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Cost Plus Gummi Pumpkins Bag

I love gummi pumpkins! They’re pretty tasty and come October, there’s so many varieties to choose from. I tend to prefer the ones with the granulated sugar coating on them, as I really like that texture. What lured me into these gummis that I found in Cost Plus World market was the fact it’s a mix of black (ish) and orange pumpkins. Something new, horray!

So, from looking at the package, it’s difficult to say who made these gummi pumpkins for Coat Plus World Market, since they’re packaged completely in their branded packaging. I have a inkling they’re the Juju Pumpkins that Zachary Confections makes. Still I’m sure there’s other manufacturers out there out there that I am unaware of.

These pumpkins are attractive to look at. The colors are vibrant and pretty. The back, upon closer inspection, is actually a dark purple. The pieces are well formed and have nice fluting on them like real pumpkins. They’re a nice size too, not too big and not small. I’d say around the size of a large gumdrop.


Cost Plus Gummi Pumpkins

The grape pumpkin tastes like concord grapes. It’s thick and juicy with rich notes of grape and raspberry. I’m reminded of a mixture of concord grape juice and grape cough medicine, but in a good way.

The orange pumpkin is, of course, orange flavored. It’s bright and orangy, and reminds me of the Brach’s orange slices. The flavor is sweet and there’s no hint of tartness at all. Fun and tasty.

I really liked these, and they’re a fun “stand in” until I find the ones with the sugar coating. I prefer the orange ones to the grape flavor, which in a way makes this package hard for me to pick through since I go after all the orange ones first. I’m sure these would look super nice as decorations in a candy bowl or on top of cupcakes!

Rating: Will Eat Again


Will Eat Again



Wonka Spooky Nerds

I was excited to find Spooky Nerds on one of my Halloween candy hunts. It’s a movie theater sized box, one side white “Punch” flavored and the other orange “Orange”. The box is decorated with adorable images of the Nerds creatures sporting bat wings, witch hats, vampire capes and ghost costumes. So cute!

Orange Spooky Nerds are flavorful and immediately remind me of orange soda, but with a slight tang to it. It’s zesty and sweet at the same time, which is a nice combination. They crunch wonderfully and are a blast to chew. Punch Spooky Nerds start off tart, and blossom into a fruity symphony that brings to mind Hawaiian Punch drinks. I get notes of oranges, pineapples, and passion fruits. When eaten together I get a flavor similar to a tropical sherbert. It’s fantastically fruit and feels like fun. 

I wish these Nerds came in smaller and/or trick or treat sized boxes, as it would be much easier to eat and share them that way. The movie sized box seems like overkill to me, and if it wasn’t for sharing with friends, I would not have been able to finish the box.

Rating: Will Eat Again


Will Eat Again

Links Wonka Website


Zachary Candy Corn Bag

Candy Corn is a Halloween candy that everyone seems to have a very strong opinion about. You either love it or hate it, and often are loyal to a specific band. Speaking personally, I love candy corn, and Brach’s is the kind I grew up with. I’ve tried other varieties, but Brach’s are always what I return to as my favorite. I figured it was time to give perspective on another very popular brand, Zachary.

I was lucky enough to find a bag of Zachery Candy Corn to review. Immediately I see differences between the candy corn kernels that Zachary makes from the Brach’s ones. The colors of the Zachary corn is much paler, the kernels are flatter and wider. I pour some out into a bowl to get a better look, and I’m surprised to find that many kernels are misshapen and broken. The white tips of the kernels have a high tendency of breaking off, so the bag had a lot of loose white tips floating around.


Zachary Candy Corn

The flavor of the candy corn is nice. I was surprised because I compared the ingredients list to Brach’s candy corn, and there were many differences as well as similarities. What caught my eye the most was how much lower Honey was on the Zachary Candy Corn’s list than Brachs’. I really expected a more dramatic different in the flavor because of this. The flavor starts of sweet, very sweet, with a slight note of marshmallow. The flavor then mellows with a slight hint or honey and vanilla, and ends with a strong sweetness and a heavy throat burn from the sugar. It tastes like typical candy corn, but with a slightly less honey notes than the Brach’s variety.

I liked this candy corn more than I expected. It’s a tasty variety, but I miss the slight complexity of flavor, bright colors and sturdy structure of the Brach’s candy corn. So if you’re a Zachery fan, I can understand your preferences. Candy Corn is a strange candy, and our preferences reflect that.

