Types of Candy
Onto the second of my 5 Gum reviews, today is 5 Cobalt. Out of all the different 5 Gums that I collected for this series of reviews, Cobalt was the only one that I was able to guess the flavor just by reading the name. I like the theme of having these “cool” names for the gum instead of just announcing the flavors, even if it does make it a little confusing at times.
Cobalt is a really great name for a gum. It sounds bold and powerful, as well as evoking a deep blue minty color. The fact that the majority of the package is black also enhances this effect. The foil on the wrappers is an intense cerulean blue, and it’s really pretty. This gum just exudes the feeling of being refreshed. I take a whiff and it smells like an interesting mix of spearmint and wintergreen.
The gum itself is a intense blue color and it’s a lot more saturated than I would have expected. The flavor starts off powerfully minty and tastes like wintergreen with a frosty flavor accented with sweetness. As you chew, you then experience the more pronounced hot and spicy flavors of spearmint. They just kick in and gives it a really complex, incredibly refreshing minty flavor. Sadly, the flavors don’t last very long, most are well gone by the time I have been chewing for two minutes.
The brevity of the flavor in this gum, no matter how tasty, makes me hesitate to bring this gum into my inner circle of “amazing candy that I’ll buy all the time”. However, the flavor is good enough that if I was handed this for free, by a friend, or at the candy table at work, I would certainly take a few pieces after lunch. Point being, Cobalt is tasty, so if I ever need a quick breath freshener, this gum would certainly fit the bill. Isn’t that one of gum’s jobs in the first place anyways?
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links 5 Gum Webpage
Gum is already somewhat of a neglected candy for me, as it’s something I don’t buy often but I do try to review for the blog when I see something interesting. 5 Gum us a brand that I don’t pay very much attention to. I believe it’s a gum that market to men, with its intense black background and names like “React Squared”. So as a female you can imagine that I a drawn toward the more colorful “Fruity Unicorn Sparkle” flavors than these intense looking gums in black packaged with names that refer to energy outputs. But that it exactly why I decided that I needed to give 5 Gum a few tries.
The gum is wrapped in black foil, which is very striking looking. They almost disappear into the packaging. The gum smells like a mix of jam and cherry pie. It’s very juicy and fruity smelling.
I was taken aback to see that the stick of gum is dark grey in color. I don’t think I’ve ever seen gum colored like that before. The texture is incredibly soft as you begin to chew. The flavor is very fruity, and bring up the flavors of dark cherries. I also get notes of cola and some metallic notes. The flavor comes across as very flavorful and juicy. The flavor quickly starts to fade as you get into chewing for about a minute. As the taste mellows, it reminds me of red licorice: fruity and “red”. It’s a nice flavor, it’s just a shame it doesn’t last longer.
It seems this gum suffers from the “gum paradox” that I’ve heard other bloggers refer to. The tastier the gum is, the shorter the time the flavor lasts. So even though I am not the biggest fan of cherry gum, it was still more tasty than some gums I’ve had. Alas, the flavor is almost completely gone in the first minute that you chew it. I can see this working for you if you only wanted a quick flavor pick me up. Personally I like something with a little more stamina. I like my flavor to last longer. That’s not to say that this gum is bad, it just was really tasty and would have liked to experience this gum longer, that’s all.
Rating: Might Eat Again
Links 5 Gum Webpage
This is the second of the two Unreal candies I bought to review for the blog. I really loved the Candy Coated Chocolates that I reviewed last time, so imagine my anticipation when I prepared for their Peanut Butter Cups. I was very much looking forward to it!
The wrapper for these Peanut Butter Cups follows the same logic as the Candy Coated Chocolates did. A black background with the “Unreal” logo on the front in a bright color. There’s pretty photos of the Peanut Butter Cups included, which makes the candy even more enticing. It’s a really nice, simple design.
I feel it is always hard to review peanut butter cups, since everyone wants to know what they’re like compared to a Reese’s. Since, you know, Reese’s is the king of peanut butter cups right now.
I excitedly open the wrapper to finally give them as taste. They are packaged similar to most other peanut butter cups. They sit in a protective hard paper tray to keep them from sliding around too much. The cups smell of peanut butter, sweet and roasted. You can also get notes of chocolate mixed in with the strong, nutty aroma. It’s extremely enticing.
