Monday, June 1, 2015

Mike and Ike Root Beer Float

DSC_9310rbMike and Ike come in a dozen flavor mixes, but every once in a while they put out a variety that is just a single flavor in a box. The new Mike and Ike Root Beer Float is a re-issue of an old flavor that comes back from time to time. Mike and Ike are simple, they’re cheap, they’re a reliable but probably underrated candy.

The box is quaint, though I’m not keen on the “pre-faded” look of packaging meant for food. I want my food to look fresh, at least by design. The other complaint about the box is that there’s a little perforated tab you can push to create a dispensing hole on the side of the box. That hole is on the bottom of the box, right under that Made in the USA logo you see in the lower left corner. There’s no way to close it once you open it. Not a big deal, because Mike and Ike don’t need to be sealed up, unless your environment is particularly humid. However, you can’t stand the box back up like it’s shown here without dumping the candy.


The first thing I noticed is that these are not mousy brown jelly rods. No, these are designed to look like the foamy head on an icy cold Root Beer Float. Well done, Just Born, well done.

The look made me think that these would be more vanilla than root beer, which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, but not quite as appealing. Rest assured, these are Root Beer.


There’s a little tangy note at the top, not quite sour but a little bite. The root beer flavor is pretty good, it has a nice nutmeg note with a little wintergreen and vanilla. The vanilla isn’t strong enough to give me an ice cream vibe, but a mix of both vanilla bean and root beer Mike and Ike might have been a fun idea to play with too.

I liked that the colorings were minimal and didn’t influence the flavors in the slightest. The medicinal note of the root beer did get a little odd after eating what was probably more than a single portion ... it does tend to taste pretty much like wintergreen after a while.

I enjoyed them fully. I like root beer, often soda flavored candies are mixed together and I have to pick through the cherry cola and Dr. Pepper flavors to get to the root beer. So it’s nice to have a box that is exactly the flavor I wanted. Since they make Hot Tamales as a single flavor, I don’t see why they can’t just keep these as a permanent item.

Related Candies

  1. Mike and Ike Cotton Candy
  2. Haribo Happy Cola Gefullt
  3. Pennsylvania Dutch Candies - Root Beer Puffs
  4. David’s Signature Beans Jelly Bean Sampler
  5. Tootsie Frooties - Root Beer
  6. See’s Pumpkin Spice & Root Beer Lollypops

Name: Mike and Ike Root Beer Float
Brand: Just Born
Place Purchased: Dollar Tree (Pasadena)
Price: $1.00
Size: 5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 99
Categories: Candy, Just Born, Jelly Candy, 8-Tasty, United States, Dollar Tree

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  1. Agreed, these should be an “all the time” flavor.  I need to find a box of these soon.  Love Em.


    Comment by Billy on 6/02/15 at 7:02 am #
  2. Where did you get these? I am dying to try them! I suppose I could order them online if I had to.

    Comment by JefferyK on 6/02/15 at 4:20 pm #
  3. I emailed Just Born, and they replied” in stores such as Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Walgreens, Big Lots and your local grocery stores”. I found the Root Beer and Cotton Candy ones at Family Dollar (went to 2 only found them at 1).  I didn’t find them at Dollar Tree (went to 2). Big Lots didn’t have them.

    Comment by Jim on 6/03/15 at 3:17 pm #
  4. OMG—thanks so much for the info! I’ll keep trying Walgreens and will also keep an eye open at Safeway. Can’t get to any of the other possible sources without renting a car to take a trip to the suburbs.

    Comment by JefferyK on 6/03/15 at 3:23 pm #
  5. These tasted a bit licorice-y. But chewing more than one at once helped get rid of that licorice flavor. These get a C+ from me.

    Comment by Anonymous on 4/09/16 at 3:24 pm #
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