Thursday, November 12, 2009

Heide Red Hot Dollars

Heide Red Hot DollarsHeide Red Hot Dollars have a colorful past. The original Heide Red Hot Dollars were raspberry flavored, but when they were bought by Hershey’s in the 90s, they thought the name was confusing, so they changed it to Red Raspberry Dollars, which was obviously more descriptive but also lost the decades of product identification. To make things more confusing Farley’s & Sathers bought the brand (which includes Jujyfruits) and introduced these Red Hot Dollars, which are cinnamon flavored.

When I tried Red Raspberry Dollars last year I was a little frustrated because I wanted to try their spicy Red Hot Dollars. I was too cheap to actually buy them via the internet where shipping candy is often in excess of the candy cost, so I just kept my eyes open. When I was the NACS show in Las Vegas last month I mentioned my difficulties in finding them to the Farley’s & Sathers representative and he helped me out by giving me two boxes. (But no real help in finding them again.)

Heide Red Hot Dollars

The box was frustrating. Dots usually have a cellophane wrapper on the boxes. But Heide candies are just a plain paperboard box with product rattling around inside. But what they lack in moisture seals they more than make up for in glue. It was impossible for me to open either box at the flap ends without tearing the layers of paperboard to bits. But fortunately this frustrating package did keep it fresh. They were soft and pliable.

The thick “coins” look exactly like the raspberry ones. They don’t smell either, so don’t throw these in a bowl together unless you love both.

They’re soft like Dots, a little softer than Jujyfruits tend to be. The matte surface doesn’t have a greasy coat like some gummi products do. The gumdrop texture is dense and firm and very cinnamony. Some were hotter than others, enough to make me sweat sometimes.

I really enjoyed them and had no trouble eating both boxes in a matter of weeks. They’re a great candy to keep at my desk because they’re not messy, easy to offer & share plus they don’t give me any sort of weird candy breath. I enjoyed the smooth texture more than the grainy jelly bean known as Hot Tamales, but they really did get stuck to my teeth.

Vegans may be able to consume these; there’s no beeswax or confectionery glaze and the colors are all artificial. It all depends on how you feel about mineral oil and sugar. They’re also Kosher.

Related Candies

  1. Good & Fiery
  2. Dots Elements: Earth, Air, Fire & Water
  3. Cinnamon Fire Twizzlers
  4. Gimbal’s Lavaballs
  5. Jujyfruits & Jujubes
  6. Dots
  7. Hot Tamales and Hotter Tamales
Name: Red Hot Dollars
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Heide (Farley's & Sathers)
Place Purchased: samples from Farley's and Sathers
Price: retail $1.00
Size: 7.8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 92
Categories: Jelly, Cinnamon, United States, Farley's & Sathers, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:16 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. What’s wrong with mineral oil?

    Comment by Iris on 11/12/09 at 4:30 pm #
  2. i just bought a box of these. oh my teeth! it’s like they are covered in a ragged film of sealing wax. tasty, though.

    Comment by santos. on 11/13/09 at 6:36 pm #
  3. When I was young I was always dissapointed these were not actually cinnamon candies.

    Comment by Bob on 11/15/09 at 5:29 pm #

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