Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Grape Vines

Grape VinesLast year I got a curious comment on my Red Vines review mentioning Grape Vines. I thought they were long gone. Incredibly I read that American Licorice was reviving the grape flavored licorice twists and have been scanning shelves for them ever since. I spotted them at the grocery store last week and of course snagged a package.

First of all, the box and logo are just fabulous. They’re snazzy and happy and classic. I like the simplicity and boldness of the Red Vines packaging, especially the standard tray which seems to be their most popular format. The clear window shows off the product but the unified graphic elements make them easy to recognize on the shelf. I was happy to see that Grape Vines fit right in.

Grape Vines

It’s not your imagination nor a strange anomaly in the photo, they’re not all the same color. Some are more on the magenta side of purple and other twists are on the concord-grape-juice purple side. Besides the color, they look and feel just like Red Vines. The texture is matte but smooth with a bit of a glow, as they’re slightly translucent. They’re not at all sticky or tacky. They’re flexible, especially since these are fresh (though I’ll eat licorice fresh or stale).

They’re the kind of candy you can put out on your desk and not worry about. They don’t leave a greasy mess, they don’t really dry out (maybe after a day or so, but an afternoon while you’re working at the computer is just fine). I’ve even stuck them in my pocket out of the bag without incident (though I don’t recommend that for more humid or damp regions).

Grape Vines

They smell like Pixy Stix and ball point pen ink and taste like flat grape soda.

The chew is pleasant and not as waxy as Twizzlers can be. The flavor is mild with just a light hint of grape. The grape isn’t all artificial tasting either, sometimes it’s remarkably like raisins. (Though if I wanted raisin flavor I should just eat raisins.) I was pleased to see that they didn’t need to use Red #40 for the coloring so I didn’t get that aftertaste I often find with brightly colored candies.

They’re different. I enjoyed them, though not more than the standard Red Vines and certainly not as much as my cherished black licorice.

On a side note, I got a new lens for my camera for Christmas. Can you tell I was enjoying Grape Vines if only as an excellent subject to test it out? (Tamron SP AF60mm F2 Di II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro)

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  6. Red Vines
  7. Kenny’s Licorice Pastels & Root Beer Twists
Name: Grape Vines
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Red Vines (American Licorice)
Place Purchased: Gelson's (Silverlake)
Price: $1.49
Size: 5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 99
Categories: United States, American Licorice, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:24 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. you know I’ve always wondered why someone hasn’t come up with a ‘dye free’ version of this kind of licorice and/or M&M.  you know?  or maybe you do know.

    Comment by dawn on 1/05/10 at 11:29 am #
  2. I go through phases when I eat and eat and eat Red Vines. I have no idea why, because I’m not a huge fan of them! I think I shall be trying these for variety! smile

    Comment by Richard @ The Bewildered Brit on 1/05/10 at 7:02 pm #
  3. I can’t do grape… but that second photo is almost… edible. Pretty fab.

    Comment by perry on 1/06/10 at 1:00 am #
  4. maybe it’s the new lens, but these pictures are making me ache to try these! i do like grape candy, but it’s mostly the colour that is really drawing me to these.

    too bad i’m pretty unlikely to see them over here in europe :-\

    Comment by monsterpants on 1/06/10 at 1:07 am #
  5. Where do I find these delectable-looking babies? I checked out my local Target, and no luck. I’ll keep on looking. Also, I did pick up a Red Vines at Target, and once again, a stale package! uugghh! Are Red Vines normally a stale-firm consistency, or am I just not lucking out with the fresh stuff?

    Comment by Makai on 1/06/10 at 11:46 am #
  6. Oh, happy day!!!!  Grape was my favorite licorice flavor in my youth…..I’m on a mission to find some in Northern CA….We don’t have a Gelson’s, but I WILL find them somewhere!

    Comment by Michelle F on 1/06/10 at 5:01 pm #
  7. Synesthesia's avatar

    waaaaaah, i went to walgreens and rite-aid, and found nada.  i’ve been craving these things ever since you put the review up, and i’ve never even had them before! i’ll keep on looking, hopefully i find them soon :(

    Comment by Synesthesia on 1/06/10 at 5:01 pm #
  8. Synesthesia's avatar

    oh yeah, and because they didn’t have the grape vines, i bought the red vines since i’ve never tried them before.  they kind of taste like those wax lips hahahaha

    Comment by Synesthesia on 1/06/10 at 5:05 pm #
  9. I tried Kroger and Walmart, but no luck.  Where do you find those Grape Vines?

