The last of the flavor varieties that exist of the Goetze Cow Tail. I actually hadn’t had the strawberry flavor until the All Candy Expo back in 2007. They are probably the hardest to find of the three, and I think it’s because it’s not as popular as the chocolate or vanilla flavors. It took some searching, but I finally located them in a Wawa store in my area so I could buy a few for a review.
The strawberry looks and is built exactly like the regular cow tail, but this is a nice deep red color. With the sugar/flour dusting and the creme center, it reminds me a bit of an inside out red velvet cake. Pretty! The tail smells the same with a starchy sweet caramel-like smell.
The flavor starts off like a normal Cow Tail, but then you notice a hint of berry flavor. It’s not strong, just enough for you to subtly think to yourself “Mmmm strawberry”. It’s a jammy sort of flavor and it doesn’t cross me as artificial at all. It works nicely with the texture and creme inside. I’m quite fond of it myself and I’m really happy that I can get these easily where I live. I’d miss them otherwise.
Rating: Will Buy Again
It took me a few years to catch on that there were other flavor varieties of the Cow Tail out on the market. Like the hard to find Charleston Chews, Cow Tails also have a chocolate and strawberry variants on store shelves. The trick is finding them.
I don’t recall exactly where it when it was that I first found the chocolate Cow Tail, but I assure you I was plenty excited. I really didn’t know what to expect from it when I piled them of them on the cashier’s counter top for purchase. Would the creme on the inside be chocolate? The outside? Would it be really chocolatey? Or more bland like a Tootsie roll? I couldn’t wait to find out.
Ah ha! Upon opening the wrapper I see that it’s the caramel outside that carries the chocolate flavor. It has the same delicious creme center, and it gives a a nice vanilla flavor to balance the chocolate. The chocolate exterior is flavorful (yes, there’s really chocolate in there) and it’s oddly satisfying. I appreciate how it’s a good authentic chocolate flavor, although it’s mild. The caramel still has that “wheaty” essence to it, and has that nice chew and sugary coating on it. It still feels faithful to the original Cow Tail formula.
I liked it just as much as the original vanilla variety, and I stock up whenever I happen to come across them.
Rating: Will Buy Again
I remember getting my first Goetze’s Cow Tale back in elementary school. I was in a convenience store with my mom who was buying gas, ans there was a display of them by the register. “Have you had these yet Sera?” asked my Mom pointing to them. I honestly admitted that I hadn’t, and I was treated to one right then and there. I’ve been getting them on a semi-regular basis ever since. Some candies just stick with you, you know?
The Cow Tales are just a different form of the infamous Goetze’s caramel creams. You recall what I’m referring to, the ones that come in a tray package in thick round pieces. Cow Tails are the same thing, except they come in a long thing tube instead. I preferred the shape of the Cow Tails to the original, as I love eating away at one side and lick out the inside. I technique I perfected early on, as I had to amuse myself on those long gas station stops somehow.
The Cow Tail is terribly soft and pliable. It’s fun to twist it into shapes and you could easily tie it into a knot. It has a light dusting of flour/confectioner’s sugar on the outside to keep it from getting too sticky in your hands. I appreciate how they thought to do that.
It smells very sweet and of vanilla, and it also has a nice “starchy” smell to it that’s hard to place exactly. The chew is substantial, yet soft. The caramel outside is mildly sweet, and this isn’t “normal” caramel by any means. It has hints of caramel and butter and the closest thing I can compare it to is soft sugar cookie dough after it’s been hardening in the fridge. The vanilla creme center balances out the mild caramel outside beautifully, providing a intense flavor hit of vanilla and sweetness with a creamy, almost cool feeling texture.
Together (or apart, depending on how you like you eat them) they makes a wonderful marriage of flavors that I happily keep returning to again and again.
Rating: Will Buy Again
I found these in a random farmers/polish market on the way to my car dealership. I walked the aisles taking in all the different foods; jams, cookies, spices, soups and whatever other interesting things that aren’t in your normal supermarket. I then spied these Coronado Paleta de Cajeta lollipops, or “Goat’s Milk Lollipops”. I’ve heard of these traditional Mexican candies before and had yet to try them. Here goes nothing!
Lovely oblong flat disc shape. It’s an interesting texture, I expected it to be somewhat soft, but it’s rock hard. It made me question if that’s the real texture, or if the lollipops were old and on the stale side.
The flavor is milky and sweet, and that’s about it. I was hoping for more deep, creamy, dulce de la leche flavors but it doesn’t have them. I also get no “goatiness” from them at all, which I’m not sure is a good or bad thing. Goat’s milk has this strange odious tang to it and I didn’t detect any of this here.
I fun thing to try but I don’t see myself craving these again in the future. At least, not unless I was offered the fresh stuff….
Rating: Will Eat Again
Sometimes the strangest holiday candies are released. Most make sense like the mint flavors I’m seeing everywhere; Mint Truffle Kisses, Hershey’s Bliss Creme de Menthe, Hershey’s Mint Miniatures, and the Mint M&Ms, just to name a few. Then I spot these two oddities: Holiday Edition Sugar Babies and Inside Out Junior Mints. I was perplexed right away, but since I hadn’t tried them, and are a fan of the originals, I picked them up.
From the outside of the box, the Holiday Sugar Babies don’t seem to be very different. The selling point is that they’re covered in a “candy shell” in holiday colors: white, red and green.
They look terrible. They’re matte and flat looking. Nothing about them feels inviting or attractive. Which leads me to ask, why color them to begin with? If you were going to put the in a bowl for guests or anything, so you can “see” them in there festive colors, why not make them look…nice.
The candy shell is indeed a shell as opposed to a soft, colored coating as I suspected. It actually cracks when I bite down and it softens from there, turning into a regular Sugar Baby. The taste is the same: intensely creamy, burnt caramel flavors with a sticky, grainy chewy texture. I don’t see a point to getting these over the regular ones…unless you have a thing for food coloring.
The Inside Out Junior Mints I was excited about. They’ve been a limited edition candy for years, yet I haven’t seen them until now. I did see the new edition of Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch that were released last year and I reviewed for CandyAddict.
These have white outside and a chocolate interior, just the opposite from the originals. Reading the description on the back where it calls the outside a “white topping”, I knew something was amiss. Uh oh. Mockolate.
The exterior is slightly hard and it “cracks” a little when you bite into it. The intense minty flavor we associate with Junior Mints is there, but it’s hard to say exactly where it’s coming from. I just sucked on one for a bit and I got no mint from the exterior. So my guess is the center is doing double duty here. Other than the appearance, I don’t really see the draw of these. Nothing says to me that these are any improvement or especially unique, so I don’t get the point.
Both these candies don’t do anything to improve or tweak the original enough for me to justify buying them. I just had to satisfy my curiosity. Learn from me and stick with the originals.
Rating: Not Worth It
Junior Mints Webpage
Sugar Babies Webpage