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Mar
30



Starburst Jellybeans Tropical

I saw these new Starburst Tropical Jelly Beans along side the “Crazy Beans” I reviewed earlier this week. I hadn’t seen these before, so I’m assuming they’re new. Another possibility is I just haven’t been visiting the right stores in order to see them in previous years. Either way, I was excited to give them a try since unlike the “Crazy Beans”, these jelly beans have flavors based on the Starbust Chew candies, which I am a big fan of.

The bag smells fruity and exotic, as I get lots of notes of mango, pineapple and punch. This package also gives a list of flavors, but they’re not as detailed as the “Crazy Beans” as those had illustrations to go with the descriptions. Here you just gotta do your best to guess. The mix I got in this bag was very heavy on the pinks, reds and oranges. I didn’t get a lot of green or yellow beans, which, it probably a kid’s best candy dream since not many prefer the green or yellow flavors anyways. 

 

Starburst Jellybeans Tropical


Mango Melon (orange):
starts off mild with light notes of mango. it’s juicy and sweet. the orange adds an evenness to the flavor which makes it not too sweet, but the flavor is more juicy.

Pineapple Orange: (yellow):
Flavor is sweet orange at first, then blossoms with the juicy flavors of pineapple. the flavor comes across as a little off since there’s not tartness to the pineapple, it’s really, really sweet. Tasty, but not everything I hoped for.

Tropical Punch (red): Immediately tastes of citrus and passion fruit with a hint of pineapple. has nice sweet notes that really taste of punch.

Kiwi Strawberry (green): Starts off sweet and doesn’t really develop any other flavors. it’s off, but just sweet.

Watermelon (pink): taste like that funny fake melon flavor with odd perfumey notes twinged with sweetness.

Strawberry Banana (light pink):
Immediately notes of banana twinged with berry notes. It’s a little sour, which confuses me, as neither strawberries nor bananas are sour. Strange.

I liked these a lot more than I did the “Crazy Beans” from earlier this week. The flavors were a lot more recognizable and authentic. These colors appeal to me more as well and feel more “Eastery” to me, which is silly since anything bright and colorful can be considered as such. As a “new” addition to Starburst’s Jelly Bean line, I think these are a tasty addition.

Rating: Will Eat Again

Will Eat Again

Links Starburst Website


Mar
28



Starburst Crazy Beans Bag

These Starburst “Crazy Beans” are a new jelly bean I spotted this year on the Easter candy shelves. The purple edges on the bag are really eye catching (especially paired with the yellow background, opposites on the color wheel and all that). The premise behind these new Crazy Beans is that each bean has two flavors in one. As if the shell is one flavor and the interior jelly is another. That’s a pretty fun premise.

Firstly, I have to thank Starburst for putting a flavor guide on the back of the bag. That way I can at least get an idea of what I am tasting, especially when they decide to give the flavors crazy names (which they did). When opening the bag it smells extremely fruity and a little sour, so I expect to taste some tartness in these beans.

The beans are colorful and very opaque. The shells have a sheen to them but no luminosity at all. You can see the dark flecks of air bubbles in the candy shell exterior, which give the beans a mottled look to them.

 

Starburst Crazy Beans


Grape-aid (purple):
Is tart like a lemon, has a nice juicy flavor with an authentic tartness. I don’t taste anything grape about this one.

Peach-A-Palooza (orange):  A nice peach/orange mix that compliments each flavor beautifully. it’s nicely sweet with no tartness. a tasty bean.

Tropical Cherry Splash (blue):
Immediately it tastes…peachy. I get a sense of “tropical” in here because it tastes of punch. but nothing tastes like cherry here.

Razzin Watermelon (Pink): Starts of tasting like lemon. I don’t taste any notes of watermelon, it’s more like lemonade.

Banana Berry Blast (yellow): This one just tastes…sweet, like cotton candy.

Strappleberry (green):
  Tart and tastes like melon and raspberries.

So overall, none of the flavor really spoke to me. I can see how these could appeal to kids who’d enjoy the neon-like colors and crazy flavor combinations. But for me, these didn’t wow me enough with the flavors, they came across more strange than the did “cool” or remarkably tasty.

Rating: Will Eat Again

Will Eat Again

Links Starburst Website


Mar
25



Riegelein Chocolate Chicks

These are Riegelein Chocolate Chicks that I found in a Easter chocolate package in my local Cost Plus World Market. They’re a German chocolatier, and the style of these is just to cute!


Mar
23



Peeps Milk Chocolate Dips

Easter is coming and there’s some new Peeps to celebrate! Thankfully this year Easter has been more exciting than Valentine’s Day in regard to the candy scene. There’s a lot more “new” candy for Easter that wasn’t around last year. These Peeps are an excellent example of such.

For years Peeps have been an interactive candy during Easter time. You can decorate with them, microwave them, make dioramas with them, freeze them, etc, etc. Local candy shops always wen the extra step and sold chocolate dipped ones, which always seemed to sell well. It wasn’t until last year that Just Born decided to jump on that bandwagon, but the product just wasn’t the same. It was more akin to the marshmallow eggs you find by Russell Stover and Hershey’s.

Now, finally this year, Just Born came out with the perfect chocolate peep. They come in a tray of three, each peep sitting in a protective well and a sturdy p lactic wrapper to keep them from shifting around too much.

 

Chocolate Dipped Peep

They taste exactly as they should. The peeps have a white inside, and that crunchy, grainy exterior that everyone knows and loves. The chocolate is smooth and sweet with a good chocolate flavor. The two go excellently together, and this simplicity makes for an excellent combination.

A Chocolate Peep that’s made to be! If you’ve ever been one to by those candy shop Peeps, or want to give Peeps a second try, these are great to start with!

Before these, neither regular Peeps nor the new chocolate covered Peeps really sold me 100%. These however, are the perfect mix for me, so I’m excited to finally have a Peep I can fall in love with as an Easter treat.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links Peeps Website


Mar
21



Snickers Peanut Butter Square

There’s a new Snickers on the block! I am unsure about the distribution of these, but I’m starting to see them around in most stores, so chances are they’ll be easy to find. I believe I picked this one up in Target, so that would be a good place to start checking. So what is this new Snickers? And why is it squared?

Well, to start, there’s it extremely bright, eye-catching yellow package. This Snickers also doesn’t have it’s normal caramel stripe, but instead a ribbon of peanut butter. The comes in the squared bit, unlike all the other Snickers (aside from the mini’s, of course) this one isn’t one long bar. It’s broken into two, square candy pieces. They’re easily an inch by inch square. What makes up this bar is a layer of peanut butter, a nougat layer with peanut chunks in it, all enrobed in milk chocolate.

The wrapper encourages you to twist the package closed and “save one for later”. I gave the other square to my boyfriend.

The texture of these are dryer than normal Snickers bars. The caramel added some moisture to the bar, but since here it’s been replaced with the peanut butter, it’s a much sticker candy to eat. It tastes good, it’s a rich peanut butter and chocolate flavor. The peanut butter is smooth, creamy and salty and blends nicely with the chocolate flavor. This bar still has the bits of peanut chunks like a regular Snickers does. It’s a great candy if you’re a peanut butter fan, it’s not as intense as a Reese’s but it’s pretty close.

I’m not sure how much of this bar feels like a regular Snickers since the peanut butter really intensifies this bar. It’s really tasty and I plan on returning to it soon since it’s a fantastic taste. A must try if you’re a peanut butter fan. 

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links Snickers Website


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