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Jelly Belly Snapple

I recall seeing a press release from Jelly Belly a few months ago announcing that their new flavors were going to be Snapple themed. I felt excited about this, since I know Snapple makes some unique drinks that they could use as good inspiration. Some time has passed, and I’ve seen product sample photos on other blogs. I was biding my time until I encountered them in stores, then Jelly Belly PR reached out to me and asked me if I’d like some same to review for the blog. I took them up on their kind offer, never thinking to ask what they planned on sending my way. To my delight, I saw a bag of the Snapple flavors once I received the package from them.

The package is nice and pretty straightforward. I really commend them for posting a flavor key on the back, so you know what flavors are included and what they’ll look like. It’s easy this way to pick out your favorites first, or search for that one flavor you want to try. I immediately went for the pink lemonade, in case you were wondering.

Fruit Punch (purple): The flavor starts off very fruity and you get notes of peaches, cherries, pineapples and oranges. Very tasty and you do get that sense of fruit punch.

Kiwi Strawberry (deep pink with spots): This is very sweet and fruity. I do taste strawberry with very “pink” flavors. It almost heads into “cotton candy” in terms of its sweetness. It’s very good, but I get no hint of kiwi in there.

Mango Maddness (TM) (orange): This one is immediately mango. It hits you with that sweet, tropical flavor. It’s very juicy, and you get the notes of mango with peach and passion fruit.

Cranberry Raspberry (pinkish red): This one I really liked. The raspberry is very sweet and jammy. The flavor is spot on. The cranberry adds a beautiful tartness to it that really rounds out the flavor. Super yummy.

Pink Lemonade (light pink): This one starts off zesty with a sweetness to it, just like real lemonade. It tastes a little bitter at points, but the moments are infrequent and the flavor is very nice.

Interesting flavors, but seem to play it on the safe side. None of these are actual Snapple flavors I ever bought as a drink. I would have been interested to see them do some of their iced tea flavors. Or, and I know this is far fetched, but the flavors from that “Elements” line (which was out in the late 90s) that I felt was really unique. I really liked these jelly beans, I just felt that the flavors are very similar to what Jelly Belly already offers. I’ve also already bought a few bags to nibble on at work since doing this review. They are tasty! 

Rating: Will Buy Again


Will Buy Again

Links Jelly Belly Website


Welch's Filled Licorice

It’s always exciting to know that there’s new candies coming out. Yes, we all love our classic candies like Snickers, Starburst and Kit Kat. For me, waiting for a new candy to hit the stores is a great treasure hunt. When I saw the press release for these new Welch’s Filled Licorice candies, I was excited and planned on finding them in stores. I wasn’t sure of exactly when they were supposed to be released, and such things vary depending on where you live. Then, Welch’s PR was kind enough to reach out to me and asked if I’d like to try some samples. Of course my answer was yes, and today I have those samples to review for you.

To start, I really like the packaging on these. The wrapper keeps the licorice sticks all in a straight line and upright without making the package too stiff. The packages are very colorful and you immediately know what flavor you’re after just by seeing them. They’re iconic and functional.


Welch's Filled Licorice Strawberry

The strawberry smells fruity, and also a strong hint of malty ness to it. The flavor is good the outside tastes similar to twizzlers. It’s slightly fruity and has a wheaty taste to it. The filled center is where this candy really shines. The filled center, filled with a (wha I’d imagine to be) a more shelf stable jam. It really takes the flavor od this licorice to a whole new level of flavor intnsite. It really gets flavorful, really really flavorful. It’s a juicy strawberry and a smooth, soft chew.

The licorice twists are really plaible. Super soft, it easily bends into a circle and nothing leaks out.


Welch's Filled Licorice Grape

The grape licorice bag smells intensely of grape juice. Tart, sweet and intesely fruity. The flavor reminds me of a very fruity grape tootsie pop. The wheat chew part has a suble flavor. Again, the filled center really brings this candy to life. The jam filled center is extremely fruity and flavorful. It really brings the whole licorice chew to life.

I appreciate how unique these Welch’s filled licorices are. They took a, what I felt, common problem with some licorices whose flavor just wasn’t intense enough. Welch’s found a unique way to solve the problem, and I must say they came out with something that I really enjoyed! Both my fiance and I polished off our bag of each flavor easily in one sitting. They weren’t too heavy and again, really tasty. Bravo Welch’s. 

Rating: Will Buy Again


Will Buy Again

Links Welch’s Website


World's Hottest Candy

~~Today I’m, yet again, trying something new. My fiance, who is a big chili head, ordered some chili candies that are made with extremely hot peppers. Now, I can take a pretty good dose of hotness in my foods, but even these were a little out of my league. I asked he he wouldn’t mind doing a guest review of these candies for me, and he happily obliged! Enjoy!~~~ 

I had first seen these Vertigo Chili Candies reviewed by Ted Barrus on his YouTube channel. I am genuinely a fan of his videos and opinions and credit him with adding many spicy products to our pantry. These particular candies are made in Brooklyn, NY and I ordered them directly from their website. All of their products proudly feature their namesake, the Bhut Jolokia. You may have heard of this formidable pepper under its more common name ‘The Ghost Chili’.

I decided to start slowly and try their Watermelon variety first. Both packets contain about an ounce of candy and I’d estimate that to be about fifteen pieces. After opening the package I gave it a good sniff expecting to encounter chili right away, but was surprised to smell only watermelon. It wasn’t as punchy as, say, a bag of watermelon Jolly Ranchers but its in the same ball pack. The candies themselves were rectangles that seemed to vary in size from about a 1/4 inch wide to some nearly 3/4 and definitely hints at their ‘small batch, handmade’ formula. They are mostly black with a bright green stripe down the middle.

