I spotted this box of Lemonhead & Friends Redhead on a quick trip to Ralph’s a couple of weeks ago. They were on display and the bright red box completely caught my eye. It’s been some time since I had any of the Lemonhead brand, and craving something new I grabbed a couple of boxes. I figured they’d be fun to review as well as something tasty I could nibble on at work during the 3pm lull.
The first thing that stood out to me about the package was the “updated” look. Usually when Lemonhead and Friends appear together, they tend to be standing around looking at one another with fruit in their hands. This box, also cleverly named Redheads, has all the friends actually doing something. I like how here at least they’re all dancing to music, it immediately feels a lot more fun.
The candies, once I open the box to inspect them, all roll out in beautiful colors of all shades or red. At first it’s a little hard to tell them apart, well, the ones that weren’t maroon or pink anyways. There’s no distinct aroma to them as they just smell vaguely fruity. The candies are about chickpea sized. Some are smaller and some are a little larger. Quality control isn’t a big concern here, but I do find the irregularity refreshing and fun.
Strawberry: Orange pink in color. The flavor is sweet and reminds me of jam. There’s a nice intense berry flavor to it.
Cherry: Colored bright red. It immediately has juicy flavor that turns into a fake cherry flavor. I’m reminded of medicine. Blech.
Raspberry: Dark red in color. It tastes very “red” but also has an odd aftertaste of perfume.
Watermelon: These are the pink ones in the mix. Typical fake Jolly Rancher watermelon flavor. Notes of melons, flowers and a strange sourness that overwhelms my taste buds really easily.
These are alright, but they also aren’t really my thing. I’m a citrus lover, so I want my lemon and orange flavors back please. I do realize how Lemonhead wants to get in on this recent fad of having only red flavors in a mix. It just made me miss the other flavors and want a normal box of Lemonhead. However, I do realize I’m a minority, so if you’re into these red flavors, these just might be your new favorite.
Rating: Might Eat Again
Links Lemonhead Website
One of the few things that I wish the candy world had more of is pineapple gummis. I love pineapple candy so much! I feel I don’t see it often enough. The only true “mainstream” candy that I can think of that is pineapple flavored is in the Lifesavers roll. Or used to be? I can’t even remember anymore since they’ve switched those flavors up so much over the years. Regardless, pineapple candy is awesome, so I was super excited to see these pineapple gummies on the shelf when I made my recent visit to Mitsuwa Market.
The package is a good size, just enough for yourself without being to much. The gummies looks like little wedge pineapple slices and the’re very cute. They smell extremely tropical and fruity. The gummis are soft to the touch, they squish lightly when you lightly squeeze them They almost look like they have a shell or “crust” on them.
The texture is very strange. I’d say it’s more like a jelly than a gummi. I was right as there is a shell texture to this. The outside is slightly harder and grainier, and inside is a smooth, pristine jelly. The flavor is incredible. It tastes just like a real, fresh pineapple. They really capture the juicy, fruity, sweet flavors here. These are a little tart, as it reminds me of pineapple juice, so there’s a bit of bite to them. Still, they’re simply amazing in regard to their flavor.
I really loved these gummies, even though the texture is a bit strange. Even though my fiance absolutely loved the texture, so it just goes to show it’s all opinion based! I just wish I could find flavors like this more often.
Rating: Will Eat Again
I got this small package of Starburst Tongue Tangles from my sister who thoughtfully gave it to me when she returned from a trip to Scotland. I am always excited to try foreign candies, especially ones that have a foundation here in the United States. It’s interesting for me to see how candies translate for a different country. So you may understand my excitement for this candy and the thoughtfulness behind it.
At first I thought these Starburst were going to be chews like the normal Starbursts here. I found out otherwise when I opened them. The texture is like a chewy Gushers fruit snack. The outside appears to be hard and molded, but its chewy and soft and there’s a flavored liquid center inside.
Banana and Mango: Sweet banana exterior is mild and starchy flavored. It’s thankfully does not too much like perfume. The mango center is bright, fresh, and full of tropical flavor. It’s much more intense than the banana exterior and they blend nicely.
