Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Mike and Ike Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Mike and Ike Candy BuffetLast year Mike and Ike let us vote for a new flavor blend and when the winner was clear, they announced the new Mike and Ike Lemonade Blends. But it wasn’t just a new flavor set, this one has a tie in with the foundation called Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which supports research into pediatric cancers.

There was also a stunning candy buffet, as you can see, that featured all the Mike and Ike flavors and little bags where you could design your own mix. (Mine was mostly pineapple from the Tangy Twister mix and some strawberry-banana from Tropical Twister and a strong dose of the new Lemonade Blends.)

I went to a press reveal at All Candy Expo last September where Alexandra Scott’s father told the story of his little girl who started a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research, all while she was battling the cancer that would ultimately take her life at the age of eight. (There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, it’s an amazing story of a selfless kid.)

Just Born will be making a minimum donation of $100,000 a year for three years. (And this mix will return each spring/summer as well.)

Mike and Ike Alex Lemonade Stand

Finally the candies are hitting stores and I can post my review!

I was pleased with the quality of the Mike and Ike Tangy Twister, but didn’t care much for the set of flavors. Since citrus is one of my favorite flavor sets, I had a much better feeling about the new Lemonade Mix.

The new assortment has the following flavors: Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Lime Lemonade, and Tangerine Lemonade flavors. The odd part is that these flavors aren’t mentioned on the package, or even on the website, unless you dig deep into the Just Born press release archive. But there are little images of five different fruits on the package, so I guess folks need to make the jump themselves.

Mike and Ike Lemonade StandThe colors look like highlighter pens.

Yellow - Lemonade - a good zesty and really sour lemon. After chewing, as with most Mike and Ike, the flavor fades and it’s just pleasant and bland jelly candy.

Green - Lime Lemonade - not as tart as the lemonade, but has a good rounded lime flavor.

Orange - Tangerine Lemonade -  I was hoping this one would be really tart but it didn’t quite rise to that. It’s definitely tangerine and not orange though.

Light Pink - Strawberry Lemonade - I enjoy real strawberry lemonade and this has a nice mix of the fragrant berry and the tangy lemon-ness.

Purplish Pink - Raspberry Lemonade - not as tart as the strawberry, this has a more floral berry essence to it.

They’re all tasty and all have that lemony zazz to them. It’s easy to eat them together or separate your colors. I liked all the flavors ... I wish they were just a little more flavorful, but that would be wishing away one of the essential parts of Mike and Ike, which is the mellow jelly center. (Which is made with pear juice.)

Mariko at Candy Addict also had a preview of these and found them so good she’ll be happy to hear that they’re on shelves so she can get more now. For more fun Mike and Ike adoration, check out Jason Liebig’s photo set of his collection of boxes.

The package says that these are Gluten Free. The colors are all artificial, so I guess these are also Vegan.

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Name: Mike and Ike Lemonade Blends
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Just Born
Place Purchased: samples from Just Born
Price: $.65 retail
Size: 2.12 ounces
Calories per ounce: 99
Categories: Jelly, United States, Just Born, Kosher, Limited Edition

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  1. It seems silly that they don’t call the lime one limeade.

    Comment by Amanda on 4/09/08 at 9:44 am #
  2. Happy Anniversary!

    These look interesting.  I’ve never been a Mike and Ike fan, but these flavors look intriguing.

    Comment by Maggi on 4/09/08 at 10:03 am #
  3. I really like these too! The flavors are all spot on for me.

    (Happy Sweet Anniversary!! smile )

    Comment by Sera on 4/09/08 at 5:36 pm #
  4. wow, what a picture. its like sunday dinner at Willy Wonka’s house!

    Comment by Doug on 4/11/08 at 5:42 am #
  5. I have been wanting to try these Mike and Ike Lemonade Blends but have not been able to find them anywhere in Las Vegas.  Where did you find yours???  Thank you, Kris.

    Comment by Kris on 5/13/08 at 12:55 pm #
  6. I’ve been looking for these since I read this here and finally found them yesterday. I love lemon/lime stuff and in a world that seems intent on changing yellow and green candy to pinapple and green apple I was pleased to see these were coming out. I love the lemon, lime, and orange, but the jury’s still out regarding the strawberry and raspberry.

    I thought it was funny too that they do have the names of the flavors on the box now. They must have read your blog! grin

    Comment by Grace C. on 6/01/08 at 3:15 am #
  7. These are NOT GOOD.  I don’t care for them at all, sort of bitter….

    Comment by smidget on 6/01/08 at 7:19 am #
  8. Here’s an update in regards to my previous comment about these. Since finding them in a Walgreens all the way on the other side of town, I have looked all over this side of town for them and cannot find them anywhere. If I had known that they were the only store stocking them, I would bought at least ten boxes!

    Comment by Grace C. on 6/03/08 at 8:10 pm #
  9. I found these a little too sour for my tastes, but I’m admittedly a huge wuss when it comes to sour.

    I also found them in Walgreens, by the way. Walgreens is awesome when it comes to finding candy that other drug stores don’t carry- it was the first place I found the Werther’s chocolate too.

    Comment by VMisery on 6/03/08 at 9:22 pm #
  10. I am very sad I cannot get these in Canada, and Walgreen?s won?t even let me order them. :(

    They?re available on E-bay, but for a ridiculous price.

    Comment by Gord on 10/26/08 at 3:52 pm #
  11. I finally found these in a Maine Hannaford, but my packet had no lemon ones.  very very sad.  I do like the raspberry, lime, and tangerine ones though, so I’ll pick up some more in hopes of getting actual lemonade!

    Comment by metterklume on 6/21/09 at 6:15 am #
  12. My daughter holds an Alex’s Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer every year & we order these ourselves…. we sell them at her lemonade stand & they are very popular….  so good news for you… You can now order them directly from the company… enjoy!!

    Comment by Kimberly McCallister on 6/21/09 at 10:13 am #
  13. I love them! I wanted to buy more but couldn’t find them. I’m glad to hear that they’re available to order… They’re one of my favs. I love sweet and sour candy…<3

    Comment by Mary on 3/07/10 at 7:51 pm #
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