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Candy Blogs Holiday Edition: The ‘Stache Bash

Thursday, December 4th, 2014 by Becca Droz

 Trolli Santa & Elves Mustaches Gummi Candy

becca droz mustacheClassroom/movie Munchability: 5 (the fun is in the dress-up play!)

Melt Measure: 0

Novelty: 9

Sharability: 10

Trust me, it is as much a surprise to me as it is to you that the elves of Santa’s toy shop have the same type of mustaches that Santa has! I always imagined the elves as baby faced little characters running around childishly as they assembled toys for the undersides of all the Christmas trees of children. (Despite growing up Jewish, I have still had many daydream about Santa and his elves).

Perhaps the elves were not preparing Christmas gifts, and instead were growing and grooming each other’s mustaches. Perhaps these little elves look up to Santa and show their respectful admiration by mimicking his mustache, or lip brow, if you will.

With three flavors: Cherry, Cherry  & Lime, and Strawberry & Cherry, and three different ‘stache styles, this gummi provides adequate variables to balance with the consistency of the texture and chew density. Each gummi provides a substantial bite into the thickness of sweet delight.

Since I love to share, and I had more mustaches than I cared to try on, I offered to some of of these Christmas candies to my friends during a day of rock climbing in Connellsville, PA.

Here are some things that were said about the Mustaches:

Positive Constructive
“The flavor is not overpowering, it’s not in your face.” “Tastes just like an elf!”
“They are enjoyable… they are refreshing. Refreshing, that’s definitely a word that should be in there! I was chewing away, tasting some cherry and before I knew it I was wondering, is that lime I’m tasting? It totally was lime. Lime makes it refreshing!” “How’s the aroma?…I can smell them from here and my nose is stuffed…”
“You actually enjoyed it?”“Yes, and I’d have another one, and another one and another one. It might just be my new favorite candy.”
“I will remember them with pleasure.”

 

Have fun with wearing the Santa & Elves Mustaches. I challenge you to try to wear the mustache, say “Ho! Ho! Ho!” and eat the mustache all without using your hands! You might even get some candy aroma therapy from this game, as the sweet tastes trickle into your brainwaves through your nasal passage. Have fun and get a laugh outa this gummi candy!

Photo Friday: Gum Drops

Friday, April 8th, 2011 by benjamin

I love gum drops and love how they look.This was a staple flavor of my childhood – gumdrops and other jelly candies, since my father had a special affinity for them. Even today I can count on a candy jar filled with spice drops or gum drops when I make the trek to Pennsylvania for a visit.

What I really like about this picture is the shallow depth of field, including the very intense magnification of the sugar crystals, showing a crust of sweetness – a crystalline exoskeleton -  above the soft jelly interior. This photographer really nailed it in making this picture. other eye-appealing elements include the rule of thirds, diagonal lines and a variety of colors. Good job, Ana G.R.!

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Candy Prehistoric Egg with Gummi Dinosaur Center by Jelly Belly

Thursday, March 17th, 2011 by benjamin

Gummi Dinosaur in Chocolate EggI can’t believe this is real. The Candy Favorites site is a great visual meal but nowhere near as good as actually having the candy in hand, or rather in mouth. I was excited to see this – a chocolate egg (perfect Easter theme, right?) with a gummi dinosaur center. I already knew Jelly Belly to be a leader in creativity in flavoring but didn’t know they made things like this, which combine two great candies into one package, yet keep them separate enough to be enjoyed independently of each other. I think it’s brilliant.

Are these making their way into Easter baskets at your place? Not at mine, simply because I graduated from a basket to a shopping bag, but these will definitely cross my pallet come easter morning!

Eat Cinnamon Bears and Chew Away Cares

Monday, September 13th, 2010 by Becca Droz
Cinnamon Bears are tasty and fun to eat...

Cinnamon Bears are one of our best selling unwrapped bulk candies and nothing beats their spicy flavor!

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 10

Convenience: 7

Novelty: 6

Overall: 7

 I have eaten cinnamon bears in the past and they have not been quite the same as these. To be honest, I thought I had already written a blog on the cinnamon bears that I had eaten in the past, but I guess that was one of those candies that I just ate without writing a blog… oops.

Since this is the second kind of cinnamon bear that I’ve eaten, it’s virtually impossible not to compare. These cinnamon bears have a much softer consistency than the other bears; these ones are much less dense. In being softer they also stick to your teeth more, thus earning a rating of ten in “Denture danger.”

These bears also have more of a fiery cinnamon kick than the other bears that I ate. This is quite a little product that we’re working with here, cinnamon bears. Don’t ask me why the big hit cinnamon candy is in the shape of a bear, I’ve never really seen any prior connection between the two. Despite the dissimilarity of cinnamon and bears, they converge to make quite a tasty, fun loving little gummy candy.
 

 

Stretchy, Sticky, Sugary Sweet Sour Punch Straws

Thursday, August 12th, 2010 by Becca Droz
Stretchy, Sticky, Sugary Sweet Sour Punch Straws

Stretchy, Sticky, Sugary Sweet Sour Punch Straws

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 7

Convenience: 4

Novelty: 6

Overall: 6

Sour Punch Straws have always caught my eye as a candy that I look forward to eating, but the actual act of eating the sour straws is never quite what my mind worked it up to be.

When I bite into the jelly straws covered in sour sugar I feel it in my teeth. I don’t know if it is the abundance of sugar or the texture or what, but biting into the sour straws hurts my teeth. When a candy is painful to eat, it is hard to enjoy it, whether or not it tastes good.

