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Oct
22



Halloween Candy 2012 028

One of the candies I really look forward to every Halloween is candy corn. I know it’s the type of candy that people either love or hate, and I feel it’s pretty obvious that I belong in the “love” category. I love how it look, how it tastes, and how it symbolizes that Halloween is coming. In the past few years candy corn has been getting some makeovers. There’s been new flavors of candy corn, gummi candy corn, marshmallow candy corn, and even Hershey’s Kisses Candy Corn. So I hope all this means that candy corn is gaining in popularity.

I got this bag of Brach’s “Fall Favorites” Candy Corn mix on a trip to Target. I was lucky to catch their early Halloween displays which is where I found this mix. What immediately called out to me about this mix was that it has chocolate covered candy corn in it. I’ll say that again, chocolate covered candy corn. I cannot express how excited I am.

Brach’s candy corn is my favorite out of all the brands that exist out there. It’s the one I enjoy most, with its grainy texture and sweet flavor kissed with honey. The candy corn are colorful, but more irregular in shape than I’m used to in other mixes. Some pieces are missing color stripes, some are smaller in shape, other have tips that have crumbled off in transit. Still, on the whole they are beautiful and incredible tasty.

Mixed into the candy corn is the chocolate covered candy corn. The front of the package reads 100% Milk Chocolate, and indeed the ingredients list backs it up. The chocolate covered pieces are large, almost double in size as a normal candy corn. Brach’s did not skimp on the chocolate dipping. The flavor first of the sweet chocolate, the texture is soft and smooth. You get lots of notes of butter and cream, accented with the honey of the candy corn. On the whole it’s incredibly sweet, but still tasty and enjoyable.

I really liked these, but unless you’re someone who can handle intense sweetness, these may be too much for you. Personally I think I still prefer normal candy corn, but in a festive candy bowl I’m sure there would go over really well. I think I am going to buy a few back so stockpile so I can get my candy corn and my chocolate fix at the same time.


Rating: Hoard

 

Hoard


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Jun
04



Brach's Fruit Slices

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

 

Will Buy Again


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May
02



Brach's Sundaes Neapolitan Coconut

When OldTimeCandy.com kindly offers me some candy samples to review, I knew I wanted to get some things I haven’t seen in a long time. I love “old” and “nostalgic” candy. So after some pursuing their selection, I settled on these Brach’s Sundaes Neapolitan Coconut to go with the Brach’s Jelly Nougats that I reviewed earlier. I also remember seeing these all over in grocery store bins since childhood. I’m happy to know that they’re still being sold.

These candies are very pretty to look at. Like the jelly nougats, they’re slightly rectangular with three colors stripes. Brown at the top, white in the middle and pink at the bottom. It mimics the Neapolitan ice cream that is so popular!

The candy smells heavily of coconut. The candy feels dense and moist when you finally unwrap it and hold it in your fingers. The flavor is intense coconut. It’s moist, dense, chewy and so sweet. I didn’t notice any difference in the flavoring between the three colors. They all have that fantastic coconut flavor. One candy is satisfying on it’s own, so you don’t have to worry about having more than you’d like with these.

if you’re into coconut, you must give these a try. You can find coconut candies like this in many variations, these are the smallest ones I’ve seen. Regardless, I was pleased with how tasty these were, my memory of them totally held up. I highly recommend you try them.

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again


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Apr
30



Brach's Jelly Nougats

There’s a lot of candies that feel “timeless” to me. A lot of Brach’s candies fall into that category for me. These Jelly Nougats are certainly one of them. It seems like I’ve always seen them around in grocery store bins. One thing I’ve noticed since moving to Los Angeles is that I don’t’ see these Brach’s bins in the stores here, which make me a little sad since I’m so accustomed to see them.

OldTimeCandy.com was kind enough to write me and offer some candy samples for me to review. I was super excited to see they carried these Jelly Nougats since it’s been so long since I’ve seen them sold anywhere. I immediately selected a few and eagerly awaited for their arrival.

Upon arriving, I immediately opened the bag as I was excited to finally try one after all these years. They are as pretty as I remember them. They’re slightly rectangular little blocks that have a creamy vanilla colored base with bright chucks of jelly in them. Often in tones of ruby, orange and yellow. I tried to squish them a little with my fingers and the nougat has no give to it. I was a little worried that they were a tad old since they felt so rock hard.

The candy smells sweet with a hint of vanilla. Taking a bite I was relieved to find that these are actually pretty soft to bite into. My teeth easily took a bite of the candy off and it softened even more as I chewed it. The flavor is creamy and has a soft, barely there vanilla flavor. It has slight fruity notes from the jellies. I get some “red” flavors, while others are more orange and even lemon. It’s a nice mix of flavors, and it’s very delicate and not overpowering at all.

I really enjoyed these, but since they’re such a “stranger” candy because of the intense chew and subtle flavors, I don’t think they’re for everyone. I really appreciate how unique these candies are, so I will always be excited to see them. Since they are on the rarer side, if you seem them, it’s not a bad idea to give them a try.

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again


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Mar
28



Brach's Jelly Chicks & Rabbits Bag

I really love the candies that Brach’s makes for the Easter candy season. I think they have the biggest variety of candies out of all the candy makers out there. The have fruit jelly beans, spice jelly beans, licorice jelly beans, malted milk eggs, marshmallow chicks and rabbits just to name a few. I was super excited to find these Jelly Chicks & Rabbits, since these are new for me and I thought I’ve tried (yet not blogged) most of what Brach’s has to offer.

 

Brach's Jelly Chicks & Rabbits

The jellies come in one of two shapes, either a rabbit or a chick. The bag is an assorted mix of flavors and colors, so it’s a nice rainbow inside the bag. The jellies are large, a tad larger than a quarter. The chew is think and dense, but thankfully not sticky. 

Grape: Starts off very juicy flavor of grapes and “purple”. Its slightly medicinal, with a bit of thet grape cough syrup flavor. It’s not a bad grape, I actually kinda enjoyed it.

Lemon: This is bright and tart, with an excellent hint of zest to it. It’s a lovely lemon flavor that has a slight sweet side to it which balances out the zestiness to it.

Apple: Starts off very floral and perfumey. It reminds me of a scented candle. The the “apple” flavor blossoms, and you get this jolly rancher sour apple type flavor that I didn’t like. It tasted too much like a candle still to me.

Orange: Immediately tastes bright and juicy, with a great play of sweet and tart. Really nice orange flavor.

Strawberry: This tastes so “pink” and perfumey. It took me a moment to figure out if I should eat it or spit it out just because it tastes so floral. It kinda comes across as inedible at first. Disappointing, since strawberry is usually the “safe” flavor of the bunch.

Cherry: The cherry surprised me a lot. It is not overly bitter or strange tasting. It’s actually quite nice. The flavor is very fruity, jammy and “red”. It’s not bitter or too fake.

After trying all these candies, I felt a bit let down. The flavors I was expecting to love I really didn’t, and the flavors I thought I wasn’t going to like were just “meh”. Still, if you’re into this kind of candy I suggest giving them a shot. Since I am more of a chocolate and jelly bean person shouldn’t let me turn you away from something you know you enjoy. Either way, they’re pretty to look at as they’re colorful and cute!

Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again


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