DAS Foods, makers of the DAS Caramelini that I reviewed last year, have recently unveiled a line of new all natural gourmet lollipops. There’s been a big buzz about them, especially since they were one of the main product spotlights of the All Candy Expo which took place in Chicago two weeks ago.
The lollipops have a cute tag line of “What’s your Flava?” and come in four unique flavors. One of which, the Man Bait flavor, has bacon in it. This isn’t my first time having a bacon lollipop, so I was interested to see how it compared to my previous experiences.
Each lollipop is small and delicate, about the size of a quarter and remind me of the pops I see at various candy bowls in doctor, dentist and bank offices. The wrappers are colorful with bold lettering and modern-looking black and white illustrations of the ingredients involved.
Man Bait: maple bacon: It looks like a very light, almost completely opaque, brown color with flecks of the red brown bits of bacon. So yes, there is real bacon in this. The flavor is first of the authentic flavor of the maple base: sweet and toasted. Then, a smokiness from the bacon shows through. It’s meaty, salty, and has that nice honey-ham flavor to it. It reminds me more of jerky than bacon, but its wonderful sweet/salty flavor is addicting.
Naughty Ginger: lemon & ginger: Also delicate in color it’s a light yellow brown color that’s opaque until held to a light. The flavor is softly sweet, with a hint of ginger. But don’t let it fool you, as the ginger flavor grows and gets quite spicy and powerful. The lemon sits right under the ginger taste, with a sharp tartness that compliments the ginger nicely. The whole lollipop is spicy and gives your mouth a good warm burn. It’s not for those who aren’t into eating ginger straight because of its intensity.
Caramel Me Happy: salty caramel: Opaque and a pretty dark brown color. The flavor is of sweet, toasted milky flavors, a little burnt sugar, and at the finish a good light kick of salt. The flavors are nicely balanced with neither one overpowering the other, and the saltiness is nicely mild so it doesn’t overpower the sweetness. I also gets notes of gingerbread at moments. It’s a really simple concept, yet complex flavors.
Fab-O-Pom: orange & pomegranate: This one is especially beautiful! It’s light pink in color, like grapefruit juice. You can see pomegranate seeds, dotting all over inside the candy. The flavor is immediately fresh and juicy. It tastes lightly of orange at first, almost like orange flower essence because it’s a very light and floral flavor. The pomegranate is hard to identify exactly, but it adds a distinct tartness to the lollipop which is very nice. It’s so similar to a refreshing fruit lemonade. Out of them all this one is my favorite.
A nice line of lollipops, especially for those who crave something unique. I bought a couple of the Man Bait and Caramel Me Happy for a gift a couple of months back when they were first released, and the recipients were totally smitten with them.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Das Foods Website