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Werther’s Original – Caramel Popcorn – Sea Salt & Pretzel

Posted in Candy, Snack Mix

Good Morning Friends!

The other day I was at the gas station – I rarely go inside because I don’t really have a need to. Recently Taco Bell released some flavored sunflower seeds and there have been a few candy releases that I have not been able to get my meat hooks on yet so I thought I would venture inside and check it out.

Little did I know that social anxiety would kick into overdrive and I couldn’t leave the store unless I bought something because I was convinced that someone would think it was weird that I was scouring the aisles without buying anything. I grabbed a water, to which I cringed because I have been working very hard to use reusable containers for water and looked for some sort of snack that I hadn’t tried yet. My interest was piqued when I passed the Werther’s caramel corn, but kept looking in case something that I really wanted was tucked away on an end cap. I settled for the caramel corn, pumped my gas, and then went home.

Salty sweet snacks are my absolute favorite. If I had to choose one “genre” of snacks it would be anything that is salty sweet. Pretzels happen to also be some of my favorite things to snack on so adding it to caramel corn seemed like a pretty great addition. I rarely eat Cracker Jacks because a) popcorn husks in your teeth b) peanuts – so the prospect of swapping out the peanuts for pretzels? Sign me up!

OH and I also had this moment of thought while sitting on the couch – the song “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” there is a line that says “buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks…” AREN’T THERE ALREADY PEANUTS IN THE CRACKER JACKS?! Lets change it to nachos or a giant pretzel or something – way less redundant.

Werther’s Caramel Corn is by no means new but it was the first time I had tried it. I was slightly disappointed by the lack of pretzels from the get go. This bag was a smaller bag (which is fine by me, I don’t need to eat a family sized portion) and only had 3 pretzels in there. BOO. One great thing about the pretzels were that they acted as a caramel catcher during the manufacturing process and they were completely caked in caramel. YUM.

The popcorn was nice and airy, and completely coated in caramel. There were brief moments where you could taste the sea salt but it was not a prominent player in the flavor game. Overall I really enjoyed this mix and could see myself buying this again however next time I will buy a small bag of pretzels too and mix the two together.

Found at AM/PM

May 21, 2018
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Haribo – Starmix

Posted in Candy

Good Morning Friends – Things are in full swing at work, so today is just a quicky little post. Haribo make some of if not the best gummy items in the entire universe in my opinion. I prefer my gummies to be on the chewier side vs the soft squishy side and Haribo always delivers. Somewhat recently they came out with the Starmix… mix. and I am all over it. And every time I think the word Starmix, I think of The Weeknd – Motherflippin Starmix.

A brief search shows that you can indeed get pretty much anything gummy in this mix. A lot of images show getting their egg gummies but mine contained no such sort.

My mix contained Twin Snakes, Friendship Rings, Cola Bottles, Happy Cherries, and their signature bears. I personally am not a fan of cola flavored things, so that works well for my coworker that enjoys them and often raids my desk drawers for food after hours – more for him. I honestly have never had the friendship rings (or really even knew they were a thing) but Twin Snakes and Happy Cherries? YES PLEASE. Also the idea of wearing a food kind of grosses me out. I know that its more of a kid thing ala candy necklaces, etc, but I am not into the idea of nomming a ring off my germy hands.

Overall this mix is delicious. I like that you get a little bit of everything because bags of gummy things never tend to last long and its nice to mix it up the flavors and offerings. Overall I really enjoy this mix (minus the cola bottles) and would buy it again. Hopefully next time I will get some of those eggs!

Found at Target

May 2, 2018
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S’mores Crunchers

Posted in Candy, Confectionaries

Good Morning Friends! If there is one thing that I am familiar with, it is impulsive buys at the check lanes of various stores. We will come back to this.

I try to mix up where I write so that it doesn’t become stale (heh food reference) and today I am tapping away at a Starbucks near my apartment. I just watched a woman meet another woman, and she brought the other woman a large Ziplock bag of what I believe to be fresh parsley or clovers from her front yard – I can’t tell but it seems like a weird gift offering for a breakfast date at Starbucks. Strange.

Back to the check lanes, I did a stint as a cashier at Target before getting promoted to the Grocery Manager there and one thing I would often do when I didn’t have any customers was organize all the check lane candy. I still do this when I stand in line at other stores, it’s just a habit I have. I also used to organize all the register impulse items when I worked for Hot Topic, so I am familiar with what scheming is going on here. Get that one last dollar before you leave, and I fall for it every time if they post up something new there. Gum? Yes please. Mints? Put it on my bill! Candy? SOLD.

