Will Buy Again
Along with the Mentos DUO that I reviewed last time, I also found this Lakrita Mint flavor as well. I saw pictures of licorice and mint leaves on the side, and I realized it’s been a long time since I’ve had any black licorice. Like an itch that you need to scratch, I felt it’s been too long so I decided to try this flavor too. Into the basket it went and I looked forward to when I could taste what Mentos thought licorice was like.
I know the Dutch are really into their licorice, and as a fellow black licorice lover I really appreciate that. They get way more interesting licorice candies than we do here in the US, which is a huge understatement since black licorice is so hard to find in our country. Still, sometimes I am lucky enough to encounter black licorice that’s imported from Europe every so often. And I found this roll of Mentos Lakrita Mint on one of those lucky streaks.
The dragees are actually a bright white. I was really expecting black or dark gray. They have no aroma to them at all, which I also find puzzling. I pop one into my mouth and begin chewing and immediately taste peppermint. It’s a bright, intense, and fresh flavor that reminds me of intense toothpaste. Halfway through chewing the licorice flavor starts to come through. The peppermint gradually fades away to reveal and very intense and flavorful black licorice flavor. I get notes of molasses, anise and a little bit of herbs. The licorice flavor is actually a tad salty to boot, which I think this is a first for me, because normally I hate salty licorice. This is different, as I quite like it. A lot. It’s just a kiss of salt, enough to notice it, but it really enhances the licorice flavor and I found myself enjoying it very much.
I was expecting to not like these Mentos at all, since I’m not the biggest fan of peppermint and some black licorices don’t have the greatest flavor. These I really loved. They’re refreshing without it being too much, and the licorice flavor is very satisfying. It just goes to show that you have to try something in order to know if you really like it. I found a new favorite and something I can nab whenever I need a licorice fix. I urge you all to give that candy you’ve been eyeing a try, sometimes it’s a risk but it can be a very rewarding one!
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Mentos Website (US)
These are one of those Halloween candies that I see around every year, yet I have no idea who makes them or what they’re called. When I’ve tried looking it up I just get online I get “bulk foil pumpkin balls”, which isn’t the best of names. I found these Madelaine Halloween Crisp Balls on the same trip to Michael’s where I encountered the Skybar Zombie Food. I immediately knew I wanted to review these for the blog, but I was also excited to finally have a name for these! Halloween Crisp Balls.
The appearance of these Halloween Crisp Balls is what immediately catches your eye. They are beautiful! The bright orange color immediately catches your eye, and the face of the Jack ‘O Lantern is so classic and appealing. It feels a tad vintage, and I really like that. I even love the little green leaves they put at the pumpkin’s top. So cute! They’re about the size of large marbles, so the pieces are neither to big nor too small.
The foil comes off easily in one piece if you take your time with it. The chocolate is a middle brown color, the color is not especially rich and it’s a bit waxy looking. You can see hints of the crisps in there. Its smells sweet and chocolatey, with a note of caramel. The texture is the first thing I notice, it’s smooth and the crisps are especially crunchy. The chocolate is very sweet and has lots of notes of cream and butter. It’s not the most chocolatey chocolate, but it’s still really yummy and certainly a great snacking chocolate. The combination of the size, texture and flavor makes these very irresistible.
I can see these looking absolutely adorable in a candy dish, or even at a candy bar for an event. They’re so colorful, festive and pretty! Even having some with my coffee, I felt as if that wasn’t enough of a way to showcase them. Yes, it tastes great, but I felt a way to capture it’s eye appeal. Beautiful and delicious, these candies are a great find. I hope to see them around more places soon.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Madelaine Chocolate Company Website
Out of all the Halloween candy that I’ve found, this is the only one that’s actually fruit flavored. Have you realized that so much of Halloween candy is chocolate? I know there’s candy corn to balance it out and a handful of Halloween shaped gummies, but mostly it feels like it’s chocolate. There’s certainly a reason for this, as chocolate is immensely popular and well loved. Even as a kid I ranked a lot of the chocolate candy I’d get at Halloween as the “favorites”. This is a big reason why this mix of Mike & Ike Mummy’s Mix stood out to me. Yes it was new, but also it’s a fruity candy and that stood out to me.
So, I’m a little sad to report that the only thing that’s Halloween themed with this candy is the packaging. Once you open the box you have normal Mike & Ike’s in your hand. I’m not complaining mind you, I just don’t want my readers to expect more when there isn’t more. Right now there’s a big ad campaign regarding Mike & Ike who are splitting up right now, but maybe they’ve come back together and made peace for Halloween since both their names are proudly side by side here. This is a movie theater sized box and once you open it, it’s opened. There’s no extra plastic or foil bag in here to help contain the candy, only the box.
Lemon: Oh, how I love lemon! This flavor is only lightly tart, so it’s a good lemon flavor for those who prefer the sweeter flavors. You do get some citrus flavors, but they are very bright and are accented with the sweetness. Not as tart as I’d like, but very tasty.
