Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Mentos Fuji Apple

Santos returned to LA with some wonderful new Mentos for me to try! (See more of her lovely gifts to Los Angeles bloggers at Franklin Avenue.)

Today I’m sampling the fantabulous and refreshing Mentos Fuji Apple.

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The Green Apple Mentos that are pretty easy to find domestically (sometimes they’re labeled for Canadian sale and say Pomme Vert), but they’re definitely not the same thing. The Green Apple Mentos taste like that wonderful artificial green apple. Kind of plastic but puckeringly pleasant.

The Fuji Apple Mentos are a lovely off white color, like the inside of a freshly sliced apple.

Fuji Apple, well, is awesome. It replicates that crisp apple flavor so well. A little bit of the apple skin and a lot of the tart tingly flavor of real apples. They say they have “nature identical flavors” in there on the ingredients, for whatever that’s worth. If you’re a candy swapper or planning a visit to Asia and looking for something inexpensive to bring home for your pet-sitter, this might be the thing.

This candy was made in China and labeled for the Philippine market.

The Mentos USA website says they have a “Flavors of the World” store, but they are sadly lacking in the really great flavors they do offer overseas. Oh, how I wish that they did carry the true global varieties. Japan, Philippines and China all carry this flavor and it’s possible you can pick them up in Australia easily.  I haven’t seen them in the Asian markets in Los Angeles (but I haven’t looked very hard since Santos always hooks me up).

Note: these Mentos have no gelatin in them as the American and European ones do but contain something called Gellan Gum instead as a thickening agent. They are not certified Halal or Kosher though (I have some others that I’ll post about that are Halal). Maybe some vegans can weigh in on whether Gellan Gum (derived from bacterial cultures) is on the approved list.

Another curiosity ... in the US Mentos are usually called Chewy Mint on the package. Just about everywhere else they’re called Chewy Dragees.

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Name: Mentos Fuji Apple
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Mentos (Perfetti Van Melle)
Place Purchased: gift (thanks Santos)
Price: unknown
Size: 1.32 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chew, China, Perfetti Van Melle

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:11 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. I loves dem Fuji Apples.  By far, my favorite type of apple.  I haven’t seen these in the stores around here, but I’m betting there’s some on eBay…(checking)...Nope, I was wrong.

    Comment by Marvo on 7/31/07 at 1:01 pm #
  2. Wow! Those sound DELICIOUS!

    Comment by Nanette on 7/31/07 at 1:59 pm #
  3. so do they have artificial flavors and colors in them?

    Comment by Sapphire on 7/31/07 at 3:38 pm #
  4. I haven’t seen these in the shops in Aus yet but I am going to keep my eyes peeled because they sound perfect.

    Comment by Helen on 8/02/07 at 2:53 am #
  5. A few months ago, I found “blood orange” Mentos at an Eastern European specialty market in our town. I was back last week and they were packaged as “red orange”...

    Comment by Tricia on 8/03/07 at 2:12 pm #
  6. I was just in the Philippines and picked up a couple of these for the trip back.  As soon as I tried the first one, I regretted not stocking up! 

    I enjoy the complexity - to me, it tastes like an apple that ages in your mouth.  That may not sound like a good thing, but it is and it’s so different… As Cybele said, the crispness is really impressive, and then the tart flavor comes out.  Towards the end, it starts to taste like apple cider, then apple juice, then an apple that’s just about to turn at the very end.  It feels like I’m watching one of those stop-motion films… smile

    Comment by Jenny on 8/06/07 at 7:52 am #
  7. These do sound lovely ... love Mentos and love Fuji Apples, so I will have to find them.  Thanks for the head’s up!

    Comment by Margie on 8/12/07 at 10:47 am #
  8. This flavor is the best flavor mentos has ever produced. When i visited the Philippines over the summer i only got two of these just to try it but i only got to try it when i was back in the states and i totally regretted not buying more since they’re so cheap there.

    Comment by Denise on 10/22/07 at 12:00 pm #
  9. I am currently eating one of these “Fuji Apple” mentos….I think it’s my 5th or 6th mento in the past 3 minutes….
    What these people are saying is TRUE.  These things taste like a sweet and ripe fuji apple.  So AMAZING!!  My friend JB got these mentos in the Philippines.  He purchased 6 packages, and he is regretting not purchasing more.  Easily the BEST candy I’ve tried in 08’

    Comment by John Hog on 1/11/08 at 11:21 am #
  10. i’m glad you’re all liking fuji apple…I’m so addicted to it! It fights off my stress at work. Here at the office I keep a stash of mentos fuji apple in my drawer. my other officemate keeps mentos spearmint in her drawer. we can each finish one roll a day. here in the philippines a roll of mentos costs around 15 to 20 pesos (depending on where you buy it) that translates to around 37.5 to 50 cents per pack grin

    *i’m asking for an entire box for my birthday grin

    Comment by nikki on 5/26/08 at 11:23 pm #
  11. Does anyone know any stores in
    Canada that have these in it for less? Respond asap

    Comment by Riel on 12/28/08 at 4:38 pm #

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