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June 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Starburst Sweet Fiesta

Starburst Sweet FiestaStarburst come in a myriad of flavor packs these days. I picked up a few of the less common flavors at some convenience stores recently. The Starburst Sweet Fiesta has been out for a few years. At first I thought it was a limited edition version, but it appears to be a regular item.

The package contains four different flavors, each is a combo flavor all based on a sort of tropical and sub-tropical flavors. It has Cherry mango, peach guava, strawberry pineapple and melon berry, with three of each flavor in the 2.07 ounce pack.

Starburst Sweet Fiesta

Strawberry Pineapple is pink and delightful. It’s sweet and tangy with floral notes that are close to honey and then something a little deeper and more heady.

Melon Berry is bright green. It’s quite melon, a cross between watermelon and musk melon, but there’s a strong sort of papaya note to it. It’s too musky for me, to tropical.

Peach Guava is peachy. It smells like coconut and has a peachy, apricot note at first. The guava is not terribly strong, which is fine with me because I’m not that keen on guava, it’s almost like passion fruit.

Cherry Mango is red. It smelled like the regular Cherry Starburst at first, but the flavor is quite a bit better. It’s cherry, with all those woodsy flavors, but there’s a pine and peach note to it that’s quite good. I’m not usually a fan of cherry, but I like how Starburst does them for the most part, and this is a good example.

Overall, this flavor set is different enough from the standard Starbust Fruits but I don’t feel like it completely breaks out of the show of the perfection of the original. If you’re the type of candy fan that hates citrus, this is a good mix, as it has none, which is pretty rare. I love the pineapple, but I’m not big on melon, so I’d probably give this a pass in the future as a whole pack, but if I can just pick out the Strawberry Pineapple and share the rest, it’s all systems go.

Related Candies

  1. Starburst Flavor Morph
  2. Haribo Maoam Fruit Chews
  3. HiCHEW World Fruit: Dragonfruit, CamuCamu, Durian & White Peach
  4. Starburst Sour & Sweet
  5. Starburst Baja California & Tropical
  6. Starburst
  7. HiCHEW Assortment
  8. Storck Mamba Chews

Name: Starburst Sweet Fiesta
Brand: Wrigley’s
Place Purchased: 7-11 (Silver Lake)
Price: $1.19
Size: 2.07 ounces
Calories per ounce: 120
Categories: Candy, Mars, Wrigley's, Chews, Starburst, 7-Worth It, United States, 7-11

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:56 am     CandyReviewMarsWrigley'sChewsStarburst7-Worth ItUnited States7-11

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

This Week in Candy Blog History: June Week 2


Here’s another set of links to tasty (and maybe not so tasty) items in the archives from this week in history. Overall, it looks like my trend in June is to visit classics, with a few twists.


Last summer I got to try a new line of lower calorie treats. In reality what Nestle created were just small treats for the same price as a larger portion treat for the same price. Good job. (Still, they would be truly delicious with actual chocolate.)

Nestle Skinny Cow Heavenly CrispName: Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp
Brand: Nestle
Place Purchased: Gelson’s (Silver Lake) & Sample from Nestle
Price: $4.29 for package of 6 or .99 each
Size: .77 ounces
Calories per ounce: 143
Type: Mockolate/Cookie/Peanuts
Rating: 6 out of 10

Read the full review of Nestle’s Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp from the archives.


Some candies are just too pretty to eat. Some of Haribos fit right in there. Since my trips to Germany, I’m actually pretty happy with the selections that we do get in the United States. Most of it is good and fits the flavor profiles Americans prefer.

Haribo RaspberriesName: Raspberries Gummi Candy
Brand: Haribo
Place Purchased: Target (Irvine, CA)
Price: $1.49
Size: 8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 102
Type: Gummi
Rating: 6 out of 10

Read the review of Haribo Raspberries from the archives.


Some classic candies just can’t be improved upon. These don’t need to be covered in chocolate, they don’t need to be made by hand. (Though a little less artificial coloring wouldn’t hurt.)

