While researching novelty Easter candy last week, I had an epiphany: Why not start a weekly column on new and unusual candy? Not only candy, but any sort of sweet treat. Fortunately, Mike Seely is letting me indulge my sweet tooth to satisfy yours.
My most recent candy excursion was yesterday at the Jefferson Square Bartell's in West Seattle. Perusing the ever-growing candy aisle, two things stopped me in my tracks; one was a Baby Ruth Crisp (left). The other turned out to be a candy which, while not brand spanking new, deserves a nod.
The Baby Ruth Crisp, which I ate just before starting this post, is delicious. It is reminiscent of my favorite candy bar -- the Whatchamacallit, but with a little less caramel and more of a Baby Ruth taste. It comes split in two, just like a regular Baby Ruth, but this new Crisp is composed of a stack of wafers in addition to the caramel, peanuts and chocolate that the classic Baby Ruth is known for. It's also got a layer of peanut butter creme. I would highly recommend picking one up today.
The other not-so-new candy that I mentioned is the coconut M&Ms. In my opinion, these are better than plain M&Ms, but not quite as good as the peanut variety. What's great about this new coconut flavor is its size. Maybe it's just my imagination, but these newfangled M&Ms seem a bit plumper than the original incarnation. They come in white, green and brown colors and taste like little crunchy Mounds Bars. They're the perfect sweet tooth fix.
If I had to chose between the Baby Ruth Crisp and the coconut M&Ms, I would probably chose the M&Ms because of the flavor-to-novelty ratio. With that said, if I had a serious chocolate craving, I'd go for the Baby Ruth Crisp. The addition of wafers and peanut butter creme makes this a satisfying candy bar for any chocoholic.
If you've spotted any crazy candies, ice cream or other sweet treats, please let me know in the comments section!