Might Eat Again
If I was desperate.
Once in awhile you find a candy that branches outside of itself. Hershey’s Kisses is a good example, as there have been multiple types of Hershey Kisses candies besides classic Kisses. It’s a candy that evolved into something different. Another good example is Lifesavers, which was originally hard candies then branched into gummis. That is what today’s review is about. I found these Mike & Ike Fruit Twists and saw that this brand too was trying to transform into something else. This time, it’s from jelly beans to licorice twists.
I found two different flavors, the green package is Blue Raspberry with Strawberry Fruit Flavored Twist”. The orange package is “Green Apple with Watermelon Fruit Flavored Filled Twist”. The packages are long and thin, like the ones you see for NERDS Ropes. I am really curious as to what these look like.
Opening the Green Apple package first, they really do look like a jumbo licorice twist with a colorful filling. The Green Apple is a apple green color (fancy that) and the filling is a peach color. It smells sweet with no real indication of what the flavor might be like. The Blue Raspberry is a deep cerulean blue color wit a bright color pink filling. This one does have an aroma and it smells like sweet berries with a hint of sour.
Green Apple/Watermelon: The flavor starts off sweet and perfumy and delightfully of melon. Seems like the flavor of the filling comes through first! The watermelon flavor is really nice. It’s sweet and really does have authentic hints of watermelon and honeydew. The green apple chew exterior is very chewy, much like a licorice twist would. The flavor is indeed sour apple with notes of peach, pear and pineapple. You do get a little taste of sour in there, but overall the flavor is very muted compared to the cream filling.
Blue Raspberry/Strawberry: Unlike the other flavor, this one you really taste the Blue Raspberry twist and the filling right away. The strawberry filling is sweet and has good notes of berries and jam. I taste a sourness in the middle of strawberry flavor, which I always find odd since strawberries aren’t supposed to be sour. The blue raspberry has very nice juicy flavors of berries, but oddly isn’t sour at all. Together the two flavors work well and makes for a flavorful and interesting chew.
These twists were certainly interesting, but they’re really not my thing. I enjoyed the novelty of having the flavors of one candy in the form of another, but for me the appreciation doesn’t go beyond that. In the future when I want Mike & Ike flavor,s I’ll go for the original candy and not the twists. However, if you’re a big fan of licorice twists, I recommend you give these a try. They might not excite me much, but I did find them more flavorful than say, Twizzlers. That alone earns them some merit in my book.
Rating: Might Eat Again
Links Mike and Ike Webpage
One of the candies I recall seeing ever since I was little is Big League Chew Bubblegum. I don’t know if its just been around for so long, or if it’s the fact that it’s so iconic. Maybe both! I just remember seeing a lot of classmates (from Elementary school) having the stuff at lunch or at snack time. I’ve seen it every so often over the years, but as time goes on it seems that it just gets rarer and rarer. I had completely forgotten about it until I recently saw it. In fact, I actually bought my package at a 7-11 on a trip to Big Bear Lake, CA. I know there’s several different varieties, but they only has the original bubblegum variety there. I saw my chance and I took it. I will have Big League Chew for the first time in my life, for my candy blog.
If I’m not mistaken I think I’ve heard some people are not a fan of this stuff. It’s kinda like with candy cigarettes, as I’ve heard this gum is meant to mock chewing tobacco that all the baseball players use. I felt really horrible considering this coincidence when read the back of the Big League Chew package. They put the reasoning for the shredded bubblegum pieces so innocently:
..“So they came up with an great idea-shredded bubble gum in a pouch-. Today, more and more professional and amateur players in all sports are turning to Big League Chew, a fun gum that keeps your mouth from getting dry when the game is on the line.”
The drawing on the front is hilarious. The ball player has this intimidating grimace on his many stubbled square jaw, as he readies himself for the pitch. His forearm, my god, someone get a doctor. It’s so short and full of muscles I’m surprised he can get a shirt over them. I’ts the same artwork as I remember from my youth in the 80s, and it’s charming that it has remained there all these years.
The bag is easy to open and immdiately you smell the scent of bubblegum. It smells sweet and fruity, with heavy notes of cotton candy and “pink”. The bubblegum is cut into thin strips and is really easy to sepeate and take however much you want.
I take a few pieces and and begin to chew. The flavor is exactly as it smells: sweet, fruity, notes of perfume and cotton candy. The texture of the chew is very silky and smooth. It’s really nice to chew and easy to stretch out to blow bubbles. The flavor disappeares after a bit, and the chew hardens a little, but it’s still really fun to chew. It’s also nice grab a few strips of bubblegum to “refresh” the flavor in your mouth every little bit. I have to amit, this candy is a lot of fun.
A gum like this might change the way I think about gum. Since there’s no sugar alcohols in here, I do’t feel afraid to eat a lot of it. Especially once the flavor runs out. There’s a big package of it so I can take a little, roll it up and save it for later. I have to admit, I approached this gum feeling a bit cynical, but I actually quite like it. I honestly can’t see myself having it very often considering how rate it is to find. But when I do see it again, I’ll be sure to try the other flavors and I recommend that you do the same!
Rating: Might Eat Again
Links Big League Chew Website
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
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
When I first heard of Extra gum adding a Root Beer Float flavor to its line of Dessert Delight gums, I was totally excited. I love root beer, and root beer floats, so by all logic wouldn’t I love a root beer gum too? So for weeks I peeked at every checkout gum rack in every store I went into. It wasn’t until mid June when I checked my local Target’s candy aisle did I finally see it. There the Root Beer Float gum was, sitting on the shelf being sold in a three pack. How sneaky! It made me wonder how much sooner I could have found it had I know it was going to be packaged like that. But no matter, I had found it and that’s all that matters.
The package is a lot of fun, using the color scheme that reminds me of A&W root beer: lots of browns and oranges. There’s an image of a fresh, frothy overflowing mug of root beer on the front. It looks so delicious that I really wonder if I pack of gum can live up to the real thing.
I open up the back of the package to reveal the silver wrapped sticks of gum. I inhale, and I get the aroma of a sweet root bear. It’s spicy, with notes of wintergreen, but it has a strong sweetness to it. So far it is very promising.
The stick of gum is a nice red-brown color, the color I’d expect a stick of root beer flavors gum to look like. The flavor is very creamy and, well awesome! You can taste the notes of root beer, which leans more toward MUG and A&W than it does Barq’s. It has it’s spicy and woodsy notes, with a hint of wintergreen, but they are balanced with an intense creamy vanilla flavor. Granted, that could be the vanilla ice cream, but mixed together it makes for a very sweet, but still good, root beer. So the bad news? The gum loses its flavor and texture very quickly. The flavor dissipates and the gum gets tough and much chewier. Ah well, too good to be true right?
So I guess that this is the trade off. You can have something that taste of a root beer float for a mere five calories. The cost is that the flavor lasts for less than a minute. That aside, it’s a really tasty gum, if you only like chewing it for a very brief time. If you’re looking for something different from your normal minty and fruit flavor gum, this is a (very short) shot of fresh air.
Rating: Might Eat Again
Links Extra Gum Website