Archive for the ‘Bulk Candy Reviews’ Category

I’m in Love With Mary Jane(s)

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 by Jon
This is a paper cut out advertisement for Mary Janes and one of the oldest candy advertisements in our collection!

This is a paper cut out advertisement for Mary Janes and one of the oldest candy advertisements in our collection!

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 10

Convenience: 10

Novelty: 10

Overall: 9

I’m in love with Mary Jane.
She’s my main thing.
She makes me feel alright.
She makes my heart sing.

This Mary Jane I am referring to could be Spiderman’s woman or a certain plant, but instead it is NECCO’s classic peanut buttery, molasses flavored, chewy rectangle.

It all began with Charles H. Miller and his three sons. The Millers started a small candy manufacturing business in Boston in 1884. The building in which this business blossomed from was Paul Revere’s house until 1800. (For those who haven’t been to history class any time in the last decade: In 1775 Paul Revere made the famous ride from Boston to Lexington to warn the people in the countryside that the British were coming.)

In 1914 after Charles had died and the Miller boys had taken full responsibility of the family business, the Mary Janes hit the market. The candy was named after their favorite aunt, Susan. Just kidding, her name was Mary Jane.

The Miller Company tried its best to create variations of the Mary Jane, but all paled in comparison to the original. The Miller Company tried its best to manufacture other popular candies, but again, they all paled in comparison to the Mary Jane. Eventually, after failed attempts at variety, Mary Jane was the only candy that the Miller Company produced.

NECCO was lucky to take control of the Mary Jane in 1990, as Mary Jane is a poster child of the New England Confectionary Company. Nostalgia blooms when we talk about our love for Mary Jane.

Sources:

http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/friday/maryjane.htm

Squirrel Nut Zippers Caramels’ Uniqueness Compels

Thursday, June 24th, 2010 by Jon
Squirell Nut Zippers occupy a unique place in candy history as they are one of the older candies still available

Squirell Nut Zippers occupy a unique place in candy history as they are one of the older candies still available

Sharability: 9

Denture Danger:  8

Convenience: 10

Novelty: 9

Overall: 7

 Squirrel Brands Salted Nut Company began in 1899. It changed hands and it changed locations, but the squirreliness never diminished. The company supplied chewy candies and salted and roasted peanuts to not only the general public of candy lovers, but also to the armed forces. In 2004 the Squirrel Nut Company took it’s last ownership change as it fell into the hands of NECCO.

 The Squirrel Nut Caramel Candy is an individually wrapped rectangle of soft caramel with small pieces of peanuts mixed in for a slight crunch. The caramel is not as sticky as most caramels and thus does not annoyingly get stuck into the crevasses of your teeth.

Chocolate Squirrel caramel was the original flavor for the Squirrel Brands caramels. The caramels are a classic and are unique, and with that said, the candy need not be the tastiest candy in the land to be worthy of purchase.
Sources:

http://www.necco.com/OurBrands/AdditionalBrands.asp#BrandID15

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squirrel_nut_caramel

Spearmint Leaves and Anise Bears: Flavors Removed From Their Natural Habitat

Thursday, May 27th, 2010 by Jon
Anise Bears and Spearmint Leaves are beloved candy classics

Anise Bears and Spearmint Leaves are very popular chewy candies and this blog discusses the merits of each!

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 8

Convenience: 6

Novelty: 5

Overall: 7

 These two sugar coated gummy candies each have their own distinct personality. The spearmint leaves are as green as the newest summertime grass and have the mojito flavor while the anise bears are brown and have the pungent licorice type flavor.

 These two flavors are representatives of plants that grow from the ground. Anise, Pimpinella anisum, is a flowering plant that is native to the Southwest Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean region and the taste (as well exemplified in these large gummy bears) is similar to that of fennel, tarragon, and of course, licorice.

 The spearmint leaves that dance around mojito glasses come from the Spearmint, Mentha spicata plant, native to Europe and Southwest Asia. It was first discovered in 1843 as it invaded the Great Lakes area.

