Candies and Sweets; the Best and Worst

I was at a Christmas party last night and I was given some candy which got me to thinking about some of my favourites, and my “less” favourite types of candies. 

First the three types of candy that I really enjoy. My favourite that can be purchased basically anywhere; the Crispy Crunch chocolate bar. Just enough sweetness, combined with the crunchy caramel centre that makes it all work just beautifully. 

After the Crispy Crunch chocolate bar my taste in sweets gets a little more exotic – Turkish Delight. Not the kind you buy in a grocery store but the kind you buy in a specialty shop. That ultra fine dusting of finer than fine icing suagr, the tender and yet softly yielding resistance as I bite into the cube of Delight…delightful. 

And then my other favourite, not a third choice, just another choice, the somewhat exotic All-sorts. Soft black licorice squares combined with those yellow and pink circles. Weirdly delicious. 

But then, the “candy” that is horrible beyond imagination; Turtles. Yuck. Disgusting. A solid caramel centre covered in crappy milk chocolate. The caramel centre is jaw-breaking. And once you do loosen it up it will break into chewy bits that will stick in your teeth for many weeks or worse, it will suck the fillings right out of your teeth. Yuck. 

And the final candy that disgusts and disappoints; Skittles. There is that moment when I open the package and I see those beautiful little shapes and my heart skips a beat thinking they maybe changed and are now like M&Ms. But no. They have that moment of sweetness when you start to chew them and then they only bring me heart ache and disappointment. Super chewy little balls of misery. 

Crispy Crunch bars, Turkish Delight, and All-sorts are my candy go-to candies. What we your favourites and not so favourites? Feel free comment on this blog post to tell me your favourites and not-so favourites. 

BC Ferries Pacific Buffet

After my luxurious stay in the Fairmont Empress Gold Hotel I also had the pleasure of returning via BC Ferries from Schwartz Bay to Tsawwassen on the mainland. Typically I open up my laptop and work while on the ferry. This time I chose to treat myself to the Pacific Buffet. And what a treat it was!

The lunch food was great; baked salmon with a lemon dill sauce, some kind of cheese stuffed ravioli, rice, spring rolls, steamed veggies, clam chowder and a complete salad bar with all the usual suspects to be found. Delicious.

However, the real star of the Pacific Buffet is their Decadent Dessert Bar. This is the chocolate lovers paradise.

My first stop was this chocolate cake. Perfection.

Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cake

These tasty little chocolate layer bars were another hit with me.

Chocolate layer bars
Chocolate layer bars

These tiny chocolate wafers were also delicious.

More chocolate
More chocolate

Cookies dipped in chocolate. Little mounds of goodness covered in chocolate.

Chocolate cookies
Chocolate cookies

Need I say more? Tiny chocolate cupcakes.

Tiny chocolate cupcakes
Tiny chocolate cupcakes

So what did I manage to sample? Well, strictly for your sake, I sampled the cheesecake, the tiny chocolate cupcakes, the tiny chocolate tarts, the chocolate covered mound of gooey goodness and a couple of the chocolate dipped cookies.

My Plate
My Plate

And my verdict? Cheesecake perfectly moist with a nice resistance to the fork pushing through it. The tiniest bit tart blueberries (my choice) were a perfect accompaniment to the rich sweetness of the cheesecake. it was all delicious. All superb. All wonderful.

My only regret was that the sailing was only an hour and a half so I could not indulge myself any further.

Disclosure; this review is based on my personal opinion. I did not receive any form of compensation from BC Ferries or anybody else for writing this review. As with all blog entries I do, editorial control remains mine and mine alone.