Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Candy Blox

I dunno why I bought these, but I’ve seen then online a few times and when I was at Munchies a few weeks ago, I just had to give them a try.

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They’re a compressed dextrose candy (what I call chalk candy) shaped like Lego building blocks. They’re about the same size and work the same, only without the firm snap to keep things together. Some of my little candies were actually missing their nubs, but they had enough to build little walls and stuff.

They were actually different flavors:

White - Pineapple - tart and a little bitter, but really tasty.
Blue - Raspberry - not much to recommend it. More like the flavor blue.
Orange - Orange - kind of like Tang, tart and less than zesty.
Yellow - Banana - yum. I have a soft spot for banana flavored candies.
Red - Cherry - yeah, you know I’m not gonna like this one.
Purple - Grape - the color was strange but the taste as okay.
Green - Lime - nice and vibrant but not really that tasty.

They were very hard and very dense, so crunching on them wasn’t really that easy. They were more for sucking, but of course they’re kind of pointy.

I know I don’t sound excited by them, but I actually liked them quite a bit. I would buy them again, but probably only for a project. Or maybe just because I want something to play with on my desk. If I got them from a bulk bin I’d probably pull out just the yellow, white and orange ones. I think by the pound they’re cheaper than Lego.

How cool would it be if they made candy Lego-ish mini-figures?

Name: Candy Blox
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Concord Confections (I think)
Place Purchased: Munchies (Los Angeles)
Price: $8.00 a pound (I think)
Size: approx 5 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Compressed Dextrose, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 4:44 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. Candy Blox are indeed made by Concord Confections. It is listed on page 11 of their bulk products catalog which is available as a PDF at:

    http://www.concordconfectionsinc.com/product/product.html

    Comment by danrj on 1/23/07 at 6:07 am #
  2. I would love to find a local source of these for birthday party bags! (I know someone in Florida who got them for that purpose.) And you’re right, $4.50/lb is cheaper than bulk Legos, especially if you buy direct from Lego, but not if you manage to find an auction that sneaks by without getting noticed… :^)

    Comment by Tricia on 1/23/07 at 7:55 am #
  3. I actually found eggo waffles that were built like lego.  They didn’t work at all.  The candy looks a lot more fun, but I think the waffles beat chalk candy for taste.

    Comment by Helen A. Handbasket on 1/23/07 at 1:23 pm #
  4. Hello!
    I love your blog. I can spend hours looking at candies and dreaming about them…
    I am french but I live in the United Stats now.
    I found out that there are a lot of candies you don’t have around here (:”(((()
    Here are some candies I LOVE and I think you could try (easy to buy online)
    -Krema Batna (chewy licorice candy)
    -Haribo Dragibus (little fruit flavored chewy balls)
    -Haribo tagada (the best strawberry flavored candy ever)
    -Kinder Schoko Bons (little chocolate-hazelnut- milk eggs)
    Here we go… Since your life is all about candies I thought you might want to give them a try sometimes, they are pretty popular around europe.
    Cpntinue our awesome blog!!!!

    Comment by Helene on 1/23/07 at 2:42 pm #
  5. Ohh, I’ve had these before, a long time ago. I love the white ones! smile

    Comment by Sera on 1/23/07 at 4:49 pm #
  6. Hey Cybele!  Love your blog!  I really enjoyed the little lego candies, specially the green one.  The blue ones didn’t have much of a taste, did they?

    Comment by laurandrea on 1/24/07 at 6:39 pm #
  7. These look so dang cool. I could see myself building little lego candy forts on my desk smile

    Comment by Helen on 1/24/07 at 7:21 pm #
  8. We buy these every year for our Themed gingerbread making. This year was White Trash, so you KNOW each trailer had to be propped up on these!

    I’m not sure if I’ve ever actually eaten one, though!

    Comment by Wendy on 1/27/07 at 4:51 am #
  9. I LOVE these candy’s I used to get them at the bulk-food store all the time when I was younger…. My favorites were definitely the yellow and red ones…. mmmm banana and cherry….. so yummy… and they’re fun, what more could you want from a candy?