    Comment by Dale on 1/16/10 at 2:16 pm #
  10. OK.  I found these at Kroger (Smith’s/Ralph’s) yesterday.  The flavor is soooo mild that they taste like they were unflavored and then sat in a container with something grape and took on a bit of flavor/scent.  They smell like grape Bubble Yum, but have virtually no flavor.  They are gorgeous, but the red ones are a million times better.  Don’t waste your money on these.  Totally not worth it.

    Comment by amy on 1/30/10 at 9:16 am #
  11. OMG ARE U SERIOUS???? I HAVE BEEN seraching crazy for GRAPE VINES!!! I remember when i was 6 yrs old.. i used to ALWAYS get those whenever i’d go to my older brothers baseball games.. i loooove Red Vines as well…but the Grape ones were my all time fav.!! ... i’m now 28 years old..and about 2 years ago i got really really curious and was searching for them..i’m still searching!! so when i ran into this blog.. I really got excited!!! I’m going to go out and try to look for them… lol i’m so GLAD they are back!!!!! I hope I find them out here.. I lived in Southern California my whole life..but a year ago, I moved to Central Louisiana because my hubby found his Biological Father..so they are trying to build a relationship…and this state simply doesn’t have the things we had back home in California.. ohhh the things we take for Granted!

    Comment by Lyric Jones on 3/11/10 at 3:57 pm #
  12. I went to Redvines.com to see what flavors they had available(they do make certain flavors on a limited basis and retire them for a while, like Disney does with its dvd’s) and even though they had a picture of Grapevines, it was not on the production list. They had red, black, cherry vines, and pink strawberry vines. There is even a link on where you can buy these flavors online if you can’t find them in stores, which I guess is what I will have to do as no retailers around here carry anything other than red and black. not sure if you can buy by single packs or bags though, looked more like bulk(cases). Happy Vining Y’all!

    Comment by bearcatdavey on 5/07/10 at 6:49 pm #
  13. I love Grapevines!!  I had fond memories of this candy from the 80’s.  I was really little then, but could still remember that taste.  The memory tortured me for years.  You know when you really enjoyed something and know you’ll never experience it again.  Well a few years back I found these at some hole in the wall gas station.  I flipped!!  I bought them.  They still smell the exact way I remember them.  I do like Red vines so much more, but these are a trip down memory lane. YUM!

    Comment by Renee on 6/29/10 at 11:55 pm #
  14. Last night I went to a gas station store while a friend of mine was getting gas and I found a package of Grape Vines which I purchased. I haven’t had these since I was a kid! They were good and I hope to find some again somewhere. Thanks for writing what you did a while ago about this candy. I like your blog by the way.

    Comment by Jamie on 10/24/10 at 11:59 pm #
  15. I found some at a 76 Gas Station - to die for… YUMMY

    Comment by Elena on 11/30/10 at 9:43 am #
  16. I tried these beauties for the first time yesterday and i must say… I LIKED EM… The smell is sort of intoxicating like aromatherapy for the nose… I have always liked grape tasting candies like the now or later candy so i am sort of bias when it comes to the grape… I can dig the original red vines as well… but the grape ones have my heart… Smile for the grape camera…

    Comment by Roberta I. Williams-Beverly on 3/22/11 at 1:01 pm #
  17. Wow i Really love these they’ve been gone for about 10- 12 yrs it seems. i used to buy them by the tub all the time. red vines are my favorite brand of licorice. but the grape vines have the more addicting flavor. i used to wonder why they’ve disappeared my sis gave me the news after contacting the company and last year she said the came back and immediately bought a few packs but finding the tub hasn’t been easy at all. do they have the tub available? I LOVE LICORICE!!

    Comment by SugaToof on 3/24/11 at 3:49 pm #
  18. Synesthesia's avatar

    FYI - i still haven’t been able to locate these in Rhode Island, but I found someone selling them by the tray on ebay.  he only has 7 left - so grab em while you can if you want to try them!


    they are sort of expensive but (hopefully) worth it if you can’t find them anywhere like i couldn’t.  i cant wait til i get them in!

    Comment by Synesthesia on 3/25/11 at 9:57 pm #
  19. I searched and searched for Grapevines and found them in a small market in Pine Grove, Ca. Every time I go in, I buy every package on the shelf. One thing though, I think they need more of the grape candy flavor added. I ate these things as a kid in the 60’s and 70’s. I wrote to Red Vines requesting a bit more of the flavor be added but I doubt it will do much good. I am a grape candy and soda lover!

    Comment by Scott Morrison on 6/07/11 at 2:15 pm #
  20. I love Red Vines. I remember when they were $4.  Those days are gone. Does anybody know where is the best place to buy them in or near Garden Grove, CA? Seal Beach, CA?

    Comment by Judy on 3/18/13 at 1:16 pm #
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