Friday, May 6, 2005
Name: Reese’s Swoops
Did you ever say to yourself, “I love Pringles. I wish they were made out of chocolate.” Well, Hershey’s has gone and made a whole line of candy called Swoops. They come in oodles of flavors but the basic idea is that they are little chocolate chips flavored in some way. Think Cool Ranch Pringles, then think Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips.
I probably shouldn’t be buying candy for evaluation at the 99 cent store, because the reason it’s there (as I’ve found out) is probably because it’s past its prime. But I’ve been curious about Swoops but not willing to put in the two bucks they usually cost. Here’s a word to the wise, if you want to actually like what you’re buying, buy fresh. And that usually costs money. Now buying hard candy isn’t much of an issue, but chocolate products demand freshness.
Swoops appear to be more of a hydrogenated oil product than a chocolate product and even if they were fresh, I reckon I’d find them waxy. It’s the same issue I have with Reese’s pieces.
What I think is cool is the packaging, they come in a stack of three small tubs, each as about 6 chips in it. They look very inviting, but you can’t actually hold onto them for very long without them melting in your fingers, so don’t pick one up unless you’re ready to eat it.
The novelty is nice, but there are other better value shapes of chocolate candies that would suit me better.
Rating: 5 out of 10.
Tuesday, May 3, 2005
One of the things I forgot to tell you about from my Little Tokyo excursion is Hi-CHEW. I’m guessing it’s the Starburst of Japan. It’s a fruit flavored taffy - white on the outside with a corresponding colored center to the flavor. I tried strawberry. It’s very flavorful and has a good soft chew. However, because they’re made with millet jelly, they have an odd sort of latexy chew to them. It takes some getting used to, but it’s a nice texture.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Monday, May 2, 2005
Name: Strela Podolskaya
There were two packages of this candy at the market. One was called “Robin Hood’s Arrows” or something like that, but the chocolate looked a bit fuzzy, whereas this package look shiny and fresh. I figured it was the same thing. So I’ve just been calling these Arrows. I finally found them on the very nice Roshen website where they describe them as “cone-shaped sweets with chocolate coating, filling cream and fondant filling with the additive of alcohol and cognac.”
Whooooo! When they say alcohol, these Ukrainian’s aren’t kidding!
The chocolate is very smooth and not too sweet, but the filling is smooth and creamy but absolutely too sweet. Then there’s the alcoholic kick that seemed to make everyone cough.
I think I’d prefer a larger chocolate proportion to the filling. Overall I found them to be tasty, but too sweet (not too alcoholic though).
If I were doing a fancy cake, I might use these little guys as a decorative, edible garnish. They seem perfect as a compliment to a smooth, fluffy white cake.
Rating: 6 out of 10.
The surprise breakout hit of the candy party. I call it a suprise because when doing my little photoshoot, I sampled most of the candy for the party (I took it out of the package and figured I may as well have something to snack on while shooting) and found this to be so foul that I threw it out after a few licks.
Billed as a chile flavored lolly, this amply sized ball has four layers (alternating red and then green), the outside is textured (reminded me of stucco) with what I guess to be chili power. The thing is, I don’t mind spicy candy, it’s salty candy that baffles me, and this was damn salty.
However I felt about it, Will and Amy seemed sufficiently engaged by the candy to rate it about a five (they’d eat one if someone gave it to them, in fact, they took the extras home with them), but Robin seemed only to tolerate it enough to get to a second layer.
My rating: 2 out of 10.
Sunday, May 1, 2005
Now, I may have made a mistake in picking obscure candies without some sure things in there. I picked up a large variety, including some Mexican lollies (they sure seem to like the combination of mango and chile), some Russian something-or-others, and a variety of stuff I found at the 99 cent store.
I can’t say that I was overwhelmed by anything. The one thing I can say is that an evening of candy is not really a good idea. I think I need to stress moderation here. Too much candy, well, can give you a headache.
I’ll have more reviews later.
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