Mentos are oblate spheroid candies with a crunchy candy shell and a chewy center. There were 11 to my roll: 2 each of cherry, orange, pineapple, and watermelon, and 3 of strawberry. Sort of weird to have a prime number of candies per unit, but whatever.
Strawberry, the most plentiful of the pack, was light pink. It tasted sweet with candied berry flavors and reminded me of that syrupy strawberry topping that you get at ice cream parlors.
Cherry was a darker reddish pink. I didn’t think there was much intensity to its deeper red fruit flavor, and it struck me as a little fake/medicinal.
Orange tasted of tangerine citrus flavors. It was mellow, yet zesty, and was probably my favorite of my bunch because I like citrus fruits.
Pineapple was yellow and tasted just like canned pineapple. Mentos did a nice job of capturing the sweet flavor of pineapple core here.
Finally, watermelon was green. It started off tasting like real watermelon, only far too sweet, then developed a candied tart finish. I hated the start of this candy but loved the end, so I guess it balances out to a neutral rating.
There was nothing about these candies that was super stellar or super terrible. I wouldn’t buy them again because there are more intensely flavored chewy fruity candies out there that I like better, but I also wouldn’t turn one down if a friend offered me one. An O.
I have a soft spot in my heart for Mentos – I grew up on their corny “Freshmaker” commercials.
I got these Fuji Apple Mentos in a box of free samples from tsunami.hk. It’s a flavor that I’ve never seen in the U.S. I guess they’re only available in Asia.
Like all Mentos, it had a hard shell that cracks and splinters when bitten into. Inside, the Mentos (Mento?) was extremely chewy, with a slight grain to the chew.
The flavor was that of super sweet apple juice. While the flavor was pretty spot-on, it was too sweet for my taste, with nothing else to temper the pure sugary-ness.
I think it needed a bit of sourness or some other note to bring some complexity and to counteract that sweetness. That’s my beef with Fuji apples too, so I guess you can’t blame Mentos for being accurate. An O.
They’re not sour! If you’re going to call your product Mentos Sours (BUY!), they should actually be, you know, sour. That being said, they were still pretty tasty, and I’m ashamed to admit that I polished off the entire roll in one sitting. For some reason, that always happens when I buy Mentos. Maybe because the roll packaging makes saving some for later harder? Or because when candy comes in rolls, the next candy is always right there, just begging to be eaten? Or it is because the Mentos texture of hard shell, chewy innards, and unique finish is addictively yummy? Hmm…
I was kind of annoyed at how wasteful the packaging was, especially since I ate these while I wrote the Blog Action Day post about environmentally friendly candy. The outer, completely unnecessary wrapper is printed entirely in English, while the inner wrapper has English and French on it. I guess Mentos made all the inner rolls in one place and changed the outer roll wrappings based on where they’d be sold.
The three Mentos Sours flavors are watermelon, green apple, and lemon. Or melon d’eau, pomme verte, et citron. The lemon (yellow) is nice and tangy, though I wish it were more tart and sour. The light green ones are green apple, which has a nice, slightly tart Granny Smith apple finish. The watermelon (dark green) has a sort of tart initial bite that quickly mellows out. I personally don’t think watermelon is a very good flavor to make sour and include in a sour mix that only has three flavors. I would have preferred another citrus fruit in this mix instead.
Overall, I’ll give the Mentos Sours an OM, mostly because I find Mentos to be frighteningly addictive. If they were actually bitingly sour, they may have been able to earn that extra G.