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May 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tjerrild Flicks

FlicksFor over eighty years folks enjoyed a simply little candy called Flicks. They were disks of chocolate (or mockolate) like large chocolate chips sold in foil wrapped tubes. Great for munching at the movies or sharing with the kids.

They were originally made by Ghirardelli starting in 1904 and over those decades they never changed. Seriously, never altered the manufacturing equipment at all. So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that eventually the machines broke down and couldn’t be easily repaired. Instead of developing a new process Ghirardelli simply stopped making them. But folks missed them, so after sitting idle, in 2004 the Tjerrild family bought the trademark and rights to the candy and set about repairing the old machines. Though the actual machinery is no longer in Racine, Wisconsin, but now in Fresno, California - they still use the same Ghirardelli mockolate formula.

The package is simple. It’s a cardboard tube covered in foil that wraps around and into the ends to close them up. Then they’re covered in plastic wrap to protect the freshness. (I believe they’re change it this year and putting the candies inside into a plastic baggy and getting rid of the overwrap.) The tube is about 5.25 inches long and about 1 inch in diameter, about the same as half of a paper towel core. The foil comes in four colors, for no particular reason I guess: red, blue, gold and green.

Sugar, fractionated palm kernel oil, non fat milk, milk, cocoa, partially hydrogenated palm oil., cocoa processed with alkali, sorbitan tristearate, soy lecithin, salt, artificial flavors.

Flicks

I admit that I’ve been hesitant to review these. I’ve had Flicks before, probably 30 years ago and recall them being cheap tasting (even then I knew the difference between real chocolate and substitutes). But enough people were pining for them that they were brought back after 15 years out of production, so the narrative of something being brought back from the dead is compelling.

The disks are between 1/2 and 3/4 of an inch in diameter.

The pieces don’t smell like much at all and look rather waxy. The texture at first isn’t very encouraging, it’s waxy and immediately gives off sweet and powder milk notes. But then it gets a little creamier as it melts, it’s a little malty, a little bit of salt in there. It’s very sweet. They’re not so much a chocolate as a simple kind of mockolate tablet. I can’t say that I love them, but didn’t mind eating them as much as I thought.

Overall, I have very little interest eating these when there are so many better things I can do with 220 calories and $1.39 that don’t contain palm oil. Ghirardelli makes such nice baking chips, it’s a shame these can’t just be those.

Here’s a little factory video, which is so utterly charming that I forgot I didn’t like them that much.

Related Candies

  1. Go Max Go Jokerz Candy Bar
  2. R.M. Palmer Quax - The Yummy Ducky
  3. Goldie’s Premium Carob Bar
  4. Kissables (Reformulated)
  5. Smooth n Melty
  6. Sixlets & Limited Edition Dark Chocolate Flavored Sixlets


Name: Flicks
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Tjerrild
Place Purchased: Ralph's (3rd & LaBrea)
Price: $1.39
Size: 1.375 ounces
Calories per ounce: 160
Categories: Candy, Mockolate, 4-Benign, United States, Ralph's

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:10 pm     CandyMockolate4-BenignUnited StatesRalph'sComments (6)

Eat with your Eyes: Choward’s

Choward's Guava

Pretty, pink and guava flavored candies. Quite a different texture from Altoids, LifeSavers or SweeTarts.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:06 am     CandyFeatured NewsFun StuffPhotographyComments (1)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Nestle Cherry Raisinets

Cherry RaisinetsNestle continues its expansion of the Raisinets line. First it was Dark Chocolate Raisinets and then they really blew our minds with Cranberry Raisinets (which have no raisins! and they’re dark chocolate!). This year they’ve introduced Cherry Raisinets which are “dark chocolate” covered dried cherries. So they’ve ignored two of the three defining features of Raisinets - no raisins, no milk chocolate (but they’re still individually panned candies).

