Review: Davids Tea Cream of Earl Grey chocolate bar

I’ve seen many chocolate and coffee pairings in my time, from chocolate-covered espresso beans to chocolate bars with coffee grounds mixed in. Chocolate is a common flavouring in many espresso-spiked drinks produced by Starbucks, from the chilly mocha Frappuccino to the garden variety hot mocha. But chocolate and tea? About the closest I’ve seen is […]

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Review: Pepsi Next

The recent wave of soft drinks sweetened with real sugar has traded on nostalgia, bringing us back to an age where flavour mattered and sugar was the sweetener of choice. Then into the fray steps Pepsi Next, a special version of Pepsi made with real sugar (!) and stevia (?), a flavour of the month […]

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Arbitrary: Lessons from the spectacular failure of Lay’s Maple Moose potato chips

Not too terribly long ago, we wrote about the Canadian edition of Lay’s Do Us a Flavour promotion, in which the nice people at Lay’s asked for public suggestions for new chip flavours, selected four finalists from these suggestions, then turned those four ideas into chips that the public could taste. It was a contest, […]

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Review: Starbucks Via Caffè Mocha

The last in our series of hot chocolate reviews is actually not quite a hot chocolate. Instead, it’s a caffè mocha mix, which is sort of a hybrid between a latte and a hot chocolate. It’s part of Starbucks’ line of Via instant coffee beverages, a line I’ve tried before (see our Via Pumpkin Spice […]

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Review: Tim Hortons Hot Chocolate

Whatever you think of the brand – and regardless of ownership – Tim Hortons is a Canadian institution. No, the donuts aren’t great, and yes, you really should look at the nutritional information before ordering the chili, but the beautiful familiarity of Timmy’s – even the missing apostrophe in the official name – powers road […]

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Review: Camino Original Milk hot chocolate

Yes, the second hot chocolate on my month-long quest is also an organic, fair trade product. See, the Carnation folks really do have a death-grip on the Canadian hot chocolate market, which makes finding alternatives in the grocery store harder than you’d think. I found this tin in Safeway, next to all the Carnation varieties. […]

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Review: Green & Black’s Organic Hot Chocolate Drink

It’s Hot Chocolate Festival month in Calgary, which has me in a hot chocolate state of mind. To celebrate, I’ve decided to write about four different takes on hot chocolate in powdered mix form. I’ve already written about that classic of Canadian winters, Carnation Hot Chocolate, so that’s why I’m not going to write about […]

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Review: Sugarpova Flirty Sour gummy candy

“Sugarpova? Doesn’t that sound kind of like … who is it … Sharapova? Maria? That tennis player? There’s no way that could be …” (Picks up package of gummies on the drugstore shelf, reads the back.) “Well, what the hell. Isn’t that … strange.” I was initially confused by the whole idea of a candy […]

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