Friday, April 6, 2007

Pure Fun & Yummy Earth Organic Hard Candies

Pure Fun PackageJust a few more days until Easter and I thought I’d throw out a few more “green” choices for the Easter baskets.

Pure Fun sent me some Fair Trade and Organic Cotton Candy last year (who knew such a thing existed?). It’s really not that they created a more socially responsible treat that got me, it was that they made it in Root Beer and Maple flavors! This year I got to visit them at their booth at Expo West. Let me say that they’re the best kind of candy people - friendly, inviting and eager to share. I see the whole ample samples as a sign of confidence in their product.

And I’m not let down. Their candies don’t look like a compromise when it comes to all the best things about hard candies: they look tasty. Glossy, luminous, brightly colored and with a wide assortment to please most folks.

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The Citrus Slices are drop dead gorgeous. And the taste does not disappoint. They’re tart, flavorful and just the right size (a little smaller than a regular starlight mint). Lime, Orange & Lemon. (Everyone knows I would also like to see a grapefruit in this mix.)

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Barrels of Fun - root beer float with vanilla. I would have preferred a straight root beer barrel, but this was nice. More on the smooth and creamy side of things than the zesty tingle of a root beer.

Chocolate Meltdowns - tangerine, raspberry & pepsin with chocolatey centers. These were the ones I liked the least of all of them. The flavorful outsides were great, but the lack of chocolate punch on the inside made me wish they were just plain old solid candies.

Fruit Rocks - goji berry, pomegranate, honey lemon & sour green apple. Really sassy and flavorful. I can’t say that Goji Berry is really my favorite flavor in the world, but the honey lemon was great and a less artificial tasting green apple rocks.

Yummy Earth PackageI tried Yummy Earth last year at the All Candy Expo when they introduced their all natural Organic Lollipops. Not just the plain old flavors like lemon and orange but also pomegranate, raspberry and watermelon.

They have a line of hard candies to go with their lollies in both fruity flavors and peppermint. These are a little different, a little smaller than regular hard candies.

Larger than Altoids but smaller than regular hard candy disks.

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I covered Wet Faced Watermelon, Cheeky Lemon & Pomegranate Pucker over here. The new flavors for me were:

Mango Tango - this pretty little swirled candy. I’m not sure what the mango was tango-ing with, but it was definitely tropical. Kind of like a Bonne Bell lipsmacker with a REAL kick of flavor.

Peppermint (not shown) - this was very strong, much like an Altoid only smoother. I took these on Whale Watching trips all winter.

Either one of these brands has the right attitude ... don’t make your candy look all mousy and plain ... jazz it up with vibrant colors to match their vibrant flavors.

Of course they’re a little more expensive, but my guess is that the economies of scale will kick in as more people demand organic and all natural stuff and the prices will drop.

I’ve seen some of the Yummy Earth in Whole Foods but you can also buy direct from them on their website and Pure Fun is available at Whole Foods.

Both products are organic, gmo-free, no artificials flavors, no synthetics, no gluten, no casein, kosher, vegetarian ... and vegan ... whew!

Name: Pure Fun & Yummy Earth Hard Candies
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Pure Fun & Yummy Earth
Place Purchased: samples from manufacturers
Price: unknown & retail $2.89 per bag
Size: varies
Calories per ounce: 117
Categories: Hard Candy, Sour, Mint, Canada, Mexico, Kosher, Organic

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Comments
  1. ummmy

    Comment by kate on 9/20/07 at 10:33 am #
  2. Love the Pure Fun Citrus Slices.  I bought them online after seeing the lovely photographs you took and they are to die for.  They remind me of old-fashioned candy my grandma used to buy at Christmas.  I will so be buying these again!

    Comment by Allison on 10/20/07 at 5:37 pm #
  3. I just got the new Yummy Flavors!  Roadside Root beer, Hopscotch Butterscotch, Cinnamon Stick & Ginger Zest.  They are even better than I was anticipating!  The cinnamon stick tastes like spicy cider with LOTS of cinnamon and the root beer reminds me of the penny candy root beer barrels we used to get.  You can get them here

    Comment by Chris on 1/22/08 at 3:09 am #
  4. Here is that link, it didn’t work before so I will try again.  Otherwise http://www.blueheronorganics.com You can get them here

    Comment by Chris on 1/22/08 at 3:12 am #

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