I was immediately attracted to this box of Frosty Nerds when I saw them in the store. So many things appealed to me; the bright colors, the cute nerd creatures wearing hats and scarves, and the word “Frosty” in the name. What made these Nerds “Frosty”? I was really curious and was eager to find out!
The box is the standard movie theater styled box with the punch in pour hole in the top. I pour out a handful and I was greeted by a flood of Christmas colored Nerds.
Festive, yes. But Frosty? I don’t think so. To be honest I was expecting a showy white coating or dusting on the nerds. The three colors each have a different flavor. The red is wild cherry, green is watermelon, and white is punch. So let’s taste!
The red’s wild cherry flavor is surprisingly really good! Normally cherry flavors are too metallic for me, but this was more tart and fruity than cough syrup. Green watermelon is very fake flavored, but the tartness helped take the edge off it. The white punch was very tart at first then opened with a wonderful pineapple flavor. Really tasty.
Overall, I was really impressed with these, even though I haven’t eaten Nerds in a long time. These flavors were festive, unique and tasty! Something I could eat a lot of if left unchecked.
Rating: Will Eat Again
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I know, I know. Why am I reviewing more SweeTart candies if I’m not a fan of them? Let’s just say sometimes curiosity gets the best of me and I like to take one of the team. I noticed these by chance in one of the smaller Easter candy bins on the very bottom shelf. I was immediately drawn in by how extremely colorful they were, so into the bag they went.
I was instantly delight by them once I opened the package, for many reasons. They have a nice bouncy chew, and the sugar coating gives it a little texture that feels sandy, but not grainy. The actual form of these candies are really cute, they’re obviously bunnies and the mold for these is very pleasing. The form is recognizable without being too detailed, and the proportions are nice too. I don’t feel the bunnies are overly deformed (like gummi bears with the giant heads). The ears are the best feature. So cute! Probably one of the most adorable Easter candies I’ve encountered yet.
Pink: I can’t lay my finger on this flavor. It’s a little strawberry, a little cherry and a little watermelon. It was a little sweet, a little tart…and lot of “little"s huh? It has a nice red fruity flavor with a good sweet tarty zest to it.
Orange: Very tart orange flavor. It’s strong in the beginning, but then mellows into a light sweet flavor.
Yellow: Lemon, but very floral and soapy tasting.
Green: It tastes subtly of apple, like a nice tart cider. Mainly it’s just sweet with a tarty edge.
Blue: I expected this to taste of blue raspberry, but what a surprise to find that it tasted like a fruity Hawaiian punch! Must be the same blue punch flavor as the jelly bean from yesterday’s review. It’s got a good sour note, with flavors of apple, grape, banana and orange all mixing around. It’s lovely.
Purple: Has a very floral, grape soda like essence. The tartness and the strength of the grape flavor grows as you eat it, which I found interesting. Usually it’s the other way around. I think the tart and grape work really well together.
I liked these a lot better than the jelly bean version. The texture and cute shape certainly play a big part in that though, as opposed to the flavors winning me over. I didn’t finish the bag and ended up sharing them with friends instead.
Rating: Might Eat Again
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More jelly beans! Yay! These are another variety on the market now for Easter that are based on a pre-existing candy and have taken the flavors and translated into jelly beans. The package is really attractive and even thought it uses the traditional SweeTart colors and design, it comes across still as very festive for the holiday.
The beans are about a normal size, like a chubby peanut. Right away I notice that the colors are odd. They’re pastel neon, if you can wrap your head around that, and are completely opaque. They do have the same faded “look” like the original SweetTarts. The beans are also not very shiny at all, which doesn’t make them as attractive as they could be. I’m reminded of wasabi peas when I look at the green one.
The texture of these are also pretty strange. The outer shell is crunchy and crumbly, and it dissolves almost immediately off the jelly center. It has this cool feeling to it and it melts away on the tongue.
Grape (lavendar): Very light in flavor, yet very sour. It’s dreadful, to be completely frank about it. It doesn’t taste like grape at all and it just reads as “medicinal” to me.
Cherry (pink): Flavor is very sour and tart. The taste exactly like the Flintstones Vitamins of my childhood.
Orange: Light creamy flavor that’s very mild. Think of it as a very watered down creamsicle.
Lemon: Nice and tart with a fake metallic edge to it. It tastes more like lime or bad lemonade powder to me.
Green Apple: This one is really well done. It’s not fake tasting at all to me, but very mild with fresh notes of apple and pear.
Blue Punch: Wow, a blue flavor that isn’t raspberry! It’s nicely mild, sweet and fruity. It’s very tropical and has that iconic fruit punch note to it. My favorite of the bunch.
These are great if you’re already a fan of SweeTarts, but since I’m not, I didn’t enjoy them. I wouldn’t even find them attractive in an Easter candy dish since the colors are so strange.
Rating: Not Worth It
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A Gobstopper brings a few things to mind for me. Firstly, I think of the Everlasting Gobstoppers that Roald Dahl, one of my favorite childhood authors, wrote about in his book Charlie ad the Chocolate Factory. Secondly, I think of the candy, which are now made by Wonka (owned by Nestle) and are another name for jawbreakers. Jawbreakers are a hard candy consisting of many layers, some of which can be different colors and flavors, and are sucked on until they are completely dissolved (which is quite a task, especially if you have a large one).
I found these Gobstopper Egg Breakers in time for the holiday and couldn’t help but give them a try. I’m unsure how faithful these are to the regular Gobstoppers as I haven’t had them in years. These are unique not only in packaging, but the actual candy is egg shaped. They’re very pretty as the shape is very fitting for jawbreakers. Inside the main package, these Egg Breakers are in individual packets of six eggs each. Great idea for stuffing into baskets and use for hiding. I like how these are appropriate for form and function (hiding and eating!).
In terms of eating technique, I find after about two or three layers (depending on how impatient I am) I like to crunch these, and found that the hard outsides were relatively thin (after sucking on them for a bit of course) and inside there’s a slightly tart grainy center that quickly dissolves on the tongue. Are normal Gobstoppers like this? It seems further research on my part is needed, and I’ll soon oblige.
Blue: The top blue flavor is horribly perfumey. It tastes of artificial lavender and other strong floral flavors. The second layer was lime. Then I couldn’t help but crunch and got the grainy tart center.
Pink: Tastes fruity, but not of anything specific. The second layer was lemon.
Purple: A nice tart grape. The second flavor I drew a total blank on…it was fruity….sorda. I took it out of my mouth to see that it was a blue color. Hmm, not helpful.
Yellow: A delicious sweet/tart lemon. I crunched down on this one before I got to the second flavor. Oops.
I liked these, but I never found myself drawn to jawbreakers much. Thankfully my sister really enjoys these and will find the remainder of my package in her Easter Basket.
Rating: Will Eat Again
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