Still, it’s a great idea. How many real fruit candies are there? I loved the idea that they were also using dark chocolate, which I think is an excellent mix with the tartness and wine-notes of dried cherries.

The ingredients list in classic Raisinets is mercifully short: milk chocolate, raisins, sugar, tapioca dextrin and glaze. The ingredients for the new chocolate covered sunshine Cherry Raisinets are Dark Chocolate [with dairy], sweetened dried cherries (cherries, sugar, sunflower oil, citric acid), sugar, tapioca dextrin, confectioners glaze, cocoa processed with alkali.

Cherry Raisinets

The package makes some claims:

GOOD to KNOW
Cherry Raisinets are a natural source of FRUIT AND DARK CHOCOLATE ANTIOXIDANTS which help maintain good health.

Fact: the nutrition chart makes no mention of measurable antioxidants. There is no Vitamin C, no Vitamin A. There is 2% Calcium and 2% Iron.

GOOD to KNOW
You get a 1/2 SERVING OF REAL FRUIT in every 1/4 cup of Cherry Raisinets.

I love fresh cherries and even the dried ones, I’ve never seen the need to add extra sugar to them.

Cherry RaisinetsBut maybe I should ignore the package and expectations and get on with the actual tasting. I was expecting cherry bits, that these were going to be similar in size and shape to Raisinets. Instead they’re actual whole, pitted cherries. The nuggets are about an inch across, though some are larger, flatter or rounder.

With the Cranberry Raisinets I was irritated at how sweet the centers were. Even though they added sugar to these (or maybe because they also threw in some citric acid) they were tart, moist and chewy. The dark chocolate is sweet and rather cool on the tongue. It’s only vaguely chocolatey, but not too waxy or distracting. The cherry notes are well rounded - the woodsy and tangy chew is soft and complex. It gets tarter the longer I chew, so the very end is a lot of cherry flavor.

These are by far my favorite Raisnets product so far (but that’s not hard because I’m not that fond of Nestle’s take on chocolate covered dried fruit). I wish it was better chocolate, of course, and wasn’t so sugary ... but the prospect of getting chocolate covered dried cherries in a vending machine or at the movie theater is tantalizing. I wouldn’t eat them as a health food, but they’re a snappy snack and probably better for you than some other things.

The retail price of $3.29 for 4 ounces is a bit steep for low-quality chocolate candy ($13.16 a pound) but these may end up on sale for less.

Note - I got mine as a sample from the National Confectioners Association as part of their preview of new products. Nestle did some wide sampling and giveaways, mostly with the mommy blogs (that I didn’t care to participate in), so mine is hardly the first review of these even though I have yet to see them in the stores.

Related Candies

  1. Recchiuti Asphalt Jungle Mix
  2. Nestle Cranberry Raisinets
  3. Nestle Noir
  4. Sno-Caps, Goobers & Raisinets
  5. Dark Raisinets
  6. ChocoCherries


Name: Cherry Raisinets
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Nestle
Place Purchased: sample from Sweets & Snacks Expo
Price: $3.29 retail
Size: 4 ounces
Calories per ounce: 126
Categories: Candy, Nestle, Chocolate, 7-Worth It, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:34 pm     CandyNestleChocolate7-Worth ItUnited StatesComments (1)

Eat with your Eyes: Licorice Stix

Black Licorice Stix

Thin black licorice vines filled with a vanilla cream. They were decent, more like candy than licorice. Package image here.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:35 am     CandyFeatured NewsFun StuffPhotographyComments (1)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: Zero Bar (Canada)

Zero (Canada)

Here’s another bar I got a hold of and never reviewed. The American Zero Bar (made by Hershey’s) is like a white fudge Milky Way. I took its picture and then it promptly melted into an unreviewable puddle.

The Canadian Zero Bar is like a bar version of Ice Cubes. You can read The Candy Enthusiast’s reviews for more. Package image here.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:58 am     CandyFeatured NewsFun StuffPhotographyComments (0)

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