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Compressed Dextrose

Apr
30



Canada Mints Package

I’ve never noticed these bright pink candies on shelves in many of my grocery stores until recently. I think part of the reason I’ve never given them a second look is the very antique packaging (which, oddly, usually catches my eye right away) and the other is the fact that I saw Necco’s name on them. I just assumed they were a big bag of plain Sweethearts. It wasn’t until I read on Candybog.net that these sugar lozenge candies were in fact wintergreen flavored and were pretty tasty. I immediately turned my thinking around and secured myself a bag the next chance I got. Isn’t it great how we candy bloggers can learn from one another?

I’m not quite sure how Canada fits into the concept of bright green candy tablets, but I suspect it has something to do with the “coolness” of the wintergreen flavor. There’s another variety I’ve seen around, it’s peppermint and the package has a nice blue color scheme to it. I won’t try that though, at least not right away, as peppermint and I have some issues that we need to work out first.

 

Canada Mints I


The candy pieces are bright pepto-bismal pink and are about the circumference a nickel and 1/4 inch thick. “Canada” is pressed into once side of them. They smell intensely of sweet wintergreen.

In my mouth they feel quite hard. I couldn’t chomp down on them right away. Reminds me of the texture of Sweetheart conversation hearts: dry, and slightly chalky. I found I could break them a little with my molars, but the best way to eat them is just to suck on them. The flavor is fresh wintergreen with nice minty and herbal flavors that are reminiscent of sassafras and root beer. The flavor is mild, not too minty and not too bland. A perfect in between. Once the tablet is soft enough to break, it gives a nice brief chew as the pieces dissolve and the wintergreen flavor intensifies a little. Tasty.  I found I kept reaching for more of these, they’re very addictive.

I can’t help but smile to myself whenever I see these in the stores now. I like knowing that I gave them a try and found them enjoyable. I bet I’ll be reaching for a bag next time my wintergreen craving hits.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links Necco Website


Mar
30



Gobstoppers Egg Breakers Package

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.

 

Gobstoppers Egg Breakers

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

 

Will Eat Again

Links Wonka Webpage


Feb
12



Gobstoppers Heart Breakers Package

Everyone has their preferences when it comes to the candy they choose, and I am always interested in talking to people to see what their preferences are. One of the things I enjoy about having a candy blog is that it sometimes makes me eat “outside the candy box” and try something that I wouldn’t normally buy. Wonka’s Gobstoppers are one of these candies. I enjoy hard candies, yes, and I am impartial on tart/sour candies, so I have tended to just gloss over these in stores in favor of something I know I really enjoy. Then last year Cybele reviewed these at Candyblog.net reviewed these. Her photographs of them were so tempting, I knew I had to pick some up if I ever saw them. As far as I was concerned, even if they didn’t taste good, I’d get some pretty photos out of them at least.

So on the same trip to Wal-Mart where I found the Strawberry Creme Hershey’s Kisses I saw these on the shelf. What a productive shopping trip, huh?

I have to admit the name makes me think of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. One of my favorite bands.

 

Gobstoppers Heartbreakers

The hearts are so pretty. They sit beautifully on my photography table; glossy, colorful and smooth. The colors, even though I would not call them traditional Valentine’s Day colors, still feel very festive.

Speaking of the the colors, there’s five total: purple, pink, red, orange, and yellow. They all taste the same aside with subtle variations. The yellow tasted a tad lemony, pink a little strawberry, purple like grape and orange, well, orange.  Overall, they had a lightly sweet fruity flavor to them, and the tartness appears only when you crunch down through the shell to release the grainy, powdery center. Speaking of the center, it’s a chalky dextrose which has a nice tartness to it ad dissolves quickly on the tongue. The texture of the shell combined with the softer center is a wonderful contrast of hard and soft, smooth and grainy.

After tasting the few I had to do for the review, I admit I haven’t touched them. I’ve been eating the Hershey’s Kisses instead. Preferences die hard I guess.

 

Gobstoppers Heartbreakers

You have to admit though. They are terribly festive and just adorable to look at.


Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again

Links Wonka Website


Oct
24



Leone Absinthe Pastilles Boxes

If Absinthe flavored anything isn’t considered somewhat spooky, I don’t know what is.

I picked these up because I was intrigued. I had Leone’s Absinthe’s chocolate bar and really liked it, so I was interested to see how the flavor tasted in a pastille form. It comes in tis little box, about the size you get when you buy a case of mints. There’s a paper wrapping on the actual box, which I assume is there for both decorative and protective purposes.

Leone Absinthe Pastilles

The pastilles have no aroma and are very light pale green. They’re the size of pencil erasers and the surface texture is sort of uneven and wrinkled. These characteristics made them very difficult to photograph.

The flavor is, frankly, odd. It tastes more soapy than absinthe to me. I am missing those nice notes of anise and licorice. The texture is ok, they’re a little chalky and have a nice crunch to them. The pleasantries end there. After munching a few, I felt the desire to eat something else to get the odd flavor out of my mouth.

Stick to the chocolate bar if you want a nice absinthe candy for now. Even though these pastilles were disappointing, I am determined to find other sweet mediums that’ll deliver a nice absinthe flavor.

Rating: Not Worth It

Not Worth It

 


Sep
15



Lifesavers Musk Roll

Musk? Musk? What exactly is musk? And why is it a Lifesavers flavor? When I think about the word “musk” things like old houses, grandmas, skunks and deodorant come to mind. Not something edible, and certainly not something tasty. So what does such a candy exist? Is it some sort of cruel joke?

Obviously, I have many questions in regard to these odd Lifesavers from Australia. That was reason enough for me to buy them. I had to taste what “musk” was for myself. Surely, there must be something redeeming about it, otherwise, why bother producing it? Granted, candies like circus peanuts, spice drops, NECCO wafers and spearmint leaves still exist yet no one really seems to eat them. Musk Lifesavers seem to fall outside that mysterious circle, since not only did Wrigley’s manufacture them, but some company imported them as well. I’m now curious to see what the demand for musk is here in the United States. 

Opening the roll and taking out my first ring, I notice right away that these are compressed dextrose and not hard candy like traditional Lifesavers are. Interesting. They are pale pink in color, speckles with darker pink spots which is oddly pretty to look at. They smell floral, but that’s all I can get before needing to taste one.

Oh, and how do they taste? The flavor is like how the hand soap from country bed & breakfasts smell. I detect lavender, rose and a sweetness that’s similar to bubblegum. It’s odd at first, but by the time I got to my third one, I started to find them somewhat addicting.

To make sure I wasn’t going crazy, I shared a few with friends who were willing enough to try them. Those who did were pleasantly surprised, and admitted to finding them strange, yet tasty.

The best way to describe it is they must be like black licorice: sort of an acquired taste that you either love of you hate.

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again

 


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