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September 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Trader Joe’s Candy Coated Licorice

Trader Joe's Candy Coated LicoriceTrader Joe’s has been stepping up their introduction of classic candies lately. They have their gourmet versions of Milk Duds and Dutch Mints. I was quite shocked and delighted to see these Trader Joe’s Candy Coated Licorice a couple of weeks ago.

The box has a great, comforting design on it that conveyed everything I needed to know about the product. It’s licorice, it comes in pastel colors and it’s candy coated. But the really appealing part of this product for many people will be that it’s made without artificial colors or preservatives and contains no animal products. (It is missing the Trader Joe’s vegan symbol though I can’t find anything on the list of ingredients that would be considered non-vegan, except perhaps titanium dioxide, which is neither animal or vegetable, it’s mineral.)

Trader Joe's Candy Coated Licorice

If you were afraid that natural colors would be muted and bland, let me allay that fear. These are bright - a deep purple, bright yellow, brilliant orange and a clean white.

Trader Joe's Candy Coated Licorice

The candies are short little pieces, squat and with all the candy coating, rather rounded. They reminded me a bit of the Wiley Wallaby Outback Beans, made by Kenny’s Licorice. However, these have a few key differences. First, they’re made in Mexico and Kenny’s is made in the USA. Second, the Kenny’s had a rather soft shell to it. The Trader Joe’s Candy Coated Licorice is quite crisp.

Trader Joe's Candy Coated Licorice

The shell is thick and very crunchy. As with many natural or artificial colors, some taste different from others. The purple and orange candies have a light violet floral note to them. Otherwise the candy is all about sweetness, licorice and molasses. The candy shell provides a long, sustained sugar zap while the center is quite soft and has a slightly doughy chew. The molasses is a little bitter, smoky and woodsy. The licorice is light and sweet with a hit of anise as well as a grassy note of fresh fennel.

They’re a lot more affordable than the new Panda Candy Coated Licorice, which is also slightly different as the shells are flavored.

As much as these have going for them, first they’re dirt cheap at 99 cents for a 6 ounce box, I can’t say that they’re my absolute favorite candy coated licorice of all time. For me there’s too much shell and not enough intense licorice flavor. But the texture mixes are balanced very well. I’ve eaten three boxes so far, so these are definitely my go-to munching licorice. But I’d like an Extra Licorice version, maybe that has a little hint of anise in the shell itself.

Related Candies

  1. Panda Candy Coated Licorice
  2. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Mints
  3. Goetze’s Licorice and Double Chocolate Caramel Creams
  4. Trader Joe’s Jelly Beans & Citrus Gum Drops
  5. Wiley Wallaby Outback Beans
  6. Sugar Coated Fennel
  7. Boston Baked Beans
  8. Good & Plenty (Fresh from the Factory)

Name: Candy Coated Licorice
Brand: Trader Joe’s
Place Purchased: Trader Joe's (Laguna Woods)
Price: $.99
Size: 6 ounces
Calories per ounce: 99
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Trader Joe's, Kosher, Licorice Candy, 7-Worth It, Mexico

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:04 am     All NaturalCandyReviewTrader Joe'sKosherLicorice Candy7-Worth ItMexico

Friday, September 2, 2011

Wonka Laffy Taffy

Wonka Laffy TaffyWonka has a strong tradition of sugar candies, as the brand originated with Sunline, makers of SweeTarts, Pixy Stix and Fun Dip (Lik-M-Aid). One of their legacy candies is Laffy Taffy. It’s just fruity taffy with the added bonus of a joke or two on the wrapper.

Back when I was a kid Laffy Taffy was known as Tangy Taffy and was sold in large flat bars similar to Jolly Rancher Stix (well, bigger than that). They came in intense and artificial flavors like Green Apple, Watermelon and Banana. After the Nestle takeover of Wonka they made some changes, like dumping Wacky Wafers (photo) and changing Tangy Taffy to Laffy Taffy.

Wonka Laffy Taffy

Laffy Taffy still comes in bars, but the most common product I see are these little two inch long pieces. Each piece is about 35 calories and is two bites. They come in tubs and of course are a staple of pinatas and Halloween bags.

They’re soft and usually take on the shape of the package, but they’re very easy to get out of the plastic wrapper once opened. It’s a true taffy, there are no egg products in there like Bonomos or Doschers taffy have. There’s a touch of oil, so they’re not completely fat free (about a half of a gram of fat per piece).

Wonka Laffy Taffy Strawberry

Strawberry is pretty, very pink and fragrant. It’s like cotton candy or lemonade. The flavor isn’t very strong, lightly tangy and sweet with a well moderated fake strawberry flavor. There are little snaps of salt and tartness throughout. The chew is long and steady and quite smooth.

Banana - this is an intense fake banana candy. The banana is intense enough that it gave me a cool feeling on my tongue, similar to the effect of nail polish remover in both the tingling and the strange caustic scent. I like fake banana, so the sweetness and weird artificial flavor was fun for me. Your mileage may vary.

Sour Apple - if they called this green apple, I don’t think I’d have much of an issue. However, with the word sour in there, I have certain expectations, such as tartness. This was not sour. It was not even particularly vivid, just a mild fake green apple flavor. The texture is smooth and chewy and there’s a strange salty note to it that bugged me in this instance.

Grape is purple and the taffy version of a grape SweeTart. It’s zippy with a purely artificial flavor that’s a cross between grape juice, straight malic acid and pen ink.

The jokes on them are true groaners like “How do billboards talk?” (Sign Language!) and truly poorly written ones like “What kind of chain is edible?” (A Food Chain!)

I’ve grown out of these, for my fruit chews I prefer something a little tamer and friendly like Skittles. But these have the advantage of being vegetarian (no gelatin) over products like Starburst or Bonomos. They’re Kosher; there are no nut or gluten statements on the package.

Related Candies

  1. Chewbies Liquid Taffy - Orange
  2. Bonomo & Doscher Banana Taffy
  3. Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy - Chocolate, Vanilla & Strawberry
  4. Banana n Cream & Red Orange Mentos
  5. Skittles (Fruits, Wild Berry, Tropical, Smoothies & Sour)
  6. Starburst
  7. Doscher’s French Chew Taffy

Name: Laffy Taffy: Sour Apple, Strawberry, Grape & Banana
Brand: Nestle
Place Purchased: Target (Eagle Rock)
Price: $1.89
Size: 6 ounces
Calories per ounce: 102
Categories: Candy, Nestle, Chews, 6-Tempting, United States, Target

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:45 pm     CandyReviewNestleChewsKosher6-TemptingUnited StatesTarget

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Eat with Your Eyes: Walnut


I may be allergic to walnuts, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t think they make great companions for chocolate.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:07 pm     CandyHighlightPhotography

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