Saturday, January 9, 2010

Help The Snackmaster Out

The Snackmaster wants your help/feedback. While I'm certainly nowhere near blogged out, I feel like I may be missing out on covering some truly important snacks. I want you to utilize the comments section below to offer suggestions of snacks that you would like to see me blog about. I am committed to exploring new options so if that means that there are some awesome foreign treats or regional rarities, I am willing to do some research and, if it is possible, mail order them.

Have I missed anything really big? Anything truly important?
Are there any new brand extensions that seem promising?
Are there snacking techniques that you've heard about that deserve attention?
Do I need to broaden my horizons? What exactly does that look like?
What's REALLY good?
Please try and remember the goal of The Snackmaster: don't offer suggestions of fruits or other healthy foods, unless there is some exceptionally guilty-feeling response you get from eating it.

And please, do not refrain from commenting if you have come upon this post months from now. I will regularly check back.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Cadbury Heroes

Recently my brother, Liam, and his beautiful wife, Christine, went abroad. I made them promise to bring me back some foreign snacks. One of their stops was in England and Cadbury Heroes was the selection made.

Firstly, a name like this is a bold statement. To an avid comic book collector and true snack connoisseur, putting the word "Heroes" in the name of your product is a risky endeavor. So, you may ask, did Cadbury succeed in living up to the name Heroes? Sure, why not, I guess. Frankly they didn't fail. This product is truly exceptional, but no more so than dozens of other snacks I can think of. Cadbury Heroes is an assortment of some of Cadbury's finest chocolate products. Let me break it down item by item:

Cadbury Creme Egg "Twisted" - This is basically a miniature version of a Cadbury Creme Egg. Having previously discussed this before, the only thing I could add in regards to this incarnation is the fact that the creme to chocolate ratio is a bit more even. This is neither a plus nor a minus. I have learned to love the excess of creme that one must face in the standard egg, but am also pleased to enjoy a more reasonable balance.

Cadbury Dairy Milk - This is two small squares of Cadbury's signature milk chocolate. As a kid, whenever a family member visited a European country this is what was brought back. The idea being that the chocolate from over there was clearly superior to any in the states; I must substantiate, from my experience, that this is true.

Cadbury Dairy Milk with Caramel - Easy comparison : Caramello. However, using Cadbury's milk chocolate clearly places this a few tiers above the dry and less milky chocolate of Caramello. The caramel insides are about the same in flavor and texture.

Cadbury "Twirl" - Not a real big fan of this one. It's like layers of thin, dryish chocolate overlapping each other while leaving smalls pockets of air to form a crispy small chocolate bar. Nothing real special about it. I'm a fan of chocolate straight up or accompanied with some delicacy. No need to find a different way to present/form it for me to enjoy it.

Cadbury "Eclairs" - This reminds me of Sugar Daddys or Bit o Honey. Some weird caramelly-taffy type stuff. Not really big on these either. There is a small bit of chocolate in the center. It's kind of weird but whatever.

Cadbury Bournville - Dark chocolate. It is what it is. Not a real big fan of dark chocolate.

Cadbury "Fudge" - This truly deserves the quotation marks I've been putting on some of these. This is definitely not fudge. My best guess is that it some sort of confectionary/chocolate blend created to taste like fudge. It's still pretty good. It looks like a mini Twix bar, but with a soft, chewy consistency.

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The Snackmaster Thank Yous:

Much thanks to Ashley for hooking me up with some of these:

and to Cody and Anna for these:

The nameless top one can only be imagined as a "Fruity Rainbow Fun Stick."

Friday, January 1, 2010

The Snackmaster : The Reboot

The Snackmaster has taken quite a break, but I believe I am ready to start blogging again. Many thanks to all the (quite unexpected, at times) people who came up to me randomly at parties or out and about and let me know that they enjoy the blog. There would be no reboot without those incidents.

I started the year off like many others: hung over.
My friend Soren was in NYC for the New Years and we hit up a very necessary, rehabilitating brunch at a Latino diner down the street from me in Bushwick. Nothing really special about the place, but it is a favorite of mine on weekend mornings when I am struggling. Stuff is cheap, but more importantly, classic american greasy diner breakfast.

I had: two scrambled eggs (ended up being not that greasy, and not runny: perfect), cheapo sausage links, home fries, and an extremely generic plain bagel grilled with cream cheese.

Soren had: French toast made from regular sized sliced bread (nothing special looking AT ALL) and bacon.

We both had: Really good, cold water in tall glass mugs, a small cup of coffee (super watery, bodega style coffee: my favorite) in a paper cup.

While I have been away, I have been busy:

My bedroom; my shrine.