Brrraaaaaiiiinns! Now you can crave them without being a zombie!
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, which I’m sure comes as no surprise as I run a candy blog. It’s not just the candy however. I love the costumes, the foliage (which I sadly miss out on now that I live in LA), the pumpkins, the stories….I could go on and on! So knowing October was just around the corner, I took a trip to Target to see what candy they had in for the season. I found a few things, one of them was these cute Lifesavers Gummis Spooky Shapes!
It has a fun Halloween styled package, using ooze green and purple color scheme what has gotten popular along with traditional orange and black. In the corner is Frankenstein, Dracula and the Mummy holding trick-or-treat bags. All smiling. Kinda creepy. The box has a strange triangular opening in the back where you pull out the sealed plastic bag that keeps the gummis fresh and safe.
The aroma of the gummis is unmistakeable. They’re Lifesavers all right. It’s the smell I remember from when I was a kid. It’s fruit punchy with a strong hint of cherry. The shapes are cute: smiling jack-o-lanterns, witch heads, black cats, ghosts.
The red flavor is the exact same as the red Lifesaver. It’s cherry, with a strong fruity flavor and a very heavy metallic edge to it from the food coloring. It’s somewhat bitter but full of nostalgia.
Light purple is berry. It starts off tasting like grape, but a floral sweetness takes over which reminds me more of raspberries and strawberries.
Green is bland at first, then the bright, somewhat tart flavors of green apple kick through. It’s tangy and apply, in the Jolly Rancher sort of way.
These gummis just reminded me how much I miss the 5 flavor Lifesavers from my youth: lemon, lime, orange, pineapple and cherry. Nostalgia aside, I liked these flavors and the came across as fun and the shapes were certainly in the spirit of Halloween. The jack-o-lantern one is my favorite!
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Lifesavers Website
One thing I absolutely love about October and Halloween is, aside from candy, the fact that many candy companies use it as a reason to introduce new candies to the market. This was occurring quite frequently a few years ago, but recently this phenomena has been slowing down some. Thankfully, this year, Jelly Belly is releasing a new jelly bean just in time for Halloween: Jelly Belly Candy Corn jelly beans!
These were surprise samples from Jelly Belly. I say that because I never hear beforehand when they arrive at my doorstep. They just…show up. I want to remind my readers that free samples never taint my opinions of the candy in my reviews. If I like them, I"ll say so. Even bad free candy still tastes bad, and I’ll say so. I digress, back to these pretty little beans:
The beans use all the colors of normal candy corn, white, yellow and orange. The speckling is random and very pretty.
The flavor is almost candy corn. It read that way to me immediately upon my first sampling. It was only after trying some real candy corn side by side where I found minute flavor differences. But, the essence is definitely there. If you aren’t a fan of the texture or intense sweetness of candy corn, then the jelly bean version is for you. The texture is smooth and gummi and is no where near as sweet as the original kernels.
Now, in comparison, there’s Jelly Belly Candy Corn. Now, each brand has a slightly different version of candy corn, and Jelly Belly is no exception. Their candy corn is pristine, there’s not breaking or chopping of any of the corn kernels in the bag. The pieces are firm to the touch and extremely smooth. There’s more squat and are rounder than most candy corn varieties. The flavor and texture are all traditional candy corn. The sweet chew of the sugary fondant and the slight graininess, and the extremely sweet flavor with the hint of honey. Awesome, but I think Brach’s is still my favorite.
I recommend these jelly beans to anyone who likes candy corn. If you’re one of those folks who’s really on the fence with the stuff, perhaps give them a try. The slight twist in form might be the trick to make them a favorite in your candy repertoire.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Jelly Belly Website