Tutti vanilla? Mocorran chocolate

A lovely friend of mine, went on holiday to Marrakesh in Morocco a few weeks ago, and on my doorstep this morning was a little parcel containing a few moroccan trinkets that they sent to me from their travels. Within those trinkets were two types of Moroccan candy. I instantly wanted to try them. First up is a small chocolate bar called “Tutti Frutti,”
Reading the very poor english on the back, I’m presuming its a chocolate bar with a fruit filling inside. I’ve never really heard of Macao before and so I went investigating.
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Raise your Nutella covered knives and spread in memory of Michele Ferrero

Michele Ferrero

Valentines weekend came with a massive heartache within confectionery world. Michele Ferrero, known for introducing the world of consumers to “Nutella,” chocolate spread in 1964, has died at the ripe old age of 89.
His company is also known for Ferrero Rocher, Kinder Eggs and Tic Tacs.
He died peacefully at home after months of being ill, according to a company statement.

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Dinner? Dessert? Maybe. Japanese? Definitely. Sour Plum and Shiso Candy

These look interesting


Edgewater, NJ, Mitsuwa Marketplace - Umeboshi Shiso Candy
Direct from Japan – the perpetual world capital of weird –  comes 男梅, Plum Man.

Who is that?

The real question is, what is that?  Before even touching upon what the candy above tastes like and why there are so many different topics written all over the packaging – the one in the upper right hints at receiving a Japanese kitchenware gift – Plum Man is the mascot introduced by the Nobel company located close to the lower-left part of the bag.  What does it do?  It’s a Junichiro-of-all-trades, I guess.

As for the taste, umeboshi – yes, that same umeboshi in the BuildingMyBento header – with a hint of shiso.  That is to say, pickled plum and… shiso?  Shiso, also known as perilla, is an herb that not only has antiseptic properties, but is also used to add a light red hue to umeboshi.  Imagine a…

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In a World of Pure Imagination


A few weeks ago, I went to the bright lights of London and during my weekend away as I wrote in my last blog I went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Musical. I thoroughly enjoyed my evening out and recommend the musical to anyone. They were even selling actual Wonka chocolate bars “Millionaire Shortbread,” The usual merchadise was there to tantalise you’re fingers to grab the credit card, however I managed to get away with a bracelet and a souvenir brochure.

We managed to sneak our own supplies of Wonka “Runts” and “Nerds” into the theatre.
As our mouths engaged with the sweet Wonka treats, a feast before our eyes began.
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