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Taste test: New sweet treats

Whether my mission is filling an Easter basket or serving dessert at family gatherings, this time of year always sends me looking for sugar-filled treats. This week, judges were excited to try a few new goodies that would satisfy any of their sugar cravings as well as look good among a clutch of marshmallow Peeps or on a buffet table alongside coconut cupcakes.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

ProductMilka Oreo


Candy Bar
Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pint SlicesKrispy Kreme Doughnuts Cake Mix International Delight Vanilla One-Touch Latte Frothing Coffee Creamer

On a recent trip to Europe, my daughter couldn't get enough of Milka milk chocolate bars. Back home, we scoured every local store to keep her supplied. When we couldn't find pure milk chocolate bars, she settled for those with fillings. Eventually, she liked the bars with cookie fillings best. Imagine her excitement when we found Milka was producing an Oreo-infused candy bar. It didn't disappoint. Our judges had similar reactions. They loved the glossy chocolate shell of the bars with the crunchy cookie centers. "I love the good chocolate crunch, the creamy inside and the touch of toffee flavor," said one panelist. Another said the bar was a perfect balance of cookie and chocolate, adding, "I really like it because it isn't too sweet." When comedian Stephen Colbert recently promoted these ice cream bars on his nighttime talk show, I knew it wouldn't be long before they made it to our taste panel. "It's got a nice, dark chocolate shell and intense chocolatey ice cream," said one judge. "Ben & Jerry have done it again," said another. "I love the deep chocolate and nice chunks of fudge." One panelist noted they can be a bit messy, saying: "You have to eat them fast." But, she added: "They are a great size and a great treat."Krispy Kreme doughnut fans will love this cake. That said, our judges were split on this twist from the same company. They liked the texture and look of the Bundt cake, but said the doughnut flavor was very pronounced. "It definitely has an aftertaste of doughnuts, which doesn't seem desirable in a cake," said one panelist. Another said she would prepare this cake for its "melt-in-your-mouth texture and tender crumb." The icing provided with the cake mix had a fruity, doughnut flavor, according to judges.For the most part, what seemed like a really great idea didn't wow our judges. We were tickled to find International Delight's latte creamer that works like canned whipped cream — one pump per cup. But the flavor wasn't that impressive to our panelists, even those who added a second pump. "It does look frothy and it tastes pretty good on its own, but it doesn't seem any more interesting than regular cream," said one judge. "It looks attractive and adds some richness without a lot of sweetness," said another judge. "I'll probably stick with my favorite latte from the local coffee shop," she said.

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Shopping information99 cents for a 1.44-ounce bar from Publix.$5.99 for a 9-ounce box of three bars from

$2.48 for a 16.3-ounce box from Walmart.$3.99 for a 12-ounce can from Winn-Dixie.

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; John Hehn, foodie and owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; Janet Keeler, assistant professor of journalism at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg; and Laura Reiley, Times food critic.

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Serving sizeOne barOne barOne of nine slicesTwo tablespoons
Fat/Fiber14g / 0g16g / 2g2.5g / 0g1g / 0g
Sugars/Sodium20g / 85mg22g / 960mg27g / 230mg3g / 0mg
Carbs/Protein24g / 2g27g / 4g41g / 2g3g / 0g

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