Monday, August 9, 2010

Choward’s Spearmint & Lemon

Choward's Lemon & Spearmint

While many mints these days are touting how strong they are or that they’re sugar free, the Choward’s line just plugs away at the same mildly-flavored line. They’re not easy to find, so when I spotted these at the Albanese Candy Factory Outlet, I grabbed both the Choward’s Spearmint and Lemon. They have classic textured foil wrappers and list that there are 15 mints in the package.

DSC_7443rbChoward’s Spearmint are plain white, the ingredients list no colorings. The little squares are are nicely formed. They’re about 2/3 of an inch square and have an excellent embossed Choward’s logo across the center on both sides. They stack easily and have a pleasant texture of unglazed fine bone china.

The spearmint is completely mild. It’s sweet ... much sweeter than I expected. Since they’re made with actual sugar instead of dextrose, it’s noticeable. (Dextrose or glucose is said to have only 74% of the sweetness of sucrose.) Since it’s not very minty, it’s hard to pay attention to anything but the sweetness. But I suppose maybe it’s a good deal - you get more sweetness for the same number of calories.

I found them fun to eat, but really not much for a long-lasting minty freshness. As a breath freshener, well, they didn’t make things worse. Just a little sweet pick-me-up. I can see them going well with mild drinks like tea.

Choward's Lemon

The Choward’s Lemon is a bit more of a curiosity. The ingredients are interesting in that the flavoring is just oil of lemon and citric acid (for tartness). I was expecting a bit of a lemon mint, instead it’s kind of like a SweeTart.

The crunch is smooth and hard and like the Spearmint, it’s quite sweet. But the citric acid gives it a little sour kick. The lemon oil is zesty and certainly more complex than SweeTarts. They less grainy texture took a little getting used to. Ultimately they were just too sweet for a sour chalky candy (I guess that’s why I like the dextrose-based ones) but I liked the texture quite a bit.

Related Candies

  1. Choward’s Guava
  2. All Natural Necco Wafers
  3. Spearmint Leaves
  4. Pastiglie Leone
  5. SweeTarts: Chicks, Ducks & Bunnies (2006)
  6. Choward’s Violet


Name: Choward’s Spearmint
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Choward’s
Place Purchased: Albanese Candy Factory Outlet (Merrilville, IN)
Price: $.90
Size: .875 ounces
Calories per ounce: 113
Categories: Candy, C. Howard Co., Compressed Dextrose, Mints, 7-Worth It, United States


Name: Choward’s Lemon
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Choward’s
Place Purchased: Albanese Candy Factory Outlet (Merrilville, IN)
Price: $.90
Size: .875 ounces
Calories per ounce: 113
Categories: Candy, C. Howard Co., Compressed Dextrose, Mints, 7-Worth It, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:10 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyC. Howard Co.Compressed DextroseMints7-Worth ItUnited States

Comments
  1. Those package designs are beautiful.  I wish all candy looked like that. I think I’m going to pass on the lemon.

    Comment by Steve on 8/09/10 at 10:19 pm #
  2. I like the lemon, but you are right - it’s sweeter than we expect these days from mints. If it was called lemonade, I think it would be more correct. But I have a small container of these out on my desk and people do seem to like them.

    The Guava and violet are still my favorite. The violet has a bit of the red dye aftertaste, but is a unique flavor for American candies. The Guava, their newest flavor, is a very nice tropical addition to their line. They have a sampler pack on their website that lets you try all their products at a reasonable price if you’re ordering something else (I ordered the violet mints since our local World Market closed and that was my one source for the violets).

    Comment by Jim Kosmicki on 8/10/10 at 4:38 am #
  3. This takes me back to my childhood growing up in NYC.  I think this is the same company that also made Violet flavored square candy in the same wrapper except it was purple and silver.

    Comment by PMoran on 8/10/10 at 9:34 am #

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