    Comment by meghan on 3/04/07 at 9:30 am #
  10. Does anyone know where to get the lego candy “candy blox” in the individual bags in a store here in LA?  You get get them online but pay thruogh the nose for shipping.  Thank you!

    Comment by adam on 4/24/07 at 2:59 pm #
  11. Cybele's avatar

    Adam - I got them here in LA:

    Munchies
    8859 West Pico Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90035

    They sell them in the bulk bins. Yeah, about $8 a pound, but you can just pick up what you need. I also saw them at Ralphs (in Glendale under the Cost Plus and Barnes & Noble).

    Comment by Cybele on 4/24/07 at 3:09 pm #
  12. Hello there my name is Eric and i live in Barcelona Spain at the moment and i would like to know if anyone can tell me ow i would be alble to order candy from the states to Europe barcelona spain? i checked out candywarehouse and its great but they only seem to deliver to the states… i use to live there and i miss all those candy that i cant get here i would be greatfull if someone can help me out…

    thanks in advanced
    Eric

    Comment by Eric Baixench on 7/26/07 at 12:52 am #
  13. I’m sooooooo sorryi havent been on lately! life is crud. Kinda like the blue lego candy. my favorites are the orange and white ones. nice blog by the way!

    Comment by Katie on 1/05/08 at 6:25 am #
  14. i really liked the pineaple ones.

    Comment by Katie on 7/27/08 at 6:33 pm #
  15. I am lucky to have a world class bin section by my house to get stuff for the movies in candies, snacks and other things with free coffee.  The Lego candy is part of it.  Unfortunately I do not buy rip-offs, espeically when I have so much more to choose from at the section which is extensive and they encourage free sampling while Hugh Heffner Jazz is playing on the speaker.  Anyway the major problem with the product is I can only build walls with it.  I can see that if we are given a red brick and Chuck Brown and Linus in Lego form.  But where are the windows, the roof pieces, the mini-trees, the doors, my god they should have a candy house for birthdays and a contest at stores to win one or something else.  Concord Confections is either lazy or cheap- this is a really bad variation of starting to decorate your house for Christmas and then never finishing the job.  Did Lego not license stuff?  And then it’s a cool gimmick but why don’t I buy the real deal and make amazing stuff and get something that is good from Concord as a stand-alone product not because it is a knock-off of the original.  I’d say I’d just go Pez but then you know you eat the whole packet from your dispenser of Pez in one short session and it’s like you barely notice the tang/sweet so for now I’ll have to move on from this one- but wait it is like a bang for the buck Pez/Spree so that’s cool but then you spend on the house and display it like you collect Sci-Fi action stuff and do you look at it or do you eat it- if I look at it I could have bought the real lego and built my own creation.  If I eat it it could have been something else and not lego and whats the point in super decorating food to look like product when you are going to destroy it.  Its cooler to look like the food you are not suposed to eat and that reminds you why it’s a classic in the junk/comfort world of eating.  It’s like why do i want to use a battery machne with a lollipop- so I can feel like I’m doing something naughty- please….

    Comment by Donny wallace on 11/05/08 at 8:10 pm #
  16. these aren’t ALWAYS rock hard. If you get them fresh and soft they are amazing and he flavour is stronger too

    Comment by Kate on 12/01/08 at 9:59 am #
  17. I should say that this is a great start for candy but again where is the rest of the house and f I eat it I wreck my house.  I then have to find new parts to rebuild it.  Not to ramble like James Joyce again but what I really like is Dada for my candy design with Good taste.  And then candy ads can be like great pop art/Dada and maybe you can scan some of the best.  So say Smarties in the tube with bright colors because if I want to build lego I can go to a toy store to buy it or look at it on the internet is closer to what I mean.  The problem with that candy is you chug it in one gulp from the tube and it’s all gone Then of course you have the totally lame design like the Pixie Stix wrappers or say hard candies that stick to your teeth and won’t come off unless you do major work first. Or Starburst sticking the paper when I really want a Tim Mc.Graw Signature Jalapeno Freetoe.  Oh well… in the ideal this is a cool concept but in the practical it is not really workable.  I like the colors of gumballs and stuff like that instead but then you have to mix that with taste consideration- but that is more asthetic.  I guess the Lego/or Lego Blox debate is like Chinese or Hamburger or Chinese/Hamburger.  Then of course there is the problem with Chocolate which can be semi-corrected with the wrapper- but what can you do with brown/black and square/rectangular to make it more fun.  And one bite and the beautiful little Chocolate man is injured forever.  I almost can’t eat Gingerbread men even though the ones at Andres sure are good.  And let’s not even go with how the camp crowd makes Chocolate Jesus and maybe sold some on the ETWN home shopping program.  Is it a sin to dent one of those?