Blueberry and Lemon: Blueberry is perfumey and berry tasting. The lemon center is extremely tart and artificial. It’s too sour with an odd metallic flavor to it. I was very disappointed.
Apricot and Cherry: Apricot is sweet and perfumey. It tastes sweeter than peaches, with more of a fruity flavor than a perfume one. The cherry is very tart and tastes more tropical than jammy to me. It’s tart and sweet yet lack a cherry essence.
Out of all the flavors my favorite is the Banana and Mango.
I found two of the three flavors in this mix a little too artificial for me, so I am sorry to say that I didn’t like this mix very much. I think the Starburst gummies we get out here are a better version of this. Still, if you’re really into Starburst and have the opportunity to try these. I do recommend that you give them a go yourself.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Starburst UK Website
I took a candy hunting trip to my local Target in search of good Easter fodder for this blog. I found a lot of options, too many in fact. It can be so hard to choose! This move theater sized box of Swedish Fish caught my eyes right away. I saw the word “Eggs” on it and knew that it was something new that I hadn’t tried before. I wasn’t sure how Swedish Fish eggs would work, but I was curious and had to find out.
The box is very colorful. It’s filled with springtime colors and a basket full of Easter eggs. “What, you never heard of candiar?” says the red Swedish fish sporting a pair of bunny ears. This package reminds me of what people say a bad acid trip is like.
The candy in the package is a mix of the candiar and small classic Swedish fish.
The red Swedish fish taste totally familiar. A bright, sweet cherry flavor. It has notes of bitterness, but they are rounded out with more fruity “red” flavors, so it’s hard to find them completely medicinal tasting.
The “candiar” is little round half domes. One side is flat so they can sit nicely on a surface without rolling around. The come in four colors: teal orange, chartreuse and yellow.
The teal colored ones taste…hard to say. They’re sweet, and fruity, but not really of anything specific. The yellow ones are clearly lemon. It’s a great lemon flavor that’s both sweet and zesty at the same time. I’m reminded of a lemon Starburst. The chartreuse candiar is lime. It is sweet and zesty, but it has a slight floor cleaner taste to it. The orange is, well, orange. The flavor is sweet with a slight tart note to it, and I’m’ reminded of tangerines. The size of the candiar is nice, and they’re very “poppable” My fiance and I couldn’t help but to keep popping them in our mouths.
Both my fiance and I really liked these. They’re a fun variation on the classic fish, and it’s nice to have so many flavors in smaller shapes. We plan on going back to Target to get more of these, we found them to be super yummy.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Swedish Fish Website
These package of ZeroSH gummies that I found in Mitsuwa Market interested me in many ways. First was the name, because when I see “Zero” on things it makes me think of diet food. “Zero calories” and “Zero carbs” and the like comes to mind. Which, I realize sounds strange coming from someone whose favorite candy bar is the Zero bar. Second, was the very intense bright pink images on the package. It screamed pink grapefruit to me all the way down the aisle. These things together made me wonder things like “Are these zero calorie gummies?” and “Are these gummies made with artificial sweeteners?”. The only way to answer these questions, besides becoming fluent in Japanese, is to taste them.
The package makes them look similar to the Haribo gummi rings. Instead the shape is much different, more like a hollowed out oval. They have a dense coating of granular sanding sugar on the outside and they’re a nice shade of pink.
The flavor is very nice. It’s very authentic to pink grapefruit; bright, zesty and sweet. The granulated sugar coating gives it an extyra tartness which enchaes the flavor of the grapefruit. The coating also gives it a nice crunch and the gummi texture is on the tougher, chewier side. Overall I really liked it. Dense, chewy and authentically flavorful.
So as far as the “Zero” goes I really am no further along in figuring out. The candy didn’t taste like it was zero calorie or if it was made with artificial sugars. I guess the best way to conclude it is English words are cool to use, whether or not the meaning has any connection to the item it is selling.
Rating: Will Eat Again