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Friday, May 6, 2005

Glee Gum: If You Like Stuff Stuck to Your Teeth

Name: Glee Gum (Tangerine)
Brand: Verve, Inc.
Place Purchased:
Price: $.33
Size: 18 pieces
Type: Gum

The package says “Finally! An All Natural Gum!” Yes, but there are reasons that we improve on nature sometimes.

Maybe it’s that I have dental work (crowns & filling) that I find this gum unappealing, or maybe it’s that it’s bland.

Made from natural chicle (the original ingredient in gum), this is gum the way our ancestors chewed it. The flavor of this batch is orange. I expected it to taste like aspergum and luckily it tasted more like orange candles. It’s slightly waxy, very sweet but has a good chew (if you avoid your repaired teeth). The flavor fades quickly and leaves a bland beige gummy material in your mouth. I have no idea if real chicle can be digested.

I’ve also tried the standard mint flavor, which has a longer lasting flavor but the same stickiness.

Rating: 5 out of 10.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:51 pm     All NaturalCandyReviewVerve IncGum5-PleasantUnited States

Reese’s Swoops (Chocolate Chips)

Name: Reese’s Swoops
Brand: Hershey’s (Reese’s)
Place Purchased: 99 cent Store (Hollywood)
Price:  $.99
Size: 3.78 oz
Type: Chocolate Candy

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.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:48 am     CandyReese'sReviewHershey'sDiscontinuedMarshmallowPeanuts5-PleasantUnited States99 Cent Only Store

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Coffee Crisp

Name: Coffee Crisp
Brand: Nestle (Canada)
Place Purchased: Bristol Farms (Pasadena)
Price: $.79
Size: 1.76 oz
Calories per ounce: 148
Type: Chocolate Candy

Nestle’s known for the Nestle Crunch bar. This one is a bit of a twist. This huge, light block of a bar has layers of crisped cookie alternating with creamy coffee coated crisp. It’s all covered in a light layer of milk chocolate or more likely a waxy chocolate-like product.

It’s very sweet, but though the bar is large, it’s very light and crunchy. The ingredients list such artery-clogging items like palm and shea oils and hydrogenated soy oil. But I’m doing this for the good of science so I tossed aside my usual embargo on trans fats and wolfed this down.

The scent of coffee as you bring the bar to the mouth is quite evident, but the taste really isn’t there. The bar has lots of good textures, the crunch was crunchy without being dangerous like Cap’n Crunch or anything. But the whole thing was just too sweet and oily feeling. It’s a satisfying bar in that you don’t even feel you need to eat the whole, but it’s not one I’d probably buy again.

Rating: 5 out of 10

(Note, since this review the Coffee Crisp is now distributed widely in the United States by Nestle and was reformulated to contain only a trace of trans fats.)

Related Candies

  1. Nestle Crunch Cappuccino Stixx
  2. Cafe Select Chocolate Coffee Trios
  3. Pocket Coffee
  4. Coffee Beat

POSTED BY Cybele AT 5:37 pm     CandyReviewNestleCoffeeCookieMockolate5-PleasantCanada

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Super Happy Cow Cubes

Name: Super Butter Caramel
Place Purchased: Little Tokyo (Los Angeles)
Price: $1.29
Size: ~2 oz.
Type: Caramel

I’ve never had better caramels than my grandmother’s and for commercially produced ones I’ve usually opted for See’s. However, I loved this package. The fat little cows just made me laugh.

Inside the package is a tray that fits two caramels across, tiny little cubes that resemble chicken bullion more than candy. They’re a bit grainy but definitely have the super-butter element to their credit.

When I went back to the same store, I couldn’t find them there on the shelf. As far as recommendation goes, if they were sitting around, I’d eat them.

Rating: 5 out of 10

POSTED BY Cybele AT 4:08 pm     CandyReviewCaramel5-PleasantJapan

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