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Chews

Jun
18



Lucky Country Marionberry Licorice Bag

Lucky Country is a brand licorice I see around often. I haven’t bought their black licorice and strawberry licorice to review for the blog yet. To be fair I should, but I haven’t been in a big licorice mood recently. This will probably sound strange since I am reviewing some licorice today, but it was the flavor of this licorice that was the deciding factor to buy it. I have a favorite yogurt brand that makes a Marionberry flavor that I really love, so I was excited to see it in licorice form.

I have to star this review buy saying that I got a strange comment about these from the cashier when I was buying them. She picked up the bag to scan it and comment “Oooh, these. These are interesting”. She said this in a tone that was not cheerful or happy. I laughed and asked her what she meant, and she replied “You’ll know when you taste them”. I also found that comment odd, and shrugged it off thinking she obviously wasn’t a fan. I didn’t realize that I was going to completely agree with her.

When I took the candy to photograph it, opening the bag was very informative to what the cashier said. The licorice is a very deep purple color and smells like flowers. Not perfume, but flowers. There’s something very sweet and floral about it. It’s hard to lay my finger on it. It kinda reminds me of “grandma” bath soap. It’s an interesting smell to say the least.

The pieces of licorice look nice at least. They’re like obese Twizzlers. They have a swizzle swirl to them and come in shirt, thick pieces. 

The flavor is….similar to the smell. There’s a slight berry flavor hidden in there, but it only shows up once in a while. The rest of it is this overpowering floral taste. It reminds me of a flower scratch and sniff sticker. It’s really strange. I couldn’t even eat it, I had to spit this one out. Gross.

I wish I could comment on the texture of this, but I was so focused on the strange flavor that I couldn’t even have a thought on it.

So this licorice was a real gross find. I couldn’t even eat the one piece I had to taste. I feel really bad saying this, since this is my first Lucky Country review and I know that their other flavors are nice (I’ve had them at trade shows). I really feel like I should get other flavors now just to redeem their brand for my blog. As far as this flavor goes, it’s really best to avoid it. 


Rating: Inedible

 

Inedible


Links Lucky Country Licorice Webpage

 


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


May
28



Skittles Riddles

Skittles Riddles are the newest flavor release. My package was a gift from my fiance, his work had a box of them in the office and he brought me one home. I had no idea they had hit shelves yet, so I was super appreciative to have him bring me some. So thoughtful!

The package is very bright and colorful in typical Skittles fashion. The package is bright teal this time (my photograph up there lies) and it works beautifully with the rainbow color scheme of the candies.

So what exactly are Skittles Riddles? They’re Skittles where the flavors and the colors are all mismatched. It’s Skittles Roulette. You don’t know what flavor will be what!

I do appreciate how they list the flavors to expect on the back. They made my tasting job a tad easier.

Strawberry: This one tastes like the typical Skittles strawberry flavor. Sweet, berry like and very “pink” tasting.

Apple: This one tastes of green apple right away. It’s that terrible typical slight sour Jolly Rancher apple flavor. Blech.

Punch: I am guessing that this one I am eating is punch. It’s zesty and has a lot of citrus flavors in it. It’s somewhat reminiscent of Hawaiian Punch in flavor too. I like it a lot. 

Raspberry: Starts off very sweet then kicks in with intense notes of red berries. It does remind me of raspberries.

Watermelon: This one is sweet and tangy at the same time,and has that fake watermelon flavor. This was the last ones I tasted. It’s hard to separate it from all the other flavors.

I found tasting these Skittles annoying. I know they each flavor is supposed to be a mystery, but I found I kept encountering the same flavors over and over again and had a hard time finding variety. These were the typical Skittles flavors all over again just…repackaged and re-colored. So if you’re not into matching colors and flavors, these might be fun for you. I just found it annoying.

Rating: Not Worth It

 

Not Worth It


Links Skittles Website

 


May
23



Au Beurre Sale Caramels Box

My sister and I both love food shopping of any sort, so it’s often that she’ll find a new store or specialty boutique where she’ll stumble across some new and/or interesting candy for me to try. So it was her who found these pretty Au Beurre Sale Caramels on one of her culinary scouting trips. The French on the package reads “fabrique en Bretagne” which I think means “made in Brittany”. Regardless, there’s a foreign, salted caramel in front of me, and I need to tell you how it tastes. 

The package is a small flimsy wooden strip box. It has the stylized image of a large woman in front of a church that reads “1907” above the door and a strange, multi colored rock next to her. I wish I understood what it meant. The French women and rocks must go to Church? The top reads “et a la fluer de sel de guerande”, which is “and the flower of salt guerande”. Thanks Google translate!

I also had a fellow reader write in with more details on this candy, she writes: “These caramels are indeed French. They’re from Brittany (la Bretagne), a region of France. Britain is “La Grande Bretagne.” The rock is a menhir, or an upright stone that dates to pre-history. They are found throughout the region. The lady is wearing traditional Breton dress, including the tall bigoudène headdress. The church refers to the Pardons, a series of religious folk festivals that take place in the region. People wear traditional costumes for these processions.” Thank you so much Molly!

The caramels inside the box are about the size of two tootsie rolls, each a wonderful rich rusty color and wrapped in clear plastic wrappers. The caramels smell extremely buttery and sweet, with slight burnt notes to it.

The caramel’s chew is thick, sticky and dense. It reminds me more of fudge than it does caramel. The flavor is sweet and extremely buttery. You can really taste the rich dairy flavors in here. There’s sweetness paired with a lovely salty edge to it, so the flavor is more balanced that sickenly sweet. The salt is blended beautifully in, so there’s no crystals to feel as you munch down.

Magnifique! C’est parfait! Délicieux! These caramels were amazing! Now I wish I knew where my sister got these so I could get some more. Or at least got more in the box.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


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


Links Brach’s Website


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