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Newman's Own Tangerine Licorice Bag

I was pretty excited when I saw these Newman’s Own Licorice Twists in the store the other week. I bought these Tangerine ones along with the Black Licorice ones I reviewed last time. Licorice twists are a candy that I really want to love, but they always disappoint me by being so flavorless. Here’s hoping that these will live up to how nice they look! 

These twists are really pretty to look at. They’re a nice orange color with a hollow center. I can see these being some adorable lemonade or cocktail straws. They have no aroma, but they are soft to the touch, yet firm at the same time so they have a nice chew to them. The flavor is a nice tangerine. It’s certainly not orange. It has a nice sweetness with a really solid tart edge to it. The chew keeps you busy, but it isn’t hard. it does ask for more effort than a Twizzler. Tastes much better too.

I am really pleased with these. They’re so tasty! Both my fiance and I agree that these are super yummy. They package has 5oz of them in there, and I wish I had counted the twists before I started eating them. It’s a good amount I feel. If you’re into these types of candy, I recommend you check them out!


Newman's Own Tangerine Licorice

Rating: Will Buy Again


Will Buy Again

Links Newman’s Own Website



Godiva Milk Chocolate Fruit Infusion

On a recent trip to CVS, I stumbled across a sale on all the Godiva chocolate bars (lucky me). Godiva has been doing a lot to make chocolate bars with new flavors, especially ones that hit up on the flavor trends of right now. The other flavors in this line include salted caramel (milk and dark), hazelnut, almond, vanilla bean and strawberry. I only saw a few of the flavors at CVS, but since the deal was a two for $4 deal, I decided to get this and the salt caramel bar.

Firstly, I have to commend Godiva for making a package that has really nice design. The photography of the chocolate with the flavor elements is really beautiful and appealing. Inside the hard paper exterior, the chocolate is beautifully protected in a gold foil wrapper.   

The chocolate smells sweet with heavy notes of caramel and cream. The color is a nice middle brown with a subtle sheen. The back of the bar you can see little bums from the fruit pieces.

The chocolate is pretty sweet with nice notes cream, caramel and some cocoa. It’s a very sweet milk chocolate, but it’s tasty. The fruit pieces are just texture elements at first, you don’t really taste them right away. Once most of the chocolate has mostly melted away, then you ca taste the flavor of the fruit. I don’t really taste the tangerine or blueberry, but the mango bits really stand out. They’re flavorful and juicy, and the pieces easily get stuck in your teeth. The ripe flavor blends nicely with the milk chocolate and gives it a very exotic flavor.

This bar is tasty, more so than I thought. If you’re looking for something a little more unique than your traditional chocolate bar flavors, this bar would be good for you. Especially since you tend to see this fruit flavors blended for dark chocolate, so this is good for milk chocolate lovers.  Godvia is doing a pretty good job with their new flavor line, I like where this is going.

Rating: Will Eat Again


Will Eat Again

Links Godiva Webpage



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



Links Lucky Country Licorice Webpage



Air Heads Xtremes Watermelon

I can’t remember what enticed me to buy this package of Airhead Xtremes Sweetly Sour Watermelon belts. It could have been the “Xtreme” on the front, as it made my brain go “Huh, that one one candy I could say it starts with the letter X”. Yes I think things like that. Or it could have been the colors and the watermelon flavors, as watermelon is one of my favorite “sour” flavors. Which confuses me, even though watermelons aren’t sour at all. Still, this package was bought and found it’s way into my home. I admit it did stay awhile in my candy stash before I got to reviewing it. I am so happy I did though!

First a few notes on the packaging. I really love how they kept to the pink/red and green of watermelons. It makes the whole candy seem very cohesive. The plastic tray does a great job of keeping the belts laying flat and nicely stacked. I was actually surprised how many there were in here. I wish I had counted them all now, but I just recall tasting them over a period of a week and being surprised that I hadn’t finished them off sooner.

The belts are pretty! The’re striped red and green with a heavy sanding of granulated sugar on them. They’re soft and pliable and easy to bite.

The flavor does start out sweet! This is a nice change of pace as usually sour comes first. The granulated sugar “sweet” coating is, well, sweet. It doesn’t taste of watermelon. Once that melts away, then you get to the “sour” watermelon part. The flavor is indeed sour, but not overly so,  and has that fun, but artificial flavoring of watermelon. Its not like a Jolly Rancher, it’s much nicer. It’s juicy and has nice fruity and floral flavors that read as “watermelon”. Super yummy!

I enjoyed these way more than I thought I would.

Rating: Will Buy Again


Will Buy Again

Links Airhead’s Website



Brach's Fruit Slices

It was on a rare occasion that I was shopping in Wal-Mart where I found this bag of Brach’s Fruit Slices. Here in Los Angeles we don’t have many Wal-Marts, none of which are very close to me. I found these in the Wal-Mart local to where my parents are, on a trip back east to visit them. Wal-Mart tends to have a very different candy selection than most stores, so I usually find really unique things there. Since I bought this package I haven’t seen the candy again. I am now kicking myself for not taking a blog-worthy photo of the package. 

Brach’s most famous and popular fruit slice candy are their Orange, or now re-labeled Mandarin Orange Slices. I recall eating these from a very young age and they’ve always been a favorite of mine. So of course I was excited to find a version that had multiple fruit flavors to enjoy. The package didn’t list what flavors were inside, but you did see colors of them on the front: red, green, purple, yellow, orange and pink!

One by one I tasted them all. Since the slices are somewhat sizable, I felt rather full after trying one of each. The candies are think and are easy to bite into. They’re smooth and not the least bit sticky as you chew them.

Pink/Strawberry: Very fruity with strong berry notes. Tastes very “pink”.

Red/Cherry: Very bright and fruity. It tastes like the cherry Tootsie Pop. Has slight bitter notes to it but it isn’t too much. It’s still tasty and has that “black cherry” flavor to it.

Orange: Sweet and juicy like an orange. This lacks the tartness that the Mandarin orange makeover had. It’s tasty and reminds me of the orange slices I ate as a kid.

Yellow/Lemon: Starts out with fresh lemon flavors. It’s tast and has a nice bitter edge to it, but it’s not too sour. The flavor is very nice.

Green/Apple: Very sweet with strong floral accents to it. You can tell they’re rying to make it like a little like a sour granny smoth, but keep it sweet. Imagine a jolly rancher melted into some apple sauce. Really tasty and delicous, but not authentic.

Purple/Grape: This one starts off mild and grows into that strange medicional grape flavor I recall from childhood. There’s this fruity tartness and a rich juicy note that reads “grape” to me.

I really loved these, but I think out of the flavor mix the lemon and orange are still my favorites. Too bad they can’t put together a citrus mix for me! If I ever come across these again I certainly will buy them. In the meantime I’m happy to have the Mandarin Orange slices readily available in my local grocery store.

Rating: Will Buy Again


Will Buy Again

Links Brach’s Website

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