Monday, October 1, 2012

Pennsylvania Dutch Candies - Root Beer Puffs

Pennsylvania Dutch Candies - Root Beer PuffsA little over a week ago I was winding up a quick trip to Pennsylvania and killing time in the Philadelphia airport. Just about all the news stands and gift shops had a display of Pennsylvania Dutch Candies which sounds quaint, but really isn’t anything special. The candy brand is for the most part merely a repacker of things like Mary Janes, Tootsie Rolls and generic Gummi Bears. But I did see this little gem that I considered unique, Root Beer Puffs. I was actually willing to pay airport price for the candy, since I’d never seen them before.

Even without opening the bag, they smelled quite delightful. The earthy and spicy smell of the root beer had my tongue tingling as I stuffed them into my carry on until I could get them home to photograph.

Pennsylvania Dutch Candies - Root Beer Puffs

The puffs are like after dinner mints or those pillowy Butter Mints. They vary in size, but are what I’d call large king sized pillows - some as long as 1.25 inches and .75 inches in diameter. They have soft brown and tan stripes on them.

The ingredients are simple: sugar, natural and artificial flavors and artificial colors. When I first opened them they were a bit too strong and artificial, a bit plasticky, like fake banana can be. So I didn’t care for the first few I ate. But then I dumped them into a very large ziploc bag and let them sit for a few days to air out without getting stale.

The puff was airy and has a good melt or crunch, depending on your eating style. The root beer flavor is on the wintergreen side of things, in fact, if you colored these pink or green and handed them to me, I’d probably say that’s what they are. I simply loved that they weren’t peppermint.

I don’t know that I’d buy them again. I’m a die hard root beer fan, but these were lacking the complexity of the flavor, which usually includes a little bite of tartness or citrus. I do plan to finish the bag though.

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Name: Root Beer Puffs
Brand: Warrell Corp
Place Purchased: Explore Philadelphia (Terminal A - Philadelphia Airport)
Price: $2.99
Size: 3.3 ounces
Calories per ounce: 101
Categories: Candy, Warrell Corp, Compressed Dextrose, 6-Tempting, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:02 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewWarrell CorpCompressed Dextrose6-TemptingUnited States

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