Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Baskin-Robbins Soft Candy

Baskin Robbins Soft CandyAs a child (and young adult) I was known for being indecisive. So when presented with too many choices, I usually froze up and often opted for nothing at all, or worse, panicked and made a bad choice. I never had this problem at Baskin-Robbins, probably because even my less successful choices were still treats. (I think the worst flavor I ever had there was bubble gum, probably because frozen gum isn’t much fun ... and I ended up swallowing some.)

My favorite flavor was always Mint Chocolate Chip. The cool mint goes well with the smooth & chilly dairy fat and the little wafer bits of dark chocolate gave it an air of elegance. (My second favorite was Peanut Butter & Chocolate.)

While Baskin-Robbins has had a line of Smooth & Creamy Hard Candy made by Best Sweet for a while, I wasn’t terribly interested in some hard candies that approximated ice cream flavors, after all, there were very good candies that actually were many of those flavors. (A little too self-referential.) Enter their Soft Candy line.

The Russian Dolls of Candy Packaging - three layers, for your protectionThe first thing that struck me when I opened the candy was how, well, packaged it was. Each end of the box has a “tamper evident” plastic seal.

Inside is a pink mylar pouch that holds the candy.

Inside that are the pieces, which are individually wrapped in folk.

I’m pretty sure one or more of those layers could be eliminated and still have a safe & fresh product.

The ingredients are pretty understandable: Sucrose, Corn Syrup, Coconut Oil, Corn Syrup Solids, Non-Dairy Dried Milk Powder, Glycerine, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Gum Arabic, Soy Lecithin, Flour, Salt, Blue #1 & Yellow #5.

The only curiosity on the list was Non-Dairy Dried Milk Powder and had to look it up ... it’s actually not milk, it’s some sort of other product, perhaps potato, perhaps rice, maybe soy. I’m guessing soy.

Baskin Robbins Soft Candy - Mint Chocolate Chip

The little rectangles are wrapped in heavy foil. They’re about half the size of a Starburst fruit chew.

They smell like, well, creme de menthe soaked cardboard. It’s not that it’s an unappealing smell, though maybe I make it sound that way, it’s just that sometimes cocoa can smell a little musty.

The chew is soft, not terribly grainy but not as smooth as some others. It reminds me of Rolaids Soft Chews. The mint flavor is pretty strong, though lacking the creamy promise of ice cream. The cocoa comes in a bit later, and there are little bits in there, but it’s not quite the chocolate chips as promised. It starts to taste like stale cookies (Hydrox, not Oreos).

They’re not stellar. I don’t expect to finish the package. I’m still curious about the other flavor available - Strawberry, so I might pick those up when I see them in stores. I don’t know the retail price, but I’m guessing it won’t be more than $1.50. (The hard candies are often sold at dollar stores so these may end up there as well.)

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  5. Necco Mint Julep
  6. Chimes Ginger Chews
Name: Baskin-Robbins Soft Candy - Mint Chocolate Chip
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Best Sweets
Place Purchased: sample from All Candy Expo
Price: probably $1.50 per package retail
Size: 3.1 ounces
Calories per ounce: 120
Categories: Chew, Mint, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:18 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. It’s still a great post and really good find.

    Comment by Jeanna on 5/21/08 at 7:33 am #
  2. ive tried 2 or 3 of the varieties of BR hard candies. they were nasty, so no surprise these arent very good. BR should stick to making ice cream, it sounds like.

    Comment by Doug on 5/22/08 at 7:53 am #
  3. I just finished reviewing these and liked them more than I thought I would, probably because I love mint chocolate chip ice cream.

    I think the non-eco-friendly extra layer of mylar is to keep the greasiness of the candies from soaking through the box.

    Comment by Rosa on 9/30/08 at 4:06 pm #
  4. My mother bought me some of the Strawberry flavored for Christmas this year. It feels like, tastes like, and smells like strawberry gum without the gum part. It’s got that really grainy texture that bubble yum has but without the gumness… Not worth the money at all.

    Comment by Sara on 12/29/08 at 3:06 pm #
  5. I agree with your comments about the smell, texture, and taste and I like them. I love that long lasting minty after taste. It’s interesting that it tastes exactly like me Bath and Body Works Mint Chocolate Chip candle smells - in a good way! Also, I got these at Walgreen’s discontinued price for $.65 so I’m pretty happy about that seeing as a Hershey’s bar is about the same price.

    Comment by Adriana on 8/31/09 at 6:35 am #
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