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Minty

Sep
17



CRUNCH Girl Scouts: Thin Mints

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.

Rating: CRUNCH Girl Scouts: Thin Mints

Links Nestle Crunch Website


Aug
22



TicTac Strawberry Fields

Tic Tacs are a candy that I always enjoyed and was fascinated with when I was a kid. I loved how all my friend’s Moms seemed to carry them in their purses. Pulling them out while at soccer games and hearing that familiar shaking should as a Tic Tac tumbled into your hand. It was a point in time where I didn’t bother to learn the flavors, as I think I was too young to read these at some points. So I knew them as the “white ones” or the “green ones”. The “orange ones” were my favorite. 

Now fast forward to the present where I do buy the occasional box of Tic Tacs, but usually it’s a new flavor that draws me in. As far as my childhood fascination goes, I surprisingly don’t buy them much. Now here is the newest flavor I found on store shelves, Tic Tac Strawberry Fields.

The Tic Tacs come in two colors, one a light pink and the other a more traditional pink-pink. Oddly enough when I checked the website, they make note of this being a “strawberry and cream” flavor even though I don’t see that anywhere on the package.

The candies smell just sweet, mostly of marshmallows. The packaging design is pretty with strawberry vines with ripe berries on them frame the tic tac logo. the green vines accented with the red strawberries is very pretty.

The flavor starts out tasting like the aroma; of vanilla marshmallow. Then a sweet, berry flavor develops. As it grows it tastes more and more like strawberry. As it hits its apex I’m strongly reminded of strawberry jam. It’s sweet, fruity, with a light floral note to it. It’s a lot of flavor for just one little Tic Tac. I’m impressed. The only thing is I don’t taste any “cream” in there that the website suggests. Just to be sure, I tried both color several times to see if the flavor was any different between the two. The only thing I notcied was the pink’s flavor appeared more quickly than the light pink one.

I liked these a lot. I know I don’t have Tic Tacs often, but I’d imagine a new flavor added to the mix is very refreshing. So adding some strawberry into your Tic Tac cycle, you won’t be disappointed. I liked having this bow in my purse for moments when I needed a quick flavor pick me up.

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again


Links Tic Tac Website


Jun
13



Hot Tamales Fire Bag

I am going to have to come clean here. I go through “phases” with cinnamon and minty candies. Some months I really enjoy them, others I can’t stand the thought of them. Right now I’m on the “blech” phase, but I knew I had to review these soon. I bit the bullet and did my tasting against why my appetite said. It wasn’t a bad as I feared, but it also wasn’t as awesome as when I’m craving them. That being said, these are Hot Tamale’s Fire and Ice candies. They both come in separate packages, and I don’t know how else to say this other then these are old. Very old. Older than some edible candies should be. Still, I have a duty to my fellow candy lovers, and I needed to find out what these things tasted like. Old or not. So here we go…

Fire:

It’s an intense black package with flames on it that says “cinnamon charged”. It’s a very striking wrapper, it totally stands out next to the red of the regular Hot Tamales candy. To be honest I really don’t remember where on earth I found these. It might have been a discount dollar store? All I know was that it was a freak sighting and it’s been in my candy stash far too long now. 

The candies are the same shape as Mike and Ike. Oblong with one side flattened and the other more pointed and round. The color is of an intense cherry red with a nice gloss to them.

The smell ever so slighy of cinnamon, barely noticeable.

The flavor is immediately of cinnamon. Very, very intense cinnamon. It gets to the flavor point where it does feel like it’s “burning” some, but you feel it more as you swallow than when you chew it in your mouth. The flavor and burn quickly disappears from your mouth once the candy is finished, so it’s not something that will have you guzzling water (or rather milk, since water does nothing towards capsaicin, which I doubt is in here anyways) afterwards to rid yourself of the heat.

Tasty for sure, and a good pick if you’re into the cinnamon jelly beans and perhaps looking for something more intense.

 

Hot Tamales Ice Bag

Ice:

I do happen to remember where I bout these. I found them in a gas station mart while on weekend trip in Riverside, CA. It wasn’t until I got them in the car that I realized that the expiration date read September 2008. Whoops.

They smell sweet and lightly peperminty, like toothpaste. I was surprised the scent wasn’t strong, but it’s possible since they’re past the “best by” date that they would have smelled stronger in their prime.

The candies are this strange bright light blue color. They’re very opaque, and some even had white speckles on them. Again, I am not sure if age is a factor in this or not.

