I found this bizarre mix of Baratt’s candy in one of the many Irish market’s over in Sunnyside, Queens. I picked up this bag as it looked like a twist on the Bassett’s famous Licorice Mix, which my Dad always ate when I was growing up. Therefore, I snatched it up. The pastel packaging is a direct opposite of the Bassett’s Licorice Mix’s black bag with bold colors. This one feels very…feminine. Lots of pastel pinks and purples, and with the name of “Dolly” I wonder if they refer to a woman’s name or a doll…either way, it’s odd to me.
From the packaging’s exterior, the candy looks like it’s a less intense version of the licorice. Yet, when I opened the bag, I saw nothing that looked like licorice in any form. So these are just some sort of gummi or chewy candy. Here’s what the ingredients say:
“Sugar, glucose syrup, beef gelatin, modified maize starch, vegetable oil, citric acid, natural flavorings, fat reduced cocoa, colours (plain caramel, anthocyanins, paprika extract, beetroot red, lutein), glazing agents (beeswax, pectin), spinach extract.”
So really this says to me these are candies aimed to those who want something naturally colored and sweetened. Someone heath conscious.
There’s two types of these candies here: The soft, white chews with a flavor and gummi bears. The white chews have this odd, soft, starchy and grainy chewy texture. They dissolve quickly in the mouth and just come across as odd.
Oranges ones are orange, lightly sweet and floral and no tang at all.
Pinks are strawberry, with a fruity, berry like flavor with a kick of bubblegum.
Greens are lime, horribly artificial with a tart flavor of floor cleaner. The green gummi bear has the same taste.
Yellow cubes just taste sweet and grainy. No flavor really.
Browns are lightly cocoa.
Purples are pleasantly currant. Very juicy and intensely berry flavored with that signature tartness. It’s the most authentic of the bunch.
Purple gummi bear is beautifully chewy and also has that great currant flavor.
Red gummi bear is strawberry and tastes like those fruit snacks. Very authentic and jammy.
Overall these were and odd purchase. The flavors didn’t really “wow” me, and I suppose they’re nice if you want a candy that’s more “natural”. However, these just felt strange to me and I didn’t finish the bag, much less pick at them when I was desperate for something sweet. They satiated my curiosity, but that’s it.
Rating: Not Worth It