 These tastes are invasive to the plastic bag where you can buy them in bulk, but provide a taste that you can imagine is coming from their natural habitat.

 Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anise

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mentha_spicata

The Cool Kidz discover a classic twist on Smarties

Friday, May 21st, 2010 by Jon
The Cool Kidz discover a candy that turns into gum called Bubble Gum Smarties!

The Cool Kidz discover a candy that turns into gum called Bubble Gum Smarties!

Hey guys!

 I know you have heard of smarties, but have you heard of smarties bubblegum? Didn’t think so. I didn’t either.

Most people have tasted the original smarties candy that comes in rolls. They are artificially fruit flavored candies that are pastel colored, and around the size of a tablet. But have you had smarties bubblegum? It’s the same thing, and packaged the same way, however once the delectable candy is chewed, it miraculously turns into bubblegum! Who knew!

If you are a fan of bubblegum you should definitely give these a try, however a quick warning: they loose their flavor moderately fast so make sure to have a couple extra by your side. If you are not a fan of bubblegum you should at least give the original smarties candy a try, as they are a popular original.

“Last night I had the strangest dream I ever dreamed before. I dreamed the world had all agreed to put an end to war” – Simon and Garfunkle; Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream

Peace & Love,
The Cool Kidz

For the Love of Mother Nature, We Bring You: Chocolate Earth Balls

Thursday, May 20th, 2010 by Jon
Chocolate Earth Balls

Chocolate Earth Balls are a celebration of chocolate and the planet!

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 5

Convenience: 9

Novelty: 9

Overall: 9

 Although posted a bit late, in the spirit of Earth Day which falls in April,  these earth chocolate balls are just perfect as they are for everyday snacking.

But, you think to yourself, earth day has passed, thus so has my desire for these earth balls. And that is where you are wrong, my friend. I have recently realized that the celebration of the earth is not just one day, it is not just one week, or one month, or one year, but every day is Earth Day, every moment is Earth Moment, for if the earth did not exist, neither would we.

 So my fine people, I call to you to spread the love of the earth. Let these earth balls be a catalyst to conversation about our earth and Mother Nature and everything she has done for us and continues to do for us. And maybe, just maybe we can turn our destructive cycle of living into a productive one, and thus make our earth, the only planet we know of that supports life (our life), sustainable. On a sustainable planet future generations will have the opportunity and the joy to experience the wonders of nature that we have taken for granted for so many years.

 Happy Earth Life.

The Cool Kidz review Farley and Sathers, Now and Laters

Monday, May 17th, 2010 by Jon
The Cool Kidz review a tasty treat called Now & Laters

No time is better than the present and thus the Cool Kidz have decided to review a favorite candy NOW as opposed to LATER

Now and Laters  are fruit flavored sucking candies which were first produced by the Phoenix Candy Company in 1962 but are no made by  Farley’s &Sathers Company.

Originally, the slogan “Eat some now. Save some for later” was written on the wrapper; however, it was replaced by their new motto “Hard ‘n fruity now and soft ‘n chewy later.”

These delicious candies, which currently come in twenty-four flavors, can be found in packages of three or six. They were initially blue, green and red. 

We recently tried the red, (cherry, and our personal favorite) green, (apple) yellow, (banana) and purple (grape). Overall, we love these tasty treats, but let us know what you think.

“Say ‘I am’ say ‘I am wonderful” – Wonderful; Gary Go

Peace & Love,
The Cool Kidz

Cows Dairy Butter Toffee and Assorted Flavors, Which One Do You Favor?

Friday, May 14th, 2010 by Jon
Jersey Butter Toffee Cows

Sherwood Brands Jersey Butter Toffee Cows are a tasty treat!

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 10

Convenience: 10

Novelty: 4

Overall: 6

 Sherwood Brand Toffee straight from the dairy of a cow, or at least the name implies so, has the original butter toffee flavor, and an assorted mix of vanilla flavored filled butter toffee, coffee flavored filled butter toffee and chocolate mint butter toffee. The assorted flavors are indeed in a particular order, ranging from worst to best.

