November 2nd, 2012 by Rosa
I got this bag of Wonka Kazoozles as a free sample from the Nestle booth at Sweets and Snacks. It was strawberry melon-flavored “delickoricious chewy candy”. Delickoricious is a ridickoricious word.
I’m not sure how close my sample was to the final packaging, as it said “sales sample – not labeled for retail sale”, and though it claimed that it contained “2 strawberry ropes with watermelon filling”, my bag had 4. The bag itself was crackly, and its inner surface was reflectively shiny, like mylar.
The Kazoozles looked like red and green versions of my beloved filled licorice pencils and smelled like a bag of red fruit snacks. Each was about 6 inch long and softly floppy, so that its top half slowly bent over when I held it upright. Ridickoricious.
The candied red outside was stiffly chewy, similar to a Twizzlers but softer and less stick-in-your-teeth-y. It tasted of sweet fake berry with just a smidge of plasticky undertone.
The green center was a finely grainy fondant with the texture of dried up frosting. I didn’t get any watermelon flavors, candied or otherwise; it just tasted generically sweet to me.
As the Kazoozle’s chew continued, that sweetness intensified and brightened near the end. It wasn’t a super classy or fancy candy, but I enjoyed it enough.
It’s not quite the perfect replacement for licorice pencils – Kazoozle’s have a higher rope to fondant ratio than the fatly fondant-y pencils that I like – but it’s pretty good. An O. I’d give it an O+ if I could; it’s not quite at OM level.
Cybele from Candy Blog reviewed a different iteration of Kazoozles a few years ago. Hers look fatter and actually were 2 to a package.
Category: chewy, Nestle, O, review, Wonka |
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September 14th, 2012 by Rosa
This bag of mango flavored Chimes Ginger Chews were in my free swag bag at Sweets and Snacks. I didn’t visit their booth at the Expo because I don’t particularly care for ginger candy – they remind me too much of the herbal Asian remedies my mother forced me to eat/drink when I was a kid.
The chews were all individually wrapped. Inside, the actual candies were little chunks of chewy candies dusted in powdered sugar (or maybe tapioca starch, based on the ingredients list) that kept them from sticking to the wrapper. It looked like it was originally one long cylinder that had then been cut into inch-long pieces, as the ends were a bit sticky.
The candies were extremely sticky and chewy, like a cross between a caramel’s stickiness and a Starburst’s bounce. That powdered coating was a smart and necessary addition.
The first flavor that I got upon biting into the chews was that of a fresh, ripe mango. They did a great job of capturing that seedy sweet tinge that mangos have!
Unfortunately for me, the spicy burn of ginger then came through. It was a special kind of spicy – there was no heat; just a numbing, tingly sensation and the intense flavor of fresh ginger.
That gingeryness quickly became too strong for me to finish a whole chew, but I was able to notice that the mango flavor stayed through the finish and lingered a bit after, along with that numbing spiciness.
I am a total wimp when it comes to ginger candies. When I brought the rest of the bag to lab, however, the candies quickly disappeared, and ginger candy lovers gave these guys high marks.
I don’t think it’s fair for me to give these a true rating. I could tell that the flavors were genuine and tasty; I just couldn’t handle the spiciness. If you like ginger candies, I think you’ll like these, and if you don’t, you won’t.
Candy Blog’s reviewed the plain and orange flavors of Chimes and seemed to enjoy them.
Category: chewy, review |
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August 24th, 2012 by Rosa
Original Warheads hard candies made their splash on the U.S. market when I was a kid. My friends and I used to compete to see how many we could stand to hold in our mouths at once and – more importantly – how long we could keep them there as their sour coating burned holes into our mouths. Oh the joys of childhood!
These Warheads Sour Chewy Cubes were a new-to-me product that were being handed out as free samples at Sweets and Snacks. The sour meter on the back of the wrapper placed these at “sour”, a step above “tart” but below “super sour” and “extreme”.
They turned out to be little centimeter cubes in psychedelic, not-found-in-nature colors. Their texture was a cross between Starbursts and gummi/jelly candies – they had a long-lasting chew that sometimes got stuck in my teeth but had the softer, slightly grainy squish of gummi/jelly candies.
The sour sugar that coated the cube was mild, definitely far below what I’d expect from the Warheads brand. I’d call it tart, maybe, but it was really mostly just sweet. It added a little bit of sandy grit to the chew.
The package that I unwrapped had pink, orange, purple, and blue cubes. It looks like I missed out on green and red, which were depicted on the wrapper.
Pink was maybe watermelon, maybe strawberry? Lightly sweet and generically red-fruity tasting. Purple was grape, I suppose. Really it just tasted like a purple SweeTart.
Orange was orange and packed a surprisingly zesty punch with a spot-on orange soda flavor. And blue was who knows? Some mysterious artificial fruit flavor, maybe fruit punch or something.
Most of the cubes had a slightly bitter finish that was stronger in some colors than others. I’ll chalk that up to the artificial colors and flavors that these contained. Yummy!
