Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Puffy Candy Corn

Puffy Candy CornPuffy Candy Corn is like regular candy corn on steroids. Candy corn with water weight. Inflated candy corn. Candy corn with a thyroid condition. Candy corn that’s been whipped into a froth.

I got these at Target, as you can probably tell by the package if you saw yesterday’s review but they don’t make them themselves - they’re just repacked. The bag says they’re made in Spain but I can’t find any note online of who actually makes them (Haribo has a factory in Spain but so do a lot of excellent Spanish gummi companies). You can even buy them in bulk online. The idea that any candy corn products are made outside of North America strikes me as a bit odd - as far as I know, we’re the only market for candy corn products. You don’t see it in Europe or Asia ... or at least you didn’t used to.

As freaky as they look, the idea of a puffy marshmallow-like candy corn was appealing.

Puffy Candy Corn

Unfortunately these are not as marshmallowy as I’d hoped. Yes, they’re puffy and chewy, though denser than a regular marshmallow. They’re a cross between a traditional dense & translucent gummi and a marshmallow (many of the ingredients are the same, after all).

The bag, once opened, smelled again of that fake butter flavor. I don’t get it. When did candy corn flavor mean butter? I always thought it was toasted sugar and honey.

If you’ve ever had the Haribo Strawberry Puffs, these are very similar, just a little pointier and of course with a cute layered effect. They’re the same height as a regular piece of candy corn, just four times wider & three times thicker. The layers go all the way through, that’s no airbrush job on the outside.

Out of the bag they have less of the butter notes and smell more like a regular old vanilla marshmallow. But biting into it the butter scent returns along with a jarring tartness. It’s a tangy vanilla flavor - the only thing I can liken it to is a yogurt flavored gummi. The ingredients list lactic acid, so my dairy comparison wasn’t far off.

I’ve gotta say, I didn’t like them. I really wanted to ... the texture & chew with the lightness is really refreshing. But it just needed a lighter touch of honey or plain vanilla without the tang. But they would still make a striking decoration for a cupcake or in a candy dish.

Like the Chocolate Covered Candy Corn, they give you a lot of info about the origins: Candy Made in Spain, Package Made in China and Packed in Mexico. The expiry on these is January 2011! These are durable candies!

(I got to thinking that maybe Peeps should do a giant marshmallow candy corn. Just a thought.)

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Name: Puffy Candy Corn
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Target
Place Purchased: Target (Eagle Rock)
Price: $2.99
Size: 6.8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 99
Categories: Gummi, Spain, Halloween

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:44 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Have you ever thought of coming to Israel for a candy tour?  The number of candy stores in Jerusalem alone is astounding.  Some of the breakfast cereal is as good as candy, too (“cariot”, nougat, vanilla or chocolate flavored!).  and we’re headed into winter with all it’s special candy for the new year (this weekend) and hanukkah.

    Comment by rabbi's wife on 9/17/09 at 3:23 am #
  2. Thanks for the review - I had these at one of those pick and mix candy stores and loved them! Now that I know who makes them, I’ll have to see if I can find them where I live.

    Comment by Laurie on 9/17/09 at 5:47 am #
  3. I love puffy candy corn!

    Comment by Kyle on 9/21/09 at 3:02 am #
  4. Have you tried the Hershey’s Kisses Candy Corn flavor? I found them at Wal-Mart last week and I love them. They taste similar to candy corn, but with a slightly orange tone. Yummy!

    Comment by Natalie on 9/21/09 at 6:15 am #
  5. I was excited to find your blog.  I just bought these for an gift and had one bag left.  I love them.  Thanks for the information on where to buy them.

    Comment by sara on 11/01/09 at 4:30 pm #
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