You gotta love the name of this one: Nerds. How cute and catchy is that? I know when I was a kid I wanted these because they just sounded like so much fun. They are a simple candy too, basically tiny lumps that are sugar crystals that are panned and coated with a colored flavored shell.
I usually see Nerds in boxes with two flavors each that are separated so you can can mix and match if you feel like it. I decided on getting the giant theater sized box for greater flavor variety. The sizes are far from uniform. I got some that were extremely tiny and others that were huge clusters. Some of the Nerds were even missing their candy shells and were just the little cut crystals of clear sugar.
Orange: Orange is seldom a disappointing flavor and this is no exception. It’s nice and juicy with a tangyness to it.
Lemon: An intense lemon flavor with a littlse zestiness to it.
Green: Apple-y, with that standard Jolly Rancher type quality flavor to it. also has some tartness.
Red: Very cherry, which starts sweet and then very gets sour. It’s not medicinal at all and very nice due to the sourness.
Purple: Grape, and it’s very much like grape soda. This one is sour the whole time and leaves the longest aftertaste in my mouth of the strong grape flavor.
Pink: Strawberry I think? After tasting a few I decided it is. It’s all sweet as opposed to having a sour note like the others. The flavor is very berry-like and has good fruity nuances to it. I can’t think of a comparapble candy flavor to compare it to. It’s very tasty.
I also had a white one which was a large cluster and I wonder if it was a fluke. There was more then one though, and it was my favorite of them all with a bright pineapple flavor and a tart aftertaste.
I like these. I don’t know if they’re something I’d return to often. They’re so pretty to look at though. I can see them being used creatively in other foods; like on ice cream, cakes and cookies.
Rating:Might Eat Again
Mike & Ike were totally absent from my childhood, like a pair of dysfunctional friends who said they’d site with me during lunch but didn’t. I got my first taste of Mike & Ike during high school and was annoyed as to what I was missing out on all these years. I have been a faithful devotee to the regular mix and it wasn’t until recently I branched out into the other flavor offerings. The Tangy Twister mix with its cheery bright orange box and promising flavors begged to be first in line.
I was so looking forward to trying this Tangy Twister blend because of the pineapple flavor. So when I brought my movie sized box home and opened it up to eat I discovered that I had one pineapple in the whole box. Talk about disappointed!
Cherry: Very tart and oddly enough, reads as a “candy” cherry flavor but not as a bad “medicinal” one. The sourness lingers so the sweetness typical of Mike & Ike didn’t really last for very long.
Raspberry: A really nice raspberry flavor that has a strong juiciness to it with good floral and fruity notes. It’s not too tart, but just enough for it to taste authentic. It was nice how this mimicked the way real berries always have that little sourness before turning sweet.
Orange Punch: Oh, this is strange. It does taste fruity but not of oranges. It is very punch-like with a tropical essence to it as if passion fruit and limes were in there. Maybe it’s labeled orange because of the color?
Pineapple: Wow, This one is so extremely good. It tastes exactly like pineapple with a burst of zesty sweetness and a slight pine-y bite to it. Simply amazing. I need to buy another box to get more of these. I’m not kidding.
Apple: Tart, juicy and is very zesty and a little sweet. A nice sour apple flavor that isn’t overly artificial.
I liked this mix and will certainly pick it up again. I’m just hoping my flavor mix is a little more even next time.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Mike & Ike Website
Some great chocolates you seek out on your own and others are thrust upon you as gifts. That was the case with these adorable bonbons from Asher’s Chocolates. I enjoy seeking out chocolates on my own since I know what my tastes are and how I feel like catering to them. Yet, it’s always so nice to try something new thanks to the thoughtfulness from a special someone. Not only is the surprise nice, but I also don’t admit to knowing everything out there in the great wide chocolate world. I do need to rely on other’s experiences and recommendations from time to time.
Asher’s is a chocolate company based in Philadelphia where they rose from humble beginnings back before the turn of the 20th century. Their story is similar to that of See’s Candies, a family run business that prided itself in making excellent confections. Asher’s is actually the oldest family owned candy making company in the Unites States and are being run by the fourth generation at the moment. It’s great to see a family so interested in their sweet traditions.
