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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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Oreos – Limited Edition – Firework

Posted in Cookies

If any snack food had to be chosen that has been going completely crazy with new flavors (minus ice cream, because we know Halo Top has been going wild) Nabisco/Oreo could take the cake cookie. I had mixed feelings when I heard that they were launching these Firework Oreos because how do popping candies work in a solid creme filling?

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I am of the Oreo camp that likes to twist open the cookie and eat the creme then the cookie pieces. While I totally see why others are on the other side of the fence (some flavors are best enjoyed as a full bite) I feel like the only way to enjoy this cookie is by eating the creme separately. In fact I feel like the best way to enjoy the popping candy is to eat the creme in teeny tiny little baby bites because other than that, it’s just crunchy bland flavored creme.

As crazy as this sounds, I think I would have enjoyed this flavor with golden cookies vs the standard chocolate. I feel a bit like a traitor saying that, but it’s true. Overall this cookie is pretty middle of the road for me. I would have liked to have more popping candy action, and a more distinct flavor. If I were to pick up Oreos again, I would just grab a package of the ole classic standby, not to mention this package is smaller than the standard size but still the same price. Womp Womp.

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Found at Walmart

May 11, 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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Peeps // Red Velvet // Limited Edition

Posted in Confectionaries

Well well well…

Hey friends! Who’s ready for some tasty holiday reviews? I have been on a rather long hiatus – actually I have no idea how I’ve managed to go nearly a year without posting – where does the time go? Oh yeah – work.

So with the onset of the holidays – which I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving if you are into that sort of thing – we get an array of delicious holiday flavored… things! I feel like as a child, Peeps were originally just an Easter food, but it seems that there is now a Peep for every holiday, which I’m totally okay with because I love these tasty little marshmallow dollops.

Red velvet is something I’ve personally never really been into. Don’t get me wrong, I like the flavor, but I feel like most red velvet cakes that I have eaten have been way too dry, not to mention that its pretty customary for them to have cream cheese frosting, while tasty, doesn’t usually agree with my lactose intolerant old lady body. What is red velvet anyways?

a rich cocoa-flavored cake with a distinctive reddish color, typically prepared as a layer cake with buttercream or cream cheese icing.

Wow thanks internet! So, red… chocolate. Got it.

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First bite was okay. They tasted like cocoa to me – which is pretty much what I was expecting. I think what I found the most disappointing was the fact that they were dipped in cream flavored fudge, which tasted nothing like cream cheese or buttercream frosting. I think that had the fudge been flavored more, that it would have really sold this flavor for me, but honestly I was pretty underwhelmed. White fudge in general to me tastes kind of generic and cheap, and I feel like even a slight addition of butter flavor to the fudge would have changed the flavor profile to more align with that of Red Velvet and not a tuxedo hot chocolate.

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Texture: 4/5 – In general, I love the texture of Peeps. I think the sanding sugar on the outside mixed with the fluffy mallow on the inside makes for the best combination of just a little crunchy. If you like sand in your food. Which apparently I do.

Smell: 3.5/5 – These smell of cocoa when you open the package, but something about it seems slightly off. I can’t put my finger on it, but it just doesn’t smell overly appealing.

Appearance: 5/5 – I think out of all of the holiday Peeps (bird version) that these are the prettiest. The deep red sanding sugar makes me think of velvet and I like how they are slightly mixed into the white fudge dip at the bottom.

Taste: 3/5 – These were okay. The cocoa flavor is there, but not overly present, and when you take a bite with the cream flavored fudge on the bottom, its completely lost. As I said previous, I think that had the fudge been more cream cheese flavor, that it would have paired with the cocoa flavoring better versus completely steamrolling over it. I don’t foresee myself buying these again.

Purchased at Target

If you want to see what other Peep reviews I have done – check them out here!

December 1, 2015
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Angie’s – Spooky Candy Corn Flavored Kettle Corn

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… no it’s not Christmas, it’s Halloween time! Halloween is my most favorite holiday of the entire year. This is the time of the year that I find things in stores that I consider every day decor not to mention candy galore! I love candy corn, but rarely eat it outside of this time of the year. I am also somewhat of a candy corn purist, forget that harvest corn mix and chocolate corn and all of the other corns, give me the plain jane, ole stand by candy corn. Kettle corn on the other hand is not something that I can only enjoy in the fall. There is a local outdoor auction/farmers market that has a vendor that makes kettle corn that is absolutely divine. The thought of combining a sweet and salty treat with delicious candy corn sounds like a match made in heaven.