    Comment by Donny wallace on 1/15/09 at 8:01 am #
  18. What I mean is you have to build to make those bricks really worthwhile and you destroy the chocolate man and you can’t bring him back.  But you just keep filling up the jar with those red balls or whatever the candy and it’s like great pop art that you can create based on how you want to create it.  If you want to do something non-dada- then give me a variation of say Bazooka Joe for my wrapper and by the way wrapper #2 or 50 from the Mullet era is a gem!  I have it on my slide show.  If I have a toy for my candy it needs to be like a Pez Dispenser and I can carry it around until I lose it or move on to the next big thing.  Albeit I have to say that of destroying practical things, the Nacho Hat totally rules and is the all time best- maybe we need a junk food side to this…

    Comment by Donny wallace on 1/15/09 at 8:13 am #
  19. Hello.  There is something I am not sure of.  Is this candy the same as, for example, those Valentines Day heart candies or those BONZ candies/Baby pacifiers?

    Comment by Candy. on 6/02/09 at 4:31 pm #
  20. Cybele's avatar

    Candy - yes, compressed dextrose candy is what those Bonz, pacifiers, SweeTarts and others are called. These were a bit firmer (I guess they need to be to keep their shape).

    Comment by Cybele on 6/02/09 at 4:40 pm #
  21. me and my family love these things! im making a b-day cake for my lego-addict little brother with these and i was wondering… would frosting make them mushy at all? i hope not .__.;;

    Comment by Kimyoo on 10/02/09 at 9:11 am #
  22. can anyone tell me where I can get the candy blox
    in the peabody,massachusetts vicinity

    Comment by nan on 7/12/10 at 8:28 am #
  23. this candy is awesome try the green you can also make a master cheif. the white is a fruity mango.

    Comment by justin on 8/10/10 at 2:16 pm #
  24. this has to be the best candy. Its like a bunch of awesome.fruity mango, strawberry, lime awesomeness. Theres a ton of others and all different sizes. trust me this is one of the very best candy in the world. it comes in pounds. if i were you i will only get about 1 pound. and dont get fat.

    Comment by justin on 8/10/10 at 2:26 pm #
  25. where can i buy some i love them alot but cant find a place that sells them. if you know where i can get some please email me .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Comment by richard watt on 9/23/10 at 6:35 pm #
  26. I know this is an old blog post, but I saw a couple 2010 post…so I just bought these today at the candy factory in the mall.  They were about $12/pound and might make a boarder 3 deep for a 8” square cake…

    Comment by Gwendolyn Valentino on 1/12/11 at 4:31 pm #
  27. I bought a case of these blox but found only green and blue square blocks inside. I was very disappointed. So much so, that I called the company. They put me on hold for half an hour( I could not file a complaint). I am disappointed they bought Concord Brands and now will not keep up on Concord’s quality control.  Arthur

    Comment by Arthur on 3/15/11 at 1:31 pm #
  28. Does anyone know where you can get just the yellow blox by themselves?  LOVE the banana flavor, and the others are all too tart….

    Comment by suzisweetpea on 9/22/11 at 12:22 pm #
  29. I would like to find these at a store on Long Island, NY

    Comment by jeff on 12/23/12 at 2:02 pm #
  30. My cousin (he’s 8) loves these! He always insists on making something before eating them! So cute and fun!

    Comment by Rebecca on 1/17/14 at 2:49 pm #
  31. I found these at Toys R Us. I am trying to find out if they are gluten-free. The package only says processed in a facility that processes soy, but artificial flavors and colors can contain gluten.

    Comment by Elizabeth on 7/17/14 at 1:49 pm #

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