 My father has told me to try my best to not bash candies in my blogs because even if I think the candy is horrible there are bound to be people out there who have fundamentally different taste buds than I do and think that terrible candies taste good.

With that said, I can’t resist bashing the vanilla filled butter toffee cow candy. It is not often that a candy is so bad that (1) it causes an uncontrollable grimace and (2) I can’t force myself to swallow it and resort to spitting it out. I tried to give it the benefit of the doubt and try another piece, hoping that the first one I tried was merely a lemon, but I was equally as grossed out by the second attempt.

 The reason I am justifying this bashing is because the assorted candies are still worth buying. The coffee flavoring filled butter toffee is alright, it’s not great, but I can’t really complain about it, and the mint chocolate butter toffee is something to tell your friends about. It is hard to go wrong with mint and chocolate, and this candy is proof because if a company can screw up a vanilla flavor as much as they did, there is no saying what they could do with other flavors; but they did not fail with the mint chocolate.

 Of course the original cow dairy butter toffee is tasty, but a bit harder on the teeth, which is where the denture danger of ten comes into play. Get some assorted cows and keep the mint chocolate for yourself and pretend like you are being a nice person by dishing out the vanilla ones, boasting about how delicious they are and people will probably take your word for it.

Gourmet Mints, But Really Just Mints

Monday, May 10th, 2010 by Jon
Richardsons Gourmet Dinner Mints

Richardsons Gourmet Dinner Mints are a perfect chocolate candy

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 4

Convenience: 9

Novelty: 6

Overall: 7

Gourmet is a term that is represented as a cultural ideal in terms of a food or drink. It is a word that is associated with other words such as sophisticated and elaborate. On that note, I think that calling any food or drink “gourmet” is a bold statement to make and I think there should be some sort of qualifications that must be assessed in order to label a food with this elegant word.

 These gourmet mints may pass as gourmet because of the settings and situations they tend to be consumed. I would say these multicolored candy shelled covered mints are mostly found in little white dishes at events such as weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs and celebrations of all sorts.

They have a satisfying taste and they serve a secondary (or maybe primary, depending on the situation) purpose of cleansing your breath to a cool and minty status. If these simple mints can be considered gourmet I don’t understand why there aren’t more candies with fancy adjectives to describe them and thus move them up in the marketing world.

The Cool Kidz focus on Gummi Sombreros also known as Mexican Hats

Friday, April 16th, 2010 by Jon
The Cool Kidz venture South of the Border and enjoy Gummi Sombreros

The Cool Kidz venture South of the Border and enjoy Gummi Sombreros

Sombreros are strong flavored gummy candies, which come in a variety of flavors ranging from red to purple. The red flavored gummies are strong cinnamon, which are delicious. The orange was a little bit weaker, and flavored orange.

The yellow is more difficult to classify, but is minty and strong much like the green. The green is spearmint, and our personal favorite. Lastly, the purple tasted similar to the green and yellow.

 Each flavor, while unique, has a common minty essence making them an atypical gummy candy. They are definitely a hit or miss candy, as it is difficult to have mixed feelings about them. Give them a try and tell us what you think!

“Don’t think twice it’s alright” – Bob Dylan; Don’t twice it’s alright

Peace & Love,
The Cool Kidz

The Cool Kids have us standing at ATTENTION with their review of Gummi Army Men

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 by Jon
The Cool Kidz try Gummi Army Soldiers

The Cool Kidz have us standing at attention with their review of Gummi Army Soldiers

Hello Readers!

 We have recently tried Gummi Army Guys, which are apple flavored gummy candies. In fact, they are in the shape of army guys, which we find a little odd.

Although the flavor of the candy is delicious and addicting, it is a little unappealing due to the fact that you bite offcandy legs and arms. It is a strange feeling, however once the candy is in your mouth the thought leaves your head and allows you to enjoy the delicious candy.

Overall, this would not necessarily be our number one gummy candy, however it’s always fun to try something new. ..and who knows; you may love it!

“Life goes on within you and without you” – The Beatles; Within You Without You

 Peace & Love,
The Cool Kidz