 10:40 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

tg: your favorite jack in the box is now selling stuffed jalapenos with ranch dressing. the first time i tried them, they were sizzling hot and really good, if you feel you must eat some veggies every day. tonight's order had sat awhile and were thus less enjoyable, alas.

 
At November 10, 2005 10:45 PM, Anonymous mary worth said...

a true lady never questions where the mint on her pillow came from

 
At November 10, 2005 10:47 PM, Anonymous paris said...

gee, mary, i would have said a real lady ALWAYS questioned the mint on the pillow. but them maybe i am too close to the family biz

 
At November 10, 2005 10:52 PM, Anonymous tg said...

do my eyes deceive me? or did someone mention a new product at jack in the box?!

 
At November 10, 2005 10:55 PM, Anonymous wendy said...

one wonders if your two jalapeno orders were purchased at the same jack in the box. commenters have observed that some jacks are better than others. the only thing i notice is that, come 10 p.m. or so, every one of them claims their shake machine is "broken". me smells something fishy there, like maybe they don't feel like messing with shakes late at night...

 
At November 10, 2005 10:57 PM, Anonymous long john silver said...

Aye, but why would anyone want a shake late at night?

 
At November 10, 2005 10:58 PM, Anonymous nicole r. said...

I don't think paris knows anything about being a lady.

 
At November 11, 2005 4:28 AM, Anonymous Wigmubarac said...

Ah yes, I'll be back to take a look at all the links Teresa, but I needed to post because I had to be somewhere.

 
At November 11, 2005 9:55 AM, Anonymous Paris' Paris said...

And a true man never questions the mint in the urinal.

 

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