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…
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.
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
Links Hot Tamale Website
There’s not too much flavor variation going on during Valentine’s Day. Usually it’s all Cherry or the occasional Strrawberry since everything candy-wise is red colored this time of year. For some variation, I am giving the Brach’s Cinnamon Jelly Hearts a try.
The bag smells intensly of cinnamon and the candies are really cute. They’re hear shaped, about the circumference of a nickel and about half an inch high. They are firm to the touch and aren’t very spongy like some gummis are. These remind me much more of gumdrops.
The flavor is sweet and has a hint of heat to it on my first bite. The two kinda play in my mouth, neither gaining dominance until the end where it gets slightly hotter, but never into the “too spicy” zone. These aren’t as powerful as Red Hots thankfully, so folks like myself who can’t take “hot” candies too terribly well. Instead these are a nice mix of the intense cinnamon flavor with some sweetness to make it more friendly. The texture is nice too, as it’s a ick heavy chew wihtout being sticky. You barely notice the granulated sugar coating.
I was prepared to really not like these, as hot cinnamon candies aren’t my thing. I was surprised that I did like them. I can easily see these as cupcake toppers, as they’re gorgeous to look at. If you like cinnamon candies, I’d seek these out. It’s a great option for Valentine Day candy if you aren’t a fan of cherry.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Brach’s Website
I first saw these on the shelf at Di Bruno Bros. in Philadelphia. After perusing the flavors for a good few minutes, as the prince warranted only one purchase, I decided to picky up the Chai Latte flavor. I love caramels and I haven’t had that flavor in this medium before. My other options included a classic caramel, a variation with honey, a variation with chocolate, etc. so the spicy chai just called to me. I’m all for trying new things!
I’ve been aware of the DAS Caramelini for some time now, as they appeared on the candy blogosphere scene a few months ago. Cybele over at CandyBlog and Rosa at ZOMG Candy! both gave them good reviews. I made a mental note to myself to get some if I ever saw them.
I was immediately pleased with these once I opened them as they smell warm and sweet of cinnamon and cloves. It does impart a chai essence. I was worried that the spice in these wouldn’t be strong enough, and I was glad to smell I was wrong.
The flavor is very well rounded, and I’m actually reminded more of gingerbread than chai. It has a wonderful hit of cinnamon, a subtle bite of cloves and a warmth of ginger. Add all that to the creamy sweetness of the caramel base. So to be frank, it’s really rich and complex. The chew is nice as the edges are soft and it’s more firm toward the center. It gave a good chew, but it wasn’t as chewy as I’d like, since I found it dissolved too quickly in my mouth. Still, extremely tasty. I like eating candy that tastes of gingerbread!
I was able to sample the other flavors of the DAS Caramelini line at the Fancy Food Show this past June. They were all impressive like the chai variety I try here, and I was just floored by the Candied Ginger & Pistachio flavor. I can’t wait to get my hands on some more of those.
Rating: Will Buy Again
DAS Foods Website
There’s a really nice gourmet store in my area called Bon Appetit Fine Foods that I like to stop in and look around every so often. They carry all sorts of edible delights, but I’m obviously interested in the chocolate and candy that they carry. It seems that their stock changes slightly every time I go. On one of my more recent trips I discovered these bags of panned chocolate candies from France. I picked up two different kinds, and this is one of them.
“Pomme d’ Amor” or “Apple of Love” is what these are called. How lovely! They’re pieces of apple, from the looks of the package it’s either dried or a jelly of some kind. It’s then covered in milk chocolate and then again in a colored white chocolate or confectioner’s glaze. I don’t read French so I couldn’t really tell you. I’m guessing that each color is a different flavor or variety of apple. Or perhaps not. Only one way to find out!
Yellow Brown Speckled: Hard for me to place, but it has a big fruity flavor with a bright sour note and something very cinnamon about it. The interior jelly’s texture is nice, a little softer than I expected.
Green: The jelly in this is much softer and darker in color. This is very pear tasting. The fruity flavor is strong and combined with the chocolate here it has a cheesy essence to it. Strange to read I know, but trust me, it’s an odd thing to taste! This also has an odd spiciness to it.
Red: This one just tastes sweet and I finally taste a little of the chocolate. No extreme fruity or spicy notes here.
Orange/Yellow Speckled: The most chocolatey out of the bunch. It still has a big sweetness to it; you get some of the chocolate and the rest just burns away with the sugar. The jelly is a light “golden” flavor, but other then delivering a slight tartness toward the finish of the piece, there’s not much to mention
I really needed a glass of water after these.
These were fun to try, but not something I was impressed with. It’s also nothing I’d particularly crave either. I could see these working as a nice accompaniment to a cheese dessert platter maybe. But alone as a treat, I don’t like it much.
Rating:Might Eat Again
Every Halloween season ever confectioner has a field day with appropriate candies and chocolates. There’s no limit to the number of pumpkin, ghost, bat, witch, etc. shaped sweets lining the shelves at our favorite store. How’s a girl to choose? Among other things, this year I decided to give Godiva’s seasonal Pumpkin Truffles (since I’m a sucker for all things pumpkin)a try. I’ve eyed these for a few years and figured it was time to cave in.
They’re gorgeous to look at since the packaging job on these is top notch. Beautiful orange foil wrappers with a tiny coil and leaf on top. Almost too cute to eat!
The milk chocolate is unremarkable: sweet with a dairy taste. The truffles have a cinnamon dusting on the which adds a nice spiciness to the whole thing.
Now, as Mom always said “it’s what’s inside that counts” and that’s really what this truffle is all about. The inside is just heavenly. It really tastes of pumpkin pie which is a major plus since most pumpkin confections I taste don’t taste of anything…or if they do, it’s of cinnamon. The texture of the ganache is lovely; nice and rich without feeling greasy on the tongue.
Beautiful and delicious, these are a great fall treat or a nice gift to a friend.
Rating: Will Buy Again