These weren’t great, but they weren’t awful. Innocuous and not something that I’d spend money on. An O.
Category: chewy, gummi/gummy, hard candy, O, review, sour |
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August 13th, 2012 by Rosa
One of my favorite Halloween candies are Tootsie’s Caramel Apple pops, so I gladly accepted the chance to review free samples of Shurms Caramel Apple Soft Candy Chews. They were definitely unlike anything I’ve ever had before.
The individually wrapped chews were gorgeous to behold, a thick, luscious looking layer of caramel atop a glowing green translucent square of apple chew. The apple chew sort of looked like Jell-o, but the texture was not at all gelatin-like.
Instead, it was like a fruit pate crossed with a Starburst. It was sticky, but it separated easily when I bit into it. The softness and squishiness of fruit pate was there, but fruit pate’s notable graininess was missing (these were slippery smooth).
It tasted of sweet, candied green apple, like an apple Jolly Rancher or the solid apple part of the Tootsie Caramel Apple pops.
The sweet brightness of the apple stood out nicely against the sticky caramel, which was sweet and buttery with a slightly sour tinge to the finish. I could feel a light graininess when I flattened the caramel against my tongue, but it otherwise was smoothly chewy.
The different kinds of chewiness – the caramel stickiness plus the fruit pate/Starburst hybrid apple portion – was a new sensation that I’ve never before experienced.
I’d give these an O – I enjoyed them enough that I’d grab a few out of a bulk bin, if they were sold that way. Alas, they’re currently not available in stores outside of Michigan, but you can order them online at their website.
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June 8th, 2012 by Rosa
Au’some was promoting these Giga Bites at their booth at Sweets and Snacks. I got free samples of one of each flavor to review.
Au’some is trying to market these as “Your social candy.” The back has a link to their Facebook page, and the name and flavors are techy-tinged.
All of the candies were little nuggets, like their fruit nuggets (which I love), but with the addition of a crunchy shell. The shell shattered upon first bite, and they then have a slightly grainy, non-sticky chew.
Banana Bandwidth was supposed to be “strawberry, banana & blackcurrant.” The first bite of the mustard yellow nuggets was strongly artificial banana-flavored with lots of floral, bubble-gummy notes.
The flavor then mellowed and sweetened, then gained a mild dark acidic note from the blackcurrant. I really hate artificial banana candies, but the rest of the flavors were decent.
Binary Berry was “blueberry, raspberry, & wild berry” with pink/purple nuggets. This one just tasted like artificial generic mixed berry, with deep red fruit flavors. It reminded me of a raspberry + cherry Popsicle.
I thought it a bit too sweet, and it had an unpleasant wheatiness or pasty starchiness to the finish. That general feel was in all the flavors, but it was most pronounced in this one.
Short Circuit Citrus was “lemon, orange, & apple” and was a rusty brownish-reddish-orange color. It started with a nice citrus sweetness before picking up a bright citrus tartness and ended with an apple juice finish.
These were my favorite of the bunch because I really like citrus-flavored things, but I think all of these Giga Bites paled in comparison to Au’some’s Florida’s Natural nuggets. The Florida’s Natural candies have brighter, more intense flavors that I found more enjoyable.
And really, I think they’re trying a little too hard to position these as “social media” candy, though I think the little robot mascot is cute. An O.
Category: chewy, O, review |
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May 23rd, 2012 by Rosa
Starburst Flavor Morph is a new-ish addition to the Starburst line. Cybele covered them back in November, but I didn’t get mine until very recently, both as free samples from CandyFavorites.com and from the press room at Sweets and Snacks.
Though they’ve been out for at least six months, my package still called them “New!” It also touted the candy’s “flavor changing beads!”, which made them sound all fancy and technologically advanced.
Those flavor changing beads were actually visible in the Starburst square. I could also sometimes feel them in the sticky chew of the Starburst as little hard pellets between my molars.
There were only two flavors in the pack. One was orange that morphed to orange strawberry, and the other was cherry that morphed to cherry lime. It seems like they don’t so much morph as gain a second flavor.
Orange to orange strawberry started off as a much more mild form of the usual orange Starburst flavor. It was not nearly as sour or bright or citrusy.
The strawberry flavor came in quickly and further mellowed the flavor, giving it a slightly plasticky floral edge that finished like strawberry Starburst (the pink ones).
Orange strawberry was a weird combination for me. I think I prefer those flavors separately to them together. An O.
Cherry to cherry lime was much better. It started off like a regular cherry Starburst, with a slight tartness to the start. The lime then came through in a few chews with a strong, limey bite of zestiness.
It was like a chewable form of a Sonic cherry limeade. Sort of Shirley Temple-esque, but tangier from the lime. The mix of sweet berry fruitiness and the zesty lime flavor was a winner for me. An OM.
Category: chewy, O, OM, review, Starburst, Wrigley's |
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May 7th, 2012 by Rosa
These Dorval Sour Power Straws were a free sample of a new flavor: Pink Lemonade. The rest of their line-up includes blue raspberry, watermelon, strawberry, and green apple, which I’d tried before under their Sortz name.
