I spotted this box of Lemonhead & Friends Redhead on a quick trip to Ralph’s a couple of weeks ago. They were on display and the bright red box completely caught my eye. It’s been some time since I had any of the Lemonhead brand, and craving something new I grabbed a couple of boxes. I figured they’d be fun to review as well as something tasty I could nibble on at work during the 3pm lull.
The first thing that stood out to me about the package was the “updated” look. Usually when Lemonhead and Friends appear together, they tend to be standing around looking at one another with fruit in their hands. This box, also cleverly named Redheads, has all the friends actually doing something. I like how here at least they’re all dancing to music, it immediately feels a lot more fun.
The candies, once I open the box to inspect them, all roll out in beautiful colors of all shades or red. At first it’s a little hard to tell them apart, well, the ones that weren’t maroon or pink anyways. There’s no distinct aroma to them as they just smell vaguely fruity. The candies are about chickpea sized. Some are smaller and some are a little larger. Quality control isn’t a big concern here, but I do find the irregularity refreshing and fun.
Strawberry: Orange pink in color. The flavor is sweet and reminds me of jam. There’s a nice intense berry flavor to it.
Cherry: Colored bright red. It immediately has juicy flavor that turns into a fake cherry flavor. I’m reminded of medicine. Blech.
Raspberry: Dark red in color. It tastes very “red” but also has an odd aftertaste of perfume.
Watermelon: These are the pink ones in the mix. Typical fake Jolly Rancher watermelon flavor. Notes of melons, flowers and a strange sourness that overwhelms my taste buds really easily.
These are alright, but they also aren’t really my thing. I’m a citrus lover, so I want my lemon and orange flavors back please. I do realize how Lemonhead wants to get in on this recent fad of having only red flavors in a mix. It just made me miss the other flavors and want a normal box of Lemonhead. However, I do realize I’m a minority, so if you’re into these red flavors, these just might be your new favorite.
Rating: Might Eat Again
Links Lemonhead Website
I feel trident has been coming out with a lot of inventive flavors recently. It seems like every time I walk into Target I see a new flavor variation of the “Layers” gum line. This “Juicy Berry + Tangy Tangerine” is my most recent find. I have tried a few of the Trident Layers flavors, I think the “Melon + Mint” is the only one I have ignored thus far. This flavor combination certainly called out to me fro m the check out aisle, and before I knew it I was tossing it into my shopping bag.
The packaging for this gum is actually quite thick. It’s a compact little block, and it opens to show two “shelves” full of silver wrapped gum pieces. The aroma of this gum actually smells like blueberries and tangerines. There’s a note that reminds me of blueberry pie, and I smells a fresh citrus with it. The gum is very odd looking. It’s a stocky little rectangle that looks like a colorful little sandwich. The outer gum slabs are blue and the inner is a orange. The colors are muted, so they’re not super saturated and bright.
The texture is thick to start, and I taste the tangerine right away. It’s bright and zesty, like a tangerine should be. It has great notes of orange and a great sweet/sour balance going on. Once the tangerine calms down you can taste a bit of the blueberry. It’s sweet and has a nice berry taste that seems more “berries” than “blueberry” to me. Regardless, it’s still really yummy and blends beautifully with the tangerine center. The texture of the gums is smooth and soft and stays that way for several minutes. It’s a very nice, flavorful gum to chew.
I am very much impressed with this gum and with this new flavor. It’s tasty and it lasts for a bit so if you’re one of those marathon gum chewers, you can rest assured that this will have flavor for a bit while you chew. When I brought a bunch of my gum leftovers to work, this Trident flavor was one of the first to disappear. I think there’s something about the unique, but recognizable, fruity flavor that this gum offers appeals to many. It certainly was appealing to me!
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Trident Gum 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
On that same trip to Target I found these Caramel Apple Milky Way minis. This find took me completely by surprise, since I hadn’t heard any announcement by Mars nor had seen any mention of them on fellow candy blogs. This was a new candy gem that I had found completely on my own, which I will admit, makes it more exciting. I immediately snatched up a bag and knew they’d be an excellent new limited edition Halloween candy to review for my readers.
Thankfully these came in a big bad of minis, because they’re so much easier to share that way. The bag is a delightful apple red, with an image of a caramel apple on the side with caramel ripples from a opened Milky Way bar making the “Caramel Apple” wording on the bottom. The minis have the pretty red stripe belting the wrapper on the minis. Opening one up, you can immediately smell the caramel apple. It’s quite impressive actually how they do get the aroma spot on.
The flavor starts off sweet, with the first flavor you notice is definitely apple. It’s a strange flavor, mainly because it’s not just apple. It’s apple cinnamon, like it’s a packet of instant hot cider mix. This was unexpected on my part. I’m guessing the apple flavor is coming from both the caramel and the nougat filling, as the nougat filling is bright white and isn’t the same as classic Milky Way. Once the apple flavor subsides some, the caramel flavor popes through with great buttery flavors. I’m surprised because you really don’t taste much chocolate in this Milky Way, despite there’s still a chocolate coating. On the whole it does indeed convey the flavor of a caramel apple, but the apple is “off” because of the addition of the cinnamon element. It’s a little strange, but still tasty.
My fiance loved these way more than I did. I thought they were good, but I didn’t really eat any beyond the few I needed for the review. My fiance however kept eating them and even grabbed a few to add to his lunch at work. Point being, there are certainly worth a try.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Milky Way Website
Today is the last of my string of 5 Gum reviews, at least for now. I have been trying so hard to try candies that are a little out of my “normal” range, and for me, that means gum! Combined with the fact that it still a tad warm here in Los Angeles, having a candy that won’t melt is another plus. Swerve I saved for last for no particular reason, or maybe I should just say I did it all in alphabetical order. Either way, I’m curious to see what this also colorful man-centered gum has to offer.
Swerve. I am not sure about the name of this gum. When I think of “swerve” I think of an unsafe maneuver one does while driving a car. Its feels dangerous and full of adrenaline. I open the package to find three neat rows of gum wrapped in bright orange foil. It smells very tropical. I get notes of passion fruit, pineapple and peaches with a kiss of mint.
The stick of gum is a light orange color and is very pliable and soft. I begin to chew and I immediately get bright flavors of peaches, oranges and pineapple. I also taste a light hint of mint in there, but it’s very faint. I chew for about a minute and am surprised to find that the gum’s texture is getting tough and hard incredibly fast. The flavor as well quickly disappears. So sad!
Out of all the 5 Gum flavors that I’ve tried to date, this one was my favorite. It was sweet and tropical, like a good vacation. It’s really too bad that the flavor disappears so quickly. Alas, some gum is just like that. Regardless, if you want to give the 5 Gum line a try, this one would be my fruity recommendation for testing the waters.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links 5 Gum Webpage