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Aug
08



Jelly Belly Snapple

I recall seeing a press release from Jelly Belly a few months ago announcing that their new flavors were going to be Snapple themed. I felt excited about this, since I know Snapple makes some unique drinks that they could use as good inspiration. Some time has passed, and I’ve seen product sample photos on other blogs. I was biding my time until I encountered them in stores, then Jelly Belly PR reached out to me and asked me if I’d like some same to review for the blog. I took them up on their kind offer, never thinking to ask what they planned on sending my way. To my delight, I saw a bag of the Snapple flavors once I received the package from them.

The package is nice and pretty straightforward. I really commend them for posting a flavor key on the back, so you know what flavors are included and what they’ll look like. It’s easy this way to pick out your favorites first, or search for that one flavor you want to try. I immediately went for the pink lemonade, in case you were wondering.

Fruit Punch (purple): The flavor starts off very fruity and you get notes of peaches, cherries, pineapples and oranges. Very tasty and you do get that sense of fruit punch.

Kiwi Strawberry (deep pink with spots): This is very sweet and fruity. I do taste strawberry with very “pink” flavors. It almost heads into “cotton candy” in terms of its sweetness. It’s very good, but I get no hint of kiwi in there.

Mango Maddness (TM) (orange): This one is immediately mango. It hits you with that sweet, tropical flavor. It’s very juicy, and you get the notes of mango with peach and passion fruit.

Cranberry Raspberry (pinkish red): This one I really liked. The raspberry is very sweet and jammy. The flavor is spot on. The cranberry adds a beautiful tartness to it that really rounds out the flavor. Super yummy.

Pink Lemonade (light pink): This one starts off zesty with a sweetness to it, just like real lemonade. It tastes a little bitter at points, but the moments are infrequent and the flavor is very nice.

Interesting flavors, but seem to play it on the safe side. None of these are actual Snapple flavors I ever bought as a drink. I would have been interested to see them do some of their iced tea flavors. Or, and I know this is far fetched, but the flavors from that “Elements” line (which was out in the late 90s) that I felt was really unique. I really liked these jelly beans, I just felt that the flavors are very similar to what Jelly Belly already offers. I’ve also already bought a few bags to nibble on at work since doing this review. They are tasty! 

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links Jelly Belly Website


Aug
06



Welch's Filled Licorice

It’s always exciting to know that there’s new candies coming out. Yes, we all love our classic candies like Snickers, Starburst and Kit Kat. For me, waiting for a new candy to hit the stores is a great treasure hunt. When I saw the press release for these new Welch’s Filled Licorice candies, I was excited and planned on finding them in stores. I wasn’t sure of exactly when they were supposed to be released, and such things vary depending on where you live. Then, Welch’s PR was kind enough to reach out to me and asked if I’d like to try some samples. Of course my answer was yes, and today I have those samples to review for you.

To start, I really like the packaging on these. The wrapper keeps the licorice sticks all in a straight line and upright without making the package too stiff. The packages are very colorful and you immediately know what flavor you’re after just by seeing them. They’re iconic and functional.

 

Welch's Filled Licorice Strawberry

The strawberry smells fruity, and also a strong hint of malty ness to it. The flavor is good the outside tastes similar to twizzlers. It’s slightly fruity and has a wheaty taste to it. The filled center is where this candy really shines. The filled center, filled with a (wha I’d imagine to be) a more shelf stable jam. It really takes the flavor od this licorice to a whole new level of flavor intnsite. It really gets flavorful, really really flavorful. It’s a juicy strawberry and a smooth, soft chew.

The licorice twists are really plaible. Super soft, it easily bends into a circle and nothing leaks out.

 

Welch's Filled Licorice Grape

The grape licorice bag smells intensely of grape juice. Tart, sweet and intesely fruity. The flavor reminds me of a very fruity grape tootsie pop. The wheat chew part has a suble flavor. Again, the filled center really brings this candy to life. The jam filled center is extremely fruity and flavorful. It really brings the whole licorice chew to life.

I appreciate how unique these Welch’s filled licorices are. They took a, what I felt, common problem with some licorices whose flavor just wasn’t intense enough. Welch’s found a unique way to solve the problem, and I must say they came out with something that I really enjoyed! Both my fiance and I polished off our bag of each flavor easily in one sitting. They weren’t too heavy and again, really tasty. Bravo Welch’s. 

