Parents raiding their kids' Halloween goodie bags Monday night may have discovered a few twists on old-fashioned favorites.
Nabisco's famous Oreos, for instance, are now available in the form of a chocolate candy bar, with the creamy white middle intact.
Also available in limited edition are a strawberries 'n' cream (strawberry-flavored white chocolate with bits of real fruit) version of the Hershey's bar, and a chocolate truffle mint-filled version of the York peppermint patty.
Ummm. Get 'em while they're on the store shelves. Check out Price Busters, for starters.
One thing hasn't changed, though. Gorging on this sudden profusion of sugary treats is bound to lead to the dentist's office.
A fun way to get a jump on holiday shopping is by hitting the craft fairs. It's such a win-win deal: Your giftee gets something unique and you're supporting crafters and artisans. Plus, if you pick the right fairs, it can actually be an opportunity to relax. My favorite is the Handcrafters' Guild fair, which is held outdoors under shady trees rather than a claustrophobic school cafeteria. But since that one's not until December, I thought I'd check out the Turkish Bazaar at Roy Venters Gallery in Chinatown. I'm itching to see the ethnic jewelry, silk shawls and antique bags. The beauty of this bazaar is that it runs through Nov. 14, so there's lots of time to go see and less chance of battling crowds. The only dilemma: buying for others
, not myself.
Besides thirtyninehotel Tuesday nights, fans of Newjass Quartet can now groove to their music Saturdays and sate their appetites as well in the appropo setting of Sam Choy's Daimond Head Restaurant in Kapahulu. Menu prices are half off after 9:30 p.m. when drummer Justin James and crew take the stage. Indulge in the "Sweet Taste of Aloha Chocolate Fountain and Dessert Bar," with chocolate fondue fountain centerpiece. Kitchen closes at 11 p.m. No cover charge; last call 1 a.m. Call 732-8645.