The texture was immediately off as they were much denser and chewier than other fresher hot tamales I’ve had. These were thick and sticky on my teeth. The flavor starts out peperminty and lighty sweet at first, then a big hit of fresh, clean peppermint washes in. That creshendo didn’t last long and it mellowed out into this minty, oddly fake fruity taste. I’m not quite sure what to make of it.

Fire and Ice Hot Tamales were interesting. I probably would have enjoyed them more if I had fresh specimens. Sometimes that’s how it works though, since some candies come and go so quickly. I’m still happy that I got to try them before they disappeared forever.


Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again


Links Hot Tamale Website


Dec
26



Tic Tac Holiday

Tic Tacs are a candy that I don’t eat too terribly often. They’re both candy and mints (and you can argue that all mints are candy), so they hybrid nature of these candies always left me confused. If I wanted a candy I’d go after something like Starburst. If I wanted mints I’d look for something intense and minty like drop or gum. So poor Tic Tac is left in the strange purgatory for me. I like them, I really do, but I never find myself buying them. Until this month, where I saw this adorable holiday themed box of Tic Tacs.

The box is so festive with a blue label that has a happy snowman on it and is accented with pretty white snoflakes. The candies themselves are a bright red and green. So even if you are not a big candy eater (if so why are you here?) and yet want to have a festive sweet, these fit the bill.

The red cherry flavor is very metallic and perfumey at first. Its only until I have sucked on it for a few moments where the sweeter, more rounded flavors coeme forward. Somewthing about this tastes very herbal to me, and I can’t wuite lay my fingre on it. I get those fruit flavors, but it’s partly ruined by a strong hit of cough syrup every now and again. Only when I started chewing the Tic Tac did I get more “juicy” fruit flavors.

The green one’s flavor is very mild to start. It’s light, juicy and very floral and reminds me of more guava and topical flowers than it does apple. The flavor reminds very sweet and mild, with it’s light fruity notes. I like it, as it really doesn’t read as apple to my tastebuds. Tasty!

So I really only found the green half of these Tic Tacs to my liking. Which is ok, you can’t be perfect every time. I prefer to traditional orange flavor the most so far, but I plan on trying more Tic Tacs to see if any other flavors rival that. These are so cute, and if you’re a fan of Tic Tacs I encourage you to give these a go. Just because I didn’t like them doesn’t mean you will! That’s the beauty of candy.

Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again


Links Tic Tac Website

 


Dec
21



Tootsie Pop Drops Peppermint Box

Tootsie Pop Drops are a candy I really enjoy and definitely don’t buy enough. I spotted these Candy Cane Tootsie Pop Drops in Target and eagerly snatched them up. Holiday candies are so much fun! I was excited to see these since Tootsie came out with the peppermint Tootsie Pops a few yard ago, and those were really awesome. I haven’t seen them recently, nor have I really looked for them either, but I have hoped they’d bring them back since they were a wonderful flavor combination. So seeing these Candy Cane Tootsie Pop Drops made my little candy heart happy. It’s good to see something you feel is classic on the candy shelves.

The box is pretty with a nice red/green color motif with images of candy canes and the actual Tootsie. The background to the box is pink, which I find to be an odd color choice, but I will admit that it really works well with the holiday motif of this package. They have a beautiful illustration of the candies in the bottom corner that I find appealing, and after seeing the candy firsthand, I feel they’re an accurate depiction of them. The box has a foil package on the inside that keeps the candies safe. I was happy to see them taking this extra step in making sure these drops are well protected from moisture and brute force.

The candy candy drops are adorable. They’re about the size of a nickel and are around 1/2 inch tall. They’re white with beautiful red stripes on them, and no two look a like. Th candies are well protected too, most were pristine and there wasn’t too much “dust” in the foil packet from candy damage. 

Tootsie Pop Drops Peppermint

The flavor is exactly like a candy cane. Fresh and full of that intense peppermint flavor. The shape s very pleasing in your mouth.  After sucking on them for a bit, or if you’re me you swish it around in your mouth because candies like this are fun) you get it to soften and eventually break so you can get the tootsie interior. The Tootise inside is soft, chewy and chocolatey.  It blends well with the peppermint flavoring adding a nice sweetness, yet the peppermint is still very powerful and is still the dominant flavor.

I really enjoyed these. I’d certainly go for a box of these over traditional mints or a candy cane. They’re small enough to feel like a quick little sweet, but big enough to feel like a treat if you’re just looking for a mint.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links Tootsie Website

 


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