Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Best Candy Store Ever?

 


Whenever I travel I tend to visit candy and junk food sites. These sites could be historical, they could be a great shopping experience, or they could be just an amazing experience. Almost every place I visit sells candy in some way. Even the few candy museums I've been to tend to have some kind of shopping experience attached to them. The thing about the candy shopping experience is that it's rarely more than just a place to get exclusive or inexpensive treats. Sometimes there's a little decoration or theming, and that's fun, but it's never more than just decoration. There is however one candy store that has more, and that's the Fazer Cafe in Helsinki, Finland.

For those unfamiliar, Fazer is a chocolate company from Finland that may not be very well known in certain parts of the world, but in Northern Europe it's the top brand. It's the top brand for good reason too, I would rank it as one of the best mass produced chocolates in the world. It easily holds its own with brands like Cadbury. They also make some amazing bars with fascinating combinations, their licorice blend is surprisingly amazing. Fazer started in Helsinki by a Russian imigrant. The cafe in downtown Helsinki is not only their flagship store, but it's the original location.

The interesting thing about this cafe is that it's not completely chocolate bar themed. It's really a nice cafe where you can order a tasty sandwich or a classic cinnamon bun. Most of the cafe is actually still a cafe, and not a chocolate shop. According to the information at the cafe, this is how Fazer got its start, as a cafe that became famous for their chocolate treats. Eventually the chocolate treats became the main source of their business, but they've kept the cafe open, and selling nice baked goods and coffee. 

They also do sell chocolate, I would say that about one third of the cafe is dedicated to selling their chocolates and gummy candies. They offer all of the classic Fazer treats, but also some exclusive harder to find treats too. The price is a little higher than you might find at your local Finnish grocery store, but not much. The cafe is also not the cheapest cafe either, but you get a chance to sit in a historical site, doing what people did there before this brand became a chocolate giant. It's not themed either, it's just remained a cafe.

I can't visit Finland without a stop at the Fazer cafe. I don't think I'd plan a trip just to visit, but Finland is one of my favourite countries to visit, so I feel like I'll be there again in the future.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

I Ate Something Too Spicy

 I'm never really sure why I eat super spicy foods, I don't really like them, but here we go again.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Chill Out and Learn Something New


 Did you know that narwhals like to eat nougat? Well maybe not in real life (please don't feed a narwhal nougat), but it's always fun to pretend.

Pick up Treats and Beasts right now on Amazon or at bewarethecheese.com/treatsnbeasts.

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Monday, February 19, 2024

My Purple Candy Rule

 I have a weird guideline/rule about candy, when in doubt, always go for purple. If I'm presented with colour options and I'm not really sure which to choose, I pick purple. If I'm in a store and I see a deep purple treat, I'll probably buy it. While I don't hunt out purple treats, I always feel like purple is a good bet. It's not that purple treats are always the best, but they're always either grape (which is a fine basic flavour) or something pretty interesting (like this new review, ube). So my unsure answer if presented a shelf full of treats, is go for the purple one. I should also note that this doesn't work for package colour, the treat itself must be purple.

Check out my latest purple review.

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Friday, February 16, 2024

That's A Big Lollipop

 Sometimes I think it's more fun to watch people make candy then it is to eat it, but that's probably only because I'm not eating it right now.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Bite Into Snack Facts

 


I bet you've always wanted to know everything there is to know about gummy bears. Well now you can!

Check out Snack Facts on Amazon, or at candycritic.org/snackfacts

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Bad Chocolate

I'm always conflicted about bad chocolate. Chocolate is a treat that often has a very close association of quality and price. It's very rare to get a really great piece of chocolate for a very cheap price. Having said that, I have had some disappointing expensive chocolate in the past. The reason inexpensive chocolate is often not great is fairly simple, cocoa is expensive. The reasons behind expensive chocolate being disappointing is a little harder to explain. My latest review is firmly in the the inexpensive, and not really great category. Maybe some day I'll be surprised, but for now I'll just keep tasting.

Check out my latest disappointing chocolate bar review.

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