Tic Tacs are a candy that I always enjoyed and was fascinated with when I was a kid. I loved how all my friend’s Moms seemed to carry them in their purses. Pulling them out while at soccer games and hearing that familiar shaking should as a Tic Tac tumbled into your hand. It was a point in time where I didn’t bother to learn the flavors, as I think I was too young to read these at some points. So I knew them as the “white ones” or the “green ones”. The “orange ones” were my favorite.
Now fast forward to the present where I do buy the occasional box of Tic Tacs, but usually it’s a new flavor that draws me in. As far as my childhood fascination goes, I surprisingly don’t buy them much. Now here is the newest flavor I found on store shelves, Tic Tac Strawberry Fields.
The Tic Tacs come in two colors, one a light pink and the other a more traditional pink-pink. Oddly enough when I checked the website, they make note of this being a “strawberry and cream” flavor even though I don’t see that anywhere on the package.
The candies smell just sweet, mostly of marshmallows. The packaging design is pretty with strawberry vines with ripe berries on them frame the tic tac logo. the green vines accented with the red strawberries is very pretty.
The flavor starts out tasting like the aroma; of vanilla marshmallow. Then a sweet, berry flavor develops. As it grows it tastes more and more like strawberry. As it hits its apex I’m strongly reminded of strawberry jam. It’s sweet, fruity, with a light floral note to it. It’s a lot of flavor for just one little Tic Tac. I’m impressed. The only thing is I don’t taste any “cream” in there that the website suggests. Just to be sure, I tried both color several times to see if the flavor was any different between the two. The only thing I notcied was the pink’s flavor appeared more quickly than the light pink one.
I liked these a lot. I know I don’t have Tic Tacs often, but I’d imagine a new flavor added to the mix is very refreshing. So adding some strawberry into your Tic Tac cycle, you won’t be disappointed. I liked having this bow in my purse for moments when I needed a quick flavor pick me up.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Tic Tac Website
When I first heard of Extra gum adding a Root Beer Float flavor to its line of Dessert Delight gums, I was totally excited. I love root beer, and root beer floats, so by all logic wouldn’t I love a root beer gum too? So for weeks I peeked at every checkout gum rack in every store I went into. It wasn’t until mid June when I checked my local Target’s candy aisle did I finally see it. There the Root Beer Float gum was, sitting on the shelf being sold in a three pack. How sneaky! It made me wonder how much sooner I could have found it had I know it was going to be packaged like that. But no matter, I had found it and that’s all that matters.
The package is a lot of fun, using the color scheme that reminds me of A&W root beer: lots of browns and oranges. There’s an image of a fresh, frothy overflowing mug of root beer on the front. It looks so delicious that I really wonder if I pack of gum can live up to the real thing.
I open up the back of the package to reveal the silver wrapped sticks of gum. I inhale, and I get the aroma of a sweet root bear. It’s spicy, with notes of wintergreen, but it has a strong sweetness to it. So far it is very promising.
The stick of gum is a nice red-brown color, the color I’d expect a stick of root beer flavors gum to look like. The flavor is very creamy and, well awesome! You can taste the notes of root beer, which leans more toward MUG and A&W than it does Barq’s. It has it’s spicy and woodsy notes, with a hint of wintergreen, but they are balanced with an intense creamy vanilla flavor. Granted, that could be the vanilla ice cream, but mixed together it makes for a very sweet, but still good, root beer. So the bad news? The gum loses its flavor and texture very quickly. The flavor dissipates and the gum gets tough and much chewier. Ah well, too good to be true right?
So I guess that this is the trade off. You can have something that taste of a root beer float for a mere five calories. The cost is that the flavor lasts for less than a minute. That aside, it’s a really tasty gum, if you only like chewing it for a very brief time. If you’re looking for something different from your normal minty and fruit flavor gum, this is a (very short) shot of fresh air.
Rating: Might Eat Again
Links Extra Gum Website
I love candy orange slices. When I was a kid I was allowed to grab a few from the bins when I went to the grocery store with my Mom. To this day they’re a candy that I enjoy. I’m a little sad to find that they’re getting harder to find nowadays, but I hope that’s just the candy trend right now and hopefully they’ll stat showing up more frequently. So imagine my excitement when I was contacted by Jelly Belly asking if I’d be interesting in trying some samples to review. Being a big fan of jelly belly, I said yes, but I didn’t know what they planned on sending to me. These Sunkist Orange Slices where in that package.
I admit I haven’t had the Sunkist version of orange slices, only Brach’s and some other “store brands” whose name I don’t remember at the moment. These orange slices are smaller and softer than the ones I’m used to. They still carry the same shape with the rippled top of accentuate the orange slice shape. These are most squishy to the touch, and the granulated sugar is has a nice texture to it.
The flavor is similar to the Sunkist Gem orange flavor. It’s bright and fruity, with great sweet and zesty accents to make it come across as very “juicy”. Because these are smaller and softer, they’re very “pop-able”, you find yourself eating a bunch instead of stopping at one or two. Very yummy and very addicting.