Walgreen's Spearmint LeavesName: Spearmint Leaves
Brand: Walgreen Co.
Place Purchased: Walgreen’s (Echo Park)
Price: $.99
Size: 9.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 104
Type: Jelly/Mint
Rating: 8 out of 10

Read the review of Spearmint Leaves from the archives.


This is one of those candies I hadn’t tried before starting the blog. Since posting this I’ve actually bought a couple of full boxes of Coconut Longboys and enjoy them quite a bit, especially in the summer since they’re creamy but have no chocolate and stand up well to the heat.

Coconut LongboysName: Long Boys: Coconut & Chocolate
Brand: Atkinson’s Candy
Place Purchased: samples from All Candy Expo
Price: unknown
Size: unknown
Calories per ounce: unknown
Type: Chew/Coconut
Rating: 7 out of 10

Read the Coconut Longboys review from the archives.


When I wrote this review I fully intended to try other versions of Circus Peanuts and compare them, perhaps do a full photo array. But I can’t bring myself to buy them again, let alone open the package and possibly eat them.

DSC01525rName: Circus Peanuts
Brand: Melster
Place Purchased: Dollar Tree
Price: $1.00
Size: 11 ounces
Calories per ounce: 110
Type: Marshmallow
Rating: 3 out of 10

Read the Circus Peanuts review from the archives.


This is one of the best Limited Edition Snickers that came along, I believe it’s been re-issued twice. It seems odd that they made the 3X Snickers (chocolate caramel, chocolate nougat and chocolate coating) a regular item but not this one.

Snickers XtremeName: Snickers Xtreme
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: All Candy Expo Sample
Price: approximately $.75
Size: 2.07 ounces
Calories per ounce: 145
Type: Chocolate/Peanuts/Caramel
Rating: 7 out of 10

Read the review of Snickers Xtreme from the archives.


AeroName: Aero
Brand: Nestle Rowntree (UK)
Place Purchased: Cost Plus
Price: $1.29
Size: 1.62 oz
Calories per ounce: 142
Type: Chocolate (Milk)
Rating: 6 out of 10

Read the review of Nestle Aero from the archives.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:25 pm     CandyHighlightFeatured News

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Superior Nut & Candy Chocolate Covered Cashews

Superior Nut & Candy Chocolate Covered CashewsChocolate covered nuts are one of the simplest candies. They’re a hybrid of wholesome snack and decadence.

They’re also usually expensive for anything other than plain old peanuts. So the decadence comes with a pricetag that helps to moderate any overindulgence. But I saw this box of Superior Nut & Candy Chocolate Covered Cashews not in the candy aisle at RiteAid, but their “bargain” aisle. It was only a buck and looked to be of good quality.

The bargain price can be explained by the miniscule portion. I knew when I bought it that the box was only 2.75 ounces. The box is 6.5 inches long, 1 inch thick and 3.5 inches wide.

Superior Nut & Candy Chocolate Covered Cashews

The large volume of the box is wasted. There is no “product may have settled during shipping” notice. The little packet inside is little, was always little, was made little. It rolls around in the box, can stand up, turn around and perhaps even invite two friends over.

But amounts aside, they look good. The packet protected them well, they’re sealed and smell fresh and look glossy when opened.

Superior Nut & Candy Chocolate Covered Cashews

The cashews are good, they’re large and well chosen. Some are over one inch long, though most are slightly less. Some are whole, some are halves and a few are pieces.

The chocolate is sweet and has only the thinnest veneer of confectioners glaze to keep them from sticking together. It’s rather fudgy and though not grainy, I wouldn’t say it’s a silky smooth melt either. The nuts are good quality, fresh and only lightly toasted.

Overall, they’re good and it’s uncommon to find chocolate covered cashews at the drug store. The price is actually pretty good if you ignore the expectation of more candy because of the size of the box.

