Monday, August 15, 2011

Jolly Rancher Tropical Fruit Chews

Jolly Rancher Tropical Fruit ChewsJolly Rancher (part of Hershey’s) introduced their Jolly Rancher Fruit Chews ten years ago. The chews are individually wrapped and have a texture similar to Starburst or an intense taffy. When I first tried them they were sold in a long stack of pieces, much like Starburst.

When I was at the convenience store a couple of weeks ago I saw the newer packaging which is a little, brightly colored paperboard box. It holds the same amount of candy, 2.06 ounces 14 pieces). The Jolly Rancher Tropical Fruit Chews come in four flavors: Pineapple, Strawberry-Kiwi, Lemon-Lime and Tropical Punch.

Jolly Rancher Tropical Fruit Chews

What exactly makes these Jolly Ranchers? When they were first introduced Jolly Ranchers became widely known because of their smooth dissolving texture with no air bubbles and intense flavors. Their slogan is Famous for Flavor and when I think of the brand I do identify it with my first experience with Green Apple. The company was founded in 1949 in Colorado, but the national obsession with the candies didn’t begin until after Beatrice Foods took over the candy in 1966 and distributed them nationally.

Hershey’s now owns Jolly Ranchers and has expanded the brand to include Gummis, Lollipops, Jelly Beans and Chews. All feature intense flavors but very generic flavors on the whole with bright colors.

Jolly Rancher Tropical Fruit Chews

The chews are rectangular, one inch long and 3/4 of an inch wide. They’re soft and pliable and a cross in texture between Starburst and Now and Later.

I was happy to see that I picked a box where Pineapple was the densest flavor. The chew doesn’t smell like anything but has an immediate tart and floral flavor of pineapple. The texture isn’t entirely smooth like Starburst, but retains its flavor and texture, kind of like gum all the way to the end when it dissolves.

Lemon-Lime was quite zesty and has a little sizzle to it, it’s so intense. The flavor is more on the lime side of lemon-lime, but not so tart that it’s unbearable. It reminds me of a Gin and Tonic without the Gin.

Tropical Punch was in the intense red wrapper and was nearly maroon when unwrapped. The flavor is peppery and very much like Hawaiian Punch, strong guava and papaya notes along with some hints of raspberry and pineapple. There was a slight artificial color aftertaste, but it couldn’t really rival the riot of artificial flavors.

Strawberry-Kiwi was pink and looked like bubble gum. The flavor combination was really intense and I could actual perceive the different fruits - the Kiwi was grassy and had notes of the seeds and the strawberry was tangy and with the toasted sugar flavors of cotton candy.

Overall, it’s a good flavor variety to add to Jolly Ranchers line. I question the packaging in a box. It’s nice to pick through the assortment for the flavor I want, but the box was only about half full, so it took up far more volume than necessary. I like the compactness of the Starburst style package, which also protects the pieces very well with double sealed wrapping.

They’re made in Mexico and are not Kosher and have no notice of nuts or gluten or any other common allergen (it does contain soy). It does contain gelatin so it’s not suitable for vegetarians.

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Name: Jolly Rancher Tropical Fruit Chews
Brand: Hershey’s
Place Purchased: 76 Food Mart
Price: $1.25
Size: 2.06 ounces
Calories per ounce: 115
Categories: Candy, Hershey's, Chews, 7-Worth It, Mexico

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:37 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyHershey'sChews7-Worth ItMexico

  1. Yum. Yum. BTW…made you new blog of the day.

    Comment by JESSE COHEN on 8/16/11 at 9:02 pm #
  2. Haven’t seen these on my store shelves, but I really should go over them for my show.

    Comment by Giovanni (Candysurge) on 8/17/11 at 1:49 pm #
  3. The only lolly I was never able to eat were Jolly Rancher chews. What made it worse was that I’d bought them to chew while landing and taking off in a plane to stop my ears from popping but they were too disgusting even for that. I can only describe the taste as being like a sack of sugar being dumped into a chemical factory.

    Comment by Leigh on 8/18/11 at 1:32 am #
  4. I found these today in Poundland along with the original flavour chews, (I always get excited when I see American sweeties!) They are very nice, even though they have a bit of a plasticy taste. The pineapple ones are the best.

    Comment by Hannah on 5/09/15 at 5:07 pm #
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