Monday, July 27, 2009

See’s Lollypops

imageI popped into See’s yesterday to see what was new for the summer. The Root Beer Lollipops are back in stock (through mid-August), so if you were a fan of those (mini review here), then pop by for your fix.

I realized that I’ve never reviewed the See’s Lollipops in their classic array. The nice thing about them is that they’re summer-proof but also that they’re pretty cheap.

On top of that, they’re creamy and satisfying, last really long but only 70 calories each. They come in four regular flavors that are available singly (don’t forget your free sample!) or by the box: Vanilla, Chocolate, Butterscotch & Cafe Latte.

Vanilla See's LollipopVanilla Lollipop

Vanilla looks like a block of nothing. The color is a creamy white, the texture & tint of glossy trim paint.

It smells sweet and vaguely like French vanilla ice cream. The flavor is like a toasted marshmallow - a sweet vanilla with a little hint of bourbon and butter.

It’s a smooth pop with a slightly oily dissolve, which only supports that feeling that I’m eating solid ice cream. It’s sweet, but doesn’t feel cloying or sticky. The pop lasts a long time, too.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Chocolate See's LollipopChocolate Lollipop

The chocolate pop doesn’t look like much. It’s not quite shiny ... it’s not really matte either.

It smells like brownie batter.

The texture starts smooth but quickly degrades to an oddly rich but chalky experience. It’s like the mud at the bottom of the cup of hot chocolate. Not that I don’t love that mud, but in this case the texture is rather rough like a cat tongue. 

It’s rich, and does deliver quite a bit of the chocolatey experience without melting. But the chalky/sand paper never quite thrills me.

Rating: 6 out of 10

Butterscotch See's LollipopButterscotch Lollipop

The color is lovely, like a rich caramel.

The immediate flavor on my tongue was salt. It was very salty to me, but perhaps that was because I was eating the vanilla one right before that.

The texture is ultra smooth, and has the same creamy & buttery melt. The caramelized sugar notes were good but the strongest flavor by far was salty butter.

I liked how smooth the block is, though this is one that I noticed how awkward the pops are in the mouth. It takes a while to smooth away the corners. Over the years this has been my favorite pop mostly because of its simple & true flavor but also the super-slick texture.

Rating: 8 out of 10

Cafe Latte See's LollipopCafe Latte Lollipop

This was the “softest” pop of the bunch. It was a little sticky from the humidity, which gave it a caramel consistency on the outermost layer.

The scent is like dark roast coffee or espresso, but the flavor is like coffee with lots of milk and some sugar in it. There’s a slight coffee bitterness to it, but for the most part it’s like a Coffee Nip with a stick in it.

I appreciated the silky texture and the stick prevented me from gluing my teeth shut as I often do with Nips or Coffee Rio.

Rating: 7 out of 10

A mixed box is a great addition to a vacation when you need a little pick me up, or something to keep you occupied at the office when wrangling endless spreadsheets of metadata.

Related Candies

  1. Das Lollipops
  2. See’s Cinnamon (Hearts & Lollypops)
  3. Coffee Rio
  4. See’s Pumpkin Spice & Root Beer Lollypops
  5. Coffee Nips
  6. Tootsie Rolls & Fruit Rolls
  7. See’s Scotchmallow Eggs
  8. See’s Awesome Nut & Chew Bar
Name: Lollypops: Vanilla, Chocolate, Butterscotch & Cafe Latte
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: See's Candies
Place Purchased: See's (Fashion Square - Sherman Oaks)
Price: $.65
Size: .7 ounces each
Calories per ounce: 100 (70 each)
Categories: Hard Candy, Caramel, Coffee, United States, See's, Kosher

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Comments
  1. See’s lollipops are great and have been a God send for me in losing and keeping off 75 lbs for nearly 9 years.  I love most See’s products, but I do have one complaint re: the suckers…the square shape tore up the roof of my mouth on occasion.  Maybe It’s just a result of having a sensative upper palate, but did anyone else experience this?  Maybe you’re not supposed to eat more than one in an hour or so?

    Comment by Ruth Burns on 7/27/09 at 1:54 pm #
  2. I’ve experienced that chalky chocolate taste in other products. Yuck. I will have to try the vanilla, though.

    Comment by megan on 7/27/09 at 6:49 pm #
  3. I love the vanilla lollis to death. This review makes me want to go get some tomorrow . . . I don’t know if I’ve actually tried the butterscotch and cafe latte. I’ll have to pick up a variety box, I guess, though I’m not terribly fond of the chocolate lollis. If I’m getting something chocolate at Sees, I figure I might as well just get some real chocolate.

    Comment by Olive on 7/27/09 at 7:20 pm #
  4. See? (get it?)  THIS is why I love this blog!  I have always had the chocolate lolli and agree about the chalky texture.  I never tried the others, thinking the chocolate was the best of the bunch and that they would all be chalky, too.  Now I know better!  The vanilla sounds yummy, especially since you said it wasn’t too sweet!  Gotta run to See’s!

    Comment by Michelle F on 7/29/09 at 6:11 am #
  5. I have been eating these since I was a kid and they had the clear wrappers.  Does anyone remember the Peanut butter See’s lollipops?  They were butter than any of the current offerings and, sadly, not produced anymore.

    Comment by Anne on 7/29/09 at 1:27 pm #
  6. just stumbled upon your blog…. i just received a vanilla one as a gift… im not a lollipop fan but this one is good!! tastes like i dunno something more solid. great review!

    Comment by merri on 9/03/09 at 2:39 pm #
  7. Anne, I have written to See’s numerous times begging them to bring back the peanut butter suckers. I agree with you—they were the best. I wish there was some way they would bring them back.

    Barb

    Comment by Barb on 4/02/12 at 6:06 pm #
  8. I miss the peanut lollipops from See’s.  I didn’t realize they were discontinued and was going to order some today, but now I am not sure.  I would order some of the others just to give to people and for variety, but the heart and soul of their lollipops to me were the peanut butter.

    Comment by Stacy Marx on 6/01/12 at 2:25 pm #
  9. I miss the peanut butter lollipops!!!!!!!!  They were the best gift growing up.  My mom was a single parent and would buy them during Christmas for me as my birthday was also on the fourth and money was tight.  I wish they would bring them back if only during the holidays.

    Comment by Ms. Oh on 1/17/13 at 8:51 pm #
  10. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring back the peanut butter flavor!!!

    Comment by Dobi Lover on 9/15/13 at 4:16 pm #
  11. I love the peanut butter pops too. Sure miss them, could be See’s isn’t making them because so many kids and adults have peanut allergies, dunno, just a guess.

    Comment by Mom'sPops on 7/15/14 at 12:04 am #

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