Friday, July 20, 2007

Ratatouille Pocket Slider Lollipop

There are a lot of marketing tie ins between movies and candy. Some of them work really well and some seem rather strange. I’m going to put these little Ratatouille Rat Racers Pocket Slider Lollipops in that category.

Ratatouille is a new movie from Pixar/Disney that stars a rat (named Remy) who wants to be a chef. But, you know, he’s a rat. And in this world he can’t talk to humans. He has a brother named Emile, who is less discriminating about his culinary tastes. These little candy pops are simply a hard candy cylinder housed in a little slider topped with a toy. In this case the toy is a little plastic model of one of the characters with a wide steel wheel on the bottom for racing.


As a little toy, the racers are kind of fun. They’re slippery and move easily. The detail on them is pretty good, though I can’t figure out why they’re racing around on cheese or petit fours. But that’s simply my lack of imagination.

The two flavors I picked up were Blue Raspberry and Green Apple.

They’re both rather tart and have a good chemical, manufactured artifical flavor (kind of like computer animation!).

As a candy, I’ve certainly had better hard candy in better flavors. The little toy roller cars are certainly better than a Happy Meal (TM) prize, but limited in their appeal. The retractable lolly is a nice idea, especially for kids who may want to space out their enjoyment of this marginal treat.

The same company who makes these also did the similarly branded Peeps Pops. (I reviewed the ring ones and Jeanna at Wisconsin Candy Dish reviewed the slider pops that are pretty much the same as these.) They’re made in China, which at this moment doesn’t make me feel very good ... expect for the fact that I didn’t finish these. I just ate enough of each to get the flavor.

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Name: Ratatouille Rat Racers Pocket Slider Lollipops
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Flix Candy
Place Purchased: RiteAid (Vermonica)
Price: $1.19
Size: .42 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Hard Candy, Novelty, China

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:42 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Oh god, I check all my candy now to make sure it’s not made in China. I can’t believe it’s come to this but it really is scary how little their government cares for their own people’s health and ours.

    And actually we can’t really know if our candy is made in China or not, it’s scary but there are a lot of ingredients that come from China that are in the candy we eat. They don’t have to label that. They don’t have to tell us if the ingredients come from China. *sigh* It’s the same really, for all the food we consume, except for produce.

    Comment by Jessant on 7/20/07 at 9:56 am #
  2. What’s wrong with Chinese candy?

    Comment by Lise on 7/20/07 at 2:37 pm #
  3. I picked up one of the Peeps Pops at a dollar store a few months ago.  Can’t say I liked it.  But the packaging was cute.

    Comment by Ann on 7/23/07 at 5:11 pm #
  4. Why didn’t you mention Push Pops at all? These seem like a copy cat of those. Push Pops are one of those candies I was fascinated with as a kid, but was never really allowed to have- but was able to sneak once or twice.

    Comment by Trish on 8/11/07 at 5:03 am #
  5. Even here in Taiwan (where I’m on vacation and interning) people are careful to check packages of all kinds of food products to make sure they’re not made in mainland China. It’s something to do with substandard conditions/regulations- they’re not as strict about the food production process I guess. Or that’s what people believe. There may just be some truth in that. I have noticed that many mainland China produced food products don’t seem to be of as good a quality as Taiwan (or Japan, Korea, etc.) products. But I’m only talking about Asian food products.

    Comment by Trish on 8/11/07 at 5:16 am #
  6. i loved the ratatouille pops i got blue Razz

    Comment by jess on 7/03/09 at 4:37 pm #
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