Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Holiday Edition Sugar Babies

Holiday Edition Sugar BabiesFor years Sugar Babies were just plain old Sugar Babies.

Tiny little caramels panned with a sugar shell like a jelly bean.

Perfect just the way they are.

But Tootsie, like so many other companies, needed to expand the brand. So they covered them in chocolate and then some bitter green ogre skin (oh, wait, that was green apple flavor). Those were interesting extensions, because they actually built on the unique caramel of Sugar Babies and then added something else.

Now Tootsie has given us Sugar Babies Holiday Edition.

What’s different about these?


They’re white, red and green. That’s it.

I went out and bought a box of regular Sugar Babies just to be sure.

Even the original have artificial colors in them (why?) but the only addition to the list of ingredients for the Holiday Edition is titanium dioxide. (Mmm, like licking a lifeguard’s nose.)

Frankly, these Holiday Edition ones are downright ugly. They look like leftover nubs of erasers. The colors are dull but not muted enough to look like it’s on purpose. (And of course I can tell which ones are red by the bitter aftertaste that I get from Red 40.)

The other funky thing about these is the package design. I actually liked the blue and plain clip art style snowman. But I was extremely irritated by the little “snowflake” type decorative elements. Why? Because they have eight points.

Snowflakes have six sides or points.

Instead Holiday Edition Sugar Babies boxes are decorated with asterisks. And you know what asterisks make me think of?

If you have a Sugar Babies lover in your life and want to give them a little treat, make it a fresh box of the classic ones. The only reason to buy these is because you love Kurt Vonnegut.

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Name: Holiday Edition Sugar Babies
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Tootsie
Place Purchased: Target (WeHo)
Price: $1.39
Size: 5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 112
Categories: Caramel, United States, Tootsie, Limited Edition, Christmas

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:00 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. The candy industry in Japan is built almost entirely on messing with success (hence the hundreds of different and often bad versions of the KitKat). It’s always interested me that our attitude in the U.S. is to seek a perfect, classic version and to stick with it and the Japanese attitude is to spin off as many novel versions as possible. I’m sure that these would go over big in Japan if they had Sugar Babies here. Anything that looks new goes. grin

    Comment by Orchid64 on 12/02/08 at 1:52 pm #
  2. Oliver Sudden's avatar

    I just finished the last of the leftover Sugar Babies from Halloween. Oh, sure, I could have given them to the kids, but they acted happy to get Atomic Fireballs and all the rest of my assortment.

    Comment by Oliver Sudden on 12/02/08 at 8:05 pm #
  3. Don’t hate me for being anal, but titanium dioxide is used to whiten foods and cosmetics.  Zinc oxide is in sunblock.

    Comment by Mary on 12/03/08 at 6:46 am #
  4. Cybele's avatar

    Mary - both zinc & titanium oxide are used for sunblock, but you are correct if you’re pointing out that the white stuff that’s used for noses is classically zinc oxide.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/03/08 at 6:49 am #
  5. I follow your blog and this one caught my eye enough to visit today. I like sugar babies but these do look gross. =) I’m glad they haven’t made Christmas Milk Duds though. *shudder*

    Keep up the great work!

    Comment by castocreations on 12/03/08 at 10:29 am #
  6. Cybele,

    Thanks for your always enlightening look at the sweet and welcome respite of candy. Whether viewing the appealing photos - or reading your informative reviews, a visit to Candy Blog is always an inspiration. Thanks for being a great friend and mentor to the LAFD Blog Team, and for being a standard bearer of the blogosphere.

    Happy Holidays!

    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

    Brian Humphrey
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

    Comment by Brian Humphrey on 12/03/08 at 8:54 pm #
  7. “like licking a lifeguard?s nose”—I literally LOLed!

    Comment by R on 12/04/08 at 4:35 pm #
  8. I love regular Sugar Babies but these holiday ones don’t look very appealing. Odd bit of marketing there.  :-(

    Comment by utenzi on 12/11/08 at 9:44 am #
  9. There is one very big difference between the (ugh!) tri-colored Sugar Babies and the classic version.

    Classic Sugar Babies taste like caramel.  Holiday Sugar Babies taste like white sugar.  Might as well chow down on a bag of the white stuff.

    Oh well.  At least they aren’t broccoli flavored.

    Comment by Zergnal on 11/18/11 at 8:18 pm #
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