I’d say that this is definitely a recommendable candy so long as it doesn’t cause you discomfort to eat. The sourness produced by a taste of this candy is approved by my standards and I am usually unimpressed with the degree of sour in most candies that are marketed as “sour.”

Since so many straws come in each package, this candy is quite sharable, and if you don’t want to give someone a full straw, they would be ungrateful to be disappointed with a half straw. Share the Sour Punch Straws amongst your own taste buds and your friends’ taste buds and thank the American Licorice Company for making the experience possible.

Sources:

http://www.sourpunch.com/#/q_a

http://www.americanlicorice.com/ourCandy/sourPunch.aspx

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

Thursday, May 27th, 2010 by Becca Droz
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

A Pleasant Surprise From the Gummi Sombreros

Monday, January 11th, 2010 by Becca Droz
Gummi Sombreros aka Mexican Hats

Gummi Sombreros aka Mexican Hats

Sharability: 9

Denture Danger: 9

Convenience: 8

Novelty: 7

Overall: 7

Looking at the sealed package of Gummi Sombreros, I had low expectations. I saw some gummies shaped like sombreros and I thought they were going to be typical gummies that are trying to be unique because of their shape, lacking anything beyond a mediocre taste.

I saw the red, yellow, orange, and green, and expected cherry, lemon, orange, and lime, but I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the bag to be greeted with a welcoming whiff of a pepperminty cinnamon aroma. I apologized for highly underestimating these candies.

These chewy gummies not only have a great had chewy consistency but they have an impressive range of flavors. I was fooled by most of the flavors. Yellow was indeed lemon, but orange is a minty sweet clove flavor, green a strong peppermint, black is black licorice, and best of all is the red cinnamon.

Sombrero, literally translated from Spanish to English is “shade maker.” This Mexican hat shades people from the hot sun. Though this candy probably won’t give you much protection from the sun, it will tingle taste buds in your mouth.

Sources:

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

Q: War, What is it Good For? A: Gummi Army Guys

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 by Becca Droz
Gummi Army Men are fun for eating and playing!

Gummi Army Men are fun for eating and playing!

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 6

Convenience: 4

Novelty: 5

Overall: 5

Forget the plastic army guys that you can’t even eat and play with these bendy, squishy, stretchy gummi army men with guns. You’ve got four characters: the guy with the rifle shooting right, the guy with a bazooka shooting left, the guy throwing a cannon ball to the right, and the guy on his stomach, also with the bazooka. The guy on his stomach definitely works the best because he is the only one that really works in the third dimension of things, the others kind of lie on the flat surface and when you try and stand them up and lean them against something their jelly legs can’t support them and they gloop over.

These are fun to play with because instead of pretending that one blew the other’s head off you can actually chomp off the head. You can’t break your plastic army men but you can cripple these guys with your appetite. But I must say, they are more fun to play with than they are to eat. The potent smell of sweet green apple escapes like tear gas as soon as you open the bag. The smooth gummi brings that smell into an overly sweet green apple taste. I guess I never expected the taste of war to be very satisfying.

Forget Teddy Bears when you can have Gummi Bears

Monday, August 17th, 2009 by Becca Droz

 Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 4

Convenience: 6

Novelty: 6

Overall: 7

Aahhh what candy could be better known than the gummi bear? These cute little bear shaped gelatin candies are irresistible, even if you don’t like the taste. The smooth slimy texture is addicting and each color has its own corresponding flavor. The gummi bear was originated in Germany under the name Gummibär (rubber bear) or Gummibärchen (little rubber bear). Hans Reigel was the founder of the Haribo company in 1922 when he also invented bear-shaped sweets. Haribo first introduced its Gold-Bear product in the 1960s, and it has been thriving ever since.

A bag of gummi bears is just so colorful and squishy that it automatically brings happiness to anyone in its presence. A bag comes with so many that you can offer them to anyone who has bright eyes staring at the bag. The translucent bears practically glow in the light making the blues, purples, greens, reds, yellows, oranges, and pinks stand out and gleam. One thing is for sure, you can never go wrong with gummi bears.

Haribo Gummi Bears are better than teddy bears....

Haribo Gummi Bears are better than teddy bears….

Sweet, Chewy, Dirty, Slimy, Trolli Gummi Worms

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 by Becca Droz
Gummi Worms are sweet and slimy and perfect for kids of all ages...

Gummi Worms are sweet and slimy and perfect for kids of all ages...

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 7

Convenience: 7

Novelty: 5

Overall: 8

Germany originiated gummi candy with the gummi bears. But Hans Reigel’s gummi bears soon evolved into Trolli’s gummi worms. The gummi worm making process begins with an artist sketching what he/she wants the candy to look like.

That sketch is then turned into a small plaster mold. The gummi ingredients are poured into large boilers where they are heated and then colored and flavored. The mix is poured into the worm molds and left for up to 5 days. After they have formed their shape they are coated with beeswax to make the worms less sticky. 

Gummi worms were created with the intention of shocking parents and giving kids a fun candy. This was extremely successful. The shock still lives on as gummi worms are dug out of dirt and are slurped into kids’ mouths.  I don’t mean real dirt, I mean the chocolate pudding with crushed up Oreos, the fun and easy to make dessert that every kid craves.

The satisfaction of holding that dangling gummi worm over your open mouth and then dropping it in to chew up that hunk of gummi can’t be outgrown by experience, or maturity, and certainly not by age.