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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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Review: Excel Mist peppermint chewing gum

As a kid, Excel’s Chiclets-style pieces of hard-coated chewing gum appealed to me, partially because they had flavour that lasted longer than seven chews – a Chiclets-specific issue I was reminded of every October 31 as I found two-piece fun-sized boxes in my Halloween candy. Excel had the familiar buck-tooth/pillow form of Chiclets, but came […]

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Arbitrary: Some bubble-filled options for New Year’s Eve

When toasting the new year, the easy choice is a sparkling wine. It’s traditional, it’s a zazzy crowd-pleaser and it’s the simple thing to pick. But maybe others don’t like the whole champagne at midnight thing? Maybe they’d like another form of bubbly goodness? If you’re going to toast with beer, you’d might as well […]

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Review: Coconut Ice

I can’t get enough of British Pantry, a great little British import shop in northwest Calgary. A couple of months ago, I asked them if they could bring in coconut ice, one of my favourite childhood treats. They told me they’d look into it, but I assumed they wouldn’t be able to track any down. […]

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Review: Porta Kiwi chocolate bar

If you’ve been following this site for any length of time, you’ll know that I loves me some oddball chocolate bars. Yes, yes, I know. Oddball is in the eye of the beholder, but come on: a kiwi flavoured chocolate bar? I found this curious Porta brand treat at the Italian Centre in Edmonton, along […]

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Review: Ocean Spray Chocolate-Covered Craisins

Wait, what? Since when has Ocean Spray been making chocolate-covered Craisins? Why did nobody tell me? I only recently found these in the produce section at several grocery stores in Calgary, in the spots where you’d normally find regular Craisins – look for salad toppings, croutons, etc. In case you’re unfamiliar with Craisins, they’re essentially […]

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