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links Welch’s Website


Aug
03



Chelsea: Citrus Sweets Mix

Nothing says summer like fruit desserts! Or candy flavors as fruit desserts!


Aug
01



Scorpion Caramels

~~Today I’m trying something new. My fiance, who is a big chili head, ordered some chili candies that are made with extremely hot peppers. Now, I can take a pretty good dose of hotness in my foods, but even these were a little out of my league. I asked he he wouldn’t mind doing a guest review of these candies for me, as I didn’t think I could do a full review myself with the small nibbles I took (it was a hotness that I could handle). So please, enjoy!~~~

I first heard about these Scorpion Sting Caramels from aTed Barrus review. I’m a fan of spicy things, specifically the natural heat of peppers, so I decided to try these as they use powder from the Moruga Scorpion which currently one of the hottest peppers in the world. They’re made as a collaboration between Volcanic Peppers and The Madison Chocolatiers and can be purchased from either site. They came in a clear package with six caramels: two white chocolate, two milk chocolate, and two dark chocolate. They were wrapped in orange, maroon, and gold foil (with no indication of which was which) and were about an inch square and 1/3 of an inch thick. The important thing to note about these chocolates is that they are getting their heat from a very hot chilli pepper. This makes it different than most hot candies in that the heat here is coming from the capcasin in the peppers, not from anything artificially added.

I’ll start with the orange wrapper:

Turns out this one is the dark chocolate. It definitely smells rich, like chips used for cookies. You can smell the butteryness of the caramel immediately and as it was fairly solid, it allowed me to break it in half cleanly exposing a rich molasses color. The initial bite is sweet and creamy, though with a fudge like consistency. The chocolate melts nicely and in about 15 seconds you begin to feel the heat from the peppers. Honestly, to me it isnt very hot, however I enjoy fiery foods. In terms of the burn, I can feel it mostly on my tongue and down the back of my throat, almost like drinking some good brandy. Actually it feels really good in my humble opinion. It is a nice, warm, tingly burn that never peaks to a huge degree. It just settles into a nice warm burn and lasts for a few minutes.

Moving to the gold wrapper:

This one was the milk chocolate. It had the same sweet smell as the first, however not as powerful. It melted fairly quickly on my fingers. The chocolate and caramel seem sweeter than the first and actually seem to hold off the burn of the peppers a bit longer than the dark variety. Again, the chocolate melts very well and the caramel is rich and has that fudge-like quality. One of my biggest gripes about caramel is that it often sticks to my teeth and this fortunately avoids that entirely. Again I get the same burn sensation as the dark due to the dusting of Scorpion powder with similar localization of the burn.

Finally, the dark maroon wrapper:

This one was the white chocolate and as soon as its wrapper is removed you get this great white chocolate aroma which reminds me of a Zero bar. You don’t smell as much of the caramel because the lovely aroma of white chocolate is so strong. The flavor of white chocolate seems an even better coating for these caramels in my opinion. The white doesn’t seem to melt as fast and provides a bit of a chew to it, not much, but enough to give you a choice: either let it melt slowly and definitely get more heat, or chew and swallow and not feel it as much. Thats a recurring theme here, the longer you hold them in your mouth the more heat you’ll get. The pepper flavor and heat are quite strong here and build to a nice burn like the previous. At this point I’ve eaten three of them and their heat definitely starts to stack. I can feel the burn on my tongue, down the back of my throat and now I’m feeling a nice warm sensation in my belly. I’m the kind of guy that enjoys a nice after dinner cordial and honestly, it feels a bit like that right now. My stomach feels a nice warm tingle. The difference is that my mouth and throat get a bit of that capsacin burn.

These are lovely caramels and I applaud the use of such a rare and distinct chilli in their creation. It tames the scorpion heat VERY well. I’ve had some other things that were made with the pepper and let me tell you, they’re mind BENDINGLY hot. Just check out some internet videos of people eating the pepper whole and you’ll see what I mean. But these caramels used just right amount of the powder and blended it with the right ingredients to make it a quite enjoyable flavor. I wont say its for the chili novice and you’d certainly have to have a palate for, and enjoy spicy foods, but if you like your curries or chicken wings pretty spicy, these would be a great candy to try out.

As for the long term, Its been about 15-20 minutes since I’ve started the review and the ‘pain’ or ‘burning’ of the peppers has gone away, but I’m left with a really nice warm feeling in my throat and belly. Great job!

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links The Madison Chocloatiers


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