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
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