The flavor is excellent. The peanut butter is smooth and creamy, and has an excellent roasted, nutty, salty flavor. The chocolate is smooth with a nice milky sweetness to it. The combination of the chocolate and the peanut butter is a beautiful combination, and these peanut butter cups are no exception. So, question of the article: how do they compare to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? Well, it’s a complicated answer. The chocolate in Unreal’s peanut butter cup is much taster I think. The peanut butter in Unreal’s cup is not as salty or crispy like a Reese’s. So really, it depends on your tastes.
I am a big fan of that Unreal is doing with their candy. They have a bunch of other candies to try besides their peanut butter cups and their candy coated chocolate. I am going to make sure I get to the others soon! In the meantime, I really recommend that you check them out, as so bar both candies I’ve had have been stellar. If you’re a peanut butter fan at all, you should be giving these a try.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Unreal Website
I first heard about the Unreal line of candies from one of my good friends. She mentioned that she had seen these new candies in her most recent trip to Walgreens and was wondering if I had tried them. I hadn’t at the time, and lo and behold on my next trip to CVS I saw them. The Unreal packaging is very attractive, the background is black with “Unreal” written on the front in a very strange font that covers move of the front. The lettering is in bright colors and is very eye catching against the dark background. They offer a bunch of different candies, but I decided I wanted to start out with the Candy Coated Chocolate.
Unreal has the tagline of “Candy Unjunked”. They don’t use corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors or colors, no GMO ingredients and preservatives. I have to say, I’m super excited to try a chocolate candy that has such honest ingredients! What they’re doing is really honorable, and I’m super excited to try a candy that uses more quality ingredients.
I open the bag to find that the first thing I notice about these candies is that the colors are not what what we’re used to. They’re more natural colors, ones that look like they are found in nature. The colors are muted and more muddy. Burgundy, Olive green, yellow core, and brown are some of the colors I notice as I taste them. The only thing that confuses me a little is that the image of the candies on the wrapper makes them look much more vibrant.
The candies taste of really nice chocolate. I’d love to do a side by side with these sometime with M&Ms. The flavor is much more chocolatey and rich. I get nice flavors of cocoa, coffee, cream and woods. They’re much more satisfying than I ever found plain M&Ms to be. The chocolate flavor here and much more complex and sweet, which makes it more satisfying. The candy shell is crunchy and the chocolate is very smooth, a lovely combination.
I really liked these, and when I shared them with some of my coworkers they really liked them too. One of them mentioned that she liked how they weren’t as sweet as M&Ms are, and you get more chocolate flavor out of them. I totally agree with her comment. I think now I will gladly eat these over plain M&Ms if I have the option (but the peanut butter M&Ms still stand as my favorite). I’ve since bought more of these Candy Coated Chocolates, as I’ve found they’re a great compliment to my morning coffee. If you happen to come across them, I highly recommend you give them a try!
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Unreal Website
I saved the most famous cookie impersonator for last, and that is the Thin Mint. Everyone I know who loves Girl Scout Cookies goes crazy for the Thin Mints. I kind of understand it, and then I really don’t. It’s a cookies that tastes powerfully of mint, despite the cookies being dark chocolate and covered in chocolate. I think I have a hard time understanding why people would prioritize mint over chocolate, as I’d take chocolate any day! Despite my confusion they are a terribly popular flavor, so it’s only smart of Nestle to incorporate it into their line of Girl Scout Cookie candy bars.
I open the wrapper and find myself confused. The aroma is odd. It smells spicy at first, then the minty scent comes through. The chocolate scent is faint, and is barely noticeable under the mint. Interesting!
I take a bite and immediately I’m surprised to find that the wafers are dark, as if they’re made of chocolate. The taste is intensely minty, and the chocolate flavor only accents the mint. Again, I feel they nailed the thin mint cookie flavor. I am not sure as to why the wafers are chocolate, other than the thin mint cookie’s cookie is also chocolate. Appearances aside, this bar does a stellar job of imitating the original.
I still have to say that I liked the peanut butter creme the best, but this bar does a really good job of tasting like a think mint. If I was to rate all the cookies based on their likeness to the original, this one would win for sure. I’m just, not a big fan of mint. It really comes down to that fact. I think if you’re an avid Thin Mint fan you’d enjoy this candy bar. I think you’d miss the intense crunch of the cookie though.
Links Nestle Crunch Website