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Review: Dairy Milk Honey Roasted Cashews and Hazelnuts

My wonderful cousin sent me a text about a new series of chocolate bars from Dairy Milk that I had to check out. They had fanciful names like Honey Roasted Cashews and Hazelnuts, Pretzel and Peanut Butter, and Toasted Coconut and Cashews. Neat, right? The strangest part of this concept is that, in my mind, […]

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Review: Highland Maid Scottish Tablet

While ambling about in the Scottish highlands roughly a decade ago, I learned of the glories of both Scottish tablet and Orkney fudge, both crazy-sweet, super delicious confections that still remind me of train trips past shaggy-looking cattle and rocky fields of squishy heather. When I visit Scottish import shops, it’s one of the treats […]

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Review: Starbucks Blonde Willow Blend

Near as I can remember, I had my first sip of coffee before I entered kindergarten. So, really, I think I can fairly state that I’ve gone through a few coffee phases in my life. As a teen, I was so used to the church-basement swill of percolated Folgers puddle-water that my first experience with […]

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Review: Doritos Taco flavour tortilla chips

Before Intense Pickle, in a time prior to Onion Rings ‘N Ketchup descending from the heavens, the world knew the glories of Taco flavour Doritos. And they were good. If you’ve set foot in a grocery store during the past three years, you’ve probably noticed the recent surge in old-school snacks making a reappearance years […]

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Review: Kerstin’s Chocophilia Pumpkin Pie chocolate bar

While back in Edmonton for the Christmas holidays, I picked up one of my favourite Edmonton treats at one of my favourite Edmonton haunts: a Kerstin’s Chocophilia chocolate bar, fetched from Transcend Coffee’s Garneau café. I’d never tried the Pumpkin Pie flavour, so, as it always does, curiosity got the better of me. The Pitch: […]

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Review: Maple Ice Mints

Made by Big Sky Brands, the same people behind the Sunkist mints I reviewed earlier, these curious new Maple Ice Mints present a strange flavour combination I’d never thought of before: mint and maple. On their own, I like both flavours, but what happens when they collide in a single candy? The Pitch: “Maple Ice […]

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Review: Aero Peppermint chocolate bar

As previously noted on NEAROF!, I don’t mind Aero. It’s a plain sort of chocolate bar that mixes things up by adding air bubbles instead of raisins or nuts. The Aero Peppermint bar has always seemed a curious extension to the line, though it’s also kind of ingenious. It introduces a new flavour without changing […]

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Review: Lowney Cherry Blossom

These little chocolate-coated candied cherries have been a staple on Canadian chocolate-bar racks for decades. While other candies and chocolate bars have spent oodles of dough rebranding themselves for the new, more x-treem (shudder) generation, there’s something soothing about seeing a sweet treat that hasn’t bothered with 3-D type, gimmicky claims or fancy foil-plastic packaging. […]

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