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I really like the design of the bag, but the popcorn pictured on the outside of the bag is slightly misleading. I cracked open the bag and was immediately greeted with the sweet smell of candy corn. I’m not going to lie, this stuff smells SO good. But like I mentioned before, it didn’t really look like the picture on the outside of the bag. I was expecting fluffy kernels of corn drizzled in flavor but was met with a bag of bits and pieces. Despite the bag of popcorn crumbles, I pressed on and took a bite. WOW – I knew nothing good was going to come of this. The popcorn was slightly sweet and slightly salty with a nice overtone of sweetness from the drizzle. I don’t know if I would describe the flavor of the drizzle as candy corn, but more like cake frosting, but either way, it was really good.

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I also noticed that my bag of popcorn seemed to be a little overcooked, borderline burnt. This would please my Mom greatly as she loves her popcorn charred, but I don’t think that it impacted the taste much. The flavoring on the popcorn is really melty and my bag was one giant popcorn ball when I opened it. I adopted this fancy fingertip bag holding technique that I used while enjoying this snack to keep the body heat from my hands from melting it even more.

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Texture : 3/5 – The popcorn in this bag was slightly  stale tasting. I think this was partially from the coating on the popcorn that made it moist. Also, HUSK city. So many popcorn kernel husks.

Smell : 5/5 – This smells so good. I would wear this as a perfume if I could.

Appearance : 2/5 – This is solely based on the appearance on the outside of the package vs the appearance of the actual popcorn itself. My bag lacked the fluffy kernels that were pictured on the outside.

Taste : 4/5 – This treat is delicious. If it was available year round at Target, I would most likely buy it semi-regularly. The combination of sweet and salty popcorn and the sweet drizzle makes for a great snack when you can’t figure out which to choose. My only complains are that my popcorn was a little overcooked and the drizzle was REALLY melty. Licking your hand isn’t exactly the most cute thing to do in the world while eating a bag of popcorn, but its just that good.

October 7, 2013
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Klondike Caramel – The Candy!

Posted in Candy

For most of my years of employment I have worked in a various form of retail. I know the tricks of the trade to make consumers buy things, product placement, if I’m really getting a deal on that item that is on sale, etc. One thing that was ingrained into my brain during the beginning years of my retail life was the saying “Eye level is buy level!” My old district manager used to say that as some sort of retail chant that would take him to sales heaven. It has always stuck with me, and to this day I still joke about it. But! There is some truth to this mantra. The items that stores want you to buy are often put in the middle sections of the aisles. Why do they put all the bad for you food at kids eye level? Because they know that as soon as the child sees the brightly packaged food, they HAVE to have it. So where am I going with this?

I spotted these candy morsels on the very bottom shelf, slightly pushed aside in the check out line of Walmart the other day. I’m sure you know the ole saying “What would you doooOOOooo for a Klondike bar?” Want the truth? Not much. I honestly don’t care for Klondike bars because I don’t like the chocolate they use on the outside of their perfectly square ice creams, although I will eat the hell out of a Choco Taco. I was not expecting to find these tucked away on a bottom shelf, but in the more predominate section of the candy section, but I guess they haven’t been jumped into the gang yet.

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Now I find it a little weird that they had to proclaim ‘The Candy!’ on the outside of the package. Were they concerned that if they put a box of these on the shelf without the warning that someone would think that stores were trying to sell thawed ice cream at checkout stands? I was slightly apprehensive about buying these because of my dislike of their ice cream, but I figured that at less than a dollar, what have I got to lose?

As I was putting groceries away I completely forgot that I purchased these, shows the lasting impression they made eh? But I was excited to try them because I like caramel a lot. I tend to shy away from caramel because I have 16 fillings in my mouth, and the thought of yanking one out is enough to make me pass up the treat entirely, but a girl wants what a girl wants, right?

I opened the package and was… expecting a little more. Literally. I’m not sure why I was expecting more, the package is not very big, but the pieces were about the size of.. the middle of a nickel and a quarter. quickel. I bit into one of the pieces and was surprised. The caramel was buttery and soft and the chocolate was okay. Note that on the package it says chocolate flavored coating. It could be wax for all I know. The coating still reminded me of the outside of a Klondike bar, but the ratio of chocolate coating to caramel is quite small, so you hardly taste it.