As I popped one in my mouth I wondered about how long it would take for the chili to ‘hit’. To my surprise the first thing that I tasted was the watermelon. They really do have a nice watermelon flavor. After about ten seconds though I started to feel the burn of the Jolokia. For those readers who have never tried a ghost chili I find them to have a very ‘sharp’ heat, like lots of tiny needles. While that’s just been my experience with them I’ve had a few friends agree. The candy seemed to hit its peak at about the 45 second to one minute mark and from then on it was a steady, intense heat that lasted as long as you were willing to hold the piece in your mouth. If you enjoy spicy food at all, these would probably be a good treat if you wanted a pick-me-up during the day. Warning here: don’t try to crunch these babies, the heat will bite you back for it as you’ve just exposed lots more surface area.

Now for our main event, our title fight….the Vertigo. I was a bit afraid to these to tell you the truth as I’d seen what they could do to some chili veterans on YouTube. After reading the ingredients its easy to see why their reputation precedes them. They contain five separate chilies and out of them the ghost chili is the MILDEST. Compared to the watermelon variety, this package smells like pure pepper when you tear the seam open. The size of the bits remain the same except the welcoming green stripe is replaced with a bright orange-red. These guys….mean BUSINESS.

So it was with great caution that I dropped one into my mouth. I’d venture to say that you get about 5-10 seconds of ‘Oh well that’s not SO bad’ before the heat cranks up, and let me tell you, these go 0-60 faster than an Enzo Ferrari. I was honestly staggered at the heat level that a half inch piece of hard candy could deliver. These are violently hot! Beads of sweat formed on my forehead, my knees became a bit wobbly, and I had to sit down and concentrate on the task at hand. This is not a candy….this is a CHALLENGE! The heat was unrelenting; as long as I dared to hold on to that little chunk it brought more and more fire to the party. Even after they completely dissolve (which seems an eternity!) you’re still going to feel them for good while longer. In my case it took about 30 minutes for the burn to wear off, and even then I was acutely aware of what had happened.

Overall I’d give both of these candies high praises! They both showcase the power of these peppers very well and produce mounds of heat with no artificial additives. I’m a big fan of natural heat that boy do these deliver! I’d consider the watermelon variety a solid everyday snack for the chili enthusiast. However, save the Vertigo’s for that special occasion that you want to push your boundaries. And trust me, that moment WILL come, where you’ll look over at the black package, and dare yourself to do it again.

Rating: Will Buy Again


Will Buy Again

Links Vertigo Chili Candy Website


Trident Layers Sweet Cherry Island Lime

This is the second gum I bought on my special gum shopping trip. It’s a nother one of the Trident Layers flavor combinations I’ve seen as late. I’ve tried the Orchard Peach + Ripe Mango and was a big fan of it. When I saw this cherry+lime flavor I was excited to give it a go.

Opening up the package, I was surprised to find that somehow that cherry/lime flavor reminded me of cola. It has hints of diet coke and Dr. Pepper in it. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but my best guess is the cherry aroma that is just a tad spicy. Still, the gum smells really nice and enticing.

The stick of gum is very stunning. It’s a bright crimson with a lime green flavor stripe down the middle. It’s a little Christmas-y yes, but it’s very beautiful. I do wonder if it’ll turn my tongue colors.

The flavor starts off on a strangly. The lime is the first thing I taste, and it’s very tart, bitter and reminds me of floor cleaner. Not my favorite thing, mind you. The cherry then kicks in and delivers a ripe, juicy “red” flavor that takes away that strange cleaner flavor. So now it’s become this bright “red” flavor with a tartness to it from the lime. Once the flavors blend some the gum is actually pretty tasty. It had me worried from a slightly rough start.

I think I would still go for the Orchard Peach+Ripe Mango flavor over this one. Cherry flavors sometimes are too metallic for me, and even though I enjoyed it, I just enjoyed the other one more. That’s not to say this is a bad flavor at all. I shared this gum with my co workers and they all really loved it. Again, everyone has their own opinion!

Rating: Will Eat Again


Will Eat Again

Links Trident Website


Trident Layers Orchard Peach Mango

I realized that it’s been awhile since I did any gum reviews for this blog. I decided to remedy that and went out on a trip to go shopping for some. The new Trident Layers is what immediately caught my eye as they had flavors that were very different from what I’m used to seeing. I grabbed a few packs and happily took my swag home.

Has fourteen pieces in the package. Smells extremely fruity and sweet. You can smell the peach and the mango, but it’s hard to separate the aromas. You can just tell it’s in there.

The pieces are pretty to look at. The gum bits are a nice peachy orange and the “flavor” stripe in the center is a deep orange. The chew is great as it’s dense and thick like a good cheing gum should be. The flavor is really tasty, I haven’t had a gum in a long time that has such a unique flavor. Extra managed to get the “peach mango” flavor down beautifully. You can pick out the accents of the juicy peach, with it’s slightly floral flavor. The mango is juicy with a subtle tartness to it. This is a flavor that doesn’t read as “gum” to me, which is something I appreciate it. It’s something that is tasty and feels refreshing because it’s different.

The flavor’s intensity does stick around for a bit, but the intensity of it great dimishes after a couple minutes. I still had a vague peachy flavor after about 10 minutes, but at that point I got bored of chewing.


Rating: Will Eat Again


Will Eat Again

Links Trident Website

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