I am a big fan of Tootsie Pops. I’ve always enjoyed them ever since I was a kid. There has been many flavor variations of Tootsie Pops in the past few years, with the Tropical Tootsie Pops, Wild Berry, Peppermint, and banana. There might be more but those are the ones that come to mind immediately. So I was obviously excited to see this Holiday Tootsie Bunch Pops in Target when I was doing my candy hunting. It’s a bunch of Tootise Pops in a bouquet of sorts, fitted with red and green pops. So very cute!
The two flavors in this bouquet, a red which is cherry and a green which is sour apple. I like how there’s one classic and one new flavor in this set. It makes it familiar and adventurous at the same time.
As you can see in the photo, the wrapper are beautiful. They even have little snowflakes on them!
Cherry is the same, familiar flavor we know and love from the traditional Tootsie Pops. It’s bright an very “red” tasting, with notes of cherry that are sweetened with accents of strawberry and raspberry. The flavor is more sweet than metallic thankfully, which always worried me with candies that have red food coloring in them. There’s a slight zest toward the end of the flavor that really enlivens the lollipop. The tootsie center with it’s cocoa flavor blends well with the cherry candy outside, and it’s a classic combination.
Sour Apple is gorgeous to look at. I’ve never seen a dark green Tootsie Pop before. The flavor is immediately sour and zesty, and the flavor reminds me of something I’ve had before yet I can’t put my finger on it. The taste starts off sweet, like watermelon, with juicy notes and a sour end to it. Then there’s a bright flavor of perfume at the end of it. The perfumey taste is kinda off putting, since tasting flowers isn’t my favorite thing. Still, it’s a decent flavor and I’m sure big fans of sour flavor will enjoy it.
This is a really cute festive candy for the season. I bought it for $1, so it’s certainly very affordable. I can’t help but imagine what a wreath or center piece made out of these candies would look like. I guess I think up weird things like that. Tootise Pops are always fun, and these are no exception.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Tootsie Website
SweetTarts is keeping up with their holiday offerings with these adorable Holiday Gummies. I saw these in Target in their holiday section, among dozen of other seasonal candies. I gravitate toward candies like these since as far as I know, SweetTarts doesn’t usually release gummies for the “normal” months. Therefore, these feel more unique to me than the Snickers, Kitkats, Kisses etc that come in just holiday theme packaging. It’s what’s inside that counts, guys.
The package does a wonderful job of matching the coloring scheme of SqeetTarts with the colors of the season. It’s a very attractive package to look at. The gummies come in the holiday shapes of bells, stockings, Christmas trees and stars. So very cute! I realize that Wonka is trying to be politically correct in calling these “Holiday” gummis, but it seems odd when the gummis have such blatantly Christmas iconography. Just saying.
The red gummis is bright and zesty at first, like sour cherry. It has bright “red” notes of strawberry and cherry. It’s tangy and sweet, and the flavor isn’t too metallic, although since it’s so tart it’s very “Jolly Rancher”. It’s a nice red flavor though, I could eat this one all day as opposed to others I’ve had.
The green ones start of sweet and mellow with nice juicy notes of melon. Only as you chew it does the more zesty tones and flavors of sour apple burst trhough. It’s a very juicy flavor and because of that it’s very tasty. It’s hard to top popping them into you mouth.
These were tastier than what I was expecting, and I really enjoyed them. I can see these looking really cute in a candy dish or as cupcake toppings. If your into sour gummi candies, I recommend giving these a shot.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Wonka Website
I was excited to hear that there was a new Limited Edition flavor of M&Ms in stores for the holidays this year: Cinnamon M&Ms. Cinnamon specifically isn’t a specific holiday flavor that comes to mind, as it’s usually combined into “Holiday Spices” that I see so often this time of year. Nevertheless cinnamon is indeed evocative of this time of year, and I applaud M&Ms for giving us a new flavor option for the season. A quick trip to Target, where I believe this flavor is sold exclusively at, and I had these beauties ready to review.
The bag is very festive. With a deep maroon background featuring Green in a cute silver hat and scarf combination. She’s hugging some cinnamon sticks held together with a bright crimson bow. It’s beautiful how it keeps in theme with both the holiday and cinnamon spice theme. Green is always an excellent spokeswomen for the new flavors too, who can resist her?
