I found these colorful Hitschler Softi in that German deli I’ve mentioned before. They were in a basket by the checkout and they were impossibly to resist with all their bright colors and price of only 10 cents each. The wrappers come in four different colors, for four different flavors I’m guessing, and has colorful lettering and illustrated fruit friends. I bet these are really popular with kids by the looks of them.
The side of these is pretty small, they’re about as long as a normal sizes stick of gum, but only about 3/4 of the width. They’re flat and pliable and extremely light.
Surprisingly, the taffy inside each colored wrapper all looks the same. I was expecting the green to be green, blue to be blue, etc. Instead they’re all a pale yellow and all smelly lightly fruity. Ok, I can understand them not wanted to use food coloring. So let’s see how they taste.
I tried the green wrapper taffy first expecting an apple flavor and yes, it tastes fruity with a light of lemon. It has a funny plastic note to it that I can’t quite lay my finger on. The texture of the taffy it nice and chewy. It’s a tag sticky, bit it’s still pleasant to eat. Not what I was expecting though.
Confused by the green one’s flavor I try the pink wrapper taffy next and it tastes milder and less lemony. Really? Shouldn’t this be strawberry or something? The texture of this one was harder and chewier than the green too. Hmm.
The blue wrapper was next and it’s the chewiest by far, it almost resembled gum, but tasted like the green wrapper taffy one. Strange. I’m beginning to realize there’s no flavor variation here at all.
The yellow wrapper taffy had a hard texture and a mild flavor similar to the first three. Disappointed. At least it should taste more lemony than the others!
These were disappointing to say the least. They were small, looked colorful and cute, yet they lacked any flavor to really sell me as a candy. There was no variation or specific flavor to even comment on really. I guess this is what you can expect for 10 cents.
Rating: Not Worth It
This is the first time I’ve bought a Mike and Ike holiday flavored bag of candies. I know they release special flavor mixes for many of the holidays during the year as I’ve seen them in stores. Yet, I haven’t felt compelled to try them until now. I guess it was the bright red packaging and the Christmas colors that did me in. It’s just that pretty looking.
So inside this “Holiday Medley” is three flavors for three colors. The red is cherry, the dark green is mixed berry (strange, I know), and light green which is lime.
I bet these would look really cute in a candy dish. They reflect light beautifully and the colors are bright and pure.
The cherry tastes as I would expect it to; sweet at first, then a metallic cherry flavor blossoms while a sweetness grows from underneath and retakes the flavor by the finish. It reminds me of a cherry Lifesaver, but sweeter.
The mixed berry starts of very floral and sweet and grows into a flavor that tastes like blueberries as it’s mild and sweet. It’s a very smooth flavor with no tartness to it.
The lime is bright and zesty right away, but has a sweetness to it so it doesn’t come across as too abrasive. It’s not bitter either so it doesn’t have that awful floor cleaner taste to it.
So if you’re a fan of Mike and Ike this is a really well chosen flavor assortment for the holidays. Two sweet flavors rounded out by a zesty one. I’m a big fan of it. Like the other holiday candies I’ve reviewed so far, these would look great in a candy dish. I know I wouldn’t be able to help picking at them if they were out within hand’s reach!
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Mike and Ike Website
It’s been ages since I’ve had any sort of Warheads candy. Now, I realize that I’m not a big fan of sour stuff now, but back in middle school I was crazy for the sour Warheads that you could give for a few cents at a candy store. I never got the really sour, sour stuff, but flavors like the Watermelon, Blue Raspberry I could handle and enjoy. I saw this box of Warheads Sour Chewy Cubes and wanted to give them a try, for old times sake. I didn’t expect them to be very sour, so I figured it’d be something I’d still enjoy.
I love the packaging on this, with the puckering dude on the front with the great rainbow color scheme. It really caught my eye on the shelf, which makes it very successful in terms of sales and design. It just reeks “fun” and I bet kids have a hard time resisting this one.
The sour cubes are about the size of dice. They’ve soft and squishy, and are very colorful with a granulated sugar coating on them.
Green Apple: Immediately tart, floral and fruity. It comes across as a more sweet version of the apple Jolly Rancher.
Blue Raspberry: Extremely berry like with a twinge of bubblegum and cotton candy. The sourness adds a touch of tart, but doesn’t dominate the flavor.
Strawberry: Sour at first, then turns jammy with rich, deep sweet strawberry flavors. It’s odd in combination with the sweet strawberry taste.
Watermelon: Immediately tart and extremely fake tasting with horrid perfumey flavor to it. Your standard fake watermelon.
Black Cherry (purple): This one tastes like bubblegum at first, them turns into Dr Pepper. It has strong floral and cherry notes, and the sour makes it seem fizzy.
Orange: Has a very sweet orangey flavor. the sourness is mild, and comes across as a sour zest. it’s quite nice.
I was surprised by how much I liked these. I even offered them to my boyfriend, who first refused and then after my encouragement tried them to find he really liked them as well. They’re milder than the sour balls they make as I anticipated. The gummi cubed form is really fun and playful, and it really brings me back when I eat them. Such fun!
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Warheads Website
These Sidewinders were quite an impromptu find. I was at the Franklin Institute with some friends for the day, and we were killing some time in the gift shop. They had a bunch of “educational” candy stuff there, like rock candy and space food, none of which really appealed to me. Then I saw these by the checkout and decided to try them since they were pretty inexpensive. This was probably prompted by the fact I was marveling at the 3 foot long gummi snakes just beforehand, yet didn’t want to pay the price they were selling them for. I did get to go home with gummi/chewy snakes that day regardless.
I bought two of the Sidewinders, which are really big snakes. One is yellow and red, the other yellow, blue and purple. I really have no leads to go on in terms of texture and taste for these. Sometimes you gotta take that leap.
Yellow/Red: Smells like strawberry fruit leather. Very jammy and sweet. The gummi texture is kinda foamy and soft. The bite is very easily bitten through, there’s no give or substance to this gummi at all. The flavor took me by surprise, as the smell doesn’t match the flavor at all. The flavor is strong and juicy pineapple, with a tart juicy ege that comes across very authentic. It’s not too sweet, which is what many candy pineapple flavors are. Color me impressed, this is pretty good!
Yellow/Blue/Purple: This one smells…very floral with a tart edge to it. Something metallic and artificial. The flavor is…...soapy to start, I can get hints of pineapple from the yellow part, but the rest…blech, taste like soapy perfume. Gross.
So overall these were ok. One was really awesome and the other gross. I can’t bring myself to recommend them, but they were fun to try.
Rating: Might Eat Again
In my last post I wrote about Tubi’s Black Tire Tread, and I’m happy to inform you that Tubi makes a Tire Tread Red too. I didn’t know of the red variety for some time, and it wasn’t until I discovered it at a rest stop on the way home to my parent’s place. My boyfriend is the one who I pointed it out to, and since he loves good red licorice, we decided to try it. We immediately loved it and wished we had bought more.
The Red is made the same way as the Black, of a row of ribbons, piled three layers high and cut into squares.
The red flavor has the same wet, thick, chewy texture. The flavor is indeed “red” but I mean that in the best way possible. It’s sweet, and has nice notes of berries, mainly strawberry and cherry. It’s very juicy, with an edge of tartness.
This is a very well crafted and well flavored red licorice. It really tastes of something, as opposed to the likes of Twizzlers and most other main stream licorice chews. I like my candy to taste like