I can’t remember what enticed me to buy this package of Airhead Xtremes Sweetly Sour Watermelon belts. It could have been the “Xtreme” on the front, as it made my brain go “Huh, that one one candy I could say it starts with the letter X”. Yes I think things like that. Or it could have been the colors and the watermelon flavors, as watermelon is one of my favorite “sour” flavors. Which confuses me, even though watermelons aren’t sour at all. Still, this package was bought and found it’s way into my home. I admit it did stay awhile in my candy stash before I got to reviewing it. I am so happy I did though!
First a few notes on the packaging. I really love how they kept to the pink/red and green of watermelons. It makes the whole candy seem very cohesive. The plastic tray does a great job of keeping the belts laying flat and nicely stacked. I was actually surprised how many there were in here. I wish I had counted them all now, but I just recall tasting them over a period of a week and being surprised that I hadn’t finished them off sooner.
The belts are pretty! The’re striped red and green with a heavy sanding of granulated sugar on them. They’re soft and pliable and easy to bite.
The flavor does start out sweet! This is a nice change of pace as usually sour comes first. The granulated sugar “sweet” coating is, well, sweet. It doesn’t taste of watermelon. Once that melts away, then you get to the “sour” watermelon part. The flavor is indeed sour, but not overly so, and has that fun, but artificial flavoring of watermelon. Its not like a Jolly Rancher, it’s much nicer. It’s juicy and has nice fruity and floral flavors that read as “watermelon”. Super yummy!
I enjoyed these way more than I thought I would.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Airhead’s Website
It was on a rare occasion that I was shopping in Wal-Mart where I found this bag of Brach’s Fruit Slices. Here in Los Angeles we don’t have many Wal-Marts, none of which are very close to me. I found these in the Wal-Mart local to where my parents are, on a trip back east to visit them. Wal-Mart tends to have a very different candy selection than most stores, so I usually find really unique things there. Since I bought this package I haven’t seen the candy again. I am now kicking myself for not taking a blog-worthy photo of the package.
Brach’s most famous and popular fruit slice candy are their Orange, or now re-labeled Mandarin Orange Slices. I recall eating these from a very young age and they’ve always been a favorite of mine. So of course I was excited to find a version that had multiple fruit flavors to enjoy. The package didn’t list what flavors were inside, but you did see colors of them on the front: red, green, purple, yellow, orange and pink!
One by one I tasted them all. Since the slices are somewhat sizable, I felt rather full after trying one of each. The candies are think and are easy to bite into. They’re smooth and not the least bit sticky as you chew them.
Pink/Strawberry: Very fruity with strong berry notes. Tastes very “pink”.
Red/Cherry: Very bright and fruity. It tastes like the cherry Tootsie Pop. Has slight bitter notes to it but it isn’t too much. It’s still tasty and has that “black cherry” flavor to it.
Orange: Sweet and juicy like an orange. This lacks the tartness that the Mandarin orange makeover had. It’s tasty and reminds me of the orange slices I ate as a kid.
Yellow/Lemon: Starts out with fresh lemon flavors. It’s tast and has a nice bitter edge to it, but it’s not too sour. The flavor is very nice.
Green/Apple: Very sweet with strong floral accents to it. You can tell they’re rying to make it like a little like a sour granny smoth, but keep it sweet. Imagine a jolly rancher melted into some apple sauce. Really tasty and delicous, but not authentic.
Purple/Grape: This one starts off mild and grows into that strange medicional grape flavor I recall from childhood. There’s this fruity tartness and a rich juicy note that reads “grape” to me.
I really loved these, but I think out of the flavor mix the lemon and orange are still my favorites. Too bad they can’t put together a citrus mix for me! If I ever come across these again I certainly will buy them. In the meantime I’m happy to have the Mandarin Orange slices readily available in my local grocery store.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Brach’s Website
A few years ago M&Ms tried to make a premium line. These cost more and came in “fancy” flavors and colors. You can see these are mocha and have these pretty iridescent shell.