Wednesday, July 6, 2005

New Lollies: Jolly Rancher Fruit Chew Center &  Way Sour Blow Pop

Lollipops have kind of come back. When I was a kid there weren’t many good lollipops. There were those pretty ones that you’d see at the fair or candy shop - you know, those big paddle-looking ones that were of twisted hard tack. But they had no flavor. Then came the Charms pops, the Tootsie Pops and Blow Pops. There were the occasional novelty pop along the way, but that was pretty much it for some twenty years or so (I’m just saying this from memory ... I’ve done zero research).

Now there seems to be a revisiting of lollies. I noticed this a few years back when I discovered the wonderful Chupa Chups. These are great Spanish lollies that have good flavor, come in a huge assortment and have a PLASTIC stick, which means that it doesn’t fall apart on you if you’re a slobberer.

Name: Jolly Rancher Fruit Chew Center Lollipop
Brand: Jolly Rancher (Hershey’s)
Place Purchased: Liquor Store (Hollywood)
Price: $.30
Size: .56
Calories per ounce:
Type: Lolly

It’s kind of odd that this package doesn’t really give this candy a title. It’s Jolly Rancher, and it’s described in the sense that it’s assigned to be “GRAPE - artificially flavored” and “Fruit Chew Center” but it’s not really called Jolly Rancher Lolly or anything.

This was very artificially grape flavored and that’s okay. The flavor was through and through with a solid tart taste as well. The center was like a grape starburst, if they make those. What was a little weird though was the that lolly wasn’t made of a Jolly Rancher. You know, that tacky melty consistency that Jolly Ranchers have ... that’s not here. It’s not a bad thing, but something I missed.

Name: Way Sour Super Blow Pop
Brand: Charms
Place Purchased: Liquor Store (Hollywood)
Price: $.35
Size: 1.35 oz
Calories per ounce: unknown
Type: Lolly


This is a downright huge lolly. It has a strong orange scent and an excruciatingly sour bite. Well, it’s called Way Sour, so I can’t complain. But I will. I think it comes from being an adult, there’s only so much sour I can take. I can eat Lemonheads because there’s a rest period when you’ve eaten through the sour layer. With the Way Sour Blow Pop, I never got there. I tried for about a half an hour and never made even a dent in this thing.

The flavor is great, very orangy, very sour. It’s not a blistering sour, but tart nonetheless.

UPDATE - I gave the Way Sour another try. I thought maybe my mouth was a little tender from eating too much fresh pineapple. Anyway, the second go around was much more doable, it’s still very tart, but has a lot of flavor, it’s not all about the sour. The gum center is a little bland after all that, and slightly rubbery instead of gummy. I’ve upgrade my initial score from a 4 to a 6.

Rating: Jolly Rancher Fruit Pops - 6 out of 10
Way Sour Blow Pops - 6 out of 10

See also - Starburst Chew Pops

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:35 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewHershey'sHard Candy & LollipopsSour6-TemptingUnited States


    Comment by sarah on 12/14/05 at 11:08 am #
  2. jolly rancher suckers were my favorite sucker until you made them round.  please please make them square again.  they break and have too many cracks in them making sucking real hard to do              
                    thank you

    Comment by laurie zwieg on 11/15/06 at 6:15 pm #
  3. I think this is the worst candy I have ever tasted in my life.  I mean the flavors are so unreal.  I think this company needs to be more like skittles and taste the rainbow.

    Comment by Eugene Robinson on 7/17/07 at 4:54 pm #
  4. I WANT THE SQUARE SUCKERS BACK!!!! The round ones are harder to lick, plus, me and my friend have funny inside jokes with the square ones, so i was going to get her one for chirstmas, well now that yall dont sell them anymore, what am i to do :(  thanks for ruining memories.

    Comment by Stacy on 11/25/07 at 2:13 pm #
  5. ARE YOU STUPID? BRING BACK THE SQUARE JOLLY RANCHERS! Or have both. You’ll quickly see that the square one’s sell better. You just made the hugest marketing mistake of the century!

    Comment by Pissed on 12/30/07 at 12:25 pm #
  6. Where can I get these Way Sour Pops. . . Also those grapefruit sour Sweet Tarts!! It’s killing me to have not gotten to tast either of these! I’m a sour FREAK!! Thanks for all your reviews . . . even if they DO make me feel deprived!

    Comment by KRISTIN WARNER on 10/18/08 at 8:19 am #
  7. They taste soooooooooooooooooo gooooooooooooooood

    Comment by Brittany Hairston on 2/24/09 at 6:19 am #
  8. I tasted one of these and the center was sour and I panicked and thought it was poisoned with acid oops

    Comment by Lit on 11/05/16 at 10:44 pm #
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