When I was checking out at Walmart recently (probably buying all the mug cakes mentioned in the previous post – I have no shame) I found these tucked away at the bottom of the check lane. From the picture they reminded me somewhat of Bunch-a-Crunch. Do they even still make that? Quick Google search – yes, yes they do.

These are packaged in the same way that they Reese’s Crunchers, Hershey’s Crunchers, Cookies n’ Cream, etc. are packaged – small bag, similar to a bag of peanuts that you would find at a gas station, that you tear open and dump the entire contents in your mouth at one time.

Let’s just come out and say it. This looks like dry food you would feed to an animal. Visually its not great. For some reason the chocolate looks like at some point it was melted and then came back to solid giving it that ghosty light color. I thought maybe I inflicted this from a tight grip on the package for too long, but after looking at a few other reviews it appears that I am not alone based on their pictures. Upon first bite I had two simultaneous reactions – WOW this is sweet, and WOW I think I might have just cracked a tooth.

Between having two different graham offerings (why?) and the hard “marshmallow” pieces, this snack is next level “cruncher”. With the abundance of graham pieces you can definitely taste that, but to me it does not taste like a true S’more. The chocolate encapsulates EVERYTHING, which in turn overpowers everything. I think I would have liked this better had they broken the components up ala Goldfish cracker S’mores. I would have also liked to have seen something more similar to a Lucky Charms mallow used instead of the mallow pebbles used.

To me, this would best be served on vanilla ice cream or something of that nature, but other than that, not something I would buy again. I am glad I opted for the smaller bag that way I don’t feel the need to pawn it off on my poor coworkers.

Found at Walmart

April 29, 2018
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Peeps – Lemon Sherbet

Posted in Candy, Confectionaries

More Peeps. More Peeps. So many Peeps.

Sometimes I have a lot to say, this time however I do not. I had these stashed away in my office (I swear I actually work in my office, I don’t just store food in there) and decided that I was going to have one as a morning pick me up. Lemon flavored treats are a close second to my favorite lime flavored treats, so I thought I would have a little Peep redemption from the Neopolitan let down from a couple weeks ago.

Mehhhhhhh… When I think of sherbet I think of flavorful tart ice creamy treats and this was anything but. I found the flavor to be way underwhelming. It was way more faint that I expected, similar to drinking a glass of water that had a lemon in it for about 3 seconds before fishing it out. I was very disappointed by the lack of flavor. Much like the other Peeps, I did not like the texture of the creme fudge mixed with the mallow on the bottom.

I would have really punched up the flavor on these or made a plain Peep with a lemon filling/curd on the inside. I also think that they could have amped up the lemon flavor in the creme fudge if need be. Overall I was disappointed by these from a lemon standpoint. I think it would be nice to create a spring time flavor pack that has a few different citrus flavors in it and include this one. I however would not buy a pack of this flavor alone unless they revamped the flavoring.

April 24, 2018
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M&M’s – Orange Vanilla Cream

Posted in Candy, Confectionaries

When I see rumblings of a new product on the internet I never really get my hopes up of getting it any time soon. For some reason, Sacramento tends to be the snack food black hole and it takes us weeks if not months sometimes to get things that people in other states get on release dates. I saw these posted yesterday online and thought I would give it a shot, like I always do, and see if I could track them down.

I hoped in my car and made my way to the nearest Dollar General, which is where the confirmed sighting was said to be. There is however no confirmation that these are a Dollar General exclusive (like the Chicken flavored ramen Pringles, which I have still yet to try!) but I thought I would start with the last known location. I made my way inside and low and behold, an entire display of these bad boys greeted me, AT THE DOOR. YESSSSSS. I finished up my other errand and made my way back home.

Orange Creamsicles were a staple in my house growing up. Between those, the Mickey Mouse shaped chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars, and quarts of mint chip ice cream, we were stacked in the ice cream department. There was something so refreshing about an Orange Creamsicle on a hot day. For some reason, the older I got, the more I moved away from buying them, and as I got even older, I became lactose intolerant, so I never get to enjoy them. My hopes were that these M&M’s would bring back that childhood memory that I have not thought of in so long.

On first impression, I was sort of shocked how bright these were. I believe them to be the same color as the regular orange M&M’s but I think the stark contrast against the white M&M’s really made them stand out. They almost seemed dayglow orange. I could probably stop traffic with them.

I think one thing that would have been fun visually would be if they stamped the orange candies with outlines of an orange slice. Of course that doesn’t change anything about the candy whatsoever, it would be nice to have something fun to set them apart from regular ole M&M’s.