Rating: Will Eat Again


Will Eat Again

Links Zachary Candy Corn Webpage


Ringpop Halloween Bag

Ring Pops are a candy I recall from my childhood. They weren’t something I’d have regularly, I love chocolate too much and when I wanted a lollipop I’d go for Tootsie Pops. I really don’t ever recall being lured in by the gem shape or the more interesting manner in which you eat it. So when I saw this along with the many other Halloween candies in Target, I figured it was time I gave it a grown-up try.

These Halloween Ring Pops are a little different from the ones you can buy most everyday. Usually they’re sold in single packages with flavors of Strawberry, Blue Raspberry, Twisted Berry Blast, Watermelon and Cherry. The Halloween flavor is “Screaming Berry” and I am not sure if it’s the same flavor as the Twisted Berry Blast flavor that’s in the normal flavor lineup. The Halloween one also differs because the package comes with two pops in it. The pops themselves also look different, as these have a black base and a black and orange striped candy “gem” on top.


Ringpop Halloween

I was really surprised, as this Ring Pop is so awkward to eat. It doesn’t fit into my mouth well, and I found that it just caused me to drool all over the place. Can you say awkward? I tried several techniques of sucking on the pop, but the results were the same: I drooled over everything. The flavor didn’t really warm me up to the candy much at all either. It is a nondescript berry flavor, but it tastes the most like raspberry to me. It start off sweet and ends in a tart note, and it smells very fruity like a yogurt. It was nice, but nothing that really “wow-ed” me.

I didn’t like this candy and it wasn’t because it tasted bad. The ring form of it just made it horribly awkward to eat. I could see perhaps as a kid when your mouth is much smaller this could be for fun, but for me it was just a big drooly mess.

Rating: Not Worth It


Not Worth It

Links Ring Pop Website (Bazooka Joe)


Box of Boogers Box

I admit that one of the many marketing ploys that are used to sell some candies is the “gross” factor. This is why I’ve seen Flix’ Box of Boogers around for a bit now and I’ve never bought them before now. The tagline on the box that reads “Tangy Gummy Boogies that look & feel real!” doesn’t really make me want to buy, much less eat it. But, in the spirit of Halloween, I felt I owed it to my readers to at leave give these a go.

I feel that this is a very unique Halloween candy, since it plays on the “trick” part of “trick or treat”. You start with the idea of eating boogers, which children often do, and volia, a Halloween candy with a “gross” factor. The packaging is very catchy, with an ooze green and purple color scheme. Combined with a grotesque character of “chef Ghoulicious” and images of the candy. It’s enticing in the “I want this cause it will gross Mom out” sort of way.

The candies do indeed look like boogers. And what I mean by that is they’re lumpy and green. Granted I haven’t seen boogers like this in some time. People with snot this green should really see a doctor in regard to an infection of some sort. I’m sure that’s a bonus for those who would enjoy this candy. It certainly adds to the gross out factor. The back of the box describes the flavors, which I am grateful for, since I haven’t eaten boogers myself since I was 4 years old or so, and I’ve quite forgotten their “flavor”.

To start the texture of these gummis are very chewy. They’re much more dense that I was expecting. They’re somewhere in between Gummi Bears and Starburst.


Box of Boogers

Snottermelon: This flavor starts off sweet and floral, and the flavor grows the longer you chew. It’s not terribly tart, but more flavorful and accurate than the watermelon flavor you find in jolly ranchers. I admit I liked it.

Sour Green Boogy: I admit, I tried this boogie and it tasted just like the Snottermelon, except the flavor was more intense. Sweetness mixed with a floral taste with a hint of artificial flavor. Regardless, it still tasted good. Now I am confused, since I’ve eaten many green boogers out of this bag, and neither of them really git this flavor title. So strange.

Lemon Loogy: This one was immediately tart and flavorful. It reminds me of a lemon drop or one of those lemon lollipops you get in banks. It has a nice lemon flavor with a hint of bitterness. Tasty and surprising.

I was surprised by these, as I really kinda liked them. Especially the lemon ones. I shared them around the office with my co-workers, as the question of “Hey want to have some of my Boogers?” never gets old. The brave few who tried them liked them as well. So, count this point toward to “you never know until you try it” theory. Pretty tasty and pretty good for Halloween!

Rating: Will Eat Again


Will Eat Again

Links Flix Candy Website

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