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Texture : 4/5 – The texture of this candy is nice. The caramel is smooth and chewy, and the chocolate coating is not bad. It could be worse, it could be coated in Palmers chocolate – gaaaa-ross.

Smell : 3/5 – The smell of the candy before you bite into has a noticeable chocolate smell. Nothing spectacular.

Appearance : 3/5 –I get that they were modeling the appearance of these after their famed ice cream treat, but they were pretty lack luster in the appearance department. They had that nice white film that chocolate gets when it is old, but my guess is that it was probably from being frozen or refrigerated during transport vs age.

Taste : 3/5 –These were OK – but they are no Rolo. I really enjoyed the caramel in the middle. I tend to like my caramel more on the chewy side vs the gooey side, so these worked out nicely. Due to the size of the candy, the chocolate coating wasn’t overpowering like I was expecting it to be. I could take or leave these. One thing that I do wish that they would have done is done a no frills wrapping on each chocolate piece so I did not feel obligated to eat the entire package because I didn’t want to scrounge around for a bag to put the others in, but that’s just me.

So what would YOU do for a Klondike bar? Or candy?

October 1, 2013
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Skittles – Darkside

Posted in Candy

Hello!

I hope everyone is doing well this fine eve – I myself am taking a trip to the darkside. No, no, I am not watching a marathon of the Star Wars flicks and contemplating who I would use the force grip on, I am enjoying Skittles new offering Darkside Skittles. Skittles has a few incarnations that I really enjoy, the classic and the tropical being my favorite, but according to this package, I am about to embark on a trip to the other side of the rainbow. (I though the other side of the rainbow was the same as the beginning, who knew!)

You may have noticed a small little cat face poking out behind the package of Skittles, that would be Jimothy and he refused to occupy himself while I attempted to take a picture – I guess I have a new assistant.

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So what flavors you ask compose the flavors of the darkside? Pomegranate, dark berry, midnight lime, forbidden fruit, and blood orange. So what you’re telling me Skittles is that you came up with a new flavor and rebranded the rest to make them spooooooky. I also though the release of these seemed a little mistimed – Halloween would have been a better gimmick, no? Anyways, like a moth to a flame, I couldn’t help myself and may or may not have devoured the entire bag in one sitting. Dear Internet, riddle me this…

How do you eat your various colored candies?

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Personally? I organize them by color and then eat them based on flavor preference, starting with my least favorite first. In the event that there is no difference in flavor vs colors (i.e. M&Ms) I organize them by color and eat them based on color preference, starting with my least favorite – which is brown in case you were wondering.

I started with blood orange, since I am not a huge fan of orange flavored things. They were OK – I noticed no difference in flavor than from the regular Skittles. Next I moved on to the forbidden fruit. What is a forbidden fruit anyways? According to the Bible, its an apple, but these are definitely not apple flavored. I did not care for whatever fruit flavor this was as it was a tad bit soapy. Next we have dark berry, which tasted like your standard nondescript berry flavored mixture, leaving you to wonder which berry it actually is. Pomegranate followed, which I also thought tasted a slight bit soapy as well. Finally we have midnight lime. Lime flavored candies are probably my favorite when it comes things not consisting of chocolate, so I always save it for last. These also tasted like the standard lime flavor that you would find in a regular Skittles bag.

Overall, I think that this mixture is not bad, but I think the flavors could have been a little more adventurous, considering what Jelly Belly can do with a jelly bean. So far the only place that I have spotted these have been in the checkout lines at my local Target.

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Texture: 3/5 – There is nothing different about these texture wise than a regular bag of Skittles. If you have never sampled Skittles before, they have a hard candy shell with a chewy inside.

Smell: 3/5 – The bag smelled like a fruit mixture with a LOT of sugar added in.

Appearance: 3/5 – The colors used reminded me of a mixture of the tropical Skittles and the Skittles Riddles. Want to up the ante? Make the entire bagful black and make me guess and what I am eating – thats a little bit of evil right there.

Taste: 3/5- Overall I thought the collection was OK. Like I said above, I do not think that the flavors used were extremely imaginative, as most of them were just their standard flavors given new names, but I would buy them again… If I couldn’t find a bag of Tropical.

January 22, 2013
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Peanut Butter Cup Showdown!

Posted in Candy

In honor of the three day weekend I have this weekend, I thought I would do a taste test between three different peanut butter cups. I have had the Unjunked peanut butter cups for a couple weeks, and picked up the Sunspire ones tonight while at the store searching for some chips to enjoy for an all night Netflix marathon of GI Joe, Star Trek, and Rainbow Brite.

