Friday, February 20, 2009

Candy Tease: February 2009

I have a bit of a cold and don’t think it’d be fair to review anything else this week. So here’s your candy tease of new products, some just arriving on shelves.

imageName: Reese’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Brand: Hershey’s
Description: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in a dark chocolate shell. 
Notes: Available starting June 2009 along with a “Reese’s Loves You Back” prize promotion. This isn’t the first time Hershey’s has released a dark chocolate RPBC, most recently it was a limited edition version of mini bat coins for The Dark Knight and before that back in 2003 (with some other appearances in between).

imageName: Gemstones
Brand: Atkinson Candy Company
Description: Hard candy in pretty gem-like packaging.
Notes: For those who miss the Peerless line of hard candy, you’ll be happy to hear that Atkinson Candy Company of Texas bought much of their line (recipes) and have restarted production on many of the classic candies including their premium sugar free line. (All made in the USA, as well.) My favorites have always been the Honeycomb Peanuts and Anise Squares. (Available online now.)

imageName: Toxic Waste(r) Shockingly Sour Hi-Voltage(tm) Bubble Gum
Brand: Candy Dynamics
Description: In a hollowed out rope gum fashion filled with ultra sour powder offering more than two combined feet of delicious bubble gum in each individual package and presented in three different yummy sour flavors: Amp’d Aple, Surgin’ Strawberry and Blackout Blue Razz.
Notes: I don’t think anything can every top the classic Quencher gum when it comes to mouth tingling & salivation, but I suppose I could give this a try.

imageName: Gimme Calcium
Brand: Brightspot Brands
Description: We start with a crispy crunchy ball of rice and drench it with the best milk chocolate that’s been infused with TruCal(r) calcium. Then we seal in all this goodness with a thin candy shell with no artificial colors.
Notes: I’m always dubious of fortified candy, but this sounds pretty good. Each serving has 500 mg of calcium and sounds like a malted milk ball.

imageName: Breath Savers(r) Strong Mint Menthol and Energy Mint Caffeine
Brand: Hershey’s
Description:  Breath Savers Strong Energy Mint Caffeine offers a “boast of energy” with a touch of caffeine. Available December 2008. Also available in Breath Savers Strong Mint Menthol.
Notes: I’m curious how much caffeine is in those Strong Energy, but I suspect it’s either very little or so much it leaves a horrible bitter aftertaste.

imageName: Chocolate Flavored Mega Smarties
Brand: CeDe
Description: 2.25 oz. rolls of the super-big Smarties disks. Available now.
Notes: A couple of issues here. First, I’ve had the chocolate flavored Pez and thought they were dreadful, and I can’t imagine these would be any better. Second, Smarties in every other part of the world are made by Nestle and are actual chocolate lentils, so a powdery chocolate disk is only going to create more international confusion.

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Images courtesy of the respective manufacturers.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:39 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. bettyfelon's avatar

    oooh I can’t wait for those Reese cups

    I missed out on the Dark Knight coins

    Comment by bettyfelon on 2/20/09 at 10:07 am #
  2. chocolate necco wafers are great, so chocolate smarties may actually be good.

    Comment by peterpaul andmary on 2/20/09 at 1:52 pm #
  3. Smarties are already chocolate, why are they ripping off this brand?

    And shouldn’t it be a “boost of energy”? not a “boast”.

    Did you actually taste any of these and where are the reviews? No good showing it to us and not telling us what it is like…

    Comment by Sweet Pursuit on 2/20/09 at 1:56 pm #
  4. Cybele's avatar

    bettyfelon - I think it’ll be cool to get the cups, so that the ratios are more aligned, the coins were too much chocolate & not enough peanut butter. (Well, for my expectations.)

    Peterpaul and mary - you’re right! That’s an excellent example of a chocolate chalk working.

    Sweet Pursuit - actually the American Smarties were named first, which is why the Nestle ones can’t be sold here under that name. In Canada the chalk Smarties are called Rockets. But I totally agree that in this global marketplace, making a chocolate version is especially confusing.

    I’m really sorry I don’t have a review, as I said at the top, I have a cold and didn’t think it was fair that to review anything without a good sense of smell. I could have taken the day off, but I felt like I’ve been slacking a bit since the beginning of the year because of how busy my day job has been.

    I’ve been running the “Candy Tease” series for about three years now, it’s just product previews but it’s an opportunity for folks who have gotten a hold them to discuss their impressions in the comments area. I don’t usually load it on the home page, just in the “featured news” area so maybe you’ve missed it in the past.

    Comment by Cybele on 2/20/09 at 2:09 pm #
  5. I wish that someone would make some White Chocolate candy.
    I need some more of those M&M;Pirate Pearls!!  Those things were the BEST!!!

    Comment by Sal on 2/20/09 at 5:12 pm #
  6. Get well soon Cybele!!


    Comment by Jim on 2/20/09 at 11:40 pm #
  7. Something good for a cold-zinc cherry flavored lozenges. Metallic but they work! (and hey, you can’t taste too much anyway!) They have swabs for your nose, too. Cuts down the length of the nasty
    illness by about 24-48 hours.

    Comment by debE on 2/22/09 at 4:41 am #
  8. Just a head’s up, don’t use that zinc stuff that you spray up your nose!
    You can lose your sense of taste and smell from forever from that stuff!

    Comment by Sal on 2/22/09 at 8:02 am #
  9. Looking at these cnadies makes me really jealous - I’m sure we’re not going to get any of them in the UK!

    If we did, I have to admit I’d want it to be the Toxic Waste(r) Shockingly Sour Hi-Voltage(tm) Bubble Gum. We didn’t have Quencher gum in the UK but we did have some rather sore numbers that resulted in contests of who wouldn’t pull the lemon citrus face.

    I’m wondering if this one would break me - I’d love to know what you think of it!

    Comment by Michelle on 2/23/09 at 2:35 am #
  10. I want the Reese?s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups .  I love Dark Cocolate!
    Hope you feel better soon ! I just got over a week long bout of being sick (bleah, I hate not being able to smell or taste).

    Comment by Melonie on 2/23/09 at 9:50 pm #
  11. Oops! apparently being sick has impared my ability to spell “chocolate” in my above post.

    Comment by Melonie on 2/23/09 at 9:53 pm #
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