Candy canes have to be probably one of my favorite Christmas candies out there. However, I will usually only buy them after Christmas when they go on super-clearance for 30 cents a box. Then I turn into a complete hoarder. I absolutely love mint flavored things. I enjoy honing a candy cane into a sharp spear that I envision poking someone with – but usually just end up poking myself. I also enjoy candy canes when they become somewhat stale and chewy.
This year however, the snack food fairy left these with the Sugar Cookie Peeps and Hot Cocoa 3 Musketeers. I really like Smarties (the American version). I have also been known to enjoy the tropical flavored Tums and Necco wafers on occasion, so this should come as a surprise to no one. In 2006 I went to Canada and got a McFlurry for my friend at McDonald’s. Wait, reverse. I did not go to Canada just to get my friend a McFlurry – I was there on a 2 week vacation. He asked me to get him a Smarties McFlurry. I watched as they made it and was confused when they dumped chocolate chunks into the soft serve ice cream. Where was the chalky candy I was used to? After confronting the McDonald’s staff – and making myself look like a huge ass, I found out that there is a chocolate candy indeed named Smarties. CONFUSING. But this is not the case with these candy canes – Smarties plus candy cane? Could be good.
I was curious how these would capture the flavor of Smarties as they each have their own individual flavor. None of them are overpowering by any means, but there is a distinct taste between all of them. The white ones are my favorite. I practically shoved the candy cane up my nose attempting to smell these – but alas, I was left without any clues as to what I would be sampling. I took a small bite and was greeted with a cherry? fruit punch? something? flavor. I wasn’t sure if the candy cane was going to have a dynamic flavor throughout to compliment the different flavors in the button sized rolled candy. I took a few more bites and decided that these candy canes taste like a cherry Sucrets, talk about a disappointment. I managed to convince myself to eat half of the candy cane before ditching it in the trashcan because I couldn’t tolerate the flavor any longer. Luckily I had some real Smarties in my stash to pacify my woes.
Texture: 4/5 – Has the normal texture of a candy cane. No gritty, chalky, sandy texture to be found.
Smell: 0/5 – Completely non-existent.
Appearance: 5/5 – The colors sort of matched the colors of a roll of Smarties. I would say the choices were visually appealing and I kind of want to invent spring time candy canes so that I can look at these. I guess I could just hold onto them until April and then I would have springtime candy canes.
Taste: 1/5 – These were not good. Sometimes my brain tried to trick me into thinking they were fruit punch, but really, they were just a cough drop in a candy cane shape. Reserve these as Christmas tree decorations.