Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Melville Candy Company Fruit & Veggie Pops

Melville Candy has always made fantastically attractive lollipops. They have an extensive line of Honey Spoons and an amazing array of Barley Sugar Pops (which I will review after I finish eating one of each).

They were highlighting their line of Harvest Candy at the Fancy Food Show back in January.

Fruit & Vegetable Pops

The array includes large lollipops shaped like vegetables and fruits.

  • Corn - Butter Popcorn
  • Apple - Citrus Apple
  • Pumpkin - Pumpkin Spice
  • Watermelon - Watermelon
  • Carrot - Carrot Cake
  • Orange - Citrus Orange
  • Strawberry - Citrus Strawberry
  • Grape - Citrus Grape
  • Peach - Peach
  • Banana - Banana
  • As you can see above when you compare that list to my photo, I didn’t pick up all the flavors.

    Apple - is a large and deep red pop. It’s shaped like an apple and about 2.5” in diameter and slightly domed. The shrink wrap has a little stem and green leaf, but after opening it up, it’s just a plain red lollipop. I was expecting the normal “candy company green apple flavor” that has no relationship with the real world. Instead it tastes like sweet, solid apple juice. I didn’t get any “citrus” per se, but the smooth texture of the candy and the light fruity flavor was appealing.

    Orange - is about the same size as the apple but has two little leaves at the top and a bumpy texture on the molding. The flavor is mostly sweet with a touch of orange zest. It’s not at all tangy, which sets it apart from most orange lollies on the market (like Orange Tootsie Pops).

    Melville Corn Lollipop

    Corn - it’s a tall and narrow pop, about 5 inches long. The shrink wrap on it has the little husks and peeling the wrapper form the top is rather like shucking corn. The molding of the pop is textured just like rows of corn niblets.

    I didn’t know what to expect for the flavor. They described it as buttered popcorn. I’ve always found “butter flavor” especially in things like popcorn snacks and Jelly Belly to be rather repulsive (and one of the chemicals used to create this, diacetyl, is actually causing dire health complications for workers exposed to it).

    Happily the flavor here is more like the toffee-like coating on kettle corn. The butter flavor is very mild and the toasted sugar flavors are more prominent with just a hint of creamed corn to really sell the corn-ness of it.

    Carrot - it’s about the same size as the corn, but obviously tapered at the top as a carrot is. I was hoping for a wonderful spice pop, with notes of ginger and maybe raisins. Instead it was kind of a sweet generic yellow cake taste. Not bad, but just not quite as cool and innovative as I’d hoped. However, the shape & texture was amazing - smooth & easy to eat.

    The sticks are large and beefy and the pops are substantial (1.75 ounces each). They last a long time and the smooth texture makes them a pleasure - not a mouth-wrecker.

    It’s also nice the the pops are shrink wrapped instead of in little baggies, for use as favors or on display, this makes the especially appealing. They retail for about $2 to $3 each (depending on whether you buy them in full boxes or individually). As a molded hard candy these do have a tendency to droop when exposed to high temperatures or simply when they get old, so if you get some, eat them soon.

    Other reviews: I first heard of these on Sugar Savvy years ago (which may or may not be made by the same company) & Candy Addict tirelessly reviewed the whole array.

    Related Candies

    1. Milk Maid Caramel Apple Candy Corn
    2. Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses
    3. Lindt Chocolate Carrots
    4. Zotter Candy Bars
    5. Candy Corn Kisses
    Name: Harvest Lollipops: Corn, Carrot, Orange & Apple
      RATING:
    • 10 SUPERB
    • 9 YUMMY
    • 8 TASTY
    • 7 WORTH IT
    • 6 TEMPTING
    • 5 PLEASANT
    • 4 BENIGN
    • 3 UNAPPEALING
    • 2 APPALLING
    • 1 INEDIBLE
    Brand: Melville Candy Company
    Place Purchased: samples from Fancy Food Show
    Price: $2.00 to $3.00 retail
    Size: 1.75 ounces each
    Calories per ounce: unknown (probably about 110)
    Categories: Hard Candy, United States, Melville Candy Company

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:21 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

    Comments
    1. Yuuuuuuuuuuck, I tried the Buttered Popcorn lolli and I took 3 licks and had to throw it away. I got it at Cracker Barrell, and actually felt bad for throwing it away because it was cute and so big, only $1.99, but I found it too yucky. I can deal with the Jelly Belly jelly beans but I can’t suck on something flavored like popcorn… I would have liked to try the apple and peach though! It’s always good to have candy that tastes like a real red apple, though it’s rare; and I LOVE any candy that is peach-flavored.

      Comment by Asia on 5/05/09 at 1:59 pm #
    2. Tricia's avatar

      How funny! We have a kids’ song that includes a line “is there a vegetable called the lollipop?” If I show this to my 6yo, he’ll change the answer to “YES!”

      Comment by Tricia on 5/05/09 at 2:50 pm #
    3. What?  Where’s the review on the strawberry?  I am allergic to strawberries and am always looking for some authentic strawberry-tasting candy that won’t give me hives….was the taste authentic?

      Comment by Michelle on 5/11/09 at 9:57 am #
    4. Cybele's avatar

      Michelle - as I mentioned, I didn’t sample the entire line. Check in with Candy Addict (linked above) as they did.

      Comment by Cybele on 5/11/09 at 10:05 am #

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