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Nips Peanut Butter Box

Now we return to the Nips! I’ll spare you the long intro that I included in my last Nips review. Thankfully there’s lots of different Nips flavors so there’s something for every one. Here’s my take on another set of flavors I was able to find.

Peanut Butter:

The caramel is the only taste at first, creamy and sweet. I am taken back immediately to the flavor of the caramel on fresh caramel apples. Once I work on it a bit is when the peanut butter flavored center comes out, leaking through the cracks made in the caramel by my teeth. The flavor is nice and nutty, with a good dash of salt and pairs nicely with the sweet caramel.

I found out I should chew these the hard way. They’re so sticky they’ll cement your molars together. I found light chewing and rolling in my mouth allowed me to work the flavors yet still keep myself occupied.


Nips Chocolate Parfait Package

Chocolate Parfait:

I was really excited to try this one, as everyone knows chocolate and caramel are a match made in heaven.

This one starts like all the other Nips, with the same sweet caramel coating. Sadly, the “chocolate parfait” center tastes of those diet packets of hot cocoa. Ugh. Enough said.


Nips Mocha Package


The outside tastes like this wonderful mix of coffee or a cappuccino with the caramel. It’s very creamy, smooth and sweet. The center is the same as the Chocolate Parfait, with that fake hot cocoa mix taste. I find that disappointing because the caramel coating is so nice, and it’s taken down a notch by the fake interior.

I think these Nips still stand up well in regard to caramel candies you can find in most stores. I think the peanut butter is the best of the bunch here, but I know there are many fans of the other flavors despite my beef with the fake tasting chocolate interiors. They’re something I plan on adding to my normal candy routine, since the long lasting texture is always a winner in my book. 

Rating: Will Eat Again


Will Eat Again

Links Nips Website


GoNaturally Packages

I’ve noticed the GoNaturally candies (made by Hillside Candy) for some time now, and it seems I always see them in the oddest places, like at dollar stores or at my local Asian market. I see them, cock my head in confusion, and pick one up since the packing is so nicely designed. the problem is, I haven’t bought them to try as of yet because when I’m at these stores they usually seem to mainstream for me to talk myself into trying them. “Someday” I keep telling myself. Well, that someday is now.

I’ve seen the reviews of them from my fellow candy bloggers, and it wasn’t until I talked to the Hillside Candy folks at the Fancy Food Show, a really enthusiastic and friendly bunch, and I took a few tastes while I was there. Utterly delighted with what my taste buds were telling me, I knew i should give them a review. some things are just that nice.

What I think is one of the main appeals of this candy, besides its organic status, is that it uses no artificial flavors and colors, gluten and preservative free and kosher. It also doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup in it either. So anyone who prefers to support this type of foods, or has allergies to such things, then look no further. 


GoNaturally Wrappers

Apple: I was really looking forward to this one as most apple flavored hard candies taste like a Jolly Rancher: something more from a lab than a tree. This is a nice departure from that, it’s has a taste similar to apple sauce, and has some very sweet floral notes of pear in there too. It’s very light and refreshing and I enjoyed it.

Ginger: Wow. This one is great for ginger loves. It punches you in the mouth right away with that wonderful, woodsy, herbal burn that ginger is known for. I’m so keeping these on hand in my car for those boughts of car-sickness that we’re all prone to.

Honey Lemon:Flavor is lovely. It tastes like an lemon herbal tea sweetened with honey. It just so happens this is one of my favorite relaxing hot drinks to have after dinner, so I’m immediately smitten with this. The lemon flavor is really authentic, light and sweet with a good sour zest to it. The honey mellows it out and it is a lovely combination.

Cherry: Oh, this is nice. It’s immediately like having a fresh black cherry juice. This tastes so real, it’s amazing. It has wonderful woodsy notes with hints of strawberries and grapes.

Pomegranate: This one starts of with a flavor that’s immediately tart and very juicy. I admit I can’t peg exactly what makes a pomegranate taste like a pomegranate, but this captures it nicely. I taste berries, cranberries and grapes in the flavor and it’s delightful in its complexity.

