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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Candyology 101 - Episode 36 - KitKat


Let’s all take a break with KitKat on this episode of Candyology 101. Maria and I take a quick look at one of the most popular candy bars in the world.

Check out the full show notes.


POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:15 am     CandyKitKatHighlightRadio Interviews

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Candyology 101 - Episode 35 - Whatchamacallit


In the latest Candyology 101 podcast, Maria and I tackled a little-celebrated candy bar, the Whatchamacallit. We’re also trying out a new format, which is a little shorter, like a handful of fun size candy bars!


Please enjoy the show notes which include some classic Whatchamacallit commercials.

You can also subscribe to the podcast via Google Play’s Music Store.


POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:14 pm     CandyHighlightRadio Interviews

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Candyology 101 - Episode 34 - Mike and Ike


They’re a simple little candy, Mike and Ike, just elongated jelly beans. Listen in to this episode of Candyology 101 for some fun flavors they’ve come in and our suggestions for the future.


Read the full show notes.


POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:17 pm     CandyHighlightRadio Interviews

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Trader Joe’s Scandanavian Swimmers

DSC_0580rbTrader Joe’s Scandanavian Swimmers are billed as soft and chewy gummy candy in sea life shapes.

They’re basically Swedish Fish.

The ingredients feature naturally derived flavorings and colorings. They come in four flavors and shapes.

The red flavor of the classic Swedish Fish is rather unique, though now duplicated by other candies and confections. It’s most like lingonberry, which is similar to a raspberry and pomegranate mix with a sprinkling of fruit punch. 


In the case of the Red Lobster here, the berry flavors are very similar to the Swedish Fish, but has none of the bitter aftertaste of the artificial colors that the North American version have. (The actual Malaco Swedish Fish, if you can find them, use natural colorings.) The flavor here is good, well rounded, floral and lingering with a sort of fresh green note.

The Blue Dolphin is described as huckleberry flavored. I have to say that I’m at a loss to place huckleberry in my memory. In this case, the dolphin is rasbperry, with a light tangy note but much lighter than the lobster, more citrusy.


The Orange Rockfish is orange. It’s very plain. The zest notes are pretty pronounced after the chew is over, but it was not terribly interesting. There were very few of them in my bag.

The Yellow Seahorse is mango-peach. This was a really weak flavor. The peach and mango were less than nuanced and were more like a candle scent than a flavoring. The tart bite was the only thing that kept it from being something I’d stick in a drawer to make my towel smell sweet.

The texture of the pieces varied a bit as well. The lobster and rockfish were very soft and smooth. The dolphin and seahorse had a little bit drier and stiffer chew on the outside, which was more like the classic Swedish Fish.

These are not gummi candies, which usually contain gelatin, these are just jelly candies. (Nothin’ wrong with that, it just seems like so many jelly candies can’t be happy with who they are.)

I’m not sure if anyone needed a Swedish Fish knock-off of a full flavor variety. In this case, I’d say that Trader Joe’s could just stick with the Lobsters, or even make a bunch of different red shapes and throw them in a bag.

May contain traces of peanut, almond, cashew & pecan. Also made with sunflower and corn but are gluten free. Though they don’t have the vegan symbol on them, there are no animal derived ingredients and they are Kosher. It was interesting to see that these were made in the United States, as so many Trader Joe’s candies, especially the naturally flavored sugar candies, are not.

What’s Good at Trader Joe’s also has a review.

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  3. Swedish Fish Jelly Beans
  4. Sockerbit Swedish Candy Selections
  5. Trader Joe’s Jelly Beans & Citrus Gum Drops
  6. All Gummies Gourmet Fruity Fish (Swedish Fish knock-off)
  7. Swedish Aqua Life

Name: Scandanavian Swimmers
Brand: Trader Joe’s
Place Purchased: Trader Joe's (Silver Lake)
Price: $2.99
Size: 14 ounces
Calories per ounce: 107
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Trader Joe's, Jelly Candy, Kosher, 7-Worth It, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:00 pm     All NaturalCandyReviewTrader Joe'sJelly CandyKosher7-Worth ItUnited States

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

M&Ms “Vote For Your Favorite Peanut”

Late last year I got these preview versions of the new Vote For Your Favorite Peanut varieties. The idea is that during the US Presidential Primary season, Mars would introduce a trio of flavors to choose from, and the public would vote. The three versions are Chili Nut, Honey Nut, Coffee Nut.


The Honey Nut M&Ms are a milk chocolate coating with a whole peanut in the center and a crisp shell. Somewhere in there is also a honey flavor ... in the shell, is it a honey roasted nut? I have no idea.

I pulled a few apart and didn’t find any evidence of honey roasting, but they do smell a little bit like maple syrup and vanilla. The shell on this variety also seems crisper. The whole effect is a rather clean, sweet flavor but basically a regular old Peanut M&M.

(Note that the packages I got were not final and the M&Ms were all the same color in each bag, in the final versions released to the public there are actually three colors for each variety.)


The Chili Nut M&Ms are probably the most daring of the bunch. Sure, spicy things are trendy, but the major candy companies have stayed far away from the chili heat, sticking to the pumpkin, ginger and cinnamon spices.

The combination of the peanuts, milky chocolate and mild cayenne pepper is very nice. The heat varies from time to time, but generally has a throat warming appeal that builds the more you eat. But it never gets too hot, which makes for a different experience without alienating folks who can’t tolerate a lot of pepper. (I’m afraid I’m one of those, I’m not great with capsaicin, the heat in red peppers, but I love all other spices like mustards, curries, black pepper and ginger).


Coffee Nut M&Ms is such a promising flavor. The roasted flavors of peanuts, coffee and chocolate should be an ideal combination. Added to that, I absolutely loved the winter 2015 Cafe Mocha M&Ms.

The shell is great, the peanuts are large and crunchy ... but the overwhelming flavor isn’t necessarily coffee, but it’s more of a buttery, woodsy flavor. I wanted to give the candy the benefit of doubt, so I bought a full 10.2 ounce bag at CVS just to be sure. Still, I’m getting this weird buttery coconut note.

I think it’s fantastic that Mars is paying a little more attention to the Peanut M&Ms, since most of the flavors we see are for the Milk Chocolate or white varieties. None of these varieties is something I plan to buy again before they disappear.

Related Candies

  1. M&Ms Cafe Mocha
  2. Il Morso Coffee Bars
  3. Theo Red Hot Cinnamon Love Crunch
  4. Tcho Mokaccino
  5. Peanut M&Ms Intense 65% Cacao
  6. M&Ms Sweet & Salty Snack Mix
  7. Dark Chocolate Peanut M&Ms
  8. Xocoatl 73.5%

Name: Peanut M&Ms: Chili Nut, Honey Nut, Coffee Nut
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: samples from Mars
Price: 1.19 retail
Size: 1.74 ounces
Calories per ounce: 147
Categories: Candy, Mars, Chocolate, Coffee, Kosher, M&Ms, Peanuts, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:48 pm     CandyReviewMarsChocolateCoffeeKosherLimited EditionM&MsPeanuts7-Worth ItUnited States

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