Orange: The flavor is immediately really juicy and sweet. You get a nice sweet/tart notes of orange that gradually fades to just sweetness. Very tasty and great flavor.
Grape: The candy is very dark in color, it almost looks black. The taste is very authentic grape, I’m pleasantly surprised. It’s like grape jam, but more sour. I even get hints on wine in the sour bits, I’m please with how complex this tastes. Normally I’m not a big fan of grape flavored candies, but this one is really awesome.
Lime: Lime can be a flavor that’s really hit or miss. Thankfully this flavor is very good. It doesn’t taste of floor cleaner, but you do get the notes of lime zest. Like the lemon, they’re made much softer by the additional sweetness. That makes this also very friendly to people who prefer the sweeter flavors. This is much tastier than I was expecting.
Raspberry: I have to hand it to Just Born, I’m glad they went with a different flavor other than cherry for the red. The flavor is sweet and I am strongly reminded of jam. It has a rich sweetness rounded out with some tart notes and some nice floral berry flavors. It’s good, but I like the lemon, grape and orange flavors way more.
I am really pleased with this mix! I am a fan for sure. I think if you’re more of a fruity candy lover, you should certainly try these out. I can’t say that the actual candy is the most “spooky” with all the rainbow colors, but it tastes great and that’s what really matters.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Mike & Ike Webpage
I am super happy that I found this candy: Zombie food by Skybar. If you are unfamiliar with Skybar, it’s a classic candy made by Necco, that has four different sections that each have a different filling. I recall my Mom introducing them to me at a very young age, and she claimed it was one of her favorite candy bars. I will forever think of her when I see Skybar. I found this Skybar Zombie Food at Michael’s of all places. I had stopped in for some things and saw them on the candy shelf while I was making my way to the checkout. The bring package immediately caught my eye, as did the word “Zombie” and the Skybar logo in the top left corner.
“So what is Zombie food?” I wondered as I picked up one of the packages. The front of the wrapper reads: “Milk Chocolate covered assortment of brains, feet, and hearts filled with and oozy red caramel”. Well, that certainly explains it! I feel it’s a terribly clever idea! I feel up the wrapper and I find the candy is one large piece, so I’m guessing it’s one “body part” for each package. For my review, I was guessing that the one I had chosen was a brain, as the candy felt head-shaped. I was mistaken.
The first piece I tried was shaped like a realistic heart. It was leaking a little from one of the top corners on the back as the red caramel found a crack and tried to leak out. No matter, it still looked delicious, and I’m not a zombie!
The chocolate smells sweet and creamy. It reminds me of how a Cadbury Creme Egg smells. My first bite is quite flavorful. I was expecting the chocolate to be more hollow on the inside, and have the caramel be more liquid. The candy is not structured that way, although it was a very hot day when I did this tasting, so it’s possible that the candy has lost some of its structure. The caramel is very buttery and toasted, it almost comes across as peanut butter to me at first. The combination of the caramel and chocolate is incredibly sweet, so much so that I had a hard time finishing the sample piece.
This candy was really tasty and really fun. I could see these being handed out at parties and to trick or treaters. They’re the size of the Reese’s Pumpkin, so they aren’t as large as a normal candy bar nor as small as the mini sizes. I mentioned this find to my Mom and she asked me to save her some, which I will as I’m interested to see how she likes them. If you see these around I highly recommend you check them out.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Skybar Webpage
The first of the Halloween candies! It seems that each year finding new, original Halloween candy just gets harder and harder to come across. So far, this year candy hunt has felt a bit easier than past years. Yes, I did see many repeats from years past, and like old friends I am happy to see them again. I’m happy when a seasonal candy is successful. Which, leads me to today’s gem of a find, as I squealed out loud when I saw it in its display: The Cadbury Scream Egg!
It seems Cadbury has finally solved the issue of the CCE only being available at Easter. We now have a Halloween variety, with a very clever name to match! The wrapper sports a black, green and purple color scheme, and it feels very festive. The Cadbury Bunny was shown on the display wearing a wizard’s hat. I will certainly scream at the cuteness!
I unwrap the foil on the CSE, and it looks the same as the CCE. It has the same outer rings on the edges and the star etched into the middle. It smells the same as a CCE. It’s sweet with an intense dry milk dairy scent to it. So familiar and so awesome.
The flavor is just as I remember it. The chocolate is smooth and sweet with the same dairy notes to it as the aroma. It’s creamy with a slight yogurt tang. The nougat cream center is thick and very sweet. The “yolk” is green. Clever! The flavor of it is, sweet of course, with very slight flavors of vanilla and a hint of coconut in there. The texture is slightly grainy and yet so smooth. It’s just a good as the regular CCE from Easter.
So here you go CCE fans! Finally you can get your CCEs during another time of the year. As for myself, I am very happy about it. Now I wait 6 months instead of a year for my fix. I hope you all are as excited about this as I am, as it feels that if any other holiday would make room for a CCE, it would be Halloween.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Cadbury Website