I grabbed a small handful, and ate one at a time. I was ready for artificial orange taste overload, but was pleasantly surprised. I was instantly transported back to my childhood with the flavor of these and I really feel that they completely nailed the ratio of vanilla and orange. The two flavors work well in unison and one does not overpower the other. The orange flavor does not taste like a household cleaner which sometimes happens when you get citrus flavored candies. It is both tart and sweet with vanilla undertones. Normally I am not really a fan of white chocolate, but I like these. One thing that I plan on doing is putting some in the fridge to see how they taste cold, as I really think that will give the full effect of having an orange cream ice cream.

For those of you who like orange flavored things, or like orange creamsicles but cannot eat them due to the same lame affliction of lactose intolerance like I have, I would totally recommend these. I hope they also consider coming out with an chocolate orange version as I think that would be absolutely delicious (especially if they do dark chocolate, YUM). These were totally worth the drive across town and I could see myself buying another bag if they stick around longer than a few weeks.

Found at Dollar General

April 14, 2018
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Limited Edition – Peeps Neopolitan

Posted in Candy, Confectionaries

Let’s start this off for those keeping score (tabs?) I did get tomato soup with a sourdough bread bowl for dinner last night and it was everything I ever dreamed of. Anyways. I was craving something chocolate at work and I searched my desk drawer high and low hoping that I had some tiny piece of chocolate tucked away for a day like today, but no luck. I remembered that I had these Peeps tucked away in my filing basket, don’t ask, and that while they are not entirely chocolate, they were partially chocolate and in a crisis, that will do.

You’d think I had enough with the Mystery Peeps, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

I purchased these a while back when the Easter stuff started initially setting in stores. I don’t really recall liking anything Neopolitan as I don’t really fancy flavors mixing together. I am also of the camp where I don’t enjoy my food in general touching. While I think that strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate all compliment each other, I feel that they have a time and a place? Want to know if you have strong feelings towards a flavor, discover yourself by writing a food blog.

 

I’ll start with that the pink is kind of a dusty pink, not the pink you are programmed to think of when you think of a pink Peep. Visually not my favorite thing. They are dipped in white chocolate and have a milk chocolate center. I personally did not care of the mixture of textures between the hardened white chocolate and the marshmallow portion. I thought that the milk chocolate was very underwhelming and as a total bite, I thought these were a total dud. I actually wish someone could have recorded my face standing at my desk when I abandoned all shame and took a gigantic bite only to be completely not satisfied with my life choices.

 

Maybe Neopolitan is not my jam, maybe these are just not that great, but personally I was not a fan. I only ate one before returning the remaining two chicks to their plastic-y home, probably to be pawned off on an unsuspecting coworker. I think I would have probably enjoyed these more if they were layered flavors of mallow like a true Neopolitan treat vs biting into a fluffy little mallow with chocolaty innards which if you didn’t know what you were in for, you would have thought they caught this mallow after a Thanksgiving feast. If you get that SUPER vague reference, we should be best friends.

April 3, 2018
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Limited Edition – Mystery Peeps 1, 2, & 3

Posted in Candy, Confectionaries

Happy Easter Fools y’all! Easter has never really been my thing – though the idea of an Easter egg hunt is a lot of fun. It really is my cup of tea, especially because I really enjoy geocaching. (if you don’t know what geogaching is, it’s pretty much people using coordinates to find tupperware in the woods, or you can click here to actually learn more about it. It is addicting though, don’t say I didn’t warn you) However, I can’t help but feel secretly judged, especially as an adult, when others are watching you hunt and staring at you like you’re an idiot as you pass over 10 eggs in your searching frenzy. April fools day is also not really my thing, as I feel most of the jokes that people find “funny” today are pretty uncouth. I don’t like being duped, and I don’t like being scared, so count me out in the prank party. I do however love the idea of Easter on April Fools Day, it just seems too perfect for so many reasons – mostly the memes. Give me all the memes.

ANYWAYS – another reason why I like Easter besides the Anxiety Egg Hunt is the free pass to eat as much candy as you want without having to have an inner dialogue with yourself. Kit Kat’s for breakfast? Sure! Swedish Fish for a snack? YEP. Peeps for supper? Ehhhh.. questionable.

Honestly I forgot I even bought these, and it wasn’t until I was tossing some stuff from my stash that I found them at the bottom of a reusable bag (heyyyy California!) While these Peeps have been out for some time, I feel like they are the perfect treat for today. Seasonable and slightly questionable. My kind of holiday…?

