Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Foxes Five Flavor

Fox's Five Flavor & LifeSavers 5 FlavorsLately there’s a lot of talk about the economy in the news and how people are downsizing their summer trips to staycations, eating out less and even driving less. What hasn’t change is sweets sales. In fact, history shows us that candy is recession-proof (even thrives in bad times as people can always spare something for a bit of sugar).

Fox's Five Flavor & LifeSavers 5 FlavorsBut what is happening is people are choosing their treats more carefully, with price being a key factor. I’m not one to shy away from house brands and generics, so I thought maybe I should give some design impostor candies a try. First up on my list is Foxes Five Flavor roll. I saw these in the vending machine at work. They were economical, at only 60 cents when all the other candy items were 85 cents to a dollar. Of course the roll was also smaller.

They’re meant to compete with LifeSavers 5 Flavors, so I put them to the test, head to head.

LifeSavers have a few competitors in the “small roll of hard candy” field. Mostly Charms, which are pretty hard to come by and Jolly Ranchers. I’m not terribly picky when it comes to hard candies, flavor is usually the first reason for me to buy something, brand is second or third. (Ingredients are also important.)

Here’s the specs on each:

LifeSavers 5 FlavorsLifeSavers 5 Flavors
Flavors: Watermelon, Pineapple, Cherry, Raspberry, Orange
Size: 14 candies, 1.14 ounces (.081 ounces each)
Ingredients: Sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, colors (red 40, yellow 5 & blue 1), soy lecithin.
Origin: Canada

I’ve been very unhappy with the flavor change in the LifeSavers 5 Flavor roll for many years now, and the hiatus from the product hasn’t changed my mind. There are only two flavors worth beans in here Pineapple & Orange. Raspberry is actually good but not what I want in my Favorite Five. Watermelon and Cherry can take a flying leap. (I actually don’t want cherry to leave the mix, I know it’s a legacy flavor and it’s a good way for me to make friends, by offering it to others.)

Fox's Five FlavorsFoxes Five Flavor
Flavors: Orange, Lemon, Lime, Raspberry & Strawberry
Size: 11 candies, .81 ounces (.074 ounces each)
Ingredients: Sugar, corn syrup, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, white grape juice concentrate, colors (red 40 & 3, blue 1 & yellow 5 & 6), sodium benzoate.
Origin: USA

The disks are attractive, translucent and sparkly. They remind me of the old Brach’s Sparklers. They are exceptionally smooth with very few voids so there’s nothing to tear up the mouth. The little divot in the middle makes it easy to run the tongue over it to deliver more flavor, or tuck it in the roof of the mouth comfortably.

Orange was rather bland. A mellow mix of zest and light tanginess, it didn’t have much zip. Lemon was all about sweetness, it was more like cotton candy flavor than a lemon drop, the lemon oil flavors developed more as it dissolved but never moved past pleasant for me. Lime was more intense with both sour and zest ... pretty good. Strawberry was surprisingly peppy - tart, fragrant and a bit like jam. The raspberry was similarly tasty, a little tart, a little flowery.

Overall the flavors were good, not stellar but quality hard candies. The flavors were distinctive and consistent. I would have preferred they be more intense, especially the citrus ones but the two berries were surprise hits.

Though you get more in the LifeSavers roll, you also pay more and with the price of LifeSavers at 85 cents at 7-11, the Foxes Five Flavors win out gram for gram. So, the verdict - if the flavor variety sounds good, the Foxes is a good option when you’re stuck with vending machine fare or are looking to pinch your pennies (and yes, it’s only pennies that are at stake).

Related Candies

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  3. Twizzlers (Strawberry)
  4. LifeSavers
  5. Head to Head: Chewy SweeTarts vs Chewy Tart n Tinys
  6. Goodbye Reed’s
  7. Head-to-Head: Smarties vs. M&Ms
Name: Five Flavors
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Foxes (F&F Foods)
Place Purchased: vending machine in Hollywood
Price: $.60
Size: .81 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Hard Candy, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:19 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Those look almost exactly like a British candy I had when I was a kid—Spangles—right down to the indentation. They were nummy!

    Comment by Linda R. Moore on 7/15/08 at 7:51 pm #
  2. It is interesting to explore the world of candy knock-offs! We have actually sampled Sassy Sours which are an inexpensive substitute to Smarties. They are actually fresher tasting- I think. Give those a shot.

    Comment by Carly on 7/16/08 at 5:13 am #
  3. What ever happened to Brach’s Sparklers, anyway?  I miss those.  The red and green ones were the best.

    Comment by Ann on 7/18/08 at 4:54 pm #
  4. worst candy I have ever tasted.

    Comment by helen on 11/05/10 at 12:01 pm #
  5. UGH! We don’t need any more candies with artificial colors. The association with these colors and ADHD makes me think that sugar isn’t the culprit which makes kids hyper after eating these sweets, but the Red 40.

    Comment by Colleen on 11/03/13 at 4:13 pm #
  6. Am I going nuts or did Lance have a hard candy roll in the 60’s-70’s? I can see the roll in my head as plain as day! I remember the wintergreen (or maybe teaberry?) in pink with the divot in the center like these ones^. The peppermint was white, and they had unusual fruit flavors for the times—sour grape and blackberry. They had rootbeer too. They were similar to Reeds, but they were definitely Lance—I can see the Lance logo on the background of pink with the pink candies scattered like bubbles on it. Why can’t I find any pics of these on Google?

    Comment by Raven on 7/10/15 at 7:15 pm #
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