Monday, April 21, 2014

Hot Tamales Tropical Heat

Hot Tamales Tropical HeatJust Born has been making Hot Tamales, a cinnamon flavored jelly candy, since 1950. Their newest twist is Hot Tamales Tropical Heat, which features spice combined with fruit flavors.

While the classic Hot Tamales get their warm heat from the active ingredient in cinnamon, cinnamaldehyde, the twist with this new version features hot peppers. The active hotness in chili peppers is caused by capsaicin.

Hot Tamales Tropical Heat come in a mix of three flavors in the bag: Limon Fever, Mango Tango, and Pineapple Picante.

I bought this half pound peg at Cost Plus World Market for $2.99 ... I found that a bit steep for what are basically jelly beans, but I was very interested in Just Born’s entry into this segment. I’m quite fond of the original and keep them on hand in my candy jars in my office.

Hot Tamales Tropical Heat

The pieces are beautiful and easy to differentiate from the regular Hot Tamales or Milk and Ike, if you happened to mix them together.

The Limon Fever is light green with a few green speckles on it. Though limón is lemon in Spanish, this has a distinct lime note to it. There’s a bitterness at the front, a nice zesty note of citrus peel, then a tart juicy flavor (which could be lemon) and a note of jalapeno. Though I get the spicy burst and the warmth, it’s not too much, not throat searing, just warm. Then after a while it’s just sweet and a little grainy.

Hot Tamales Tropical Heat

Mango Tango is medium orange with red speckles. This seemed to be the dominant flavor in my package, which is too bad. As much as I love mangos, they’re rarely good in candy format. The flavor starts out with a mild tangy bite and the heat from the chili, then it gets sweet and taste like peaches. That’s pretty much it. It’s not terrible, but it’s not quite mango.

Pineapple Picante begins with a good mix of floral and lightly tart. The chili warmth comes in just as the whole thing descends into sweetness though the floral pineapple remains. It’s the freshest tasting of the three, though I liked the enduing zest of the Limon as well.

Though I found these a little strange, I actually liked them, and I don’t actually like chili peppers. They’re warm but not painfully hot. But if you’re someone who likes their spicy spices to burn, these will not do it for you.

Hot Tamales are gluten free, contain no gelatin but do have confectioners glaze so wouldn’t be appropriate for vegans.

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Name: Hot Tamales Tropical Heat
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Just Born
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (Farmers Market)
Price: $2.99
Size: 8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 108
Categories: Candy, Just Born, Jelly Candy, 7-Worth It, United States, Cost Plus

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:41 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewJust BornJelly Candy7-Worth ItUnited StatesCost Plus

Comments
  1. These sound like my kind of candy.
    Small note to make: in Puerto Rico, our citruses are flipped: limón is the green one, and lima is the yellow one. I don’t know why. Just one of those things that makes us odd among Latin America.
    I doubt that was Just Born’s intention, but at least to me it wouldn’t have seemed weird at all.

    Comment by Christian P. Saenz on 4/21/14 at 8:30 pm #
  2. In Mexico, “limón” always means “lime”—they don’t really do lemons there.

    Comment by JefferyK on 4/22/14 at 3:29 pm #

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