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I figured I would start with the ole’ standby – Reese’s. I absolutely love chocolate and peanut butter together. Its like Hall and Oates, Simon and Garfunkel, She & Him – they just go together. My Reese’s peanut butter cup was nothing short of amazing. The chocolate was nice and smooth, and the peanut butter had just the right amount of sweetness.

Next up were the Unjunked Unreal77 peanut butter cups – Now if you have been following my blog at all, I reviewed the Unjunked chocolate candy pieces, and they were not good. I was hoping that the addition of chocolate to the mix would help spice things up, I was wrong. The chocolate outside was not bad, but the peanut butter? Good grief. It was a weird chalky powerdy peanut butter mixture inside that had the faint taste of peanuts. What have they done to the beloved peanut butter cup? I saw on a couple of blogs that people had planned to give these out to kids trick-or-treating, WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS?! I would have rather had pennies or a walnut dropped into my pillowcase instead of this atrocity.

Finally with hopes that I could finish off on a good note, I sampled the Sunspire peanut butter cups. Like the Unjunked, they use nothing artificial in their candy, and I was concerned that I would be faced with the same gross flavor again. These cups are slightly smaller than the other two, about the size of a half dollar. But they make up for the lack of size by giving you three in the package instead of two.

I popped the whole thing in my mouth, figuring that I would go big or go home, and was pleasantly surprised. The chocolate was smooth, as was the peanut butter, unlike the peanut butter used in a Reese’s, which can be gritty at times. If you had told me that these were all natural and contained nothing artificial, I wouldn’t believe you. I think the biggest problem I have with companies trying to create healthy candy alternatives is that they don’t even attempt to make it taste good. I’m sorry, I’ll sacrifice a few calories, a few grams of sugar in my diet, and a few grams of fat to eat something I actually enjoy as a treat instead of trying to convince myself that the “candy” I’m eating doesn’t taste like pencil shavings.

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Texture:

  • Reese’s: 3/5 – The chocolate on the Reese’s is always smooth, but its a hit and miss sometimes when it comes to how gritty the peanut butter is on the inside.
  • Unjunked: 1/5 -The chocolate on the outside was OK, but the powdery peanut butter inside made it practically inedible. Infact, the second cup made it right into the trash can.
  • Sunspire: 5/5 – The chocolate and peanut butter were both incredibly smooth which made for an enjoyable taste.

Smell:

  • Reese’s: 3/5 – The immediate smell I encountered when opening the packaging was peanut butter, not similar to a jar of peanut butter, but fake peanut butter.
  • Unjunked: 2/5 – The only smell that I found present was that of the peanut butter powder. It reminded me of the smell of a peanut butter chocolate Power Bar. Peanut-y but slightly medicinal.
  • Sunspire: 4/5 – I was greeted with the smell of rich chocolate when I took a nice whiff of the packaging of these candies.

Apperance:

  • Reese’s: 3/5 – It never fails that I seem to get Reese’s that have some sort of appearance problem. In the case of the one that I had this time, the peanut butter was not covered completely.
  • Unjunked: 4/5 – I thought that the Unreal stamp on the peanut butter was pretty cool. Despite so far not enjoying anything from their product line,  I really enjoy their packaging.
  • Sunspire: 2/5 – Nothing spectacular about these, I wish that it would have had a more polished look by having a smooth top, but thats just me being a snob.

Taste:

  • Reese’s: 4/5 – Normally Reese’s is my go to candy when I am craving chocolate and peanut butter together. If I had to choose one candy to eat for the rest of my life, it would be these.
  • Unjunked: 1/5 – Not good. I see what they are trying to do, and its just not working. The omission of certain ingredients with the mission to make it healthier has left it tasting almost inedible in my book.
  • Sunspire: 5/5 – Totally out of nowhere with this one. I was expecting them to be OK because they were all natural, but these were EXTREMELY good. I also like the fact that they are reasonably priced (just a dollar at Bel-Air!) for being a healthier alternative. If you are looking for a tasty treat that won’t completely kill your waistline and is not chalked full of preservatives and processed ingredients, pick these up, you won’t be disappointed.

So in closing I would rank these three peanut butter cups in the following order: 1) Sunspire, 2) Reese’s, and 3) Unjunked.

I hope you all have a great 3 day weekend and thank you to all the veterans and active duty personnel (who will one day be veterans) for all they have done to allow me to speak my mind freely.

November 11, 2012
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