Thursday, June 7, 2012

Mentos: Ume, Honeyed Apple and Lemon Squash

Mentos: Ume, Lemon Squash and Honeyed AppleLately I’ve been feeling the need for novelty in candy. I want to try new fruits, new combinations of flavors. So when I was browsing around on eBay and saw Mentos Lemon Squash I thought that fit the bill.

Of course when ordering candy to be shipped from another country, it’s good to order a lot. So I got plenty of HiCHEW flavors and all the Mentos I could find in the webstore that I hadn’t tried before. It was expensive and took a while to arrive, but anticipation is part of the fun with foreign novelty flavors.

Mentos Ume

As far as the exotic flavors, by far the Mentos Ume wins, mostly because it’s so ubiquitous in Japan but nearly unheard of in North America outside of population centers with a lot of Asians.

Plum as a flavor is rare in American candies. It’s hard to explain why. We have plenty of peach, nectarine and other stone fruits like apricots. But Plum is, well, plums become prunes. And prune are just not appealing to the Mentos demographic, no matter how much Worf extolled their virtues as a warrior drink.

In this case the Ume is a sour plum, a different variety than the American type like Santa Rosa or Blackamber, the Ume is more closely related to the Apricot. I’ve had salted dried plums before but found them, well, salty, tangy and bitter. The Ume Mentos are rather like that, though not salty, they’re intense and distilled. There’s a tartness that taste more fresh than prunes or raisins. There’s also a peppery hint of spice, like the peel of a plum and maybe a hint of spice like clove. Then there’s an overriding floral quality, like roses.

They’re quite different, though I didn’t find it appealing. It could be the complexity of it, it could by the sort of grassy note that’s also there that I found unpleasant. But it’s definitely unique and I’m glad I spent the bucks to get it.

Mentos Honeyed Apple

The Mentos Honeyed Apple was a flavor I hadn’t heard of before, but did notice a trend of honey flavored candies becoming more popular in Japanese candy I saw available in the United States and online. As with this flavor, it’s often combined with other fruits.

The general flavor profile is soft, the apple notes are more like applesauce than tangy green apples. The honey isn’t very apparent, except that the sweetness is much more subdued and syrupy than regular apple Mentos. Japanese candy, and even Mentos, have always taken pains to create authentic fruit flavors. This tastes like real apples, not that chemical invention called “green apple” that seems to have spread around the world. (That’s a good flavor too, but not the same.)

Mentos Lemon Squash

The Mentos Lemon Squash really made no sense to me at all. At first I thought it was about the game squash (like racquetball), that it was a particular sports drink. But then I looked it up and found out that squash is really just a spritzer or fruit soda. There were no gourds associated with this. The flavor, with that in perspective, is exactly what I’d expect for a citrus soda. It’s tangy and has a lemony flavor, but not a lot of herbal or zesty notes. There’s a strange calcium sort of note to it, like key lime juice can have. It was pleasant but nothing I’d pay oodles of money for in the future.

Related Candies

  1. Airheads Pink Lemonade
  2. Mentos Rainbow
  3. Mentos Jam Filled
  4. Gimbal’s Honey Lovers
  5. Grapefruit Mentos (Japan)
  6. Banana n Cream & Red Orange Mentos
  7. Mentos - Pine Fresh (Pineapple)
  8. Pink Grapefruit Mentos


Name: Mentos Ume
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Perfetti Van Melle
Place Purchased: eBay (from seller "jappy11")
Price: $2.69 plus shipping
Size: 1.32 ounces
Calories per ounce: 106
Categories: Candy, Mentos, Perfetti van Melle, Chews, 6-Tempting, Japan


Name: Mentos Honeyed Apple
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Perfetti Van Melle
Place Purchased: eBay (from seller "jappy11")
Price: $2.69 plus shipping
Size: 1.32 ounces
Calories per ounce: 106
Categories: Candy, Mentos, Perfetti van Melle, Chews, 7-Worth It, Japan


Name: Mentos Lemon Squash
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Perfetti Van Melle
Place Purchased: eBay (from seller "jappy11")
Price: $2.75 plus shipping
Size: 1.32 ounces
Calories per ounce: 106
Categories: Candy, Mentos, Perfetti van Melle, Chews, 6-Tempting, Japan

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:07 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyMentosReviewPerfetti van MelleChews6-Tempting7-Worth ItJapan

Comments
  1. I’m having a Mentos rennaisance. I used to write them off as being boring, and I’m not sure why: I’m freakin’ addicted to them now.  DYING to try the Ume and Pineapple Fresh varieties you’ve reviewed…I need to find a purveyour!

    Comment by Jonny on 6/07/12 at 12:21 pm #
  2. My experience with squash in England was that it was super concentrated juice that you’d then dilute with water before drinking.

    Comment by Rosa on 6/07/12 at 12:26 pm #
  3. we want to import your product in nepal sir so pease send us your requirement

    Comment by anil on 7/20/12 at 6:10 pm #
  4. I know this is an old post, but I had the honeyed apple last year when I couldn’t find fuji apple and OMG I loved it. I’m a huge fan of Japanese red apple candies (my favorite one is HiChew Red Apple) so I guess it was a no brainer. Now I need to find it online again (assuming it wasn’t discontinued). I really miss it.

    Comment by kadytheredpanda on 10/21/13 at 9:32 am #

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