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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Candyology 101 - Podcast Episode 20 - Taffy


In this episode, Maria and I take on the summertime favorite, Salt Water Taffy.

You can download the full MP3 and of course check out the complete show notes.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Candyology 101 - Podcast Episode 19 - Summer Flavors


In this episode Maria and I talk about the iconic candy flavors of summer: Cotton Candy, Lemonade and Watermelon.

You can also check out the Show notes and download the MP3.


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tic Tac Mixers: Peach Lemonade

DSC_9322rbEarlier this year Ferrero announced an innovation in the world of Tic Tac. They were creating layered flavors in a new line called Tic Tac Mixers and their first introductions would be Peach Lemonade and Cherry Cola. Because they’re beverages.

I wasn’t able to find the Cherry Cola but did see the Peach Lemonade at several locations and picked mine up at 7-11.

The press release described, “Peach Lemonade flavor Tic Tac Mixers: change from a peach flavor to the sweet flavor of lemonade.” But the reality is that peaches are sweet and lemonade is tangy.


If you’ve ever eaten a Yankee Candle Mango Peach Salsa Candle and thought, “That was unsatisfying.” You may find that this Tic Tac experience is preferable, but only slightly because this is actually meant to be eaten.

The initial flavor is definitely candle-like. It’s peachy in the most fragrant and least-food-like way. Unlike the candles, these don’t smell like anything in the package, the scent is only release in the mouth. The sweet peach layer gives way to a tangy layer that I think is supposed to be lemonade, but still has a strong peach note ... it’s tart and has a lot of zest but that combined with the lightly pine notes of the peach makes it all a bit caustic. The more I ate of these, the more my mouth burned like I might have been eating bits of lye.

The innovation of layering was definitely there, but I’ve always felt like Tic Tacs have a little layering to them. The standard peppermint has a bit of a fennel or anise on the outside and then peppermint inside. So doing a completely different flavor is cool ... but these are not the flavors I’m looking for. Strawberry Lemonade might be more up my alley.

I have to admit that the flavor did linger for a long time. I felt, for at least half an hour that I had “candle fresh breath.” That’s a thing.

Tic Tac Mixers are made in Canada.

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Name: TicTac Mixers: Peach Lemonade
Brand: Ferrero
Place Purchased: 7-11 (Silver Lake)
Price: $1.39
Size: 1 ounce
Calories per ounce: 111
Categories: Candy, Ferrero, Compressed Dextrose, 5-Pleasant, Canada, 7-11

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:33 pm     CandyReviewFerreroCompressed Dextrose5-PleasantCanada7-11Comments (5)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Candyology 101 - Episode 18 - Japanese Candy


In this episode we give an overview to three exceptional candies unique to Japan: Glico Pocky, Kasugai Gummy and Morinaga HiCHEW. This is just an introduction to Japanese candy, so we’ll be talking more about other candies in future episodes.

Check out the show notes and of course download the whole episode.


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Monday, July 6, 2015

Brach’s Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites

DSC_9267rbBrach’s has reintroduced their whole line of chocolate panned candies over the past two years. They’ve redone their classic Bridge Mix and now have several varieties of chocolate covered nuts. One of the surprising new items is Brach’s Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites.

The gussetted, resealable bag holds a half of a pound. Like most other Brach’s products, the description on the package is only contained in the product name ... nothing else to go on except the very long ingredients list.

The image on the bag shows some chocolate pieces, and then a cross section of the actual candies ... sitting next to that is a rustic pretzel nugget and a little square of caramel. That is really not what the product is.


The little spheres are a great size, about the same size as a garbanzo bean or hazelnut. The milk chocolate coating is shiny and the bag had a nice sweet scent, a little on the milky side. The pieces have a good crunch, the pretzel center isn’t too hard or crumbly. The pretzel flavor was good, not too much of the washed crust that can get kind of bitter, and no big bits of salt. But upon eating the pieces, this is where the caramel part comes in. The caramel is actually little shards mixed into the milk chocolate. So at first it’s just a pretzel with some milk chocolate, but after chewing, the chocolate melts away and the starchy pretzel dissolves ... and what was left was some sort of tacky residue of hard caramel. It was weird and kind of waxy and unpleasant.

So, after a while I took to letting the milk chocolate melt away instead of crunching them up, but that was unsatisfying because then my pretzel would get mushy before the caramel bits were all gone. I’ve had other confections like almonds, that had a little toffee coating before the milk chocolate, I’m not sure why that wasn’t the process here.

I’ll pass on these in the future, which is too bad because it’s a unique selling proposition in the rather crowded field of morselized products.

Related Candies

  1. Brach’s Milk and Dark Chocolate Caramel and Nut Mix
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  3. Russell Stover Kris P. Pretzel Bunny
  4. Starbucks Salted Almond Chocolate Bites
  5. Chuao Honeycomb & Potato Chip Chocolate Bars
  6. M&Ms Sweet & Salty Snack Mix
  7. Snyder’s Peanut Butter Pretzel Sandwich Dips
  8. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzel Bites

Name: Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites
Brand: Brach’s
Place Purchased: Walgreen's (Glendale)
Price: $2.99
Size: 8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 136
Categories: Candy, Morselization, Brach's, Ferrara Pan, Caramel, Chocolate, Cookie, 5-Pleasant, United States, Walgreen's

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:28 pm     CandyMorselizationReviewBrach'sFerrara PanCaramelChocolateCookie5-PleasantUnited StatesWalgreen'sComments (0)

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