June 2010
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Switzers Chewy Cherry Twists Bag

I found these Switzer’s Chewy Cherry Twists on a trip to Cracker Barrel. I went there specifically to candy hunt, as it’s been years since I’d gone to one, and I had completely forgotten they have a “country store” attached to the restaurant. They had lots of classic candies I am familiar with, like GooGoo Clusters, Skybars and MoonPies (although not a candy in my book, yes I see them often grouped as such). But when I laid my eyes on these Switzers Twists, I stopped dead in my tracks. As long as I’ve been doing these candy reviews (going on 5 years now) it’s uncommon I find something that I hadn’t seen before, much less never heard of. These Switzers Twists were news to me, and therefore I scooped some up faster than you could blink.

Looking at the website to find more about these Twists I found they make other flavors too (the Lemonade ones look interesting). I nabbed the only two varieties I saw at the store, the Cherry and the Licorice. Taking the cherry ones out of the bag, I got a nice aroma of sweetness and a vague fruity smell. The pieces are gorgeous to look at and play with. They have a soft feel and are extremely glossy and smooth, with those sweeping ridges that curl their way up the pieces.


Switzers Chewy Cherry Twists

The flavor is elusive at first, you really have to start chewing in order for it to show up. It’s sweet with a light cherry “red” flavor that isn’t too strong. It has some metallic notes to it, and it gets stronger as you chew. The texture is very chewy, much more so than a Twizzler. I think it’s a nice texture, as it doesn’t dissolve too quickly nor does it tire my jaw.

I liked these better than Twizzlers, as I felt they were a tad more flavorful and the texture was much nicer. But they’re still not my thing. If you’re into this type of candy, I’d say they’re worth a try.

Rating: Not Worth It


Not Worth It

Links Switzer’s Website


Whitman's Marshmallow Eggs Wrappers


Whitman's Marshmallow Eggs

I remember Russell Stover used to have Easter Eggs similar to these back when I was a kid. They came in pastel colors like these, but instead of marshmallow on the inside it was coconut creme. They were so good! I miss them. These helped me re-live them in a tiny way. They have the look right, but not the flavor.

Is there a discontinued candy that you’d love to have again?


On the Floor II

Every year the National Confectioners Association (NCA) holds a massive convention that shows what’s the latest and greatest in candy and snack food trends called the Sweet & Snacks Expo. The 2010 convention was held this past weekend in Chicago and was full to the brim of all that is sweet and tasty. I attended the show back in 2007 when it was still called the “All Candy Expo”, and sadly haven’t been able to make it back since.

Since I couldn’t go this year (Memorial Day weekend is a bad travel time for me) I am living through others experiences though photos and blog posts. Here’s a round up of what I’ve found so far:

The NCA’s official blog Candy Dish has a Day 1 Recap.

Cybele from has a sneak peek of some of the new candies coming soon.

NBC Chicago has a gorgeous”> photo gallery of all the sweet new treats!

Motivation and Chocolate has great coverage on what we can expect to see in stores with great packaging photos.


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