Thursday, July 29, 2010

Jolly Rancher Awesome Twosome Chews

Jolly Rancher Awesome Twosome ChewsThis is an early review of an upcoming product: Jolly Rancher Awesome Twosome Chews that should hit store shelves in December 2010.

About five years ago Twizzlers, a Hershey’s company, introduced Twerpz (original review). They were cute little nibs of flavored “licorice” that had a grainy and flavored cream filling. They were around for about three years then slowly faded away. Twizzlers introduced a few similar products such as the Twizzlers Sweet & Sour Filled Twists, but didn’t relaunch the Twerpz line. In a completely unrelated area, Hershey’s had a line of chocolate bar “Awesome Twosome” brand mashups around the same time. They were regular Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars with bits of other bars mixed in, like Whoppers, Heath, Almond Joy and Reese’s Pieces.

Jolly Rancher Awesome Twosome ChewSo it appears that this new product, now under the Jolly Rancher brand is taking over the Twizzlers Twerpz product, but giving it a little twist by combing two flavors in each piece (that’s the Twosome part).

The flavors of the Awesome Twosome Chews are standards in the Jolly Rancher palette. One is Watermelon on the outside and has a Green Apple filling. The other is Cherry on the outside and has an Orange filling. Each has a sour grainy dusting.

The Watermelon/Green Apple is kind of fun because it’s a reverse of the colors of an actual watermelon. That’s about where the fun for me ended. The package itself smells rather plastic and artificial, like bubble gum, wood glue and one of those discount movie palaces that always smells a little damp. They’re soft and chewy and the sour coating isn’t that powerful, just a nice zap.

The tube of watermelon licorice is well flavored, in the Jolly Rancher arena, which is good if you like that sort of thing. The green apple inside goes pretty well, but again, horribly artificial and acidic in a way that reminds me of burps.

DSC_7252rbThe Cherry/Orange was at least made up of one flavor that I generally like. The cherry chew part was very flavorful, but sadly it was a very bad flavor. The use of food coloring and one note of medicinal cherry kept me from enjoying it at all. There were only four of these in my bag, so I didn’t get a lot to try. The paste filling was an interesting texture but in the case of the orange one, far too mild and like Tang instead of a well rounded zesty orange to stand up to the cherry.

The aftertaste was like I’d chewed on PlayDoh for a while and then swallowed Country Time Lemonade drink mix. However, I know that there are folks who are really looking forward to these. I like the concept but the texture, flavors and general execution just doesn’t fit my style.

Related Candies

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  4. Jolly Rancher Fruit Chews

Name: Jolly Rancher Awesome Twosome Chews
Brand: Hershey’s
Place Purchased: sample from Sweets & Snacks Expo
Price: $.89 retail
Size: 1.8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 100
Categories: Candy, Hershey's, Chews, Sour, 3-Unappealing, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:31 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyHershey'sChewsKosherSour3-UnappealingUnited States

  1. sdswcu's avatar

    They’re in a few stores now here on the east coast. When I ate first 1 I was not impressed but as I finished the pack I realized they weren’t that bad for a gummie type snack. I much prefer the original JR Fruit Chews and the new Tropical Fruit Chews.

    Comment by sdswcu on 7/30/10 at 6:34 am #
  2. Chewy Jolly Rancher?!?  I’ve only seen their hard candies.  From your review, it looks like they should have stuck with those.

    Comment by Pam on 7/31/10 at 6:23 am #
  3. I LOVE the new Jolly Rancher AWESOME TWOSOMES! The are tangy, soft and chewy, they are truly AWESOME! If you like gummy candies, you will LOVE theses! My kids and their friends are loving them!  Also, the new Jolly Rancher Tropical Fruit Chews are out and they are wonderful too!

    Comment by Marcy Vukotich on 8/06/10 at 9:36 pm #
  4. OMG I have seriously eaten like 40 bags in a week. I went to the store and bought all of them they had left. I am ADDICTED!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where can I find them in bigger bags???????

    Comment by jessi burjak on 10/08/10 at 3:31 pm #
  5. This might be the greatest new candy of 2010.  The people who don’t like this candy are the same people who didn’t like Billy Madison because it’s too “low brow”.  Awesome Twosome for presedent 2012!!!!!!!