Honey: Simple is best, and this is an excellent example of it. It is delicate and sweet and carried the notes of floral honey so beautifully. I loved this one the most, and I can’t help but wonder how it’ll taste dissolved in a cup of tea. I’ll have to try that.

Overall, these are a really great candy if you’re into the the whole organic trend, or if you really like high quality and wonderful tasting sweets. they’re worth a try, as they’ll do your taste buds and the world a bunch of good.

Rating: Will Eat Again


Will Eat Again

Links GoNaturally Website


Red Ginseng Chocolate

This one is certainly interesting. During all these years of trying different kinds of candy and chocolate, I’ve never seen such a thing. When I think about it, it seems like a logical thing to do, since ginseng is put into a lot of products nowadays. I’ve just…never seen it in chocolate until now.

It was actually my boyfriend who found this in an Korean market near where he lives (it’s a gorgeous store, I’m jealous it’s so close to him). It’s a pretty box, I really love the ample use of red. The thing is, the design of it doesn’t read as candy or chocolate to me. It might have something to do with the giant ginseng roots and the white chunks on it. Maybe it’s just me.

Inside the box are the chocolates, each an individually wrapped dice-shaped cube. The base is white chocolate, as the box shows and was confirmed by unwrappeing my first, and only, piece to try.

All I can say is, these taste of dirt. No sweetness, no grassyness, no chocolate. Dirt.

There is a “crunch” texture to it that I could glean from the few moments I had it in my mouth. I’m guessing it’s bits of ginseng root.

I immediately swallowed the bite I’d taken and threw the rest in the garbage. Some things are better kept there. Chocolate should never taste of dirt. Never.

Rating: Inedible




Chimes Mango Tin

It was a cold and rainy January day when my and my boyfriend ducked into a grocery store in New York City. We wanted to take a peek since we love exploring and looking at all the different products, and as we neared the checkout we saw these beautiful tins. Intrigued, we looked closer to find that they were Chimes ginger chews. One thing that always screamed to my boy’s tastes is ginger and peanut butter, and we say a chew there with those two elements. We snatched one up and took our first tasted as we headed out back into the city street.

We where immediately hooked and the tin didn’t last us very long.

Since then we’ve given the other flavors a try as we found them in stores. We were excited to visit the Chimes booth at the Fancy Food Show and got to try their two newest flavors, Mango and Orange.


Chimes Ginger Chews Packate

Starts of lightly sweet and the ginger is delicate and fresh. The flavor then grows and intensifies into a lovely medium hot burn of the ginger and the sweetness. The texture is thick and chewy without being annoying. It’s very refreshing and very tasty.

Peppermint: The first impression is this is an odd combination. The favor starts out with the note of peppermint, it’s very intense and herbal. It strengthens as you chew, with the hot notes of the ginger warming under it like a fire. It’s a very interesting cool/hot sensation in the mouth, with both flavors competing with one another. It’s strange. The ginger is the last flavor in regard to the finish, as the peppermint peters out slowly to leave that warm bun of the ginger behind.

Peanut Butter: It starts off tasting a little of the ginger, then the warm, nutty, wonderfully roasted flavor of peanut butter kicks in. It blends beautifully with the ginger, giving a warm and nutty flavor that’s really addicting.

Mango: This immediately tastes of mango. Sweet and juicy of that tropical mango flavor. The ginger shows as you being to shew, starting off with a swarming flavor that grows into a full-blown ginger kick. The heat is never too much and the mango flavor is never lost or overpowered.

Orange: This has such an authentic orange flavor. It’s juicy and fresh and also has a bit of zest to it which is wonderful. Again the ginger flavor grows and becomes a wonderful full flavor of the heat and spice of ginger. Yet, it’s not overpowering or drowns out the orange at all. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

Needless to say, if you’re a fan of ginger, you need to get your hands on these. I can’t praise them enough.

Rating: Will Buy Again


Will Buy Again

Links Chimes Website

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