October 2009
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Halloween DOTS Mix Bag

All Halloween Ghost DOTS, you return again like a bad haunting. Oh! And look! This time you brought friends with you! I heard tales of new flavors of DOTS being released this Halloween, but didn’t see any for myself until the other day in a Superfresh in the area. Then I was lucky enough to spot them in full sized boxes in Rite Aid. Whoot! This is what adult trick or treating is, and I like it. I grabbed a bag of the mini sized version, and this year Ghost DOTS have Bat DOTS and Candy Corn DOTS to keep them company.


Halloween DOTS Mix

Ghost: “Assorted Fruit Flavors” Which flavor? Which ghost? It’s a MYSTERY!” reads the box. I’ve encountered these a few years ago for the first time, and am sort of both pleased and a little annoyed they brought them back. The DOTS are an odd seam foam green color, they look transparent but aren’t. It’s strange. They smell lightly fruity. The first one I had tasted like fruit punch. Second, more like orange. Third, like lime. I’m guessing these are just the normal DOTS flavors, just colored all the same to trick you. While tasty, they just disappointed me since the drawing of the ghostie on the front is so darned cute. I wish the DOTS had faces on them still. 

Candy Corn: These feel a tad softer than the others. This DOT is an opaque orange with a yellow bottom, like a candy corn but missing the white tip. They smell odd: a mix of plastic and Eggo waffles. The flavor is sweet and bland at first, then the fake butter flavor of candy corn appears. It’s, kinda strange. It doesn’t taste bad, more like a watered-down candy corn, but with a thicker and stickier texture. Some I tried had a funny cola flavor to it, but it was pretty random and hard to pin down as something that happened with all of them. Oddly enough, I liked them. But then again I’m a fan of candy corn, so many of you probably think I’m crazy to begin with.

Bat DOTS: blood orange flavored: The box is so appealing. There’s a cute bat with a orange wedge mouth leaking juices on it! DAWWWWW! The DOTS are dark black with a dull, opaque appearance. The flavor is awesome. It’s fruity, a little sweet and a little tart, it tastes not quite like orange at points, but has a more berry flavor to it. It reminds me of how fruits snacks tasted when I was a kid. It’s delicious, and I really like it.

I was pleased with this mix, and despite my annoyance with the Ghost DOTS, they’re still tasty and it’s a well rounded mix. A good option if you want to hand out a little something different this Halloween.

Be sure to check out Cybele’s review over at

Rating: Blood Orange and Candy Corn: Will Eat Again


Will Eat Again

          Ghost: Not Worth It


Not Worth It

Links DOTS webpage


Melville's Mulling Spice Spoons

After my experience with Melville’s Maple Sugar Spoons, I was determined to give a different flavor another try. I was really keen on giving the honey versions to try, but as soon as I started hunting them down I couldn’t find them for the life of me. I found the Mulling Spice Spoons instead, and figured that these will have to do in the meantime. It seems to be one of those situations that as soon as I stop looking, they’ll magically find me somehow.

These spoons are the same format as the Maple Sugar spoons I had before. A large chunk of hard candy shaped like a spoon, with a beautifully crafted wooden handle sticking out of one end. The candy part of these spoons are a bright, semi opaque fire engine red.

Of course these are meant to be stirred into a mug of apple juice or apple cider. I tried that as well as eating it as is.

The flavor is very much like a coating of a candy apple. Fake apple flavor with a hint of spicy cinnamon. I hesitate to call it a “mulled” flavor, as mulling spices are more about the elements of allspice, clove and orange peel in my mind. On it’s own the spoon tasted sort of lackluster, granted I prefer this fake apple cinnamon flavor to the sour apple of a Jolly Rancher, but it still doesn’t do anything for me. In a mug of cider, I do get the sweetness and the hit of cinnamon. The fake apple flavor is masked by the juice.

Again, not terribly impressed with these. I liked them better than the Maple Sugar Spoons. I’m still going to give the honey ones a go if I ever come across them.

Rating: Might Eat Again


Might Eat Again

Links Mellville Candy Company Website


Chowards Violet

C.Howards is a very classic candy company that specialized in Gum and Mints, which are two genres of candy that I’m lukewarm on. Still, I came across this roll of the Violet Mints in the grocery store. I felt like I struck gold as I picked one up, as it’s rare to see such classic candy about nowadays. 

Considering the packaging, I expected gum for some reason. Instead I found these mints to be packed compressed dextrose packets. Color me surprised! The mints are square, with “C.Howards” written in the center and a raised edge for a border along the sides.

The tablets smell strongly of violets, which is to be expected. It’s a very fresh and herbal smell. The aroma doesn’t really entice me to eat them, but it doesn’t really repel me either.

I picked up a my first tablet and popped it into my mouth. Immediately I began to chew, which slowly came to a halt as my facial expression went from “Hmm, interesting” to “Ew, what is this?”. Let’s just say the taste is vile. It’s terribly flowery and not very sweet at all. It tasted as if I had just shoved an old drawer sachet in my mouth. I could only take the flavor for a couple of seconds before I spit it out.

As much as I love retro candies, these Violet mints just don’t do it for me. If you enjoy eating flowers, you might like these. Otherwise I think these are best left alone.

Rating: Inedible



Links C.Howards Website

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