I really enjoyed these Pink Lemonade straws. They didn’t have any of the stiff plastic taste or over-wheaty flavor that put me off the Sortz and that you get in Sour Punch Straws.
Instead, they were soft and pliable tubes, about 6-7 inches long, with an easy chew. They were much softer, and thus much more texturally pleasant, than Twizzlers. Also unlike Twizzlers, they didn’t get stuck in the cracks of my teeth.
The sour sugar sand on the surface of the straws was mostly sweet with a little tartness. The pink lemonade flavor of the actual straws was sweet with a light, mild citrus note.
There was no lemon zestiness, but a definite lemonade/lemon drop flavor persisted throughout the chew. The sour came through in the middle when the sour sand started melting on my tongue, and the final finish was just the sweet fruitiness of the straw.
I thought these were quite well done for a relatively simple treat. The texture was spot on, while the taste was sweet and sour – but not too sour – without any off notes. An OM.
Dorval will be at the Sweets and Snacks Expo. I plan to revisit the Sortz to see if my original batch was past its prime (though I did taste it before its best-by date).
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April 11th, 2012 by Rosa
Huevitos was another Ricolino’s candy that I picked up at a local Hispanic grocery. They were touted as new, though Cybele said she had them last year.
The packaged described them as “candy coated chocolate flavor eggs.” ”Chocolate flavor” is a marketing/packaging red flag. It means that there’s no actual cocoa butter inside.
These looked nice, like prettily speckled eggs. But ooh they smelled gnarly, like anise (I’m an avid licorice detester).
The candies had brown spotted sugar shells that I could easily smoosh between my fingers. The “chocolate flavor” centers were soft, grainy, and chewy.
Those centers tasted worse than they smelled – it was both sour and sweet with chemical flavors and an anise edge. I couldn’t even finish one.
It’s a shame that they were so pretty to behold, yet so gross to eat. Run away! A –.
Category: --, chewy, Hispanic, review |
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February 3rd, 2012 by Rosa
My friends Nana and Justin have been having great adventures while living the expat life and chronicling it all in their awesome blog. They’ve been kind enough to send me great candy finds from abroad, including my all-time most popular review: Crunky Nude Balls.
Recently, they mailed me a bunch of Japanese candies, including this pack of
Lime Shikwasa Hi-Chew. I originally thought these were lime, but Debby and Nana cleared that up in the comments. A Shikwasa is a tart Japanese citrus fruit with a green rind and golden flesh.
Also, there’s all kinds of fun stuff going on on that wrapper in addition to the Shikwasas. Nana has a great explanation in the comments.
I’ve reviewed a bunch of Hi-Chew in the past. Like all Hi-Chew, it comes in a pack of individually wrapped rectangles. The chew started off sproingy and then softened and became stickier.
These were a pale pistachio green with a white center. The flavor was amazingly juicy and spot on.
It was incredibly sweetly limey and zesty with the perfect edge of pithy bitterness. As the chew went on, the zestiness intensified and took on just a hint of herbal grassiness.
There was no sourness to it, and the sweetness level was perfect – tasty without being cloying – with just the right tidbit of bitterness to set it off.
I couldn’t stop popping these and would change nothing about them. Well, I would change one thing: bring them to the U.S. please! A ZOMG!
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September 16th, 2011 by Rosa
When I was in middle school and high school, we used to sell these little bags of Eiffel Bon Bons to raise money for French Club and the National French Honor Society. I think I ate as many bags as I sold – they were so addictive!
I found larger bags of strawberry and apple Bon Bons at Cost Plus World Market and had to immediately snatch them up for reviewing (and eating).
For the record, it was my first foray into the wondrous global grocery that is CPWM, and holy cow did I come home with loads of candy! Those will be making appearances in the coming weeks.
The Bon Bons were little nuggets, slightly larger than thumbnail-sized. Strawberry was pink and apple was a pale lime green. Both had white centers.
They were all coated with a light dusting of fine powdered sugar. They could be held in the mouth and dissolved, but I never had – and still don’t have – the patience for that.
Instead, I like to chew mine up. The chew starts off almost stiff and works the jaw for a chomp or two, but it softens quickly. The texture then becomes almost Starburst-like, but with a coarser grain.
Strawberry was sweet with a bright, floral fruitiness. It tasted like strawberry candy concentrate: a strawberry gummi bear with the flavor turned up to 11.
Apple had the flavor of a Granny Smith apple, only it slightly sweeter and not as sharp. There was still a mild sourness, but it never approached levels of puckeriness.
Like the strawberry, the apple flavor was intense and super concentrated. And somehow, the flavor never dissipated as my chewing continued.
The best part of these is the chew. The texture slowly morphs as the bright, intense flavors explode and fill the mouth.
They’re just as addictive as I remember them being, though I have less tolerance for the compounding effect of their sweetness these days. Still, an OMG.
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