The M&Ms are pretty and they are larger than the plain ones, but smaller than the peanut or pretzel varieties. They come in two colors, maroon and red. I like how they’re both holiday colors and colors that one often sees with cinnamon flavors.
The flavor is subtle. Which I am relieved about as I was expecting it to be a powerful taste. Instead you first taste the chocolate, with it’s sweet notes and chocolatey tones. Then the cinnamon flavor kinds in as the shell starts to melt and crack. It’s a nice cinnamon flavor, it’s neither hot or spicy. Combined with the chocolate it’s a sweet, holiday flavor that mild but noticeable.
I can see these as an adorable festive candy for a candy dish, or just as a snack if you’re looking for something a little different. I think they’d be very pretty mixed with the Mint ones they also release this time of year. So if you’re interested to see what cinnamon and chocolate taste like together, I recommend trying these as they’re at a very “beginner” level for chocolates with a twist to them. I very much liked this flavor and hope they bring it back next year.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links M&Ms Website
One thing I love about See’s Candies and what I very much look forward to with the passing seasons is their releases of limited edition flavors of their popular lollypops. They have root beer in the summers, pumpkin in the fall, and this past Easter they had orange cream which I sadly missed out on. Next year! I was super excited to find some of their new Christmas Mint lollypops in my box of samples which included the Victoria Toffee that I reviewed the other day. These lollypops were a surprise because they have a limited edition Cinnamon flavor they release this time of year, and I had no idea they planned to do another. So without further delay, the Christmas Mint Lollypop!
The lollypops are beautiful. The have a bright pine green metallic wrapper, with white and red lettering. The pops are all a nice, uniform size with a rectangular shape. Removing the green wrapper to my surprise, the lollypop is white. For some reason I imagine it green or brown, as my mind concluded that it possibly be mixed with chocolate. But, no. They’re a beautiful white, much like Christmas snow.
It smells sweet and not at all minty. I’m more reminded of vanilla and white chocolate.
My first lick produces at first a sweet flavor, then the growing familiar and delightful taste of mint. It’s mind and sweet, and not at all overpowering like most gum and toothpaste is. Instead this is subtle, elegant, minty flavor that has a slight peppermint sharpness to it. It’s extremely enjoyable and I much rather have this as an after meal dessert.
I really loved this lollypop. Not only is it beautiful but its flavor is amazing. Not too minty and not too sweet, just a harmonious middle ground. I also have to give props to See’s for using the word “Christmas” in this candy’s name, as many prefer to use the more PC “Holiday”. There’s nothing wrong with calling something “Christmas” and I’m glad See’s did so. It’s a great lollypop and I can easily see these as a tasty stocking stuffer.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links See’s Candies Website
‘Tis the holiday season! That brings to mind many things about this special time of year. For many it means dinners, parties, gifts, overspending, travel, etc. One thing it means for me is sweets, specifically the ones my Mom makes. She has so many cookies, cakes, and pies she cooks for when the family all gets together. One of these special sweets she makes is homemade toffee, and let me tell you, it’s really wonderful stuff. So imagine my excitement when See’s sent me some Holiday samples in the mail and I saw this beautiful red box of their Victoria Toffee. It was as if Christmas came early!
The box weighs in at a pound and is decorated in a beautifully festive red box. Red is such a gorgeous, vibrant color, and I think it looks its best at Christmas. One the front you see a beautiful image of the toffee, a hint as to what’s inside. A nice presentation of the confection, bravo See’s.
I was greatly impressed when I opened the box, as the slab of toffee inside is just enormous. It’s one giant piece! I had to grab the block of it in my hand, using the protective plastic that keeps it nice and safe, and try to break a corner off it. This toffee is easily almost an inch thick, so that might sound easier than it was. I managed to get a small piece off to taste.
You can see big chunks of almonds in the toffee, which is very attractive. The toffee is buttery and sweet and crumbles beautifully when you chew it. The chocolate that covers it is very sweet and compliments the toffee with extremely rich, chocolately notes. The chopped almonds on the outside are fresh and crunchy, but at the same time makes it easy to chew when you take a bite. The flavors all together is a very rich and flavorful. The butteryness of the toffee mixed with the salty almonds and sweet chocolate is just a heavenly combination.
Overall I was very impressed with this toffee. I think if you don’t have time or know-how (when in fact it’s really easy) to make your own, this is an excellent substitute. A treat that will be appreciated by many!
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links See’s Candies Website