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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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Extra Dessert Delights – Rainbow Sherbet

Posted in Candy, Confectionaries

Aloha! No I’m not in Hawaii, but I thought I would mix it up a bit. I consider myself an avid gum chewer. I have always liked gum, even as a kid. I ran the gamut of flavors before settling in on one my favorite gums, Original Trident. I know that this is kind of an old school gum, but honestly the flavor is nothing like anything else on the market and I like it. So there. However, I do occasionally mix it up and like fruit flavored gums. Of all of the different flavors that Extra has put out recently with their Dessert Delights line, the Rainbow Sherbet appeared to be the least disgusting of them. Who wants to eat apple pie gum, or key lime pie, or any of the other odd flavors they chose. Not me.

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(don’t worry, the fuzzy blue stuff under the package of gum is not mold, its the background to my cupcake tattoo)

I imagined that this gum would taste similar to popping a few sticks of Fruit Stripes Gum into your mouth. I absolutely loved that gum as a kid and when I found it recently on a grocery store shelf, I was pretty excited. I am also pretty sure that the package of gum had been made when the original production was happening with Fruit Stripes, as it was a bit stale, BUT IT CAME WITH TONGUE TATTOOS. Excuse me, I am easily amused. And keeping on with the amusing gum tales, when I was a kid I was convinced that I would be able to sleep with gum in my mouth and not have it get in my hair while I was sleeping. Despite my Mother’s urging not to, I defied her and hit the pillow for a night of rest, gum tucked into my cheek. Flash forward a couple of hours to me waking up in horror that not only had the gum mangled itself in my hair, it was stuck from my hair to my Ariel nightgown. It was a total tragedy – needless to say, I have not intentionally slept with gum in my mouth since then.

The package of gum smells kind of like an Orange Creamsicle. Citrus and vanilla mixed together to make an extremely yummy treat. So far I was sold on this gum as being a possible contender to add to the mix of my rotation of gums. I unwrapped a stick, slightly disappointed that it was not swirled with the colors for Rainbow Sherbet but just a plain pinkish red. Womp Womp. I popped the stick in my mouth and began to chew. I… I don’t even know how to describe this flavor. It kind of tastes like the bubblegum amoxicillin that you used to get as a kid mixed with fruit and kind of… minty? It is bad. If you can get past the inital flavor shock, it kind of tastes like Juicy Fruit gum. Kind of.

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Texture: 3/5 – Nothing fancy about this gum. No flavor crystals, or weird flavor burst orbs or whatever else shenanigans that gum and mint companies keep trying.

Smell: 5/5 – YOU ARE DECEIVING. This gum smells really good.

Appearance: 2/5 – As I touched on above, I was rather disappointed that the gum did not have all of the colors of sherbet. Plain pinkish red? That’s all you can throw at me?

Taste: 1/5 – No. Just no. This gum is not good at all. If you make it the 2 minutes or so of chewing before spitting this gum out, you’ll lose the flavor all together in the gum. So if you like chewing on flavorless rubber for a while, pick up a pack of this and you’ll be set, provided you can get past the initial gross value. Dessert Delight? More like Dessert Nightmare. Extra? stick to mint gum.

December 10, 2012
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Ice Cream Oreos: Rainbow Shure,Bert!

Posted in Cookies

A little blast from the past from my blog at pyropixie.net until I can get everything straightened out over here!

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This week we sample: Ice Cream Oreos: Rainbow Shure,Bert!

It’s no secret that Richard and I are total snack food junkies. Rarely do we walk down an aisle at a store and find something we haven’t tried, but that doesn’t stop us from looking. Last night during a spur of the moment dash to the Wal of Marts for today’s lunch, we spotted these little babies on an endcap. Snack foodie protip # 375 – always check the endcaps. Both of us have worked in grocery retail for a while (I currently do not anymore). Vendors will often either pay to be on prime endcaps or beg department leads for space for new product. Simply hiding it down the aisle doesn’t move units, thus rarely you see new product thrown directly in the home location from the beginning.

Richard and I love all things Oreo, and between the two of us, have tried every flavor that has been produced. You would have thought someone said there was one million dollars stashed inside of one of the packages if you had witnessed how big our eyes got and how quickly we both snatched up a bag last night. Richard was so excited that he even grabbed the wrong ones – sucker! Creamsicle Oreos for you! After grabbing a few other goodies in the store and perusing the toy department for anything interesting (which is almost just as bad as the junk food addiction, if you’ve read any of my previous Toy Thursday blogs) we headed out to the car. These babies didn’t even make it out of the parking lot before being torn open. Being the gentleman that he is, Richard offered me the first one out of the bag, and our conversation followed as such:

Richard: mmmmm…. this smells really good, I could smell this forever.

me: mmmmm… it smells really citrus-y.

Richard: mmmmm….

me: *pops whole Oreo into mouth* The flavor is really underwhelming. (please note I said this with a mouth full of Oreo, always the lady).

Richard: Yeah I was expecting more of a sher-berty… taste.

me: the flavor is really light, like I could eat a whole bag and not even realize it vs. other ones that is so sugary the guilt sets in after #4 or so. At least they taste better than the Berry Blast Oreos. (note: I argued that the filling of the Berry Blast Oreo tasted fake, hi, has anyone ever looked on the back of the package? the whole damn thing is fake.)

Richard contests that golden Oreos are more of his preference because according to him “The golden cookies, are like a blank canvas, you can have a sugar cookie, or an orange cookie, or Neapolitan cookie. Chocolate cookies already have a flavor to them and there is only so much you can do with the chocolate ones.” Then he proceeded to call himself a white pride activist. That last part is true in the sense that he said it, but untrue in the sense that he does not think that. He also prefers his chocolate items to be “moist”, such as cake, a candy bar, etc. Chocolate cookies are too dry dammit.*

*I may or may not have paraphrased some of that last paragraph. When he speaks, so much awesome comes out that I can hardly keep up on the keyboard, and this is why I keep threatening to record some of our conversations.

I prefer chocolate cookies myself. Give me the ole classic Oreo. Call me a creature of habit, but I will always go back to the old stand by. My package of Shure, Bert! Oreos will probably last me a week or two, but Richard’s on the other hand is probably already gone. If they were the classic version, I would have probably had the entire thing for breakfast, but instead I settled for honey mustard pretzels. Breakfast of Champions I say!

Conclusion: We would probably buy these again. And again…

Appearance:
Richard: 4/5 – looks well done, not messy and all over the place, appealing. would add another color to the frosting as the pink and green frosting is misleading, making you think that you are going to have a watermelon like treat.
Erin: 3/5 – i like the colors, but agree that the two colors does not give me the feeling of eating sherbet, where is the orange?!

Consistency:
Richard: 4/5 – very consistent with great taste. I don’t know. sure.
Erin: 3/5 – I prefer the cream in Oreos to be a little more firm so that when I twist them apart – my preferred method of eating Oreos, the cream stays on one side. When I twist these apart the cream will lift and trick me into thinking that its going to split in two, which totally bums me out.

Smell:
Richard: 3/5 – I wish there was more of a citrus burst. I don’t even know what I’m saying right now.
Erin: 5/5 – Yeah I said, these babies smell good!

Taste:
Richard: 4/5 – It tastes like sherbet, but I feel like the cookie dulls or takes away from the sherbet-y taste.
Erin: 4/5 – I agree with Richard that the flavor is a bit weak when combined with the Oreo. All alone its pretty delish.

October 20, 2012
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