Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Airheads Pink Lemonade

Airheads Pink LemonadeI know it will seem odd to much of the country on January 3rd for me to say this, but it’s hot today. It’s already 75 degrees this morning and looking to top 85 by mid-day.

While I revel in winter in Southern California, because I can buy, store and enjoy as much chocolate as I want, I turned my attention to an item I bought before Halloween. These Pink Lemonade Airheads.

Airheads were one of those candies that didn’t exist when I was a kid, and by the time they came out, it was past my sour candy phase and I didn’t pay much attention to them until I started Candy Blog. I gave them out for Halloween for the first time this year, and I was really shocked and pleased at how excited the kids were to get them. The one flavor in the mix that caught my attention was the Pink Lemonade, so I went back and purchased more after the holiday.

They’re small bars, a little over a half an ounce per packet. The little plank is about four inches long and a little over an inch wide.

Airheads Pink Lemonade

Airheads are a strange candy, in a category really by themselves. They’re a chew, but not a full taffy. They’re a bit grainy, but have a smooth melt in the mouth.

The Pink Lemonade flavor is pink, but more on the salmon side than a light red. It smells like a tub of Country Time Lemonade Mix. The bite is a little tough, but the bar is flexible and easy to rip apart. It tears in a bit of a grainy fashion, instead of pulling smoothly like a taffy would.

The flavor is a straight lemonade - it even has a that slight powdery grain to it in the early part of the chew. The lemon is tart and sweet but not an authentic juice flavor and has only a light zest note to it. It is rather like a chew SweeTart.

I can’t see myself eating these a lot, but I like that the chew is clean, not sticky like a taffy or jelly candy can be. It’s somewhere between a SweeTart and a Starburst. It might be fun if there were smaller bites, so I could get more flavor variety. But then I imagine that all I’d want would be lemon anyway.

If your New Year’s resolution was to slow down on the sweets, they’re a pretty efficient little treat. There are only 60 calories in a bar, though it’s all sugar and no actual nutrition. They’re cheap, nearly indestructible, portable, Kosher and probably vegan if you’re the kind who eats unnatural things (they don’t say the source of the pink coloring). Made in a facility that processes wheat flour. No other statements about tree nuts, soy, dairy or peanuts.

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Name: Pink Lemonade Airheads
Brand: Perfetti Van Melle
Place Purchased: Jack's Wholesale Candy (Los Angeles)
Price: $4.50 for box of 36 - 13 cents each
Size: .55 ounces each
Calories per ounce: 109
Categories: Candy, Perfetti van Melle, Chews, Kosher, 7-Worth It, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:25 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewPerfetti van MelleChewsKosher7-Worth ItUnited States

  1. Cybele, I love these.  I went on an airheads jag a while back, and this flavor along with the orange were my favorites.  There’s something so wrong about it, yet SO right-faker than fake, but delicious.  smile

    Comment by Jonny on 1/03/12 at 2:19 pm #
  2. This was one of my favorite candies growing up, like fruit rollups.  I don’t think the pink lemonade flavor existed, but my favorite was watermelon.  The worst are cherry and ‘mystery flavor.’

    Comment by Tam on 1/03/12 at 4:52 pm #
  3. Love, love, love this flavor grin

    Does anyone know if it’s available as a stand-alone product, like the single serving bars sold at gas stations?

    Comment by Nyssa on 1/03/12 at 10:54 pm #
  4. btw, does anybody else remember when they had plain lemon flavored Aitheads? It was done a few years ago as a tie-in to promote the SpongeBob SquarePants movie. Those were awesome and I’ve always been disappointed that they were just a limited edition flavor and not permenant.

    Comment by Nyssa on 1/03/12 at 11:07 pm #
  5. Cybele's avatar

    Nyssa, I saw them at 7-11 earlier this week as individual bars. (Of course they charge about 89 cents for them there.)

    Comment by Cybele on 1/04/12 at 7:08 am #
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