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  2. Cupcake Bites
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  4. DeMet’s Turtles: Pecan & Cashew
  5. Marich Chocolate Sea Salt Cashews
  6. Meiji Gummy Choco
  7. Sanders Caramels & Titans

Name: Chocolate Covered Cashews
Place Purchased: Rite Aid (Echo Park)
Price: $1.00
Size: 2.75 ounces
Calories per ounce:
Categories: Candy, Chocolate, Kosher, Nuts, 7-Worth It, United States, Rite Aid

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:11 pm     CandyReviewChocolateKosherNuts7-Worth ItUnited StatesRite Aid

Monday, June 11, 2012

Frankford Mallo-Licious Strawberry

Mallo-Licious StrawberryAmerican marshmallows are not as interesting as those that are found in Europe and Japan. It’s sad, because I would think that the United States has the capacity and the desire to eat really good marshmallows.

So I was surprised and pleased to find this bag of Mallo-Licious: Strawberry filled with Chocolate on display at the end of the candy aisle at Walgreen’s. They come in other flavors as well. I saw Green Apple (filled with green jelly) there and the package says they also come in Sour Peach.

I’ve had quite a few Frankford candies over the years, which is not a very well known brand. They make licensed candy and have another sub-brand called Kandy Kastle. Much of their candy is made in China, though Frankford has a small chocolate factory in Pennsylvania (where they started) that makes mostly novelty foil wrapped molded pieces. For the most part, their stuff is sub-par, some of it actually horrible. But I saw that this candy was made in Italy, so I thought it might be different.

Mallo-Licious Strawberry

They are shaped like real strawberries, and are actually sized like an average strawberry as well. They’re over two inches tall from the tip of the berry to the top of the green “stem”. It’s a standard marshmallow but instead of the campfire style, these are covered with fine granulated sugar. It gives them a little sparkle and in the case of the strawberry flavor here for review, it gives it a slight grainy crunch that vaguely mimics strawberry seeds.

Mallo-Licious Strawberry

The marshmallow berry is filled with a little dollop of what is called chocolate on the front of the package, but the ingredients are probably more on the order of sugar, palm oil, milk powder and fat reduced cocoa.

The ingredients as a whole are pretty substandard (though what I’d expect from Frankford). It starts with sugar and high fructose corn syrup. See, here’s what so surprising about that. There are a lot of people who assume that candy has a lot of HFCS in it, but in reality there are very few candies that do. This is, though, the second candy I’ve had in the past month that does, and marks only the fifth since I’ve been keeping the database that I’ve noticed it.

Mallo-Licious StrawberryThe marshmallow is soft and has a pleasant strawberry scent, a combination of toasted sugar like cotton candy and a light floral note of pineapple. The bite has the slight grain and the marshmallow is bouncy and melts quite easily, more like a meringue than some latexy gelatin-rich marshmallows. The chocolate inside is more like a soft paste that has a cake batter flavor to it and very little actual chocolate flavor.

It’s not horrible, but much better to look at than actually eat. Honestly, I think they’re charming and wouldn’t be afraid to use them to decorate a cake or put amongst some home baked cookies on a tray for dessert without ever telling people they’re edible. (Lest the eat them.) I’m sure children will enjoy them. I’m thinking about trying to toast them.

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  1. SpongeBob Squarepants Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Snacks
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  3. Chewbies Liquid Taffy - Orange
  4. CVS Marshmallow Pop
  5. Choco-Fudge Mallow Sundae
  6. Frankford Marshmallow Pals
  7. SpongeBob SquarePants Heart
  8. Gummi Lightning Bugs

Name: Mallo-Licious Strawberry filled with Chocolate
Brand: Frankford Candy
Place Purchased: Walgreen's (Echo Park)
Price: $1.99
Size: 5.25 ounces (approximately - not actually on the package)
Calories per ounce: 108
Categories: Candy, Frankford Candy, Marshmallow, Mockolate, 4-Benign, Italy, Walgreen's

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:35 pm     CandyReviewFrankford CandyMarshmallowMockolate4-BenignItalyWalgreen's

Friday, June 8, 2012

Eat with your Eyes: Good and Plenty

Good and Plenty

There’s pretty long list of candy that does well in the summer’s heat. Panned candies, those with a sugar shell, do particularly well. So for those who want a little licorice treat, I still like Good & Plenty. It’s not chocolate, but it has plenty of hearty and deep flavors because of the molasses base. One of my other favorite all-weather candies is Chick-o-Sticks.

What’s your favorite summertime candy?

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:38 am     CandyHighlightPhotography

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