Friday, January 12, 2007

Blow Pop Minis

imageI’m a big lollipop fan. (No, not that I like big lollipops.) My favorite cheapo lollipop is the Orange Tootsie Pop (though I enjoyed the Limited Edition Tropical flavors last year, too). Blow Pops aren’t quite as good, mostly because the gum isn’t candy and they don’t come in orange.

While wasting time at the Pittsburgh Airport, I found these Blow Pop Minis. They herald, “It’s a Blow Pop with NO Stick!” Hallelujah! Now adults can eat their Blow Pops without being branded Rejuveniles.


While they say they’re Blow Pops without sticks, they’re also without mass. They’re wee little candies, about the size of a smooshed garbanzo bean. And they’re mostly candy. They come in four flavors: Watermelon, Blue Razz, Cherry and Sour Apple. (No, no grape, which is a classic Blow Pop flavor.)

imageI talk a lot about proportions when it comes to candy. Sometimes something can be coated in too much chocolate or not have enough of a particular element. Let me just say that the blow part of the Blow Pop Minis is sadly lacking.

First, the gum is hard and tacky. Some of the time it wouldn’t even chew, just sit in the crevasses of my molars until I picked it out or ate something to dislodge it. Second, if I got the gum to chew, it was a wee amount. We’re talking the size of a BB. It would probably take six candies to make the amount of gum in one Chicklet.

These are stupid. Why not make one large enough to hold a responsible amount of gum? These little candies are probably a third of the size of a Root Beer Barrel. And you’re wondering, why not just sell them has plain old unfilled hard candies? Well, then they’d just be Charms.

The gum ends up being tough and flavorless ... rather like chewing a stamp or a piece of paper.

The candy part isn’t bad but, of course, none of the flavors are favorites of mine.

This is just a bad idea.

Name: Blow Pop Minis
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Tootise
Place Purchased: Eckert (Pittsburgh Airport)
Price: $.69
Size: 2 ounces
Calories per ounce: 100
Categories: Hard Candy, , Gum, SourUnited States, Tootsie, Gum

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:11 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I love Charms Blo-Pops… but these do sound nas-tay.  You need a good mouthful of gum at the end to make it worthwhile.

    Comment by Sharon on 1/12/07 at 7:35 am #
  2. hey, that’s weird…i will be at the pittsburgh airport tonight! i’ll be sure to avoid these, even though i love blo-pops, way better than tootsie roll pops.

    Comment by Pam on 1/12/07 at 8:42 am #
  3. I’m not a Blow Pop fan, but these minis remind me of Tootsie Pop Drops.  Do you remember those?  They’re not available anymore, but they were so perfect.  I miss them.

    Comment by Tara on 1/12/07 at 11:55 am #
  4. Blow Pops aren?t quite as good, mostly because the gum isn?t candy and they don?t come in orange.

    Amen.  Orange Tootsie pops are perfect.

    Comment by Dave on 1/12/07 at 1:12 pm #
  5. Those things do indeed look tiny.  Too bad, because I kind of like Blow Pops, except I hate the stick.

    Comment by :: jozjozjoz :: on 1/13/07 at 7:35 am #
  6. “These are stupid.” literally made me laugh out loud. ^.^

    It’s a disappointment but, eh, there’s always more candy to go around. Plus, now I really want a Root Beer Barrel.

    Comment by Julia on 1/14/07 at 6:04 am #
  7. Cybele's avatar

    Sharon - I like that sound Blow Pops make when you bite into the gum center too - kind of a crunchy crackle with a whisper or “aaaah”.

    Pam - I hope it was a good trip (I kind of like PIT).

    Tara - I loved the Tootsie Pop Drops! They were about twice the size of these ... I wonder why they stopped making those.

    Dave - I went into the convenience store here at work and it’s obvious that you and I agree ... all the other flavors were there but someone (okay, maybe just me) picked out all the Orange Tootsie Pops from the bin.

    Joz - as Tara mentioned, if they were the size of Tootsie Pop Drops, we might have something ...

    Julia - dang, me too. I’ve got the remainder of my Christmas stocking beside me and not a barrel to be had.

    Comment by Cybele on 1/17/07 at 8:04 am #
  8. i need to find out where to buy grape blow pops

    Comment by gardiner on 3/31/07 at 3:15 pm #
  9. I just got my first bag of these and I LOVE them!  That whole, pesky there’s-not-enough-gum-in-the-middle problem is solved if you just swallow the gum (like I do)!

    Comment by Rebecca on 6/22/07 at 6:53 am #
  10. Dude, you can buy them anywhere., smart and final, they sell the box variety assortments or any of those buy in bulk stores.

    Comment by Lady on 7/20/07 at 5:26 pm #
  11. I love blow pops sooooooooo MUCH….love you

    Comment by darianne on 9/08/08 at 7:33 am #
  12. The chewy stuff in the center is gum…? O.O That’s not good. I have always swallowed the chewy stuff…  O.o

    Comment by Jen on 3/13/09 at 4:35 pm #
  13. I love the mini blow pops.  My favorite flavor is the blue razz and the sour apple

    Comment by Dena on 4/22/09 at 3:17 am #
  14. I love blow pops and when I saw these in the store a year ago I was so excited! They are awesome in my opinion. Not as good as regular blow pops but still tasty. I love the Blue Razz one, it is one of my favourite candy flavours.

    Comment by Allegra on 2/28/10 at 4:59 pm #
  15. They are the perfect choking hazard

    Comment by Jennifer on 8/11/11 at 2:43 pm #
  16. These would be great if they just put a gum flavored chewey center rather than actual gum. Whomever invented these and put them on store shelves has to be a crackhead.

    Comment by John on 8/25/13 at 11:01 pm #
  17. I love blow pops but when I found the minis I thought the gum would be the size of hubba bubba gum but it isn’t the candy I great but there is like no gum. You want to chew it when u get to the gum u want to swallow but can’t.

    Comment by Ashley on 12/04/13 at 10:14 pm #
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