Before we get started, lets recap on previous year’s mystery flavors:
2017 brought us – maple syrup, blueberry, and grape slush
2016 brought us – chocolate milk, buttered popcorn, and sour cherry

Now don’t get me wrong, I love Peeps, but much like candy corn (another hated delicacy) they are only good in moderation. I really did not need 30 of these mystery flavor Peeps. I would settle for one package with one row each. Money I guess.

IF YOU HAVEN’T TRIED THESE AND DON’T WANT TO KNOW THE FLAVORS YET, STOP READING NOW

Flavor #1 – I immediately knew what this flavor was by the smell before I even tasted it. Root Beer. I had a brief moment of panic before tasting these where I questioned myself if I would remember what root beer tasted like since I gave up soda in 2005. Nope, I still remember, however the flavoring of these was very faint. They could have added a little more flavoring if you asked me.

Flavor #2 – I struggled slightly with this flavor, and got it half right. I thought it was lemon-lime (as did quite a few people on the internet apparently) but its just plain ole Lemonade. I wish that these would have had a little more tartness to them like a lemon curd vs the hint of flavoring. Much like flavor #1, I thought they really could have punched these up a bit in the flavor department.

Flavor #3 – I drew a total blank on this one. To me, it tasted like just a generic berry flavor, similar to cotton candy flavoring, but it turns out that these are Blue Raspberry. The flavoring in these were the most prominent of the three mystery flavors though definitely tasted the most artificial. I just had a brief thought that it would have been cool if somehow they turned your mouth blue, but then I remembered that if we are following this idea, then your mouth would be brown for flavor one and jaundice yellow for flavor two, this is why I think before I speak folks!

Of the three, I enjoyed flavor 2 the most, I think mostly because I like lemon flavored candy. Next year I hope they take a page out of the 2016 book and go a little more adventurous with their flavor choices. If I had to pick one of these to be a permanent Peep flavor, I would choose flavor 1, only because the only root beer thing I can think of out there are root beer barrels, and lets face it, those are reserved for grandma’s candy dish.

I hope everyone had a great Easter, and a not so prank filled April Fools Day. What mystery flavor would you like to see next year?

April 1, 2018
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Twizzlers – Filled Twists – Orange Cream Pop

Posted in A la carte, Candy

À la carte is a small little weekend feature that I am going to be adding to my site for items that I don’t feel warrant a full review.

If you didn’t catch yesterdays review of the Twizzlers Key Lime Pie – you should check it out! Hershey’s have created a handful of limited edition “Taste of state” that include classic candies like Kit Kat, Hershey’s, Reese’s, and Twizzlers to name a couple. If you read my Key Lime review you would know that I think that the land of licorice is a polarizing place – with some people loving Red Vines (such as myself), or Twizzlers (not me!), and rarely do you find someone that likes both. I would say orange anything ranks middle of the road for flavors that I enjoy. I don’t hate it, but it is definitely not my first choice when it comes to fruit flavored candy. I was also a bit conflicted by the fact that they chose orange for Florida and not California, but oranges are produced en masse in both states. Anywho, enough semantics.

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My experience with the Key Lime Twizzlers left me hopeful. Was I slowly being converted to the Twizzler masses? Like I said before orange isn’t exactly my favorite, but these ended up actually being somewhat decent. The Twizzler part was soft and chewy, unlike what I am used to when it comes to classic Twizzlers (ie: plastic) and the inside kind of reminded me of the orange Tootsie Rolls. If you haven’t tried the fruity Tootsie Rolls, get it on it! The lime and vanilla are my jam. I honestly thought these just tasted like orange filled orange Twizzlers instead of a Orange Cream Pop. For me it was missing that distinct vanilla ice cream flavor that I am used to when it comes to eating that tasty frozen treat. Overall if I had to choose, I would pick the lime, but to each their own. If you’re into orange flavored things, I would give them a go – though they are limited so pick them up while you can.

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Found at CVS Pharmacy

May 28, 2017
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À la carte – Twizzlers – Filled Twists – Key Lime Pie

Posted in A la carte, Candy

À la carte is a small little weekend feature that I am going to be adding to my site for items that I don’t feel warrant a full review.

I think there are two types of people in this world – people that like Twizzlers, and people that like Red Vines. Now I am not saying that someone does not exist that likes both, but I think that it would be like seeing a unicorn. I personally am of the Red Vines camp – however, I do not like any other flavor than the red. I think my hatred of Twizzlers stems back to being a child of the trick-or-treating age. I remember getting the small little two pack, and remembering how they tasted vaguely like cherry, and mostly like plastic. Since then, I have held on to my dislike of the little plastic-y straws. When I heard that they were going to be releasing two flavors of Twizzlers as part of the “Flavors of insert state here” I groaned quietly because of my distaste, but knew I had to at least try them, for science.