I was given a sampler pack of their milk and dark bonbons:
Mint: The dark chocolate is nice and rich and thankfully not too sweet. The mint has a nice freshness without being overpowering, which is a lot of my problem with minty and chocolate combinations. The texture of the ganache is smooth, creamy and just heavenly.
Peanut Butter Cup: The peanut butter is creamier, richer, and sweeter than the crumbly, dry standard of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. The milk chocolate is very smooth and sweet. Paired with the nutty, slightly salty peanut butter it makes one addictive little treat.
Coconut:Very sweet. The coconut is moist with a good dense, chewy texture. The full coconut flakes are still intact and I love chewing them. I consider this to be a more decadent version of a Mounds bar.
Peanut Butter Bonbon: Like the cup version but since the size ratios are different, it comes off as denser, sweeter, richer…Yum!
Blood Orange: Dark choc orange. orange jelly on the inside, can taste the fresh orange oil, flavors balanced well so neither overpower the other.
Marshmallow: Very, very mellow in flavor. The marshmallow is fresh and tastes lightly vanilla. The chocolate delivers most of the flavor and it’s very creamy and sweet.
These were certainly a step above of the other chocolate confections of this type, and the best of this kind I’ve had in a long time. Freshness was a big contributor, but I also feel the quality flavors and chocolate played a big part too. I look forward to visiting their retail store someday to try what other delights Asher’s has to offer.
Rating: WIll Buy Again (Even though I didn’t buy it the first time, haha)
Asher’s Chocolates Website
Christopher’s Big Cherry is one of those hard to find regional/retro candies that I’ve been meaning to get my hands on for ages. It was only when I found myself in Los Angeles, Big Cherry’s home turf, that I was able to finally buy one to try. It boggles my mind sometimes how I search high and low for a certain candy out East where I live, only to find it sitting in every gas station store once I get out West. It makes things interesting (and frustrating) for sure.
The big selling point for Christopher’s Big Cherry is that in the very middle of this big mound of mockolate, peanuts, and fondant sits a whole maraschino cherry. Over the years the candy has changed companies and now currently resides with the Adam & Brooks candy company.
The candy smells very sweet of the mockolate and there’s a strong peanutty edge to it. It looks like an unimpressive lumpy mound. The peanut bits give the surface and uneven texture, and the mockolate is lackluster and unexciting.
The flavor is sweet; so very, very sweet. The mockolate delivers a subtle cocoa flavor and a greasy mouth feel. The best part of this candy so far comes from the peanut bits which give it a nice, nutty flavor. They also have a knack for getting themselves lodged in my teeth. The fondant in the center is a brilliant Pepto Bismal pink with a thick texture and a subtle grain. The flavor is awfully sweet, but doesn’t really taste of cherry. I didn’t get any cherry flavor at all, in fact, until I bit into the maraschino cherry. The cherry is throat-searingly strong with that sweet and bitterly fake cherry flavor and the crystallized cherry texture.
I’m glad to have finally tried this, but the bland mockolate and the intense sweetness doesn’t tempt me enough to give it a second try anytime soon.
Rating: Might Eat Again
Adam & Brooks Website
I’ve been meaning to get ahold of one of these Cadbury Triple Decker bars for some time now. I can’t remember where I originally hard about them, but I do recall the first thought that passed through my mind when I did: “WANT”. The original variety was a strawberry flavor, yet when I saw this raspberry version in an import store I didn’t feel like being choosy. I knew what I wanted and I went for it.
Sometimes the anticipation of a candy gets the best of me.
It’s an extremely beautiful bar with a bright fuschia pink top, a white chocolate middle and milk chocolate bottom. It looks like a beautiful chocolate Neapolitan. Despite the stunning appearance, this unfortunately didn’t taste like much at all. I do get some sweetness, but not a lot, surprisingly. I can’t taste the difference between the white and milk chocolate. I don’t even get any “chocolatelyness” from this bar. What I do taste though is the frutiness from the raspberry flavor. It’s very light with notes of raspberry, strawberry and grape. It reminds me of a berry flavored Popsicle.
It’s a shame that this bar lacks the flavor punch that the appearance suggests. If only it tastes as nice and it looks.
Rating: Not Worth It
Cadbury Australia Website