Thursday, September 21, 2006

Candy Rocks and Rock Candy

In the continuing quest for “that candy people bring you from vacation” I’ve got two new ones.

imageThis one is called, not surprisingly, Rock Candy. Though it’s nothing like the large sugar crystals most of us call Rock Candy, it really looks like rocks. They look like those pretty tumbled, polished and choice pebbles you see in jars a kitschy gift shops. These came from Colorado.

They’re really jelly beans. Each apparently random variety of rock is actually a different flavor. The panning and artistry on them is great. The colors are deep and complex and really convey the “rockness” of them. It would have been nice if they gave you some sort of guide about the flavors though.

imageGreen: Lime ... yeah, just plain old lime. Sweet with a nice floral aromatic that of course reminded me of household cleaners.

Maroon: Cherry. Pretty flavorful, a little tart bite and the rest was just sweet black cherry flavor.

Purple: Grape. Kind of a strange and artificial tasting grape, but the prettiest of all the rocks.

Putty: Lemon. Really nice and flavorful. Wholly unexpected because of the color.

Brown: Spice. Nice and strong with a spicy cinnamon and licorice combo. It might just be licorice, but I can’t tell and why is it brown?

Aqua: Wintergreen. Nice and cool.

imageThe other rock candy were these Glacier River Rocks from “Montana’s Glacier Country”. They really do look like rocks. Instead of going for the ultra-polished look, these are kind of lumpy. Most are the size of raisins and even have a bit of pucker to their coats. They’re muted colors and the shells of the rocks are soft and matte.

Inside the crisp shell is a rather sweet and milky tasting milk chocolate. The crunch is nice and the look is great, but the chocolate is not very chocolatey - more milky and because of the ratio of shell to filling, thy don’t have a lot of flavor.

I really liked the look of both candies, even together.


Neither are a candy I’d probably purchase as a native of either of these areas, but they’re pretty and easy to carry gifts that have a little more pizazz than the ordinary salt water taffy.

Name: Rock Candy & Glacier River Rocks
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Taste of the Rockies & Montana Tom's Chocolate Goodies
Place Purchased: gifts (see websites for ordering info)
Price: $2.50 & $3.99
Size: 5 ounces & 4 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Jelly, United States

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  1. They look very much like those marble rocks, can fool people.  Hope no one will put them together with the real rocks…..

    Comment by Meow Meow on 9/21/06 at 10:39 am #
  2. I have had a similar thing in Germany but they also had “bird eggs” mixed into them. A lot of the smaller ones in the pack were candy and chocolate covered sultanas.

    Comment by Helen on 9/21/06 at 11:29 am #
  3. I’ve had chocolate rocks before and they were really just…not very good at all. They were a different brand and the chocolate was just cheap and grainy. Bleh.

    Comment by leigh on 9/21/06 at 11:35 am #
  4. I definately think the novelty outweighs the taste on these. I’ve had them before from online and really, they’re not an “eating” candy, more a decoration, or maybe edible decoration (kids pirate par-tay?)

    Comment by GTO on 9/21/06 at 1:33 pm #
  5. These would be great to leave on someone’s desk without the packaging and spy them from where you can’t be seen to see the look on their face as they tried to figure out why someone left rocks on their desk.  And funnier yet, put a post-it next to them that reads: SNIFF ME. hee hee

    Comment by claudia on 9/21/06 at 1:51 pm #
  6. I LOVE the rock candies.  It was always dangerous to have them in our house though because we had real rocks like that which were used decoratively around the house.

    Comment by :: jozjozjoz :: on 9/22/06 at 7:17 am #
  7. Joz, I am exactly the same way. I noticed that someone above said the chocolate was grainy and cheap, which is actually what I love about this treat (not in general though) As a Nor-Wes native, I buy these all the time and it’s really dangerous to have them in the house. The jellies I don’t like so much, but I am obsessed with the chocolate rocks. I was really happy to see you review them. Woo!

    Comment by Malice Alice on 9/22/06 at 11:31 am #
  8. Oh yeah, I totally remember getting these rock candies on our summer camping trips to the southwest area.  And I have to call thirds on the idea that there was some molar-breaking potential if you got them mixed up with normal rocks.  We used to collect tiny boxes of polished rocks that looked remarkably like these candies… luckily I didn’t break any teeth on them.

    Comment by Bryan on 9/27/06 at 9:10 am #
  9. The best place to get these at the cheapest price is here:

    Comment by Wayne on 3/27/07 at 6:57 pm #
  10. we use these type candies when making the gingerbread houses to look like a stone home or the side chimney.
    they look fantastically realistic.

    Comment by dawn on 10/18/08 at 1:58 am #
  11. Whenever I see these, I picture some child confusing real rocks with rock candy and breaking their teeth…

    Comment by Sara Em on 10/29/08 at 3:43 pm #
  12. wher and how can I order bags of this type of candy?

    Comment by sandra mischke on 7/08/09 at 4:50 am #
  13. i MUST BE GETTING REALLY OLD. Rock candy that looks like rocks were what we got as kids. We did not ever see a stick with sugar on what has happened to candy makers? It took me about an hour to find the actual rock candy I got way back when. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Mike on 11/23/15 at 6:58 pm #
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