Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mentos Pina Colada & Mojito plus Mentos Duo

Here’s a little shift of gears in my All Alcohol Theme Week. I have a couple of rolls of Mentos that are inspired by mixed drinks:

Mentos Pina Colada & Mojito

Mentos Pina Colada & Mojito is available in Europe right now, but should be sold in the United States shortly.

Mentos Pina Colada & Mojito

The pieces are divided, each flavor is on the advertised side of the roll. But if you get them confused, they’re all white with either green or yellow speckles.

Pina Colada tastes a little different than the standard Pineapple that’s available in the Rainbow and Japanese Pine Fresh rolls. That’s because it is actually a pineapple and coconut combination. The coconut here is less of the toasted variety and more of the creamy coconut milk flavor. The pineapple is floral and only slightly tart. On the whole it’s a rather sweet chew, but has a satisfying combination that keeps it from getting too sticky.

Mojito is not one of my favorite mixed drinks. It’s weird. I don’t know who decided that citrus and mint are supposed to be good together, but I guess if you put in enough rum, no one will care. I’ve had a few citrus and mint combinations, so I’m not coming into this candy unaware of good and bad versions. The mint here tastes like dried spearmint leaves, like a spearmint herbal tea. The lime is tart but has no zest to it. Some lime and mint combinations can taste a bit like cough drops, but that’s not the case here. Instead this just tastes a little old. I didn’t get anything even remotely like rum, but that wasn’t there in the Pina Colada either.

On the whole, I liked the idea of two flavors in one roll. But I didn’t care much for the Mojito, so half of the roll was suddenly off the table for eating.

Mentos Duo

Mentos Duo only seems to be sold in Europe. I tried them last year in a licorice version. Those were like the version above where there were two flavors in the roll. The added bonus on top of that was that the outside was one flavor and then the center of the chew was another. Mentos Drop Citroen & Drop Aardbei

I wanted to be fair to the poor lime after being so harsh on the Mojito, and the good news is that this version called Mentos Duo (Strawberry & Lime) is like a Strawberry Daiquiri.

Mentos Duo (Strawberry & Lime)

All of the pieces are the same, a strawberry outside with a center of lime. The outside is a soft pink and smells like cotton candy. The initial strawberry flavor was light and fragrant, a little floral and sweet. The chewy center gets a little more intense with a tangy lime note. It’s not very sour, but different enough from the strawberry layer that it creates a counterpoint. Lime can be too sour and sometimes bitter; strawberry can be bland and too sweet. But together they make a great flavor combination that I think is all but ignored in candy.

Both European versions of Mentos are made with natural flavors and natural colors.

I’m more likely to buy the Duo than the Pina Colada/Mojito, but both are great additions to the range.

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  3. 12 European Licorices
  4. Mentos Jam Filled
  5. Jelly Belly Cocktail Classics
  6. Fresh Cola Mentos
  7. Mentos - Pine Fresh (Pineapple)
  8. Starburst Baja California & Tropical
  9. Mentos Ice Pomelo


Name: Mentos Pina Colada & Mojito
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Perfetti Van Melle
Place Purchased: Kaufhof (Berlin, Germany)
Price: .89 Euro ($1.25)
Size: 1.32 ounces
Calories per ounce: 106
Categories: Candy, Mentos, Perfetti van Melle, Chews, 7-Worth It, Netherlands


Name: Mentos Duo (Strawberry-Lime)
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Perfetti Van Melle
Place Purchased: Kaufhof (Berlin, Germany)
Price: .89 Euro ($1.25)
Size: 1.32 ounces
Calories per ounce: 106
Categories: Candy, Mentos, Perfetti van Melle, Chews, 7-Worth It, Netherlands

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:21 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewPerfetti van MelleChews7-Worth ItNetherlands

Comments
  1. hm. I found the Mojito/Colada Mentos *months* ago here in KY. Wasn’t very impressed with those, but I’d love to see the Duo here!

    Comment by fae on 2/01/12 at 2:07 pm #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    fae - it doesn’t surprise me they’d be in Kentucky. Perfetti Van Melle, who makes Mentos is based in Erlanger, KY, near Cincinnati. Pop back and let us know if you ever see the Cola Mentos around, I’d love to see those in the States.

    Comment by Cybele on 2/01/12 at 2:16 pm #
  3. I kept meaning to send you a message to see if you had seen these. I picked up the pina colada/mojito rolls in Katy Texas in August at a Shell station when I was down there… I still have a roll. LOL I think I was subconciously waiting to see if they would get better. fine, fine, I forgot about them in the suitcase.

    Comment by Julie on 2/02/12 at 9:43 am #
  4. They don’t sell those flavours here in the Netherlands, where the company is based. What a shame!!

    Comment by Elle on 4/21/12 at 1:06 am #

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