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.