Monday, April 13, 2015

Leaf Tart n Tinys

Tart n Tinys 80s logoIt’s rare that I get to chronicle the demise of a candy on this blog, it’s even rarer to then be able to report of its return.

Tart n Tinys was a fringe candy to begin with back in the early 1970s. They were one of the early confections introduced by Breaker Confections, which also made other compressed dextrose candies like Wacky Wafers (more history on Collecting Candy). The innovation for the candy came around 1977 when they added a re-closable top that acted as a dispenser for the maddeningly small pieces. Later they were added into the Wonka brand in the 1980s, which Breaker licensed around the time of the movie premiere. But still, they were never headliner candies, they were never the centerpiece of the Wonka brand, and rarely included in other formats for the candies sold for Trick or Treat or in large lay-down bags.

Tart n Tinys were then discontinued around 2007, and even then, they were different from the original candy. They sported candy shells, like mini Spree candies, though they came in a larger box now and with the addition of a blue raspberry flavor. There was a chewy version, which again, might have been confusing for the existing Wonka brand which also included SweeTarts, Spree and Mini Chewy SweeTarts at that time.

Tart n Tinys (2015)Devoted fans bought up the last few cases of Tart n Tinys, I even held onto a few boxes (I have two or three, still). Then Leaf Brands started to buy up the old trademarks and research the recipes in order to revive the candies. (Leaf brought back Astro Pops in 2012 and is also promising a return of Wacky Wafers this year.)

The new Tart n Tinys are similar to the original packaging for the candy; a simple cellophane bag. They were expensive when I picked them up, at Dylan’s Candy Bar, for $3.49 for a 1.5 ounce package. Though they don’t have the candy coating of the version that was discontinued, there are blue candies in there. They’re made in America and a Kosher.

Tart n Tinys (2015)

The wee little cylinders are 1/4 of an inch high. They’re about 3/16 of an inch in diameter. The candies were only slightly powdery within the package, which you can kind of see in the picture of the wrapper up there.

There are six colors and flavors: blue raspberry, grape, orange, lime, lemon and cherry. There’s no listing of the flavors on the package.

Blue Raspberry is sweet and tart with a pretty good floral berry flavor to it.

Grape is smooth and acidic but without much grape punch to it, though it’s hard to rival the SweeTarts grape.

Lemon is mild, a little tangy but not too much lemon in there either.

Orange is probably the best, a good mix of the juice flavor and tartness.

Lime is surprising, I was certain it was going to be green apple, so that was nice. It’s a good lime, not too artificial and not too much like a floor cleaner.

Cherry is pretty bold, sometimes it seemed like it was the most intense of the flavors in the mix. The black cherry flavors were well rounded, good deep notes and a puckery finish.

As a candy sold as tart, they’re not as sour as some of the modern Warheads or Toxic Waste type products.

Tart n Tinys (2015)

The texture is generally smoother than SweeTarts, which tend to be a little crumbly and lumpy. However, the flavor is not as intense, so there’s plenty of tart but less actual defining flavor between them. This makes it easy to eat them together as a mix, but harder to chose over SweeTarts for flavor alone. However, I liked all of the flavors and didn’t have to pick any of them out, the fact that there’s orange, lime and raspberry in there makes this a unique mix among the sour dextrose candies.

The upshot of all of this is that, yes, they are very much like the original candy. However, the packaging is lacking the original flair with its recyclable dispenser box ... and the price (I admit that it’s probably not the normal price) is ridiculous. I’ll stick to SweeTarts until these come down to normal pricing. But, they really are fun to stack and arrange.

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  6. Runts
  7. Gobstopper Heart Breakers
  8. Goodbye Tart n Tinys
  9. Head to Head: Chewy SweeTarts vs Chewy Tart n Tinys


Name: Tart n Tinys
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Leaf
Place Purchased: Dylan's Candy Bar (Farmers Market)
Price: $3.49
Size: 1.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 100
Categories: Candy, Leaf Brand Candy, Compressed Dextrose, Sour, 7-Worth It, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:39 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewLeaf Brand CandyCompressed DextroseSour7-Worth ItUnited States

Comments
  1. I miss the candy-coated ones from my childhood in the 2000s.

    Comment by Jenna on 4/13/15 at 6:41 pm #
  2. I loved these when I was a kid! I didn’t realize they were no longer made, kinda sad.

    Comment by Sophia on 4/14/15 at 6:48 am #
  3. Thanks for the review of our Tart n’ Tinys.  We really took a lot of time to make sure they were exactly like we remember them and they turned out great!  We also went all the way back to the original packaging, (before the box)and added blue raspberry since the flavor was so amazing.

    Comment by Ellia Kassoff on 4/14/15 at 11:07 am #
  4. Have you tried Sweetarts since they started making them with no artificial flavors? They’ve been out for a few months, at least, Unfortunately, they’re not as intense as they used to be.

    Comment by Sarah Tobergta on 4/14/15 at 3:36 pm #
  5. Ellia Kassoff, nice to see someone from one of the many candy companies come in here and comment…!:)

    Comment by SteveCarras on 4/14/15 at 7:28 pm #
  6. We always believe in interacting with our customers.

    Comment by Ellia Kassoff on 4/15/15 at 12:01 pm #
  7. I’m holding out for the Wacky Wafers, which were my favorites as a kid (the original, large ones).  I loved the banana ones. 

    Comment by Michelle on 4/15/15 at 3:36 pm #
  8. Oh man, I LOVED these when I was in high school. And I haven’t thought about them for years. Nice to see a little blast from the past has come back for a new generation.

    Comment by Kim on 4/20/15 at 5:52 pm #
  9. I just found out about these coming back. My sister remembers how much I loved them when we were kids. Unfortunately I haven’t found any store in San Antonio that sells them. I think the last time I had any was 1990. As soon as I get my hands on them I’m going to cue up some Danger Mouse and have a great flashback to 1983. I can’t wait!

    Comment by J. Morrissey on 5/18/15 at 9:24 pm #

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