Even though these are smaller I can easily imagine them as additions to vanilla ice cream and as decorations on top of cupcakes. They’re perfectly addicting as is but I can’t help but think of creative ways they could be used in other sweets and desserts. I think the orange slice is a really overlooked classic candy, and these Sunkist Orange slices are a wonderful addition to the genre.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Sunkist Orange Slices Shop
Sunkist Gems have been around for as long as I can remember. I have eaten them a bunch of times over the years, when I get that special craving for citrus gummi candies. One of the grocery stores that I used to frequent back East (I still love and miss you Wegmans!) had a large candy bin section, with a big barrel of individually wrapped Sunkist Gems. I’d go through and pick out the grapefruit and lemons ones for myself as a treat every so often. They’re so yummy! Jelly Belly PR recently contacted me asking if I’d like to try some samples for the blog. Being such a big fan of their products I said yes, not knowing what they’d be mailing me. Lo and behold, I had a bag of Sunkist Fruit Gems!
The gems are round discs, a little smaller than the size of a poker chip, and stand at about 1/4 inch tall. They’re colorful, but in a muted colored with fruit juice kind of way, and covered with a coating of granulated sugar.
The gems come in five flavors:
Orange: This flavor is really great. It has nice nice orangy flavor to it that’s zesty but sweet. It almost has a tangerine taste to it from the zest, but it’s smoother than that. The flavor comes across as very juicy and satisfying. Really yummy.
Lemon: This flavor is awesome. It’s tart, zesty and juicy. All that a lemon should be. The nuances in this reminds me of limoncello. Very flavorful and so delicious.
Grapefruit: I was looking forward to this one the most. This one is smooth, so smooth. The flavor is a bit more delicate than the lemon and orange, yet the flavor is that richness of grapefruit I expect and look forward to. It has a great, juicy taste that is both sweet and sour, with a hint of bitterness. Really yummy.
Raspberry: Raspberry is sweet and lightly floral. It has a nice juicy berry-ness to the flavor but it’s not very intense. Other than that it’s just sweet with no real defining notes.
Blueberry: Blueberry is sweet and has an perfumey flavor to it. I taste berries, but not specifically blueberries. Something about it is oddly “red” though, like hints of red licorice laces. It’s tasty ,and out of all the flavors in the bag I had the most of this one.
I do feel a little disappointed with the Raspberry and Blueberry flavors, not because I didn’t like how thy tasted, but more because I miss how these were a citrus fruit mix. The lime flavor got booted and these were added in. It does add more to the rainbow of colors. I shared these with my fiance and he just raved about them. Little did I know that these are a childhood favorite of his (I’ve never seen him by them himself) so he really enjoyed having these again. We both really enjoyed these and now that I know how much he loves them, I’ll be buying these more often!
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Sunkist Fruit Gem Shop
I recall seeing a press release from Jelly Belly a few months ago announcing that their new flavors were going to be Snapple themed. I felt excited about this, since I know Snapple makes some unique drinks that they could use as good inspiration. Some time has passed, and I’ve seen product sample photos on other blogs. I was biding my time until I encountered them in stores, then Jelly Belly PR reached out to me and asked me if I’d like some same to review for the blog. I took them up on their kind offer, never thinking to ask what they planned on sending my way. To my delight, I saw a bag of the Snapple flavors once I received the package from them.
The package is nice and pretty straightforward. I really commend them for posting a flavor key on the back, so you know what flavors are included and what they’ll look like. It’s easy this way to pick out your favorites first, or search for that one flavor you want to try. I immediately went for the pink lemonade, in case you were wondering.
Fruit Punch (purple): The flavor starts off very fruity and you get notes of peaches, cherries, pineapples and oranges. Very tasty and you do get that sense of fruit punch.
Kiwi Strawberry (deep pink with spots): This is very sweet and fruity. I do taste strawberry with very “pink” flavors. It almost heads into “cotton candy” in terms of its sweetness. It’s very good, but I get no hint of kiwi in there.
Mango Maddness (TM) (orange): This one is immediately mango. It hits you with that sweet, tropical flavor. It’s very juicy, and you get the notes of mango with peach and passion fruit.
Cranberry Raspberry (pinkish red): This one I really liked. The raspberry is very sweet and jammy. The flavor is spot on. The cranberry adds a beautiful tartness to it that really rounds out the flavor. Super yummy.
Pink Lemonade (light pink): This one starts off zesty with a sweetness to it, just like real lemonade. It tastes a little bitter at points, but the moments are infrequent and the flavor is very nice.
Interesting flavors, but seem to play it on the safe side. None of these are actual Snapple flavors I ever bought as a drink. I would have been interested to see them do some of their iced tea flavors. Or, and I know this is far fetched, but the flavors from that “Elements” line (which was out in the late 90s) that I felt was really unique. I really liked these jelly beans, I just felt that the flavors are very similar to what Jelly Belly already offers. I’ve also already bought a few bags to nibble on at work since doing this review. They are tasty!
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Jelly Belly Website