    Comment by isaac on 11/17/10 at 12:32 pm #
  6. president**

    Comment by isaac on 11/17/10 at 12:33 pm #
  7. Jessi I am with you I tried them one day and had to go back an buy what the little store in our small town had, I love them! I completely disagree with the above review on this candy. These need to stick around!!

    Comment by Leslie on 12/03/10 at 10:55 am #
  8. I absolutely love the twosomes!!! I can’t get enough of them.. sweet and tangy!  I buy a pack almost everyday!! Can’t wait until they sell them elsewhere.  They only carry them at one small store that I know of.

    Comment by April on 12/09/10 at 1:20 pm #
  9. I’m SO glad to see that I’m not the only one who LOVES AWESOME TWOSOME’S. My problem is that most other chews have gelatin, and these didn’t, and oh my God, I dont think I’ve ever loved any candy more. Maybe I was having a weird craving, but these TOTALLY satisfied whatever I had. LOVE THEM.

    Comment by Arshia on 1/13/11 at 1:44 pm #
  10. Totally addicted!!!

    Comment by Sweet Tooth on 3/16/11 at 4:57 pm #
  11. The only place I find these is WalMart in the candy aisle, NOT checkout.  On the plus side, it’s a larger bag (~6oz)!  The only other bitsy sour/chewy candy better is SweeTart Jellybeans which are seasonal, so these are my go-to smile

    Comment by Philly on 5/17/11 at 12:18 pm #
  12. What??? I love these things! Their so good, all my friends & family like ‘em too. Their one of the only candies that are actually sour.

    Comment by Anna on 6/05/11 at 7:45 pm #
  13. i really liked them just tryed t hem today   my 5   year old found them   she likes them as well they are just like the Twerpz and   she really likes them as well i can still find them in the store   we go to from time to time so they have not stoped making them !

    Comment by Kay on 2/03/12 at 2:27 pm #
  14. Here in Canada we have two types: “Original” (watermelon/green apple and cherry/orange) and “Tropical” (blue raspberry/lemon and mango/strawberry).  I agree, the original flavours are kind of meh, but I absolutely love the Tropical flavours.  Yes, they’re artificial in a way that only Jolly Ranchers can be, but the flavours definitely works together better.

    Comment by Jilliterate on 3/05/12 at 7:19 pm #
  15. Chiming in with Jilliterate’s comments with total agreement.  The mango/strawberry and blue raspberry/lemonade were actually quite good.  My pack was labelled as “New!” so perhaps this flavour combo has just hit the shelves.

    Comment by Wendy on 5/15/12 at 7:09 pm #
  16. Okay these jolly rancher twosomes are the BEST candy I’ve had in a long time!  I don’t eat a lot of candy, but find myself looking for these in stores when I’m out and about.  I LOVE them!  The watermelon green apple ones are my favorite. I could eat a bag everyday, but don’t allow myself to. But I want to!  Keep ‘em coming!  smile

    Comment by Karen on 1/04/13 at 4:38 pm #
  17. I don’t even understand this review. I usually am not a big chewy candy person, plus I don’t eat gelatin but I am addicted as can be to these little sugar lumps. If they went away I’d have to take prozac. I can only find them in Walmart and CVS in the 1.8 ounce which I eat in a day… Hahah… I am glad I have good genetics!

    Comment by Lilly on 2/13/13 at 4:37 pm #
  18. The greatest candy ever! Bring out some new flavors!!! Blueberry wrap with a strawberry filling! Yuuuuummmm!

    Comment by Joshua on 3/16/13 at 4:55 pm #
  19. The best candy ever ,all it took was one bag and we are hooked on them now we always buy two or more bags at every stop . Awsome Twosome has our vote wish they had more flavors and sizes grin

    Comment by Me and my girl on 3/27/13 at 3:11 am #
  20. Awesome twosomes are almost up to par with an actual twosome with your significant other. Its even better when you have a bag after a good night ( : 

    the only thing needed is a bigger bag. like the size of a 1990s style lawyer briefcase. maybe make a few to suit all of the classes of eating habits . how ever my girl and i tend to share everything, so if you can take that into consideration as well as my gigantic hands scooping up most of them without even realizing it, i would be doing me a favor in more than just one way.  send clothes, i want awesome twosome clothing. maybe a bag of some twosomes.

    Comment by andrew james bowman on 10/20/13 at 2:06 am #
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