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I have mentioned before that my favorite fruit flavored candy is anything that is lime flavored, so I went into this with an open mind. I was hoping it would be something along the line of the Kazoozle/Sweet Tarts Rope, and I was some what right. The I also just realized while writing this review that no where on the front of package does Twizzlers call themselves licorice. Interesting. Anyways, the outside licorice portion is soft and chewy, unlike the normal texture of cherry Twizzlers, though I don’t think it has a ton of flavor. The inside of the Twizzler however I thought was really tasty. The texture reminded me slightly of one of those fruit flavored Tootsie Rolls. Though the lime definitely tastes a bit artificial, it still has the slight sour taste to it, and a very obvious lime flavor. Together, I do not feel like it tastes like Key Lime Pie, only because it is missing the flavor of the graham cracker. Overall, I might eat these again.

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May 27, 2017
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Trolli – Sour Gummi Crunchers

Posted in Candy

When it comes to sour gummy candy, there are pretty much two popular camps, Ferrara Candy Company (current makers of Trolli items)  and Mondelez International (makers of Sour Patch items). One could argue that Haribo would be part of this team as well, but when I think of them, my brain gravitates more towards classic gummy flavors (and the infamous Amazon reviews for the 5 pound bag of sugarless gummy bears). I’ve always pegged Trolli as the cooler older sibling to Mondelez when it comes to gummy shapes and flavors, opting for more adventurous ideas than its counterpart.

I usually give the candy aisle a brief scan when I am at the store, though usually you will find newer items on end caps, side caps, and check lanes, but occasionally you will be surprised. I spotted these and wasn’t sure if they were truly new but decided to go for them anyways. A quick search later netted me that they were some new, and off we went because I love anything gummy and anything sour.

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I was very surprised when I flipped the package over, begrudgingly, that the green flavor was not apple for once. THANK THE HEAVENS. I am about 99% positive that I am the only person on the planet that doesn’t care for apple flavored candy, and I still haven’t forgiven Skittles for swapping the lime for apple a few years ago. The flavors in this bag are strawberry, grape, lemon, and lime. I am pretty pleased that they opted for simple flavors instead of trying to fancy them up with SWEET AND SOUR SUMMER TIME STRAWBERRY BLASTER, or something to that effect. Does anyone even know what those flavors are supposed to taste like anyways?

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Grape – I won’t lie. I’m not a grape fan. To me, grape flavored items do not taste like grapes at all (same could be said for watermelon). The flavoring of the grape sour gummi cruncher started out like a Popsicle brand classic grape ice pop and rounded out in the end like a big spoon full of Dimatapp. Maybe I’m traumatized from drinking my body weight in Dimatapp as a child, but this flavor is a pass from me.

Strawberry – Red candy in general is my go to as I find it the safe bet. Usually its strawberry or cherry, and in my eyes, you can’t really go wrong with that. The strawberry sour gummi cruncher delivered exactly what was expected. Nothing over the top, nothing new and exciting, just that classic strawberry that many of us are used to.

Lemon – To not include lemon in the flavor mixture of sour candy seems almost criminal. This sour gummi cruncher reminded me exactly of the flavor of a Lemonhead (take a guess on who makes those tasty candies); a delicious mixture of sweet and sour. I remember buying a small cache of Lemonheads off the ice cream truck every weekend and still love them to this day.

Lime – Lime, hands down is my favorite fruit flavor when it comes to candy. The flavoring of this final gummi cruncher reminded me of the lime suckers you would get as a kid from places like banks. No branding, just straight sugar on a white paper stick in a clear plastic wrap. This flavor was my favorite out of the four, nearly tied with lemon for the sweet and sour tasty balance.

Overall I enjoyed these candies, though I am not sure if would eat an entire bag this size. The picture on the outside makes the candy look way more smooth than what they are on the inside. The texture has that rough gritty sour (citric acid I am assuming) coating that will rub your tongue and roof of your mouth raw if you eat too many. I was expecting more chewy than hard candy, but was surprised when I went for the chomp and nearly broke my teeth and jaw. The gummy inside is more of a gummy solid than a true gummy to me, and the entire mixture gets completely stuck in your teeth if you decide to chew the entire thing as a whole.




Found at Walmart for $3.00

April 17, 2017
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